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the doctrines of equality daily fill the courts with petty squabbles; and the pompous language used in reciting little griefs is very amusing.

M. Duvergier de Hauranne, on presenting the report of the committee for an extraordinary credit of two millions for the secret police, made the following avowal. That there would be a degree of culpable reservation in concealing the real state of the country. The army and the sovereign were the objects of the most criminal attempts, the fidelity of the one was tampered with, the life of the other was attempted by assassins. The multiplicity of these attempts abundantly proved that they had but one common origin that an association of regicides was formed, with numerous ramifications in the neighbouring countries. In Spain and Portugal, for instance, there existed a club known by the designation of the avengers of Alibaud; and even in London the name of that regicide had been greeted with. acclamations in one of the Radical clubs. The circumstances of the country were altogether most serious.

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Wednesday, 26th.-Some bad spirit has been shown lately in the National Guard. A section in one of the legions was noted for the disaffection of their officers, who were displaced by order of the Government. On the occasion of the new elections, the corps persisted in re-electing the obnoxious members, which has given so much offence to the Government, that the section itself has been disbanded. Printed proclamations have been stuck up during the night in various quarters of the Faubourg St. Germain, exciting the people to a revolution, and dated 1st year of the Republic. Some of the billstickers have been apprehended; and yesterday, a man, probably intoxicated, was taken up by the police while crying, "Mort au tyran! mort à Louis-Philippe!" These may be mere individual acts, but they excite unpleasant reflections. In the evening appeared the proclamation that the King had commuted the punishment of death pronounced against Meunier into transportation for life. This act of clemency may probably have a good effect. M. Ancillon, the Minister for Foreign Affairs at Berlin, died on the 19th instant, in his seventieth year.

Thursday, 27th.-The million of francs for the dower of the Queen of the Belgians was voted in the Chamber of Deputies by a majority of 239 to 140; but the allusions made by the Opposition to the private domain of the King proved that he might very justly and without inconvenience have paid it from his own funds.

Meunier's mother went this morning to the Tuileries to solicit her son's pardon. She was received by the King, who told her he had already granted her request.

Friday, 28th. No time seems to be fixed for the arrival of the Princess of Mecklenburg or the celebration of the marriage. It was at first announced for the middle of May, but now she is not expected till the middle of June.

The town has often been entertained with the matrimonial dissensions of the Count and Countess She is an English woman, not known in England, but she had some fortune, and appears to be a very eccentric character. Two years ago she was suing for a divorce, and had retired from her husband's society, when he put a stop to the proceedings by forcibly carrying her off, and taking her a tour into Germany, from whence they returned reconciled to each other, and have since lived under the same roof.

The other day, who is a member of the Jockey Club, and one of the sporting characters in Paris, made a bet of some value, that he would take some extraordinary leap on horseback in the Bois. The bet was to be decided in two or three days. Madame

-, hearing of it, conceived the greatest anxiety for his safety. She went early in the morning into the stables, and asked the groom which was the horse that intended to ride that day for the pending wager, and on his pointing out the animal, ordered him to turn it round in the stall, and then very coolly drawing a pistol from under her manteau, fired at the horse's head, but without effect, as it flashed in the pan. She then turned round to her valet de chambre, and ordered him to reload the pistol. A second attempt was more successful,—the poor beast was mortally wounded; and as he lay struggling on the ground, she ordered the servants to put him out of his pain by stabbing him with a poniard, which was accordingly done.

When awaked, he was told that the anxious affection of his wife had destroyed a valuable horse, and subjected him to a considerable forfeit for the non-performance of his wager.

The second reading of the Irish Municipal Bill has passed through the House of Lords, with the assurance from the Duke and Lord Lyndhurst that the Bill should receive such amendments in the Committee as would meet the support of all friends of good government in Ireland.

The distress in Birmingham, Manchester, and the other manufacturing towns seems still increasing, and one of its surest symptoms-political discontent-has already been manifested. A

meeting has been held to revive in Birmingham the Political Union, which, during the short-lived prosperity in the country, the members promised the Whig Government should be finally dissolved. Thousands of hands are out of employ, and large mobs parade the streets before the butchers' and bakers' shops soliciting charity; but no disorders have hitherto occurred.

Monday, May 1st. The following act of barbarous courage is related of Revendee Bey, surnamed the One-eyed, who is now the object of great attention at Constantinople. His father died when he was only sixteen years old, and the Kurdes, his subjects, refused to acknowledge him as his successor on account of his youth, styling him smooth-face. Having called together the revolting chiefs, he advanced into the midst of them, and said, "Well! you doubt my personal courage; I will now convince you of what sacrifices I am capable." And with this remark he immediately tore his left eye from the socket, and threw it on the ground. This extraordinary act of courage so astonished the Kurdes, that they threw themselves at his feet, acknowledged him as their Chief, and afterwards fought for him like lions. This anecdote has also made a deep impression on the Sultan, who has restored him all his property.

This was the King's birthday, which was celebrated with fêtes and fireworks in the Champs Elysées. The levée was numerously attended; and I remarked here and there a few carriages with full-dress liveries and feathered hats, as an attempt to go back to the old order of things gradually and by stealth. There were little or no acclamations among the people, notwithstanding the late act of clemency.

