TOWN T -A. LK. BY OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT. i Our readers will understand that we do not hold ourselves respon sible for our able Comspondent's opinions, --+- THE event of the week, which has thrown every- thing else into the shade, is the meteor-like cam- paign on the Continent, by means of which Prussia. has, so to speak, "doubled up" Austria in seven days instead of seven years. It seems only yester- day that these two rivals for supremacy in Ger- many, after long preparation, declared war against each other. Nearly a million of men in arms were to be engaged in the struggle; a contest was com- menced of which no one pretended to see the end; but, judging from past experience, everyone ex- pected it would be a protracted one. In little more than a week it was all over. With Prussia it was almost the blow before the word. Her strategy, according to military critics, was wrong, J .Y because she directed at least three armies by different routes upon a converging point, thus allowing the commander-in-chief of the enemy the opportunity of throwing himself upon and defeat- ing any one or these corps d'armee before they could form a junction with the others. Well, it appears that history does not repeat itself exactly, and that professional military men and critics are not always the best judges of what is going to happen. Count Bismarck had a little secret in his possession on which, in combination with the alert- ness of the troops in carrying out a clearly devised plan of a campaign, he relied with confidence for success. That confidence was fully justified. The needle-gun of the Prussian army, which can be loaded at least four times to one of the muzzle- loading weapon of the Austrians, and which is proportionably more accurate and deadly as a weapon of precision, proved so destructive in every skirmish and battle, that practically the forces of Prussia were quintupled.' Bulldog courage, energy, discipline, military strategy were nothing against the terrible" needle-gun." The way to Vienna was open to the victorious Prussians, the Austrian army was routed and dis- organised, and the Kaiser awoke to the fact that he must give up fighting and begin to negotiate. V He therefore at once ceded Venetia to the Em- peror of the French, and besought his good offices as a mediator to secure, in the first instance, an armistice with his formidable foe as a preliminary to the conclusion of amicable arrangements. "'4 Never before did war commence upon so large a scale. Never before was it so suddenly brought to a termination; and the facts justify the views and prophecies of those who foretold that just in proportion as the engines of warfare by sea and land were made more perfect aad more certainly destructive upon a large scale, so would war itself become more and more impossible between rcivilised nations. BYRON somewhere mentions that on an ancient battle-field an earthquake passed away unheeded. That has been very much the case with us as regards the change of Ministry. At any other time everybody would have been talking abotft that, and nothing else. As it i3, Mr. Gladstone makes his valedictory speech-reciprocates compli- ments with his successor at the hospitable table of the Lord Mayor—Ministers give up their seals of office, which are delivered over to other Minis- ters, who thereupon kiss handsand really no one, except those immediately interested in the change, setms to think the affair worthy of more than a passing notice. In another two or three weeks, at the most, the Session will close, and Lord Derby and his friends will have ample time to consider before next February what kind of bill of felre they will set before the nation. I TALKING of reciprocal courtesies at the Mansion House, it is worth noting that the entertainment given by the Lord Mayor to the King and Queen of the Belgians was in all respects a marked suc- cess. The King spoke well and heartily, so did the Prince of Wales and his brother, the Dake of Elinburgh-in fact, all the speakers were above the ordinary level, and Lord Major Phillips, not only on that particular occasion, but during the whole of his term of office, has acquitted himself so much to the satisfaction cf his fellow-citizens, that his re-electisn in next November is one of the most likely things on the cards. SOMEBODY proposed, years ago, that a railway director, a bishop, and a railway superintendent, L should travel by every train as the best means of preventing accidents." That the suggestion was an excellent one in principle has just been illustrated in a rather striking way. For a long time past complaints have been made of the danger to life and limb from the reckles3 or unskilled riding of persons, who ought not to be admitted into the Bide in Hyde-park. Of the sug gestion that mounted police should attend for the protection of the public, no notice was taken by the authorities. The other day, however, the Prince oE Wales was riding out with the Princess ani the Queen of the Belgians, when somebody, I who had lost all control @f his horse, bore right down upon the party, scattered the ladies right and left, and cannoned against the Prince's horse, whiih rolled over like a. rabbit when shot. Of course, the future King of England got an ugly fall, which he bore with great equanimity, and