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the right side. The unhappy victim of his FRANCE.--Assassination of the Duke de malice uttered a loud cry, and fell senseless Berri.--The intelligence received from on the ground. He was immediately colle France is of a highly important character. veyed into the saloon of the Opera, followThe Duke de Berri, the presumptive heir ed by his distracted Duchess, who was coto the throne of that country, has fallen the vered with the blood which sprung from victim of an assassin. This atrocious act her husband's wound.
Every aid which was committed by an obscure person of the professional skill could administer was apname of Louvel, who was employed about plied ; and it was at first thought that the the King's stables, and who, according to wound was not mortal, but this hope prosome accounts, belonged to the household ved unfounded. His Highness was remoof Bonaparte, while at Elba. It appears ved to the Louvre, and at six o'clock next that he had been long meditating this bar- morning he breathed his last. The assasbarous deed, and at last he unhappily sin, who was immediately apprehended, found an opportunity for the successful ex- discovered the most hardened indifference, ecution of his diabolical purpose, just as and gloried in what he had done, from po his Royal Highness was leaving the Opera, litical motives. His intention, he openly on Sunday night, the 13th February, to step avowed, was to extirpate the race of the into his carriage, where the Duchess was Bourbons, whom he considered as the enealready seated. At that moment the as. mies of France. He seems, in short, to be sassin'struck him a blow with a dogger on a desperate political fanatic, alike inaccessi.
ble to humanity or remorse. During the hold their seats for five years so that the frequentexaminations of the assassin, which renewal by fifths (which is preserved in the have since taken place, he has persisted in Projet) shall not commence until after the having no accomplices, and acknowledged expiration of the fifth year-thus one-fifth that he had meditated the foul crime for of the body of the Chamber will retain their four years past.
seats for nine years.
The 6th head conBoth the Chambers addressed the King tains what are termed “ transitory disposinext day, in terms of condolence on this tions," or such as provide for the manner melancholy occasion, and the King, in his in which the new Projet shall affect the reply to the Chamber of Deputies, con. composition and duration of the existing cludes with these words :-" I shall adopt Cha ber. The 172 Members wanting to every necessary measure to preserve the complete the 430 are to be chosen by the State from danger, of which I am but too for. Departmental Colleges, between the pre cibly forewarned by the crime of this day.” bent and the ensuing session.
In the Chamber of Deputies, on the 15th, The Minister of Foreign Affairs then a long and stormy discussion took place as submitted a project of law, the chief effect to the notice taken in the minutes of the of which is, that it allows the arrest and proceedings of the previous day, of a charge detention of any person accused of plot or brought by M. Clausel de Coussergues &- conspiracy against the King, the safety of gainst M. Decazes, of being accessary to the State, or the persons of the Royal Fathe murder of the Duke de Berri. It ter- mily, by an order deliberated on in a Counminated in leaving the minutes unaltered ; cil of the Ministry, and signed by three but M. Clausel persisted in his charge, and Members at least, without the necessity of submitted the following proposition for the bringing the accused before the public triconsideration of the Chamber :-“ I have bunals. This law is to cease of itself, if the honour of proposing to the Chamber, not renewed in the ensuing session. to direct an impeachment against Count Change of Ministry. In consequence Decazes, Minister of the Interior, as be- of the proceedings above detailed, M. Deing guilty of treason, according to the terms cazes lias resigned his office of Minister of of the 56th Article of the Charter. I re- the Interior ; and on the 21th the King isquest that the Chamber will fix the day af- sued an ordinance accepting of his resignater to-morrow for the developement of my tion, which liad been given on the ground proposition, if it cannot hear me to day.” of ill health. Another ordonnance, of the
Election Law. When this affair was same date, creates him a Duke of France, disposed of, M. Decazes presented the new and it is notified in the Moniteur that he is Election Law. The projet for changing appointed Ambassador at the English Court. this law consists of six heads or titles. Count Simeon has been appointed MiThe first regards the number of Deputies. nister of the Interior, in the room of the They are to consist of 430 Members ; 258 Duke Decazes ; Baron Mounier, Director of whom are to be chosen by the Colleges General of the Departmental Administraof Arrondissement, and 172 by the Depart. tion of Police ; and Count Portalis, Under mental Colleges. The Departments are Secretary of State to the Minister of Jus. divided into Electoral Arrondissements, tice; the Duke of Richelieu is appointed. each of which has a College composed of President of the Council of Ministers. Members residing within the Arrondisse. The law for subjecting oll political wri. ment. The Departmental Colleges are com- tings in France to a previous censorship posed of a number of Electors, of which has been adopted by the Chamber of Peers, 600 is the maximum, and the minimum 100, but with some amendments, the chief of named by the Colleges of Arrondissement. which is that which provides for the expiThere is thus a Representation within a ration of the law at the close of the present Representation, quoad 172 of the Deputies session of the Legislative Bodies. to the Chamber.
