28 DECEMBER 1861, Page 1

Spain has invaded Mexico. The instant the Spanish fleet was

ready at Havannah for operations, the commander-in- chief, Karshal Serrano, embarked a corps d'armie, and set sail for Vera Cruz. He will arrive about 12th December, and proposes to march at once on the capital, where President. Juarez is throwing up entrenchments. The reason assigned for this haste is the discovery of a plot to massacre all Spaniards in Mexico, a story which has been probable any time these five years, but of which there is no evidence.

Once in the capital, the Spaniards believe that they will be masters of the situation, and doubtless they will be supported by some of the largest °timers of property, and a considerable section of the priesthood.