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It is stated that various Indian tribes have offered their services to the Federal Government in the suppression of the Mormon rebellion . The banks in the city of New York have resumed specie payments , and others have followed their example . The troops despatched to Utah are to winter at Henry ' s Fork , on . Green River , until spring , when operations will be resumed . Reinforcements appear to be greatly needed . The Mexican Government troops bad defeated the revolutionists at Puebla and other points , and affairs generally have assumed a more encouraging aspect . The position of the hostile factions in Yucatan exhibits no change .
CONTINENTAL NOTES . FRANCE . The Government seems determined to push its despotic interference with the press to the utmost extreme . The Union , the Univers , and the Siecle have been carrying on a discussion of considerable length on the subjects of 1 democracy' and revolution . ' They designed to go yet further into the questions ; but the Government has interposed- Any continuation of the discussion is absolutely prohibited . With respect to the temporarily extinguished Presse , the Times Paris correspondent remarks : — " The managers had nearly resolved to
request permission to resume the publication of that journal , but only on literary subjects , with a view to save the hundreds of persons employed by it from starving . They have , I am told , been obliged to abandon the idea . " Madame George Sand has written a letter to the Empress , painting in affecting terms the distress caused to the families of the workmen on the extinguished paper by the suspension of its publication , and begging her to intercede for them . It does not appear that any good has resulted from this generous attempt .
The Courrier de Paris , which recently undertook to show that the Empire and Liberty are perfectly consistent , has received an intimation that its opinions are not acceptable at head-quarters ; and it has therefore relapsed into silence . An Artillery College is to be established at Grenoble . Louis Napoleon is skilled in the science of artillery , and has increased the number of these schools . The manufacturer of the 20 , 000 rifles ordered by the English Government in 1855 has just completed hia task , > v hich he announces with much pride and satisfaction . He has had an audience of the Emperor , and presented him with a model of the arms and a medal he has had struck on the occasion .
" The only topic which ¦ occupies conversation now , " says the Daily Telegraph Paris correspondent , " is the seizure of a book entitled , The True and the Palse Catholics , ' which is likely to give rise to a very scandalous trial . The work , published anonymously , is by a writer "who pretends to be a sincere Catholic , and in that character pushes the doctrines of the Church to their extreme consequences , so as to make them ridiculous . Many innocent persons were at first deceived , and thought they had got possession of a work of piety . The animus of the work was at last discovered by the police ,
who have not , however , been equally successful in finding out the author . " The same writer adds : — " There is now forming in Belgium , Piedmont , and other countries of Europe , where something like liberty exists , a society for the defence of religious liberty . One of the objects it proposes is , to collect money for the defence of all persons prosecuted for offences against Catholicism . Each member is to contribute a day's gains . The ' statutes' of the society are circulating in Paris , and adhesions are coming in ; but of course nothing public can be done at present . "
The roads m the country have been much infested with robbers of late , and the police appear to be very inartHcient . The Emperor and Empress went on Friday week to Neuilly to witness some experiments , conducted by M . Carteron , the inventor of a process for rendering wood tissues of all sorts , theatrical decorations , &c-, incombustible . The experiments are reported to have been entirely successful . A very dense ground fog set in last Saturday evening , in certain parts of Paris . The obscurity was so . complete that vehicles and even foot passengers were obliged to come to n dead halt , until the authorities sent out policemen with lighted torches . The fog was only local , and did not rise iiir above the ground , the stars all the while being plainly visible .
" The Memorial da Lille , " says the Daily News Paris correspondent , " a Bonapnrtist journal , which was lately suppressed in the ordinary course of Imperial law ( on a 8 econ < l _ conviction ( in a Court of Justice ) for a libel upon M . U in me , the successful opposition candidate for Lille , has been relieved from its sentence by a . special exercise of the Emperor ' s prerogative . "
SPAIN . A great many long documents relating to the contemplated duel between Seiior Guell y Rente and General Narvnez have been published in the London papers . The result of the negotiations is , that the duel will not take place , because the principals cannot agree about the weapon . Guell y Rente is for tho short sword , Narvaez
for pistols ; and so their martial ardour seems destined to be balked . According to the Alambra , a Granada journal , some of the Moorish chiefs at Melilla have entered into friendly relations with the Spaniards , and have even expressed a ¦ wish to pass under their rule .
