28 DECEMBER 1861, Page 3

_Basto g i has presented his bud g et, an analysis of which will

be found among the "Topics of the Day." Nothing of any moment has occurred in Italy, but it seems certain that the French Government has requested Francis II. to retire from Rome, and that he has refused. The conscription in Naples, which was expected to produce disturbances, has passed over quietly. Vesuvius has again begun to blaze, and it is said to be certain that the entire town of Torre del Greco has been upraised. Should the elevation again subside, every edifice must be destroyed. The mountain has altered its shape, ten new craters having been thrown out, while the old one has been deepened. The Neapolitans cannot comprehend why Englishmen should try to photograph the eruption,