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Ireland. ESCAPE OF THOMAS MEAGHER. (From the Nation.) Thomas Meagher has escaped. TLe noblest and n.ost gifted of our confessors has broken his chains, aid is now a heeraan of the world. Thank God Thank God for this deliverance a new hope is given to liberty—a glorious sdvofa e is restored to Ireland. We have but meagre deI-lis to disclose in order to satisfy the impatience of the country to hear of this fcrtunate story. Here is the whole narrative. One of the most estimable and independent of oir citizens, (whose name we have permission to make known to Meagher's fri^ds), has communicated to us the joyful in el igence. Ha hasiTcetved a letter from his brother in-law, an assistant sur- geon in the British navy, written from Hobart Town, and bearing date the 18th of is-t January, which states that Meagher had -1 escape and that the goverment officials hid searched his house in vain. He had fled beyond capture and pursuit. The blood- hounds were after him, but had missed their prey. Here are the exact words H.M. Ship Hobart Towr, 13th January, 18.52. Meagher has made his escape from this. Some say he has broken his parole-others say not. He wrote to the police magistrate of his district, to say • hat he did not wish his ifavo extended. Some say he left before the letter was delivered others say he Lid not, but tha: he remained until a person who was sent to watch him-came to his house. He came out and asksd the imn whether he wanted him. He said" No." He then went into ihe house, and escaped through the back way. In two hours afiei, some more came to arrest him but tne bird had fiowc, and 10 the case stacde." RELEASE OF MR. S-Mtrti O'BRIEN.— Tr.e Standard quotes the following As we are going to press we learn that orders have been issued for the release of the Irish state prisoners, Smith 0 Brien, John Mitchell, and their companions; subject, however, to the condition that they are net to set foot in the United Kingdom. Particulars in our nes;—New York Truth. Teller. ROYAL Visir TO IRELAND.—We understand that tha royal intention waV to visit Ireland thIs season, and although her Majesty is moit anxious on this point, yet the excitement which" a general election invariably produces will preclude the possibility of the happy event taking place earlier than the autumn of 1853. The Earl of Dunraven has presented most costly ornaments for the Altar of Adare Roman Catholic Chapel, which his lordship is improving and enlatgirg, at a cost of X4000, The Countess Dowager Dunraven has made arrangements to enlarge acd beautify the Protestant Church at Adare, which could ill accommodate the extensive congregation on Easter Sunday. hjrRCvrD PRTOIRECTS.— 1 he people of Dublin are in high glee at the improvement which has taken place in the commercial and social appearance of that city since the appointment of the Earl of Eglinglon, as Lord Lieutenant. IRISH CHANNEL SUBMARINE TELEGRAPH.—The difficulties that have interposed to the construction of a submarine telegraph. between Great Britain and Ireland, are in a fair way to be over- come. The communication bet *een London and Dublin is ex- pected to be formed by the 20th day of May. Port Patrick and Donaghedee are the points from which it is proposed to throw the wires across the channel, as the line will then be shorter by 4ili miles than that contemplated between Kingstown and Holyhead. A novel feature o! the proposed plan, we understand, will consist in the connection of the government offices in Downing-street with the Irish metropolis, an advantage of no little importance, MOUNTAINS ON FIRE IN KERRY.—The mountains in the neighbourhood of Tralee, from Glounskeheen on to the old K tiarney road, have presented, during the last few nights, quite a volcanic appearance. Over a space of several miles, towards the summit of that mountain chain, the heather was in a blaze, representing the most beautiful spectacle we have ever seen. The Paps, in the county of Coik, and Drung Hill, in lveragh, were also in a blaze, and the ensemble from that portion of the Atlantic where the eye could take in a portion of each (for the bluze Otl the I ralee mountains was visible on the southern side alto) must have been grand in the extreme. Keelaclohane wood, near Castiemain, accidentally took fire on Thursday, and nearly twenty acres were burned before the fire was put down. All the mountains from Castiemain to Inch have been on fiie during the past week.-— Tfaiee Chronicle. The Murray Testimonial Committee in Dublin have sent back the subscription of Lord John Russell. THE MOORE TESTIMONIAL.—We hear that a committee is in progress of being formed in London to co-operate with the Dublin committee for erecting a memorial to the poet Moore. The Marquess of Lansdowne and his son, Lord Shelburne, Moore's old pupil, in conjunction with Mr. Murray and Mr. Longman, have taken the initiative of this movement in honour of the dead. The captain of a ship which arrived in Coik on Friday, reports that he met over 200 sail of merchantmen to the westward beat- ing up for a port, and that he perceived two of her Majesty's steamers going amongst them rendering assistance. The more active of the electors 01 Meath held a meeting on Friday last, at Navan, when it was unanimously resolved to re- turn Mr. Lucas, of the Tablet, as the representative of that county, on tenant right principles. This course is taken ia fulfilment of a resolution adopted at a meeting of the electors last ye\r, and it has been determined to return Mr. Lucas free of expense. The annual tide of emigration to the New World is again ill its full spring from Limerick. The streets and quays are filled with intending emigrants, with their wives and children, all of the rural population, whose condition and circumstances mani- festly surpass their predecessors in the same exodus. They are a strong, healthy class of people, well equipped and provisioned for the land of their adoption. The country for miles round presents an active scene of hus. bandry. Potatoe planting goes forward briskly. Several fields are allocated for flax. A few showers of rain that would moisten the soil and aid the germination of the seed, are eagerly looked jor.— Newry Telegraph,