GERMAJTr . _ " On Thursday , the 10 th inst ., ' * says the Times Vienna correspondent , " the representative of the Grand Duchy of Hesse at the Bund laid before that body the representation of the municipality of Mayence . It is to the effect that the inhabitants of the city claim indemnification for the damage done by the explosion on the 18 th of November , and desire that all large quantities of powder mav immediately be removed to ( he outer works
of the fortress . The representation was , as a matter of course , handed over to the military committee of the Diet . The commission which had to examine into the cause of the explosion has at last come to the conclusion that the Austrian non-commissioned officer Wiemer did , on the 18 th of November , feloniously set fire to the powder-magazine . A few days since , eight hundred ewt . of powder were removed from the magazine in the Boniface Bastion , and now the powder magazine in the citadel is being emptied . "
Baron von Reden , one of the most famous of German statisticians , has died at Vienna of inflammation of the lungs following a cold caught at the opening of a new railroad .
ITALY . A terrific earthquake devastated the districts of Salerno , Potenza , Nola , and other places near Naples , on the 17 th inst . Entire villages have been destroyed , and the victims are several thousands in number . In the city of Naples , there were several violent shocks , and the entire population was encamped outside the walls during the whole day ; but no fatal accident occurred in the town . During some excavations lately made at a place called the Arco Travertino , about two miles from Rome , the villa of Quintus Servilius Silanus , -who was consul in 189 , was discovered , and close by were found , at the same time , the remains of a Christian church , with an entrance into the catacombs . Prince Lucien Bonaparte , son of the Prince of Canino , is to be received at Rome into holy orders .
Ancona is in , a very disturbed state . Several assassinations and other acts of violence have been committed , and nineteen persons have been arrested on suspicion . , The Neapolitan Government has declared theCagliari a regular capture , and the Minister of Foreign Affairs has published a justification , of this decision . The indictment against the prisoners taken with the Cagliari includes the English engineers , so that they will be tried under the same circumstances as their fellow captives . ' - ¦ ' ' RUSSIA . . . ' ' . " It appears certain , " says a St . Petersburg letter in the JBrcslato Gazette , " that the Russian Government has fixed the mode in which the emancipation of the peasants is to be effected . It will take place , not all at once , but successively , at three periods . In the first , the relations between tlie peasants connected with the soil Qykbai adscripti ) and the State will be fixed , that is to say , they will be admitted to possess a political existence , and their obligations to their lords will be rigorously traced out . In the second period , serfdom will bts suppressed ; and in the third , the payments in kind will be converted into a fixed rent , and the mode of redeeming such rent and the acquisition of free property of the peasants will be regulated . " Very confused accounts are given of the mission of Admiral l ' utiatin to China . It would appear , however , that the Chinese Government has refused to receive any foreign mission in Pekin . There is a report that the Russian Admiral brought a letter from the Emperor
offering to put down the insurrection on condition of receiving a portion of the Mantchourian territory , and that the Celestial monarch refused to accede ; but this has been said several times before , and is therefore doubtful . Another questionable assertion has been madethat the Chinese Government has peremptorily required Russia to evacuate the territory which she has occupied at the mouth of tho Amoor . Tho Northern Bee has been loudly denouncing the Chinese jealousy of foreigners , and hinting that , if the Pekin Government will not grant commercial intercourse with other nations , ' it will be no matter of surprise if China should shortly become the theatre of remarkable events of the highest interest to Europe . '
A terrible instance' of official oppression at Warsaw is thus narrated by tho Times Vienna correspondent : — " About twelve years ago , M . Koscngold , a Jewish tradesman , niatlo known to tho higher authorities that the State wjik systematically rohbcil by certain employes . In order that tins matter might not become public , ltosengold was seized and thrown into prison , where ho remained until the mnnesty was granted at the coronation of the present Emperor . On his liberation , tho unfortunate man lost no time in laying his case before the new authorities , and they soon satisfied themselves that he had been infamously treated . By a special ukase , the Emperor Alexander has made public the inan ' a innocence , and given orders that certain civic distinctions shall bo conferred on him . "
An Imperial rescript , dated from Tzarskoe Selo , 2 Tovember 20 th ( old style ) , or December 2 nd oPonr calendar , has just been addressed by Alexander II . to the Military Governor of Vilno and the Governor-General of Grodno and Kovno , instituting changes in the relations between the peasantry and landed proprietors of the country , with a view to the partial enfranchisement of the serfs . The Russians , on the 18 th of November , completely defeated a body of 3000 Tscherkesses . The Ssalatawia is said to have been completely evacuated and all the villages burnt . AUSTRIA .
