All the news received this week tends to increase the
importance of the fall of Metz. It would appear that Can- wobert's corps had really reached pazaine before he was shut in, and that the total number of soldiers to whom rations were issued on the day of capitulation was 188,000. Of these, some 15,000 were National Guards, but 173,000 soldiers sur- rendered, with 6,000 officers and upwards of 3,000 pieces of cannon. The surrender releases seven German corps, who are apparently to be divided, and not to form an Army of support in ease of disaster. Two corps will, it is believed, be ultimately sent to the South, one against Thionville, one against Bourbaki, one to strengthen the Army of Paris, and one to increase the Army under General Von der Tann. The remaining one will remain in Metz, which is said to be kindly treated. The news of the surrender, though it has created a profound sensation throughout France, has not produced any visible discouragement.