FRANCE AND ITALY. [The following appeared in our second edition last week.1 In the sitting of the French National Assembly on V\ ed- nesday, M. Odilon Barrot, the Prime Minister, ascended the ,tribune and reud the following important dispatclilis:- Nice, March 27. The Consul of France to the Minister of Foreign Af- fairs r- CHARLES ALBERT, after having abdicated in favour of the Duke of SAVOY, passed through Nice on the 26th, at eleven in the morning, on his way to France. The Piedmonteso army has been beaten at Novarra, but its honour is safe." H Turin, March 2/1. "the Minister of France to the Minister of Foreign Affairs:- •' The army has been forced back to the mountains of ] Vie la and Borg-o Manero. The Austrians occupy Novarra, VstLclii, and Trino. The Kum has abdicated and fled. The IKike of SAVOY has not yet written to Turin. The Government has requested Mr. Abercrombie and me to apply for an armistice to cover Turin. We have placed ourselves at its disposal. TLitin is tranquil, and everything is disposed to remain." Having read the dispatches, M. Odilon Barrot addressed the Assembly, and said that he felt it to be his duty at once to declare that the French Government was determined to preserve the integrity of Piedmont. It appears that Austria did not trust to arms alone to se- cure her success against Charles Albert-golcl also was em- ployed, and his own officers were bribed to betray him. The debate on Italy was continued on Saturday evening, and finaliy the Assembly adopted the order of the day pro- posed by M. Bixio, with some modifications, by a majority of 444 to 320. This vote had the concurrence of the Govern- ment, to which it gives the utmost latitude and freedom of ketioli on the Italian question. This vote is a. virtual declara- tion on the part of the Assembly to maintain the general peace, and to attempt no armed intervention in Italy which mi¡;ht endanger the tranquillity of the Peninsula. Z5
FRANCE. The Constitutionnel announces, on what it considers gosd authority, that King Charles Albert had proceeded towards the Spanish frontiers through the south of France. An Austrian envoy arrived on Thursday morning in Paris, and was shortly afterwards admitted to an audience of M. Louis Napoleon. It is announced that the French Government has for- warded a telegraphic'despatch to the generals commanding the troops at Toulon and Marseilles to embark them and to toil for Civita Vecchia. General Cavaignac, who, it appears, has been promised the support of Generals Lamoriciere and Bedcau, is deter- mined to propose to the National Assembly to send a divi- sion of 10,000 men of the army of the Alps to occupy Genoa, and a similar force to Savona," to take possession of those jM-rongholds until the Austrian army shall have evacuated Piedmont. The counsel for Blanqui, Sobrier, and Quentin were heard W Wednesday at the High Court of Bourges. Raspail him- self addressed the court in his own defence. He denied his complicity in any plot for the overthrow of the Government on the 15th of May. The manifestation on that day was only in favour of Poland. Barbes and Flotte were called, «»>it declined making any defence. Daring the proceedings at Bourges on Thursday, one of the counsel for the prisoners was repeatedly called to order by the President, and compelled to sit down, for having Hrtiyl language unbecoming a court of justice. The verdict of the jury upon the trial of M. Proud lion, as dir ector, and of M. Duchene, as gerant of the le Teaple, for the articles which appeared in that paper on the 26th and 27rh January last, has been a fine of 3,000 francs and three years' imprisonment for M. Proudhon, and a fine of 1,000 fi-aaes and one year's Lmpiisoument for M. Duchene. Mrs. Gordon-Archer, who figured in Louis Napoleon's aft iir at Strasbnrg, died-on Tuesday in Paris.
SARDINIA. We subjoin the following particulars relative to the battle that ended i:i the abdication of Charles Albert. It appears that Marshal Radetzky had gathered together an army of reserve betwwen Lodi and Ciemona, whiie he himself marched, in accordance with the pledges of his pro- e tarnation, upon Piedmont. On the 20th, the Austrian troops crossed the Tieino, in two places between Vige-vano ariti Pavia, with the obvious in cation of pushing upon the road to Turin; while, on the same day, a division of the Sardinian army crossed the river higher up, with the de's"a of marching' upon Milan. On the ,21st the Aus- tri ns appear to have fought, more or less in detail, with the d vision of General Raniorino, that of General Bes, that of G neral Durando, and that of the Duke of Genoa, which in all haste had re-crossed the Ticino, although he had already penetrated the Milanese as far as Magenta. In the Sar- dinian official account, these engagements are diddcd into fvvD one of which took place at one p.m., and was unfavour- tthi-e to the I.iioerialists t tie other at six p.m., and wnieh, even according1 to M. Rat am, ended in the rout of his fel- low-countrymen. and the triumphal entry of the Austrian C.. "les into Morfara. Another great and decisive battle was fought on the 24th, but where it is not precisely stated here the Duke of S iv«y, who behaved with admirable gal- hwtrv, was wounded ? but the Imperial army bore down all opposition and was signally victorioilS.
