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THE NEGROES IN VIRGINIA.

IKISSING THE BLARNEY STONE.

DEPARTURE OF THE FRENCH FLEET.

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DEPARTURE OF THE FRENCH FLEET. Revortiag to tha various festivities and display whieh the town of Portsmouth made in honour of our guests, says the special correspondent at the Observer, who cannot have failed to have left our shores without the most pleasing reminiscences of the hearty reception and the kind and fraternal feeling they had experienced at the hands of John Bull, there can be no doubt that all parties, whether civil, military, or naval, had combined together to give them a most hearty welcome; but from the remnants of the dis- play which remained thero was evidence of a sa.<!1 want of taste in the display of the flags and other devices. One triumphal arch we observed to be sadly out of the perpendicular, and the decoration of the grand Ionic, or imitation of the Marble Arch," at Hyde Park, at the entrance to the Governor's-gre'en, where the g!reat civic banquet and ball took place on Thursday night, as seen by daylight, looked exceedingly scenic and stagy—indeed,4 the painting on its faga-e of the French eagle, &c., we should suppose to have been the handywork of some sixth or seventh-rate theatrical scenic artist. Nor was the outward appearance of the "Grand Tent" and banqueting saloon, and their adjuncts, in much better keeping, reminding one very much of the booths at old Bartlemy Fair. Bat we were told, Oh, but. you should see the inside." We wished to do so, but were told by the civil guardian on duty that it was as much as his place was worth to allow any one, even a member of the London press to peep into it without the order from the Mayor or Mr. Angel, the borough surveyor. Bat where were they to be found ? Echo answers, Where ?' The Admi- ralty authorities of the port managed things better. This afternoon the callage and the place where the Port Admiral's ball was held was thrown open to the public view, and many hundreds of the fair sex availed themselves of the privilege. The ball at the college on the Friday night was a very grand affair, and the company reached to upwards of 1,600. The civic authorities have, however, turned their structure on the Governor's.green to some account, for on Friday night they gave a promenade consort with Jullien's band, the admission to which was half-a-crown, and something like 2,000 persons attended. This evening there is to fee a repetition of the concert at one shilling, with what result may be imagined. 0' Judging from the remains of the illuminations and general report, they were really superb, especially these of the dockyard and various public buildings. At the time this was written Portsmouth was assum- ing its usual aspect, and before the Sabbath dawns it is believed there will be few vestiges remaining of the great events which have excited *its population and the country during the past week.

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