20 JULY 1844, Page 9

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FRANCE.—There has been more fighting between the French and the Moors ; in which the latter were again the aggressors, and were again be tea off. It appears from the despatches of Marshal Bugeand to the Prince De Joinville, that the Moors pitched their camp on the 1st July within two cannon-shot of the French camp at Oued Isly, and assumed a threatening attitude. The next morning some light-infantry of the Pliers Bred on the advanced-posts of the French. On the morning of

the 3d, the Marshal retired, in order of battle, prepared to resist cavalry. The Moors followed, but without making any attack ; and the Marshal, conceiving it would have a bad moral effect were he to permit himself to be pursued, determined to take the offensive. The undisciplined cavalry of the Moors were quickly repulsed, and the French horse pur- sued them beyond Ouchda. The Moorish infantry kept too far off to take part in the engagement, and retreated as the French advanced. The casualties are not stated ; the affair is spoken of as having had " lit- tle or no material results"; but the Marshal says it secures a consi- derable moral advantage. Several chiefs from the province of Oran were on a visit in the French camp ; and their report of the affair in the interior, it was hoped, would have good effect. The Moorish force engaged consisted of about 4,000 horsemen and 3,000 regulars. Abel-el- Bader is said to have been in the action. The Railway Bills have occupied the French Chambers. The Chamber of Peers rejected a proposition, introduced by M. Cremieux into the Orleans and Bordeaux Railway Bill, to the effect that Members who are contractors for or directors of railroads should be disqualified to sit in either Chamber. When the bill was returned to the Deputies, M. Cremieux proposed the reinsertion of the clause; but it was rejected, on Monday, by 195 to 105.

The Moniteur publishes the returns of the proceeds of the indirect taxes and revenues during the first half-year of 1844 ; which amounted to 378,126,000 francs, or 14,677,000 more than in 1842, and 7,752,000 more than in 1843.

The Paris paper La Presse publishes the following list of fire-arms in the French stores-3,278,638 muskets, musketoons, and carbines, of which 1,851,900 are of the regular model, and 601,937 fit for use on an emergency, and 826,681 in the hands of the National Guard. For an effective army of 500,000 men, there would be for each man four muskets, carbines, or musketoons, of the regular model. According to different contracts entered into with the manufacturers of Tulle, Mutzig, St. Etienne, and Chatellerault, this supply will be increased by 500,000 muskets in 1849.

Spasm—The Madrid Gazette of the 10th July publishes Royal decrees for the dissolution of the Cortes, and the convocation of the new Legislature for the 10th of October next. Another decree pre- scribes the nomination, by the Basque Provinces, of two Commission- ers for each ; who were to repair to Madrid to settle with the Govern- ment the question of the fueros, with the view, it is understood, of re- establishing them. A fourth decree orders the exhumation of the re- mains of Monies de Oca, former Minister of Marine, who was shot at Vittoria, in October 1841, and their removal to the cemetery of Fuen- carrel, at Madrid.