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THE BELGIAN VOLUNTEERS. On Thursday the Belgian Volunteers, to the number of 2,500 arrived in the metropolis. It had been planned that the Serapis and her companion vessel which conveyed them across the Channel, should be met at Gravesend by six smaller steamers, to bring the visitors up the river nnd land them at Westminster Bridge, with some show of a public reception and wel- come. This praiseworthy design, however, came to nothing, owing to defects in the arrangements; and, instead, the Belgians were kept waiting some hours at Gravesend on board the steamers, which at length were not despatched together, and which landed their cargoes at different piers. The last boat did not reach West- minster until six o'clock in the evening. THE PASSAGE OF THE BELGIANS. Capfain J. Clark Soady, who is in command of the Serapis, the new Indian trooper employed to bring the main body of Belgian excursionists from the Scheldt to Gravesend, speaks in terms cf the highest praise of the behaviour of his crew. Some natural apprehensions touching the liquor which flowed so abundantly on board, and which, in pure openness of heart, was almost forced by the Belgians on poor Jack, were, it appears, most satisfactorily allayed by the officers of the watch, at midnight, as the Serapis steamed towards the Nore. With two or three exceptions, all hands were reported present and sober and the relief then felt t'y Captain Soady was, it may well be believed, immense. My only wonder i?,' he says, 'that under such seductive circumstances they were so presentable. The crew had only been together for a few days before, and the man- ner in which they worked elicited the admiration of my- self and many others. It is true the attendants at the tables were scarcely equal to the duty, and I believe a few of them yielded to the tempting glass. It was quite in my power to have had more men for navigating the ship, as the Admiralty gava evervthing asked for with no stinting hand but I felt confident the ship's crew was sufficient, and more seamen would have taken space from the Belgians.' Captain Soady adds that the only real danger he apprehended was from the fact that many hundreds of our guests persisted in smoking below, not- withstanding the urgent entreaties and commands of their officers to discontinue the perilous practice. With a touch of the frank and humorous heartiness character- istic of a true sailor, the captain of the Serapis says My only prayer was to have a breeze, as I folt sure os,,r friends would then be controllable enough.' THE LUNCHEON AT THE GUILDHALL. The Belgian Volunteers paraded on Friday morning in the quadrangle of Somerset House, and marched thence to Guildhall. The streets were thronged with admiring multitudes, colours and streamers were dis- played from many of the houses on the route, and at various points enthusiastic cheering greeted the visitors. A more gratifying street welcome could not be imagined. The luncheon, however, at the Guildhall, does not appear to have realised the promise to be inferred from the cheers of welcome which ushered them within those ancient walls, for the fe&sl was rather of the Barmecide than of the aldermanic type. The Lord Mayor, who presided, made most excellent speeches, and M. Gre- goire, of the Belgic 'Garde Civique, and the burgomaster of Ostend, were the principal spokesmen on the other side. After the luncheon the Volunteers proceeded to the Royal Horticultural Gardens, and then to a conver- sazione at Kensington. THE BELGIANS AT WIMBLEDON. On Saturday our Belgian visitors set out for the camP at Wimbledon, and wretched weather they had. Paiade was fixed for ten o'clock in the quadrangle of Somerset House, and an hour afterwards some 2,000 had assembled' Nearly the whole of the windows of the buildings were filled with ladies and children. Some of the ladies in the Admiralty Office bad brought some bunches of flowers with them, and these they scrambled among the Bel- gians. Those fortunate enough to get a flower acknow- I lledged the favour by placing it in their breast. A tem- porary booth was erected in one corner of the quadrangle, to which the Belgians eagerly repairod, and partook of ale or porter, which Lad been liberally provided for them. The bands having played several airs the note of preparation was given, and the march off was effected amidst loud acd cordial cheering. The band of the English Civil Service Volunteer Corps accompanied the Belgians to the station. Here they were drawn up in line facing the trains destined to carry them to Wimble- don, and at the word of command they stepped forward, and taking their ■seats in the carriages the trains were started in regular order, amidst the cheers of the as- sembled spectators. At Wimbledon there was a mani- fest determination on the part of all to make the ap- pearance of the catap as attractive as possible, and little suggestions as to floral and other decorations Were readily adopted. At five minutes to one his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, accompanied by Captain Ellis and Colonel Kingscote, left Marlborough House and proceeded to Wimbledon to receive the Belgian volunteers. The Royal party rode in an open carriage, drawn by four horsss, with outriders in front, and ser- vants in scarlet livery. THE BELGIANS AT THE ZOOLOGICAL SARBENS. Although the executive of the Central Belgian Recep- tion Committee had no arrangement of an official character in their programme of entertainments for Sunday, yet it was generally understood that the Council of the