of The Tablet's first edition
The Paris papers of Thursday contain little of importance. The ministerial evening paper, the Moniteur Parisien, seeks to tranquillize the public mind on the subject of Algiers, but the absence of all official intelligence still inspired distrust. Nevertheless, private letters state positively that the French Government had received satisfactory intelligence to the 11th, to the effect that Marshall Vallée had succeeded in clearing the plains.
According to the Moniteur, Abd-el-Kader had mustered all his tribes, and had fallen on the Metidjah, the plain and the country round Algiers, which had obliged the French army to retire; and on the 28th, 29th, and 30th of April, there was fighting on the right, on the left, and in its rear. A letter of the 4th, from Algiers in the Lyons Courrier , mentions that the Arabs so closely pressed Cherchell, the little sea-port lately taken and occupied by the French, that Marshall Vallée had been obliged to send back troops from the Atlas to relieve the place, that these from different directions had fallen on the Arabs, and had massacred 4,000 of them. The provisions which the French had collected for their mountain march upon Medeah, had been expended; this, no doubt, was one of the aims of Abd-el-Kader. However, they were to get fresh supplies by sea from Algiers, to be sent to Cherchell. The Moniteur admits that the Arab marauders had cut off the communication, and caused the non-arrival of news from Marshall Vallée.
The papers are all more or less occupied with ministerial plan for removing the remains of Napoleon to Paris. "The effect produced at the Hotel des Invalides," says the Constitutionnel , "by the reading of the journals yesterday morning, and particularly the speech of the Minister of the Interior, was very great. All the mutilated veterans shed tears of joy on learning that the remains of Napoleon would shortly be brought among them, and placed under their safeguard. Their officers could scarcely restrain the demonstrations of their gladness, and the feelings of Marshal Moncey, the governor, were even more heightened than the rest. This glorious news has rendered him younger by twenty-five years, and he who remained to the last moment faithful to the great Captain, whose fortunes he so nobly followed, seems to be carried back to the times when he participated his glory."
From Madrid we have accounts to the 7th inst. A royal decree for the suppression of the new Exaltado organ, the Revolucion , had been presented to the Chamber of Deputies. The Chamber had adopted the law authorising Government to collect the taxes up to the end of December.
The Courrier de Lyon has a very improbable story of two British ships of the line and a frigate having chased some Neapolitan vessels, that took shelter under the batteries of Syracuse, whereupon a battle ensued between the batteries and the British vessels, which terminated by the retreat of the latter, after having been roughly handled.
HALF-PAST THREE - The market has been very brisk, and a good deal of business done. For the account the Three per Cents. opened at 84f.70c., and closed at 84f.75c., a rise of 10c. The Five per Cents., first price, 114f.75c., rose to 114f.90c., and closed at 114f.85c., a rise of 35c. For money the Three per Cents. are 5c. and the Five per Cents. 35c. higher. The Bank of France Shares have declined 30f. The Laffitte Bank 5,000f. Shares are unaltered. The Belgian Bank closed as yesterday. The Belgian Five per Cents. are ½ lower. The Three per Cents. 15c. higher; for the account 74f.95c. and 74f.70c. The Spanish Active ¼ better from 29 1/8, and closed at 29½ . The Passive is 1/8 better. The Portuguese Three per Cents. for the account 24. The Neapolitan Bonds have varied but little, and are 5c. higher. The St. Germain Railway Shares are 12f.50c. The Versailles Right Bank 7f.50c., and the Orléans 2f.50c. lower. The Versailles Left Bank and the Strasburg to Bâle unaltered.
By the Alert packet we have accounts from Rio de Janeiro to the 25th of March. At Rio every thing was perfectly tranquil and settled, and the latest intelligence received there from Buenos Ayres represented the continuance of the blockade of the River Plate by the French. At Rio Grande matters still continued in a very unsettled state, the Imperialists failing to make any decided impression on the insurgents. From the refractory provinces in the north (to the leeward of Cape St. Roque) no late accounts had been obtained at Rio, in consequence of the regular steamer communicating between the capital and the northern ports having struck upon a rock in entering the port of Rio Grande de Norto. The most recent intelligence received from the provinces of Bahia and Pernambuco described both as being perfectly tranquil.
On the 24th of March, the day previously to the Alert's departure for England, the young Emperor was taken suddenly ill, but was again convalescent when the packet sailed on the following day.
CITY, 12 o'clock. - The statement of the Chancellor of the Exchequer is considered satisfactory, and heavy purchases of every description of English Stock are made, at a considerable advance upon the closing prices of yesterday. Consols for money are 92 1/3 a ¼, and for the Account 92 ¼ a 3/8, Three-and-a-Half per Cent. Reduced, 99 5/8 a ¾ , New Three-and-a-Half per Cent. 100 ¾ a 1, and Three per Cent. 91 1/8 a ¼ , Exchequer Bills 23 prem.
Shares have been also favourably affected. Great Western bear the premium 26½ 7½ . London and Brighton 4 5/8 3/8 dis. Greenwich 10½ 11½ per share, and Manchester and Birmingham 7 a 6 discount.
In the Foreign House there is very little going forward. Spanish Actives are 28½ 5/8. Portuguese Five per Cents. 35 1/8 3/8. And Mexican 30½ ¾.
NORFOLK-STREET, FRIDAY EVENING. - Courvoisier, we understand, still protests his entire innocence of the horrid crime imputed to his charge. Throughout his lengthened examination at Bow-street, on Thursday, he maintained the greatest coolness and self-possession, except when the watch, rings, and other articles, which had been discovered secreted in the pantry, were produced.
This afternoon, Superintendent Baker and others resumed the examination; the result of which is stated to have been a discovery of a most important character, the exact nature of which we have been unable accurately to ascertain, but it is alleged in the neighbourhood, some article of attire belonging to Courvoisier has been found which is spotted with blood.