Interesting from Europe.The European mails of the 20th contain some additional intelligence of interest.
Mr. Gladstone on the prospect ofMr. Gladstone, in a speech on non-intervention, said that England, as a nation, could not interfere in any way in the American war, but,-- For my own part, I confess I have always had great doubts as to the practicability of reducing to subjection any large portion of a country that manifests a determined disposition to separate.--[Continued cheering.]
The feeling towards the Confederacy in France.A letter in the London Post, from Paris on the 14th ultimo, speaking of the American war, says: ‘ The Moniteur and other papers have referred to the pence address sent from Great Britain to the American people. If three hundred thousand signatures have been obtained in England and Ireland, an equal number might, with the utmost each, have been collected in France. The French Government, regarding this civil war as a great Master for America, and a great calamity for a certain class of manufacturers, has continued to promote ideas of reconciliation. On the other hand, the strictest neutrality was, and is, observed on all questions connected with the building of vessels or furnishing munitions of war. The Imperial Government of course only knows the Government of Washington; but it is no secret that, as in England, the Southern envoys have occasionally, communicated with official personages in Paris. ’ Perhaps the sympathy of the majority in this country is with the Southern cause. The French people instinctively lean towards the weaker party, and witness, in the heroic fights of the Southern army, a people struggling bravely, and with marvellous endurance, against an enemy whose resources, domestic and foreign, are almost unlimited. The French people, from all that one can observe, desire to witness the end of this bloody struggle quite as much as do all right-thinking men in England. Personal and material interests, however, have less to do with that feeling than formerly. The cotton trade of Havre and Rouen has gradually righted itself, at least to a certain extent. As in England, other supplies have been landed at Havre, and trade has gradually recovered. The exportation trade generally, from France to America, has not, strange to say, fallen off. The wealthy in the Northern States buy largely from France. The alarm once felt in this country about the American war has greatly diminished. But the desire for peace is not less universal. Humanitarian as well as material interests associate the Government and people of France with the sentiments embodied in the peace address of the British nation.
The great Southern bazaar in Liverpool for the Relief of Southern Prisoners.On the 19th ultimo, one of the most magnificent bazaars ever held in the north of England was opened at the St. George's Hall, in Liverpool, in aid of the "Southern Prisoners' Relief Fund."--For nearly six months the preparations have been in progress, and during that time contributions the most valuable have flowed in from all parts of the world. So numerous, indeed, are the articles thus generously given, that the difficulty has not been to "dress" the stalls, in the technical sense of the word, but to exhibit all that they contain; for a bazaar on so sumptuous and vast a scale as this one, is dwarfed even in the magnificent hall devoted to it. The London Herald thus describes the scene: ‘ The stalls, of which there are twelve, named after the Southern States, are ranged down the sides of the hall, five on each side, and the remaining two form a large central tent, from the apex of which rises a triplet of tri-colored flags. Tri-colored drapery also roofs the stalls, and it being of bunting instead of the ordinary glazed calico, gives a peculiar soft and rich appearance, and heightens the effectiveness of the harmonious color contrasts. The stalls are alternately square and octagonal in shapes, the octagons having tent or spiral roofs rising to a point, and capped with the Confederate flag; and the square ones, sloping roofs, reaching about half way up to the gallery. The counters are all covered with crimson cloth, and a drapery valiance, which runs round the top of each stall, forms a very graceful cornice. The valiance itself is elaborately decorated with a blue margin and a prettily-designed red, white and blue centre, and above the top margin is a neat border, terminating in a tri-colored cord, which runs from stall to stall. The panelings at the bottom of the stalls are of white drapery, relieved by blue; and the panels themselves, by gold beading, and uted at the bottom. At the south end of the hall, and in the middle of the floor, is the aution stand, an octagonally-shaped platform, which is to be at first appropriated for the larger and heavier articles. It, too, is wrapped in crimson, and bears ingeniously-designed combinations of colors. The panels are fluted and have gold mouldings, and the centre is studded with blue and white rosettes. The central tent, to which we have already referred as the largest, is also the most complete; one-half of it forms the Kentucky stall, presided over by the Lady De Hoghton and Mrs. Oliver, and the other half of the Tennessee stall, at which the Lady M. Beresford Hope and Mrs. F. Hull presided. ’ Various flags--Confederate and British--are displayed throughout the hall; but these have been selected with a judiciousness and taste which has rather tended to subdue effects, and thus prevent the glare and gaudiness which probably would otherwise have been apparent. Thus at the apex of each of the bell-roofed sectional octagon tents are small triplets — a tri-colored of the Confederacy being in the centre, and the English and French flags on either side. At the stall named "Georgia," which is the fourth on the left-hand side, the flag of the ship Georgia is exhibited; and it may be interesting to mention that this same stall is presided over by Mrs. Bullock, the wife of Captain Bullock, of the famous man-of-war. The fronts of all the stalls are covered with small silk banners, bearing the stars of the Confederacy and the motto, "Deo Vindice." On entering the hall from the east lobby, the first stall on