0 Masters and Servants.—The select committee on masters and servants have agreed to the following report:—That inasmuch as the state of the law of contracts between masters and servants is a subject of the highest importance, affecting as it does the re- lations of employers and employed throughout the kingdom, and any inquiry as to the operation of the law should be full, searching, and complete; and inas- much as there is no probability of your committee being able to complete such inquiry in the present Session, it is desirable that the evidence, as far as it has been already taken, should be reported to the House, accompanied by a recommendation that a com- mittee should be appointed in the next Session of Par- liament to consider this subiect. Queries.—What quadrupeds are admitted to balls, operas, and dinner parties ?-White kids. What is the difference between a correspondent and a co-re- spondent ?-A correspondent may be expected to be more or less civil; a co-respondent more or less criminal. Why is wit like a Chinese lady's foot?— Because brevity is the sole of it. Why is a person drawing an ox's teeth like the sunset ?—Because he's an oxy-dental phenomenon. What is the difference between a sea captain and Mr. Berkeley ?—The one can box the compass, but the other cannot compass the box. Loan Societies.—The annual abstract of the ac- counts of loan societies in England shows that, in the year 1864, sums amounting to £ 245,286 were advanced and paid by depositors or shareholders in these societies, and at the end of the year as much as Y,542,650 was in the hands of borrowers. 173 725 loans were granted in the year. The amount paid by borrowers for interest was £ 44,148, and no lees than < £ 10,526 was paid for forms of application and for in- quiry. The borrowers also had to pay P,2,778 for costs :of proceedings against them. 16 593 summonses were issued for the recovery of ;C27,964, and 1,704 distress warrants were granted. The gross profits of the societies in the year amounted to £ 62,349, the expenses of management to £ 22,101; the interest paid to de- positors or shareholders was Y,32,739, and the net profits are stated at < £ 9,866. The societies appear to inorease. This r turn of Mr. Tidd Pratt's now com- prises above 800, and considerably more than 500 of them are in the metropolis, holding their meetings and transacting their business in public-houses. Some of the London societies are upon a very small scale the larger societies are in the country. There are loan societies at Nottingham, at Birmingham, and Sfcafford- eiiire with more than £ 15,000 out on. icau,
CHRISTENING OF HIS ROYAL HIGH- NESS GEORGE OF WALES. The baptism of his Royal Highness the infant Prince, grandson of her Majesty the Queen and of his late Royal Highness the Prince Consort, son of their Royal Highnesses Albert Edward Prince of Wales and the Princess of Wales, took place on Friday, at one o'clock, in the chapel within Windsor Castle. The following Royal personages were present at the ceremony:—Her Majesty the Queen; their Royal High- nesses the Prince of Wales, KG.; the Princess of Wales; the Prince Arthur; the Prince Leopold; the Princess Helena; the Prineess Louise; the Princess Beatrice; the Duke of Cambridge, K.G.; the Prince of Leiningen; the Prince Edward of Saxe-Weimar; and a great many foreign ministers and members of the British Government were in attendance, and the members of her Majesty's and the Prince of Wales's households formed a most brilliant cortege. The latter arrived shortly before one o'clock, and took their places in the corridor. The ministers and other company invited to be present proceeded on arrival to the Green Drawing-room, and from thence were shown to seats provided for them in the chapel. The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishop of London, the Bishop of Oxford, the Biehop of Wor- cester, the Hon. and Very Rev. the Dean of Windsor, and the Very Rev. the Dean of Westminster took their place within the rails of the Communion Table. The sponsors for his Royal Highness the infant Prince were her Majesty the Qaeen of Denmark, re- presented by her Majesty the Queen; his Majesty the King of Hanover, represented by his Serene Highness the Prince Edward of Saxe-Weimar; H.R.H. the Crown Prince of Denmark, represented by the Viscount Sydney, G.C.B., Lord Chamberlain of her Majesty's household; H.R.H. the Princess Louis of Hesse, Prin- eess Alice of Great Britain and Ireland, represented by H.R.H. Princess Louise; H.R.H. the Duchess of Cam- bridge, represented by H.R.H. the Princess Helena; H.R.H. the Reigning Duke of Saxe Coburg and Gotha, represented by the Earl Granville, K G., the Lord President