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n press. We take the following from a Washington dispatch to the N. Y. Times: The official announcement made some days ago by the State Department that there is no reason to apprehend serious embarrassments with France on account of Gen Butler's operations in Louisiana is now proved to have this foundation and no more: The French Government demanded full and immediate indemnity for all injuries inflicted upon French citizens by Gen. Butler, the immense armament — now nearly ready at Marseilles — being pointed to as the commentary on the diplomatic request. Our State Department, therefore in announcing that there will be no difficulties, leading to a rapture of relations, merely informs the French Minister, in advance, that it is ready to back down to any extent from Gen. Butler's acts, and that no defence of that officer's conduct and no adequate examination of the French complaints will be made as a bar to this further effort to conciliate. The fact is, however, that a powerf
The Daily Dispatch: May 5, 1863., [Electronic resource], Five hundred miles in one and a half hours. (search)
Five hundred miles in one and a half hours. --Some of the most distinguished engineers in France are said to have approved a plan for a railway from Paris to Marseilles by which the journey, which now consumes eighteen hours, may be made in one hour and a half. The distance in five hundred and ten miles. The plan, being the hydraulic system, in which sliding is substituted for running on wheels, has been submitted to the Emperor for his approbasion.
divorce, makes it the event of interest. One of those curious circumstances which can never happen but in France is recorded of the incident which led to the divorce. The guilty party, being pursued by the offended husband, was, of course, struck with terror; but philosophy and contempt had done much to mitigate the pursuer's wrath, and so, instead of "chastising the insolence" according to the fashion observed in novels, he quietly placed his pocket-book into the hands of the fugitive, exclaiming, "Ah malheureur! You have only taken ten thousand francs, and you are going to Rome! Knowing your fair companion well, I can safely say that such a paltry sum as that will be devoured before you get to Marseilles. There is double the sum; this will enable you to go further off — to Naples perhaps, and I shall be the gainer, for you will be forced to remain there." And with this consolatory speech the injured party coolly turned upon his heel and walked off. So goes the legend, at least.
Mr. Henry Lafoce, in a letter to the London Times, says: "I must positively contradict the assertion that Captain Semmes was a passenger in the Laurel. A United States man-of-war went in pursuit of the Laurel for the purpose of apprehending Captain Semmes, who has been pronounced a prisoner of war." The American advices received per the steamship North American had no particular effect in England. It is stated that the English poet laureate has already cleared ten thousand pounds by "Enoch Arden and other Poems." Mrs. Alfred Tennyson, the laureate's wife, has published a song of her own composing. A young bride of eighteen, in Marseilles, was burned to death on the morning of her marriage by treading on a match, which ignited and set her clothes on fire. Louis Napoleon is trying the "Banting" system for the reduction of corpulence. Alexander Dumas is coming to the United States. Late Paris fashions represent the ladies wearing coat tails a yard long.
e of widow Powers, in Princeton, Massachusetts, last week, there were present Mrs. Powers, aged ninety-eight, her daughter from Leominster, and her grand- daughter, great-grand daughter and her great-grandson — in all, five generations. One of the uncles usually found only in novels has lately died in Ireland, leaving two nieces, now in a convent school in France, a fortune of one million pounds sterling. The eighty-first in the group of asteroids was discovered by Mr. Tempel, of Marseilles, on the 30th of September, in the constellation Pisces. Captain Pike, a son of General Albert Pike, was, some time since, captured with seven of his men, and killed after they had surrendered. Twins are becoming fashionable at Bridgeport, Connecticut. One physician announces four cases within the last ten or twelve days. The new capital of Italy, Florence, is to be fortified at a cost of thirty millions of francs. About $36,000 are weekly expended in New York at the lea
ffairs, it was, in his own mournful words, "too late." Carnot is another memorable example. When he undertook the military administration of the Republic the crisis was truly appalling. The remnant of Dumourier's army was flying from a foe who would have laughed at Thomas's five miles a day; a rebellion in La Verdee menaced the capital of the province with forty thousand armed peasants; three Spanish armies were advancing from different points; town after town after town had fallen; Marseilles and Lyons had separated themselves from the Government, and an English fleet was in the harbor of Toulon. The Republic seemed ready to drop an unresisting prey into the hands of a hostile world. But behold what the genius and energy of one man, in the right place, can accomplish! In a brief space of time the whole scene was changed; the invading armies driven back at all points, and the anticipated victim of Europe became its terrible conqueror. In a year and a half of Carnot's militar
e, were at disadvantages in prosecuting commerce with Southern India. But the opening of the Suez Canal brings Greece, Turkey, Austria, Italy and France almost in a direct northern and northwestern line with this new channel of commerce. It opens to them advantages which they never before possessed, and of which they will not be slow to take advantage. Syracuse may be said to be the port nearest this great gate way to the South. Trieste, Venice, Naples, Leghorn, Genoa, Nice, Toulon and Marseilles may struggle for the rich trade with Malta and Constantinople. --England is left in the rear of commerce, and the French domination over this important means of communication is supposed to bode no good to the fast-anchored isle. The consequences of this great enterprise upon the destinies of the world may be conjectured. The commercial supremacy of England will be much damaged by continental rivalry. Nations which have slumbered during the race of improvement will wake up, and the
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