Arrival of the Asia's Mails.--Dates to the 25th Ultimo.
telegrams, a day or two ago, favor us with the skimmings
of the news, but the following details are of interest:
The London Star
refers to the claim of the Dutch
envoy in America
for an increase of salary on account of the war prices which prevail in New York.
The increase was opposed by the Lower House
of the Dutch Legislature
, and the poor, unfortunate envoy, says the Star,
is "left living over a barber's shop in Washington
Parliament will meet on the twenty-fifth of January, in order to get through the preliminary business.
The first thing to be done is to elect a Speaker, the next is to administer the oaths to the new members.
This business usually occupies a week, and until it is completed there is no Parliament, in the legal sense of the work, nor can any legislation be proceeded with.
It is believed that the formal opening of Parliament by the reading of the Queen
's speech will take place on February first, which is two or three days earlier than the average date.
The news is confirmed that the cattle plague throughout Britain has broken out afresh, and is now more fatal than ever.
The number of cases for the week ending November 18th was 2,669, as compared with 2,580 and 1,765 of the two weeks ending November 11th and 4th.
The total number of cases has been 27,432, of which 8,998 have proved fatal, and in 1,777 have recovered, and of the remaining 3,977 the fate is still uncertain.
Thus about 22,000 cattle have died directly or indirectly from the plague.
The famous steamship Trent
, associated with the seizure of Messrs. Mason
by a United States
frigate, has closed her career, and is now being broken up near the Isle of Dogs
The rebel cruiser Shenandoah
left the Mersey
for New York on the 21st.
The disposition, however, seems to be, to laugh at it, rather than to treat it with gravity.
The London Mercantile Gazette
"The whole thing appears to be dying out. The laugh at it grows daily louder, and the proofs of the want of real power and influence amongst its leaders daily more conspicuous. "
is of opinion that "it is quite probable a raid may be attempted on Canada
in the course of the winter, but it will not be a military affair at all — only a matter of police, which will be put down without difficulty. " He thinks, also, that if there is any fighting to be done at all it will have to be done in Ireland
, which is very consolatory, considering that the only occasion on which the boasted arms of the Fenians have been used, was that on which the two policemen were shot in the back from a garret window.
On the whole, the editor thinks it will do to conclude that:
"There is little danger that men who are earning good wages, and who are well fed and well clothed, will leave the place in which they obtain all these advantages, even for the sake of gratifying a sentimental devotion to the country in which they starved, or a groundless hatred to England
The London Morning Herald
pitches into Uncle Sam for not snuffing the Fenians.
"The Federal Government has hardly acted a wise or dignified part in regard to the Fenian agitation.
It is unworthy of a Power which pretends to respect public law, and which desires to maintain peace, to allow a conspiracy to be carried on within its jurisdiction for the invasion of the dominions of a neighbor.
We never interfere with the plots of Mazzini
so long as their execution is to take place solely on Italian or Hungarian soil, but if either were to collect a force of aliens in this country for the invasion of Venetian
or of Hungary
, we should speedily knock the scheme on the head.
So we do not ask the Americans
to prevent Mahoney
talking of an Irish Republic, or sending money and instructions to his dupes in Dublin
; but we must remind them that a raid into Canada
could hardly fail to have very serious consequences.