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The Evening Bulletin translates and con- denses tho following from the German
" Guerrero, April 7,1863.-I arrived heronn the 4th inst. just at tho right moment to see a torchlight procession, given in honour of General Ximenes. Threo bands of music played before his house, and there was a uni- versal fandango in the Plaza. The night passed in undisturbed jollification, and in the morning the public joy was greatly increased by tho news brought by an extraordinary courier, that on the 25th of March, 14,000 Frouchmen threo times attempted to enter Puebla hy storm, and were threo times re- pulsed. During the last retreat, 8,000 Mexican lancers came down on the invaders. All tho roads to Orizaba are beset by tho Mexicans, and if the French should not succeed on taking Puebla they may find thcmselveB in a ticklish position. They must take Pueblo, fight their way back to Orizaba, or rbe captured. Tho rejoicing is almost universal ; but a few prophets of ovil say that Puebla lnUBt fall, for the French have cannon of long range, and can batter down tho town from a distance from which the Mexican arms can- not reach thom. The French are short of
provision, ond can get none near Puebla. They nre also suffering much with sickness ; and 10,000 Mexican lancers aro always swarm- ing around every little party which leaves the main camp.
Cbilapu, April 15.-On the 1st inst. the French opened on Puebla with ninety guns, and after the fortifications had been seriously damaged a storming-party of 14,000 men ad- vanced, but they were driven back, retí eating, as the report says, " with considerable baste." On the morning of tho 2nd -April threo storm- ing parties were iepul¿ed. Ou the 3rd tho French occupied vue deserted foit of San Javier, but wero compelled to abandon it. About noon on the 3rd the French attempted to storm the forts of Santa Anita and San Augustin, but were driven back after a deadly struggle. It was a dreadful conflict, and at night the field of strife was piled with dead horses. The 4th was spent in can- nonading, and at night the French found themselves where they had been on tho 24th March-and no further. April IG. A messenger hos just arrived from the city of Mexico, vhero everybody is drunk in rejoicing at tho defeat of the French. Sau Augustin was treated in the same manner as the other foits, and with tho same result. On the 5th and (ith, thero wore grand councils of war in tho French camp ; and on the 7th, the whole French army stormed the Garita do Méjico. They succeeded in getting into the city, but wore driven back, with frightful loss, at the point of the bayonet-driven baok ten miles to Cholula, where they aro now en- trenching themselves, whether to awnit, re- inforcements or cover their retreat is un- known. The mob have murdered three Frenchmen, but forty-one of the murderers hove paid for the offence with their lives, Germans and Americans aro carried about on the shoulders of the people, and are " brothers
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City of Mexico, April 8,1883.
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The ovacnatlon of Fort Sau Javier was re- ported in my last letter, and since that time the most desperate fighting has been going on around, or you might say in, Puebla. Tho soldiers of Louis Napoleon, although fighting for despotism, have shown a valour and a heroism worthy of a butter cause. They aro determined to take Puebla, regardless of cost, aB retreat would be utter ruin j but the Mexi- cans aro determined to keep it, and up to this time they have been successful in repelling all the attacks made by tho invaders!; and tho advantage General Forey may claim to bave gained ia bought at a sacrifice that may bo called a defeat. On tho 4th, the sheila and congreve rockets of tho enemy took effect in the church of the convent of St. AuguBtiu, and sundry dwellings in town ; and while the conflagration was raging a general attack was made. Port San Javier opened on Santa Anita ; tho heavy siege guns opened on St. Augustin, and tho fortifications on tho suburbs. Shells and rockets, thrown at ran- dom into the dwellings of peaceable citizens, mado dreadful havoc ; 18,000 French carno to assault St. Augustin, and the redoubts of Morelos, but the Mexicans held their ground. The French guns in Fort San Javier were silenced, and all the guns of tho Mexicans concentrating their fire on the storming-party soon cut thom to pieces ; and, in the greatest disorder, they succeeded in regaining their old positions. The redoubts of MoreloB were after- wards abandoned by the, Mexican?, after removing all their guns. The French actually took somo five or eix blocks in the suburbs of the town, up to the hospital. On the Gth their gunB destroyed the block opposito the hospital; and they made a strong effort to gain possession of the Callo do Miradores, in which they wore repulsed, leaving 500 dead and wounded on the field. All the progress the French made in the last week is the taking of a few earthworks entirely at the command of our guns, and six squares. Their loss wo can only estimate, but it muBt bo at least threes to one, as our men have been only on the do fenBive and behind tho walls. We have lost nearly 2,000 men, killed and wounded, in two weeks, and during that timo it is estimated that one-quarter of the French army has beon put hora de combat. The small city of Oholula was retaken by tho Pronch, who oro now fortifying that place. It is situated between the army of Comonfort and Puebla. The city ot Puebla has sufforcd a great deal by the sheila of tho French, who. seem determined to destroy the town, if thoy cannot tako it. It ia ovon worse than the bombardment of Aca pulco.