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( From the Weekly Chronicle.)


( From the Weekly Chronicle.) THE EAST. THE last arrivals from the Mediterranean have been fuller, and more interesting, than ,those which pre- ceded them but they do little to remove the obscu- rity, that still hangs over the Eastern Question, or to afford any certainty as to the issue. One thing is clear. The Syrian insurrection is not put down, notwithstanding the revolting atrocities, to which the Egyptian authorities have had recourse in the hope of quelling it,—burning Convents, and Villages,—out- raging the VV omen,massacreingthe Priests,—laying waste whole districts with fire and sword,—and by encouraging a wild fanaticism among their Troops, converting a Political, into a Religious War. Can France forget under these circumstances, that she is throwing her shield over the exterminator of the Christians of Lebanon,—or resist the touching expression of their hopes that they may be allowed to Seek safety under the wing of that Government, which, as compared with the tyranny of the Egyptians, was light, and beneficent, in its dealings with them. At the same time, should France persist in its determination to support Mehemet Ali, we see in this renewal of the struggle in Syria, fresh risks and diffi- culties, to all concerned. We are about to assist the Insurgents with Arms and Ammunition, if not to lend them more effective aid. France may take the same hne with regard to Egypt, without any direct rupture with us but French and English Officers and Troops, will thus be brought into collision with one another. National feeling will be excited on both sides;- National Vanity piqued;—and the Chances of War immeasurably increased. It is some consolation, however, to see amongst our continental neighbours a growing disposition to discuss the question calmly, before they commit themselves by an overt act. The tone of the Parisian press is much less belligerent, and although Monsieur Lamartine's proposal to secure the integrity of the Turkish Empire by subdividing it into minute frac- tional parts, is too imaginative, and poetical, to merit much attention—the arguments, upon which he rests it, (particularly those relating to Syria,) will have their weight. England has no views of territorial aggrandisement in what she is doing. France pro- fesses to have none. Against those of Russia, backed though they be by 200,000 men, the powers that have signed the Quintriple Treaty, would combine, Louis Philippe simply taking the place of Nicholas ;—and, with such an approximation in their ultimate objects, we cannot believe that war is seriously to be appre- • hended, however numerous the circumstances, that may lead to it, although nothing whatsoever is yet known as to the results of the late communications between the King of the Belgians and Monsieur Guizot.

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(From the John Bull.)