11 JANUARY 1873, Page 1

As the first notice received by the public of the

Ex-Emperor's illness was published on Saturday, and his death occurred on Thursday morning at a quarter to eleven, without any very " grave " bulletin being put out till the very day of his death, the event came on the public as a great surprise. But it seems very likely that he did not die either from the disease under treatment, —which was stone in the bladder,—or from the results of Sir Henry Thompson's stone-crushing operations, which had been twice repeated. On the night before his death the Emperor had slept so well, and on that day at half-past eight he seemed so much better, that his four medical advisers—Sir H. Thompson, Dr. Conneau, -Baron Corvisart, and Mr. Clover (Sir William Gull was also at one time in attendance, and signed some of the bulletins),—had fixed another operation for 12 o'clock, when soon after 10 o'clock the patient's pulse began to fail, and he died in abouthalf-an-hour from the first appearance of sinking. A clot of blood in the heart is suspected.