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EXTRACTS FROM "PUNCH" & "FUN."

EXTRACTS FROM MANHATTAN.'

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EXTRACTS FROM MANHATTAN.' i ♦ •> We have another letter from "Manhattan," though he apologises for its brevity in consequence of a -broken arm. It is dated Sept. 29th, and,: after referring to the ordinary course of events, he thus comments upon various subjects, from which we take the following extracts:— Love for Russians. Russians, of course, are all the go in the city. Yesterday our common council gave the freedom of the city to all the commanders. A grand dinner is to be given, and a grand ball after the dinner. Two of the Russian commanders have already been taken in and done for. They visited a naughty place in Green-street, and exhibited the Russian gold coin to two of the pretty girls of the establish- ment. Of course, when they left the house, they were without gold of any kind. The sum taken by the girls did not amount to above fifty dollars. The Russian commanders, however, have had the girls arrested, and they will of course be sent to the Island to pick oakum. It was a pity that these girls did not understand the private treaty between Russia and the United States, and that Russians were to be made much of, and not to be relieved of their trifling cash. However, the 30,000 naughty and pretty girls in this city will not be likely to admire Russians. Few officers of any other navy—commanders—would have gone before the courts, and confessed their immorality before the public for fifty dollars. Coalition between Slidell and Napoleon. The weather is very fine, and is likely to be for the next month, for it is during the month of October that we have our magnificent Indian summer. This city is crowded with strangers. They are as thick as bees. The Russians, how- ever, take the shine off everything else: they are the talk of the town: they are met everywhere. The fleet will remain here all winter, unless war should be declared against France. In that case, it joins our own fleet, which will start for Mexican ports, to cruise and destroy French vessels of war and troops wherever they can be met'with. I do not believe that there is a man or woman that is not anxious to see the French nation punished for its offences against the Union. John Slidell is a smart fellow; so were his father and grandfather, the old soap boiler in Broadway. When we read the accounts of his dining, winning, and limiting on the sly with Napoleon, and of his being a favoured visitor in the apartments of the Empress Eugenie, and of his being her guest at Biarritz, it puts me in mind of what I once heard Joe Neal say of him, Jack Slidell is an insinuating cuss." So he is; and if Louis Napoleon gets into a war with this country and loses his throne, as he is pretty likely to do before he gets out of it, he has no one to thank in a higher degree than ex-Senator Slidell. War with France. Of course in Europe you have certain views of this country in its dilapidated state, and think that a war with mighty France would end us in about three weeks. On this side the view taken is entirely different. We know that in a foreign war we should be all united as one man, except in the States where slavery nourishes. We could raise a million of soldiers for this defence, or to go to Mexico. We should not send troops to France, and we should not lose by non-intercourse as much as the French people. They have had a vast market with us for their manufactures and their wines and brandies. Then would all be cut off, and we could thank God for it as a mercy. Not a dollar would we be harmed if non-intercourse with France lasted ten years. Not so with France. France would be called upon for vast sums to send an army of 250,000 over to this side, either to aid our rebels or Mexico. She could not hold out a month with a less force. The support of this army for six months would be more than she would gain, should she be so lucky as to capture New York city. In a naval point of view, a war of five or ten years with a first class naval power like France would fairly develop our resources. We have iron mines that are inexhaustible, and we would have a naval armament before two years that would be powerful enough to drive the French flag off the seas; but all these considerations are insignificant when compared with the kind feelings and for- giveness of the past that would be brought about by a foreign war. But we should not be left alone. If we are not all grandly mistaken, our relations with Russia are of such a nature -in fact, she is solemnly bound by private treaty to join us, not only with her fleets, as she is doing, but that, so soon as France starts an army for Mexico (for her paltry force of 50,000 there now would not be a fleabite to our troops), the Emperor of Russia will start 250,000 men for Paris. These are the ideas of men all around me. Whether true or not they have great influence, and I may safely say that we are not only ready for a war with France, but that all classes are anxious for the ball to open so soon as it is pos- sible. Before it is over Napoleon the Third will know more about American affairs than he does now; and he will find that starting upstart thrones on his side will be a failure, though,he once suc- ceeded in France in establishing an upstart Emperor.

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