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Comes rarely. Tho' I know that
you will mourn The little maiden helpmate you must miss, Thanks be to God, I
leave you not forlorn.
There should be comfort in this
dying kiss. Let Barbara keep my colors for herself.
I'm sorry that Lucia went away
In some unkindness. 'Twas a
Send her my scarlet ribbons,
mother; say I thought of her. My pallet's on the shelf,
Surprised, no doubt, at such long
holiday, in the south window, on the easel, stands
My picture for the Empress
Still wanting some few touches,
these weak hands
Must leave to others. Yet there's
The year ends. And the Empress's own commands
You'll find in writing. Barbara's
brush is more Like mine than Anna's; let her finish it.
Oh, . . . and there's 'Maso our
poor fisherman! You'll find my work done for him: something fit
To hang among his nets: you liked
the plan By fancy took to please our friend's dull wit,
Scarce brighter than his old tin
fishing can. . . St. Margaret, stately as a ship full sail,
Leading a dragon by an azure
band; The ribbon flutters gayly in the gale:
The monster follows the Saint's
guiding hand, Wrinkled to one grim smile from head to tail:
For in his horny hide his heart
grows bland. — Where are you, dear ones? . . .
'Tis the dull, faint chill,
Which soon will shrivel into
burning pain! Dear brother, sisters, father, mother—still
Stand near me ! While your faces
fixt remain Within my sense, vague fears of unknown ill
Are softly crowded out, . . . and
yet, 'tis vain! Greet Giulio Banzi; greet Antonio; greet
Bartolomeo, kindly. When I'm
And in the school-room, as of
old, you meet,
— Ah, yes: you'll miss a certain
merry tone, A cheerful face, a smile that should complete
The vague place in the household
picture grown To an aspect on familiar, it seems strange
That aught should alter there.
Mere life, at least, Could not have brought the shadow of a change
Across it. Safely the warm years
increast Among us. I have never sought to range
From our small table at earth's
general feast, To higher places; never loved but you,
Dear family of friends, except my
art: Nor any form save those my pencil drew
E'er quiver'd in the quiet of my
heart. I die a maiden to Madonna true,
And would have so continued....
There, the smart, The pang, the faintness !.. .
Ever, as I lie
Here, with the autumn sunset on
my face, And heavy in my curls (while it, and I,
Together, slipping softly from
the place We play'd in, pensively prepare to die),
A low warm humming simmers in my
ears, —Old summer afternoons! faint fragments rise
Out of my broken life . . . at
times appears Madonna-like a moon in mellow skies :
The three Fates with the spindle
and the shears: The Grand Duke Cosine with the Destinies:
St. Margaret with her dragon:
fitful cheers Along the Via Urbana come and go :
Bologna with her towers! ... Then
all grows dim, And shapes itself anew, softly and slow,
To cloister'd glooms thro' which
the silver hymn Eludes the sensitive silence ; while below
The southwest window, just one
single, slim, And sleepy sunbeam, powders with waved gold
A lane of gleamy mist along the
gloom, Whereby to find its way, thro' manifold
Magnificence, to Guido Reni's
Which set in steadfast splendor,
And all the while, I scent the
incense fume, Till dizzy grows the brain, and dark the eye
Beneath the eyelid. When the end
is come, There, by his tomb (our master's) let me lie,
Somewhere, not too far off;
beneath the dome Of our own Lady of the Rosary:
Safe, where old friends will
pass; and still near home!
ELECTIONS DURING THE WEEK.
THE election for State officers
and members of Congress in Rhode Island took place on 3d, and resulted in the
complete overthrow of the Republicans. The Opposition gain two members of
We are yet without full returns
from Connecticut, but the Republican majority for Governor will not probably
fall short of 1800. Last year it was 541, a gain of over 1100.