when his hat and the heel of his left boot with the spur on were picked up and restored to him, he rode back to Marlborough-house a muddy if not a moody man. The frince may congratulate him- self on being a public benefactor; perhaps the person who rode him down has a right to partici- pate in the self-gratulation, for the eyes of the ranger of the park and of the first Commissioner of Works were immediately opened. "Jemmy Buttons" will no longer be allowed to endanger either his own life or that of others in Rotten- row," at alt events, in the height of the London season. IT may be noticed that the Qaeen has formally constituted the Royal Commission which is to in- quire iato our coal resources, and the list includes such a number of eminent men that we may rea- sonably anticipate an exhaustive and practical report on a subject of first-rate importance to the country. THE m3st notable event at the marriage of the Princess Helena at Windsor was the fact, that when the Primate asked, "Who gives this woman to this man ? the Queen stepped forward, and, by a gesture, signified that she did -so. Some people wonder whether this is in accordance with the rules and discipline of the Church. They never heard of a woman being a father before, but then they forget that the Qaeen is the head of the Church, and also that, as Queen, she can do no wrong. CENSORIOUS critics unhappily abound who do not believe in the latter article of faith. For in- stance, .£60 a year has been awarded to the widow of a man whose literary and scientific labours con- ferred immense benefits upon the country, while, as in too many cases of the kind, he left his family destitute. zCl,200 a year is at the disposal of the Queen for what are called literary and scientific pensions..£60 was thought enough for the desti- tute widow of the literary man; twice as much has been granted to the widow of the late private treasurer to her Majesty—Sir C. Phipps-who cer- tainly was not, according to the intentions of the Act," distinguished in science, literature, and art." It is a pity that those who advise the Queen on such matters have not better taste, and fail to per- ceive that such jobbing can only have the worst possible consequences on public feeling. Z.
SUMMARY OF PASSING EVENTS. THE past week has been an unusually eventful one, and it will certainly leave its mark in the history of the world. A war, which at one time threatened to extend over the whole Continent, in which it was impossible to say what Powers might not find themselves involved, has suddenly ter- minated. A week's war sufficed to bring the questions in dispute between Austria, Prussia, and Italy once more within the sphere of diplomacy. The power of Austria has collapsed in the presence of its rival so completely, that all hope of retrieving the past seems fled, and the Emperor of Austria, recognising at last the dictates of prudence and common sense, has done that which, had he acted wisely, he would have done a fortnight ago, and saved the carnage of a series of battles, in which fortune gave one victory only to his arms. ,I Venetia is at length free from the Austrian YOke, and the E mperor of the French, once more favoured by fortune, is enabled to witness the full comple- tion of that programme by which, in 1859, Italy was to be made free from the Alps to the Adriatic. Negotiations for an armistice between Austria and Prussia are proceeding, and notwithstanding the assumption of the English press that the Prussian Government would not consent to such an agree- ment, we believe that terms of peace will be con- cluded shortly, the Emperor Napoleon being the direct mediator. ONE lesson, and that a useful one, will no doubt be learned by the other Powers of Europe from the events of this short but decisive war-viz., the necessity of arming our troops with the best possible weapons. At the Exhibition of 1851, the needle-gun, which has now attracted a world-wide notice, as well as the breech-loading steel cannon, was exhibited by Prussia, but our military autho- rities were so wedded to Old Brown Bess" that they pooh-poohed such a notion as an improve- ment in firearms. It is lucky we have seen the effect of the needle-line in other hands before we have ourselves been engaged in war, and it is to be hoped we shall lose no time in arming ourselves with some breech-loading arm; not that we by any means desire to use it, but there is an old maxim, "The best preservative of peace is to be prepared for war." A SECOND great event is the accession, at the moment of returning peace, of the Conservatives to power. The arrangements of the new Ministry having been officially announced, new writs were moved in the House of Commons on Friday for those seats necessarily vacated by the members taking office. Seven years have passed since Lord Derby was Premier of England, and whilst many may regret that the great abilities of Mr. Glad- stone and his colleagues should be now anta- gonistic to the Government, they will not fail to recognise in th9 noble earl and the members of his Cabinet good intentions for the future, and will be disposed to judge on their merits, and without reference to party conditions, the mea- sures which they may propose for carrying on the government of the country. Earl Derby, in his opening speech in the House