It’s no disparagement to Stambouloffs colleagues to say that the relations of Bulgaria and the inner administration of the nation have been decided and directed by him all through his lengthy tenure of workplace. He had sure very apparent benefits on his aspect. The sullen refusal of Russia to acknowledge the brand new regime, or to permit it to be acknowledged by the opposite European Powers, gave a nationwide character to his anti-Russian coverage. The quite a few intrigues to which he was subjected, and which culminated within the unsuccessful try upon his life, when his colleague, M. Beltscheff, was assassinated by mistake in his place, endeared him to his country-men because the champion of the nationwide independence. All of the diplomatists who’ve come into contact with him, whether or not they would possibly approve or disapprove of his coverage, are agreed as to the outstanding decision and tact with which he performed the negotiations between Bulgaria and overseas Powers.
Conversations with the late Premier
The impression left upon my thoughts by my conversations with the late Premier was, that the Bismarck of Bulgaria, as his partisans are keen on describing him, possessed no very distinctive information of overseas politics, and that his success in overseas negotiations was due slightly to common good sense than to any particular diplomatic statecraft Certainly, it appeared to me that M. Stambouloff took extra private curiosity in questions linked with the land than he did in overseas or common politics. He knowledgeable me that he was one of many largest landowners within the nation, that he held about 20,000 acres of overseas land and about 12,000 acres of arable land in numerous elements of the nation, and that the earnings he derived from this land introduced him in subsequent to nothing. He assured me that within the current situation of Bulgaria, owing to the absence of roads, the price of carriage, and the shortage of labour, farming on a big scale couldn’t be made to pay; it was solely peasants, who had small holdings and labored their very own farms themselves, who may make a revenue. The shortage of Jabour was, in his opinion, a really severe matter. If the Moslem exodus continued, the Authorities can be obliged to import overseas labourers and settle them on the State lands. The development of railroads in Asia Minor had already elevated enormously the export of wheat from Turkey, and had thereby diminished the demand for Bulgarian bread-stuff. Railways and roads have been, in his judgment, important to the event of the nation.