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OPINIONS OF THE PRESS. President Johnson's Message to Congress. seem?, like Uncle Toby, deter- mined to ride his hobby. In season or out of season, telegraphic Wo PMxairflnf1 n-(W' delegations, the one purpose of hia Presidental life is to keep his hobby in view of the ?* £ la 0n^ thing the world knows, it ia that Andrew Johnson haa certain opinions on reeon- struotion. He deals with that subject very much aa hard-headed do^ctora deal with medicine, and wooden- headed theologians with divinity. A. J.'s hobby thus far has proved very harmless, and has done about as much towards reconstructing the Union as the elabo- rately constructed bastions and parallels of Uncle Toby and Corporal Trim did toward the siege of Namur. The danger with every hobby ia that we have too much of it. I here may be saving grace in a Presbyterian ■catechism—jbut must we all be burned who do not believe the divinity ofWeatnunater ? A eauare-toed doctor who bnstera and bleeds may save a natient now and then, but must we blister and bleed all sick people because this one medicine-man finds hia hobby in bis lancet and cantharides ? Mr Johnaoti rode hia hobby into congress yesterday. Nobody wanted him, nobody expected him, nobody flif tw- Vis had anv business there. His message was ablt as LmopSte aa though it had contained the bill of fare of hia breakfast, his last tailor s account, or his opinions upon the cause of thunder. It is enough to have two messages from his excellency when they are really unavoidable, but if we em upon every occasion, aiaa! for congreiBB Still this practically amounts to nothing, ^ke congress are doing their work—as we p can bo expected, but scarcely as rapidly as would have it.' The right spirit is among them. and right will be done. As for our Uncle Toby, let him.go on riding his hobby, and if he insists uPon f f? into congress, why no harm will come, and let rum e gratified for the sake of all that he has done, and^tne hope that he will soon see that the nation cannot be saved by concession and surrender.—New York mo French Views of the Prussian Victories. Great victory of the Prussians. This news has pro- duced profound emotion ia Paris. Prussia having entered Bohemia, and united her two armies, is pushing the Austrians before nar, and the battle she has just gained, besides giving her a whole province, leaves the capital of the empire itself exposed. The consequence of the Austrian defeat is the power- Jessneas of the Federal army before it has struck a blow. W_e do not disguise that this state of things ia grave ior Europe, and must make us anxious. Now that the fortune of arm3 seams to open to Prussia destinies she did not even dare to hope, when all obstacles to her ambition are removed, the situation ef France is modified and her duty commoacea.—La France. Yesterday the great battle took place in Bohemia which Europe has been expecting for some days with feverish anxiety, and the fate of arms has once more turned against the Austrians. It was on the right bank of the Elbe between J osephstadt and Koniggratz, about four leagues from the latter place, that the two armies came into collision. The telegrams mention various points-Sadowa., Horzitz, and Nechanitz-as the theatre of the conflict; but they have not as yet given us the physiognomy of the battle. All that we can gather as yet is that it is the army of the Elbe, commanded by Prince Frederick Charles, which has given the most decisive blow to the left of the Austrians, where the Saxon Corpa was so rudely tried before at Gitschin, and the corps of General Gablenz so cruelly maltreated at Trautenau. From Berlin they write that the army of General Benedek has been completely beaten: from Vienna they state simply that the wings of the army having been outfiinked, it was forced to retreat, and that the Austrian general has consequently removed his head- quarters farther south, towards the great angle of the Elbe to a place called Swiniarek. But from this meagre account it is nevertheless clear that the Austrians have suffered a real defeat, and one may already forsee the important consequences of the victory of the Prussians it appears General Benedek is no longer able to defend the line from Koniggratz to Pardubitz, and tha.t he will be oblige 1 to retreat behind the Elbe. The first campaign ia loBt for Austria. The hour haa come for her to have reoonrse to still more energetic measures to repel the invasion. It is said she is prepared for them, and that we may expect something decisive on her part, both as regards arming the population, whose aversion to the Prussians is well known, and with respect to the conflict which has lasted so long between the Courts of Vienna and Hungary.