THE SEW KING. (h the 27th. the Duke uf Savoy, eldest sonof Charles Al- bert, was proclaimed here un ier L; to name of Victor Ivnanuel. The Ivtgiish and French Ambassadors came back with him from the camp oJ Radetzky. An armistice has been agreed on for an indefinito period, till a tre itv of peace between Piedmont and Austria can be arranged. The former is to pay a contribution ot 100 mil- lions of francs (four millions sterling), and to place Aiexan- dra in the hands of the Austrian*, us a gu irantee for the payment- and the observance of peace. On the 27th the new Ministry entered on its functions. If is thus composed:—MM. do Delaunny, Foreign Affairs; i'rielli, Interior; Chvistiani, Justice; Nigra, Finances; Ma- •oii'ili.- Public -Works La Boruiida, War and Marine. the 27tli the Chamber voted an address,.full of ad- mirati- n all gratitude, to Charles Albert. On he 2oith Romariuo had been brought a prisoner to T inn and would most probably be shortly tried and shot. l-L savs that of the Lite Pied.nontese army there now re- nviins'onlv about 25,000 men. A debate had taken place in t )■>- Chamber of Deputies on the 28th, as to whether the nnu~»tiee should bo accepted or rejected, but had not closed. The'news from the army states that some of the regiments actually Lid dowa their arms in the presence of the enemy, ■d I rook to digV» ''Vhiu: the brave conduct of the brigade of S'tvoy. upvvards of 20 of whose officers were killed or wounded,' who fought their way through five times their iia ubji' at the point of the bayonet, is the theme of general liiiii-ation. Tne disinclination of the army to combat for their country, even when occupied by an enemy, fills the majority with shame as well as bitter regret. Ti>" Sardinia a Chamber of Deputies held a meeting on fj,r> -iijjal of the 2 7fh, at. which it declared itself en per,urt- n.cs. It invited the Ministry to concentrate all the forces of the kingdom under d and proclaimed toe country in danger, and decreed that the Ministry who ,41 ould permit an Austrian g-vivison to enter Alessandria, or recal the dar.imLu tlil, Adriatic, would beguilty 01 111*.I treaaOn. • 1
ITALY. pjparis correspondent Of the l'Ùnes contradicts file s'-Viterncnt that the entire Ptedmontese army was .completely routed on the 23rd, and that the battle was lost in 'conse- quence of General Cbxarnowaky having left his artillery b;d,'hid him. The fact is, the battls which forced Charles Albet.t to abdicate in favour of his son, the Duke of Savoy,' was fought on the 24th between Novara and Vercelli. It was common red by General Ohzarnowsky, who was at first, su^esst'ul. He recovered the position he had previously illilt. hut Marshal Uud.Uky, having with consummate skill concentrated his entire force, consisting of 60,000 men, ou one point, the Piedmontese line was broken, and one divi- sion, coUiriianded by the Duke of Sa\#y, wisis driven to Bit lie at the foot of the' Alps, and the otherj under flie coitlunaiKi oi' Chzas^iowSky, to Borgo-Msiiero. The PicdnuMfese 0en^ls, Perrone and Pasulacqua, Ixjth men of large hereditary- for- tulil. in Piedmont, were killed. An officer serving on the staff of Charles Albert states, that it was not until the 2oth that the Piedmontese were de- feated. They fought with the most desperate courage, and Novara was taken and re-taken not less than five times. The greater number of the Piednioiucse generals and officers were killed or dangerously wounded. The present King exposed himself like a simple captain of cavalry, and was p wounded. The writer of the letter attributes the loss of the campaign to the treachery of General ltamorino, who, he alleges, had communicated the plan of the campaign to Marshal Radetzky, and by that means enabled him to defeat it. An individual named Peste, Secretary of General Ramo- rino, has been arrested. General Chzarnowsky is said to have blown out his brains in despair. Would to God," says the writer of the letter I allude to, "he bad done so before the commencement of the campaign."
