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BANGOR. SATURDAY. MARCS 18, 1866. NEWS OF THE WEEK. On Friday evening, the 10th inst., the Prince and Princess of Wales gave a ball at Marlborough House, it being the anniversary of their wedding day. The quadrille band of Messrs Coote and Tinney attended and dancing was kept up till an early hour in the morning of the 11th. The company included the corps diplomatique, most of her Majesty's ministers, the Earl and Countess of Derby, and many of the nobility and gentry of both parties. Her Majesty came to town on Monday, accom- panied by the Princesses Helena, Louise, and Beatrice. They went to Buckingham Palace, where, at three o'clock they were joined by the Prince and Princess of Wales, and the Duke of Cambridge. The Queen and royal family then repaired to the White Drawing-room, where her Majesty held a Conrt, which was attended by a large number of the nobility and gentry. The royal family was in mourning for the Queen Dow- ager of the Netherlands. The Queen and Prin- cesses remained in town till Wednesday. The Chancellor of the Exchequer will not be able to bring in his budget before Easter. On Monday, he named Thursday, the 27th day of April, as being the day on which he should, pro- bably, introduce it. On Tuesday, the Rev. Mr. Davis, the chap- lain of Newgate, was proceeding in an omnibus to the prison, to perform the usual morning service. He was observed to Jean forward in a remarkable manner and it was soon discovered that he was dead He was greatly respected. The lock-out in the iron-trade is now in full operation. Its result will probably be a transfer of many orders to the Continent; and ultimately, the execution of the puddlers' work by machi- Bery Great gloom has come over Birmingham. On the 9th inst., the failure of a large firm was an- nounced, whose liabilities were from £70,000 to £ 80 000and on the next day, Friday, the old 811(1 crilitiezit banking firm, of Attwoods, Spooner, and Co., suspended payments, with liabilities amounting to £ 1,000,000 sterling. Negotiations were going on for an amalgamation with the Bir- mingham Joint-Stock Bank and the deficiency was (liscoverekl in the course of the preliminary investigation of the affairs. The failure is attri- buted to the withdrawal of large sums of money, some years ago, by the Aitwood family. By the death of the late Mr. Spooner, M.P., there was only one surviving partner in the Bank, Mr. Mar- shall. There are various speculations as to the amount of the dividend the highest looked for being 10s. or 12s. in the pound the lowest 5s. Count de Budberg, the Russian ambassador at Paris, has gone to Nice, to pay a visit to the Em- press of Russsia and the Countess leaves this week, to remain in attendance on her imperial Majesty, till she returns to Russia. The accounts of the Czarewitch's health are far from satisfacto- ry he continues quite an invalid, and a letter from Paris ays, there is some reason for alarm on his account. "-His imperial highness is expect- ed in England, when able to travel; and he will remain here a month. The Copenhagen Dagbiad, of the 10th inst., states, that "several respected citizens have been arrested in Flensburg, for sending an address to the Emperor Napoleon, requesting his Majesty's support to obtain the restoration of North Schles- wig to Denmark." There is a growing feeling in the Duchies against the present state of things but there appears no chance of its being termin- ated. It is said the King of Prussia is about to visit the Duchies. A Berlin telegram of the 10th. tells us, that the railway carriage in which the King used to travel on the Holstein line, has been prepared for his Majesty, the Danish arms and decorations having been replaced by those of Prussia. The Prussian Commissioners summoned a meeting of the clergy and principal nobility of the Duchies, to be held at Kiel on the 16th, to arrange for the celebration of the King's birth- day the municipalities are also invited to co- operate on the occasion. In the Lower House of the Austrian Reichs- rath, on the 9th, M. von Schmerling announced that the Emperor had resolved to raise the state of siege in Galicia, on the 18th of April.