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POLITICAL GOSSIP. THE HON. SIMEON CAMERON, who was formerly Secretary for War under the present Federal Adminis- tration, and latterly minister from the United States to the Court of St. Petersburg, left Liverpool on Saturday last in the Cunard steamer Scotia. On dit that Mr. Cameron purposely postponed his departure from Liver- pool in order that he might be accompanied by Lord Lyons on the latter's return to his official duties. If, says a contemporary, Mr. Cameron could only be as sharp over patching up a peace as he was in making a fortune, no doubt the citizens of both the New and the Old Worlds Would forget a few of his failings. THE opinion gains ground that Count Flahault will, ere long, retire from the post of French Ambassador to our Court. SIlt HENRY BuLWERhas denied the truthfulness of the report which asserts that he will not go back to Con- stantinople. MAJOR BERESFORD, M.P. for North Essex, told his constituents, at the annual dinner at Castle Hedingham, last week, that if his health is as bad next year as it was during the last Session, he shall consider it his duty to retire from Parliament—the more so as he expects next Session will be a stormy one. THE circular of M. Drouyn de 1'Huys has had the good fortune to meet with the approbation of most of the Paris journals, no matter how different in political opinions, the clerical organs, however, excepted. Each organ boldly affirms tha.t the hon. Minister's language is a striking confirmation of its own particular assertions, and hence nearly the whole of the Paris press are in a state of eulogistic jubilation. THE PACIFIC COMMAND.—This post has been offered, and, we believe, accepted by Rear Admiral John King- combe.-United Service Gazette. AT the Conservative meeting at Colchester, Mr. Du Cane said Lord Palmerston was the Tory head of a Radical Cabinet, and cited the fable of Penelope weaving her embioidery by day and taking it to pieces by night, saying Lord Palmerston's Administration was the Pene- lope of the day, and Lord Palmerston the Penelope of the night. Ms. ODo RUSSELL is about to return to Italy. He is one of the most vigilant English political agents. The latest proof is the minute explanations he gave to our Government of the Murat intrigues in Naples, by cor- respondence, and afterwards viva voce, being called expressly to England for that purpose. THE Duke de Gramont, Ambassador of France at Vienna, a few days back, gave a grand dinner at his villa at Pcetzleindorf, at which, among others, Sir H. Bulwer, English Ambasssador at Constantinople, was present. For some days past, the Marquis de Galifet, orderly officer to the Emperor of the French, has been in the Austrian capital. THE colonelcy of a battalion of the '60th Rifles is rendered vacant by the death of Lieutenant-General Sir William G. Moore, K.C.B. EVERY one in Paris is applauding the dignified bearing of M. Thouvenel, who has added to his high reputation ece- by refusing to accept the Embassy of Lendon or Berlin, both of which were pressed upon his acceptance by the Emperor. MAHOMED D-TSMIL PASHA, the -new Turkish Am- bassador, has demolished the popular belief in his seven Wives by causing it to be announced that he has only one Wife; bet, as far as the Parisians are concerned, he will have none, as he has left this one light or flame of his harem in Constantinople. THE Neapolitan Court of Justice has just made rather a grand effort at subpoenaing, and has sent a summons, With the coin necessary to make the act legal, to the Queen of Spain to appear at Naples; to Prince Louis Bourbon, residing in Paris; Prince Francesco Paolo, at Home; the Empercr of the Brazils; and the ex-King ef Naples, all to appear at a certain date, to show just cause and reason, if they have any, why the sens of Prince Carl Bourbon should not have their father's fortune given to them. The Court Journal remarks that this is rather an absurd formality, or, rather, not free from the suspicion of a certain degree of impertinence. TEE MINISTRY.