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Tint apartments intended for the august infant of their Imperial Majesties the Emperor and Empress of 'Fronce are those which, tinder the last reign, were occupied by the Princess Clemen- tine, situated on the ground, floor looking into tlie Court of the Tuileries, and which communi- cate with the apartments of the empress. Her majesty herself superintends all the arrange meiitSjivhich are being rondo on this .subject.
The following strange storv is told in the Paris Steele of Feb. 15:-" The Rue du Fuubourg du Templq has been thrown'into astito of great excitement by nu event of the most extraordinary jtind.f At noon 'yesterday, at the moment when the corpse pf a «oman named Aigtiettl, who died at No, 65 in the street, was beinc: removed for interment, drops of blood were seen to ooze out
from the collin. The undertaker ordered the bearers to stop, and on the coffin beinsr opened ci les wore heard issuing fiom t|ie bloody shroud with which tho body was enveloped. Tho spec- tators of this appalling sceno wore deeply moved.
Dub what was their astonishment, when on the grayeMotlie* being torn they saw that the defunct lind given, bir,th to a child of tho male sex. The child, perfectly well formed, was livinir. It was immediately consigned to the care of a'nurse, und the interment of the mother was postponed for (24 hours."
In 1827 tho steamer America was " snagged" in the Mississippi and sunk in deep water ; in tho course of years mi ¡Bland formed over the wreck, and for oigbt years orops of Indian corn were raised upon it ; now tho changeful Father of W.iters has at tacked the isle, swept away tho soil, mfl exposed tho America's hull, from which it is oxpocted a cargo of lead will bo rcovered.
In tho year 1854 (says it Russian journal) 8C1 works in tho iRiissinii language wera printed lu Russia, and 451 written in foreign lamruages; 29 IO contrihtitoiiis, treating of science and litera- ture, aiipeareJ in the Russiun journals. Of print- ing ollices thero are 45 at St. Petersburg, 16 at Moscow ; and 24 in the other cities of Russia.
Accounts from Greece btate that tho king is dangerously ill.
Tho forests and mountains of the Eiffel, in the province of Trêves, in Prussia, have for nonio time past been infested by a band of brigands, who robbed travellers anti vehicles ; they, oven stripped poor foot passengers of their clothes, and some of these pa-mongers wers in consequouee frozen to death.
The uulhoritios have just sent detachmoiits of cavalry and infantry to hunt out these brigands. Heretofore brigandage has boon very rare in
- -Tho Wisconsin Mirror is printed actually " in ¿he woods," on,the banks of tlio (Wisconsin. . Tho projectors aro look-ahead, us well, as go-ahead pemil e ; the paper is started in the expectation that ore long tlio " ofliue" will bo surrounded by "a large village-yea, a city;" the expected siihooribors having already begun to attack the
According to a statement issued at New* York the Panania Railway pays wah ¡after dividing 6 per cent, among tim shareholders, thore was esti- mated to be a surplus nt tho end of 1855 equal to another 3 per cent, on Uto capital.
A learful event oconred in the Champs Elysees ou February 20. Tho Duchess Cauniont Laforce was murdered at 9 o'olook in the morning, at her house lu the Grand Avenue. She was the wife of the Duke Cuuiiioiit Laforce, the repre«entativo of two dukedoni«, and a member of one ol' the best families iu F'-aiion, The dulto is a Sonator. The Presse says :-" Wo leam that this morning ut9 o'cloek, the Dtiohessjdo C-was found strangled in a wood-house (bûcher) in her hotel in the Champs Hlyseos. A sériant has been arrested. Justice is making inquiries ive aro told." Another even- ing journal says:-"At tho moniout ofgoinrr to liross we loam that Madame do Catimotit Laforca js said to have been assassinated this morning at
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her^hotel, iiljtliè'Champ»' Eli is is bv a^gnrlenar. - rh,e maiipv.is, it"ii8iii(l, at iiiiioiiir sjstV.l hy tno« .',-,ei;viiiit,s of ciie'houii* at the in) ne it1 «lion ha « is" ,tVying to o>o.ipe. Thoy'ha.l J'eaid-iMudunii Lil
foi'co's ones." .. a i i , > ,, On the ocasión of tho gran Lball givon at ' he
Tuileries on ¡ihioui Mouday, tim tgiM.td ehapltiinv .if lha ]>il ico was dV-drjus of seeing, not the ball, but the decorations of the apartments. ''Accord- ingly he was in tho rooms at a very early hour ; some time, indeed, before that ot which tho guests vveie expected to al rive. One masquer only happened to be there, and singularly enough, this gentleman was in the disguise which tradition unites in ascribing t* the tempter of men. It is1 not stated the good bishop of Nancy thought of exoicism, but tim masque in question, who was, apparently, a very well-meaning devil,*antieipnted the prelate's alarm, and, approaching him with a very respectful salutation, obiorved, " Monseig- neur, peí mit mo to seize this opportunity to effect a recono'tlotion."