GERMANY. THE KING OF PRUSSIA EMPEROR OF GERMANY. The adjourned division 011 the election of the hereditary Sovereignty of the German empire was proceeded with in the sitting of the Frankfort Parliament on the 28th instant. After some minor divisions on amendments which had been moved by some members of the Left, the Speaker Called on each individual member by name to pronounce the name of the German Prince whom he (the member called upon) wished to see at the head of the Empire. The votes were given amidst the deepest silence. Some members would give no vote at all, and said that they declined to vote,-— that they would elect no Prince; and one of them, the Prince of Waldburg Zeil, protested that he was not an elector. But those who declined to vote were merely excep- tions to the general rule, and votes were given by no less than 538 members. The summing up of the different votes showed that 290 voices had been given for his Majesty the King of Prussia, who was thus, according to the provisions of tlie Constitution which has been enacted by Parliament, elected to the dignity of an Emperor of Germany. The number of members who refused to vote on the division was 248. When the news of the choice of the Assembly spread out of doors the bells were rung, and the air was filled with the chec-i-s of the people. A deputation of twenty-four members, with the Speaker of the House, is about to proceed to Berlin to offer the Imperial Crown of Germany to the King of Prussia.
PRUSSIA. The Cologne Gazette states that it has been decided in Council that the King of Prussia shall not accept the Crown of Germany unconditionally, and that one of the stipulations will be that the consent of all the Gel-man Princes shall be previously obtained to such acceptance,
FRANKFORT. RESIGNATION OF THE ARCHDUKE JOHN. In the sitting of the German Parliament on the 29th, the President announced that the Archduke John had signified his intention of resigning at once the office of Administrator of the Empire. Of all the Austrian deputies who were in the National Assembly of Frankfurt oil the election of the Emperor of the Germans, not one voted for the King of Prussia. Twenty- two of the liberal deputies of Prussia abstained from voting. Of the sixty-eight Bavarian deputies, Siteeii or sixteen voted for the King; all the Hanoverian deputies, twenty-four in number, did so; eight out of the twenty-six Wurtemburgers, five or six out of the twenty-one Saxons, and five out of the nineteen Badeners voted in the same way. The majority, consequently, was principally made up of the votes of.the representatives of the little states.
ROME. CONSPIRATORS AT GAETA. We extract the following from a letter dated Rome, 12th inst. :-On the 5th inst., in the town of Spello, the commis- saries of the Roman Republic seized in the monastery of St. Andrew numerous papers exposing the active machina- tions of the conspirators at Gaeta. A quantity of daggers, ,g pistols, muskets, and ammunition were also .captured on the. premises. These, as well as the papers, were conveyed to Fuligno, and, with three of the most compromised inmates of said monastery, were delivered over to the tribunal of that district. The (Jurriere Mercantile, of Genoa, of the 24th, states from Rome, that when, in the sitting of the Constituent As- sembly, Mazzini began to speak of the sacrifices the war would call for, a shower of ear-rings and jewels fell from the tribune reserved for the ladies. The Nationnle, of Florence, atates that the Roman Na- tional Assembly lias prolonged itself, leaving a dictatorial o power in the hands of the present triumvirate.
NAPLES AND SICILY. Not only do the members of the Provisional Government at Palermo Sel rn the proclamation of the King, but they even refuse to treat with the representatives of England and France, declaring that the election of Sicily has been long- since made—that the is now an independent State, and that they cannot understand under what pretext the two admirals, who saluted the Sicilian flag on a former occasion, an I did so again, with a discharge of twenty-one guns, 011 entering the harbour the other day, offer to mediate between them and the King of Naples. Why did not Admiral Baudin and Sir W. Parker, 011 finding that the only answer their friendly overtures received was a decree by the Parliament for a levy en masse, at once fulfil the agreement they had made with the King at Gaeta, and withdraw the squadron —and why is it that they now remain encouraging, as their presence is considered to do, the spirit of resistance ? I know that this question has engaged, in a serious manner, the at- tention of the King's Cabinet, and that a reasonable doubt of the intention of the two admirals has risen.—Tunes Corre- spondent. The Neapolitan General denounced the armistice to the Sicilian Provisional Government on the 19th ult., conse- quently hostilities would re-commence oil the 29th.