the left hand is "Virginia, " held by the Countess de Dampierre, Mrs. Patterson and Mrs. M. G. Klingender. The great attractions on this stall are a number of artistically-designed albums of the Confederate generals, a bronze of Mephistopheles, and various small articles of interest. "North Carolina" is the next stall in order, and it is presided over by Mrs. Spence and Mrs. F. Worthington. It is richly laden with china vases, and contains a magnificently-gilt clock. "South Carolina," the next stall, is held by the Lady Wharncliffe and Mrs. Pricleau. It contains chiefly small, but richly-wrought, articles of needle-work, scarfs, pictures, and baskets of elegant workmanship. The "Georgia" stall is very finely decorated externally, but the interior is devoted chiefly to baby linen; the only other article worth notice here being a curiously- shared large clock. The ladies presiding are Mrs. Bullock and Mrs. Trapman. "Florida" is presided over by Mrs. Cassin and Mrs. Patrick. It contains many valuable and elegant pieces of workmanship in worsted, some exquisitely-wrought screen needle- work, two bassinets, gilt ottoman, and a large number of small ferns and other articles. The central stalls--"Kentucky" and "Tennessee"--will probably be found the most attractive, not only from their position, but also from the great variety of their contents. "Kentucky" is kept by the lady De Hoghton and Mrs. G. W. Oliver.--Among its exhibitions is a doll house, five feet eight inches high, valued at seventy pounds. We noticed, also, a very elegant silver centre piece, which had been designed by Mrs. Oliver. The design consisted of a tripod base, from which springs a palmetto tree, supporting the glass. At the base of the stem is a figure representing the Confederate States draped in the flag of the Confederacy, and holding in her hands the emblems of Faith, Hope and Charity. On the reverse side is a bale of cotton and the war flag of the Confederates. The "Tennessee" part of the tent is kept by the Lady M. Beresford Hope and Mrs. F. Hull. Here is a large and apparently very valuable doll's bedstead, a picture of the Holy Family in Parian, a box of small busts of Jefferson Davis, sent by Lady Beresford Hope, and some small Swise ornaments. "Alabama," the end tent on the western side, is devoted to some of the most interesting and costly articles of the bazaar. Among these is a clock representing the cathedral of Milan, in pearl shell.--The stall also contains rope-dancers, various other figures, boxes of coins, pieces of needlework (one of these valued at thirty guineas), and models of wild Alabama flowers in wax. Alabama is kept by Mrs. Malcomson and Mrs. Pratt. The Mississippi tent is kept by the Countess of Chesterfield and the Hon. Mrs. Slidell. It contains many of the most useful contributions, among which are rugs of bearskin. There is also here a large collection of Bohemian dolls. The care of the tent named "Louisiana" is confided to Mrs. Byrne, Mrs. T. Byrne and Mrs. F. Bodewald. This stall contains a very handsome Indian cover from Canada, a single monkey stuffed, and a couple of monkeys stuffed, a miniature organ, a French toilet table, and smaller articles for the toilet. "Texas" is devoted to jewelry, statuettes, timepieces, tapestry, and several richly-worked Mrs. A. Forwood, Mrs. W. Forwood and Mrs. W. Heyn are the ladies in attendance. "Arkansas," at which Mrs. Sillem and Mrs. J. Willink preside, has a model of the ship Florida, several handsome silver jugs, some splendid American an American rabbit, a very pretty child's bassinet, together with baskets and multifarious other small articles. During the morning the basr was so densely crowded that locomotion was almost impossible, and the business transacted was exceedingly profitable to the relief fund. The basr continues open for three days more.
The advance in the Confederate Cotton Loan.The London Herald of the 17th, in its financial article, says: ‘ There was a marvellous rise in the stock of the Confederacy cotton Purchases were made on the from the South and the tion of very heavy for the full. jnt, in that was the that with enemy a she took place. with yesterday, the per cent.--a the of bdness was tran.--The in lly being and will, in the of a short be ly sea. --Yesterday, the price was ; to-day, it opened to which was the final ; and in good support was given to the ’
United States, says "peace has scene friends, but no party which cannot be swept away by the report of a single victory." It adds: ‘ On the 4th of March next, Mr. Lincoln will quit the President's chair to renew his oath of office and resume his seat. Any statements comparing what the North has gained since March, 1860, with the price paid for it in life and money, would be appalled by the results of the calculation. To the party politicians of America they appear trifling, and the future is regarded with exactly the same complacence as when they had not written the first load of the tragic volume the history of the war has now swelled into. For ourselves, we look on the prospect of four years more of such a civil contact at once horrible and wearying, ’ ‘ Never ending, still beginning;
Fighting still, and still destroying,
’ as the most melancholy and depressing the whole world presents, and the greatest reproach to mankind. The London Telegraph, on the same subject, says: ‘ Whether the North elect Lincoln or McClellan--and certainly, for the time being, the chances are much in favor of the former--it is tolerably clear that the new President will find in the South none of that "exhaustion" which has been perpetually prophesied and never proved. The prospects of the Confederacy have, indeed, been often brighter, but they have also more than once been darker than now. Even the first part of the long Northern programme is as yet unfulfilled. The recent successes have been singularly barren of practical results; the collapse that follows an excessive effort is beginning to be visible, and hence New York, despite all the re-assuring bulletins of Mr. Secretary Stanton, is so far from feeling confidence in the Executive, that gold, which not long ago seemed steadily falling, has again risen to the significant quotation of 199. ’