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Gossip about Thrones and Dynasties.

--France, which hitherto was held to be the most unsettled portion of the Continental map, presents at this moment prospects of stability and cohesion for more satisfactory than what looms in the not very distant in true for the old humdrum districts of rope, endowed, as it was thought, with a sort of Chinese exemption from change. Russia, Austria and Germany are heaving in the throes of underground convulsion, and the unforeseen is precisely what is most likely to ensue. People in Paris speculate to-day on the transfer of the Muscovite Capital back to Moscow, the severance of Finland, and its possible recovery by the Scandinavian Power, rendering a Court residence at St. Petersburg no longer tenable. Hungary is held to be by the last suicidal act of Franz Joseph already lost to the Hapsburgs, and the long desperate and desponding attitude of Poland is actually deemed now to be substantially formidable.--What the Agrarian law was of old, among the weapons of plebeian onslaught on patrician ascendancy, the nationality question is now become in the struggle against irresponsible government, while the part to be played by the Poles seems to warrant the otherwise absurd fancy, that one of the earnest refugees from ancient Rome — a Gracenus — was the founder of Cracow. There cannot be the slightest doubt as to some inevitable contingencies. The death of Denmark's childless King, of the Brunswick Sovereign Duke ditto, of Otho, Monarch over Greece, equally heirless, must on each or all of these occurrences involve dynastic and territorial redistribution. The Frankfort Diet has as much chance of being umpire in the two first cases as Sairey Gamp or a jury of matrons. The throne of Greece, with pretensions on the Ionian Islands, concerns England, is not uninteresting to Russia, and from the bit of news from the Greek orthodox Te Deum for Napoleon's feast at Corfu, not foreign to France. It perhaps is still more closely mixed up with Italy.

A strong, though but recently organized Hellenic party, is bent on calling to the Greek succession on Bavarian Otho's demise. Italian Otho, Prince of Monferiat, third son of King Victor Emanuel, now aged sixteen, as of a family sworn to the honest development of constitutional rule, and untainted with despotic affinities. The Munich Court candidate is Prince Lutipold, but that personage is not at all eager to step into his brother's shoes, (with Albanian gaiters and kilt,) and prefers the shadow of the Glyptotheck and Pinacotheck at home to that of Aeropolis. At the bottom of this indifference lies the expected adoption of the Greek orthodox form of Christianity, which the kingdom looks to in the next sovereign.-- Globe's Paris Letter.

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