DENMARK. HAMBURGH, MARCH 27.-The arrival of troops from the interior of Germany continues almost d:tily. On the other hand, the Danish King is said to have gone to the Island of Alsen, and the Danish Guards have also left Copenhagen for the field. No person can doubt the intentions of tire Ger- mans in this business any longer, which arc unquestionably to ultimately secure these Dutchics for themselves, especially Sehleswig, for their utJxy. The latest Danish papers and letters from Copenhagen are very warlike in their expres- sions, and orders have been given to prepare a couple at extra frigates as soon as possible. Berlin correspondence of the 27th states, that Count Arnim had declared that the bases of a treaty of peace were already laid, and he hoped, notwithstanding the termination of the armistice, that the preliminaries would shortly be published.
TURKEY. Accounts from Constantinople of the 20th announce that Mahmoud Pacha has been named Commander-in-Chief ot the Imperial Guards, and that Ishtnael Pacha has been appointed Minister of Commerce. The recent Ministerial changes have given great satisfaction to Sir Stratford Canning The military preparations are urged forward with all practi- cable haste, and before the autumn Turkey will have-ft" army or 250,000 rignting men.
Tlm L-tvuiii'oot, FINANCIAL UKKOUM ASSOCIATION.—The Council of the Liverpool Pi;iaii, ial Iteforni have succeeded in prevailing upon Thomas lkggs, Esq., author-of An Inquirv into the Causes and Extent oi Jux-t-iiiie Depra- vity," "i.heSoci.d and Moral Elevation of the c to visit the leading towns of the kingdom as their deputation.' We un IeniLlIld that Mr. Beggs will aid in the formation of new associations', take part in puidic meetings, and delivc: iectures where the friends of the movement UliiY deem it advi- sable, We heariily congratulate the Association oil its secui- rn«' the services of a gentleman in every way so highly quahb" i--)r the duties of the mission he has undertaken ;and we ieel Assured that he will meet with a cordial welcome in every town *-mch may ba fortunate as to secure a visit from hun.
DEFEAT OF THE SIKH ARMY. The Tattil of the 4th of March from Bombay brirfgs intelli- fence from the theatre of war in the Punjab to the 21st of 'ebrufiry, on which day a battle had been fought by the united forces of Lord Gtnigh and General Whisli, which ended in the complete rout of the Sikh army. Of this vic- tory, however, no details have arrived by this mail, as the despatches of the Commander-in-Chief had not reached Bombay when the steamer left. We are enabled to state, however, that semi-official accounts leave no doubt as to the complete success of our arms. The proceedings of Lord Gough from the date of our pre- vious letters, and up to the 10th of February were chiefly Confined to the defence of the position which the British army occupied at Chillianwallah. The Sikh forces having received some addition to their numbers by the junction of Chuttur Singh, the father of their leader, Shere Singh, took up positions to the right of Lord Gough's camp, as if with an intention of outflanking the British. This movement led to the supposition that the Sikhs contemplated an attack; but nothing of the kind took place. The enemy caused a good deal of annoyance to the grass-cutters and camp-fol- io wers but no serious encounter took place, for Lord Gough persisted in his plan of waiting for the arrival of the Bombay division under General Whish, and of the Bombay column commanded by Brigadier Dtmdas. During several days, from the 6th to the 12th of February, various skirmishes took place, but no serious encounter, as the British General continued to act, on the defensive. Pro- visions were abundant in the British camp. On the 8th, a prisoner was brought into the camp, who I gave the news that Dost Mahommed was collecting the re- venue in the Attock districts, and that he had built bridges over the Indus and the Loandye. 