The Paris Exhibition was " opened " on 1st April,
by the Emperor in person. It is chiefly full of unpacked boxes. The Commission has undertaken too much, very little is ready, and the scene is dreary in the extreme. By the 1st May most things will be opened, and by 1st August the Exhibition will be in its glory, and will, if the Emperor adheres to his programme, be closed. The number of season tickets sold is not great, 7,500, the dust is spoken of in terms of despair, and altogether the Exhibition, as a grand dramatin display, must be pronounced a failure. As a collection of wonderful things, it will probably be remarkable, but it is patrolled every fifteen minutes by firemen.