The Archduke Maximilian and the throne of Mexico.
correspondent of the London Times
, writing upon the subject of Maximilian
's acceptance of the throne of Mexico
Whether the Archduke
has misgivings about the state of affairs or not, it is rumored that his imperial Highness hesitates accepting the crown offered him by the assembly of Notables, chosen by the French Minister
The ratification of that offered by means of universal suffrage the French General
will of course take care to have property executed, so that on this score there will be no difficulty.
The other point, that of the guarantees, deemed indispensable by the Archduke
, is not so certain.
To guarantee the integrity of an empire and a loan at the same time are obligations which, it is to be feared, the French Chambers
will not very willingly assume.
Hitherto the Mexican
war-has not been viewed favorably by any one, and a proposal to guarantee a loan or to guarantee the throne against Yankee aggression, would not, I think, excite much enthusiasm.
If the Archduke
does not accept, the Emperor
will probably look out for another candidate; but, in the meantime, the army must remain till the edifice of Mexican
regeneration is crowned by the election of a sovereign.--Many people are of opinion that the best thing the Emperor could do is to annex Mexico at once to the crows of France.
It would require, no doubt a larger army than is now there.
The thirty thousand men already in possession command the communications between Vera Cruz
and the capital.
They have not gone much into the interior, for the very satisfactory reason given by the General
in command — that the rainy season, which has hitherto rendered the roads impassable retards the completes annihilation of Juarez
and his brigands.
The heat and rain which prevailed from the vernal equinox to October are, however, by this time over.
Judging from what has occurred in Algeria
, where for years an army of 100,000 had to be kept, it would require from the vastly larger territory of Mexico
at least twice as many.
The advantages of annexation would perhaps not be immediate, but they would come at last; and, however
unpopular the expedition has been from the beginning, the French would most probably feel proud of a great transatlantic teeming with resources.