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ed exterior and divergent lines. It was not till, in an evil hour, the French consented to forego the advantages of their fortifications that England obtained a foot hold in Canada. The country thus defended by the French is now occupied by the English, and they are not likely to overlook advantages of defence which they found it, in so many campaigns, impossible to overcome. There is no such disproportion between the population of the United States and the population of Canada as at that time. Then the English colonies had nearly twenty times the population of Canada; now the United States has only about six times the number. We are, therefore, disposed to question the report that England intends to give up Canada, and are inclined to believe the report that she is fortifying it; and moreover, will be easily able to hold, it in the event of a war with the United States; and not only to hold it, but to make it, besides, a base of aggressive durations against that country.
The London Index, a Confederate journal published in England, says that the war is reaching such a crisis that England and France must decide to become the friends of one of the belligerents, or to fight them both, and that events are occurring which may precipitate that decision, especially with France. In the meantime, the Indies bids the friends of the South to be of good cheer, and promises them shortly a series of agreeable surprises. We trust the friends of the South in England need no such invocation. If men cannot be of "good cheer" who have such a bill of fare as Confederates abroad sit down to, their spirits must be very low indeed. What the "series of agreeable surprises" is, which the Index promises, we are unable to imagine. We are not so demented as to expect English or French intervention after so many disappointments. Perhaps the "series of agreeable surprises" may be the return to this bereaved country, one after another, of the Confederates abroad.