" Two newly-appointed professors belonging to the clergy , " says a German paper , ' had lately to take the usual oath before the Governor of Vienna . They listened , without raising any objection , to the ordinary formula , ' to observe fidelity and obedience to the Emperor , ' &c , but , when they had to confirm the oath by raising their hands , they declared that they could not do so except on condition that there should be inserted in the oath the words , ' without prejudice to the rights of our ecclesiastical superior . ' The ceremony was suspended , and the question submitted to the Minister of the Interior , who has decided that the clause shall be inserted . " The reduction of the Austrian army commenced on the 1 st inst .
TURKEY . The Prince of Souenneti , who murdered Prince Gagarine , was shot at Koutais on the 17 th ult ., in pursuance of the sentence of the court-martial . A third circular note has been addressed by the Porte to its agents abroad with reference to the sittings of the Divans in connexion with the Danubian Principalities . It is here stated that those assemblies have only hitherto occupied themselves with political matters , and that they desire to meet again after the conferences at Paris have decided on the question of the union , at
which subsequent sittings they will consider the administrative reforms necessitated by the new regime . The Porte prohibits this proposed course , and says that the Paris Congress ought to be furnished with complete data for deciding on the future of the Principalities ^ It expresses its satisfaction that the various Governments agree on the necessity of dissolving the Divans as soon as the European commission shall have sent in its final report . As the Divans have positively refused to proceed to the examination of any internal matters until their political organization has been settled , they may be considered virtually at an end .
Two Christian Armenians have been raised to the dignity of Pacha . Their nomination has been received with great favour at Constantinople , as they have rendered service to Turkey . M . de Lesseps has arrived at Constantinople from Trieste . Lord Stratford de Redcliffe left Constantinople oik board the Austrian mail packet on the 12 th instant . Mr . Alison , Secretary of Embassy , takes charge of English interests during his absence . The Commissioners for the demarcation of the Asiatic frontier left Constantinople on the 9 th instant , Colonel Simmons and M . Pelissicr having embarked on board the French mail packet for Marseilles , and General Tschirikoff , with his staff , on board the Odessa steamer .
Her Majesty ' s Ship Medina , Captain Spratt , has returned from the Danube , where it has been engaged in facilitating the work of tho Commission for tho navigation of that stream . Captain Spratt has drawu up a report on the delta of tlie Danube , and Lieutenant C . H . Wilkinson has made a minute survey of all the branches of the river . Some soundings have also been taken in the basin of the Mediterranean . Captain Spratt lias communicated the result of his inquiries to the Commission at Galatz .
DUN MARK . The Danish Chambers closed on the 22 nd . The Supremo Council of the monarchy is to meet on the 10 th January . Several resignations have taken place . Many failures continue to occur in Denmark , Sweden , and Norway .
THE JEUFOSSE TRIAL . This trial of the Jcufossc family for murder , at the Court of Assizes of the Eure , has revealed a remarkable story . The Jcufosse family are of noble lineage , and arc the possessors of an ancient chateau standing in the midst of woods and a large extent of park-land , the whole being surrounded by a wall . Though thus living in aristocratical state , there appears to have been no superabundance of riches ; and the two sons , Ernest and Albert , have resided principally in Paris for the sake of mixing in Bourses Hpi-culution . s . The father has been dead some years , and the mother , a lady nearly fifty years of age , has lived in retirement at tho chateau with her daughter Blanche , who is not yet nineteen , and the governess , Mademoiselle Laurence Thouzey . One of tho neighbours of this old putricinu family was a gentleman nunicd Kmilo Guillot , a person of some wealth , but of no pedigrco , who becamo a constant visitor at the chateau ,
No . 405 , December 26 , 1857 . ] ,. . THE L E AD E R . 1229 __ ^—^ —^——11^—¦—^—M . „ , - ^———M——¦¦_ . | 1
Leader (1850-1860), Dec. 26, 1857, page 1229, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse2.kdl.kcl.ac.uk/periodicals/l/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2223/page/5/