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(From the John Bull.) As must have been expected by all conversant with the French character, and none know it better than Louis PHILIPPE, Boulogne has been made the scene of a display of sentiment, coupled with a judici- ous distribution of croia (Vhonneur, and the more substantial rewards of promotion for the officers who were foremost in repellingthe late "invasion" of Prince Louis NAPOLEON1, and largess for the privates. The "frantic attempt" has, in point of fact, been quite a God-send to the CITIZEN-KING, and being a wary and a cool old soldier," he has made the most of it The very elements, too, kindly conspired in favour of the wished-for sensation. On the night of Sunday last, at the witching hour of twelve, Louis PHILIPPE took boat from his patrimonial castle of Eu (one half of which castle, by the way, was demolished during the revolution gently fanned by his sire,) with the intent of steaming to the luckily loyal city of Boulogne. With him there went along their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess de NEMOURS, and the Dukes of AUMALE and of MONTPENSIER, and, as their tail, the Ministers of War, of the Marine, and of the In- terior, "All plaided and plumed in most civic array." By half-past five the next morning the steamer Veloce, on board of which this goodly company were embarked, accompanied by the Royal yacht, La Reine A me lie, and a small steamer Le Courrier, hove in sight of the destined haven. The authorities were on the alert, therappel was beat, the National Guards, brimful of loyalty, valour, and of sleep, tumbled out of their beds into their clothes, and the whole popu- lation, headed by the Mayor, made for the pier, This may be considered the first act of "us and our comedy." The next opens with a storm-scene. It is low water; the vessels are a mile and a half from the shore, bobbing up and down on the sea, while the Mayor and authorities are bobbing their heads at them on the pier. The weather is what sailors term "dirty," and after the parties have remained in their relative positions two hours and a half, it becomes so much dirtier that the vessels up with their steam and are off, whilst the Boulognese return to find Her Majesty the Queen of the FRENCH, who has ad interim arrived from Eu by land. Four more hours were consumed in sentiment; every heart being on the waters with the "King of the Barricades," and Her MAJESTY, to borrow the affecting language of the correspondent of the Times, "sitting looking vainly o'er the sea." After this insupportable state of suspense had been supported, as we have just said, for four hours, two of the steamers found their way back, managed to enter the harbour, and brought word that the Veloce, bear- ing the person of the CITIZEN-KING, had made for Calais. Thereupon the QUEEN left off "looking vainly over the sea," and rode post to look after her Royal spouse at that place. The third act is at Calais, in sight of which the Veloce came between two and three of the clock. Here we must again borrow from the reportor. In endeavouring to enter, the vessel struck against the extreme point of the jetty, carrying away some of the works of the pier, and was cast upon the sands, where she struck. As the storm was still raging, the situa- tion of the vessel was one of great danger, and we may concieve, but it would be difficult to describe, the feelings which must at this moment have agitated the breast of the QUEEN, who had arrived at Calais to receive His MAJESTY on landing. Fortunately the KING was able to step on the jetty and walk ashore." On which account we have only to observe that it is our sincere wish and prayer that in every case of ships' being in "great danger," they may happen to lie alongside of a jetty and their crews be "fortunately able to step upon it and walk ashore." All agitating feelings being over hereâthe storm of sentiment still raging at Bologne- the CITIZEN-KING reviewed his Citizen-troops, who, it is whispered, did not manifest any fever-heat of enthusiasm, and then departed with his QUEEN to allay the fears of the Mayor, the au- thorities, and the people generally at Boulogne. Act fourth was consumed in pouring the oil of tran- quillity on the great tidal wave of fear by going to the theatre, witnessing some performance or other, and