At the city election in
Cincinnati, on 3d, the Unionists are reported to have carried their ticket by
2000 majority. The Brooklyn charter election, on 1st, resulted in the success of
Martin Kalbfleisch, the Democratic candidate for Mayor, by a majority of 5037,
or 1002 less than the Democratic majority at the last spring election. The vote
of the city for President, last fall, was:
Lincoln, 15,137; Fusion, 19,505,
giving a Fusion majority of 4368. The Democracy have an apparent gain in their
majority upon last fall of 669.
At the municipal election in
Richmond, Virginia, on 3d, the Union candidate for Mayor was defeated by about
The city of Portland, on 21,
elected William W. Thomas Mayor by 175 majority over his Democratic competitor.
Last year the Democrats carried Portland by 31 majority. The City Council is
also largely Republican.
Some noise having been made in
Virginia about the delivery of guns from the Bellona Arsenal to the Government,
General Scott writes as follows:
WASHINGTON, March 21, 1851.
"DEAR SIR,—On inquiry here, at
the Ordnance Department, I learn that the guns at the Bellona Arsenal, about
which you write, are by contract to be delivered at Rocketts, on board (I
believe) of some vessel, to avoid the double expense of landing and reshipping
before being paid for. If seized before this period, the loss would fall wholly
on the foundery. The guns are only sent to
Fort Monroe as a safe place of
deposit—being as little wanted there for the defense of that work as for the
defense of Richmond. This subject was yesterday before the Secretary of War, on
an inquiry from some quarter unknown to me, and I have not time to learn the
character of the reply. The only urgency in the case results from the founders'
want of the contract money.
"I write as a mere outsider in
respect to such matters, for my position happily exempts me from the handling of
money—from all contracts and disbursements.
" With great respect, your
" WINFIELD SCOTT."
THE NEW CONFEDERATE LOAN.
According to the
Montgomery correspondence of the
Charleston Mercury, the
moneyed men, both North and South, are so eager to take the Confederate Loan
that they can not wait for the opening of bids.
" When the announcement was first
made that Congress had authorized a loan, and before proposals were solicited, a
Mississippian placed $5000 in the hands of his bankers, made subject to the
draft of the Treasurer of the Confederacy. This gentleman was not alone in his
patriotic tender of money at the time it was supposed the Government was in
need of it, for similar offers came from other States. I learn today that one
man has offered $200,000, and another $80,000, to Mr. Memminger, for which sum
no interest is required. It is well known here that offers of money have been
received from New York, Philadelphia,
New Orleans, and other cities in the
United States and in the Confederate States, to an amount that would cover the
entire authorized loan. Mr. Memminger has concluded — and very wisely too—that
the citizens of the Confederate States are entitled to the preference in this
investment, and the bonds will be scattered among them as equally as possible."
AFFAIRS AT FORT PICKENS.
Lieutenant Gilman, one of the
Fort Pickens, arrived at Washington on 3d from
left there on the 31st of March. He states that no reinforcements had been
landed from the
Brooklyn or any other vessel, but that she had gone to Key West
for supplies. He states that the Confederate troops were arriving there in large
numbers, and in a few days they would have five thousand, well provisioned. He
says it is impossible for the Government to land troops at Fort Pickens without
the Confederate authorities knowing it, and whenever they attempt it hostilities
will at once commence. He says he met large numbers of troops on the route for
Pensacola; that General Bragg will not wait the action of the Washington
Government much longer before they commence operations. He says the impression
there was that
Fort Pickens was to be abandoned. Such assurances were given out
A LETTER FROM THE "
The Times publishes a letter
written on board the
frigate Sabine, stationed off Pensacola, which gives an
insight into the condition of affairs at that point, both on ship and shore, on
the 25th of March. At that time the vessels on that station were short of
provisions, and the men on account of the apparent neglect of the authorities at
Washington, were somewhat disheartened; but since then the supplies which have
been dispatched from this port have doubtless reached their destination. The
letter says nothing relative to the reinforcement of Fort Pickens, except to
exhibit the difficulty of such an enterprise.
