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• • — , ■ ■ — ■ i ¡ THE EDINBURGR!MEAN…


• • — ■ ■ — ■ i ¡ THE EDINBURGR!MEAN BANQUET. I The banquet to the Crimean soldiers in Edin- burgh took place on Friday, in the Corn Exchange there. The event passed off with the most bii illiant success. The hall was most magnificently deco- rated, aid the entertainment was of a most sat is- factory character. The chair was taken by the Lord Provost, supported by the Earl of Elgin, Vig. count Melville, Sir John M'Neile, and the colonels J 'l'} L 4- of the regiments in garrison. T here were about 1,000 military guest*, 400 civilians, b- sides 600 ladies in the galleries. E-ich table was suppHed with G roas's of beet 6 briskets of beef, 6 gigols of mutton, G veal and ehicken pies, 12 plum puddings, 12 pasties, 12 plates of cakes, 12 plates of biscuit, and 12 plates of fruit, making a total supply for the whole com- pany of nearly 300 joints of meat, 100 pies, 1.200 plates of biscuit and iftlzr, and 600 plates of fruit. A pint of sherry and a pint of Bass's pale alo was allowed to each man. The cloth having been withdrawn, and tha health of the Queen," Prince Albert," the "Navy and Army," proposed, =Th9 Lord Provost, after aome introductory J'C- marks, said There is present this evening Colonel Hatnley, the able and accomplished histo- rian of U12 war, the nutl.or of the Campaign of Sebastopol," whose personal dariog WSJS evinced hy his having had his horse shot, under him first at AJ- raa, and again at Inkermann. We have as our yucats the 5th Dragoon Guard. whose deeds of va lour have rendered xialaklava immortal. The prow- ess exhibited by them on that field j; woithy of the brightest periods of the world's history. Lieuten- ant-Colonel Mahon, now at their head, who hears on his brMst the proofs of hia heroism at Sohr?r,n, m?rnfestp? the same prowess at Ahnn, B:t!nk!.?va, and tho Tchernava. Balaklava the Piedan will tell to all time the devotion of our army, and the promptitude with wltieh the 0f these king- domi art) ever ready to rush t,) certain death in or- der to niai.tain 1. honour of their country. Tlu-y (¡er ') m1.1:'tnn tl(\ !"n:illr O,:1lr C'onn ry. lIH'Y tll11 especially of the devoted heroism of the 34th regiment, whose deeds of daring reflect 111stte on their country and their rosriment. The advanced post occupied !,y them was one of peculiar danger, Rod was nobly defended. Thero arc officers and soldiers now present, who distinguished themselves 5 during the campaign, whose names I wish I could mention, but I forbear. Captain Hall, of the royal navy is here, whose exploits as commander of the j Nemesis, as wall as in the Baltic, givo him a place among the naval heroes of his country. Ec!:ncss aUll Ilango are indissoluhly connected with his va- lour and prowess. lIe an interesting illus- tr?Uion in Ma person of the uni m of deter .ined valour with the ?"mh-r virtue of active brnnvoh?nee. He has a rich reward for his philanthropic exertions in the efforts which lie has so successfully mark, as originator of the Sailors' Home. We fervently trust that the day is far distant when we shall again require to call upon them to make sacrifices such as those which they have recently made. The toast was responded to by Lieut.-Colonel M'Mahon, Lieut.-Colonel KL-Iley, and Lieut.-Co- lonel Hamley. Sir J. M'Neil, in a lengthened speech, poopo?ed the health of Miss Nightingale." Tie specially dwelt upon his recent mission to the Crimea, ex- pressing the hope that we should not fail to profit i by the lessons of the late war, purchased at so lamentable a price. Had lie concealed the errors he had discovered in hili investigation, he would j have betrayed a public trust, and done wrong to his country. Had Government intended that tho; Crimpan investigation should be a sham, they would have found instruments for their purpose. If they had any other than a honest purpose in v iew, they had sent out the wrong man. Re- parts more honest in all essential particulars, more faithful than those made by his colleagues and himself, had never heen presented to any mi- nister. He alluded to the defective state of the hospital system, and to the effect of the bonevo- lent exertions of Iisil Nightingale to reform it, and concluded by passing a glowing enlogium on the private character of that lady. The other toasts were Our Allies," "The Ine- Biory of those who fell in the late war," &c. The company separated about nine o'clock.

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