Newspaper of The New York Herald, March 19, 1855, Page 4

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated March 19, 1855 Page 4
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u4 ec-laborera are principally connected with Ifcc commerce of the Thames, the aspect of the street* W*h their towering, brooding population abroad, mi ton* thing awful to look a poo. There might be haard, u the numbers increased, and ooumge warm ed by ocntact, that fiendish laugh and muttered oath rtoging in the ear ao gratingly of thoce whoae hap pier fate placed them oat of the reach of sympathy; ?id there also might be seen bands of men uttering wild cries, and ahouting satanic songs, while at their heed one bore a red banner, on whioh was inscribed " Bread or Blood." The cause of all this haa hap pily departed, and while Lord Palmeraton haa still to struggle with difficulties within? without, a great and glowing calamity is nipped in the bud. Disas trous war abroad, cabinet dissensions, an Impracti cable House of Commons, and popular riots for bread, would hare alt? aether proved too mn^h for any prime minister, even though he whb not seventy years of age. To pretend that Lord Pal me it ton has not still enough on his hands t j contend with, would indeed be to deny what is too evident; but at least he has mw the opportunity of concentrating his energies. Like many a horse for the Derby who has made a false start, and Anally won the cup, the Premier may, after all, lun in and win; though I confces I have never in my experience found the opinions of club state tmen so divided. A sort ol morbid sens* lien la every where observable, as if England were oa the eve of some great and fearful disaster? as If ?ar institutions, so formidable haif a century ago, and still so perfect in smooth times, were now on the point a I becoming a rope ot sand in presence of the irou drens mechanical dlsooveiiea of lecent years? dis coveries in the cress, in steam, and the electric wire, which, bridging over our island hold, and destroy ing time and space, had brought us fro m compara tive ?bscuiitv into the mid-day sun of the world, the blaze and piercing eye of which we were un equal to sustain. It 6 said that neither Lord Pal merston nor Lord Derby, nor any other lord or commoner can pretend to go on with this alliance en equal terms, while two of the parties to it, France aad Austria, are despotic, and England is Parlia mentary, and that we are in this dilemma? either that we must withdraw altogether from active ?iHtary interference, or erect a temporary dicta torship, which last would of course pat a padlock on the press. No one supposes that aa yet, England will consent to one or the other o( these alternatives; bat, for ail that, it is thought by many, that after passing through many humiliating phases, sue will at last be obliged to do so. As fhr as regards the retirement from the newly constructed Cabinet ot Sir James Graham, Mr. Gladstone, Mr. Sidney Herbert, Mr. Cord veil and Lord Canniag, great men as they most undoubtedly arc, I am clear I am right in saving that a general opinion prevails that Lord Paimerston is strength eaed by it. None of these parties will coalesce with Lord Derby, or be of anv great service to oim in hia opposition; between the two is the impassable k'undurv line which divides free trade and protec tee, aad the council* of the cabinet chamber will new have greater nnity, even if (ewer striking talents are brought to bear upon their deliberations. In times of emergency the power of one single mind is what is wanted, even though its standard may net be the very highest. With men like those who have just is easy to imagine how the Premier must trim and pare down his proport ions era he submit them; and 'now, therefore, if 'n is really the man the country has supposed bin* to be, and he can devise some good measure appealing to general patriotism and placing comidenae in the people ere time And mismanagement have jaundiced its heart, he may gallantly thro* himself upon the country, whioh wiQ not fail to return him a working Parliament. Bo t, unless be be piepared to oede even to its prejudices? to encourage Its present military passion by rifle clubs? by abolishing the ?ale of ocmniHsicns, by introducing new blood into the cabinet? men of the people with new names ? by flinging himself heart and soul on the broad ?ass or the middle classes, cith a bold loau for the experess, and war to the knife against protection, Lord Palmerstonjwill fall to rise no more; a au> cession of weak ministries will follow, till at last evil days will come upon the monarchy of Queen Yk tona, hitherto a bed of roses, and tne envy of all the crocned beads of Europe. It is curious to observe how strangely throughout all these political commotions, Mr. kiebuck, the member for Sheffield, has become m -inter of the situ ation ; Mid, unhappily for his ambition, at a period ?f bis life when ne is physically deprived of the power of taking any sdvautane from It. Brought Into ike House on the wings of tbe Reform bill ia 1833, Beeback early attracted attention by aa eloqnecce which was not less owtinguibhed for logical accu racy thin most unflinching mjral cjurage. Bat the acerbity of his temper, of whi h his thin wiry form Mid ferret-like visage seemed the proper emblem, made him generally disliked, if not detested. He waa everlastingly in hot water, duelling, or wanting to fight with some one. Sir William Molesworth woa his second on one occasion, t tie present Minister at Woods and Forests. At last he lost his seat, and was cut of Parliament for three or four years, bat always bnsy, and on some plea or other he con trived to be perpetually prowliag about the doora at cither Honse. either as advocate for tbe Canadian rebels, or political btttle holder to young Leader, member for Westminster. On his return to the fiouae, subsequently, he seemed to manage his tem per better ; at all events, he had tne wisdom io leave off attacking the press, and tne Timu Anally took him ?p aa the only man in the House who had the courage to say or do aa unpleasant thing. Fran that time, sustained by his great talents and unwearied assiduity, he bat* had fall command of the Home; and, thongh hated by whig*, con servatives, free traders, peace makers, and every section of party, nothing bat the fatal malady which, In the prime of his powers, has s track him down, haH prevented him attaining tbe Solicitor and Attorney (Generalships, the proper object of his am bition. Yes, with even the woolsack, the Lord Chancellorship of England, within grasp, poor R to back In obliged to turn his head away. The archi tect of his own fame, he has little or no fortune, and the pecuniary advantages of such a pist would be most important to him. It is bat doing him bare Btlce to add that, it he had been disposed to barte: talemts, he might long ere this have rises to high place. He haa now, however, been tumbling over minls Wfter ministry in such delightful confusiou that, malady haa left him any of his reputed siUnic ?pint, be must be smiling in his sleeve *ith grim satisfaction. As for tbe committee of inquiry, he himself knows Its thorough Impracticability : bat if he were to let it drop, other parties would catcu held of it, and perhaps render It mire mischief on* still. Like tbe Foreign Enlistment bill, It will pro bably be found to die a natural death, If not gal vanized by opposition. Tuia, it is supposed, is Lord Palmcrston's object in glvitfg way to It. In the meantime, the present House of Commons man be dissolved, and njthing is more likely ttian that a report from ttie committee, favorably c -instructed