ANOTHER VESSEL FIRED INTO.
Important intelligence reaches us from
Charleston. The soldiers on Morris
Island, unable probably to restrain longer their martial ardor, and burning once
more to signalize their bravery, on Wednesday evening, during the prevalence of
a severe gale, fired into a schooner which was attempting to enter the harbor.
The schooner being struck by a shot, which went through her, immediately turned
and went to sea again in the midst of the gale. It was subsequently ascertained
that she was from New Jersey, loaded with ice. The excuse for firing into her
was that she carried no colors—which it is quite likely she had not on board.
Major Anderson immediately dispatched a messenger to
Governor Pickens for an
explanation, but the result of the interview is not known. Thursday morning,
however, Lieutenants Snyder and Talbot came off from
Fort Sumter and had another
interview with the Governor ; and in the evening Lieutenant Talbot left with
dispatches for Washington, while Lieutenant Snyder returned to the fort. Whether
the schooner which was fired into subsequently entered the harbor is not stated.
Report, prevailed, both in Charleston and Washington, that supplies and mail
communication had been cut off from Fort Sumter, by order of
THE GARRISON AT FORT MORGAN.
Mobile Tribune of the 27th
has the following: " The garrison at Fort Morgan, we understand, is to be raised
to a thousand men. At present we suppose there are at least seven or eight
hundred already there, and we learn that they are rapidly being instructed in
all the garrison duties. They will leave that place good soldiers, unless' Old
Abe' should put them through what is vulgarly termed a course of sprouts: That
he does not intend to do ; and, if he did, he would find it a very difficult
RUMORED MEXICAN FORAY UPON TEXAS.
We have important news from the Rio Grande. General Ampudia, with three thousand
Mexicans, was at last accounts within sixty miles of Brownsville. The Texans
report that his object was to plunder Brownsville and Matamoros, and pillage
generally. It is also reported that Ampudia has aroused the Mexicans with the
design of re-annexing Texas to Mexico. He announces that as the Federal
Government no longer supports Texas, now is the time to retake her. The Texans
were preparing to repel the invaders.
HOW ARKANSAS STANDS.
A letter dated
Little Rock, March
22, says : '' Our Convention has adjourned, and we are still in the Union. We
laid down what we consider our grievances—a plan for adjustment—joined Virginia
in her call for a Convention at Frankfort on the 27th day of May next, and
elected five delegates to represent us in that Convention. And on the first
Monday in August next, we take the vote of the people for co-operation' or
secession,' and that vote will determine our action. We had all odds to contend
against. Every influence was brought to bear upon no. Disappointed politicians
and aspiring ones crowded the Convention to sway its action, but to no purpose.
I think we have done well."
A NEW CUSTOM-HOUSE REGULATION.
To guard against the taking of
foreign merchandise out of bond for the purposes of transportation to States
which do not acknowledge the authority of the Federal Government, thus
defrauding the Government of its proper revenues, the Secretary of the
has issued the following order to the Collectors of Customs at the various
Atlantic ports. The practice of withdrawing goods from bond in order to
introduce them into
Southern ports under their "more favorable" tariff dues, or
without the inconvenience of paying duties at all, was getting to be quite too
common to be longer tolerated. The following is a copy of the order:
" TREASURY DEPARTMENT, March, 30,
1861 "The control of the warehouses of the Government in the several ports in
the States of South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida,
and Texas having been usurped under the alleged authority of those States, and
the officers of the warehouses acting under the authority of the United States
having been forcibly excluded from their proper functions in the custody of
merchandise, and superintendence of the entries for warehousing and withdrawal,
it has become impracticable to continue the privilege of bonding for
transportation to those ports.
"Collectors of the Customs are
accordingly hereby instructed that no entries for transportation in bond to
those ports can be permitted until otherwise directed by the Department. Very
respectfully your obedient servant,
S. P. CHASE, Secretary of the
Treasury. " A. SCHELL., Esq , Collector of the Customs, New York."