Letters from tho Crimea state that, immediate-* ly after the destruction of Fort Alexander, the ruins of which-now oncumhar the harbour of Se vastol, the allies were u-ing every exertion to prosecute the mining iperations for the explosion of the Quarantine hurt and that of St. Paul; in order that all might bo finished by the 15th of March. ¡
The Russians continued to throw shot and sholl
upon the cratt employed by the Allies.
A number ot Bisln-Bazouks htvo been killed
and moro hurt, while manv horses were destioyed or maimed, by the tall of a large wooden shed used as a ban nek at Constantinople. The Basin's were in the habit of cutting away p(r tions ot the tim ber supports of the building for fire-wood ; and they continued this very oi yinni method of gettiug fuel, till one night the shed
tumbled in ou them.
Sir Hamilton Seymour is obliged to lodge in a public hotel at Vienna. The other night a'lhief entered his apartments, and swept away his Stock ot linen ; to Mr Hamilton there was left but one shirt, one pair of stockings, and one handkerchief. Money, state-papers, «te, were not touched. , As an instance of the inconvenience of lodging our euvoys in publio hotels, it is stated the very next room to that occupied by the Bi ¡tish minister for his salon do rception was long tenanted by a Bns siaii prince, w ho might not hitvo been above the meanness of listening
Anli Pitch i was the bearer of a subie sot with
precious stones, for tho Fiench Emperor; and two diadems in brilliants, one for the Empress Eugenie, the other for Queen Victoria. ,
A correspondant of tho ' ludependiiuco Beige'
writes "I have just read a letter, addressed to a member of tho Legislative Corps at Paris, by the Archbishop of Avignon, in which I find an inter- esting piece of intelligence. The Archbishop of Avignon had just arrived from Borne. Befóte he lett tho eternal eily * ho went to take leave of'the Holy Father, who annoimcul to him his proposed speedy arrival in France, in case the empcior should have a son. Pío Nono promised to spend twodajs at Avignon. His ho- liness will then proceed to Paiis, thero to baptiso the imperial infant. The letter in which theaich bishop announces this news is lepleto with joy."
Accotditig to the ' Indépendance Belge,' the Communist Republic of Icario, established at Nauvoo, is in a state of dissolution. M. Cabot, the ptesident, has qunnelled with His people, who dm e to question his acts ; and he meditates a 'coup d'etat to put dow n " ungoverñablo men, plunged in vice"-by a new constitution ho is to have ab- solute power.
A pink for Now Yoi k of 600 or 700 acres, is to be foi med in the conti o uf tho island on which the city stands.
An ouler of tho day, issued by General Cod- rington from Balaklava, warns the li nglish oth cers to piov-ido themselves willi equipments, in
older to bo ready for inarching. Tlio English in my appears veiy eager for the coiitlnunco ot
Accounts'* fi oin Kumiesch state that Geneial Luder.) has recalled all the superior stall'-oflicei» who woie on leave at Odessa, Theio ure no1 more than 4i!,0()0 men at Nicol.tielf, Peiekop, and Cherson. Tho fortifie itioíis nt Nicolaicft and along the uiver have been continued during the winter with great acuity. The militiuy tatton in the Ciimeii have again received provisions for
General t>ii- Colin Compbell has arrived at the camp, which place he reached on the 13th ot Febi nuty, accompanied by Liautenutit-Coloiiel Sterling, w ho, from being assistant adjutant-ge- neral ot tho Highland IJivisdon, is to hold the same position in the new corps d'armee which Sir Colin is to_ have under his command. Tlic genornl is staj ing, for the present, with tho com mander-in-chiof, at head ijuarters.
The ccmpanii s of the siego train encamp d in tho ti out," lett on the 16th February for Balaklava, to embark for England. They were accompanied by tho bauds of nearly all the iieighbouiiug re- giments, as well as, for som e distance, by many of their friends in the line, with whom they hau been serving during the late arduous labours of the sieg» " Should auld acquaintance be foi got' was the provailing and approptiato melndv. p'avod by the bands. As theaitillciymen marched t'liongh the vutious camps, the men olf dutv, ro ised by the familiar sounds, turned out in ctvwds, andcheoiod their departing corniudos.