of the Council; H.R.H. the Duke of Cambridge, K.G.; H. Serene H. the Prince of Leiningen; were conducted by the Lord Chamberlain to the sea.ts prepared for them on the left side of the communion rails. Her Majesty the Queen was attended by her Grace the Duchess of Wellington, Mistress of the Robes, and by tke Viscountess Jocelyn, Lady of the Bed- chamber; the Hon. Emrna Lascelles and the Hon. Florence Seymour, Maids @f Honour in Waiting, and by the Lady Augusta Stanley, Extra Bedchamber Woman to her Majesty; and their Royal Highnesses the Princesses Helena and Louise by the Lady Caro- line Partington, the Lady Superintendent. The Vice Chamberlain, accompanied by the Ea.rl Spencer, Groom of the Stole to his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, and by the Lord Harris, Cham- berlain to her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, conducted the infant Prince into the Chapel, his Royal Highness being carried by the head nurse (Mrs. Clark), and attended by the Countess of Macclesfield, one of the Ladies of the Bedchamber to her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales. The service commenced with the following- Chorale-His Royal Highness the Prince Consort. In life's gay morn, ere sprightly youth By vice and folly is enslaved; Oh may thy Maker's glorious name Be on thy infant mind engraved. So shall no shades of sorrow cloud The sunshine of thy early days, But happiness in endless round Shall still encompass all thy ways. When the Archbishop of Canterbury commenced the prayer, "Almighty, ever livisg God," the Countess of Macclesfield placed the infant Prince in the arms of the Queen, who handed his Royal Highness to the Archbishop. On reaching the portion of the service for the naming of the child the Archbishop dt manded of the sponsors how it should be named. The Queen an- swered, George Frederick Emest Albert." And his Grace the Archbishop baptised the child in those names. Having received the sacred symbol his Royal Highness the infant prince was returned to the arms of the Queen. The Countess of Macclesfield after- wards took the Prince, who was reconducted from the chapel in the same way as on entering. The exhortation and blessing having been given by the Archbishop, the ceremonial concluded with the following -.— Chorale. 8. Bach. Jesus, Lord, Thy servant see Offering here obedience willing, Lo! this infant comes to Thee, Thus Thy mandate blest fulfilling: 'Tis for such, Thyself declarest, That the kingdom Thou preparest. Prince of Peace, Thy peace bestow. Shepherd, to Tby sheep-fold take him; Way of life, his pathway show, Head, Thy living member make kirn, Vine, abundant food providing, Keep this branch in Thee abiding. Lord of Orace! to Thee we cry, Fill our hearts to overflowing: Heavenward take the burcten'd sigh, Blessings on the child bestowing: Write the name we now have given, Write it in the book of heaven. Her Majesty then retired from the Chapel to the Red Drawing-room, attended as on entering. The Royal and other distinguished personages were also conducted to the Red Drawing-room, where the baptismal register was completed. Luncheon was served for the Royal family in the Oak-room, and for the other distinguished guests in the Dining-room. During the collation the Treasurer of the Household gave the following toasts: His Royal Highness the Prince George of Wales," the Queeia," and the Prince and Princess of Wales A special train left Paddington Station for Windsor Castle at 11.30, to convey her Majesty's guests, and returned from Windsor at 3.30. ♦
Death from Fear of Hydroph.obia.An inquest was recently held at Manchester, on the body of a man named Robert Roberts. About six weeks ago the deceased was bitten in the hand by a Newfoundland dog. The wound bled a little, and was bathed in salt and water. The following morning the deceased said he was sure the dog was mad, and that he should die in six weeks He then went to a medical man, who applied caustic to the wound. On Friday last he became sick, and was taken to the in- firmary. At that time he was quite sensible, and said he felt strong enough to jump out of the window. When the deceased's face was washed he shuddered as the water touched him. He died on Tuesday morning. Mr. Walker, house surgeon of the infirmary, said he was of opinion that he had died from delirwim tremens. He Bwallowed some pills, but refused liquid. Witness was of opinion that there was a profound mental im- pression acting upon a weakened state. pehrvum tremens might be brought on by a severe tright or a nervous attack. He thought death was not caused by hydrophobia, but from a sort of delirium, produced by extreme fear of hydrophobic acting on his brain, some- what overbalanced by alcoholic sti-mulants.The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evi- dence. Can an Apprentice become a Volunteer.