as it now Is, will appear, to the effect tnat they find tbeir labors totally in compatible with the oub B; st rvice? the fact rea ly being ttiat very serious considerations are involved in tue situation which Mr. Roebuck bos reduced the II >use to. Tbe Com mons, by this committee, are usurping the functions of direction and administration, though tbny can eircute netther. A crow I of mire tnan six hun dred men, overburdened with local work, imali&Ued ia all kinds of private Intero -te, compelled by con stituent Influences to dabble in jobbing with publlo patronage, is suddenly found to be trading on the national clamor of t3e day, to bs frittering a Its legitimate powers and nullfying the action of government by a pretended domoaratls oontrol. The original vjte wasot course a wait of c >attd -n-e in the ministry, aui h \c not the court inserfend, In raggeating that I/ord Palmernton should reconstruct tbe old cabinet, the vote for inquiry w>ald have bean rwcinJeil oo the change of Premer; but .lie DerbyHea, stung to madness .n being ao completely outstripped by Polmenton, stu k to it tha. ttw Cabinet was still Identically tne sams. and therefore tiboad to submit to the ordeal of inn airy. Tielr tactics have at all events suxeedlng U emu-iing the coalition, and he is a bod man wio <joa'd d - ? hare tnsy have not really opened the cabinet fur their admission, for tbougti the retiring mimoira will not join the opposition, It is certain tbit ex i ept In the matter of protection duties, they omul aot oppose them in power. All now depe ids on Lord Palme-ston himself. Mr. Layard, tbe member for Nloeveh, as In Is aoetiousfy called, has succeeded la establishing himself In the lore front wf the battle, and la now > form a part of tbe new ministry. Tbe all pow erfrt TWi nas pointed hi ji out as a good m in an 1 tr is, aad liOrd I'almerstoa ha- wisely tlevrmlnej t > give him a trial. Many pre J let tna* *fr. LtyarJ'n ina practicable temrer Will leader it a limited one. With resp?it to the war. there is a very general understand nur that lord PalcMTitOQ intends t.i (Lag bis whole soul Into the prosecution of it. It Is nt believed that either h* or the Eaiperor of tha French, nor indeed the Enparor of Austria, attach the slightest real importance to tha rssalui of tbe Vienna Conference. Ube Ciar's levy en m u<? shows tolerably eleariy that he, toi, has little de pendence on tbsm. Tie eotfoms* will sjrve ta wile away the winter, or what remains oi It, anl that ta all. Neither n?ve *e the s aal'est retimes aa Prussia. 1 bMievi, if Eagland oinld speak h r ??ton! sbe wcnld say fat tbe war has been n >st ui wisely entered into, bnt being in It, sae has no alternative save to go on. I believe tbat a latent jealousy is creeping u respe ting Franoe. and iblmr like a suspicion ef playing Napoleon s * .m? for him ia ?oggeetlnf ltscif to a-u's minde- I believe thai the thinking put of the community ue to lapnte mora am bition motive# to him than they were at tret witling to admit, and that they are Inclined to col lect proof of thia in the more exalted tone whicn French journal* are already beginning to take. Austria and France, says the Consiituiionnel, if ths conference of Vienna fail, will be foond oombating side by tide, on the upper pan of the Viatula, in a common struggle which may prolong itself to the frontiers of Poland, as well as on the banks of t&e Danube. The people, it aayn, whxe instincts are rarely at fanlt, have chaiacterteed, in their own pic turesque language, the forthcoming soring campaign as the " Wsr of tbe Three Emperors." While, as a rider to this, we receive news from tbe Crimea that the gallaut British army, who have been a wall of defence to tbe French at Alma, lUla klava and inkermain ? on whose buckler tne cruel est blows of Russia have fallen ? wno hare done all the lighting work, while the French rautioualy and skilfully husbanded ti.? ir strength? are now a mere auxiliary to Cahrobeit's army; t at they are useless intbepist of honor; and whenever tbe towers of Bebsstopol see their own fl?p give way to another, it will be to see high sbove all tee trl- color of France. Yes, England, with all her pride, her boast ing, hei consummate conceit, is now talked of as the cHiiie;, the mechanic, the artixaa of the world- not a military power, whose actual share in the siege operations must be con fintd to the sup-'ly of Buch material resources as she has ever at command, and f r the production of wb'cb she has eucb unbounded facilities. God help us ! bow are the mighty fallen, and how compla.santly must our orthoaox arch enemy be cobttmplatmg us ! Ixird Palmerston, come wba'. m-j , must hold very different language to this. Tbat ihe war is fraught with revolutionary change to England, I, for one, do not doubt: bnt th-re la a ton gib cess, a sternness and power or enduranoe in the English character wiiico vlseissitude, will briog out, and enable her finally tc keep her bead above water. Except in flghtitg, in sturdinesa of reeiiv ance, hs srmy is not tbe type of our character. Tlieaimy is oomposed of two extremes ? the vary highest and the veiy lowest class. .The great middle clsss is as jet unknown; bnt once call this fairly out. and a moral courage, a combination of docility and firmnesB will be ma<Je manifest, as well as a power of resource, tbat the French, who are now ready to tnrn up their lip in coutempt, have little id*a of ; but, for all this, there is no disputing that poor old England is just now in a straight. University Club. Lonpon, March 2, 1855. The Palmerston Ministry-* I And John's Mission ? Fir tt Report of the Serious Illness of the Emperor of Russia ? Layard a Rising Politician ? The War ? Late Dtftat of the Russians at Eupatoria ? IjOuis Napoleon's Visit to the Crimea ? The German Powers ? The Vienna Congress ? The Baltic Fleet ? Roebuck's Motion ? English Ex hxbiltrs at New York. Lord Palmerston baa reconstituted his cabinet? for a time?for I do not think it can last as it now stands. Lord John Russell, as you are already aware, has gone to Vienna aa representative of England at the conferences. Be haB already had an interview with the Emperor of the French and Drouyn de l'Hujs, with tbe King of the Belgians, and with the King of Prussia and Baron Mantenffel. The last telegraphic despatches leave him still at Ber lin, wheieagrand dinner at Court in his honor bad been postponed, (it was to have taken plaoe this very day,) on account of intelligence from St. Petersburg that the Czar was dongeioui'.y ill, and tbat his life was despaired cf. Should this news prove true, and the Emperor of all tbe Rnssiaa die, it is not unlikely that a change would take place ia the views of the Russian government, as the heir apparent to tbe throne of all the Rmsshs is more peacefully inclined than his sire. But retoumons a nos moutons ? I mean to the Eng" lish Ministry. How long Lord John will be absent on this mission no one knows; and who will take care of the colonies? The Under-Secretary, of couise, and that is? Sir Robert Peel ! That the worthy young Baionet is a man of energy, no one doubts; he playa high? bets boldly, and even won the esteem of Lola Montes when Charge at Berne ?but certainly, his only cl?im to offlc? is, that be is the Kn of bis father. The appointment of his bro ther, Frederick Peel, to tbe Uuder-Secretaryship of War, ia also unpopular; and justly so, for be had ntver an; connection whatever with the War office. Sir C. I /twin ia not likely to be an efficient substitute for Gladstone; nevertheless, a good deal of energy has been displaced. Indian officers who have seen ser vice are to be given command in tbe Eaat, and a