ACTIVITY IN OUR NAVY-YARD.
The greatest activity prevails at
the Navy-yard and forts in our harbor. There are movements of troops, transfers
of crews, and speedy preparations on board of vessels of war, which seem to
indicate that some movement of importance is on foot. Whether it relates to our
domestic affairs, or to the recent demonstrations on the part of Spain, is left
WHAT SECESSION HAS COST SOUTH
A Message from
Governor Pickens to the Convention of South Carolina
contains many details respecting the military affairs of that State. He informs
them that 600 men will be required to garrison the forts in
and that the expenditures of the State have been $640,317.
FUGITIVE SLAVE CASE AT CHICAGO.
A colored man named Harris, with
his wife and two children, were arrested at Chicago on 3d, on a warrant issued
by United States Commissioner Conneau, and sent by special train to Springfield,
to be examined. The man is claimed by Mr. Patterson, of
St. Louis County,
Missouri, and the woman and children by Mr. Vail, of the same county, whence
they escaped. As it was almost entirely unknown that warrants were issued, they
were executed with little difficulty; but after the affair became known the most
intense excitement prevailed among the colored portion of the community, and
large numbers gathered at the depot at the time the regular morning train left,
the crowd supposing the fugitives to be on board. One or two shots were fired at
the train. Beyond this there was no disturbance.
A TERRIBLE OUTRAGE.
Nashville Union of 26th March
says : " We have the particulars of a most deplorable outrage committed by a
negro man in Sumner County, and his summary execution by the citizens of the
neighborhood. The facts, as we are informed, are as follows: Mr. W. C. Moore,
who resides at Saundersville, in Sumner County, on the
and Nashville Railroad, had
recently purchased a plantation in Alabama, and was preparing to remove to it.
All of his negroes except one expressed entire willingness to go, and it became
necessary to use force with that one. Mr. Moore was handcuffing him for the
purpose of sending him off with the rest of the negroes. The boy, it appears,
had prepared himself for a murderous assault upon his master, as he had a knife
concealed in his right sleeve, and while the handcuff was being fastened upon
his left arm he made a lunge at Mr. Moore's throat, inflicting a terrible but
not fatal wound, which he followed up with another stroke, cutting a deep gash
upon his chin. By this time Mr. Saunders and the father of Mr. Moore came to his
rescue, when the negro turned upon the former and commenced cutting him, and
then upon the latter, cutting his throat from ear to ear, almost severing his
head from his body, and killing him instantly. The alarm having been given, the
people in the vicinity hastened to the bloody scene, and it was found necessary
to shoot the negro three times before the knife could be got from him. He was
then taken and hung immediately. It is thought the wound of the younger Moore
will not prove fatal."
A SENSIBLE LETTER.
Hon. C. B. Sedgwick has written
the appended reply to a note which he received from a clergyman asking his
influence to obtain a subordinate clerkship in the New York Custom-house for his
son, a youth he " had never had occasion to punish, and never knew of his being
guilty of a falsehood:"
"SYRACUSE, March, 18.
"REV. MR. P.—My dear Sir: If you
have a son who won't lie nor steal, don't, for God's sake, put him in the New
York Custom-house ; he would soon lose those qualities there, and get other
habits not half so virtuous. Still, if you are inclined to put temptation in his
way, instead of being careful and prayerful that it be removed from him, I will
give him a letter, provided any friend of mine is appointed collector.
"Very truly your friend and the
friend of your boy,
" C. B. SEDGWICK."
A DI VERNON IN WISCONSIN.