— James William Ashwood, an engineer's apprentice, was charged at the Greenwich Police-court, by his master Mr. George England, with absenting himself from work without lawful excuse. It appeared that on Friday in last week, the day of the review of the different volunteer corps of Kent at Chatham, the de- fendant absented himself, as also on the following day, without having asked permission. When ques- tioned he offered as an excuse that he had been ill; but afterwards admitted that he had been to Chatham to the review. The defendant, in answer to the magistrate, said that he was a member of the 5th Kent Artillery Volunteer Corps, and that, having been furnished with a ticket to proceed to Chatham and take part in the review, he had done so, thinking he should not have obtained permission to leave his work bad he asked. Mr. Maude said it was altogether illegal for an apprentice to enlist into any volunteer corps without obtaining the sanction of his master. Mr England's son said no such sanction had been given by his father. The defendant bad been given the option of having his wages stopped or to appear before a magistrate, and, choosing the latter course, he had been brought to that court. Mr. Maude said the defendant, as an apprentice, had acted very wrongly, and ordered half a week's wages to be stopped. THE PEARL SEMOULIE.-Tlli' ( very choice and pwre article or Diet is much prized for the DINNEK-TABM, and invaluable for j INVALIDS, CHILDREN, and INFANTS. Sold by Grocers, &c. J J. FISQR. MiWUFiCTtlEER, IPSWICH
I THE CHANGE OF MINISTRY III AUSTRIA. A Vienna letter gives some details respecting tb late changes in the Austrian cabinet:—The visit?' t the Emperor Francis- Joseph to the exhibition, J118 I journey to Pes'h, and the principal episodes of hissW in Hungary, are well-known, BLit, what has not made public is, that the Emperor had at Pesth, 011 different occasions, interviews with several politic^ I personages, whom there is no necessity to designate with which each party appears to have been equftly I well satisfied. The Emperor bad not yet left the ca.I' tal of Hungary, for he had hardly done so when M. de I Maylath received notice to expect from one momeS" to another to be called to Vienna, but at the saiHe time he was given to understand that to avoid tba excitement which would be caused if he was 8U1ll' I moned directly from Pesth, he would do well togo and take up his residence temporarily on 801116 other point of the empire, where his actions would be less subject to control. As is well knowlll M. de May lath proceeded to a watering place of Bohemia, whence he was summoned to Vienna,. S" nomination having beeome an accomplished fact the Archduke Regnier was sent for by the Emperor, I When the President of the Council was informed Of this act, in which he had taken no part, and whicD was quite unexpected, he begged to be permitted to resign his functions, ana to travel abroad. The Emperor, although surprised by those requosts, granted them both. M. de Schmerling, being w- t formed by the Archduke Regnier of what had takeO I place, invited his colleagues to act in accord with hiP in asking for an audience of the Emperor. The inter- view was accorded, when the Minister of State repre- sented to his Majesty that so long as his ministers thought they enjoyed his confidence they had con- sidered it a duty not to retire in presence of the opposition of the Reichsrath, but that this sanction being henceforth wanting there only remained for them to respectfully tender their resignation. The Emperor accepted it, at t1? ?ar; e time requesting theIl1 to hold their offices until their successors should be appointed. The preparations for the Archduke Regnier's journey being made, his highness with the archduchess, his wife, left by the Western Railway- At the Fenzing station their highnesses were surprised to find, in the waiting-room reserved for the court, the Emperor, who had advanced his departure for Ischl by a day. After having saluted his Majesty, the Archduke and his wif-j got into an ordinary carriage, while the Emperor entered one belonging to the court. At Linz the Emperor dined in a private room, while the Archduke and Archduchess took a repast in the common refreshment hall. Lastly, at the Lambacn embranchment, the august travellers separated with- out taking any further leave of each other. All the above shows that a great* change has taken place in the relations between the Emperor and the Archduke Regnier, which had previously been so intimate.