thorough reform is to take place in the army pro motions. It was expected that La'jard would have been made Undtr-Seeretary of War. He was of fered the Under- Secretaryship of the Colonies, which he declined? then the Clerkship of tbe Ord nance, which he also declined? then tbe Under- Se cretaryship of War, which he accepted; but next day be was told it bad been given to some one else. l>ujard has taken tbe opportunity of unbosoming himself to hia constituents at Aylesbury. He men tions all these facts, and hia motto in, " the right man lor the right place." He would like to be Min ister of War, or Foreign Secretary, or Premier. HU address to bis constituents is worth perusal. He is a rif tag man. He has just been elected Lord Rector of tbe University of Aberdeen. Hia views on tbe war are correct enough. In their first leading arti cle of this day, the rimes thus pits Layard on the back: ? Mr. I.eyard has been alio in the Fast, and he in, from an experience far mure varied and singular than ap pears in his published works, thoroughly and minutely acquainted with the languages, manner#, and habits,of thought of the nations which dwell around the Mediter ranean and the Black Sea. He is by profession a diplo matist, and has at least as fair a knowledge of the fo reign relations of Western Europe as falls to tbe lot of the better informed members of his clans. He is a man of great energy and activity, strong in liia convictions, and earnest in carrying them out. Though not a prac ticed speaker, he is rendy and tiuent, and has risen on some occasions to impressive fervour. On the other hand, of tbe internal administration of this eountry, of the details of office, of the aflatrs of our colonies, of the vast and isolated subject of our Indian empire, it is no reproach to Mr. layard to say that he knows compara tively little His steps have trod in other paths, and a man who knows so much of what other men are ignorant of may well lie content to avow his ignorance of much that ottiei men koow. Huch is the candidate for public office whom wn would present toonr readers. The outline-* are Htrougly marked ; there is no possibility of mistaking them. No public man can poxsibly plead ignorance of the special qualifi cations anil disqualifications of Mr. Layard. 1/et us see how those we lutrust with the delicate and responsible outy of delecting the right man (or tbe right place have discharged it in thu instance, and what Is tne reward which talent and merit have to expect from patrons whose vocation It 1J>, niove all things, to cultivate the mo?t friendly and intimate relations with rising mea of genius Mr. layard was for a short tim>< l'n<ier Secre tary for Foreign Ailair- in 1/ord John Russell's govern ment. lx>rd Itorby very handsomely offered to continue him in the place, but lxjrd John wa< unfiling to ose hi- *ervicea; and advised him to reject the o:fer of his Glitical antagonist ? advice which, in an evil hour r hie own material prosperity. Mr. Layard adopted and acted upon. Da the formation of Lord Aberdeen's government Mr. layard was olferel a Secretary ship of the Board of Control, on the principle, we pre snrnn, of putting a man to do one thing because hs hss sn especial aptitude for another. In a lay or two, how ever, a gentleman with still te?a pretension to any know ledge of Indian atlairs, who hail, indeed, spent hi e whole life in the management of Irish politics, was found, and of course his entire ignorance of the subject was pre ferred to tbe partial Unorsne* of VI r. I.ayard. This ia the first illustration of putting 'lie right man into tbe ritflit place. The rext otter Mr. Layard received of home employ ment was the Clerkship of the Ordnance, which he declined. b?c?ii-* he knew not tiog about the Ord nance and did not consider himself the ri^ht man for the place. This is iliu tratloo No. 2. The third o.fsr was tli* Coder Secretaryship at-war? i situat.ou for which Mr. layard mutht well , (insider himself qualified, and for whleli he was indeed, marseiout hv the a ra nt unanimous opinion < f the coun'ry. Here at last, th#n, we lieirm to see land, and ater si msny failures and reveree* have at l??t got the rlifht man in 'he right place Bat K'lch a state of things w > ion oril ti 'Ot and too Utopian ? W? much savoring of old ro mance. to continue long. and In two day a Lord I 'aimers | toa, with a view, no doubt to the "vlgoroa promo i t mn of the war." with ir*w froal Mr. I.'iyard the offl le of Coder Secretary, and l-estowed it on Mr feel, who hud never, tnat we aee aware of, t?ru*d his attention to 1 the subject before Hut, thongh Mr. Layard wa? no? St to ai1minntcr *he war. the origin of which he had wit nessed at the thro* irr at battle* of ? he had been present, anl with the <;onr?e "of which he Is perhaps more conversant than any other man in thl? count'V. his service, were arireotlv reqa ied n another field, .ind Ixird ''.ilmerfon nr.ipi'ed tn cmup'n'a'e him by pU*ing in hi* han^s dorng the it sence of Lord John liu??ell at \ ienna the destinies of our vist colonitl entoire. This overwhelm ng tnst Mr Lavard. much to hi honor, ref ise-1 on the gr 1 that his attention had never been tjrned to the subject, an l that he was not the r'ght man 'or the plar?; and this, we think, m .y weil serve for Ulus-rat <m So. :i Tbe knowledge which Mr layard did rot po?sess is donbtleal po*sess*-d in th# amplest decree by (Jlr iUb?rt i eel who. it Is well known, ba? devoted "Very spare hour of his Industrious life to the acquieit on of eoloolal Imnnuati n He .? ,0 f%ct> j though not in name, our Colon <1 Wln sttr. To liira are to he intrusted < he destinies of fifty dependencies; hie vigorous haul i? to qusneh the flames of civil w ir which seem about to burst forth in tbe colony of Vln tor a and upon him devolve* the laber of giving consti tutions to provinces destined to form another fa ted Stat** In the southera ocem. We th nk we shall not bo tar if we treat this appointment ?* illustration No. 4 of the manner in which her Majesty a adviser* understand tbe maxim, that It la tbe duty of govern ment. above all things, at thia time of difficulty and dis credit, to chooee tba right man for tba right plaee. Tbe news from the ml of wnr la more satisfacto ry. General Oaten Sacken attempted to carry Eo patoria by assault, bat baa been signally repulsed by Omer Pasba. Tbis diversion to tbe north of Sfbaatopol mast materially assist tbe allies, aa It occupies a large portion of tbe Rostian force*. Lipracdi baa agatn retired from (be heights of Balaklava. Tbe railroad ia progressing rapidly from Balaklava to the English camp. Tbe health of the troops baa improved, and tbe weather 1a described aa qulta warm. All are eager for tbe ssasulr; 14 000 Fiench ate said to have marched on lnkermann. General Niei, seat oat by tbe Fmperor ot tbe French to report on the state of the ?iege woika, t aa been ordered by telegraph to remain tbere. The rumored departure of Louis Na poleon still exists. In fact, everything is ready. Yesterday, he left Paris and reviewed the oempe at Bt. Omer and Boulogne. Tbis ia regarded aa a pre liminary step to hi* departure for the Crimea. Lord Jobn Kon-ell did all be c-uld to persuade htm not to go. Tbe Emperor listened atteMivcly bat made oo nply. Tbe Austrian Am Da** art or alBr> represented the gravity ot such k step. The prevading optnim is, that he will start some day n< rt week, and that be bus seiit orcers to Canijber. not to attempt Uie assault till be arrives. As regards tbe treaty wHh Prr,s*i? noVitng has, as jet, ccroe oi it. General de W?dell, tbe Prussian Envoy Extraordinary, has left Part* tor Bsilin for rresn instructions, Mid onr ally, Austria, rtmsLus passive. We aie on tbe eve of s crisis. Tbe Congre? of Vienna is, in plain English ? a humbug. What ta tbe uie of it? The Emperor haa distinctly stated be would never oor seni to anything derogatory Ho bn dlgaity, nor suffer an aggres*ion chtz lui. The al lies demand tbe rszirg o' B-bastopol aa a tine qui nvn. One tary must g.vein cr the sward must cut the Gat (ban not. If tbis goes on much longer, an appeal will be made to tbe nationalities of Europe? now* doiuons ?ur un vulcan. The want of unanimity among English atatesnm a< te most detrimentally on 'he r?use of tbe allies. It entourages Pituaia in her hesitations, and mat.