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--Wendell Phillips, in an address in Boston, declared that the average arrests for drunkenness, in that city, for the last three years, was seventeen thousand yearly. There are forty-two criminals out of every one hundred men in Boston.

Numbers of young officers who have seen service in the war, and have resigned for various causes, are about to enter the Mexican army, having been offered superior rank to that they filled in the United States army.

The Portland Advertiser says the steamer North American, at that port from Liverpool, has brought seventeen American captains of merchantmen, eleven of whom sold their ships abroad on account of immense war risks, and two of whom were ship wrecked.

The London Times remarks that in one of the latest American ministerial dispatches the opinion is expressed that the officers of the Federal navy are inferior to Southern commanders; the misgivings, continues the Times, exchanged between Mr. Seward and Mr. Adams, are not unfounded.

By exhausting the means of constructing fifty Alabamans in fitting out old worthless vessels, the Times says, the mercantile marine of the North swims the ocean as defenceless against two ships of the enemy as a school of herrings chased by two sharks. The North might have been supplied with ten times the number furnished the Confederates.

The Times says that although the British furnished the Alabama and Florida, the Confederates did not buy Captain Semmes or has skill.

The Liverpool Post, of March 20th, says the privateer Southerner, built at Stockholm, has been launched on the Teer. She is the largest iron vessel ever built there, length 294 feet 9 inches, tonnage 1,953 37.94, old measurement. Her builders have orders on hand from Liverpool for 8,000 tuns iron shipping.

The New York World products a Democratic majority in the State of Ohio in the coming fall elections of 25,000 to 30,000.

At Cairo the famous 109th Illinois regiment has again mutinied, refusing to march without being paid. Their destination was Vicksburg. They were put under guard on board a transport and sent down the river.

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