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MR. GLADSTONE'S SAFETY.

THE FIRST SHOT.

ANOTHER ACCOUNT.

THE KILLED AND WOUNDED.

RECEPTION OF THE NEWS.

PROTEST OF THE FOKEKUY CONSULS,

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REWARDS FOR BRAVERY.

~ I A PERILOUS POSITION..'

IDEATH OF A SWISS GUIDE.

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THE BOMBARDMENT OF ALEXANDRIA.-

PREPARING FOR ACTION.

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PREPARING FOR ACTION. The correspondent of the Standard gives a graphic ac- count of the proceedings at Alexandria immediately prior to the commencement of the bombardment. The following is an extract therefrom On board H.M.S. Invincible. Monday morning. Early this morning the remaining British subjects em- barked on board ship, and save a somewhat numerous colony of Italians ahd Greeks, the European portion of the population of Alexandria have entirely deserted it. Those who remain prefer to run any risk rather than abandon their property to the mercy of the mob. They have barricaded their houses, and will resist to the last any attempt on the part of the mob to break in when the bombardment begins, Two p.m. At eleven, the Invincible, Monarch, and Ptmlope, moved out and anchored in the outside harbour. The scene was now impressive to a high degfts. Slowly all the foreign steamers moved from their berths and steamed out of harbour. The merchant steamers followed no regular order, but the war ships of the various nations steamed out in squadrons, saluting in passing the Admiral's flag, while the bands played the national airs. Scarce a breath of wind was blowing, and the various ensigns drooped against the masts. The bright Eastern sky overhead, the deep blue of the sea, the white-clothed crews clustering on the rigging, and the knowledge of the change which would soon take place, rendered the stately procession of war ships extremely impressive. The merchant steamers were all crowded with refugees- those who had held on to the last iu hopes that matters would not come to an extremity. The British steamer Lianishen took ground ia a critical position, but was eventually got off, By half-past twelve the American Squadron of three ships, two Russian vessels, one Austrian, and one German alone remained. At one o'clock a steam launch, towing a large boat fall of Egyptian officials, was seen approaching the tlag ship. It contained Ragheb Pacha and other members of the past and Present Ministry. They were received by the Admiral and the Hon. Mr. Lamban, Flag Lieutenant, and a guard of marines, the band playing, and a general salute, as they came as a deputation from the rulers of Egypt, It at once appeared that they had not received the Admiral's letter, and they had come oS to inquire the reason of the hostile preparations. The interview was conducted with great courtesy on both sides, but the Egyptian officials looked blank indeed upon the Admiral informing them that he had sent in a demand that the forts commanding the harbour should be imme- diately dismantled. The members of the deputation talked somewhat excitedly among themselves in Turkish, discussing, apparently, what Arabi would say to the demand. They inquired who would be deputed to dismantle the forts. They then returned on shore to consider the matter in a Council of Ministers. In several instances Europeans had great diffisulty in getting away. The two English engineers on board the tug Champion were seized by the Arab crew, and were being I carried off, when the gunboat Bittern started in pursuit, and rescued them. The last two Englishmen to come onip Td were Mr. Cornish, the manager of the waterworks, 4 Mr. South, secretary of the Porte trusts. The Khedive has sent his family away to a country palace, but he himself remains at Alexandria. He declined with thanks the invitation of the British Consul General to embark in one of our ships, saying that he oould not afford to give his enemies the opportunity of say- ing that he deserted his post to take refuge with a foreign foe. As I write, at two o,clock, the American Squadron are steaming past. Formal salutes are being exchanged, our bauds playing Hail, Columbia," thelr's God Save the Queen." Their departure leaves the British Fleet alone face to face with the Egyptian batteries, except where far inside the harbour, the German and Austrian steamers lie still hesitating whether to obey the Admiral's warning.

A FLAG OF TRUCE.

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ADMIRALTY TELEGRA M.

THE SHIPS IN ACTION.

THE PORTE TRYING TO STOP THE…

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DESTRUCTION AND ABANDONMENT…

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