There ii scarcely anything going on in tho camps beyond the usual routine of drills and pa- ralos. Tile health of the army continuos exool 1-j it. The amount of scurvy and fovor in the Fr-mcli army has attraoted the attention of the authorities in France, and various measures have been odoptod toanest its increase. A general order h is boen ciioul.itod throughout tho Fren.di regiments to piopare small plots of gi onad for tho reception of see Is. Each company is to have its own vegetable garden, and tho needs aro now on their way fioui Pi ance to tho Ciimea.
Leverner believes that there ure very many small planets between Mirs and Jupiter: and li« ex
peels that a hundred will he discovered before the year I860. , ,
Mr. Btighl's health is so unsatisfactory as to compel him to abstain fur a time from attendance upon Ins rarliainent.iry duties. His medical at- tendant has absolutely prohibited him from at- tending W business of any description fur some
months to come.
At o meeting of the Geological Society, two papers on Australian exploration «aro read. One described a journey made by Surveyor U. Austin in the interior of Western Australia, in 1854. The country travel «eil was very indifferent, hut the geological features aro said to indicate rich gold fields ; thus confirming tho viows of Sir Peder- ick Murchison. A xucond paper, by _ Captain Gregory, gave an account of tlio landing in Blund- er Bay of his expedition for the exploration of Nor- thern Australia. They wero to stait for tho in- terior about the end of October last.
A deputation from your Paris Exhibition Com- mission, consiating of*Mr. W. Macarthur, Mr. J. Donald ion, Mi. (Jr. Leslie, and Mr. Bonsfield, the Secretary, had an intoiview with Prince Albert Inst week, for the purpose of piosonting his Koval Highness with a copy of the Syduoy Exhibition medal. Prince Albeit expiessed himself much gratified at the acceptance of what was so credit- able a pi oof of tho industry and intelligence of tho oulony. The Commissioners themselves,,! hoar, wero no less pleased with their grnoious reception by lioiajty ; apropos of this subject, 1 may tell
von of' a_piece of now s which w ill doubtless bo vory mtorostiug to the people of Sydney, viz,, that Mr. William Macarthur is to ho raised to tile dignit.l of a Knight. A Baronet it «vas to have been,
hut that it was recollected that Mr. W. .Macarthur
is not the hoad of the fumi/y. 1 have no doubt tho colony will appieciato tho compliment thus paid to itself tluough one ot its oldest and most respected citizens.
The question of the Wensleydale Peerage is not yet definitely i'ocided.
Mr. Lowe's bill for removing tho local duos on shipping has been withdrawIK Thoiewas a most perfect dead set against it. On reconsideration tha quostion w-as shorn of much of its previous \ioi -us chin antcr. The subject will go before a select committee. ,
Mr. MunU's motion for a select committee to enquiie how far tho prêtent monetary system is in ncnoidanco with tho lequironients of the country, was negatived by 115 to 68.
It is understood to be the intention of Govern- ment to establish camps in the springy on Barham Do» us, near Canterbury ; Peilenden Ilenth, near Maidstone; and Southsea-common, Hunts; the troops to bo encamped me stated at 8000. on Bar- ham Downs, 20,QJ0 on IVienden Heath, and 15,000 on Rotithsea-common ; at all ivhjeh plaoos the men will ho under tents, and will bo drilled in field dutiu« ready for any emergencies.
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leave system, ti ¡ed as mi experiment,, has failed. It'has'doubled tho rutes in some counties, and rendered it nece,sary to increase tho constabulary foreo. If appears, however, that this system can- not now be repealed without an act of Parliament, and Government have declared that it is not their intention to bring in any such not. Hut the evil is becoming so enormous and so pressing that some alteration mti>t inevitably bo resorted to, and a return to transportation seems to present the only available remedy. It is, of course, un- necessary to s»y that the colonies already relieved of con viols, cannot be ugain oppressed by them ; but ii hope is entertained that "new Colonies' to usa the words of Lord Campbell, may bo fiond. Tho Duke of Argyll obsorved that we could not return to transporiation unless it were to some " uninhabited Colony." In whatever quarter the desiderated rtfugium may bo discovered, trans- portation seems .. looming" in tho distance. Home Hews, March 6.