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THE WAR. THE SIEGE OF PARIS. The fall of Fort Avron has enabled the Germans to turn their fire not only upon the great fort of Rosiiy and adjoining works, but even upon a part of the city. The bombardment has been steadilv maintained, and the superiority of the German artillery will no doubt soon tell decisively in their favour. When the French evacuate Fort Rosny they will surrender a position from which the Germans will hold Paris at the merev of their heavy guns. A special correspondent with the head-quarters of the Crown Prince of Saxony telegraphs that during the bom- bardment of Mont Avron. on Wednesday, some shells were sent into Paris, to La Viliette, and Belleville. from the Raincy batteries, the range being about 7,000 3Tards. The French batteries at Bondy have been silenced, and the camp behind Bondy broken up. A telegram from the German head-quarters at Ver- sailles states that the bombardment of the forts on the north-east of the city was vigorously continued on Satur- day and Sunday that the advanced posts on that side had been evacuated by the French; and that Forts iNogent, Rosny, and Noisy made no reply on Sunday to the shower of German shells. A telegram from Paris, dated Saturday evening, admits that the capture of Fort Avron by the Germans had caused a certain emotion in the city, but says no disorder had resulted. There appears, however, to be some dissatisfaction with the conduct of the defence. At a meeting of the mayors of all the arrondissementa, on the 30th ult., strictures were passed upon General Trochu. M. Jules Favre, and other members of the Government, but in the end moderate councils prevailed, and the meeting contented itself with the adoption of a declaration of opinion that the military operations should be carried on with all possible energy and activity. It is announced from Versailles that the east front of Paris was so effectually bombarded on Tuesdav, that onlv Fort Nogent replied, and that feebly, to the German firè: The attack on the forts to the east of ParisâRosny, Nogent, and Noisy-was suspended on Wednesday owing to a thick fog. ° THE SEIZURE OF ENGLISH SHIPS. The Daily News correspondent writes that the seizure by the Germans of six vessels at Duclair, has excited great indignation among the English residents and mer- chants in Havre. The Journal of that city says that if England allows such an act to be committed with impu- nity she will sink to the rank of a fourth-rate Power. The correspondent thinks that a more formidable war vessel ought to be sent to Havre to protect English interests than the tiny gun-boat at present there. A correspondent at Havre telegraphs that an English vessel, named the Svlph, has been seized by the Germans at Rouen, aud towed down the river, the crew being forced on shore. We are glad to learn that the remonstrances of the Secretary of State for Foreign Aflairs with respect to the seizure of the English collier ships in the Seine, have been received in a very fair spirit by the X Olth German Govern- ment; and that there is every prospect that the question will be amicably an anged. VARIOUS MOVEMENTS. An official dispatch was received at Bordeaux some days ago announcing the precipitate evacuation of Dijon by the Prussians, on the approach of the French troops. After ^evacuating Dijon, the Germans have also eva- cuated Gray, and are said to be precipitately retreating on Vesoul. Bordeaux, Dec. 28 (3-30 p.m. )-M. Gambetta arrived here to-day. A despatch from Chalons announces that at five o'clock this morning the vanguard of Garibaldi's forces entered Dijon, which has been evacuated by the Germans. The French have succeeded in dislodging the Prussians from nearly all their positions on the left bank of the Seine, between Rouen and Havre. On Friday, the force under the command of General Roy carried the Prussian positions on the heights of La Bouille and of Chateau Robert, after six hours' hard fighting. On the following day the Prussians retook the position of La Bouille, but in a very short time the French drove them off, inflicting on them considerable losses. An act of treachery, it is said, was committed on the occasion by a Prussian officer, who came forward to surrender, offering his sword. The French thereupon ceased firing, and immediately the Prussians fired pointblank into them. The Prussians on Saturday precipitately evacuated Yvetot, and there re- mained but a straggling force between Bearentin and Croixmare. General Pettingeas, the new commander of the army at Havre, on Saturday sent a strong reconnais- sance in the direction of Bolbec, which led to a skirmish, in which the Prussians lost 18 wounded, 25 killed, and 11 prisoners. General Chanzy telegraphs that General Jouffroy made an offensive reconnaissance in front of Vendome on Satur- day, and defeated a German force, making 200 prisoners. But the Germans also claim the victory, and assert that they took four guns. In tlie east there has been a small engagement, news of which reaches us from Switzerland, owing to the fact that 200 vengeurs of some of the free corps had been driven across the Swiss frontier and made prisoners. In the west, General Chanzy is reported to be entrenched at Le Mans, in a second Torres Vedras, where he is reorganising and armed his forces, and recruiting prior to taking the field again. RETREAT OF THE GERMANS. Besan^on, Sunday.âThe Germans evacuated Gray Yesterday after a severe engagement with the Franc Tireurs of Bourra-s. Neuvy, Sunday.âThe Germans are falling back on Gien, and evacuated Bonny yesterday. SPEECH BY THE KING. Versailles, Monday. -At the New Years' reception held yesterday at the Palace of Versailles, the King made a speech, in which he said that although they had achieved a great success they had not yet reached their goal, and that important tasks were still before them ere they ar- rived at an honourable and lasting peace. KING WILLIAM THE VICTORIOUS. Versailles, Tuesday.âAt a banquet on New Year's Day the King expressed his thanks to the German princes, and addedâYour hopes are directed to the crowning of the edifice, and honourable peace. The Grand Duke of Baden, who responded, saidâWe regard your Majesty as the supreme bead of the German Empire, and proposed a toast to King William the Victorious. ALLEGED REPULSES OF THE GERMANS. Bordeaux, 31st Dec.âYesterday a reconnaisance took place in the neighbourhood of Vendome, and a number of German troops were driven back. Other small engage- ments took place to-day, in all of which the enemy were worsted. FRENCH REVERSE. Intelligence from Pruntut says that on Sunday an en- gagement was fought between Abbevilliers and Croix, and Intelligence from Pruntut says that on Sunday an en- gagement was fought between Abbevilliers and Croix, and the French retreated. On Monday another severe en- counter took place near Delle, particulars unknown. BATTLE AT BAPAUME. Very conflicting accounts have been received of a serious engagement near Bapaume. On Wednesday the papers published a telegram from Lille containing the intelligence of a battle that took place on the 2nd instant between a portion of the French Army of the North and the forces of General Manteuffel. The scene of action was near Arras, between Sapignes and Bapaume. At the close of the day the French claimed to be the victors. The battle was renewed on the 3rd, a little below Bapaume. It commenced at eight in the morning and continued till six in the evening, when, it was stated, it ended in a complete victory by the French. In his dis- patch General Faidherbesays :â" We drove the Prussians from all their positions and all villages. The Prussians suffered enormous losses our losses were severe." During the fight, Bapaume and Behagnies were entirely burnt. The further reports are hopelessly bewildering. The French acpounts claiming a complete victory are confirmed by an official report from Bordeaux whilst, on the other hand, General Manteuffel claims to have dispersed General Faidherbe's army, after having beaten it with heavy loss on all > oints. There has never been throughout the war a more flat contradiction. Which account is to be believed? The French have deceived us so often, and the Germans whatever their other faults may be, have so invariably told the truth without exaggeration, that we are inclined to believe that in this, the third great battle of the north the German arms have met with their wonted success.

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