0 On the 11 th, the Sikhs advanced to a village near the British camp, as if to bring oil an engagement, and the whole line was turned out, but no fight took place. The Sikhs plundered the outward and inward mails from the camp. A proclamation was published by Sir Henry Lawrence., in the name of Dhuleep Singh, the young Maharajah of La- hore, which promised forgiveness for the past to all those who should retire to their homes, and threatened condign punish- ment to all who persisted in the rebellion. This proclamation was supposed sufficient to produce an effect amongst the Sikh chieftains, many of whom were not satisfied with the course which the campaign had taken, as they found that money and provisions were wanting. On the 12th the Sikhs, who during the late feigned at- tacks on Lord Gough's camp had found means to remove their heavy guns from their intrenchments at Ittissoul, drew up their cavalry at the village of Coira, and under its cover struck their tents, and marched towards Goojerat. This retreat allowed the British an opportunity of examining with attention the ground on which the battle had taken i place on the 13th of January. That position of the Sikhs was found to be immensely strong, and consisting of a double line of intrenchments, in front of which they had planted large bushes in every direction, so as to mask them- selves, and to prevent the movement of cavalry. Their camp had been pitched upon the slope of a hill, with a bat- tery in the midst of broken ground. Close to this battery was a deep and rugged ravine with a narrow bridge. To the rear of this natural fortress was a perpendicular wall of rock near the Jhelum. This was the strength of the Sikhs on the memorable 13th'of January. An advance upon that position would have cost many more lives than those lost in that battle. The plans of the Sikhs during several days showed that they wished to entice Lord Gough into an attack on that position but failing in their schemes, they retired from this spot at three o'clock on the morning of the 13th of Feb- ruary, and encamped at Needun and Chimbur, with the evi- dent intention of moving in the direction of Goojerat. On the 15th it was known that the Sikhs had gone to- wards Wuzeerabad, as if with the intention of crossing the Chenab there and of proceeding towards Lahore. Fortu- nately General Whisli with his cavalry and a portion of his infantry had reached llamltuggur, and a part of his force was detached from Ramnuggur to Wuzeerabad, so as to pre- vent the passing of the Sikhs at that ford. The Sikhs plun- dered all the districts between the Jhelum and Chenab, and took up a position near the town of Goojerat. On the 16th Lord Gough marched from Supooree to Sudalpoor, a village about five miles from the Chenab while General Whish constructed a bridge of boats over the Chenab at Hmreke Puttam, which facilitated his move- ment to join the Commander-in-Chief. Ou the 18th the troops were hastening towards the point at which they were to concentrate. The Bombay column, under Brigadier Dundas, arrived at Ramnuggur, and 011 the 19th marched to join Lord Gough. On the 20th the last preparations were made for the con- flict, and Oil the 21st Lord Gough attacked Shere Singh in his position near Goojerat, defeated him on all points, and routed the Sikh army. Shere Singh fled, leaving a great portion of his guns and of his ammunition, as well as his standing camp, in possession of the victors, who were engaged in the pursuit of the dispersed Sikhs when the in- telligence left. The news of this victory reached Bombay by express late at night of the 3rd of March, and a royal salute was fired in its honour on the 4th, at one o'clock in the afternoon. The steamer started in the evening of the 4th for Suez. The intelligence from other parts of India is not of an exciting nature. Mooltan is under the superintendence of Major Scott, of the Bombay Engineers—about to become the Gibraltar of the Southern Punjab, and promises also to be soon an emporium for British manufactures. From Bombay we learn that Mr. Reid has left the Council and come to Europe. Mr. Blane has taken his place. Major Lawrence had obtained unlimited leave from Shere Singh's camp 011 parole. He reached Lord Gough's army on the 17th, and Lahore on the 19th, whence he was about pro- ceeding to join Lord Dalhousie at Ferozepore. He brought a message from Shere Singh to the effect, that all the prison- ers would be returned to us immediat- ly.
