The "navvies," about to augment the working force of the
armies in the Crimea, are to be armed with a short carbine, a pair of pistols, and a cutlass, each man; not for the purpose of offence, but of defence, in the event of a surprise while at work.
An officer in the Crimea, writing to a friend in Paris, asks—" What do you think of a London newspaper publishing where Lord Raglan is, where our powder-magazine is situated, telling what shots reach our camp, and from what batteries—informing the public that we are hard up for shells, gabions, faseines, &c. ? Bad enough publishing our numbers ! We have positive proof that the information is not lost on the enemy."
Long before this letter reaches you, you will know much more than we do of what here is generally spoken of as the "row of the Duke of Cambridge." His Royal Highness is now on board ship, bound for Constantinople, and as some say for England. It is asserted that he quarrelled with the Commanderin-chief in consequence of the battle of the 5th. The Duke resented the manner in which the Guards were cut up ; and it is asserted he said some very smart words to Lord Raglan about the manner in which the Guards and the Second Division were left exposed to the assault of the Russian army. What Lord Raglan replied is not known ; but the end of it was (thus is it whispered in the camp) that the Duke went off in high dudgeon, intending to proceed to England and tell them "all about Lord Raglan and the army." —Crimea Comspondcht of the Daily News.
The Lords of the Council have stopped the exportation of lead to any of the ports in the Baltic, unless their previous sanction is obtained. No less than ninety tons of pig-lead were about to be shipped for Prussia.
The Cumberland steamer shipped, on Sunday, materials for eighty wooden houses destined to shelter our troops in the Crimea. Each house is fitted with a stove, and will contain twenty-five men.
The Commissioners for Victualling and Transport Service have issued contracts for the supply of 500,000 pounds of preserved boiled beef for the use of the forces in the Crimea ; for the conveyance of 2400 tons of provisions from Deptford and 1100 from Gosport to Malta ; and for 375 tons of powder to Malta. Contracts are also issued for the supply of 22,300 pairs of boots— one-half to be delivered within six weeks.
Mink" rifles to the number of from 1100 to 1200 are sent into the Ordnance stores weekly. Upwards of 500 tons of round shot and shell are in course of delivery at the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, for service in the Crimea.
The bounty-money for the 'Sappers and Miners has been raised to 71.15s. 6d.; and upwards of 600 men were at the beginning of the week wanted for that service.
Fifty additional nurses for the hospitals in the East arrived at Boulogne on Sunday. The proprietor of the hotel des Bains provided them with a good dinner, for which he would accept no return; and the Customhouseofficers and the Chamber of Commerce displayed a corresponding liberality.