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Big Ben" has reappeared in more than his pristine vigour Messrs. Mears, of Whitechapel, have recast him, he has been hung and rung—to the astonishment of the teeming population of that uninviting neighbour- hood. The new Big Ben is ornamented with Gothic figures and tracerp and his tone is perfect-E flat. He is about two tons lighter than he was, and is pronounced all the better for the diminution. THE LATE DUCHESS OF ORL-E.INS.-Te glean the following details of the demise of her Royal Highness the Duchess of Orleans :—Tho Princess had been suffering from a severe cold for some days, and although her in- disposition was complicated by other symptoms, they were attributed to the usual state of the patient, and little was thought of them. On Monday, however, for the first time, Dr. de Muasy thought it is duty to pass the night at Richmond. The pulse of the Duchess alarmed him. The Princess herself, however, was perfectly calm. About ha f-past four in the morning, she was surprised at seeing him still at her bedside. Do you, then, think me s,) ill ?" she. sa,,J. He replied by asking her how she -*T 1 do not feel very ill," said the Duchess, i ce ilussy was not satisfied he considered her state as serious, but in no way dangerous. He left the room to give some orders, and in ten minutes after returned. Everything was quiet, and the female attendants were watchii g in silence. He approached the bed-the Duchess had ceased to breathe Life had departed with- out any struggle, and without any premonitory sign of death.-Co?(?-t Joui-nal. FUNERAL OF THE DVCIIESS OF ORLEANS.—The inter- ment of the remains of the late Duchess of Orleans took place on Saturday last, at the Catholic Chapel, erected by Miss Taylor, a short distance from the railway station at Weybride, Surrey, whpre the bodies of the late King Louis Philippe and the Duchess de Nemours are depo- sited. Many eminent Frenchmen, statesmen, and mili- tary men availed themselves of the mournful opportunity to leave the continent for our shores, to testify their res- pect to the fallen Royal Family of France, and to offer the last tribute of esteem for the virtuous Princeaa whom it has pleased Providence to remove from the tur- moil and anxieties of this world. Tbe whole of the members of the ex-Royal Family assembled at the late uche-ss residence at Richmond shortly after nine iat d t8fh f m?urner? and other personages who as- sisted at the funeral met there by ten o'clock. A chamb« in the mansion was prepared as a chapelle ardente, being hung with black draperies and illuminated with high wax tapers. The coffin, placed on a raised platfoim was covered by a velvet pall, on which were emblazoned the armorial escutcheons of the Orleans and Mecklenburg families. In that apartment the preliminary prayers used for the burial of the dead were read by the Rev. Mr. Schvell, the pastor of the Lutheran church, at which the Count de Paris and the Duke de Chartres, and most of the members of the Royal family, were pre- sent, and many of the attendants on the late duchess. On leaving Mr. Paynter's villa, shortly after eleven o'clock, the funeral procession passed over Richmond- bridge, through Twickenham and nanworth, over Walton-bridge, direct to Wcybridge. The church bells of Richmond and the villages through which the funeral passed tolled, out of respect for the departed Princess. A very large concourse of persons collected at different points of the route, and as the members of the ex-Royal fami!y are well known to the inhabitants of the several villages, from their long residence at Twickenham, Claremont, and Richmond, much sympathy was evidently I felt for their sad bereavement. The funeral cortege con- sisted of mute, preceding a mourning coach and two horses, containing the four officiating clergymen. Next cam-the hearse, drawn by six horses, with black velvet trappings and mourning plumes, and hung with the emblazoned and armorial escutcheons of the houses of Orleans and Mecklenburg-Schwerin, escorted by the usual body of pages, &c., bearing the mortal remains of the duchess, enclosed in three coffins. The outer coffin was covered with black velvet and silver ornaments, and the plate bore the following inscription Helene Louise Elizabeth,Vrincesse de Moeklenburg-Schwerin. Nee k Ludwigslust Ie 20 Janvier, 1814, marifee fc Foritainbleau le 30 Mai, 1837, i Ferdinand Philippe d'Orleans, I)uc d'Orleans Prince Royal, veuve le 13 Juillet, 1842. Morte li Richmond Angleterre, le 18 Mai, 1858." Under which were engraved the arms of the Orleans and Mecklenburg families. Then followed nineteen mourn- ing coaches and two horses richly caparisoned. A number of distinguished persons were present. His Royal High- ness the Prince Consort, attended by Lieutenant Colonel Ponsonby, arrived at Weybridge from Osborne some time before the funeral cortege had reached the village from Richmond, in order to be present at the solemn ceremony. TAHITI.—An old pupil of Mr. George, Edge school- master, near Chesterfield, in Derbyshire, writes an in- teresting letter from. Tahiti, an extract from which appears in a local paper. We transfer the following passage to our columns Although Tahiti has been very dull for a long time, it is more, I think, owing to the overabundance of stores, than to the want of trade which, for the population, is very great. Of course as the entrepot of the neighbouring islands, many of'the goods brought here, are again exported; but it is the home trade that supports the greater proportion of the 25 stores there are in it (Papeete, the chief place) at present. The natives number some ten or twelve thou- sand, including the inhabitants of Morea or Eimeo, the adjacent island, 16 miles distant, who are the principal customers. Their inveterate habit of spending all the money they get immediately, and their excessive fond- ness for anything new, in the way of dress, makes trade very brisk all the while they have anything to spend. At first you might suppose it by no means strange for so many thousand people to mf: ain the number of stores but when you are informed t. at nearly the whole of the money these people possess, is derived from labouring for supplying the necessaries of life to the few hundreds of white residents, you will be at a still further loss to account for it. Besides the stores, there about 30 public- houses. Should the dullness continue, several of both must find it unprofitable to remain. Tahiti is a very fine island, on account of its scenery, its climate, and its soil. Sugar, coffee, tobacco, cotton, indigo, &c., of the finest quality could be grown, but the high price of labour, and the restrictive policy of the French govern- ment, whose general idea of colonizing seems to be to make a military prison house of a place, are a sad check to developement. I must say, however, that of late they have manifested a desire to atone for past neglect, by instituting cattle and agricultural shows (with prizes,) to be held next (this) year, offering two prizes for clearing and planting certain portions of land with sugar calle, coffee trees or cotton, and premiums for the exportation of these, when in exoess of a given quantity. It is to be hoped this will have a most beneficial effect.