of Lords, regretted he was unable to coalesce with some of the Liberals, as his efforts in that direction had been fruitless; without pledging himself or his party to any special system of Reform, he was desirous of promoting progressive measures, and such a foreign policy as would tend to the preservation of peace. MR. DISRAELI, the new Chacaellor of the Ex- chequer, met Mr. Gladstone twenty-four hours after accepting office at a banquet given by the Lord Mayor of London. The former, in replying to the toast of The Ministry," hoped he might call Mr. Gladstone his "right honourable friend." The latter, who replied to the toast of The House of Commons," in which the Lord Mayor had eulogised the late Chancellor of the Exche- quer, referred to his successor as the right honourable and distinguished gentleman, and reciprocated all the feelings of personal friend- ship expressed by Mr. Dieraeli in his speech. THERE have been numerous meetings of working men and others in favour of Reform. Mr. Glad- stone was invited to attend a meeting in London, but he declined on the ground that the House of Commons and his own constituencies would fully occupy his time, and stated that the steps which the late Government had taken was one which would ultimately promote the great cause of Re- form. Earl Rassell, too, has written a letter in which he justifies the course taken by the Govern- ment in not recommending a dissolution of Parlia- ment on thej ground that the Government would not, had they done so, have obtained any large accession to the number of their supporters. THE laying of the Atlantic cable has commenced under favourable auspices. After "coaling" at Berehaven the Great Eastern left the harbour on Monday night, spliced the main cable to the shore end, and proceeded on her important voyage. Wa sincerely hope that the promoters' efforts will be successful, and that before many days are over we shall hear of the completion of ona of the greatest triumphs of modern engineering—the establish- ment of electric communication between England and America. THE volunteer camp at Wimbledon commenced business on Monday with the agreeable duty of giving a hearty welcome to the Belgian Volun- teers, who were received with the utmost cordiality, conducted round the camp, and greeted everywhere in the most friendly manner. They were then quartered in the tents pitched for their accommodation. These "brave Beiges," 140 in number, return the visit made last year by our volunteers to their Tir National, and, in acknow- ledgment of their courtesy, there are some special prizes offered for their competition. On the first day of meeting, the "All Comers' County Match" was won by Lancashire. The University bronze medal was won by Oxford, Ensign Kolle making the highest score; the Middlesex bronze medal was won by Ensign Starkie; and the Tower Hamlets by Private Berkeley. SOME very heavy storms have been experienced during the past week, and several deaths have been caused in different parts of the country by lightning. The heavy rains which have fallen have to some extent injured the hay crops, but the amount of the damage is not considerable. The cereal crops throughout England are looking ex- ceedingly well, and every hope is entertained of an abundant harvest. The hops, also, in Kent, Surrey, and Sussex, are entirely free from blight, and promise well.
THE MARRIAGE OF PRINCESS HELENA. Tke marriage of Princess Helena Augusta Victoria, the third daughter of her Majesty the Queen, to Prince Frederic Charles Christian' Augustus of Schles. wig-Holstein, was solemnised on Thursday with as much privacy and as little ostentation as the exalted positions of the illustrious pair would allow. Iudeed, so far as local public demonstration is concerned, a stranger might, but for a limited display of flags in the High-street, a somewhat profuse decoration of the Market-place, and similar adornments at the Town- hall, have passed through Windsor under the impression that simply an ordinary fete was on, but certainly there was nothing that would have suggested to him the in- teresting events transpiring within the Castle walls. As to the weather something must be said. Ata quarter past twelve o'clock the sky became overcast and a very heavy ehower fell, lasting nearly a quarter of an hour; after that the olouds dispersed and the sun shone brilliantly almost simultaneously with the commence- ment of the nuptial ceremony. The Royal family breakfasted together in the White Room. At half-past ten o'clock the choir of St. George's Chapel, led by Dr. Elvey, and including Messrs. Adams, Dyson, Barnby, Tolley, Bridgwater, Knowles, Mitchell, Hunt, Marriott, Bransome, and Briggs, with the choir of tha private chapel, had a rehearsal in the sacred building previous to the ceremony. Her Majesty's private band was stationed in the Red Drawing-room, and played during the assembling of the company. Unlike the marriage of the Prince and Princess of Wales, which taok place in St. George's Chapel, whose perpendicular Gothic architecture, deviced walls, and magnificent emblematic stained glass windows imparted much grandeur to that auspicious event, the ceremony on Thursday took place in the small private chapel of the Castle, which is situated almost in the -centre of the Queen's private apartments. Its limited