—There has been no definitive termination, yet, of the contest between the ministers ami the Reichsrath relative to the budget, &c. but it is the general impression in Vienna, that it will end in a com- promise. Prussia is greatly increasing her expenditure, but her revenue increases with it. In 1849 the national income was 94,174,380 tlialers in 18G4, 150,714,031 thalers. Part of this increase arises from the imposition of heavy direct taxes, of which the people complain bitterly. The Duke de Morny died on the 10th inst., at the Palais do la Presidence, Paris. He was born in 1811 and was the half brother of the Empe- ror, being the supposed son of the Queen Hor- tense and the Count Flahault. Hortense left him an annuity of 40,000 f. a-year, and he made an im- mense fortune by his speculations. On the 11th, a decree was read in the Legislative body. or- dering the funeral of the Duke to take place at the public expense. M. Schneider, the Vice-Presi- dent, expressed the poignant grief of that assem- bly, at the loss the country has sustained. M. Troplong gave expression to similar feelings in the Senate.—The funeral was celebrated with great pomp. It took place in Pere la Chaise.—In the Legislative body, the opposition have lodged an amendment, to reduce the army contingent for 1865, from 100,000 to 80,000 men. As reinforce- ments apa going to Mexico, instead of the French army there coming home, it is not likely, that this amendment will be c;trrie(I.-Tlxere has been a great struggle for a chair in the Protestant Con- sistory, at Paris. M. Guizot, who has always had a seat in that body, was a candidate, and was op- posed by M.Barbezat. He won his election but only by 1298 to 1288 votes.—On the 9th inst., the debate on the address commenced in the Senate. The Marquis de Boissy made one of his usual speeches, anti-English and ultra-montane. He also condemned the French intervention in Mex- ico but wished the war between Federals and Confederates might be carried on to the ruin of both, rather than the French in Mexico should be made prisoners by the conclusion of peace.— The debate was continued on Friday, when the only speech of interest was that of Cardinal Don- net, who supported the Encyclical; and said he should vote against the paragraph referring to it, unless the Government declared that nothing should bo omitted to re-establish a good under- standing between Church and State. M. Rouland replied to the Cardinal. The debate continued on the 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th, inst., and was again adjourned. On the 14th, the Cardinal de Bonnechoose spoke warmly in. defence of the Church, and the Encyclical. J. There was an interchange of Civi^and Court festi- vities at Milan, during Victor Emmanuel's stay at that city, which closed on the 7th inst., with "the solemn deposition of the first stone for the Victor Emmanuel gallery and buildings of the Cathedral Place." This gallery is to connect the Scala Place with the new Piazza of the Cathedral and will be a great ornament to Milan. The King went from Milan to Turin, where, on the 13th, he signed a decree granting a full amnesty for politi- cal offences, and for contraventions of tho press laws as well as to all those persons who were compromised in the Aspromonte affair.—At the sitting of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, on Monday, the bill for abolishing the punishment of death for crimes committed under the common law, was agreed to, by 150 to 91 votes. Capital punishment is still maintained in the military and naval codes, and in the laws relating to bri- gandage.—Signor Leila made his financial report on Tuesday, the 14th inst. The deficiencies in the revenue, since 1861, amount to 525,000,000 f. If20,000,000) and he asked for leave to contract for 425,000,000 f., which, including what is to be received for the sale of the state railways, will balance accounts up to Sept. 18li7. Heavy new taxes are to be imposed. > We learn from Rome, under date of March 12, that General Montebello hits sent a despatch to the French Government, requesting it not to with- draw, at present, any division of the French army, a* it would be impossible to guarantee the main- tenance of public order, if it did. In Rome, there is a great deficiency in the revenue, which amounts to 4,500,000 Roman dollars, while the expenditure is 10,000,000. The Pope's Encyclical and the Syllabus were published in the omcial" Gazette, of Madrid, on the 9th inst. They were introduced by a de- claration, reserving the rights of the Crown in Ecclesiastical affairs and promising to maintain the liberty of the press in the discussion of the Papal documents. In the Chamber of Deputies, the ministerial candidate, Senor Ferando Alvarez, was elected president, by 150 to 93 votes. At the sitting of the Spanish Cortes on the 12th, the