Every Elector of the SPAIN.—Every means appear to be aDepartmental Colleges must pay one thou- dopted by the Spanish Government, to sand francs per annum of direct contribu- prevent a knowlege of the actual state of tions, (L. 41, 13s. 4d.) The second relates affairs in that country from getting abroad. to the quotas, or contributions of the Elec. The intelligence which has been received tors, and of the eligible; the third to the since our last is extremely contradictory; formation of the Bureau, or Presidency of but this much we now learn with certainty, the College, all Presidents being named by that the insurrection which broke out in the King. The fourth head prescribes the the Isle de Leon on the 1st of January, so form of voting, which is by writing the far from being crushed, appears to have name on slips of paper, the scrutiny gained ground. The insurgents seem to remaining open five days. The fifth title be gradually but constantly increasing their presents some general dispositions, of which strength and improving their circumstan. the most striking seems to be, that, in case There is now no doubt that their of a dissolution of the Chamber, all the Der numbers amount to 16,000 or 18,000 men, puties, after being newly elected, shall and that a division of 2000 troops which
was brought from Ceuta by the Royalists, the eldest son of the Schah has the plan to has joined the ranks of General Riego. seize on Syria and some of the adjacent This officer, at the head of a small detach- provinces, and with this view continually ment, had marched upon Algeciras, and excites troubles. The Porte is said to have was there received with enthusiasm by the obtained important information on this subcitizens. He has since marched to Mala- ject. It is further reported that the Waga, where it appears he had several skir- chabites have again taken up arms, and mishes with the Royal troops. On the have been joined by great numbers of ad18th of February he defended himself in herents.” one of the suburbs of Malaga, during the EAST INDIES.-A Madras Gazette exwhole day, and in the night of the 19th he traordinary announces that his Highness set off precipitately to push his way to Gra- Prince Auzim Jah, &c. the eldest legitinada. In these affairs the Royalists boast mate son of his late Highness the Nabob of having a decisive advantage, while other Azeem ul Dowlah Buhadour, had sucaccounts state that many of the soldiers en ceeded his father in the rank and title of gaged against Riego had gone over and Nabob Soubahdar of the Carnatic. joined him ; and indeed it is asserted, that The Madras papers confirm accounts the distrust entertained of the soldiers by which have been received lately, as to the the Royalist Gencrals has hitherto prevent. disastrous condition of the Dutch with reed them from making a decided attack up. spect to their newly restored colonies in the on the insurgents' position, many of the east. An extract from the Penang GaKing's soldiers having, it is said, positively zette, of the 17th of July, mentions that refused to shed the blood of their country, the Dutch were driven from Palembang,
with the loss of many men, not by the In the meantime, a manifesto has been Chief who was set aside by the Netherpublished by the national army to the Spa. lands Government on the restoration of the nish people, and also a letter to the King, Dutch possessions, but by the reinstated explaining the grounds on which they have Suitan, on whom implicit dependence had been driven to the extremity of open resist- been placed. The Malays are said to have ance to Government, and declaring that opened a battery of thirty pieces of cannon their object is merely to establish a repre. upon the Dutch soldiers, who three times sentative government, in which the absolute stormed their strong hold in vain, and with power of the Crown shall be controlled by the loss of 117 men and 2 officers killed. the voice of thie people. They enumerate Nor does it appear that they have been all the grievances, and the long train of allowed to remain in quiet possession of the tyrannies which they have suifered under island of Banca, to which they retired after Ferdinand, and to which it is now their this defeat. In the Supplement to the firm determination to put an end ; and to Madras Gazette, of October 6, it is statel take security that no such system shall e. that the news was confirmed of a revolt of ver be again established in the country; the natives of Banca against them. There and they call upon the people generally to is every reason to conclude, therefore, that support them in this which is their com- the dominion of the Dutch in these posmon cause. In the towns which are the sessions will not be easily established. safeguard of their arms, they have reduced the duties on the impost of goods of
AMERICA. foreign manufacture, including cotton, to UNITED STATES.--Destructive Fire at 12 per cent. ; they have allowed the free Savannah.-A dreadful fire broke out at importation of provisions, and have abolish. Savannah on the 21st January last, by ed the royal monopoly of tobacco ; they which about one-third of the city was dehave also exempted the towns from the stroyed, and fully one half of the property. general contribution to the state, until The number of houses destroyed was upsomething definitive shall be settled on this wards of 400. The United States bank point by the national council.
was among the number. This is perhaps
the most destructive fire ever recorded. ASIA.
