12 APRIL 1856, Page 2

By far the most interesting fact of the week consists

in the dearer shape given to the accounts of the memorial laid before the Emperor of the French by Count Cavour, in reply to the friendly question, "What can be done for Italy ? " The reply was indeed an event. We have explained its character and bearing in a separate paper. The secularization of the Papal states and the systematic promotion of reforms in all the Italian states, form a startling proposition from the Minister of a stable and successful Government ; but more startling is the picture of the actual circumstances which suggest the plan ; and more still the fact that these representations have been laid before the leading Powers of the present Conference at Paris,