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"Funv,'' " Sidon.'"—Notice has been given to all persons interested therein that the distribuiion of proceeds arising from the Ionian brig San Spiridione, captured on the 11th May, 1854, by her Majesty's ships Fury and Sid,n, will commence on Monday, the 4th May, 1857, in the Prize Branch of the Department of the "Accountant-General of the Navy, Admiralty, Somerset House."
The following are the shares due to an individual in the several classes :—
ITEMS OF NAVAL NEWS. Her Majesty's Secretary Of State for the Colonies has given a gold medal to Captain Adrian Michaud, of the French schooner Jules, of Nantes, for assistance rendered to the English brig John Thomas Carr, of Newcastle. —Captain Roussin, Commander of the steam sloop Averne, who is appointed to proceed to the mouths of the Danube, to be stationed there, has been summoned to Paris to receive special instructions from the Government. The Averne is at Toulon, undergoing repairs.—The Weser, paddle-wheel steamvessel, has left Malta for the Black Sea, Commander Wise having been ordered to act as senior officer at the mouth of the Danube.—We are authorised to state that Mr. James Rusden, Master R.N., has been restored to his rank upon his own representation.—The commissioners of Greenwich Hospital have completed the purchase of six acres of land abutting on the Greenwich and Woolwich lower road, for the purpose of constructing a new cemetery, the existing cemetery attached to the Hospital having been ordered to be closed.— The Secretary at War having decided to accede to the request of a number of artisans discharged from the Royal Arsenal, who wish to be afforded the means of free emigration, arrangements are in progress to forward these men to Canada, and the first draft will shortly leave for that colony.—By the death of Commander James Wood, retired under Order in Council, 1846, a vacancy has been occasioned on the 12s. 6d. List It will probably be given to Mr. A. M. P. Mackey.—The Admiralty have just given orders that naval officers serving as agents of transports are to be allowed the rate of sea pay to which their rank and seniority entitle them, while employed in that capacity. They will also reckon their service as sea time, an indulgence which, by right, should be made retrospective.
Salvage Seryices.—A suit promoted by Her Majesty's steamship Leopard against the Mary Pleasants, to obtain salvage remuneration for services rendered to her on the 10th of November, 1855, and following days, about seven miles to the westward of Eupatoria, was tried in the Admiralty Court a few days ago. The ship was driven on shore by stress of weather. The services consisted in lightning the vessel and occasionally attempting to tow her off. The value of the ship, which alone was proceeded against, was £4,257. The learned Judge said that the great difficulty in this case arose from the cargo, which was very valuable, not being proceeded against. It would be contrary to all principles of justice to fix the entire burden of the salvage on the ship. He should not be justified in imposing on her more than £600 with costs.
Rewards For The Discovery Op Arctic Ships.—Lady Franklin has issued a notice addressed to the Masters of whaling ships, British or American, offering a reward for definite information relative to the ships stated to hive been discovered in Pond's Bay. Lady Franklin has placed in the hands of the referees, Sir F. Beaufort, Sir Roderick Murchison, and Capts. Collinson and Osborn, .£500, one-tenth of which sum is offered to those who may obtain the first indubitable proof which Her Majesty's missing or abandoned ships the report in circulation refers to; and the remaining .£450 to such persons as shall discover the position of the Erebus and Terror, or ascertain the late of any of the 135 missing individuals belonging to them yet unaccounted for.
Reductions In Chatham Yard.—The reduction in Chatham Dockyard is now completed, the last discharge of men having been made on Saturday last, when upwards of 300hired labourers, who were taken on at that establishment during the war, received their discharge, their places being supplied by several hundred convicts, who are now stationed at Chatham since the abolition of the hulks at Woolwich. The labourers on the establishment employed on general service will be retained.
A New Niger Expedition.—An expedition, under the charge of Doctor W. B. Baikie, Surgeon R.N., has just been sanctioned by the Treasury, and will be composed of the following Naval Officers in addition:—Lieutenant John H. Glover (1851); Mr. Daniel J. May, 2nd Master; and Mr. Francis W. Davis, Assistant-Surgeon. Dr. Baikie proceeds to Sierra Leone by the next African Mail, where he will remain until the arrival of a steamer to assist l>im in his operations. The object of the expedition is to penetrate into the interior of Africa for commercial purposes. Dr. Baikie has been very liberally supplied with various articles for barter and for presents to the chiefs and natives. The whole of the above-named officers will receive a salary equal to double FullPay, in addition to their Halt-Pay, anil will be supplied with chronometers, instruments, and books, by the Admiralty. We understand the return of the gallant explorers may be looked for in about two years; at which time we hope to have the gratification of learning they have successfully achieved the object of their undertaking.
