Further foreign news.
The foreign papers by the Africa
contain some interesting European
news.--We make some extracts from them:
[From the Western
(Eng) Morning News.]
Within the last few months three steam vessels of war have been sold Guts of the navy at Plymouth
by her Majesty's Government, viz: the Ayon, Hecla, and Merlin.--These vessels are now lying in the basin of the Great Western Docks
, being sold out in an effective state, and not merely for the purpose of breaking up. The Hecla
have since been rechristened, the former as the Typhoon and the latter as the Sea
. These two vessels are said to belong to a London company, of whom a Mr. Roberts
is the representative.
The Sea Hawk
, which is the only one of the vessels that is lifting out, has been recently brought before the public somewhat prominently.--An advertisement has gone the round of the papers setting forth a scheme for a yachting tour to the Mediterranean, Balaclava, and the East
Every comfort was to be provided.
The vessel, it was said, was "well known as a superior sea boat, and of great speed; while her engines were of the most substantial and powerful character," "baths, ice well, a chap lain, an experienced surgeon, a good band, and professed cooks, " were to be provided.
She was to be commanded by a retired naval officer, and a high- class engineer and a picked man of war's crew were to "be engaged!"--The vessel referred to was the Sea Hawk
, and the day appointed for her leaving Plymouth
was the 6th of August. A large number of men have been upon her, the majority engaged her up with suitable cabins for of passengers.
She has caulked and sheathed with Montz's pat out metal, and her spars are now being got in. The scheme tour has, however, apparently fallen to the ground, not more than thirty applications, we are informed, having been made to secure berths.
During the past week a large number of the men employed in fitting up the cabins have been discharged, and that work discontinued; but her fitting out otherwise continues.
She will, however, not be ready for sea, without her cabin fittings, for at least a month later than her advertised day for sailing.
The Sea Hawk
, as the Merlin, appeared in the Nary List
as a six gun paddle wheel vessel, of about 1,000 tons and 312 horse power. She was build for the mail service, and was first employed in running between Holyhead
She was afterwards employed in carrying mails in the Mediterranean, and subsequently formed part of the West Coast
She now bears all the usual appearances of a man of war, her shot racks, &c., not having been For some reason a general feeding seems to that she is intended to carry the Confederate flag, and that the tour proposed was only set forth to cover her real destination;
but nothing beyond surmises are advanced in support of such a suggestion.
An application has been made to the customs to register her as a British ship, and that request, it is understood, has been complied with.
The Blockade trade in English ships.
[From the London Herald
A long diplomatic correspondence between this country and the United States
has been published on the subject of the regulations established by the Federal Government
at the port of New York as to vessels trading to the Bahamas.
The correspondence originated in May last years, when complaints were made by merchants and others in Nassau
that the Custom House
of New York required shipper, there for the Bahamas to give bonds that none of the goods would be delivered at Confederate ports, and this they complained of as anthudue restriction upon trade.
It appeared that the restrictions were directed by an act of Congress of 1861.
Earl Russell accordingly directed remonstrances to be made against such restrictions, as violating the treaty of 1815 between this country and United States
, giving English ships freedom to trade in American ports, and in August and September list Lord Lyons remonstrated with Mr. Seward
. Mr. Seward
replied by maintaining that the restrictions complained of were internal acts of administration, applying equally to American and English shapes; and he pointed to the vast increase of the commerce of Nassau
since the outbreak of the war as a proof that the restrictions did not interfere with the "legitimate"made to that port.
Earl Russell reputed that this was no answer to his complaint, and it was perfectly lawful for British ships at Nassau
to tranship their cargoes for American ports.
In his dispatch, dated December 17. he, however, expressed the hope that, not withstanding Mr. Seward
's defence, the remonstrance would have the practical effect of preventing the continuance or repetition of similar proceedings.
rejoined, on January 9, but at the close of his arguments he have the assurance that the laws of the United States
would continue to be executed in such a way as to afford no just ground for complaint of partiality or injustice.
Earl Russell, however, having discontinuance the correspondence, hoping that his stance would have practical effect wrote to Lord Lyons on the 18th July, noticing the representation of Messrs. Tootal
& Co. that such a bond had been required of them when making a shipment to Nassau
on the 13th of June last.
His Lordship considers this as a proof that the interference of the United States
authorities with the trad is still persisted in and instants Lord Lyons to address a fresh remonstrance on the subject.
The French Conquest of Mexico.
[From the London Times.]
One conclusion from all this must he clear — Mexico
has no grievance in the eyes of Europe
By a long series of outrages and by the dereliction of every public duty she exposed herself to war, and she has succumbed to a conqueror.
That conqueror has treated her with, at any rate, a show of consideration and deference.
He has invited her notables to dispose of themselves, and, after their experience of republican institutions, it would certainly not be surprising if they sincerely desired a Government of another form.
finds her account in the political prospects which these arrangements open, we can only say that she has been at the whole charge of the proceeding, and that the bargain does not appear to be extravagantly in her favor.
If an Austrian Arclidake chooses to the mission of regenerating Mexico
, we can only wish him success it is not conceivable that under any Government what ever the Mexicans should fall of being better routed than herore; and, a France and Austria
can make Mexico
a State in which life and property are accoutre, land public obligations respected, they will certainly leave Europe
Additional from Mexico--French occupation of the Isthmus of the Cantepec.
A letter from Vera Uruz
, dated August 6th brings news of the occupation of Minat it land by the French
This is a town of some five hundred people, situated on the western bank of the river Coatzacoalcos
, in the isthmus of Tehuantepec.
It was formerly the point of departure on the Atlantic
from which various attempts were made to establish interoceanic communication across the isthmus.
It is twenty miles from the mouth of the river.
An expedition had started to occupy Tampico
It was rumored that Don Benito Juarez
had been preparing to proceed to Matamoras
or New Leon, his object being to take refuge in Texas
; but it was thought he would not be well received by the whom he had offered to oppose, in accord with President Lincoln
journal, the Edufotte,
in an article abusive of Juarez
and his Government, uses the following language.
Their principal hope to day lies in aid from North America
Whatever they be, in present circumstances, the embarrassments of the Washington Cabinet
, it will not readily form itself to the French
occupation and establishment of an Empire in Mexico
The Government of Juarez
, all dishonored as it is, is still, in the eyes of the Northern Republicans
, the last hope of the doctrine, that great dream of Anglo Saxon
supremacy, which is the more cherished the nearer it approaches extinction.
question will soon be for the Lincoln Cabinet
a subject of the first order, and the hostility of the North
will break out, according to the progress of the American
civil war, in menacing notes, in leans of arms and money, or in filibustering expeditions authorized by Federal rulers.
The more the annihilation of the remains of the Jurist army is hastened, the less risk will there be of a conflict with North America
We have therefore heard with great pleasure of an approaching campaign in the interior.