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POLTTICAT, GOSSIP. --+- IT has been said that the English Government has some idea of interfering in the American war at last. La Patrie says so but it has had quite a weakness in the canard line of late, and one of them, which concerned our Queen, was insolent in the extreme. We (says the Court Journal) think this paper gave to the. world the famous Jessie of Lucknow, who has done romantic service in her turn in song, tale, and drama; but it is quite a romance to talk of our interfering in the war. At the present mosamt the lusty warriors have clearly neither of them had enough of strife, tfnd are, as to warlike mejifs, six to half-a-dozen. The Confederates made a razzia and invasion like the Federals have done South- have endeavoured to ennoble themselves, and have had the cold shoulder shown them. THE QUEEN has bsen pleased to appoint Col. Edward Stopford Claremont, C.B., to be one of the Grooms of the Privy Chamber in Ordinary to her Majesty, in the room of Samuel Randall, Esq., deceased. MAJOR MYLES O'REILLY, the "heroic" member for Longford, has addressed a letter to the Dublin Morning Nevis from Brussels, in which he states that a number of leading Roman catholics have resolved to call a meeting of their co-religionists in Louvain during the present month. This meeting, which will be similar in its object to the German and Swiss "Pius Verein," will "take council ca catholic interests throughout the world." Its first effort, as regards Belgium, will be the establishment there of. a Pius Verein Association; but as it is hoped that the meeting will be attended by representative Roman catholics from all countries, its deliberations and its sympathies are to extend to all "catholfc interests." Mr. O'Reilly promises to keep his' Roman catholic countrymen informed of every step taken by this con- gress, which has originated with the well-known M. Dupetiaux, aid m n whose names will command the con- fidence of catholic Europe." IT has been doubted whether Count Bernstorff would return to England. But it is now stated upon good authority that the Count has accepted a mission to our Court, and, after the lapse of a year, will take up the diplomatic thread of things where it broke off, and will also, we feel assured, continue the friendly relations with the aristocracy that were never broken off. THE Austrian Government is about to realise a measure of high importance and benefit to the interests of Hungary—namely, the reform of the civil law in that country, which is an absolute necessity; for there is, perhaps, no country in the whole of Europe wherein a greater confusion takes place in such a capital point for the existence and welfare of a State as in Hungary. Therefore it may be hoped, for the benefit of that land, that the well-intentioned measure of the'Austrian Go- vernment will not, as is usually the case, meet with a systematic and blind opposition." REPRESENTATION OF GLASGOW.—The Advertiser un- derstands that a vacancy is likely to occur immediately in the representation of Glasgow. Mr. Laing, lately re- turned from India, will, in all probability, be the new member. THE carte di visile of Victor Hugo is at this moment to be found in almost every printshop window, but those who were privileged to know the famous romancist fifteen years since-those who have seen him in his crowded salon in the Place Royale, at Paris, will be astonished and saddened to find the brisk-looking, black-haired, Spanish looking man, with his flashing eye and mobile lip, trans- formed into a tranquil, venerable person, with flowing white locks and a long, grizzled beard. Quautv/m mu- tatus. ab illo Victor, in his photograph at least, looks Anglicised, as though his long sojourn in the Channel Islands had infused a modified degree of the John Bull element into him; but one feature remains to remind one of the Victor Hugo of the past. The colossal, towering, massive forehead still strikes all beholders of the pictured semblance of Hugo, just as it was wont to astonish and awe those who gazed upon the great man in the flesh. J; SIR JOHN INGLIS, whose name is so honourably con- nected with the defence of Lucknow, died on the 27th uit, at Homburg. For his services in India he was made a Knight Commander of the Bath, and appointed to the command of the troops in the Ionian Islands. His con- constitution had been, however, severely shaken by his residence in India, and he was recommended to try the waters at Homburg. The remedy was unavailing. He gradually sank, and died on the 27th ult. His death will cause no army promotions, inasmuch as the gallant officer was on the supernumerary list of general officers promoted for distinguished service. The Colonelcy of the 32nd Light Infantry and the Ionian Islands com- mand are, however, rendered vacant.-Anny and Navy Gazette. IT is rumoured in military circles that a certain officer, whose ill-treatment by his colonel was lately established before a court-martial in Ireland, is likely to get into trouble from overstaying his leave of absence.—Court Journal. Two of the 100-pounder Armstrong guns for the naval service were on Friday subjected to proof at the Royal Arsenal practice range, and both guns burst with a charge of 271 lbs. of powder, the inner tubes being completely rent directly behind the trunnions. Another ICO-pounder tested also burst in the centre of the chase transversely, immediately across the barrel. These disasters are said by some practical men to be connected with the system of piece-work adopted in the gun factories, as it is stated that the work is in consequence hurried over. Two 200-pounder muzzle-loading guns, manufactured at Sir W. Armstrong's factory, Elswick, have arrived at the Royal Arsenal, to be tested at the practice range, and a 300-pounder on the same principle.





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