Monument To The Officers And Men Of The Royalnaval Brigade.— Through the exertions of Sir Stephen Lushingtun, K.C.B., who commanded the Naval Brigade before Sebastopol, and the other surviving Officers of the Brigade, a handsome monument has just been erected in the Kensall Green Cemetery, the site having been kindly presented by the directors of the company fur the purpose. The monument is executed in white Carrara marble. On its top are carved, in solid marble, representations of the tents of the men, and in their front are a group of flags with a broken cannon. The sides of the monument are made to represent broken masts, on which are recorded the names of the ships and of the men who fell so gloriousiy defending their country. In the centre are the words "To the memory of the undermentioned Officers and men of the Royal Naval Brigade who fell at the siege of Sehaslopol, Ad. 1854 and 1855. This is erected by the surviving officers;" and then are given the names of ihe following deceased officers: —Com. L. W. Hammett, Lieut. Thou. O. Kidd, H.M.S. Albion; Lieut. G. Greathed, Britannia ; Lieut. Hon. C. B. H. Ruthven, Lieut. S. Twyford, Mate J. H. Spalding, London; Lieut. H. W. Douglas, Queen; Acting Mate J. H. Karslake,
Rodney 'Fear not, for I am with thee; 1 will bring thy seed from the east,
and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up ; and to the south, Keep not back; bring my sons from far—Isaiah xliii. v. 5 and 6.'" At the base the following melancholy statistics are given ;—Total loss of Royal Naval Brigade, averaging 1,200 men and Officers. Officers: 8 killed, 3 died ofduease,30 wounded. Men : killed, 116; died of disease, 41; wounded, 431. NAPOLEON AT WATERLOO.—MARSHAL MARMONT'S MEMOIRS.
The following letter, addressed to the Moniteur by Count de Flahaut, who was one of Napoleon's aides-de-camp on the field of Waterloo, is by far the most interesting of the many protests that the posthumous works of the Duke de Ragusa have provoked :—
"London, April 6, 1857. "Marshal Marmont says (vol. 7, p. Ill), in giving an account of the battle of Waterloo:—' In the course of the day Napoleon found himself so far on" from the field of battle that he could not make the necessary modifications in the execution of his plans. More particularly, he was unable to support the cavalry movement in proper time. That movement being premature and isolated was useless, while, if the Guard had been sent forward simultaneously, the effect might have been decisive. When the army was in disorder Napoleon's mind was so acted upon by terror that he fled at a gallop for several leagues, and every moment (it was dark) fancying he saw the enemy's cavalry on his Hank, he sent people to reconnoitre.' It is impossible not to perceive the malace of this whole story, which the Marshal pretends to have had from General Bernard. That cannot be true, because General Bernard was a brave and honest man, and consequently incapable of telling a tissue of falsehoods. The Emperor placed himself during the battle on a hillock in the centre of the position, from which he could survey the whole of the operations, and from which he saw the advance of cavalry ordered by Marshal Ney, and which did, in point of fact, appear to him premature and illtimed. He at once exclaimed, 'There's Ney turning a certainty into an uncertainty, but now that the movement is commenced there is nothing to be done but to support it.' He ordered me accordingly to carry an order that all the cavalry should advance to support and follow those troops which had already crossed the hollow which lay between them and the enemy's position. This was done, but, unfortunately, as the Emperor had feared, the moment had not come when such a movement might have been successful. However, it was impossible to recall the squadrons that were already engaged. In war there are certain faults which can only be repaired by persevering in them. Heave to Marshal Marmont the honour, which I do not envy, of the parallel he has instituted (p. 125) between the leaders of the two armies, and of the