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RUMOURED WAR WITH FRANCE. The hostile tone which still pervades the French Journals, and the consequent depres- sion of the funds, added to the contemplated organization, by the French Government, of the National Guards of Lyons, Metz, and other places, which were disbanded several years past, all combine to confirm the fears which have been entertained, of late, that an event, so much to be lamented as a war between England and France, is not considered improbable. Spain, indeed, has already begun to consider what part she is to take in a European war, (neutrality appears to be alto- gether out of the question,) and serious appre- hensions are entertained at Madrid, that if Spain declared in favor of England, a civil war, more disastrous, if possible, than the last, might be kindled by France. At Vienna, politicians are sanguine in their hopes that war may be avoided by a pacific settlement of the Eastern question, effected by such a modifica- tion of the treaty between the four powers as would be satisfactory to France. The Journal des Debats, speaking of the quadru- ple treaty, says "that if ever it was permitted to human foresight to sift the intentions of contracting parties, and to estimate the probable consequences of the act they are going to commit, it may be said that never, under pretence of preserving the inte- grity and independence of an empire, were means pursued so certain to produce an inevitable dissolu- tion that never, under an appearance of peace, have so many causes of division and of war been raised amongst mankind. Should the contracting powers endeavour to enforce their treaty, Mehemet Ali will not yield without resistance. He has concentrated all his force on the difficult sea-coast he possesses on the Mediterranean, as he is secure against attack either by the south or by the Red Sea. He has fortified all his sea-ports, and it is certain, that as soon as war is declared, Ibrahim will march against Constantinople, where he has a powerful party. To protect the Sultan, you must permit the Russians to occupy Asia Minor, and who can answer for the Russians ever relinquishing possession ? And this you call preserving the independence of the Ottoman Empire. And if a European power, at sight of those dangers, in the midst of which the young Sultan's throne will be inevitably lost, refuses to enter into this new coalition, and protests against this system of protection, which has already been so shamefully applied to unfortunate Poland, you think you are justified in saying in an official discourse, that you hope those measures will effect a permanent pacifi- cation in the Levant, 'maintain the integrity and 'independence of the Ottoman Empire, and assure 'the peace of Europe.' The Constitutionnel, which may be consider- ed the organ the French Government, says The rural National Guards, who now only exist on paper, must also be the object of the solicitude of Go- vernment. They constitute the strength of the Country; in 1830, the Civic Militia rose in a mass at the call of Lafayette, and its imposing attitude contained within bounds the ill-will of Europe. This glorious prece- dent must not be lost either for the France or for Europe." The Presse says "The question lies in two words; the honour of France has not been wounded, but the false policy of the responsible agents of power has been confounded. These persons in order to conceal their fault, and galvanize their system, wish to mix up national pride with their own position, and there- fore address themselves to our susceptibility, on which they know us to be very irritable. But let France reflect; there is neither interest nor honour in espousing a system, the principle of which is absurd, and the consequences of which might be fatal."