-d Arstna donbt. Vast preparations are Wing made here for the next Balti'' campaign. Tbe fleet consists of 20 sail of the lice, ah canab'e of bnag propelled by sttam P<'Wer. Of these ships 10 are threw deckers; bu; or ly two of these, the Dnke of Wellington and che Royal George, are first rates, the remaining eight being all new, o' nearly new snips, of 91 and 81 guns. rben come ten more ships of the line, two deckera or third snd fourth rtfea, carrying 60 guns, and comprising what were termed tne block Hiips, tbe services of *hlch wvre conspicuous in tbe last Baltic expedition. The number of s:eum frigates and corvettes will be increased to no less than 35; and in addition to theas vessels the fl-'et will contain eight mortar boats, carrying one 13 irch gen each, 28 steam gunboats, carrying two or three guns, and five heavy floating batteries, elated witb wrought iron on their decks and sides, and intended to be taken into action without rigging aloft. These batteiles carry 12 guna each, wnlch may, however, all be fought on either side of the vessel. This fleet, therefore, baa all tbat ta required to encounter the Rastiian navy, if it should ventari to put to sea; to blockade the whole Baltic coast, if necessary; to carry 'he arms of tbe Allied Pow ers into the shallow waters woicb have heretofore been the plaoe of iv.fuge of the enemy; and to assail tbe forts and strong o laces on the oo*st which have not yet been exposed t > any real attack. Russia is making every preparation to meet an invasicn in tbe northern reserves, and reinforce ments leave dally from the interior of tie empire for the frontiers. The collection of provisions has as sumed such great proportions in Finland and at Novogcrod tnat the government employes are not sufficient for tbe work, and provision commissions bave been formed with double the usual number of employes, who have more extended powers. The Giand Dnke Comtantine has visited Croostadt two or three turn b recently to inspect the batteries and works of defence. In March the crews of the gun boat fleet will legume their duties. They were pass ed in review recently at Cronstadt, Bweabarg and St. Peters nrg. The death of the Czar might alter the w iole as pect of affairs. Lord Lucan, who commanded tbe cavalry to charge in obedience to Lord Raglan's orders, at the memorable battle of Balakiava, has arrived in town, and will demand a court ma-tial. He asserts that he simply obeyed the orders of bis superior officer. Borne sensation was created in the House of Com mons last night by the fol lowing incident:? Mr. RorarcK, by leave of tbe House, appeared at the bar with a report irom tba s<>lect c<>m*ittee appointed to inquire into the condition of our army before Seba'to pol, which wan brought up and read by tbe clerk at tbe table. Tbe CMnmittee ioport*d having come to the fol lowing resolution : ? Tbat, in the opinion of thin committee, the adjects for which they bave been appointed will be best attained, the danger of injustice to individuals prevented, and tbe public interests best protected, if the committee be a committee of secresy. The greatest Bilence was obeerved during the reading of the resolution , but at lta conclusion very distinct murmurs were audible. Great complaints are mace here that articles sent by exhibitors from London to tbe New York Ex il bition have never been returned. If the iaot was mentioned in your influential journal it might have effect. Tbe following letter is on the subject:? [To the Editor of tbe London Times ] Influenced by the same assurances as your correipon dent signing himself "An Artist," I transmitted pictures to tbe value of ?100 to New Vork for exhibition In the Crystal 1'alace tbere. Tbat exhibition having been briktn up, and with it tbe office in London. I have applied to tbe authorities designated at tbe office by letters at in tervals of a month. To neither of tbeae applications have I received tbe court*sy of a reply. My third letter 1 have addressed to Mr. Theodore Hedgwick, late presi dent of tbe institution, a gentleman of whom I have re celved goldsn opinions from bis countrymen here. Awaiting tbs result, I trurt It will justify my confidence, and belie tbe significant inuendoei thrown out by those who repudiate repud ators. AN EXHIBITOR. Our Paris Corrcspondenre. Paris, Feb. 26, 1S55. Capricious WuUher ? Sleighing? Amazonian* on Runner* ? the Emperor and the English Ministry ? Unpleasant Predictions to Ltyal Britons European Troubles and Confusions generally ? Washington Anniversary Ball? Theatrical and Operatic Items ? Curious Finale to a Perform ance, fyc. A moat sudden and extraordinary revulsion in the weatber ban asserted its proverb! il attributes of changeability. When I last wrote, a downfall of snow was in process, of inch heaviness, intensity and apparent durability that nothing less than an Alpine profnndity of that colorless deposit was the general anticipation. As I passed through the Champs Elysle with my despatch, a feature indica tive of the season and its su duo ted continuity, mat my eye. Several ladles? the French would per haps call them Amazons? defiant of tha snow dark ening the atmosphere by its thick snd#heavy flakes, were amusing themselves in charioteering sleighs of slight but graceful conformation, drawn by one horse, whose head was ornamentel with crinnon plumts, and on whoe* gear the musi: of bells rung cheerily, as, answering to the iaahof his fair coniuc ttur, he sprang forward and darted up and do ?n the broad avenue. Borne half dozen of theae spirited dames who, thus determined to astonish the world with noble horsemanship, sparkled like children of the mist, amidst the cjld and peltiug element, and diverted by thMr skilful gyra tions many a solitary individuil from cictem plating his own cheeress, miserable lot, as, bljwn by the wind, saturated by the snow, and tripped np by the slippery surface, he staggered on his bleak and wintry passage. Who and what th-ae Arlels were, whoee joyous laugh and crackling thong thus beguiled stern February of his Hiorray pride, I have no mean of knowing. la Pans one witnesses so many straiige scenes that surprise ceases to be, after a time, an emotion of the human mind, and whether they were fair bcions of tha'. aristocracy which the revolutionary fermentation* of Frtnoe have heaved up to the surface fr>m th<sir long neglected bed of rest, or th? Mogadors, who, one day the cynosure of all eyes at the Hippodrome, on the next diopenae ublqni.ous smiles, and change their leves with the sun, I know nit. Thus much I only aver, that the ease with which t iey "oand'eJ tee ribbons," and the stern grace with whbh they applied the stinging lwb. was the '.hems A general admiration. Instead, however, of being the met sengtrs of nature's fixed resolve to confirm ani strengthen our Icy chains, tVey proved to be, in all prot?ability, the bright, but fading, ginli of de parting winter. Long before n'ght had gathe-ed all to their homes aim snug flresiiM, the sno* had