The Wisconsin State Journal, of
the 26th ult., says : "About two o'clock this afternoon the people along King
and Pinkney streets were startled by a horse, with a young lady on his back,
running at furious speed in the direction of the American House. She had
evidently lost control of him, and every one expected to see her dashed to the
ground and seriously hurt, if not killed outright. Turning down Washington
Avenue, he shot through the crowd of wood wagons and other vehicles, and dashed
directly into the livery stable just below the American. A great rush of people
immediately filled the stable, fearful that the girl was killed; but with the
exception of some rents in her riding dress, she was unhurt. She had kept her
seat, and appeared perfectly cool and collected. All that troubled her, she
declared, during the runaway was the disarrangement of her dress, and she
proposed to try the horse again without delay. It proved to be a fast horse,
owned by John D. Welch, that few men cared to ride, he is so wild and
unmanageable, but which the girl, Miss Ellen Dennison, of this city, had
determined to ride at the State Fair. She was practicing with him on Third Lake
ridge, near Governor Farwell's house, when she lost control of the bridle, and
he ran with her to the stable, a distance of about a mile. The horse was very
much excited, and some of the by-standers attempted to dissuade her front
mounting him again. She very coolly replied that 'she proposed to ride that
horse or die in the at-tempt.' Remounting the horse, she rode out in the street,
when he acted so badly that Ben Reed got him by the bits, and led him into the
stable, where, after some stroking down and ' horse talk,' his nerves were
partially quieted, and Miss Dennison rode him away in triumph. Miss Dennison is
a young lady apparently about twenty, with a keen black eye and rosy cheeks, and
withal very pretty, besides being ' as brave as Julius Caesar."'
Judge McLean, of the United
States Supreme Court, died at Cincinnati on 4th, in the seventy-seventh year of
his age. There are now two vacancies in the Supreme Bench, caused by the death
of Judges Daniel of Virginia, and McLean of Ohio. Judge McLean entered Congress
from Cincinnati in 1812, was made Postmaster-General by President Monroe in
1823, was continued in that office by J. Q. Adams, but displaced in 1829 by
General Jackson, who made him Judge of the Supreme Court, which office he has
filled for more than thirty years.
Cassius M. Clay has advertised to
sell at auction on the 10th of April, his stock and farm and household
appointments, preparatory to leaving to serve his country at the Court of St.
Petersburg. Mr. Clay has long been a distinguished breeder and importer of
Governor Houston has sent a
message to the Legislature protesting against the Convention, appealing to the
Legislature to sustain him, and claiming still to be Governor. The Legislature
took not the slightest notice of it.
A Washington correspondent says
that G. W. Lane, recently confirmed as Judge for the Northern and Southern
Districts of Alabama, will, it is said, endeavor to hold his Court at Athens, in
the Union part of that State.
Captain Berryman, Commander of
United States sloop Wyandotte, died at Pensacola, on Tuesday, of brain
The three Confederate States
envoys to the European courts are now en route. Mr. Dudley Mann sailed from this
port on Saturday, on board the Arago, while Messrs. Yancey and Rost sailed from
New Orleans yesterday for Havana, where they will embark on board the British
West India mail steamer for Europe. The United States Embassadors will be
dispatched abroad with as little delay as possible.
DEATH OF THE QUEEN'S MOTHER.
HER Royal Highness the Duchess of
Kent died on Saturday morning, March 19, at 91 o'clock, at Frogmore, in the
presence of her Majesty the Queen and his Royal Highness the Prince Consort, and
some of the other members of the Royal family. The melancholy intelligence was
communicated to the Lord Mayor in an official letter from Sir G. C. Lewis, the
Secretary of State, also requesting his lordship to direct the great bell of St.
Paul's Cathedral to be tolled, as is customary on the death of members of the
THE " GREAT EASTERN" COMING HERE
A letter front England to the Herald says: "The Great Eastern, it is now
fully decided, sails to New York on the 1st of May. The decision, I learn from a
private source, has just been made, and that she will be advertised on Monday.
Various other ports, all the way from Sacarappa to Pocotaligo, have made
tremendous efforts to get her prow headed toward their egg-shell harbors. There
is but one Great Eastern steamship and but one New York harbor, and the two are
made for each other. I trust the little desagrements that befell her last year
in the excursion down your coast will be atoned for by good management and good
THE DEBATE ON THE ADDRESS.
