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OF PASSING EVENTS. THE war on the European Continent, we are happy to say, has ceased. A renewed armistice has been signed, and Prussian troops are to evacuate the whole of the Austrian territory, at present occupied by them, before the end of the month, and an agreement has been come to upon all the principal points at issue between the two countries. The Emperor of the French has acted nobly in his mediatorial capacity, notwithstanding the suspicions cast upon him by other nations. Venetia was conceded to France by Austria, evi- dently for the purpose of handing over to Italy, but the Italians were not satisfied with receiving it from the hands of another potentate, believing there would be some conditions attached to which they could not accede. Napoleon, instead of being annoyed at this, for the sake of peace, has determined to hand over Venetia to the Austrians, and allow them to amalgamate with the kingdom of Italy, or not, as they are eo minded-a noble idea, and one in every way suited to the times in which we live. Still it would seem as though the Italians were not; satisfied, but, thirsting for Austrian blood, absolutely desire another conflict. THE proud despot, the King of Prussia, has just opened his Chambers. In the opening speech his Majesty congratulated the members and the country on the great successes which had attended their army; he informed them that the financial state of the country was very satisfactory, and that the expenses hitherto incurred in the war had been met without imposing fresh burdens upon the people. Then, alluding to the old grievance between the Government and the Lower House as to the increased expenditure of the country, he declared himself determined, as heretofore, to raise an additional revenue either with or without the consent of his Parliament. THE success of the Atlantic Telegraph has been demonstrated during the past week, and we are now within only a few minutes, as it were, of New York. On Saturday we heard that the successful laying of the cable was known at San Francisco, and we were also informed of occur- rences which had taken place in various parts of the United States some ten days later than our last arrivals of news by the Atlantic steamers. Congratulatory messages have been exchanged between her Majesty, President Johnson, Lord Monck and the Colonial Secretary, the Mayor of New York and the Lord Mayor of London, and there can be but one wish, that the cable may last as long, and be productive of as good results as its most sanguine friends desire and predict. A tele- gram from Newfoundland informs us that two of the ships of the squadron have sailed for the ground where the cable of last year parted, to commence grappling for it; should they succeed in finding and securing it, and turn it to the useful account of a second line, Englishmen will indeed have occasion to be justly proud of the energy, the per- severance, and the indomitable courage which has been displayed by those actively engaged in carrying out the great work, and who will as- suredly have established a claim to an honourable reward. The rate of transmission of messages through the cable is fully equal to the expectations of the electricians who have watched the progress of the work; it is about seven and a half words of five letters per minute, which, at a pound a word, would enable the company to earn X450 per hour, or, working for the twenty-four hours, Y,10,800 per day. WE sincerely hope that this telegraphic com- munication will make the old and the new world better friends, and understand each other better ¡! than they have hitherto done. The" bunkum we read in the American newspapers does not represent the feelings of the respectable inhabi- tants any more than a low, scurrilous paper in England represents the true character of English- men. The following is an instance of American rowdyism," which appeared the other day in a New York paper:— The result of dotting the world with British stock companies, and of paving every avenue of trade with British coin, has been to make the England of to-day the most peacefully inclined nation on the globe. In case of war with any country, her immense ramified interests abroad are everywhere exposed to the attack of an enemy, and let but half of these interests be destroyed, she would be ruined, as if her coal-mines had actually stopped yielding the black diamond, j Hence she is gradually withdrawn from the circle of entangling alliances, and holds herself no longer a European Power of the first magnitude; hence she j has become more submissive and pliable than even little Denmark. Her sense of national honour has j become blunted; she looks at things only through her money-bags, and avoids with all her might the risk of a war, for fear of losing pounds, shillings, and pence." We can afford to do with regard to this statement that in which some of the United States have f shown the world the greatest and most remark- able performances—we repudiate it." THERE is reason to fear that the cholera is in- creasing in England. The wards of the London Hospital are full of patients; medical men are working bravely against the terrible scourge, and there is evidence that the local and parochial authorities are at length awakened to the neces- sity for action. In almost every parish notices were issued to the inhabitants, urging upon them the duty of cleanliness in their dwellings and per- sons; and they are told that on the first symptoms of attack they may obtain, free of charge, medi- cines, which if taken promptly will arrest the pro- gress of the attack. There is still, however, room for increased activity in the removal of nuisances. From Liverpool, Manchester, Salford, Leeds, Hull, Bristol, Sheffield, Newcastle, and Dublin, we have intelligence that the dreaded scourge is present there. We give the following extract from a Liverpool paper for the medical men to consider whether the remedy here used is most calculated to preserve life:—"During the last few days the number of deaths in propor- tion to the number of cholera cases in the wards of the Liverpool workhouse has greatly decreased. This is believed to be entirely due to a change of treatment adopted by Mr. M'Cloy, the resident medical officer. At first the camphor and ice treatment was adopted, and the deaths averaged 80 to 90 per cent.; but under the purely elimina- tive castor oil treatment (better known as the Johnsonian treatment), the deaths have only averaged 20 per cent. Mr. M'Cloy has been ap- pointed medical officer to the West Derby district under the provisions of the Diseases Prevention Act. Up to Monday afternoon the total admis- sions of cholera cases to the Liverpool workhouse amounted to 114, the total deaths to 63. Six more deaths were reported as having occurred in the town." IN Ireland there still moulders the embers of Fenian discontent, and it has been considered necessary to continue for a further period the suspension of the Habeas Corpus Act. There has recently been discovered an extensive store of ammunition in some vaults at Limerick, supposed to have been one of the armouries suddenly deserted by the Fenian leaders. About 10,000 rounds of rifle ball cartridges, powder, bullets, bullet-moulds, and hand-grenades, with apparatus for manufacturing the cartridges, are included in the concealed stores brought to light. According to the state- ment of Lord Naas, in the House of Commons, there is no desire on the part of Government to be severe upon the poor creatures who have been led astray by false leaders. Many of those who were imprisoned have accepted their liberty under promise of emigrating to the United States or elsewhere; others still remain in gaol, obsti- nately refusing to make such a promise, or even to bind themselves to keep the peace for the time to come. It is under these circumstances that the further suspension of the Habeas Corpus Act has been thought necessary. HER MAJESTY'S Ministers have eaten their white- bait dinner at Greenwich. The lingering business of the Session has been got through; and ere these lines are read, Ministers and members of Parliament will be away from the busy scenes of London, and, either on sylvan lakes, or highland fastnesses enjoying rural sports, or with their families and friends basking in the sunshine on the sea shore.



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