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The War in China. While Napoleon the Great was a captive in St. Helena, Lord Amherst touched at the island on his return from China, and paid him a visit at Longwood. When the Ambassador had retired, the Emperor entered into a long discourse with O'Meara, upon the failure of his Lordship's mission, and the causes which led to it. In the course of his remarks he said that it would be very impolitic in the British Government to enter into a war with the Chinese. They could easily beat them at first, he said, but they would teach them how to fight, and when they had one learned their numbers, that they would become the most formidable people upon the face of the earth. Part of this prediction seems to becoming true. If the first war undertaken by England against China, about twenty years ago, her operations were confined to Canton and its vicinity. Her men-of-war easily sunk the wretched junks that attempted to oppose their advance, and her troops quite as easily dispersed