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NEWS OF THE WEEK. Prince Alfred ariived at Windsor Castle from the Continent on Friday, in time to celebrate the birthday of his sister, the Princess Louise, who, on Saturday, completed her 17th year. On the Monday his Royal Highness arrived in London, and returned to Windsor the next day. On Saturday the Prince and Princess of Wales had a dinner party at Marlborough House, the guests being the Duchess, Princess Mary, and the Duke of Cambridge the Turkish, Austrian, and Prussian ambassadors and their ladies the Duke of Somerset, the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, and the Earl of Tyrone. 0 A very influential meeting was held in the city on Thursday, the Lord Mayor in the chair, at which resolutions and a memorial to the Chancel- lor of the Exchequer were agreed to, in favour of reducing the duty on fire insurances generally to Is. Cd. per cent. On Friday, a deputation from the Corporation of London, headed by Mr. Alderman Rose, M. P., had an audience of the Prince and Princess of Wales at Marlborough House, and presented their Royal Highnesses with the medal struck in hon- our of the public entrance of the Princess into London on the 7th of March, 18C3. It is an ad- mirable work of art, and was much admired by the Prince and Princess. Friday was St. Patrick's day and was celebra- ted in the metropolis by all classes of Iiishnien. The Roman Catholics had a grand musical reli- gious service at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Soho and in the evening the annual dinner of the Ben- evolent Society of St. Patrick was held, at which a larfe party assembled, and the greatest harmony prevaile,l, though the opinions of the guosts were verv diversified. Lord Powerscourt was in the cbalr. The strike and lock-out of the iron trade con- tinues and a strange turn is likely to be given to it. The men (some of them at least) have got an idea iuto their heads that some acts of the mas- ters constitute a breach of the 3rd clause of the Combination Act. Legal opinions are to be tak- en and if they are against the masters, a crimin- a] prosecution will be commenced. On Monday, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council gave judgment in the Colenso case. Our readers are aware that Dr. Colenso, bishop of Natal, was cited before the Bishop of Cape Town, as metropolitan of the African church, to answer for his work on the Pentateuch, and was deprived of his see. He appealed to the Privy Council, on the ground that the Bishop of Cape Town had no authority to deal with his case. The Bishop of Cape Town disputed the jurisdic- tion of the Privy Council, and contended that the appeal should have been made to the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Council decided in favour of Dr. Colenso, and declared the sentence against him null and void. The latest reports from Nice of the Czarewitch's health are more favourable than last week. His Imperial Highness is now out of danger.—It was stated that the Emperor would go to Nice to cs- cort the Empress home. It is now said that his Majesty will, early next week, be at Hesse Darm- stadt, to await her arrival.—In reply to articles which have recently appeared, intimating that Russia is greatly extending her territory in Cen- tral Asia, the Journal de St. Petersboury of Mon- day, sajs—"What has recently taken place in Central Asia had not the object of extending the frontier of Russia, but of rectifying it, by acquir- ing an uninterrupted frontier line, and of estab- lishing relations with tribes who know how to value the blessings of peace and commerce, and o 1 d are not given up to plunder." It seems from a note of Earl Russell's, publish- ed at Vienna, on the 16th inst., that England re- cognises the provisional state of things in the duch- ie-3, and also the provisional flag of Schleswig- Holstein and of the German Federal Diet are res- pected by Austria and Prussia. There has* been a long discussion in the Prus- sian Chamber of Deputies, upon the report of the Finance Committee. At the outset, the finance ministers denying that there was any heavy pres- sure by taxation, allirmed that any reduction of of the budget would aggravate the contest between the government and the chamber, instead of re- moving it. On Saturday, the minister of war an- nounced that the government agreed to fix the strength of the army by law, if allowed to increase its strength in time of danger and that the house agree to the other government proposals, relative to the military organization. In the debate on Monday, the same minister declared that it was inexpedient to diminish the military force, on ac- count of the strength of the French, Austrian and Prussian armies and that a three year's term of military service was indispenable. The debate still continues. The debate upon the address in the French Chambers was prolonged till the 18th instant. The principal interest of the discussion was con- nected with clerical affairs the Cardinals and Ultramontanes defending the Encyclical and op- posing the Convention of September. On Friday the 17th M. Rouher, in reply to Cardinal de Bon- liechose, emphatically declared that the Conven- tion was intended to establish a homogeneous Italy, and to guarantee the independence of the Holy See. On Saturday the address was adopted by 130 to 2 votes. It was presented, on Monday afternoon, to the Emperor, by a deputation, and his Majesty expressed the pleasure lie felt at his policy receiving the