Later from Europe.
The steamship Bremen arrived at New York on Wednesday last, with Southampton dates to the 16th of April. By the receipt of several Northern papers last night, we are enabled to lay before our readers a summary of European news.
It will be seen that the construction of iron-clad steamers continues to engage the public mind in various parts of Europe.
The people of Lancashire, England, are suffering terrible distress in consequence of the stopping of the cotton mills:
arrival of the steamship Bremen.
Malta on the 7th of April, announce that the Prince of Wales's yacht Osborne had returned to Alexandria, after having landed his Royal Highness and suite at Jaffs. News has since been received of the safe arrival of the party at Jerusalem. The Times says: ‘Orders have been issued to suspend for the present any further progress in the construction of the foundations for the Spithead forts on the Horse, Norman and Stourbridge shoals.’ Orders have been received at Portsmouth dock yard, from the Admiralty, to suspend all further work on sails for ships of the line. The Army and Navy Gazette says: ‘The Admiralty have accepted Messrs. Samuda's tender for the first cupola ship, which Messrs. Samuda have bound themselves, under a penalty of £4,000, to launch on February 10, 1863. The ship, for which £180,000 has been taken on the estimate, is to be 280 feet long, nearly 2,600 tons, will draw 20 feet, and will have engines of 500 horse power. She will, according to present arrangements, have six cupolas, each armed with two 100-pounder Armstrong guns.’ The Times says: ‘The Royal Sovereign, converting to a shield ship from a three decker at Portsmouth, is expected to be placed in dock on Wednesday, next. She has been lightened to 25 feet, draught of water.’ The Robinson transport commenced shipping three thousand Armstrong shells and other war stores on Saturday, for Malta. Fears are entertained with respect to the safety of the screw steamer Wisbeach, which sailed early in the year, with Government stores, for Canada. On Friday last, eighty five Mormons sailed for Utah via Boston, United States. It was stated at the recent Mormon conference, held at St. George's Hall, Lambeth, that two hundred and fifty persons were on the books ready to leave London this season, and that the numbers were increasing daily. The Times say:‘"Deep is the distress, and small the means to obviate it. The town of Blackburn contains 63 thousand people, nearly one fourth of whom are now suffering privation from the scarcity of food, clothing, bedding, and fuel. When the mills are in full operation, twenty thousand three hundred and fifty persons are employed; but at the present time upwards of one third, or nearly seven thousand, are wholly unemployed, at a cost to the workers alone of about £6,000 a week in wages"’
L'Orient to hasten the completion of the iron-cased frigates Heroine, of 40 guns, and the Surveillant, or 88. The iron-cased frigate Solferino, of 52 guns, will be launched shortly. As soon as the Solferino is off the stocks, an iron-cased frigate is to be commenced, together with two floating batteries of 14 guns each. The exact increase in the bullion of the Bank of France, shown in the returns for the present month, is £33,000 and the to all now held is £16,640,000, or £3,670,000 beyond the amount at the commencement of the year. In the same interval the increase of the bullion in the Bank of England has been only £920,511. The Japanese Ambassadors were received by the Emperor, on Sunday last. The chief Ambassador made a speech, in which he congratulated himself that the treaty concluded between Japan and France would develop friendly relations between the two countries. His Excellency also expressed a desire that the Embassy should be conducted back to Japan on board of a French vessel of war. The growing crops throughout France continue to appear favorable. The firmness of the corn market and the vivacity with which the biddings were made at the last sales of wheat by auction, have rendered prices more steady. They range from 60f. to 55f. the sack of 57 kilos. There was a large amount of business transacted in the Havre cotton market last week. American red spring wheat 30f 252. the 200 kilos; New York flour 8f. 15.; Ohio and Illinois, 32f. to 34; the 88 kilos.