chnnged its character, and beaome rain, and ttenext matting, insttad of a glvtay raiimad on which imperial and Amanonian oersonages might thoot along before the eyes of admlr'ng spectators, thers was nothing to be sees but mountain* of bla k en?d snow and mud. mad, mud, in one interminable Ma cl nastlnets. Ilalaklava iteelf could only be worse, ti.e tbaw, though determined, was slow; and notwithstanding an army of three thousand KtT?ig?n, which, at the first symptom of change, springs, u it were, ont of tbe earth 1b Paris, to do the weather's bidding, the process of cleaning hu been greatly retarded; and even now, the soow, the mod, aii d the rain struggle manfully to mystify the reuimnit of besoms ready to contend with them. We are ni l in doabt whether the Emperor is, or is not, abont to leave for the Crimta, thouuh it >s suppc&td that the united re monstrances of Lord John Russell and the English P.emier have so <oeed ed in inducing him to pospone his resolution nntil he hesrs fr.m Vienna. Bat the sadden squall wbich htssgtin grievously damaged, if not wrecked, the English ministry, it iB thought hss proved more in fluential with tiie Emperor than any argument thai ma; have been employed. England is yet mueh too impoitant, as a pottu d'appui for his policy. for mm to leave Fiai.ce while the government is in difficulties there; and the state of the ministry at the present mcment is known to causa him great anxinty. It is not t?at be views with any great concern the fcuhstitnftioD of one class of mir.iatere for another, now that aa who are at all eligible to power have expresse d themselves In such earnest on the pre sent pjli, y; but becreads these perpetual changes, kacwing f ow they ate mii-trusted by the Pieu -h people, who have t*t'ore tbis found them only tne foieiucneis of a change of policy. If Lard Derby ckmet. in, Lcrd M?lmabniy, his former friend, is to remittent England at faris, in Lord Oowley'a place, the Countes* of Malcwbury b*iug a French woman; but the Emperor has conceived an idea that Lvrd Derby wai ts tbe energy and determina tion in practice, txiiibitfd in his speeches, aod th? his accession to office would only be followed, and speedily, by another change. "Our greatest hops is in Lcrd Palmersttn," wab his observation to Lord Jobs Russell, on the departure of the latter on Hatardsy lor Vienna. The answer of Lo-<l John wss? "rii.-e, I have no doubt of his meeting tbe country's support." Ibe eftVct on tbe Parisian mind of thfs* con tinual crises is so absorbing that Sebastopol is shnrst forgo' teu, and more than one organ of public opinion has roundly declared thai these are only tbe natural laws which tbe decadence ol England is observing. It is cer tain that many grave thinkers of a decidedly con sei vative class ol mind begin ominously to sh*ke their heads at t:>e news, as, day after day, it arrives frtm the otner side of 8t. George's channel. They do not temple to cay that tbe national institutions of England have become tffttt; that while the coildren of the State are full of manly energy, they are proved to be but like gallant craft on the broad rcean "rudderless, afloat. ' Men who nave held back from the clear sweep which the Napoleonic system Las made of Parliamentary government, begin to speak with less hesitation of it as they observe tbe position in wbieh a state of political i<eril finds that England who on this subject baa givsn lavs t > the world. Nay, perrons who have hitherto looked upon her as a terrible giantess, woose embraoe was mi re foimidable to France than her from, begin to hold a language o! defiance, and to speik of the Nemesis of France in a strain that is not very agrtable to an English ear when it reaches it. And about tbe court itself, sentiments are avowedly expressed which intimate that in Ins than a twelvemonth the nation of shop keepers may, if it pleases, attend to its own affairs ! The As.umbtU NatUnalt has toaken the opportunity of repnblishiig a speech of M. da Montalembert, where the decline and fall of Eng land is graphically protiayed. The Astemblie A alien ale conceives to at this parliamentary in quiry as to the conduct of the war oannot stop there ; tnat feuch a scene of jobbery, patronage, ariatocratic blundering and eelf-servlng, will be l?id bare, that other institutions will he involved in it; and that the whole ayatem of aristocratic government will be brought down, amid no sympathetic tears, either lrom within or without. In fact, what with Rusaia calling her who:e popu lation to arms ; Austria, Prussia, and tbe Germanic confederation being, like a park of artillery, charged and awaiting but a touch of the match ; France arming to tbe throat, and gradually be c< ming alive to the prospect of a sure regeneration ; while England, burning with enthusiasm, changing her ministry week after week, losing her little army, till scarce ten thousand bayonets live to tell of vic tories gamed , is moaning and groaning and quarrel ling herself and everybody else, you most cer tainly think that matters in tbe Old World have rapidly c. me to a very pretty pass, and that before long they will be in a very pretty mess? a oonjec ture, on your part, probably very near the truth. In tbe meantime, a* if to show how tiee you in tbe New World are from care, while we burn with oar intestine conflagration, the Americans residing in Paris gave a grand bill on Tounday evening, at Hertz's great room, in honor of Washington's birth day. Nero fiddled while Rome was burning, and tbe Amtricats laugh and dance, and play and sing in celebration of tbe author ot their own young, bud ding, vlgoiouB life, while the old spirit of feudalism, emaciated, attenuated and angry, in tbe midat of blood, and Ore, and smoke, tot era to its grave. In the shock and clash of contrary aurrents, Eng land may go down and France spring np with meteoilc brilliancy; but suen throes and flashes will probably be only augment ed (ymptoms of an energy that struggles as it dies; and the page of history in which Napo leon the Third is to be immortalized, may prove only the fabled notes of the song which the swan utters as it yields its last breath. A.l political phi losophers seem to think that in the coming crash of nations there is only one which will rise from it all with increased dignity and honor, and that is Ame rica, if she but wisely bide her time, and make somewhat better cboice of her governors. To turn to theatrical matters:? The opera of " Trovatore" was brought to a stand still by the accoucbemeat of Mme. Borghimams, whtih Interest ing event took place exactly two hours after the lady had been delighting a crowded tneatre with her choicest and sweetest striins? almost as heroic an exercise of mind over matter as St. Arnaod's order to Death to stand still until he became victor ot Almal Bat Mme. Vierdot Garcia, formerly Made mciiene Pauline Garcia, happened to be in Paris, and has undertaken to prepare heroelf to supply the vacancy. In Ibe meantime she has appeared in the "Barbieri" with the moot unbounded applause. Her welcome back to the former scene of her triumphs was of a cordiality quite unu sual at the Italian Opera, whose audience is proverbially cold : but she repaid it by revelling through the luxuriances with which Rossini has embellished this most charming of his characters with a gract and finish perfectly delightful. In the music lessen she introduced " Noe, pue Mustio," into which she threw a aeries of ornaments aa bril liant and dazzling aa they were wonderfully exe cuted. The departure of Mile. Rachel for America is understood to be fixed for the commencement ot April. At the Varieties, a little comedy, written