Jijmgti Intelligence. FRANCE.—Although we are unable, whilst writing this, to say whether or not we are actually involved in war, we fear there is every probability that the French nation will choose rather to convulse society for the sake of their own ambition, than to rest satisfied with the enjoyment of the blessings which it has obtained through that spirit of true freedom which seeks not to make converts abroad, or to extort unjust concessions from authority at home. Verily the French, though an ardent and impassioned people, are a people deeply impregnated with the spirit of political fana- ticism. The mass of suffering; the unseen and untold wretchedness the ruin to the innocent, and impunity to the guilty; the destruction to virtue and triumph to crime, all arising from the revolt of the THREE GLORI- OUS DAYS, are by the French too soon forgotten; or if remembered at all, but for the purpose of exciting public enthusiasm on the subject. In five and twenty years since the fall of Na- poleon, when every state has made greater advances in wealth and civilization than in any half century of the preceding history of Eu- rope and real freedom has been spreading its roots fir and wide during the tranquillity of peace; knowledge is secretly diffusing its treasures; and with the growth of opulence, and the spread of industry, those habits are becoming general, which are alone capable of rendering either nations happy, liberty practi- cable, or institutions durable ;—from these few years of regained tranquillity, we are to be again awakened by discharges of cannon. Al- though the French Government may avoid war for the present, the belief which appears by the French papers to prevail in Paris is, that the ultimate intentions of the French are warlike indeed the vast preparations they are making on all sides would dispel all doubt on the subject: and amongst these preparations, the fortifica- tion of Paris is not the least important. One of the Paris Journals of Saturday, (The Temps,) affirms that on the preceding day a Royal Ordonnance was signed for opening a credit of 100 millions of francs to the Minister of war for the fortification of Paris, and that the works will be immediately commenced by 50,000 workmen. Paris "is to be surrounded by a bastioned wall, with fosse, counterscarp, and glacis, and it is to include faubourgs exterieurs. The wall will be eleven leagues around. There is to be a second line of forti- fications, a league or a league and a half dis- tant, with from sixteen to eighteen forts on the heights." A camp also, composed of 50,000 men, is to be formed under the walls of Paris. Notwithstanding these warlike preparations, however, there are not wanting parties who state, with a great deal of confidence, that "means will be found to prevent a collision between France and the Great Powers of Eu- rope." What these means are, the sanguine parties have not been sufficiently communica- tive to state. The Constitutionnel, the confi- dential organ of M. Thiers, declares that France will interfere actively the moment a British force lands in Egypt or Syria, and only then. The Courrier Francais says that no British force will be landed in Egypt, the colleagues of Lord Palmerston having set their faces against such apian.—War, or no war, however, France is determined to be prepared for it. We trust England will be equally prepared, though we pray that such preparations may prove unne- cessary, although the policy of being prepared for such an emergency cannot be questioned. SPAIN.—The Insurrection at Madrid was put an end to on the 1st of September, a day thus spoken of by the correspondent of The Morning Chronicle. The day of the 1st of September will leave glori- ous and indelible remembrances. It belongs not only to Spain, but to modern civilization. That party which has been called revolutionary, Exaldo, and said to be reduced to plots in clubs, has suffered during three years the persecutions of its opponents, and for three months a series of incredible insults. One day, one glorious day has just put an end to a reaction which threatened to invade all, and on that day the people, the real people arose, and demanded with dignity and with energetic resolution, the justice which they obtained at the price of their blood, and forgave their enemies, all the leaders of whom were in their hands. Not one cry of vengence was raised, not one act of persecution took place. Madrid de- sired liberty, the people desired it even for their ty- rants. We do not know a brighter page than this in the history of the struggles of freedom. I The regiment of Luredo has joined us. THE METAMORPHOSES OF MEHEMET ALI.-A PENDANT FOR THOSE OF OVID. (From the Charivari.) Two months since when power smiled at the notion of war, and had an interest in stimulating MEHEMET AI1 to resistance, the Constitutionnel called him "a sublime old man." Ten days after, as his warlike effervescence evaporated, the Constitutionnel qualified the epithet down to an august old man. Becoming more and more indisposed to war, the Constitutionnel dubbed him a remarkable old man. Less and less warlike still, 20 days after the sign- ing of the treaty you wot of, the Constitutionnel called MEHEMET ALI that honourable old man. Three weeks ago he was nothing more than ce ferme vieillard." The Government, approximating still closer to pa- cific views, and consequently dreading the obstinate character of MEHEMET ALI, he received no higher title than of old man of the East. The Juste milieu being still more resolutely bent on the maintenance of peace, on whatever terms, MEHEMET ALI became last week an obstinate old man." The following day he was a rash wiong-headed old man." Three days since he was a mulish, visionary old man. Beware to morrow of ce vieillard stupide.
