New York affairs.

New York, Dec. 16, 1865.
The Fenians and their troubles still seem to absorb much public attention here. At the Hall of Tara yesterday, the officers of the various departments were busily engaged in matters pertaining to the organization.

The arrival of General Mullen, the head of the Military Department in Ireland, has excited much interest and curiosity as to his position as regards the present causes of misunderstanding between their Fenian leaders. The chief difference is said to lie in the opposition in views with regard to a proposed early move upon the "enemy's works." It is supposed that the military chieftain of Ireland, with the views from either side before him, will take sides with President O. Mahoney; for the present, at all events.

The appearance of their Secretary of War before the Senate yesterday, his speech there, and his interview with the military delegation of nine, who have just arrived from Ireland, are said to have excited much enthusiasm in favor of his plans for immediate and decided action.

On the other hand, many resolutions of endorsement of President O'Mahoney's policy are passed by different circles.

Upon the whole, the breach is apparently widening, and should the early contemplated move be attempted, the general opinion seems to be that it will terminate in a complete abortion.

The courts of the city present to the world a frightful record of crime and vice. The testimony in each case discloses fresh crimes. The trial of Ward for the murder of officer Walker is in progress now.

The Italian opera, under charge of Max Maretzek, is about to close for the season. The closing performance, with the exception of the matinee for this morning, took place last evening. During the evening a handsome tribute was paid to the manager by way of a congratulatory letter from some of the most prominent citizens of the metropolis.

Mr. Maretzek replied in a short speech, during which he took occasion to refer to the pending difficulty between the caterers to public amusement in a manner that elicited much laughter and applause. The company, it is understood, is about to make a tour southward. The enlightened portion of the public, which employs much of its time in seeking amusement, will miss this, the most refined and intellectual, diversion during the absence of the company from the city.

The money market to-day is much agitated, in consequence of the rumors of a rupture in our diplomatic relations with France. The closing rate of gold to-day 146½, with rather an upward tendency. Money, is scarce, and only to be had at high rates.

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