I did not comprehend why Matuscewitz so early in life should have voluntarily given up his prospects in the diplomatic line, which at one time appeared so brilliant. He disliked his situation as Minister at Naples because everything was so contrary to his English habits. But his plea is, that the climate seriously affected his health; and he therefore wrote to Nesselrode, asking for a long leave of absence, or a peremptory recall. He was at once taken at his word, and a successor appointed. He now returns to England for his amusement, and seems very doubtful whether he shall ever be employed again.

Prince Paul of Würtemberg put another version on the affair last night. He tells me that he is in disgrace with the Emperor on account of the London Protocols; that the Russian Government was alternately blowing hot and cold in the Belgian affair ; that the instructions of one day were contradicted the next, and

because the conferences broke up without any satisfactory termination, the agent, notwithstanding his talents and ability, has been made to pay the penalty. Whatever may be the case, he seems to take it very coolly, and appears very indifferent whether he shall be employed again or not. In England he was always considered as high in favour with the Emperor, and his present treatment does not say much for the constancy of his Royal


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Tuesday, 2nd. At the recent sale of the property of the Duc de Maillé, a small picture covered with dust, lying aside in a corner, was not put up for sale, on account of an inscription on the frame, "The gift of the King." A broker, however, advised the auctioneer to efface the words, and sell the picture. He did So. It was put up at thirty francs, and knocked down at fiftythree francs to M. Cousin, a dealer in antiquities, Place de la Bourse. Cousin carried off his picture, and, after cleaning it, found it to be the head of St. John the Baptist in his youth, by Raphael, from the cabinet of the King, of which that at Dusseldorf is but a copy. A connoisseur has already offered M. Cousin 15,000 francs for his bargain, which he has refused.

Wednesday, 3rd.-In consequence of the fatal termination of a duel that took place last year between M. Prestat, now a sublieutenant in one of the regiments in Africa, and a M. Hans, both at that time being students in the Polytechnic School, and in which the latter was killed, the mother of M. Hans, a widow, brought an action against his adversary for compensation for her loss. The case was heard yesterday before the Tribunal de Première Instance, and Lieutenant Prestat was adjudged by the Court to pay the widow an annuity of 800 francs for her life. A few more such verdicts would tend to stop the mania for duelling more effectually than any prohibitory laws. There is something very melancholy in the story of poor Hans, who was of a mild disposition, beloved by his comrades, and the only hope of his poor widowed mother. Owing to some insignificant dispute, he became the object of continued persecution from Prestat, who on every occasion was anxious to insult him. On the 15th of April the students were employed in a course of chemistry. Prestat was looking for a pincer: he saw one in the hand of Hans, and required him insolently to give it up. The other calmly replied that he was using it himself. "You shall give me satisfaction," said Prestat. "You are not worthy of it," replied Hans. Prestat then, in a violent passion, said, "What! you refuse to fight? Then I shall know how to compel you." Thus saying, he flew at him

and gave him a severe blow in the face, at the same time tearing his cheek with his nails. The insult was too public to be passed over, and even the other students felt that he could not avoid a duel proposed with so much insolence. Hans, also, was brave and noble-minded. He had no idea of flinching from the contest, and fearlessly resigned himself to his fate. To those friends who inquired of him as to his means of defence, he merely replied, "What would you have me do? I know nothing of fencing. But, after all, it is a fatality. My cause is just. God will not permit me to fall. He knows that it is necessary. I should live to support my poor mother." They adjourned, the next day, to the plain of Grenelle, with their seconds. The combat did not last

an instant: Hans fell mortally wounded in the breast and died. His comrades who attended his funeral, after eulogising his virtues, took an oath over his grave never again to give or accept a challenge among themselves. Up to this period they have kept their word.

A meeting of the Radical electors of Westminster took place the other day, at which they agreed to call upon Sir Francis Burdett to render up his trust as their representative. He returned a manly answer to his opponents, denying their summons to be the real voice of his constituents, but so far yielded to clamour, as to take the Chiltern Hundreds, and offer himself again for a fresh election. They have set up a new candidate against him in the person of a Mr. Leader. Sir George Murray, who was prepared to stand at the next election on the Tory interest, has refused to oppose Sir Francis on the present occasion.

General Evans is expected home to meet the electors in a few weeks. The Legion is described to be greatly dispirited; and no doubt exists that all of them will return to England when the time of their enlistment expires, in June. Don Carlos has published a proclamation to his troops, extolling their courage, and promising them that his nephew, Don Sebastian, shall lead them in a month to scale the walls of his capital.

Thursday, 4th.-On Tuesday morning was executed, at Newgate, a wretch named Greenacre, for the murder of a Mrs. Brown, to whom he was engaged to be married. He had the barbarity to cut her body in pieces, and, to avoid detection, hid it in various places. The accidental discovery of these mutilated remains soon led to his apprehension; and he was found guilty, but to the last hour maintained his innocence, asserting that her death was caused by accident. Not less than 25,000 persons assembled on the spot to witness his execution, and greeted his exit from the

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