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THE RUSSIAN ARMY.

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THE RUSSIAN ARMY. A correspondent from St. Petersburg supplies the fol- lowing details respecting the changes about to be carried out in the organisation of the forces of the Empire:- II A plan is now about to be put into execution, in order to decentralise the military administration, which has hitherto, even to the slightest details, rested in the hands of the Ministry of War, and to divide the army ac- cording to military districts, with independent adminis- trations, under the territorial system as adopted by France, so that thus the Ministry of War will only have to undertake the supervision of the whole, and to he responsible for the maintenance of general unity. In Poland a commencement has already been made with the introduction of the new system, as the hitberto so- called first army, consisting of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd army corps, is dissolved, and distributed among the three military districts of Warsaw, Wilna, and Kief. To the first belong all the. troops in the kingdom of Poland proper, which will be commanded by a particular general, who will be subordinate to the governor of the kingdom. In the Wihsa military district are included the troops in the Governments of Wilna, Kovno, Pndno, and Minsk, and they are under the command of the Governor General of Wilna, Prodno, and Kovno. In the Kief military district all troops are included which are sta- tioned in the Governments of Kief, Volhynia, and Podolia, and the Governor-General of this government undertakes the command in chief. It was quite time that this change took place, for the business of the Ministry of War has become so extensive that no one man could control it. In the year 1858, 746,000 papers were received or dispatched, giving an average of 2,000 a-day. The other r'eforms partly intended, and partly carried out, have for object the diminution of the militarv expendi- ture by the State. Accordingly, by an order of the 15th August,, some very important reductions of the army will be made, and each battalion of the Guards has been reduced by 60 m-en each infantry and rifle battalion of the first nine divisions of the 5th army corps, and of the reserve battalions of the Causasian army on a war footing, by 20 men; the rifle battalions on a peace footing by 120 men and each of the six reserve rifle battalions by <60 under officers and 200 men. By an order of the 21st August, the costly and superfluous pioneers on foot (one squadron of the Guard, and two squadrons of the army) are dissolved.

THE PRINCESS MARIA PIA.

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THE ITALIAN CRISIS AND THE…

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