In the Corp, Legislatif M. Jules
Favre had moved his amendment to the address, requesting the withdrawal of the
French troops from Rome. He strongly urged the necessity for such a proceeding,
and asserted that the maintenance of the States would be impossible. M. Rillanet
said that the French Government would neither sacrifice the Pope to the unity of
Italy, nor the unity of Italy to the Pope. The aim of France was to reconcile
the two interests The combination proposed at Villa Franca was the true
solution, and it should be accepted as such. He alluded at length to the
difficulties attending the question. The amendment was then rejected by 246 to
5. An amendment in favor of the temporal power of the Pope was offered, but
subsequently withdrawn, Count de Morny urging the Legislature to leave the
solution of the question to the Emperor. The entire address was finally agreed
to by a vote of 213 against 13.
THE ITALIAN QUESTION.
At latest dates it was currently
reported in Paris that the Emperor of Austria had sent an autograph letter to
the Emperor of the French, setting forth that his position in Italy is
untenable, owing to the constant encroachments, of Piedmont. His Majesty
likewise expresses himself um. able to understand the policy of France with
regard to Italy, and especially adverts to the speeches of
Prince Napoleon in
the Senate and M. Billault in the Carps Legislatif, and requires a distinct
answer to this question : Does the Emperor of the French mean to support
Piedmont in its aggressions against Rome? The presence of the Piedmontese in the
Papal capital his Austrian Majesty can not but look upon as a preliminary to an
attack upon Venice—the arguments that would justify Victor Emanuel in taking
possession of Rome would equally bear him out in attacking Venice.
Francis-Joseph, therefore, requires an explicit answer as to what course the
French Emperor means to pursue. In the event, however, of a Piedmontese
occupation of Rome, the treaties of Zurich and Villafranca must be considered as
annulled, and Austria could not consider herself bound by a compact so glaringly
violated, and would consider herself, should such a contingency occur, entirely
free to act in the manner best calculated to protect her openly threatened
interests in the Peninsula.
THE BONAPARTE-PATTERSON CASE.
The Herald correspondent writes :
The Bonaparte-Patterson case is, it is said, to be reopened on an appeal. Madame
Patterson alleges that site left in Baltimore important papers, which site
feared to bring to France, thinking that they might be taken from her, and
which. would fully establish the fact that her marriage was contracted in good
faith on her part. This has been all that she and her son have ever desired to
prove. As to winning the suit, they never had a hope of it, but have simply
wished to place upon the record of the judicial tribunals evidence which would
remove from Captain Bonaparte, who is an officer in the French army, and whose
future lot is cast in France, the stain of illegitimacy. He is very popular
here, and since the commencement of these proceedings has been more than ever a
lion in Paris. In addition to hie pay, Captain Bonaparte has an income allowed
hint by his grandmother of twenty-six thousand francs a year, and, on these
fine, sunny spring afternoons, may be seen driving his pair of fast horses,
attached to his American buggy, in the Champs Elysees and Bois de Boulogne.
TRADE IN FRANCE.
The Paris correspondent of the
London Times says: "Commercial operations are still dull. Uneasiness, created by
political causes, the monetary embarrassments in Europe and America, the
ill-founded apprehension entertained by many French manufacturers as the period
approaches for carrying into full effect the commercial treaty, and particularly
the excessive dearness of money, impede the revival of trade. The Paris wheat
and flour market was firm."
RESIGNATION OF THE MINISTRY.
A dispatch dated Turin,
Wednesday, March 20, says : All the Ministry have tendered their resignations,
which have been accepted by the King. Count Cavour, it is believed, will be
intrusted with the formation of a new Cabinet, in which all the different
divisions of Italy will be represented.