dimen- sions were, under the direction of the Lord Chamber- lain and the Hon. Spencer Ponsonby, made the most of. The seats or pews in the centre were removed, chairs placed on either side, and a temporary gallery erected for the accommodation of the invited guests. A rich Wilton carpet covered the aisle leading up to the altar. Soon after eleven o'clock the King and Queen of the Belgians, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Prince and Princess of Leiningen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Arthur, and other relatives of the Royal Family, were, upon leaving their different apartments, conducted to the State Drawing room, which is also, called the Zuccarelli Room, from its containing a number of paintings by that artist. The ceiling of this magnifi- cent room is in richly embellished stucco. In the centre of the cove are elaborately emblazoned shields containing the arms of England and Saxe-Meiningen, the whole being surmounted by the Royal crOWD, which, with other shields, scrolls, foliage, ana wreaths of flowers, oomplefco tKe decoration. The Prince and Prinoeaa of Wales BOOH JOINED this distinguièhed assemblage, where they remained till summoned to the chapel. In the Red Drawing-room, or Reuben's Room, in which the body of George IV. lay in state, was assembled the diplomatic body, while the general visitors assembled in what is known as the White Drawing-room. About twelve o'clock the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishops of London and Winchester, and the Very Rev. the Dean of Windsor arrived. Then were conducted into the chapel their Majesties the King and Queen of the Belgians; Countess D'Yves, Lady in. Waiting to the Qaeen of the Bel- gians; Count Von der Straten; Count de Lanary; M. Jules de Nantes; M. Brewer; the Prince Christian of Holstein the Prince Christian's Equerry, Prince Frederick of Holstein; their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales; Lady in Waiting to her Royal Highness; Lord Harris, Lord Cham- berlain to his Royal Highness; Major Grey, Equerry; her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cam- bridge; Lady Geraldine Somerset, Lady in Waiting to her Royal Highness; Colonel Home Purves, Equerry to her Royal Highness; the, Prince and Princess of Leiningen; his Royal Highness the Duke of Edin. burgh; the Hon. E. Yorke, Equerry to his Royal Highness; his Royal Highness Prince Arthur; Major Eiphinstone; his Royal Highness the Duke of Cam- brige; Colonel Clifton, Equerry to his Royal High- ness; the Maharajah; Cslonel Oliphant; the Dychess of Wellington; Lady Susan Melville; the Master of the Horse; the Lord Steward; the Lord Chancellor; and Dr. Robertson. -< Her Majesty afterwards entered, and was conducted There were also present:—The Duke and Duchess of Richmond, the Duke and Duchess of Buccleucb, the Duke of Roxburghe (the Duchess being in the procession), the Duke of Wellington (the Duchess being in the procession), the Countess Dornberg, the Count and Countess Gleichen, the Marquis and Marchioness of Abercorn, the Marchioness of Anesbury (the Marquis being in the procession), the Marquis and Marchioness of Normanby, the Countess of Bess- borough (the Earl being in the procession), the Earl of Derby, the Dowager Countess of Dunmore, the Earl and CnnntcMt Fitzwilliam. the Dowager Countess of Mount Edgecumbe, the Earl and Countess of Cawdor, Viscountess Sydney (the Viscount being in the pro- cession), Viscount Torrington, Viscount Eversley, Lady Emily and the Hon. Miss Seymour, the Hon. and Rev. Charles L. Courtenay and Lady Caroline Cour- tenay, the Hon. Misses and Miss Grey, Lieut.-General Peel, Mr. Disraeli, Lieut.-Colonel Byng and Mrs. Byng, the Hon. Mrs. Wellesley, Major-General Hood, Lady Mary and Miss Hood, the Hon. La.dy Biddulph, Sir James Clark, Bart., the Dowager Lady Couper, Sir Richard Mayne, Dr. Jonner, Mr. Woodward, Mr. fcahl, the Dean of Westminster, the Rev. Henry Ellison, the Rev. St. John Blunt, Dr. Robertson, Miss Louisa Bowater, Lieut.-Colonel Maude and Miss Maude, Mr. Gibbs, C.B., the Rev. H. Mildred Birch, the Rev. W. R. Jolley, the Rev. G. Protheroe, the Rev. R. Duck- worth, the Rev. N. Shuldham, Mr. A. Buff, Miss Hyld- yard, Miss Bauer, and Mdile. Norelle. In the course of the ceremony the following music was performed :— God be Merciful," grand chant, by Peliiam Humphrey. CHORALE, Composed for the wedding of her Royal Highness Princess Helena, July 5, 1866, by Mr. Cusins, organist of the Parish Chapel. Words from" Hymns: Ancient and Modern:"— Verse 1. II How welcome was the call, And sweet the festal lay, When Jesus deigned in Cana's hall To ble3s the marriage day. And happy wns the bride, And glad the bridegroom's heart, For He who tarried at their side Bade grief and woo depart. (Interlude- Organ.) Verse 2. 0 Lord of life and love, Come Thou again to-day, And bring a blessing from above, That ne'er shall pass away. 0 bless, as erst of old, The bridegroom and the brile- Bless with the holier stream that flowed First from Thy pierced side. i Amea, Amen." After the déjeûner which followed the oeremony, the Princess Helena and Prince Christian left Windsor by train upon the Great Western and South Western Railways for Osborne, where they will reside for ten days, and then proceed to Paris and Switzerland for the wedding tonr.
