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The "Times" and our Commissioners. Our English files have brought us, in its length and breadth, the philippic of the London Times upon Commissioners Mason and Slidell. The reviling of the leading British journal are even more gross and vulgar than the condensed dispatch had represented them. It is wanton, gratuitous, brutal, and blackguard. The writer must have bought a bad fish at Billingsgate the day it was written; and had a wrangle with one of its redoubtable dames. The tirade bearges these innocent gentlemen with the cost of the recent large shipment of English troops, arms, and military supplies to Canada. This cost is supposed to be about three millions of pounds sterling, or fifteen millions of dollars, and poor Messrs Slidell and Mason are charged with the sum. Invited by the advertisements of the British packet at Havana, these gentlemen went aboard of her, paid their passage money to England, and betook themselves quietly to their state rooms. After a few days
difficulties with England. Some of the more limit of the politicians here express fears that the Secretary of State does not properly appreciate the hostile intentions and unscrupulous purposes of the English Government; but Mr. Seward has opportunities for information of these subjects enjoyed by note others, and all who have unshaken confidence in his sagacity pronounce this talk about the imminence of hostilities with England, upon some other ground than that of the seizure of Mason and Slidell, as simple Wall street panic. The tax bill. It is understood that the tax bill is now being perfected in its details by the Committee of Ways and Means. It proposes a moderate rate of taxation upon most of the articles of necessary consumption, with higher rates on distilled liquors and other articles of luxury, on legacies and probates, on passengers by railroad and other conveyances, newspapers and telegraphic messages. From these sources, taken in connection with the tariff on
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and labors with zeal, if not with address, to foster a bitterly unfriendly feeling against our people and our Institutions Every class of society appears infected with the prevailing American To the bulk of the Canadian people the surrender of Slidell and Mason seems to have been a disappointment. It venomed rather than aminished their spite, and it certainly increased the contempt for Americans which is infused into Canadian opinions by the influence of the British officers, stationed in trnment, the Toronto Leader and the Quebec Courier are the bitterest anti-American orders to the province. Nothing is talked of in military circles out now to assail the United State in their weak spots. Troops, alter the surrender of Mason and Slidell, were ostentatiously detailed for the defence of the southern extremity of the Victoria bridge, and surveys are still being vigorously prosecuted with a view to the erection of forts, which would be worse than useless it peace is to be maintaine