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FRANCE AND ITALY.

FRANCE.

SARDINIA.

THE SEW KING.

ITALY.

GERMANY.

PRUSSIA.

FRANKFORT.

ROME.

NAPLES AND SICILY.

DENMARK.

TURKEY.

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DEFEAT OF THE SIKH ARMY. ;

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DESTRUCTION OF THE OLYMPIC…

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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.

DEATH OF MRS. HENRICKSON.…

THE INQUEST.

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