—A Cabinet Council was appointed to meet on Thursday, but on Wednesday afternoon, by direction of the Foreign Secretary, Earl Russell, the rueeting was countermanded. The postponement, how- ever, was notified too late to prevent several of the Ministers* travelling considerable distances to London in order to attend the Council. The Duke of Argyll reached town on Thursday morning, from his seat in Dumbarton- shire, to which his Gracehas since returned. Lord Granville, Mr. Gladstone, the Duke of Newcastle, and "tw members of the Cabinet remain at present in town out some of tne BUnisi^io Kiwa left London on their return to their country residences, and otners are ex- pected to follow in the early part of the week. Lord Palmerston did not leave his country seat, but remains With Lady Palmerston at Broadlands, Hants. No time has yet been fixed for the meeting of the Cabinet Council. -Observer. THE TOMAN ISLANDS. We hear it rumoured that Major-General Sir Robert Garrett is about to proceed to Corfu as Commander of the Foreep, in succession to the late Sir John Inglis. Sir Robert Garrett has very long and distinguished services, and we were pleased to see him selected for a regiment some few months since on his return from India. Still we may be permitted to question the advisability of the appointment whichiit is said, is likely to be made. Sir Robert has had five years of the most lucrative employment open to an officer of hIs rank. After more than 51 years' very arduous ser- vice it may be doubted whether he is in good case to un- dertake duties involving no little activity and sharpness, among a population whose sentiments to England and Englishmen are unfortunately so antagonistic, and where political may be blended with military duties.—Army and Nojvy Gazette. Taking the Bull by the Horns.-At a farm Deir Ervy (Aube), a bull belonging to the farm had lately conceived a hatred for the farmer's wife, in such a banner that she was obliged to keep within doors every time tha.t the animal was let loose. A few days back, hearing that the cows had got into the orchard, she ran out to drive them from it, when she suddenly found herself in presence of the bull; the animal rushed upon her, but she had the presence of mind to throw herself down and remain quiet. The bull, however, pawed her on the head and breast, breaking her collarbone. The Woman's life would probably have been sacrificed had Hot a man named LSpine, of great strength and address, hastened to the spot, and seizing the bull by the horns threw it to the ground, and then taking the Woman on his shoulders, carried her to the farm. Al- though severely injured, hopes are entertained of saving ber life. Walking along the Line of Ra;ilway.-On the 18th inst. Peter Campbell, his wife Jane, and their two children, were walking from Wolsingham to Berry Edge, on their road to Hexham. At the part of their journey between Crook and Berry Edge they went upon the railway. As they were walking along the railway, about two miles from Cold Rowly, the guard of a tram which came up behind them saw them about 200 yards off, clear of the engine. The driver also saw them and blew his whistle; and then the man stepped to one side of the road, and took one child with him at the same time, his wife. with the other child on her back, stepped on to the down line, and stood, apparently bewildered with fear, until the engine and train came upon her and knocked her down. The child was'killed upon the spot, and the mother only survived a short time after she was taken to Berry Edge. An inquest was held on Monday, when a verdict of Accidental death was returned. The Female Blondin. — On Friday last the «emale Blondin was removed oa crutches from St. Bartholomew's Hospital, a cripple for the rest of her life, from the accidental fracturing of the neck of the thigh bone, more than two months ago, at Highbury Barn. The fractured limb is three inches shorter than the other, and perfectly useless. With a courage truly characteristic, she wished the surgeons to amputate the limb if it could not be rendered serviceable, rather, as she observed, than have it dangling uselessly by the side of the other one, and requiring support which she might find very difficult to obtain for the maintenance of the sound one. What renders the case. of this unfortunate woman the more distressing is, she was the only support of an aged and infirm father and an invalid sister. Iron Plates.—The Iron Plate Committee having concluded their experiments with the Horsfall gun, this Powerful piece will be removed to Liverpool, the Mersey Company purposing to obliterate the damage sustained by the bore while lying so long on Portsmouth beach. With this and some other improvements, it is confi- dently anticipated that the gun, when properly "sighted," '"ill shoot as accurately as a rifle up to 2,000 yards, and yet realise the intentions of the donors in being 41 used against the enemy from a shield ship. In the early trials at Shoeburyness, the Horsfall made eight consecutive shots at 600 yards, fitted with the common brass sights, which only varied 18 inches from the mean ll°e; but in the late practice against the Warrior target Merely a temporary wooden tangent was used.

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