PREPARATIONS FOR WAR. (From the Commerce of Sunday.) TOULON, SEPT. 8 An estafette arrived yesterday, with very urgent despatches for the steamer Castor, which the telegraph kept at its disposal for an impor- tant mission. The Castor proceeds to Constantinople' The dispatches were immediately taken on board the steamer, and she put to sea at ten o'clock, being the bearer of despatches for M. de Pontois and Kear-Ad- miral Ilugon. Another telegraphic despatch was addressed yester- day to Vice-Admiral Rosamel, commanding the re- serve squadron at Toulon. The report which was in circulation this morning is, that that despatch relates to the vessels which the Admiral has under his orders. Those vessels are ready and can leave immediately. It is positively stated that the frigate Melpomene the command of which has just been given to Captain Garibon, is not in condition to be armed. She is in a completely rotten state, and would require a total tho- rough repair. However, she had been represented as being enabled to put to sea, since the Minister of Ma- rine had ordered her to be immediately equipped. If she had been inspected with care, and properly attend- ed to, the Ministers would not experience such mis- takes, and this will not be the last which we will have to encounter. Nothing has been done to the Independante, ano- ther frigate whose armament is ordered. It is much feared that its state of decay from length of service, caused by the carelessness of those who have the su- perintendance and maintenance of the fleet, will cause it to be adjudged not seaworthy. At all events her repairs will take a length of time, and it will be impos- sible to get her ready by the period named by the Minister. Another mistake. The 82d company ot Marines, which were on board the corvette Victorieuse, stationed at the BeIcaric Islands, was landed to-day, in order to be transferred to the line-of-battle ship Ville de Marseille. It will be replaced on the Victorieuse by Marines that are inscribed. Great activity is displayed in the division of the crews of line-of-battle ships, formed from the 18 pro- visional companies in which the 2,500 men which the recruiting department furnishes this year to the navy are to be incorporated. The line-of-battle ship Ville de Marseille received her lower masts to-day. No mention has been made about bringing out of dock the three-decker Souverain. The vessels which are to be made use oi for the 4,000 and some hundred men who are intended to be sailors on board the line-of-battle ships, and for the 3d regiment of Marines, are in active preparation. To-day numerous detachments of recruits arrived which are intended for the crews of vessels of the line, for the 3d regiment of Marines, the 6th Leger, and the foreign Legion. The Minister of Marine, in a despatch of yesterday, wrote to the Prefect-Admiral to give orders to the superintendant of naval constructions to suspend im- mediately the works of the two frigates Poursuivante and Zenobie, which were to be launched for sea in a very short period. The Minister states in that des- patch that the number of frigates is more than suffici- ent to answer all contingencies. Consequently war will not take place. However, notwithstanding all those appearances of consolidated peace, marine assu- rances have continued to rise for some length of time. The levy of sailors of the different classes has not been very productive for more than a month. The exact number is 570,000 men all included. This levy is, however, going on, but produces little. It is the same with the workmen. In the beginning the result was pretty favourable, but at this moment none arrive but from a distance, and the business will be much delayed. The warehouses in the port receive daily supplies of provisions. Several contracts have been effected latterly, and the delivery thereof is to be made with the shortest possible delay. An inspector-general of artillery has been at Toulon for the last two days. He inspected yesterday the Marine establishments, in company with the Prefect- Admiral. Two hundred and seventy military were landed this morning. Of that number about twenty were conveyed upon stretchers in the most desperate state. One of these unfortunate men expired at the landing- place of the arsenal. A very great number were sup- ported by their comrades, and could hardly walk. This long file of soldiers in a dying state was dreadful to look at. The Marshal has issued orders to embark only convalescent men for France. The others, who are in a worse state, are to be sent to the Balearic Islands, in order to be taken care of in the French hospital which has just been constructed. How is it that the Governor's mandates, which are dictated hyrf praiseworthy sentiment of humanity, are not executed.