with a care and elegance worthy of a higher scene, has been received with marked favor. It is entitled '? Unt tprtut f ovam lalttttt," the authors being the late M. Cornier Delannone and M. Jules Btrbier. Tbe tit'e Is easi y explained by the plot, which is simplicity itself. A young lawyer, over hnai and ears in love with a widow as young as himself, too bashful to speak to the lady on tbe subject, deciles on writing to declare his passion; but to mtk9 an surance doub y sore, requests a friend to sound how the ground lies. Tte amieu* undertakes the duty, but has the villany to make love on his own aceount to tbe fair widow. This, however, com pletely faila, the false friend is beaten back; but t>-e Itttrt is more successful, an-i leads to the mar riage of the ladv with the le?l a 3mlrer. Tbe little piece is capitally acted by Miles. Duclay and Pol zames. Bkrtik. Paris, Feu. 26, 1855. Cfltbration at Paris of Washington's HirtMay ? Who 6tt the Bait in Motion, and Hirw it R tiled ? At rival cf Martin Van Buren? Discourses of Btrrytr, Saloandy and Guisnt, 4*e. The anniversary of the birthday or Washington vsi celebrated in Paris last week by a ball at the Balle Herz. It was a snb?cription ball, and a note requesting subscribers to leave tfceir names with Messrs. Monroe A Co., Gweae A Co., or Livingston, Wells & po., led year correspondent to stst* that these bankers had united in proposing it. Bat this preposition, he has b*en informed, *h suggested by Colonel Murray, of your city. A seconl note, ?i nouncing that the ball had been determined upon, was signed by the chairman aal secretary of a com mittte of twelve man sgers? Messrs. Me Lane, United States Commissioner to China; Piatt, of the Ameri can Legation at Paris; MeRie, United States Consul at Paris; Murray, Munroe, KlJgewey, Pos4., Corbu } Rfrkwith, Constant, Kerry and Van Z&ndt Two hundred and forty eight tickets for gentle mm ar d a goodly cumber of ticket* for ladies were sold. Seme ladies have been heard to exoresi sur prise that, contrary to tJhe traditional gaMontry of tbtir c nntrymen, thetr own tickets were not free tat bad to be bought. Not a few free, or compli mentary tickets, were distributed by the committee amor g the Imperial functionaries, members of the dip'oma'ic corps, ei mii inters to the UnLed States. Ue Lifayette family, and other distinguished per sops. Notwithstanding the opposition (which I have previously mertioned) on the part of certain n embers of the committee to what they termed " a vulgar American custom," the list of invited guests en braced tight or ten represent* tires of the press. The Monti rur, GaJignani't Mtsstngtr and the London 7W? d<soribe the ball as having beta given by tbe Americana residing in Paria. The Sticlt lays that it w&a given by the " United SUtea embassy, (managed, during tte si:kneas of Mr. Macon, by the Hod. Mr. Piatt,) and the committee of Americans tesioirg in Paris." The cards cf in vitation nc* it sued, with or without th* author /.i tion cl Mr. Mi, son, in the name of the "United Scute* Minister and ibe Committee," tuns:?" It Minutrt dts Etui s Unit tt It L'omti pritnt M dt Uurfairt j hunntur d'as\i*itr au Bat d<mnt par Imr compatr tr> hi It jtvdi, 11 Furrier, m cammtmirHion dt la nai'iatict dt Waahit'fitrm," etc." The United State* Minister and tbe Committee beg Mr. to do tham the honor to atter d ti p hull g wo by their comoit ridtB. Thursday, 22d February, in oomme moraim of the birth ci Washington, etc. At the foot of tht ctid ate priu?ed the names of tbe twe:ve c maaittee men. To tbe n?nie of Mr. Piatt was appended, after long and sol' am deiibe ration, bo nmneDtou'i was the qneatirn diseased, a title unprecedented la di plomatic heraldry, and which baa enough Latin as well aa Freirh wanted upon it to shock Mr. Marey, who, jou remember, was borror-struck at Uie Ida* cf tm slating tbe i Bice of the legation in onChan&l nit. The liUe conferred on Mr. Piatt by tbe Com mittee, is Chargt ad tnltrtm dvt Affutrtu tt alia Wbat a burthen be must be charged withal! His count j me l here agree that he bea s it bravely and weTl. It aJro k eroed a Fcra?wh?t novel deviation from ibf. lint. of diplomatic precedents for a minister to Invite guests to a ball elsewhere than at bis own hotel und, moreover, to a subicriotion ball. Bat most <j I tbe guests were aware tbat if tbe illness from which Mr. Mason is happily n covering, and tbe modest dimensions r f hia h.-tel, had not prevented him In m giving a bail tMs winter, taey might still have prevented him from giviDg it there. Nor >??? ctDsibie Furojeais bo apt to be surprised at any deviation from diplomatic precedents on the part of an American Minister, as tone ati klere for court cstumea stem to imagine. In tbe present cud, there in certainly room to suppose that rhe relausuf of the M'Lister.snd of bis compatriots Jn Paris, are such that ihe latter gladly unites tie former in an extraordinary entertainment, like thlt Mil, MH>pi}iug, if need be, the alleged inadequacy of his salary; or, at least, that t e gladly noies wtth tiem, as far as < ircumstaiees perm t, in toe pub'ic cele bration of a consecrate d da'-e in American history? Not every question mast nec?e?ariiy be equilateral like a rqnart:: r>ut muny a question has m.'ire thai one Bide ; ar d wby no< look at all aides, each in Its own best possible light V Certain it is that tbe official or quasi-official cha racter imparted to tbe invitations by tie title of "tbe United 8ta'es Mmii'er," although, perhaps, not too clrsely scrtitinized by ibe invited guests, deiei mined tnem to attend the ball. members of the diplomatic corns were, of c^crse, to be ex pecied, wten it* it- d by one of their colleagues. Moreover, most of their respective g. vernmants, an well as tbe imperal government of France, bad tpe ial motives, aside hem veneration for tbe me mory of Washirgton, for seiziog this occasion to shake bands and smile with Brother Jonathan. Lokewaim as Brothtr Jona'ban is suspected of being in his rjmpatny with the Western atliee, it is deemed woith white to secure at least a neutral attitude on his psrt. as speciHer of tneir conflict with Russia. The Emperor of the French, In spe cially instrn ting bis ministers and the officers of his household to accept the inviUtioes ud dressed to them, may also have wished to remove the unfavor able impressions whioh the ircident Sould must have left on fre mind of maiiy an American. Whatever may bave been its motives, a more re marl) able dis' lay of amicable ud res.>ectfui feelings tnwaads the United Beau s hM not been mtde ia Europe for a long time, than was mada on the 2 2d of February, 1856. The list of invited guests omi'ted not a few namss whicti mig? t have found a piaoe in it, if the tall bad been really, as it was thought to he, a Ministerial bail. No princely member uf either tbe lmjeriet lsmily ot the < ivil family of the Emperur was present; the absence of Prince Marat was particu larly remarked. Neither M. Troplong, the Presi dent of tbe c^-nbte, nor tbe Count de Morney, Presi dent of the Corps Legialatif, was th.