In the short time of twelve hours the whole TURKEY.-Accounts from the Turk streets and squares, occupying a space of ish frontiers, of the 10th February, say, ground one mile in length and three quar66 Tha: the reports are confirmed of the ters in width, were entirely consumed. breaking out of serious disturbances in va- Upwards of 100 lives are supposed to be rious parts of Asiatic Turkey, especially lost. The property lost is estimated at in the neighbourhood of Bagdad. Two upwards of two millions of dollars. Pachas have been forced to fly, and the SPANISH AMERICA.—Some important leaders of the rebels have made themselves documents have been received from Venemasters of several towns. Troops are col- zuela since our last publication. The inlecting with all haste to restore order. dependent troops under Bolivar, and others Well informed persons assert that Persia of the patriotic generals, have obtained vahas some share in those troubles, and that rious important successes over the royal
troops. A battle between the patriots and the highest terms, their exertions in the the royalists was fought at Cucuta on the patriotic cause. All the independent armies 23d of October, and terminated in the to are to be united in the Caraccas, for the tal defeat of the royal troops under the prirpose of making a combined movement command of General La Torre. The com. against Morillo, and expelling him from mander of the force opposed to him was the towns on the coast, which the royalists General Soublette. On the 21st of Octo. still possess. ber, Colonel Paris entered the town of Po The provinces of Venezuela and New payan, whence the Royalist General made Granada have been formed into a repuba precipitate retreat. General Bolivar has lic under the name of Columbia, by an issued a proclamation to the Irish brigade, instrument promulgated by the independand to the British legion, commending, in ent authorities on the 17th December last.
PROCEEDINGS OF PARLIAMENT.
On Thursday the 17th February, both tion regulation, and six local bills. The Houses of Parliament met, pursuant to ad- weakness of his Majesty, consequent upon journment. A message was sent them his late severe illness, preventing his apfrom his Majesty, calling their attention to pearance in person, the following speech the loss sustained from the death of the was delivered by the Lord Chancellor :late King, his father, and further express
My Lords and Gentlemen, ing his opinion as to the expediency of sum “ We are commanded by his Majesty to moning a new parliament without delay, inform you, that it is a great disappointand recommending that the necessary mea. ment to his Majesty, that, on this first and sures for this purpose should be adopted. solemn occasion, he is prevented by indisAddresses of condolence were unanimous. position from meeting you in person. It ly voted by both Houses to his Majesty. would have been a consolation to his Ma
After passing the Meeting Bill, a vote jesty to give utterance, in this place, to of credit, and renewing several expiring those feelings with which his Majesty and acts, the Parliament was prorogued on the the nation alike deplore the loss of a so28th, previous to its dissolution, which took vereign, the common father of all his peoplace next day. During this short sitting, ple. The King commands us to inform the debates in either House did not involve you, that, in determining to call without any question of particular moment. On a delay the new Parliament, his Majesty has motion of Mr Vansittart, to continue, for been influenced by the consideration of a limited time, certain allowances of the what is most expedient for public business, Civil List which expired on the demise of as well as most conducive to general conthe late King, Mr Tierney, Mr Hume, and venience. others, made some animadversions on the “ Gentlemen of the House of Commons, actual situation of the Queen Consort, on “ We are directed by his Majesty to the omission of her name in the church lie thank you for the provision which you have turgy, and other delicate topics of the same made for the scveral branches of the pubnature ; on which Mr Brougham, in a lic service, from the commencement of the speech of some length, treated with ridi, present year, and during the interval which cule the supposition that any sort of formal must elapse before a new Parliament can recognition was necessary to establish the be assembled. rank, titles, and privileges, of the Queen “ My Lords and Gentlemen, Consort, but, at the same time, expressed • We are commanded to inform you, his decided opinion that all particular de- that, in taking leave of the present Parliatails respecting the merits and situation of ment, his Majesty cannot refrain froin conthat august personage should at present veying to you his warmest assurances of be carefully avoided, and that a respectful the sense which his Majesty entertains of silence should be maintained till the sub- the important services which you have renject came before Parliament in a proper dered the country. Deeply as his Majesty shape. Mr Brougham's view of the sub- lamented that designs and practices, such ject was loudly applauded from all sides of as those which you have been recently the house.
called upon to repress, should have existed On Monday the 28th the two Houses met, in this free and happy country, he cannot and the Commons having been summon- sufficiently commend the prudenceand firmed to the House of Peers, the royal assent ness with which you directed your attenwas given by commission to the mutiny, tion to the means of counteracting them. expiring laws, annual indemnity, Irish elec. If any doubt had remained as to the na