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THE FRENCH BANK-NOTE FORGERIES.…

CAROLINE GRAVIERE.

A LEECH BAROMETER.

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rHE CONVICT OUTBREAK AT IS…

THE THIRLMERE WATER SCHEME.

A RIVAL TO POET CLOSE.

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THE FENIAN PRISONERS.

THE SWITZERS AND SPRING.

CHEAPSIDE IN THE OLDEN TIME.

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THE PROPOSED AGRICULTURAL…

EMBALMING.

THE YANKEE PRIVATEER.

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RUNNING THE BLOCKADE AT CRETE.

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THE COST OF WAR. -

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CHANGES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN FLEET. Some important changes will be made in the Medi- terranean fleet at the beginning of next month. Already the Hotspur, ironclad ram, has been recalled, her boilers being defective. She will be either refitted or placed in the reserve as circumstances may turn out. The Duke of Edinburgh's ship, the Sultan, one of the finest ironclads of the fleet, has also been withdrawn from the advance squadron in the Sea of Marmora, and added temporarily to Lord John Hay's command at Malta, where the so-called Channel Squadron is now stationed. A large sum has been taken in this year's Navy Estimates for the thorough repair of the Sultan, which has been actively engaged in the Mediter- rauean for the past two years, and a twelvemonth will probably be required before the ship will be ready for commission again. The Devastation, tur- ret-vessel, our most heavily-armed ship on the station, has been sent into the Sea of Marmora in place of. the Sultan, and before the latter returns to England, the Monarch, turret-ship, and Invincible, ironclad, will be ready to reinforce Admiral Hornby's flag. The Tenedos, corvette, is also under orders for the Mediterranean, so that the withdrawal of the Sultan and Hotspur will be compensated for, although the Shannon being ordered to China will give us one ironclad the less. The number of ironclads will be but fourteen, under the commands of Vice- Admirals Hornby and Lord John Hay; but owing to the absence of the Hotspur there are only thirteen at this moment, together with sixteen unarmoured men- of-war of various classes. With the Commander-in- Chief in the Sea of Marmora just now are the Alexandra, T6m6raire, Achilles, Devastation, iron- clads, and two gun-vessels, with Bear-Admiral Sir William Hewett, the Captain of the Fleet, second in command. Our ships in the Dardanelles and at Besika Bay, which include four ironclads and several frigetes and corvettes, are under the orders of Rear- Admiral Sir J. Commerell. The remainder of our force is at Malta, and consists at this moment of five ironclads, but how long these, which nominally form the Channel Squadron, will be stationed in the Mediterranean is as yet undetermined. That another squadron will be formed next month is pretty certain, but whether it will be employed on Channel duty or for particular service remains to be seen. I Admiral Sir Beauchamp Seymour, recently in com- mand of the Channel Squadron, has been mentioned as commanding officer; and doubtless the Hercules, formerly the flagship of the Mediterranean fleet, now fit and ready for sea, will pgain be employed in that capacity.

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CANADA.

PENNY BANKS.

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