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NEWS OF THE WEEK. On Friday, Prince Arthur went from Green- wich to Windsor. On Saturday his Royal High- ness and Prince Leopold arrived in London, and visited the Prince and Princess of Wales at Marl- borough-house. The three Princes and the Prin- cess went to the Bijou Theatre in the Haymarket, in the evening, where the officers of the Brigade of Guards gave an amateur performance, in aid of the Industrial House for the soldiers daughters. After the performance, the Princes Arthur and Leopold returned to Windsor. On Tuesday, her Majesty, accompanied by the Princesses Helena, Louisa, and Beatrice, left Windsor Castle at five minutes past eleven a.m., and came to town by a special train. The royal party proceeded to Buck- ingham Palace, where her Majesty held a Court and received the ambassadors and their suites.— Her Majesty and the Princesses returned to Windsor the same evening. On Saturday, the late duke of Northumberland was buried in one of the chapels of Westminster Abbey. An imposing procession was formed at Charing Cross and in the Abbey the solemn Ser- vice of the Church was rendered in a peculiarly impressive and beautiful style. Our foreign trade continued to fall off in De- cember, as it had done for the two months preced- ing. The amount of exports for the month, was £12,095,437; in December, 1863, it reached R14,354,400. There is, however, a great increase in the amount of exports for the year,—from R146,602,342 in 1863, to £ 160,436,302 in 1864. On Friday, theCathedral of St. Patrick's, Dub- lin, which has been restored at the sole expense of Mr. Guiness, was re-opened with an imposing ceremony. The Lord Lieutenant, the Lord Mayor, and many Bishops of the Protestant Church were present. There has been a contest in Tipperary, for the representation of the county, vacant by the resig- nation of Daniel O'Donoglme who wished to re- present Tralee. One of the candidates, Mr. Moore, was supported by the prelates of the new National Association. The other, Peter Edward Gill, who is a Fenian, was the favourite of the mob. He had it all his own way at the nomina- tion but, at the polling on Mondayanel Tuesday, the votes went on the other side. At the close, the numbers stood—Moore, 2,042; Gill, 884. Majority for Moore, 1,158. The journal de St. Petersburg, of the 23rd ult., denies the statements in the Bombay papers, that Russia had sent valuable papers to the Khan of Bokhara and asserts, that since 1858, no am- bassador has gone to that country. There are revived rumours of insurrections in Poland, which the friends of the Poles ascribe to the Russian police. Many of the insurgents, who have left the country, are suffering great dis- tress. The Report of the Franco-Polish Commit- tee states that there are 2000 refugees literally dy- ing of hunger in Paris. On Sunday, the 26th ult., an assembly of dele- gates from the various associations of Schleswig and Holstein met at Rendsliurg, to consider the state of the Duchies. A resolution was passed to the effect, that the inhabitants of the Duchies should leave to the Duke of Augustenburg, and to the Diet of the country, tile conclusion ot sucfi treaties with Prussia, as will be to the interest of the whole of Germany.—But Prussia is said to object to transfer the Government provisionally to the Duke, as proposed by Austria. Five points are enumerated, in a note sent to the Aus- trian Government, by Herr von Bismark, as es- sential for the two powers to agree upon, before a final solution be arrived at. These points, it is contended, will not be contrary to the interests of Austria, and will advance those of Germany. Four of those points ara given by a telegram of the 27th ult. They aiv,-Ist. That Prussia shall have the right to levy sailors in the Duchies for her navy. 2nd. That land shall be ceded to Prussia, for the making » cazial from the German Ocean to the Baltic, with large fortified docks for the reception of Prussian men-of-war. 3rd. The Postal and telegraphic department to be under the direction of Prussia. 4th. The furces of the Duchies and those of Prussia to be connected as closely as possible, so far as the officering is con- cerned but the Holstein contingent is not to quit the Federal army.—From a correspondence published in the Cbnslitulionncl, of Monday, it ap- pears that a project is advocated in some quar- ters, of restoring the northern parts of the Duchies to Denmark, and annexing the remainder to Prussia. On the other hand, Bavaria and Sax- ouy had intended to move at the Diet, for the re- cognition of the Duke of Augustenburg but Prussia positively declared that she did not con- sider the Diet competent to pass such a resolu- tion and would not be bound thereby. At the request of Austria, that resolution is withdrawn but a modified motion will be submitted, express- ing the confident hope of the Diet that Austna and Prussia would transfer the Government to the Duke, at the earliest possible period. In the Prussian Chamber of Deputies, on the 23rd ult., a proposal of the Minister of Finance, that the pay of the non-commissioned officers and privates of the army should be increased, was met by a motion from Herr Virchow, that the Cham- ? ber should request that the budget should be withdrawn, and a new one introduced, in confor- mity with the propositions of the Committee. That Committee has adopted the propositions of the sub-committee. On the 23rd ult., the Austrian Minister of State addressed a letter to the Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Lower House of the Reiehsrath, stating that the representative of the Givernirent will attend the sittings of that Com- mittee. until the lower house has decided whether the vote on the budgets of 1865 and 1866 is to be taken as the basis of an understanding between the House and the Govnernment.—On the 24th, the Financial Committee made a declaration, that the note should not prevent the continuance of the discussion of the budget, as hitherto, in de- tail. There are several Cardinals in the Frenc h S (- nate, all of whom were excluded from the Com- mittee appointed to prepare the Addr-ss in an- swer to the Emperor's speech. Out of doon, the clergy look upon this exclusion as a jersoaal in- sult The Marquis de la Valette, a strong sup- porter of Italian unity, and M. Boujean, the ear- nest advocate of the independence of the Gallican church, are on the Conimittee.