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The Shipping Gazette says that advices from Nantes confirm the report that ex-President Juarez has issued letters of marque to Americans, against French ships, and especially against steamers of the French Trans-Atlantic Company.--One of these steamers, having on board£200,000 in specie, was convoyed from Vera Cruz by a French man-of-war.

The Army and Navy Gazette ridicules the idea that Sherman was obliged to leave Atlanta.

The London Times has an editorial on the letter of the Secretary of State, Mr. Seward, in reply to Lord Wharncliffe's application to distribute aid among rebel prisoners. It says that it is no slight testimony to the course taken by Her Majesty's Government in its dealings with Federal America that Seward, with an animus he cannot conceal, is driven to make the most of an opportunity offered him by a person irresponsible as a representative of the British nation. His letter indicates that he is prepared to make the most of the least official slip that may be made on the part of the British Cabinet or any of its representatives. Mr. Seward must be hard driven when he finds it necessary to express so much indignation in so trifling an affair.

The Times questions the wisdom and good taste of Lord Wharncliffe's offer, but it repudiates Mr. Seward's charges against the British people, and concludes by saying that he knows that in every one of the questions raised by the existing civil war we only move in lines already laid down for us by lawyers, statesmen,

and the conscience and public opinion of the United States. We are in the same case as they are, and whatever abuse Mr. Seward chances to lavish on us simply recoils on the head of his own people.

A letter published in the day article of the Times on trading regulations with the South, contends that they are calculated to impede, rather than promote, traffic. He asserts that the only available channel for getting cotton is through the blockade, and the difficulties of this trade have been increased, not by the great efficiency of the blockade, but by the regulations of the Confederate Government, tending to give itself a monopoly of the profits of blockade running.

The weekly returns of the Bank of France exhibit an increase of cash in hand of nearly twelve and one-half million francs. The Bank of France has reduced its rate of discount from five to four and three quarters per cent.

The Progress, of Lyons, announces that the cotton crisis is drawing to a close in the Department of the Rhine, where considerable arrivals of raw material have revived that branch of industry.

The Paris Bourse, on the 23d, was flat. Rentes were easier, and closed at 65f. 20

The Spanish Cortes opened on the 22d of December. The Queen's speech gives hope of a prompt solution of the Peruvian question, but is silent on the subject of St. Domingo. She says that Spain has not any ambitious projects upon the South American republics. As regards Mexico, the Queen's speech says that the official communication of Maximilian's accession to the throne of Mexico is the commencement of a new era in the political relations between Spain and Mexico, hitherto interrupted.

Another paragraph in the speech is as follows:

"I am bound to state that the general condition of the monarchy, considered in all its extent, is not satisfactory, and, to remedy this, I shall lay before you a bill of great importance."

Financial and commercial.

London Markets.--Breadstuffs quiet and steady. Coffee steady. Tea — common Congon is steady; green tea is firm. Rice firm. Tallow dull. Spirits turpentine steady. Petroleum quiet — Crude, £16; refined, 2s. 10d.

Corn active, and advanced 3d. to 6d. per quarter; mixed, 38s.

Provisions.--The market is dull. Beef is reported quiet and steady. Pork quiet. Bacon — The market has a downward tendency for new. Butter firm, with an upward tendency. Lard very dull, and declined 6d. to 1s. Cheese advanced 6d. to 1s. for good. Sugar advanced 6d. Coffee quiet. Fice has an upward tendency. Petroleum — Refined. 2s. per gallon; no sales of crude.

London Money Market.--Consols closed on Friday at 89 1 2 to 89 1 8 for money. Bullion in the Bank of England increased £185,000. There have been no sales of American securities, and quotations are nominal. United States five-twenties are quoted at 11 1-2 to 42 1-2.


The mausoleum creating by Queen Victoria for the late Prince Albert is a building of noble proportions, and is adorned with costly stones and marble, is approached by a flight of steps furnished with stone balustrading. At the top of the steps is an open portics of elegant design, within which is a door, having over it a coat of arms and the monogram "V. A. " entwined on each side of it. Beneath the coat of arms is a brass table, with raised Latin inscription, recording the death of the late Prince, while the roof of the portico has been decorated with Venetian mosaies, representing a blue sky, with golden stars and other ornaments. The interior of the mausoleum contains the tomb of the Prince, the remains, it is understood, being interred at present in a temporary sarcophagus till the building is finished, when they will probably be placed in the massive granite sarcophagus lately received from Scotland.

The death of M. Mocquard, Louis Napoleon's private secretary, is a great blow to the Emperor of France. He understood the Napoleonic policy perfectly, and many of the pamphlets upon public questions, which have been attributed to the Emperor, were written by Mocquard Napoleon gratefully appreciated his valuable services, and admitted him to the fullest and closed confidence.

A Yankee, not long since, was arrested by the Italian authorities, on the Neapolitan borders, on the suspicion of being a brigand, and, as he was unwise enough to travel without his passport, he was kept there days in a filthy prison with genuine brigands before he could make his true condition known satisfactorily.

The newspaper organ of the Canadian Prime Minister advocates the passage of an alien bill at the next session of Parliament, the design of which is said to be the expulsion of the Southern sympathizers from the Province.

The Russian Admiral Romanov is dead.

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