-Le Temps. Marriage of the Queen's Daughter. The Princess Helena was married on Thursday at Windsor to Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, who has been created a Royal Highness and a Major- General in the army, but not a bishop. The only note- worthy incident in the ceremony was that her Majesty herself gave the bride away, but the scene was in one respect a strange one. All present had just read the announcement in th& Moniteur, and many must have felt as if marching in lace and jewels to their military execution. There was Prince Frederick of Holstein, the political life of whose family that peace finally ends, the King of the Belgians, whose dominion may yet be required for compensations, the Duke of Edin- burgh, whose prospective throne has been swallowed up, the Duke of Cambridge, whose sister sinks from the wife of an independent sovereign to a German peeress, the Saxon and Hanoverian Ministers, whose countries and courts have ceased to exist, the Austrian Ambassador, j ast aware of final defeat, the Prqssian Ambassador, jmt realizing that his master is first among kings, and, finally, the Queen herself, just in. formed that one daughter is sure of an imperial crown, and another sure that she will never wear one, and with, one can conceive, a latent doubt whether after all the betrayal of Denmark had been so clearly wise. -Spectator. The New Administration. We are under Tory rule, tempered by the predomi- nance of Liberal opinion. But at least we have made some progress. A heart of earnest Liberalism beats in the bosom of a considerable party, and we are not, as we once were, utterly regardless of political principle. Oar leaders will learn valuable lessons and gain valu- able experience in the school of adversity. They are not altogether beyond need of them. Our rank and file, moreover, will be the better for that unity which results from IV10 diaoigliivo of opposition. The tide advanoes though the wave recedes., !>«.«» =0 fear for the future. We when we deserve to do so. On the whole, the country reaps the fruit of its own merits, and the present is but an appropriate sequel of the past. Some loss of self-respect England must accept from the ohange of Government, for the change does not coincide with the prevailing convic- tion-but that loss is the inevitable Nemesis of a long foregoing course of political laxity. Let us be thank- ful that a renovation of life preceded the existing retro- gression of affairs, and let us act in the confident assurance that the one will,in due time get the mastery of the other.—Nonconformist. Ia his natural desire to give a broad basis to his Ad- ministration, Lord Derby is said to have offered office not only to the men of the Cave," but to Lord Clarendon, on the one side, and, according to the Morning Advertiser, to Lord Shaftesbury on the other. That the Coalition was not formed, was not, we doubt not, owing to any fault on his part. But it has been attempted by a Conservative Minister, with the con- currenoe of the Conservative party. The Coalition has not been formed; but the endeavour to form it ahowa the necessities subject to which Lord Derby feels that he takes office. Those whose stock-in-trade it is to declaim on all occasions against compromise- as if the greater part of all our arrangements were not compromises—must be prepared for much compromise in a Conservative Ministry which includes Lord Stanley aR, perhaps, its most important and powerful member, and which counts upon the independent support of Lord Lansdowne and the refractory Whigs. The new Ministry is entangled with the irresponsible alliance of Mr. Lowe, whose surpass- ing ability has contributed more than anything to the defeat of their rivals, as the old Ministry was entangled with the patronage and supposed counselling of Mr. Bright. And Mr. Lowe, who on the Reform question would be unanswerable if only his conclusion could be believed to be a practical one, is, both from his power and his services, a very formidable friend. It is always a bad thing when a party owes its best and strongest arguments to one avowedly out of sympathy with its general tone and hostile to its distinctive principles. Mr. Lowe has helped the Conservatives to a victory, the value of which he cannot be supposed to estimate as they do. The elation of the Conserva- I tives at this victory is excusable but they must not expect to ba able to use it entirely in their own way.- The Guardian. j


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