-The French paper makers are reported to be converts to Free Trade, and to have resolved to petition the Senate to abolish the duty on the exportation of rags, pro- vided all other nations in Europe will do the same. The quarrel between Victor Emmanuel and the people of Turin, is at an end. He resolved last week to return to that city, where he arrived on the 23rd ult., and received deputations from working- men's societies, with cordiality. His Majesty subsequently passed in review the National Guard, by whom he was loudly cheered. On the 25th, he signed an amnesty for all acts connected with the recent riots; and on the 26th appeared in the Corso, where lie was enthusiastically re- ceived. The Pope has just cannonised Germain Cousin, of Tolosa, and Petet Arbries of Saragosssa, who were martyred in 1485. In the Spanish Cortes, on the 22nd ult., the Duke de Frias stated, that if a National subscrip- tion were called for, the nobility would place themselves at its head it was also annouueed, that her Majesty's honorary chaplains and con- fessor, and the Patriarch of the Indies, had offered the half of their property to the public Treasury. -On the 24th ult., the Minister of Finance in- troduced a bill authorising the issue of Bonds, to the amount, of 300,000,000 of reals ( £ 3,000,000), secured on landed property. The bonds are to be offered for public competition. If the whole amount is not subscribed, the remainder will be offered to the tax-payers, assessed at 400 reals per annum and upwards. On the 25th, the address to the Queen was carried, in the Cortes, by 144 to 84 votes. The Assembly then adjourned to the 2nd of March. From Lisbon, under date of Feb. 24, we learn, that Gen. Passos, the Minister of War, had re- signed and there is,—perhaps we should now say there has been—aministerial crisis. On the 25th, the Duke de Louie stated in the Cortes, that he was endeavouring to re-construct the Cabinet effi- ciently and if he were not successful, it was his intention to resign. On the 24th ult., the Vienna journals published news from Athens, stating, that the discontent of the people is increasing, especially in the Ionian Islands, and Tripolitza. Revolutionary proclama- tions had been posted up in various places.— The King's mother was expeeted shortly in Athens. The Turkish Government (as we learn by ac- counts from Constantinople, of the 18th ult.) has instituted a system of advanced free schools, for all classes of the native population.—The ques- tion of the secularization of the Mosque property was also again under the consideration of the Go- vernment. In Algeria, all the tribes on the Zell frontier, which had joined the insurrection against France, have been conquered. The Ouled Sidi Cheick, who first instituted the revolt, are, however, un- subdued the drought and the parched state of the desert having impeded the operations of the French troops. They have taken refuge in an oasis, where they will be pursued by the French, as soon as the rain season sets in. Long statements have appeared, from time to time, of the treatment of the English in Abys- sinia, by the King Theodore, who imprisoned se- veral missionaries. The Vienna papers ot the 24th assert, that he has also imprisoned messen- gers, sent from the British embassy in Constanti- nople and put the British Consul, Mr. Cameron, in irons.—At Cairo, on the 11th ult., news was received, that the prisoners were all well treated and would be liberated if the English Govern- ment would raise no further questions about them. The African brings accounts from New York, toll a.m., of the 17th ult. No very important events had taken place but the balance of for- tune still appears to be with the Federals. The Richmond papers of the 11th ult., state, that Sherman had crossed the Edisto, which was the line held by Hardee forthe defence of Branchville, —that place, there is little doubt, is evacuated. Two-thirds of Sherman's troops were on the road to Columbia, the junction of the Charleston and South Carolina, and Greenville and Columbia railroads. If that place is occupied bv the Fe- derals, the railway communication with Richmond will be severed, except via Wilmington. Accord- ing to Southern papers, three attacks were made on Wilmington, on the 11th, and repulsed.— Gen. Hardee had gone to Charleston. He reports, that on the night of the 12th, the Federals drove in his piquets on James Island. They were re- established on the 13th but the enemy was still in strong force on the island 18 additional steamers had arrived off the bar. -Grant had ex- tended his lines before Richmond. He had been 1,0 Washington, supposed on military purposes. —The Confederates had certainly evacuated Mo- bile and the Federals, had evacuated Pescagoula, Florida.—A measure was before the Southern Congress for arming the negroes and there was a rumour that Lee would evacuate Richmond.— Peace Resolutions had been negatived in the Fe- deral House of Representatives, by 73 to 43 votes. —The Secretary of the Treasury requires a loan of 600,000,000 of dollars, for the next fiscal vear. —Fifteen States had declared in favour of the amendment of the Constitution, emancipating the slaves. From Mexico, under date of the 15th ult., we learn that, the Mexican Government had refused Gwitt's scheme of c,)Ioiiiz;Lfioii. -Accounts receiv- ed at New York, assert, that Gen. Bazaine had been defeated several times in the Province of Oaxica that Juarez was at Sonora and that his folluweri numbered ixty thousand men. A telegram from Shanghai, dated Jan. 9, in- forms us, that, Sir Rutherford Alcock will bring to England a Convention with the Tycoon, guaran- teeing free navigation in the inland seas allow- ing the establishment of an English consulate at Simonosaki; and stipulating for the payment, by Japan, of an indemnity for the late expedition. The relations with Japan are said to be more sa- tisfactory and improving. The Calcutta and China mails arrived on Tues- day. Sir Robert Montgomery returned to Eng- land in the pocket that brought them.—The In- dian news is of little importance and from Chi- na, there is no news rehttive to the relations be- tween the Government of Pekill and the Euro- peans, which were reported not to be very cordial at the previous dates. A large number of rebels was stated to be in the field but none of the treaty ports were thought to be in danger of at- tack. Sir Rutherford Alcock's departure from Japan was the subject of much speculation in the paper?.

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