.l- TOWN TALK. I BY OUB SPECIAL CGBBESPONDENT. --+-- '&sr readers wiB understand that vie do not hold vwrsdnet risk for mmr sole Corresprruiesii's opinions* MANY of the elections are already over. There have been some desperate struggles but the con- querors are wiping their brows, and the van- quished have retired in silence, secretly hoping for better lack next time. The result of the general election cannot yet be prophesied. Many constituencies have, however, insisted on sending back to Westminster old and well- tried friends, while many again have hazarded the experiment of introducing a little new bleed into the House of Commons. How many must secretly hope, irrespective of the various shades of politics, that they have secured A man with heart, head, hand, Like some of the simple great ones gone Per ever and ever by P One still strong man in a blatant land, "Whatever they call him, what care I? Aristocrat, democrat, autocrat one Who can rule and dare not lie The excitement of the election time followed hard upon the resignation of the Lord Chancellor, and that vote of censure which will be ever memo- rable in Parliamentary history. It is curious how public opinion has suddenly changed, both in legal and general circles, since Lord Westbury's graceful speech on the last occasion of his appear- ing in his official position in the House of Lords. "YVe certainly don't like to hit a man when he is down, and Englishmen are honourable enough to leave off abuse when once the delinquent has cried peccavi. I now hear, on all sides, "Well, the country has lost a highly talented man, and a lawyer whose place cannot well be supplied;' or, What father would not do the sani-e for his son, straining at the hope that the good offices and persistent, kindness would have seme little effect upon him?" or, "Are Lord West- bury's enemies confident that their hands are per- fectly clean ? It is quite certain, from all accounts, that we are likely to see that old, time- honoured proverb that those who live in glass houses should not throw stones," realised to the letter. The supporters of Lord Westbury are not likely to let an occasion slip of showing up those who, although' they have sailed in the same boat as himself, still feel themselves justified in turning round upon the Chancellor directly the occasion presented itself. Names of men are already men- tioned who actually begged for patronage from Lord Westbury on behalf of friends not a whit more deserving of office than those appointed by the Chancellor, and whose sting was naturally rendered more venomous when the denouement took place, from the fact of their application hav- ing been refused. Those were terrible instalments of news which came to us from Edinburgh, detailing almost hour by hour the death struggles of two tender, loving women, and the diabolical machinery of crime in- vented by a husband and a son. When murder is reduced to so accurate a science, who, indeed, is safe? The history of the Pritchard case, how- ever, supplies us with information which may well make us doubly alarmed. It seems that, so pointed is the system of medical etiquette, a medical man, believing that a fellow creature has bsen murdered, and that another is writhing in death agonies from poison, does not even then feel justified in opening his mouth. Dr. Paterson con- fessed in open court that he not only suspected that Mrs. Taylor had been poisoned, but also sus- pected that Mrs. Pritchard was being poisoned! And yet it was by the merest chance in the world that this man Pritchard was brought to justice. Those who know the temptations and dangers of London, and who have some little insight into the system pursued in large millinery establishments with regard to the leave of absence granted to the employes, will be rejoiced to hear that a home for young women employed in houses of business has been established at Bayswater, under the presi- dency of the Earl of Shaftesbury. It is certainly not fair that young women brought up wholesale from the country and planted in business, knowing little of the world, and, perhaps, nothing of its wickedness, should be almost compelled to be left alone to fight for themselves. The laxity of practice that exists npw is evident to any one who has walked through the London streets towards the close of any Sunday. Talking of Sunday evening reminds me of a scene I witnessed lately, which reflects infinite discredit on our military system, our police system, and on our country. men. My road home led me from the Regents-park towards Oxford-street by a wide and not at all deserted thoroughfare, called the Park-road. I heard wild and discordant cries, fierce and blasphemous oaths, and a babel of tongues. From fifty to eighty people were assem- bled in the middle of the road, forming a crowd, attong which soldiers, roughs, and a sprinkling of gen\lemen were noticeable. In the centre of ',he crowd were two privates of the Guard-our crack English regiment—belting one another in the most hideous manner. No policeman was visibly nor could one be found. Some of the gentlemen present, at the risk of getting their heads broken by the friends of these brutal men, secured with great difficulty their belts. But the blood of the Irtish soldier was up, and he must fight. Accordingt these well-disciplined soldiers of ours stripped to he waist in the public streets, a ring was formed, tvo corporals of the regiment held the men's clothfa, and notwithstanding the 11 shrieks of the women, vho occasionally received heavy blows in the face, nd the hubbub of the bystanders, the fight began. And