In to-day's sitting of the
Chamber of Deputies, Count Cavour announced that the whole Ministry had tendered
its resignation, and stated that he had advised the King to form a Ministry
according to the new elements of the king-dom. It was, he said, the intention of
the Government to place the Council of Lieutenantcy at Naples under the Central
Government, which would be responsible for its acts. The Chamber of Deputies
then adjourned until a new Ministry has been formed.
A later dispatch adds: The new
Ministry is not yet announced. Rumor gives the following combination : Cavour,
President of the Council and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Marine; Fanti,
Minister of War; Cassino, Minister of Justice; Minghetti, of Interior; Desenatis,
of Instruction; Natoi, of Agriculture and Commerce ; Bastozi, of Finance;
Peruzzi, of Public Works; Neulsa, a Minister without port-folio.
WHAT ITALY WANTS.
The Italian Parliament, in
responding to the speech of Victor Emanuel, tells hint that it trusts in him as
an Italian King and a valiant soldier, significantly adding that its thoughts
are sorrowfully turned toward unhappy Venice; that Italy anxiously aspires to
the possession of her city of Rome, and that every measure calculated to
increase the armaments will be hailed with satisfaction by the Italian people.
THE POPE DEFENDS HIMSELF.
At Rome, on the 18th ult., a
consistory was held, at which the Pope had an opportunity of expressing himself
upon the present position of Italy and the Pepacy. he defended the Papal
government from the charge of being opposed to civilization, and declared that
it only opposed the pretended modern civilization which persecuted the Church
and trampled justice under foot. He stated that he would himself have
spontaneously granted all reasonable concessions, and would have gladly abided
by the counsels of the Catholic sovereigns, but that he could not receive the
advice or submit to the unjust demands of a usurping power.
WILL HE GO TO VENICE?
The Perseveranza of Milan asserts
that the priests were exercising a pressure on the Pope, with the object of
inducing him to proceed to Venice. Bellegarde was in Vienna, conducting
negotiations to that effect. It would appear, however, that Austria fears the
responsibility which such a step might involve. The Pope's last allocution is
regarded as precluding all hope of a compromise between the Holy See and the new
kingdom of Italy.
THE EMPEROR'S REPLY TO THE POLES.
The substance of the Emperor's
reply to the address of his Polish subjects is published. The Emperor says that
he ought to consider the Polish petition as null and void, but, nevertheless, he
graciously consents to regard it only as an "act of enthusiasm." He devotes his
whole attention to the reforms which are necessary throughout the empire, and
his Polish subjects are as much the objects of his solicitude as are the
Russians. But he has a right to expect that his sentiments and intentions shall
not be "misunderstood or paralyzed by inopportune or immoderate demands, which
he could not confound with the welfare of his subjects." He will not tolerate
any serious disturbances, and "nothing can be raised on such a foundation;" for
"aspirations which should there seek for support would condemn themselves
beforehand." A dispatch from Warsaw says that the Polish deputation was
"astounded" at the tone of the Emperor Alexander's reply, which has not abated
the prevailing excitement. Prince Gortchakoff unofficially told the deputation
that an imperial manifes to would speedily grant reforms, and received from
Count Zamtoiski the answer: "We accept; but we are far from being satisfied."
COTTON CULTIVATION IN ASIA MINOR.
A company has been proposed at
Constantinople under the name of the Cotton Bank of Anatolia, for developing the
cotton cultivation in Asia Minor. It is said to be supported by the leading
merchants of Smyrna, and to have received the patronage of the British
Embassador, Sir H. L. Buhver, and the cooperation of the Grand Vizier.
RUMORED MOVEMENT OF THE
SPANIARDS. By an arrival at Key West on the 26th ult. it was reported that the
Spanish flag had been hoisted at St. Domingo by the Spanish and French. The
Spanish President had previously written to Havana, stating that if Spanish
forces were not sent thither immediately the Spaniards would hoist the Spanish
flag, whereupon five Spanish war vessels and 1000 men sailed from Havana end
took formal possession of San Domingo, aided by a French corvette.