-re; but nearly all tbe Ministers were presert;? M. Foutd, Mioistar ot State sndef tbe Emperor's hcustbold; M. Drouyn de I' fiuys, Claieter of Fi reign Affairs; Marshal Vaillavt, M* mber of the Institute, Grand Marshal of Ibe Palace, and Minister of War; M. M?arne, Minister of Agriculture, Commerce aid Pubic Works; M. Fortonl, Minister of Public Instruction, and M. Baroche, President of tbe C Juncll of ri'.ate, with the rar>k of Minister, all of them Grand Crosses ot the Legion of lionor, and all, save M. Barooie, Senators. The housenold of tbe Emperor win represented by Marshal VaDlant, Grand Marshal of Um Palace; tte Duke de Bast&no, Eerator and Grand Chamber lain; the Duke de Cambaccrgs, Senator, Grand Master of Ceremonies, and Colonel Fieury, F.rat Equerry, Ald-dt -C?mp of tbe Emperor, and Com mander ot tbe regtocent of Guices; the household of the Emprees by tbe Duchess de Bassano, Lady of Honor; Bs'Obess de Plerres, (an American lady, daughter of Colonel Thorne,) I^ady of the Palaoe, with her husband, Buon ce Plerres, Kqueiry, etc., etc., ete. Tte diplomatic corps has rot been more fully repieBcntel at any previous ball this winter. The atw n e of his Eminecce Monsignor Racooni, Arch bishop < f Nice, Apostolic Nunoio, and hia auditor and sect e?arv, must not be complained of by any Enow Nothing, for it only indicated that Lent baa opened. The British Legation, the Prussian, the Bavarian, the Dut< h, the Belgian, the legation! of Badin, of R<Yal Raxony, of Denmark, cf Sweden and Norway, of Portugal, of Sardinia, of Mexioo, were jepresent ed respectively by Loid Cowley, Ooutt de Hatz feirt, Baton de WendUnd, M. Ugatenvelo, M. Fir min Rosier, Baron de Schtstizer, M. deBeebach, Count de Montke, Iieut. Gen. Count de Loeven heilm, Baron ue Paiva, Marquis Peade Villa Marina, and M. PachecQ,^ Envoys Extraordinary and Mmia teis Plenipotentiary. Of the other diplonattsta of the name rant, Bairn de Habner, of tbe Austrian Ijega tioD, vsb unwell, Don Balnatiano de Olozara, of toe Spanish. waa oat of town; M. Mavracordiio, of tbe Greek; Marquis d' Antoine, of tbe F?o Sictliei; Don Mennsi Bianco Eucalada, of tbe Coilian, and Cheva lier Marquis Lisbon, of the Brazilian, weiw also ab sent; but each of their Legations was represented by secretaries and attacb.g. Veiy-EddlnR'tfiot Pacha, Embassador Extraordinary ot rurkey, was present with all tbe members of bis legation. Among tbe resident Minister* were Count Platen HnDermnnd, of Hanover; Baron(de Daernberg, ef Hesse Electoral; M. de Oertbling, of Mecklenboorg Bchwertn; Baron Waechter,of Wurtembarg, and M. Hnmpfi, oi the Free ana Hanseatic Town*. M. Kum.ff mamed a daughter (now deoeased) of tbe late John Jacob Agtor. M. Eapaaa y Puerto, and M. Pi>ocion R>qws, ap peart d as Charges d' Aflkiree. In tbe absence ot the Spanish and the Greek Mini? ters. Among the Charge* d' Affaires wers Col. Barman, cf Switzerland; Dr. Dorado, of Bolivia; Mr. 1-afond de l.arcy , of Coita Rica, and Mr. Hemn, of San Salvador. The Charges d' Affaires of Tuscany and Hsytl, were both of tnem, I believe, absent. A .crowd of secretaries of legation and attacb^i com pleted the representation cf the dipt malic corps. Among tbe distinguished special goes'* waa (iui/.ot, ex-minister of I/ouis Ptiltppe, and (a htgier title) eulogist of Washington. I-amartlne had also been invited, but his health Is so delioate that he Is rarely to be seen save at home, and he was not pre sent It wooid have been singular to see Lamartlne and Guizot meet, a? it were, on the other aide of the Atlantic. De Toc<|neville, anchor of tnat va'uafcle work "Democracy in America," and L/ird John Has sell, weie also obliged to decline the invitation wnl h the v revived I regret that I cannot famish you with copies of the letters wblch it i* aaid I Amartine, De ToequtviTe and Lord Jo m Ru'sell sent to the commntoe. Guizot came quite early, aad remained but a short time. I saw him converging, for a few torments, with the Earl of Elgin, late Goveraor Cenaral of Canada, and wl h D >n Calileron de la Ba-ca, ex-Amt>aMAdor to Washington and tx-Mloia ter of Spain. Among the French ex Embassadors to the United States weie Me?ers. Pagot, and Poutsin. Tbe widow of George W**hington I*layette, and three grand daognWrs of tbe illustrious friend and companion in arms ef Washington, were present. Several ladies of the fsmtli?s of members of the diplomatic corts united with a bright host of American ladies in enlivening the soene. Tbe eyea of tbe Indies cm srarkled th? ir diamonds, and this ia ro. scant i raise, for the display of the latter was astonisbirgly lavish and brilliant. i he fair Ameri cans, especially, disdaining their undisputed beauty, to wbtoh alone most of ti e? might safe'y htve trusted, were evidently ambitious of equalling to ravishing toilettes the ntmoet perWrtion of that kind ii Horded by Paris? the metropolis of fash on. Their ambition mnst have been satisfied. 1 They destived well e.f " their dre*sm*ksrs, and, it should be adced, of their dresstne -maids ; for they wore tielr dresws no lex* gracefully taan they weie trade. They could scarcely be distin<uUh?:<l (while tbey kept ibelr months shut) from t'tei* i'aMsisn cousins, *ave that their faoee, to American . ej?s, at lea?t, were more lovely. Even Europeans, > ?bchf .nitons of beauty diflfcr coasiderabiy from . tboee of Americans, generally agr?e that the young American wtmsn is unquestionably charming tu form and counwnan e. They reoogn ze still m ire rmi'ly the wl'h which sne ?"*lmiiares her >tyle of dress to Psitxian taahiima. They add that ; In tb is last parti ular she enjoys a marked silvan tage over noat of English wom<?n, situ, they con tinue, however rich and elegant tht ir drranes may be, on rot kro? bow to wear th'm. Hut some striktrg exc?pt!on* to ibis last reprcach wereev hib tea st the ball i t the 22d. Tbe names of 'be Amttfan ladles p-esent wiuld fll] a ccliim. flhd a c?talogne raunntr of tne.r costly and tasteful dresses a vjiume, tf which I, being no man milliner, "lea/ced in rar?," am not likely u> be the author. I sead you, however, somewhat at ran dom,! few names, which yon may priat if yon deem pioper. Besides Mrs. Mason and the Misses Mm on. Mi*. Piatt and Miss Kirbj , of tbe families of the American legation, lUere were Mrs. Cooattodore Htewart, Mrt. (ieneral Pbomas , Mrs. and Mies Hep barn, Mrs. and Mii>s Lesiear, Mr*. Brookes, Mr*. Monrte Mn. Bidgeway, Mri>. Marshall Wood, Mm. Beck . Mrs. Bristol, Mrs. Walter Lm?d>n, Mrs. Woodbury Lung don, Miss A. Jonc, Mm. L'vtpgs'-on, M.-c. J. Colford, Mre. and Mien Cor bin, Mrs. Gsorae, Mrs. J. K. firoythe, .Mrs. J. L. Smith, Mr*. Poat.Mrs. Healy , Mi#a Mm ray, Mir 8 Forbes, Miss Fi-us.bma'ir,. Mr*. and toe Mil*** Hutton, Mrs. and M<?s Yorke, Mrs and Miss Hennm. Mm. Pilie, M ?. Fi*ld, Mn*. Mooie, Mte. 8. Abbott Lawrence, Mrs. Darning, Mis. Morgan, tbe B<r>nf f? d? (iiwoia, tbe Baroness de Pieuts, the Bareness de Vaealgne, tbe Connie* de Boip: e, (eiter-tn law cf Mr. McLtne, Aouticaa Ci>n>E?inloiitr to Crina,) &c.,&9. Of the miracles of toilette, for which these and other isdiss are to be thanked, the most marvellous ?t-re two? the one feathered with down or alight bluish color and tbe otber enveloped in a mist of iace. As I have already intimated, t >e display of Jewels * an biiiliaot enough to outehioetbe wnole Kt?;f>.