approval of all parties in the Senate. On Saturday the address to the throne was read in the Corps Legislative. It entirely approves of the imperial policy, and the conven- tion. The debate has not commenced. Wednesday, the 22nd instant, was the birth- day of Victor Emanuel and of Prince Humbert and the English at Naples selected that day for the consecration of a church, erected on ground given by Garibaldi. The ceremony was perform- ed, and the sermon preached, by the Bishop of Gibraltar. At the close of the services Colonel Maclean presented a communion service of the value of JE50 and several other gifts were made. A heavy debt, however, still remains on the church. There were several indications, at Madrid, of opposition to the government measures. On the 16th instant a protest against the New Press Law, signed by the editors of 22 journals, appear- ed and the same day the democratic committee put forward a manifesto, demanding a large ex- tension of civil and religious liberty. On Satur- day, however, it was announced that "the contest between the government and the members of the minority in the congress had terminated satisfac- torily. After a stormy debate, the new Portuguese ministry, on the 11th instant, received a vote of confidence from the Chamber of Deputies. The debate on the organization of the ministry was more moderate in the peers. The capital and the provinces were, on the 17th, generally tranquil. Thefe have been more ministerial difficulties at Athens. On the 15th Admiral Canaris resigned, and was replaced, as President of the Council, by M. Comoundouros, who also assumes the Port- folios of Justice and Marine. M. AlIlargiros has been appointed Minister of the Interior, the other iiiiiiisters remain in office. Official despatches received from Algeira OIl the the 16th, state, that Pabors is now the only point where some agitation exists. Rumours current at Algiers appear to have exaggerated the state of affairs, but the suspected tribes were, neverthe- less, strictly watched. The impassable state of the roads still prevented the troops from pene- trating into the country. Quebec papers, of the 7th instant, state, that in New Brunswick the anti-confederation candi- dates had been successful by large majorities. The government, notwithstanding, will pursue their policy, and as soon as parliament is ad- journed members of the administration will coi ie to England, to conferwith the HonieOovernment on the question of defence, the confederation, and other pressing matters. The China arrived from New York on Friday, with news to the 8th iust., atter a rapid passage of 8 days. We learn from the papers that Sheri- dan, ou the 27tli ult., commenced moving down the Shenandoah. He was not to return to Wiu- chester; but was to co-operate with Sherwau.- There was great rejoicing on the 6th at Washington on mscaaut of recent victories; and Mr. Stanton announced that Sheridan had attacked Early at Charlottesville, and that the latter with his entire force had surrendered to the Federals. No con- firmation of the news had been received and it was believed to be a mere ruse, to give eclat to the proceedings.—No one knew where Sherman was. He had not up to a late date effected a junction with Schofield. The most probable of the rumours respecting him was, that he was not far from Georgetown, on the Black River, as Admiral Dahlgrea had captured that place, and Fort White with 15 guns, expecting to co-operate with that officer, then said to be about 12 miles distant. The Admiral's flag-ship, the Harvest Moon, had been blown up by a torpedo, all hands were saved. -Grant was still compelled to remain inactive by the condition of the roads.—An important expe- dition left New Orleans on the 22nd ult.—At Charleston, negroes were enlisting rapidly.—A joint resolution had been reported to the Confe- derate House of Representatives, recommending that Lee should be clothed with power to treat for peace.—The inauguration of President Lincoln, and Vice-president Andrew Johnstone, went off quietly. The latter made a union speech; and it is said lie was inebriated. The Senate had su bse- quently forbidden the sale of spirituous liquors in the Capitol. Private letters from Mexico, received in New York, assert that the war in the United States is attracting special attention there and that the Imperial Government had directed the police to arrest all persons professing sympathy with the Federal cause. The Federal Consul had been sent from Matamoras, in consequence of the non- recognition of the empire by the Federal Govern- ment. He had arrived at New Orleans.—There had been more negotiations between the Mexican and the Confederate officers, and authorities but on Sunday, it was aunounced in the official paper of Vienna, that negociations at Washington between the agents of the Emperor and Mr. Seward were progressing satisfactorily; and that Mr. Lincoln had promised to recognise the empire at tho termination of the present war.—The Imperial treasury is reported to be getting lower and the opposition of the Church party to be increasing.—At San Francisco, it was denied, on the authority of Mr. Guitts, agent, that the Emperor of the French had abandoned the coloni- zation scheme. A despatch from Peru, published in the Madrid Corresjiuidtncia, announces that revolution had broken out in that country. The President, Pezet, had been arrested. The treaty with Spain was said to be the cause of the outbreak.











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