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extended to the rebellious States. Mr. Slidell has been received by Made Thouvenel. This, however, means nothing. Almost any person who asks for an audience of that minister gets it. Mr. Slidell will, I do not doubt, meet with great sympathy from M. Thonvenel; but he will get no real encouragement now. It is beginning to be apparent to both France and England that the United States Government is upon the point of acting at last with firmness and decision; and as long as they see this symptom they will keep quiet. Mr. Rost, the Southerner who made Paris his stopping place before the advent of Slidell, has gone to Madrid. Mr. Rost was, I am assured, quite busily occupied with the Paris press during his stay here. He no doubt is a ware what the extraordinary sympathy displayed by the Paris and the Pays for the South was really worth, and what it cost. As I asserted in my last letter, foul play was shown by the authorities of Southampton in the case of the Tuscarora.
us, and that there are really no such counterfeits in existence, but that the rumor was either ignorantly or designedly set afloat. A petition has been started by the distillers and dealers in domestic liquors here, praying Congress to lay tax of thirty to forty-five cents per gallon on spirits, instead of fifteen cents, as proposed in the Tax bill. The petitioners give as a reason the great increase of revenue which such a tax would produce. Carl Schurs, United States Minister to Madrid, left here this afternoon to make a speech to the German element in New York in favor of the abolition faction. This "rule or ruin" clique dies hard, but the inexorable logic of events is fast crushing cut these opponents of the Union policy of the Administration. About two o'clock this morning the residence of Count Mercier, French Minister, at Georgetown Heights, took fire from a defective flue, and was entirely consumed. The papers and valuables were saved, but the elegant furnitur
shes a rapid and secure supply and retreat for the army at the island, and our gun as the control of both those . country about New Madrid is known are quake region, from the terrible felt there in 1811. About six of New Madrid lies an impassable which extends southward to the the St. Francis with the Mississippi Memphis, leaving a narrow strip between it and the Mississippi. distance east of the peninsula tioned lies Realfoot lake and river, channel of the Mississippi, and sepa it by swampy ground, thus pre trong barrier to a land attack on at Island No.10. With an army in West Tennessee kept active , to check a land attack, the pas Lincoln gunboats below the pe be a difficult undertaking; if , the formidable works at Fort sent the next obstacle to their pre the Mississippi. Naturally the region of Missouri and Tennessee Madrid presents many obstacles ading force; under the guidance of those obstacles will be improved and genius, to the utmost extent.