Minister of Finance announced, that, in conse- quence of the reductions in the budget, the re- venue and expenditure for 1865 would balance. The new ministry of Portugal meets with great opposition in the Chambers, and it is doubtful whether it will be enabled to preserve its posi- tion. Daoud Pacha, appointed Governor-General of Syria, after the massacre of 1860, resigned his office. The Ottoman Government refused to re- ceive his resignation but he persists in demand- ing to be allowed to resign, in consequence of the return of Joseph Karam to the Lebanon. The Etna, on Friday, brought intelligence from New York, to the 25th of February, and the En- ropa, on Sunday, to the 2nd of March. It gives details of the fall of Wilmington. After the cap- ture of Fort Anderson, the naval and military forces under Admiral Porter and General Schol- field, advanced against Wilmington, which the Confederates evacuated in the night of the 21st ult., after burning the bridge acioss Cape Fear river, 1,000 bales of cotton, and 15,000 barrels of resin. The Federals occupied the city on the following morning, and report the capture of 600 prisoneis and 2tJ cannon. Before Petersburg, Grant's left had abandoned its new entrenchments beyond Hatcher's run, and retreated to the posi- tion held previous to its late advance. The mud- dy condition of the roads rendered military move- ments impossible. Grant states, that since ho has been encamped before Petersburg, 17,000 deserters have come in from the Confederates. General Sherman had occupied and burnt Colum- bia. He was believed to be moving directly on the rear of Richmond columns from Newborn and TCnoxvill co-operating with him. On the 20th of February, the Confederate house of Represen- tatives passed a bill for arming two hundred thou- sand negroes but the next day, the Senate post- poned its consideration by a majority of one. It was thought, however, it would be passed.—The papers contain various rumours as to the move- ments of the military corps and all looks gloomy for the south. General Johnstone, on the 26th ult., assumed the command of the army in Ten- nessee Beauregard will serve under him and lie has been joined by Wood and Hardee.—The merchants and others of New York, held a meet- ing on the 23rd ult., at which it was resolved to recommend that the 4th of March should be ob- served as a holiday throughout the United States, in celebration of the recent military successes.— At Washington, the House of Representatives has passed the six milllion dollar loan bill. Advices from Mexico state, that Juarez, os the 1st of January, issued an address to the Mexi- cans from Chikuahua, in which he says,— "Faithful to my duty and my conscience, I will devote all my energy to the national defence, with the support and co-operation of the Mexican flag." He also denounces the Emperor Maximilian as all usurper and an instrument to enslave free peo- ple.-A friendly correspondence had taken place between the Confederate Colonel Byron, and Gen. Lopez, one of Maximilian's Generals; in which each expresses sympathy with, and wishes for the success of, the other's cause.—On the 9th of Fe- bruary, Oajaco surrendered to Gen. Bazaine and the French had obtained other successes.—It was reported, at New Orleans, that the Emperor Max- imilian had forbidden the isssue of clearances for Federal ports, and had expelled the Federal Consul from Matamoras. Bombay papers to the 13th, and Calcutta papers to the 6th of February, are received. On the 29th of January, the Bhootans attacked Dewan- giri, but were repulsed with great loss the En- glish lost Lieut. Urquhart, R.E., and five Sepoys killed Lieut. Story aud38 Sepoys were wounded. The Duke of Brabant arrived at Meerut on the 4th of February. He was to make excursions to the interior, and return to Calcutta by the 18th, in time to leave by the China mail.-Sir Wm. Mansfield had a farewell dinner given to him at Bombay, on leaving to take the command-in- chief of the Indian army.—Sir C. Trevelyan's health caused so much uneasiness to his medical advisers, that it is probable he would ltave by the next mail. Sir Hugh Rose arrived in Calcutta on the 21st of January. He was entirely recovered from the effects of his accident. Melbourne advices of the 26th of January, state that at the la3t arrivals from New Zealand, the state of affairs was less peaceable. The defection of the Taiwaugo natives was announced, and the Waikato are said to be preparing to assist the Faranaki tribes in resisting Gen. Cameron.