THE NEW ADMINISTRATION. The following is the list of the New Administration, as at present constituted:- FirstLordof the Treasury The Earl of Derby, K.G. Lord High Chancellor Lord Chelmsford. Lord President of the") -r, Council t Duke of Buckingham. Lord Privy Seal Earl of Malmesbury, G.C.B. Chancellor of the Ex-\ ohequer ,.j Right Hon. B. Disraeli. Home Secretary Right Hon. S. H. Walpole. Foreign Secretary Lord Stanley. Colonial Secretary Earl of Carnarvon. War Secretary General Peel. Indian Secretary Viscount Cranborne. First Lord of the Ad-} Right Hon. Sir John miralty j Pakington, G.C.B. Postmaster General Dal-e of Montrose (not in I the Cabinet). Chancellor of the Dachy") „ of Lancaster J ■hjarl of 1)8von (probably). President of the Board Q. „ of Trade ) Sir Stafford Northcote. President of the Poor-\ n TT T law Board j Mr* ^orne Hardy. Lord Steward Duke of Marlborough. Comptroller of the r ,) D L Household .} Lord Boyaton. Treasurer of the House- ) T -n hold j Lord Burghley. Lord Chamberlain Ea.rl of Bradford. Vice Chamberlain Lord Claud Hamilton. Captain of the Yeomen of) T ,m the Guard Lord -Tankerville. Captain of the Gentlemen ) T „ Pensioners } Lsrd Cadogan. Master of the Horse Duke of Beaufort. Master of the Buck-) T hounds j Lord Col vile. First Commissioner of Lord J, Manners, (in the Works J Cabinet). Vice President of the M p M p Board of Trade Mr< Cave' M'R Vice President of thel n. „ TT m T Committee on Educa- > A Corry, tion J -"LP- Lords of the^ Treasury } LoS HsStt G" Joint Secretaries of the ) Colonel Taylor, Mr. Ward Treasury f Hunt. 8 fl Sir John Pakington (First Lords of the Admi- >• S. C. Dacres, Admiral G. 7 H. Seymour, Sir J. Dal- J ry mple Hay, Mr. D ucane. miralty Vacant. i o £ Bdmore. DFcreijD™p'a"Lj°! } M'- E' E28rt°1'. M'P" Under Secretary for ) Right Hon. C. B. Adderly, Colonial Department. j M.P. Under Secretary for War 1 „ p T c Department. j"Earl of Longford. Under Secretary for In-) 0. T -n dian Department } Sir Jamea Fergusson. E»le, M.P. Attorney-General Sir H. Cairns. Solicitor-General. Mr. Bovill. Judge Advocate-General Right Hon. J. R. Mowbray. IRELAND. Lord Lieutenant. Marquis of Aberoorn. Irish Secretary Lord Naas (in the Cabinet). SCOTLAND. Lord Advocate Mr. Patton. Solicitor-General Mr. Strathmore Gordon.