\y of decorations that blazed on th* bias's of he imperial functionaries and tbn dipl imatis's. By 'be bye, I noticed but two military ui norms at tbi ball? one wan that of a lieutenant colonel in Uia Turkitb army, worn by Neesio B?y (Carroll Pevis), and tbe otber tbat of a ca.itain in toe d wediah army. Tbe Halle Her/., where the ball was given, wae well fitted np tor the cccaslon. Lights, flowers, aad. dainties, both solid and liquid, were li 'ier?Ily pro vided, although tbe cbaspagne, it was said by chose who tasted it, did not oome from the cellars of widow Clicquot. Mr. nealv. the artist, aud his neighi'jr in the me de Ik Paix, Dr. Evans, the dentin'., con tribnted, tte former tnree portrait* (one of Wash irgtrn, one of Franklin, and the third of President Pierce); aid the la*ter,ln bis quality of officer ot tbe imieiial household, tbe busts of the Em peror Hid Empress of the French. A por trait cf l.alavetie w*b suspended opposite to that cf Franklin. Of Mr. Healy's r.brne por traits tbat of President Pierce was'frcm life, that of Frankjin a copy Irom (ireuze, and that ot Wa-h ingt n from Stuart. The latter was ornamented by the tricolored Hag and the flag of ths stirs an<3 stripes. An ins rlption ?aa also placed by it, bu; unfortur ateiv tbe fureral oration by M ij u-Ganeral He i xy Lee, from which it waa quote J, had not first b?ei< cocfulud, and the final word of tiat fam >ux phrase, "First in Far, first in peace, ana tirs*. io tie bear's ?f hia couutrjtuen," was tra?)r formed 'n"} ; "fellow-citizens." Bligtt as this mia-?ke wau, it would have been bit er to stick to the text. I.ntkily, the speechifying that so often mira c, celebration of thm kind In foreign cities, was omit tec, with great credit to the sense and taa'.e of tie c<nimit'ee. I beard to oLe complain that his pat riotic emotions were not as agreeably excited by tbe spirited danclrg on this o .casioa a* they ever were by tbe anything but s/nrituel speechifying on eimilar occasions at ltome, for instance. Tne Ame rican ladies, i articularly, joined in tbe dancing with a zest tbat animated thj whole afl'hir, and mere than anything ruade It what tbe Monittvr cettcribed it to be. one of the n brilliant balls of tbe season. Home of their upheld the reputation for skill which ' won by assiduous practice under the eyei >orde or Hellarine. Only one conple alippea and fell; but both were nnhnrt, and sprang brave.y to their feet. Strausa embroidered HaD Colm. , Van* kee Docdle, and aeveral negro melodi ?, quite rkllfuLy, on patterns of his own. His enchanting mmic, with tbe beauty, g>ace and courageous pv tience of the dancers, detained me nntil the fimd cance threatened to become lLterminable. Thi< final dance was almost long enough to stretch across the Atlantie, travei ae tbe United SUtes, aid rea.h tbe Pacific, if, peiadventnre, it should not firvtlcse itself, liue a briele path in the backwoods, and inn up a tree like a squirrel. It waa as long a* thia letter is in danger of be coming, if I do lot clrse it without speaking of otber " evtnts " ot the week ? tbe arrival in Purls, on the evening of tbe ball, of Uartin Van Biren, ei- President ot the United Bt-iU*? tt?<) fresh dial > cation of tbe British Ministry ? the discourses of M. Berrytr and M. de Balvaudy, at the reception of tha former at the Academy? and the dircoun-e of M. Gntzot at tbe Institute, upon the Inteileomal Wealth of America, and in bonor of that zealous friend of America, Alexandre Vattemare, who ougbt to have been invited to tbe American ball on Thursday, bat was not ! Figaro. Paris, March 1, 1855. The Sjnrits of the Political Storm ? Napoltin* Km it to the Crimea ? Reasons for Hut Pretence there ? The immense Armament of Ruuim ? The Lom of the French Frigate? French Fleet in the Black Sea ? Pupiduritv of the War in France ? England's Humiliation in the Opinion of Franct, trc., ire. Coming event* ate fast casting their ahidowa before them, and what may reasonably be assumed as the clcie of whiter, would seem the signal for gradually raising the curtain hitherto darkly concealing that terrible drama which the spring of 1865 will proba bly inaugurate. Wherever we turn we see the great currents of the present European policy in violent agitation ; and the chief spirits of the storm flit hither and thither with such rapidity that they are no sooner seen at one capital focus than the telegraph an nounces their arrival at another. Lord John Raasell, for instance, is announsed as reaching Brussels and closeted with King Leopold; when lo ! his journey has been temporarily arrested by a communication of life and death from his chief, the English Prime M uister; then, he Is scarcely seen at Brussels before he i? caught at Berlin , and every hour he delay* there keeps the Viennese in a perfect fever of anxiety and expectation, till they know he is safe in the im perial palace of Austria. As for If. Von (Jsedom and M. d'Olberg, fliellies at Bt. Domingo are notnlng to the scintillating dart in gs to and fro of those busy diplomats; and poor Lord Palmeraton, with the ^unr/i like metamorphoses of his ministry, is kept we hear, in such a state of oscillation that be is ia some danger of discovering in his own person the great pioblem of perpetual motion. But a far greater than he ? ths arch spirit o! tbe century, Napoleon the Third? has flung aside his mantle with tbe win tor and stepped Into the fore front of those events he plainly perceives to be hourly quickening. But a few days since, in the midst of a Cabinet Council, he drew from his pocket a despatch be had just re ceived from Vienna, wherein the most urgent reasons were alleged why be should lay aside all thought of repairing to the Crimea. He read It aloud, and though many who heard tbe arguments knew they were only a repetition of those before expressed by themselves, yet no one ventured to say as much. By a sort of tacit unanimity, all limited their Interference to a vigilant scrutiny of the Im perial features. In order to ascertain the effect pro du< ed, If tbe oracle should decline to speak. The oracle did not speak ; and t e perusal being finished, tbe Cornell broke up as wise as they sat down, at the same time with a certain balance of opinion in favor of the Emperor's change of purpose. But those tsail twinkling orbs of Napoleon, which seem perpeteally looking everywhere except la a straight line, are teirlble pn/.sles ; and iadspendcat of the prudential nature of H, he seems to h?ve a mis chievous pleasure In keeping taose who believe themselves most necessary to blm at fault as to his more Important resolutions. At ths h>ur I am now writing, I do not believe there Is a single living being tbat knows whether he will go to the Cri nee: though, if ote may venture a oonj?c*.are, 1 can not help saying th?t I tilnk ne na? made up hii mind to do so, and that very spesdlly. Yesterday, and tbat was not Known twelve hcurs befrre, be etarted off to tbe camp at Bt. (loner, where h?* arrived at half past seven, and I shculd cot be at all surprised to reed ia tbe Montttvr, torn, m w roO'Biug, a apesjh to his sol cierr. aenoun ing nit extermination to fly to tneir toni'iicet i" the Crimea, aad embrace toem oefure he sgsin r< turns to i iace hinixe.f at their he vl for each further e?entualnies as may b? In store for the eneuti g rami aign. Napol-on Qtw a sptoe of tbe rfcari&un <b?u-. him, and ho. da greatlv to tbe im portHDCr vi tnri/Mse ** an icgredent in dramatic ? fleet. Every ihing is arranged at MarnelliMt for his ie< iptioc; tmiwren *tx and sev-e thousand of 'be Imi erisl (iuortl are already uhlpped; several hon ored 1 1 the (iuides nave received the ntual gratuity 'rr foreign service, and all other preparatl jus are C mpl? ted. Hull, this proves noth ngas n the Km I eroi's departure. It hsaid. hoirever. that the m m on wtcm tbe eyes of tbe whole world a*e chiefly fixed, ia himself to repair to Bebartjpol? ao luse tfc?n tbe Autocrat of a i the Riseie?-au J tnat t^e reft of Hebsstopol will beve its Immortality sealed by the pjeeence of 'be tw> most remarkable men of the s).s, and this, probably, before my letter reachee >ou It is calcuiatsd that Nap->lson would reacb the Crimea on or shout the 18th. and the Euperor of Hijenia nearly about tbe name time, if not before. Trier** are very Intelligible reasoai why the pre tence of bcth t tee Important personages may be required there jttst now. As I intimated In ons of my preTlcns le?ter?, the characer of Canrobert la tbocght to be sceroely on a per with his scieaUflg

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