what a fight it was! A strange example, ina,ea, of the English Lre of fair play! When one of the men fell the otlu-r stood over him and kicked tt; in the face; at another time, the prostrate man W,ii(i be rolled neon and belaboured whilst on the vVe dispatched, boys in every direction for tio police, but did not procure a constable for v^enty urinates! And when the policeman did coos, he I was frightened to face these plucky soldiers! As soon, however, as the soldiers caught sight of the civil uniform they took flight, and the half-naked combatants were hurried out of sight by their admiring friends. When such things as these happen in the public streets, and no shame is felt—when soldiers belt one another, and kick instead of fight—when defenceless women are beaten and torn-when non-commissioned officers reserve their influence for the barrack-yard, and aid and abet their comrades in their lawless- ness—when our streets are deserted and no one is 1 at hand to preserve law and order, is there not [ "something very rotten in the state of Denmark?" j And yet we think ourselves so very far superior to other people! The Islington Horse Show was a great success. The day on which the prizes were awarded the Agricultural-hall was attended by many ladies iaad gentle men learned in horse-flesh; and the trials of the hunters over hurdles and bushes in the arena were immensely popular. Two or three old Derby and St. Leger winners were there, but they looked lazy and fat, and very unlike the fleet animals they were wen they gained the blue ribbons of the turf. Mr. Sothern, or Lord Dundreary," by which name he is best known, received a prizu for a very handsome park-haci. The Donkey Show is to be the next attraction at the Agricultural-hall. The famous Davenport trick has sunk low in- 1 deed in the scale. It is now exhibited in little back streets for coppers Z.
NG SUMMARY OF PASSING EVETS. IN both Houses of Parliament, on Tuesday, the resignation of the Lord Chancellor was announced, The House of Lords met on Wednesday afternoon; it then became known that in the evening Lord vVestbury would make an explanation; con- sequently, as fivo o'clock arrived, there was an unusually large attendance, both of peers and of strangers. The speech of the noble and learned lord apparently touched the House. After ex- plaining the course he had taken in reference to the charges brought against him, his lordship said he bowed to the decision of the House of Commons, though he hoped, after a while, calmer thoughts would prevail, and a more favourable feeling be entertained towards him. He told the House how he had expedited public business, and in what position he had left it. In conclusion, he begged that if by any inadvertence, any waat of attention, he had given pain, their lordships would accept his expressions of regret, and would allow the feeling to be erased from their memories. ON Thursday, at noon, the Parliament was formally prorogued by Royal commission. On the same afternoon there was a meeting of the Privy Council at Windsor Castle, where the pro- clamation was issued for the dissolution of the Parliament. As soon as the Great Seal had been affixed to the proclamation by the Lord Chancellor, he surrendered his seals of office, and his functions ceased. A telegram was shortly afterwards received from the Queen by the clerk at the Haneper-office, to issue immediately the writs for the various coun- ties, cities, and boroughs in Great Britain to elect new members. Thus has the session ef 1865 closed. THE infant son of the Princess of Wales was christened on Friday afternoon in the private chapel of Windsor Castle. There was a numerous and brilliant assemblage upon the occasion. Her most gracious Majesty the Queen took a prominent part in the ceremony. The rite was performed by I the Archbishop of Canterbury, assisted by the Bishop of Oxford, whilst the Bishop of Worcester, as Clerk of the Closet, and the Deans of West- minster and Windsor were present. The young prince received the names of George Frederick Ernest Albert. He had numerous sponsors, amongst whom was the Queen of Denmark, repre- sented by Queen Victoria; the King of Hanover, represented by Prince Edward of Saxe-Weimer; the Crown Prince of Denmark, by Viscount Sidney, &e. The little prince is a fine healthy child, and the Princess of Wales appeared quite to have re- covered her strength, and looked on with a mother's fondness during the ceremony. AN important railway accident compensation case was tried the other day before the Lord Chief Justice. An artist named Piercy claimed.210,000 from the Great Eastern Railway Company as damages for the injuries he had sustained by the accident which recently occurred at Bradfield, since which time he is said to have been so afficted as topreYBnt him from following his profession, and had been obliged to give up an excellent situation as drawing-toaster on board the Britan- nia training vessel for naval cadets. After a lengthened hearing, the jury assessed the damages at 16,200. THE trial of Dr. Pritchard, before the Lord Justices in Edinburgh, for the poison of his wife and mother-in-law, has come to an end. After a most able and vigorous defence of the prisoner by the Solicitor-General, the Lord Justice Clerk charged the jury on Friday, going carefully and minutely over the evidence, in the course of which he made no suggestion in favour of the prisoner. The jury then retired, and remained in deliberation about an hour, when they brought in a unanimous verdict or Guilty on both charges. Of course sen- tence cf death was passed upon