THE EUROPEAN WAR. AUGSBURG, JULY 8. EISENACH, JULY 6. In the engagement which took place at Dermbrach between the Prussian Goebe division and the Bavarians, the former captured eight positions. The Prussians are advancing victoriously. FLORENCE, JULY 8. General Cialdini crossed the Po to-day, into Venetia, at the head of his army corps. Several municipalities of Italy have forwarded a congratulatory address to the Prussian minister in this city. BRESCIA, JULY 6. Two Austrian gunboats have opened fire on Gorg- nano, Lake Garda, but werb lepulsed. It is rumoured that an Austrian gunboat has been sunk near Ser- mione. ASOLA, JuTjY 6. The Italian losses in the attack upon Borgoforte were two killed and 30 wounded. The Austrian loss is unknown. General Mignano was in command of the Italian corps of operation. Three hundred Austrian chasseurs crossed the Mincio yesterday. After levying contributions upon the population, they withdrew across the Mincio, blow- ing up the bridge at Goito. The Austrians who had fortified the heights at Solferino and San Martino have also recrossed the Mincio. PRUSSIAN HEAD-QUARTERS. HORZITZ, NEAR GITSCHIN, JULY 4. In the great battle near this place yesterday the Fusilier Guards captured 20 guns; the Elizabeth Regi- mant, ten guns; the 1st Guards, eight guns; and the 12th Hussars, four guns. Three flags have also been taken. No reports have yet been received from the other corps. The Austrians are retreating to Konigsgratz, pur- sued by the Prussian cavalry, and are in complete rout. The road is strewn with the arms and baggage they have thrown away. The Austrians are abandoning Pardubitz. The Austrian force apparently consisted of five army corps, which ocoupied a very strong position. The 12th Prussian Hussara broke two Austrian squares. o wing to the extent of the battle field the losses on either side are jaot yet correctly ascertained, but 10,000 Austrian prisoners have already been brought in here. BRESCIA., JULY 4. Yesterday Garibaldi attacked the Austrians at Monte Suello. Protected by the strength of their position, the Austrians made a strong resistance, and the volun- teers finally fell back in good order upon Rocca d'Aufo. Among the killed is one captain of volunteers. Garibaldi himself was very slightly wounded in the thigh. CESSION OF VENETIA BY AUSTRIA TO FRANCE.—ARRANGEMENTS FOR AN ARMIS. TICE. The Moniteur of Thursday morning makes the fol- lowing announoement:-u AR important event has just occurred. After having maintained the honour of his arms in Italy, the Emperor of Austria, concurring in the ideas expressed in the Emperor Napoleon's letter of the ilth of Jane to his Minister for Foreign Affairs, cedes Venetia to the French Emperor, and accepts his mediation for the conclusion of peace between the bel- ligerents. The Emperor Napoleon hastened to respond to this summons, and immediately eommunicated with the Kings of Prussia and Italy in order to obtain an armistice." THE PROPOSED ARMISTICE. PARIS, JULY 8. The Moniteur of this morning says The negotia- tions for the conclusion of an armistice between the belligerents are being aotively conducted.' The Patrie of this evening says -Prussia has accepted in principle the Emperor s proposal for an armistice. His Majesty declares that the sentiments of mutual confidence existing batween the Governments of France and Prussia cause him to accept readily the mediation of the Emperor. The King thanks his Majesty, and con. eludes his reply as follows: I have sent a dispatch to Count Goltz, empowering him to settle th0 conditions of an armiatice, which oanfonly be con- eluded in conoert with the King of Italy. The Patrie further states that the two principal conditions of the armistice are, first, that special facilities should be assured for provisioning the Prussian army; aud, secondly, the free occupation of the lines of railway in the north-east of Bohemia radiating from Pardubitz. The authorities at Toulon have not received orders for the dispatch of the squadron in the port, but are to hold themselves in readiness, in case of need, to arm ten steam vessels, with a oertain number of frigates and corvettes. ST. PETERSBURG, JULY 7. The Journal de St. Petenbourg of to-day, in an article upon the armistice, says:—"We think that the armistice might- effect a reconciliation if there were not a monarchy in Europe which believes itself to be sufficiently strong to compel the assent of Europe to its conquests in Germany, forgetting that there still exist strong and united Powers in Europe, to whom the European balance of power is not a mere empty word." VIENNA, JULY 8. The semi-official Oesterreichis Zeitang of to-day, in an article upon the state of the pending negotiations for the conclusion of an armistice, says:—"When Field Marshal von Benedek, on the evening of the battle near Koniggratz, sent General von Gablenz to the Prussian head quarters, it is perfectly clear that there could only be a prospect of a military and not a political arrangement, and that it was then only a question of a truce, not an armistice. Since then a fact of higher importance has occurred, France having offered to Austria and Prussia her mediation for the conclusion of an armis- tice which may lead to the re-establishment of peace. Austria and Prussia have accepted this mediation, and henceforth it becomes a question of negotiation for that purpose with France. These negotiations have not yet been terminated.
