5 NOVEMBER 1870, Page 2

From the Army of the Loire, of which a considerable

portion seems to have passed to the ncrth of the Loire in the direction of Le Mans, no active operations are reported. It is said to be in better discipline and spirit than any army the French have yet raised, but it has not been tested by any fighting since its re- organization after the capture of Orleans. From the North the accounts of General Bourbaki's progress in forming an army in Lille and its neighbourhood are very favourable. Here the armistice will be a great boon to the French. Should peace not result, as we hope it may, General Bourbaki will be ready for active work by the time the armistice expires.