THE BEHTOI. MUKDER.—The ill-fated prisoner, Sarah Tho- mas, maintains the same indifferent bearing in the gaol as she did before the finding of the verdict—eating, drinking, and sleeping well, and apparently quite insensible of her awtul si- tuation. When she says anything, it is to declare that she is suffering for others. The mother. Ann Thomas, has been com- mitted by the coroner, for want of sureties* to giveevidenee on the trial; and the girl Sullivan stm. remains in Bridewell, with the same object. THK Lo.vno.v AND NORTH-WRSTEIU* TIIAFFIC.—The increase of receipts on the London and North-Western line for the last ,if reel eleven weeks, over and above the corresponding period of last year, amounts to Z26,845, or Z2,441 per week. The gross re- ceipts for the eleven weeks have bdetv 9-105,:635, or at the rate of nearly £ 2,000,000 per annum. AI.A.KMING ACCIUKNT.—A very serious accident nearly oc- curred to the high sheriff for the county of Monmouth (J. Her- bert, Esq.), for on going to escort the judges into Monmouth, to open the assizes, the horses, driven four-in-hand, started, became unmanageable, and ran away. The carriage, with the alarmed inmates, was hurried for a considerable distance, at a frightful pace, through lanes, until stopped by a fallen tree, just as the destruction of the party seemed inevitable. THE Hor Di rr POSTPONED.—The tomex Express of Satur- day says —" Wo have just received the important intelligence from our indefatigable member, Mr. C. H. Frewen, that the Government have resolved on postponing the payment of the hop duty from May until after the next hop-picking is over." THE QDWHTKU'S RKVENUH.—The accounts of the quarter's revenue will be made-up to Thursday, the t)th Aprii. The re- ceipts of the Customs wal exhibit an increase of not less than a million on the year, iia compared with the accounts published in April, 1848. An increase will also appear in the Excise, which will be more them counterbalanced by the falling-off in- tlie Stamps, which have very seriously declined. A compari- son of the quarter, with the corresponding period of List year, will show a favourable result, but less than on the year.— Ob- serve)4. SUICIDE OF A CLEHO VMAN.—-We (Liverpool Jounral) deeply regret to say that the Rev. Mr. Chapman committed suicide this (Saturday) morning, at Prescot. [On reference to the clergj list we found th;t Mr. Chapman, enjoyed the vicarage ot Preseot, valued at £ 1,3.52 per aninuii.J
DESTRUCTION OF THE OLYMPIC THEATRE. The following appeared in our second edition of last week:— A most terrific conflagration is raging at this favourite theatre. The flames and smoke issuing from the building are tremendous, and can be seen from all parts of the metro- polis. It is impossible to ascertain any authentic information, owing to the consternation at present prevailing. There does not appear to be the slightest hope of savins any part of the buildiag. Engines are continually arriving, and there is a copious supply of water. Fears are enter- tained for the houses adjoining. Great efforts are being made to save some parts of the wardrobe, which sinee the present lessee has held the theatre has become very valuable it is being thrown from the win- dows at the back part of the theatre in Graven-buildings," We now add the following particulars :—-Mr. Davidson, the lessee, has stated that he had been at the theatre the whole day, making the necessary preparations for the pro- duction of the several pieces which were to be produced that evening. At ten minutes past five he left the theatre for his chambers, at which time the house was in perfect safety. In less than half an hour he returned to witness the destruction of his property (one of the persons connected with the thea- tre coming with the intelligence to him in a cab), and from the information which he obtained from the several parties in the building at the time of the accident, the following was the origin of the fire: The drop-curtain on the stage was of green velvet, but from being very old, it was lined with common cotton. The curtain, instead of drawing up, was divided in the centre, and was drawn to the sides. On that side next to the right from the entrance to the boxes and pit was situate the prompter's box, and here was a gaslight, over which was invariably placed a shade, to prevent accident. That evening the person whose duty was to attend to the gas was absent, and the party who lighted the prompter's lamp forgot to place the tin shade over it the light of the gas thus came in contact with the curtain, and in an instant all was in flames. The carpenters and those on the stage declare that the fire ran up as if it had caught a train of gunpowder; for some seconds they were stupified, but as soon as they re- covered their self-possession, they ran to the top of the flies with an intention of cutting the supports of the curtain away. They, hoyvever, came running down, declaring that all hope was lost, for the flames had caught the various inflammable matters, such as turpentine, &c., and it was impossible to save the building. This opinion was too well founded, as within an hour the whole was one mass of flames. The main body of fire in the theatre continued to blajse, completely illuminating the district, when all of a sudden a fearful crash, produced by the falling of the gallery and boxes, was heard^ within. This had hardly subsided when the roof fell in. This for a moment appeared to damp the flames, but they afterwards burst forth with still greater vehemence, and myriads of sparks-were wafted over the house-tops, to the danger of buildings at acoltsiderable distance. The loss sustained by the present lessees is about £ 2,000. The inha- bitants in Craven-buildings brought out their goods, and sus- tained in this way much greater damage than if they had actually remained in their various rooms. By nine all danger had ceased; and although there could not have been at one time less than from 10,000 to 15,000 persons about the vicinity, yet owing to the admirable arrangements of the police, it was understood no accident occurred. The whole of the houses on the Olympic side of Craven- buildings are burnt at the back, and otherwise materially injured.
