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(From the Standard.)


(From the Standard.) The conduct of the Paris Press for the last two or three months has been such as to merit little delicacy or forbearance from any, least of all from us, who find the respectability of our profession, and its character for intelligence and honesty, seriously compromised by the practices of our French brethren. This is a quar- rel superadded to our sense of the national insult and injustice, and it is no trifling one. Do what we will, men will think that the Press is the same everywhere: and that it is due to some latent circumstances that the Journals of London are not as manifestly vile and stupid at present as the Press of Paris. When we say the Press of Paris, we do not desire to be understood as making any exception. It is, then, on every account our duty and our interest, to expose to the French people the blindness, the malignity, and the sordid dishonesty of those who would kindle a war between the two countries; and the more sincerely desirous we are of cultivating the friendship and goodwill of our neighbours of France, the more will this be a labour of love. The observations that have been respect- fully offered from this side of the Channel upon the projected fortification of Paris, and upon the neces- sary tendency of the social elements in France, if put in motion by a war, to produce, first anarchy, and then settle into despotism-these respectful and just observations have necessarily arrested the attention of most of the Journals of the French capital. The Paris editors, of course, denounce the suggestions from En- gland as insulting. This was to be expected; men eager to foment a quarrel, would be very slow to ad- mit that the parties upon whom they wish to fasten the blame of it have taken, though with some sacri- fice of the argument, that course which seems likely to wound the self-love of the friends with whom they remonstrate; for questionless it is taking this line, to remind the French people rather of the dangers they may incur from themselves, as the experience of no very remote period demonstrates, than of the humili- ation that their rashness may challenge from the enemies whom they are urged to provoke. To this last class of dangers, however, our attention is forced by the reply of the Paris firebrands to our remarks upon the other. These firebrands tell us that we threaten France with anarchy and slavery from within, because we have nothing else with which to menace her. This calls for an explanation, if we would not have a fatal error imposed upon the French people-let us give this explanation respectfully and in goodwill. We admit the gallantry of the French nation, -its admirable aptitude to military service, which renders French troops perhaps the best cam- paign troops in the world, and second only to British troops in the field of battle. We admit, too, the zealous patriotism of the French people, which will cause them to make the last sacrifices in support of the national honour. These admissions are, how- ever, by no means inconsistent with the conviction that France is in no state to undertake the war to which her incendiary press would summon her.

(From the Morning Chronicle.…

CFrom the John Bull.)

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