Zoological Society of London had notified their intention off throwing open their beautiful gardens in the Regent's Park to our Belgian guests. As early as ten o'clock large numbers presented themselves at the en- trances of the Gardens, and were at once admitted. The demand for admission by orders of Fellows of the Zoological Society for many day's past bad been so great that it was anticipated that there would be the largest attendance the garden -ever knew on a Sunday but whether arising from the epparently unsettled state of the weather or not, although many thousands were present during the afternoon, there was by no means so large and aristocratic an assemblage as was anticipated. Of Belgians, however, it is believed that during the day at least 2,000 passed through the gardens. Large numbers of them were attised in mufti,' the only dis- tinguishing mark being the English bidge suspended by its dark blue riband on the breast of the coat. By seven o'clock the large mass of the Belgians had left the grounds, highly gratified by their visit. — THE POPE. A Roman correspondent writes thus of the ap- pearance and habits of the Holy Father, who is now in his 75th year He is of the middle height, or slightly above it. The air of Rome and his sedentary habits have given him an mibonpoint, not, however, enough to inconvenience him, and which disappears under his ecclesiastical costume. His hair is white, though thick his forehead large and prominent; the eyes deep set, and flashing with strange light; all the features are strongly marked, but in harmony with each other. There are no wrinkles on that face; the complexion is slightly coloured but transparent. The mouth, somewhat prominent, gives to his whole physiognomy an expression of gentleness and of extraordinary benevolence. Every- thing about him shews extraordinary vigour, and the ongest ceremonies do not exhaust him. He takes a walk every day on foot in the Pincio or outside the wells. The Pope always rises at five o'clock. He at once goes to his prayers At six a valet de chambre is in attendance to shave him, after which he is visited by his doctor. At seven he says mass. He rarely breakfasts before eleven, on account of the office of the Sistine Chapel, and also because he receives his Ministers in the morning. Pius JX. very seldom presides at the Council of Ministers; that duty is left to Cardinal Antonelli, who gives an account to the Pope the same day of the resolutions that may be adopted, and who submits for his decision matters of importance. The temperate habits of the Pope are well known in Rome. A friend of mine attached to the Embassy was present last winter at his dinner-a fast day-having an urgent despatch to communicate. The Pope dines alone at a little table—this is strict etiquette. His Holiness had just partaken of a soup of herbs, and he had before him two gurnets—the gurnets of Italy resemble sardines-a plate of French beans, and three little apples. This excessive sobriety keeps him in gentle gaiety. He converses very willingly during his walk and after his dinner, aWwhich his intimates are present, particularly de Merode, whom he has been obliged to sacrifice but whom he always sees with great pleasure. M. de Merode is of a sprightly mind, but somewhat caustic, and the Pope is often obliged to stop him in tbe name of charity which is due to our fellow-creatures. M. de Merode told the Pope a day or two ago that Monseigneur B-, Bishop of in France, when conducting his clergy to the Coliseum, pointed out to his vicarrgeneral the spot where Nero used to view the dying gladiators. His Holiness burst out laughing Every one knows that the Coliseum was built on the site of Nero's gardens; that Vespasian laid the first stone of it, and it was finished under Titus and Domitian. At ten the Pope retires to his little apartment, the monastic simplicity of which is known to the whole world. There are two distinct characters in the Pope-the man and the supreme Pontiff. The man is simple and kind-hearted, familiar, accessible, and playful; the Pontiff is dignified austere, and sometimes even terrible. He has also two distinct physiognomies—the one full of meekness when he blesses the crowd prostrated before him; the other biblical, terrible, inspired, which all may have remarked when, borne on his festatoria, on the eve of St. Peter's, with arm stretched forth and eyfJ lighted up, he solemnly protested against the spolia* tion of the Holy See. The lines on the mouth oN these occasions assume a strange appearance, the, lips become thin and compressed, and loss that ex- pression of goodness which all have remarked jm. h¡S¡ portraits.' A JACKAL AT LARGE,-For some time past cODsi. derable depredations have been committed among tbfl poultry and young pigs in the neighbourhood of this town, which have been by some attributed to the in' cursions of master reynard; and a week or two back, about nine o'clock, a young man named Wagstaff, living in Southgate-street, when on his way home, observed an animal which be supposed to be a fox, and somB' what injudiciously made an attempt to capture it, wheØ it turned upon him and seized him by the hand, biting it completely through the palm. A considerable amount of inflammation ensued, and he has been quite incapable of using the hand ever since, but is now ie' covering. The animal was in fact a jackal, which escaped from the premises of Captain Hogg, of FornbaWi and we understand that, after having been on a maraud' ing expedition in the neighbourhood for some time, was shot a few days since by a gamekeeper.—Bury Norwich Post. I