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FBANCE.—The proposal to increase President Louis Napoleon's income engages much attention, but does not maintain the excitement which it at first raised. The Legitimists are thought to be much inclined to veto the Ministerial proposition; and M. Berryer is said to have proposed, at a meeting of his party, a middle course, which would be an humiliation to the President—that his debts shall be cleared off; but that his income be not increased. The Committee of the Assembly on the project divided on the question of chairman ; and M. de Mornay was elected in prefer- ence to M. Soult de Dalmatie, as the senior member.

The President of the Republic went on Sunday, with several of his Ministers of state, to inaugurate the opening of the railway from Creil to Saint Quentin. The ceremony seems to have been well managed ; the re- ception by the religious dignitaries being marked by a deference calculated to exalt the President personally, while the civic dignitaries were unre- servedly hearty, and the populace enthusiastic. The President's speeches are described as couched in brief and striking terms" : they made the usual reference to the "high name he bears," and the "high source from which he derives his convictions " - and they promised, with edifying confidence, both that "the great truths of our revolution should triumph through me," and that he will "repress modern errors and ancient pre- judices," and encourage all useful enterprises.

• The Ministry has sustained several checks in the Assembly. On Saturday, the 8th article of the Transportation Bill, upon the omission of Which the Minister of Justice most strenuously insisted, in order that he might be able to banish Buttes and his fellows to the Marquesas as political prisoners, was retained by a vote of 329 to 313. On the same day was nominated a committee on the bill to regulate the recruiting of the army: the very first name on this committee is that of General de Lamoriciere, although his name and that of General Cavaignac had been specially omitted from the Government list. On Tuesday afternoon, a Government measure to make provision for the aged poor—said to have been drawn up by the President himself—was so altered as to be scarcely the same measure ; the pensions proposed were reduced to one- half, and a premium proposed as an inducement to depositors was ex- Punfled• A defeat no less marked has been suffered outside the walls of the As- sembly: notwithstanding the most strenuous efforts of the Government in favour of its candidate, M. Emile de Girardin has been elected by the department of Has Rhin, by a majority of thirty thousand votes to twenty thousand.

I.—The Costituzionak of Florence quotes a letter from Palermo, of May the 20th, giving an account of a new attempt at insurrection in the vicinity of that city. On the evening of the 18th, some soldiers from the country stations arrived at Palermo with information that armed men were approaching the city. The gendrale was immediately beaten ; the troops, including the cavalry and artillery of the garrison, marched out to meet the insurgents ; and a serious conflict, which lasted several hours, took place on the plains of St. Paolo. The insurgents were dispersed, bu not one of them was arrested. Many arrests had been made in town before the occurrence, but few after.

PRIISSIA.—The King of Prussia was able, on the 9th instant, to attend divine worship in the chapel of the Palace of Charlottenberg. On the morning of the 10th he was greeted with a serenade under his window- " a grand performance of music "—as a congratulation on his full re- covery.

The Berlin Government has gazetted a reactionary Royal decree on the press, which reestablishes the system of caution-money, with the Go- vernment powers of cancelling the licence to sell newspapers, and of re- fusing conveyance by post to noxious journals ; and, most important of all, "it withdraws from the competency of a jury" certain of the offences against the press-law. The Xing of the Belgians has communicated to the Ring of Prussia his desire to form a treaty of commerce between the two kingdoms.

Usrmin STATES.—Accounts from New York, to the 30th May, give de- tails of the failure of that part of the Cuban expedition, under the per- sonal command of General Lopez which landed at Cardeilas. The force left New Orleans in the Creole steamer and two other vessels ; and all three met on the coast of Yucatan, and concentrated their troops; the united body of 600 landed at Cardenas on Sunday the 19th May. After a short struggle with a few Spanish soldiers, they took possession of the town; but the Governor defended himself obstinately in his house, and only surrendered, with a handful of less than a score of men, when his house was set on fire. On a subsequent day, the invaders had a fight with some soldiers marched against them, in which both parties lost se- veral killed and prisoners. The townspeople manifested no sympathy with the invaders, and retired to ships in the harbour. On the 24th, General Lopez found that his men were disheartened, and he led them back to the Creole. They took the Governor of Cardenas with them, but sent him ashore again ; hoping for his good offices in favour of the prisoners that they left in the hands of the Spaniards. They were pur- sued at sea by the Spanish war-steamer Pizarro, but escaped to Key West by the superior fleetness of their vessel.

Lopez proceeded to Savannah, in Georgia. There he was arrested for contravention of the laws of the United States ; but the evidence against him was thought insufficient to warrant his detention. Then he proceeded towards Mobile, "with an unalterable determination to press forward the means of continuing the expedition." His men remained at Key West. The populace of Savannah manifested much sympathy with the defeated expedition. In New York, Judge Betts, of the United States District Court, deli- vered a long charge to the Grand Jury, clearly explaining to them the law of 1818, which makes it a "high misdemeanour for any persons within the territory or jurisdiction of the United States, to begin, set on foot, provide, or prepare, the means for any military expedition or en- terprise against the territory or dominions of any foreign provinoe or state, or of any colony, district, or people, with whom the United States are at peace.' Miguel Taulon had been arrested, and held to bail in 6,000 dollars, for an offence under this law.