MURDERS IN LIVERPOOL. A universal feeling of horror-was produced in Liverpool, on Wednesday, by the intelligence that a whole family had been murdered under circumstances of unparalleled atrocity. The victims of this inhuman crime are a mother, two chil- dren, and a female servant. Both the children are already dead, and the mother is so dreadfully injured as to render recovery almost impossible. The servant, though in a most dangerous state, may possibly recover, though even that is very doubtful. The person who is suspected to have committed these in. human crimes was a lodger in the house, but had only come there the day before. The house where the murder has been committed was in the occupation of the wife and family of Captain Henrickson, of the ship Duncan, belonging ,to Messrs. James Aikin and Son, who is at present with his ship at Calcutta. In the forenoon, Mrs. Henrickson left her house for the purpose of purchasing a few articles, including some pota- toes, which were sent home by the boy. The front door was opened by a man, who received the potatoes, emptied tha basket, and returned it to the boy. A short time afterwards, some parties in front of the house heard loud groanings. The noises continuing, several persons collected, and at last it was determined to effect an entrance. Upon the parlour window being broken, a horrible sight presented itself,- three bodies, two females and a child, being extended on the floor, encircled with pools of blood, their skulls and faces smashed in the most frightful manner. On the forehead of Mrs. Henrickson there had been a dreadful blow inflicted, the forehead being laid open a depth of two or three inches, and there were also several deep wounds on other parts of her head and face. The servant had also received similar wounds 011 her head and face, as also severe blows about her eyes, both of which were black and swollen up. The body of Mrs. Henrickson's eldest child also presented a most dreadful appearance. The poor little creature's head seemed to have been beaten to a jelly. The murderer had decamped, he washed his hands in one of the bedrooms up stairs, leaving traces of blood on the towel. It appears that in the afternoon the servant girl was to some extent brought to a state of consciousness. Her state- ment is, that on Tuesday afternoon a man came and took apartments in the house. Nothing was previously known of him. On Wednesday morning, after Mrs. Henrickson went out, this man struck one of the children, the eldest boy, when the servant girl interfered, and told him that her mistress would not allow the children to be beaten. Upon that he became much excited, and struck at her with a poker several times; after knocking her down, he made an attack upun the eldest boy, whom he treated in a similar manner, and then, it is supposed, he must have ran after the youngest hild, pursued it to the kitchen, and cut its throat there with the knife which was found lying near it. Having thus far proceeded in his work of human butchery, he seems to have awaited the arrival of Mrs. Henrickson, whom he attacked, it is supposed, with one of the pokers, and beat her until she was reduced to a state of insensibility. The prisoner was again brought up on Saturday for further examination, before the Mayor and Mr. llushton. The new evidence adduced was that of Jacob Samuel a hairdresser, who shaved him on Wednesday evening, and who noticed blood 011 his wrist. The prisoner spoke to him about buying a wig, and also about the cost of a passage to New York. George Moore, a pawnbroker's assistant, also identified him as the man who had offered to pledge the gold watch produced (Mrs. Henrickson's). At the close of the proceedings the prisoner was fully committed for trial.
DEATH OF MRS. HENRICKSON. A dispatch received from Liverpool, states that this urifbr- nate lady expired on Saturday night, never having ior a moment recovered her senses.
THE INQUEST. The coroner's inquest ou the bodies of Mrs. Henrickson and her two children closed at eight o'clock Oil Monday evening. The jury, without hesitation, returned a verdu t of Wilful Murder" against the ptisonir, John Gleeson "NVii^n.
THE NEW KING OF SARDINIA, Victor Emmanuel, was horn in the year 1820. In 1842 he married the daughter ol ¡he Archduke Heynier, the former Viceroy of Milan, who had him- self married the sister of Charles Albert. Thus the new I\ii;<* is cousin-German to the ex-Emperor Ferdinand, first and second cousin to the present Emperor Francis Joseph. PIIOPOSHD CONGRESS OF EUUOI'EAN POWERS.—We hear that the Austrian Cabinet has proposed to the English and Frviu-h Governments to convoke a Congress of the Powers-whith signed the treaties of HH5. for the discussion of the entire European quehitioii.- Globe.