the prisoner, with- out any hope of. mercv. If canitalnunishment is a necessity, this is one of those cases which calli for the extreme sen-tence of the law to be carried out; for what can be more vtle or horrible than a man of education taking advantage of his know- ledge to destroy human life, and to slowly poison those whom he professes to love and cherish ? Tkebb is nothing of any moment to record con- cerning the internal affairs of America. The State trials have not been concluded, and there is an evident anxiety as to the result. Meanwhile the work of consolidation progresses, but of course the advocates and friends of slavery create all manner of difficulties in preparing a new order of j things which will make the black man free, j Nevertheless, it is not doubted that in a very few years the negro will be raised to his proper social position. SOME interesting dispatches have been recently published between Earl Russell and the British representatives in Paris and Washington, ex- plaining the operations of international mari- time law on the cessation of the war in America. A proposition was raised by the French Government to disarm and sell such Confederate vessels as might be found in British or French ports at the end of the war; but Earl Cowper's view was, that the power of selling ships lately in the Confederate service must be vested in the United Sbat-es Government. Earl Russell says this decision is strictly within the rule of inter- national law and he argues that such ships may, now the war is ended, be claimed by the Govern- ment of the United States. It would appear, however, as if the American Government were not desirous of carrying matters to the extreme, for last week the notorious Rappahannock, now called the Beatrice, and said to be sold to a merchant at Liverpool, was sailing from Southampton to the former port, and was overhauled by an American man-of-war which had been waiting for her, but seeing that she was only fitted out as a merchant- man she was allowed to pass without molestation. THROUGHOUT every borough and county in Great Britain the elections have been the principal topic, but as we are not able to predict the actual result of this political fight, we shall leave our analysis until the whole returns are given. THE eldest son of the late Lord Chancellor has again appeared before the Bankruptcy Court. The bankrupt was released from custody a short time ago, but no statements of his debts were filed, though they were roughly estimated at^B25,000. On this occasion several debts were tendered for proof —among others one of Mr. Welch, the Registrar of the Leeds Court, when Mr. Lawrance, on the part of the creditors, objected to it on the ground tkat the money was advanced for an improper purpose. Another debt connected with stockjobbiug transac- tions was also objected to, and the case was deferred for a further examination into the accounts. THE annual rifle competition on Wimbledon- common commenced on Monday. On the Satur- day previous the pitching of tents began, and the common was alive with the busy hum of the volun- teers, who were all in high spirits in making pre- parations for the coming competition. On Sunday Divine service was performed in two portions of the camp, which were attended by a numerous body of volunteers; one of the preachers was himself a rifleman last year, and stood first in the Cambridge eight in their competition with the crack shots of the University. This Paris papers have humorous articles con- cerning the extravagance of French women in dress and gaiety; and a startling announcement was made the other day, viz., that six thousand bachelors met at Marseilles, and solemnly pledged themselves utterly to renounce matrimony so long as the present costly habit of dress prevailed. English ladies, take warning! and remember that beauty unadorned is adorned the most." IT is asserted that the hay crops throughout England, though well harvested, will not be up to the average; and Mr. Turner, who generally re- ports to the Times the prospects of the harvest, estimates that this year the crops of wheat will not be equal to former years; that barley will produce an average crop; but oats and turnips have a bad prospect. Thus it is asserted that butchers' meat, which is now almost beyond the means of the poor, will soon be dearer still. We trust, however, that importation from foreign countries will supply the deficiency. p LAST week the annual meeting of the working men's clubs was held at Exeter-hall, under the presidency of Lord Brougham; Mr. Layard was the principal speaker. The indefatigable secre- tary, Mr. Jolly, read the report, which showed that forty-one new clubs and institutes had been established duvingTthe past year, which, added to the number previously established, made a total of 116 clubs formed by the union d-uring about two years and a half of active operation. The financial statement showed the receipts and dona- tions to amount to < £ 1,609, and the expenditure to < £ 1,470, leaving a balance of Y,139 in hand. The practical good which these facts and figures may be supposed to represent it would be difficult to over-estimate. Every man who belongs to clubs of this kind is brought into contact with influences which must tend to his refinement, the increase of his intelligence, and his improved qualifications for the privileges and responsibilities of citizen. ship in a free country. Surely, we may say with our Poet Laureate- I think that through the ages one increasing purpose runs, And the thoughts of men are widened by the process of the suns."
I FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE. I ASOfflKA, NEW YORK, June 28. I President Johnson has ordered the military aut~" I rities at Charleston not to prohibit political ass0 | blages of coloured people. j. j General Terry has issued an order at Richmond to the negroes will enjoy the same personal liberty, I be subject to the SEUlle restraints as whites. a The military authorities at Richmond have notified to the editor of the jRichmond Times that unless til tone of the editorials is changed, the paper wu1 jj suppressed. General H#rtsuff has suppressed tft Petersburg Daily Neivs,. Petersburg Daily Neivs,. 1 The New York Zouaves at Savannah have mutillie6 and refused to do duty with the coloured troops. Forty-three mutineers have been arrested and con' j fined in Fort Pulaski, i I A riot between tha Federal troops and the colour0 population has taken place at Norfolk. The troop6; supported by the citizens, I city. i=
A NEW EUROPEAN CONGRESS. The Cologne Gazette publishes in a special supple- ment a telegram from London, dated July 9, announc- ing that France has reopened negotiations with the Powers for a European congress, to revise the treaties of 1815, and arrange the basis of a general disarma- ment. The telegram adds that Pxinoe Wittgenstein has already carried the adhesion of Russia to Paris- The Nord says, in reference to the above, "It is obvious that before passing any comments upon this news we must await its confirmation; we will merely remark that a few days ago the Spanish Government announced to the Cortes that negotiations, the nature of which it did not indicate, were pending between various European powers. Have these negotiations any connection with those mentioned by the Cologri6 Gazette? Events will doubtless soon answer this question." The semi-official Norddeutscha Aiigemeine Zeitung of Berlin says Although the rumour respecting an European congress has not yet been officially con- firmed, we believe we may conclude, from the general. state of political affairs, that the present moment would be very favourable for the resumption of the idea cf a congress. The friendly opposition "f England, and the ill-will of Austria, which were the primary causes of the failure of the previous project, may now be considered to have undtergone some modi- fication. The good understanding between France nd England will now again for the first time be officially made manifest by the review of the combined French and English fleets. Austria could not hold aloof without danger of complete isolation. Prussia will, at least, have good reason for joining the con- gress as soon as the execution of the project be insured, since, in case of success, it could not fail to have a favourable influence upon the destinies of Europe."
THE RECOGNITION OF ITALY BY SPAIN. The Madrid correspondent of the Inddpendance Belge, writing on the 5th, says:—" The recognition of the kingdom of Italy must boat the present moment all but effected. M. Zarco del Valle, charge d'affaires of Spain, was to arrive at Florence yesterday for the express purpose of notifying to the Italian cabinet the intentions of that of Madrid. It is supposed that King Victor Emmanuel will hasten to send a minister plenipotentiary to Spain to notify to Queen Isabella. the transfer of the capital to Florence, and imme- diately afterwards M. Augusto LTIloal- and not as reported M. Olozaga, will proceed to that eity as minister plenipotentiary of Spain." By the Spanish papers we learn that the question was dis" cussed in the Chamber on the 6th and 7th. M. Nocedal brought forward a motion condemning the recognition of Italy by Spain, on the ground that the now kingdom had not yet been recognised by the Pope. He declared himself opposed to the unity of Italy, and said that to approve it wouid be an iniquity which no government calling itself Catholic ought to commit. He concluded by stating that even though the Queen were to sanction the 'ecognition of Italy he would never respect the act. In reply, the Minister of Foreign Affairs said that the recognition was not in any way a religious question but purely a political one. The minister censured M. Nocedal in very strong terms for favouring disobedience to the laws, and con- demned the attitude he and his party had assumed as being an appeal to revolution and civil war. i. Nocedal's motion was ultimately withdrawn.
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