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an increase of over fifteen millions of francs in cash. A treaty of commerce has been signed between France and Sweden. The absence of any allusion to America in the Emperor's speech to the Legislature attracts attention in England. The Pall Mall Gazette says the question of the cession of certain Provinces in Mexico to France has been discussed in the French Privy Council. The project was advocated by the Duke de Morny, supported by M. Fould; but Drouyn de l'huys objected on account of a possible war with the United States, and the Emperor ultimately agreed with him. The Bourse was-very firm at 67£.50 Brazil. Additional advices from South America state that the Brazilians captured the city of Paysandu only after a sanguinary battle of fifty hours duration. Great mortality existed in the place. --The Brazilian troops were marching on Montevideo. The Banda Oriental Executive was about to solicit French mediation through a special commission to Paris.
The English order of St. Benedict has now a monastery at Norwich, and branches of the "third order" at Bristol, Newcastle, and other places. The population of Paris this year is 1,667,841 souls, exclusive of a garrison of 28,300 men. The people of Paris eat every day two million francs' worth of dinner. There were in existence at the close of the year 1864, exactly 7,728 Jesuits. Of these, 475 were in the Papal States, 2,329 in France, 296 in Asia, 213 in Africa, 726 in South America, 199 in North America, and 55 in Oceanic. The Princess of Wales has announced her intention of giving annually a Bible worth three guineas, with two guineas in money, as a prize to the female candidate, at the examination of the Adult Education Society, who obtains a certificate of proficiency in needlework and the highest marks in the examinations in elementary knowledge. The Moscow Gazette mentions an innovation introduced into the Nobles' Club at Odessa by the admission of l
uadron is commanded by Rear Admiral L. M. Goldsborough. The field of operation is the coast of Europe and the Mediterranean. The Brazil squadron is commanded by Acting Rear Admiral S. W. Gordon. This will cruise on the eastern coast of South America and the western coast of Brazil. The East India squadron is commanded by Acting Rear Admiral H. H. Bell. The Shenandoah will be one of this fleet. The Pacific squadron, commanded by Acting Rear Admiral George F. Pearson, cruises the whole western coast of North and South America and the islands of the Pacific. The Secretary dwells with great pride on the rapid increase of power in the navy, and the difficulties overcome in its growth. He speaks with scorn of the "three hundred and twenty-two officers who traitorously proved false to the flag which they had sworn to support and the Government which had confided in their honor." "Better men, from the merchant marine, educated, and vastly more efficient," supplied the
A negro man, named Adolphus, was shot and killed in lower Blandford, Monday evening, by a half Indian, named Cincinnatus P. Brooks. A large crowd of negroes gathered around the spot, and much excitement ensued. Brooks was arrested and lodged in jail. A lecture was delivered in New York Monday evening, by A. Rew, who undertook to prove that Greenland was formerly part of South America; that the earth was half its present volume, and a variety of equally extraordinary theories. On Saturday evening last upwards of one hundred employees of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad Company were discharged. In this number were included conductors, engine-drivers, firemen and laborers. On Saturday last, eight miles from Fredericksburg, a house of Mr. A. Armstrong, occupied by Mrs. Charters, was destroyed by fire, the occupant losing nearly everything in the house. A fire occurred in Alexandria last Saturday night, which destroyed two stables and damaged other property.
From Europe. The malls by the steamship Cuba, at Halifax, have arrived. We glean the following items: Earl Russell, the new English Premier, is sick. Having a cold, he stayed away from the recent Cabinet Council. According to the London Star, however, his illness is somewhat more serious. Sir Frederick Bruce, the British Minister, has been appointed umpire to a joint commission, representing the United States and the republic of Columbia, South America, for the settlement of claims arising out of the Panama riots of 1856. The official investigation into the escape of Stephens has been postponed until the close of the Commission, but the Inspector of Prisons, Mr. Corry Connellan, has been directed to answer certain interrogatories tendered to him by order of the Executive. A large number of persons of considerable position are said, by the Dublin Evening Mail, to be seriously compromised in the affair. The Paris journals are strictly forbidden to speak of
A Christmas story. little Teece.related by Mrs. Lirriper's Lodger. The evening was raw, and there was snow on the streets, genuine London snow, half-thawed and trodden and defiled with mud. I remembered it well, that snow, though it was fifteen years since I had last seen its cheerless face. There it lay, in the same old ruts, and spreading the same old snares on the side-paths. Only a few hours arrived from South America via Southampton, I sat in my room, at Morley's Hotel, Charing Cross, and looked gloomily out at the fountains, walked up and down the floor discontentedly; and fiercely tried my best to feel glad that I was a wanderer no more, and that I had indeed got home at last. I poked up my fire, and took a long look backward upon my past life, through the embers. I remembered how my childhood had been embittered by dependence, how my rich and respectable uncle, whose ruling passion was vain-glory had looked on my existence as a nuisance, not so much because he wa
rency Bureau to New York. The rebels are said to have fired stones from their cannon in one of the battles of the war. They were load-stones, of course.--Prentice. Such people as Wilson and Sumner and Thad. Stevens are flies in the Union cream-pot. Prentice. The Indiana Republican Convention will be held on the 22d, and the Democratic Convention on March 1st. Some Americans have recently constructed a telegraph across the Andes, to connect various cities of Columbia, South America. The Dominican Republic is in a sad condition. Completely desolated by the recent Spanish invasion, the people are almost destitute. The Mississippi Senate has adopted a resolution for the erection of a monument at Jackson in memory of the rebel dead. The Mississippi river levees are soon to be rebuilt by military authority. A marble statue of Andrew Jackson is to be erected at Nashville. The Indiana Legislature, before adjourning, passed resolutions in favor of
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