AMERICA. NEW YORK, JUNE 30. The Freedmen have been creating disorders in Sumter county, South Carolina, and detachments of regulars have been sent there to preserve order. Martial law is being enforced in five counties of Florida, in consequence of the civil authorities failing to protect loyal persons. The Washington correspondent of the New York Herald reasserts that Mr. Seward has concluded a secret Mexican-treaty with the Emperor Napolern. The cholera has disappeared from Elizabeth, ij New Jersey, and has nearly abated in the New York Quarantine. Sporadic cases are reported in various parts of the country. The Fenian prisoners in Canada will be tri id by the Civil Courts. The grand jury at Canandagua f«und bills of indictment for breach of the neutrality laws against 20 Fenians arrested at Malone and Buffalo. The prisoners were released on giving bail to appear for trial at the next term of the Circuit Court. James Stephens .has reeeived letters of endorsee- ment from numerous circles formerly adhering to the Roberts action. Roberts has published a card stating that the Fenian organisation will not be used for political pur. poses in this country.
PRUSSIA AND THE PROPOSED ARMISTICE. The Paris Temps publishes the following letter from its Berlin correspondent, under date July 2 :— I told you yesterday that the roar of cannon and the carnage of the last few days had not prevented diplomacy from recommencing its efforts, with the view of terminating as soon as possible this horrible war. The following is the information I have been able to obtain on this subjectLate last Friday evening the represen- tative of a neutral Power, the sympathies of which are supposed to be for Prussia rather than otherwise, went to Count Bismarck, and confidentially asked what he might write to his Governmenton the sllbjectofthe views of King William at the moment of his departure for the army. The diplomatist added, I am told, that his Government would soon, perhaps, deem the moment opportune for making amicable representations to the belligerent Powers. The prime minister of his Majesty of Prussia received this overture with much eagerness; by way of reply he repeated to his questioner the names of diplomatic penmen, his principal counsellors, his entire cabinet, and his chancelleries, whom he takes with him to head- quarters, and then added these words:—'You see I take with me writing materials in abundance, and I am sure his Majesty would be only too glad to render Prague more cele- t.ff upow.-Im T.,Zlfim confidence; I do nat hesitate, therefore, to transmit it to you as news of great importance. All will depend, then, upon the great battle "which, will certainly be fought in the course of this week. We must not reckon our chickens before they are hatched; but after the undoubted successes the Prussians have obtained thus far it is easy to understand their hope of obtaining the victory. If I continue to argue upon ihe hypothesis of the entry of the Prussians into Prague, I may state that there is very little doubt in our diplomatic world of the possibility of negotiations. The victory of the Austrians at Custozza counts for a good deal, it need scaroely be said, in the dispositions attributed to Austria. I will dwell more at length in a future letter upon the projects in circulation here; I hasten, however, to add, that the cession of Venice holds the first place in the programme, and that the compensations of Austria are to be taken in the south of Germany. No doubt is entertained, you see, that Austria will think little of abandoning her present alliep, of whom, it must be confessed, she has hitherto not had overmuch to boast. At the Bourse to-day there was a rise in prices of all kinds, and much animation. The Berlin speculators are excellent patriots; they discount the morrow's victory in ad- vance. I ought to add that in the financial world people generally believe in the short duration of the war. The pessimists readily find people here who bet upon the conclusion of an armistice in the course of the month of July, and for the meeting of a congress in Paris during the first fortnight of-August. Just think of it!"
THE HELSTON ELECTION. The committee, after sitting for several hours on Tuesday, and hearing several witnesses, the chairman said: The committee have agreed to the following re- solutions: "The committee have altered the polls taken at the last election for the borough of Helston by striking off the name of the Rev. Isaac Rogers. "That Robert Campbell, Esq., is not duly elected a burgess to serve in this present Parliament for the borough of Helston. "That William Balliol Brett, Esq., is duly elected and ought to have been returned a burgess to serve in this present Parliament for the borough of Helston. That no evidence having been adduced in support of many of the charges of bribery, treating, and undue influence made in one of the petitions, the committee have no reason to believe that corrupt practices ex- tensively prevailed at the last election for the borough of Helaton. "That it appeared from the poll-books produoed before the committee that the number of votes given for Robert Campbell, Esq was equal to the number of votes given for William Balliol Brett, Esq., and that the returning officer nevertheless returned the said Robert Campbell, Esq., as duly elected. That the returning officer was not in attendance before the committee, and no explanation was offered to the committee of such return having been made." The proceedings then terminated.
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