share attributable to each in the results of the battle. He takes a pleasure in praising the English General at the expense of the Emperor; but, instead of taking so much pains to prove the Emperor guilty of mistakes which led to the fatal issue of the day, he might have understood that the unexpected arrrival on our flank of 30,000 Prussians, whose artillery swept our line of operations, was the real cause of the loss of the battle and its disastrous consequences. The Duke of Wellington had the justice to admit this in his report to his Government. As to the terror which the Marshal pretends the Emperor gave way to, I cannot better refute this false assertion than by stating facts of which I was an eye-witness, and which therefore no one is in a better position to bear witness of than myself. After having taken part in the successive attacks of the cavalry and the Guard, and when the retreating movement had decidedly set in I went to look for the Emperor. It was dark. I found him in the centre of a square of infantry, and I did not afterwards leave him. After waiting there some time longer, the battle being irretrievably lost, he left the field by the Charleroi-road. We went along, not at a gallop, as it is infamously said in the memoirs, but at a walk, and no pursuit of the enemy inspired the Emperor with any such fears as the Marshal's malice attributes to him. So far was the Emperor from being troubled with any personal fears, although the situation was not very re assuring, that, being completely knocked up by the fatigue he had undergone during the preceding days, he several times fell asleep, and would have fallen off his horse had I not held him on. We arrived the next morning at Charleroi, where we took post for Laon. There the Emperor halted to write the bulletin giving an account of the fatal day, and he then set out lor I'aris. This is the truth. Let the public compare it with Marshal Marmont's malicious and lying narrative, and then judge. But how can one express one's feelings of indignation and disgust at seeing a man, whose place it was to hope to be forgotten as the best thing that could happen to him, thus attack one who was his benefactor, and defame his memory after having betrayed him when living?
"Couki De Flahaut."
STATIONS OF THE BRITISH ARMY.
[Where two places are mentioned, the last-named is that at which the Depot of the Regiment is stationed.] Ut Life G (tarda.. Regent's Park. 2addo..H>de Park. Royal Horse Guards.. Windsor. 1st Dragoon Guards..Exeter.
STATIONS OF THE ROYAL NAVY IN COMMISSION. (Corrected to Nth April)
With the Dates of Commission Acorn, 12, Com. A. W. A. Hood, 1854, East
De Blaquiere, 1844. particular service.
Coast of Africa.
Arab, 12, Com. R. B. Pearse, 1856, North Ame-
tescue, 1854, East Indies.
North America and West Indies.
Heweit 1854, Mediterranean.
Black Eagle, st-yacht, Mast-Com. J. E. Petley,
1844, Woolwich. Blenheim, 60, screw, Capt Hon. F. T. Pelham,
C.B., 1840, Portsmouth.
Coast of Africa.
America and West Indies. Brisk, 14, Bc, Com. A. J. Curtis, 1652, Pacific Brune, sc gunbt, Lieut-Com. A. H. Hoskina,
Brunswick, 80, sc, Capt H. Broadhead, 1846,
Mediterranean. Bustard, 2, sc gun-bt, Lieut-Com. T. B. Collin
son, 1850, East Indies. Calcutta, 84, Rear-Adm. Sir M. Seymour, K.C.B.,
Capt. W. K. Hall, C.B., 1853, East Indies. Cambridge, 78, Capt A. W. Jeruraghani, 1851,
Devonport Camilla, 10, Com. G. T. Colville, 1855, East
Indies. Coradoc, 2. st-ves., Lieut-Com. H. A, Clavering,
Is 17, Mediterranean.
of the Officers in Command.
Castor, 36, Rear-Admiral the Hon. Sir F. W.
Grey, K.C.B.; Capt H. Lyster, 1845, Cape
of Good Hope. Centrur, 6, st-ves., Capt W. J. C. Clifford, C.B.,
Centurion, 80, sc, Capt E. G. Faushawe, 1845,
Mediterranean. ChJIders.l2,Co*u.V. G. Hickley, 1850, Coast of
Africa, Clown, sc. gunbt, Lieut-Com. W. F. Lee, 1855,
Devonport Colossus, 80, Captain T. S. Thompson, 1846,
Lisbon. Columbia, 6, steam sur.-v., Com. P. F. Shortland,
1848, North America and West Indies. Comus, 14, Commander R. Jenkins, 1853, East
Indies. Conqueror, 100, screw, Capt H. R. Yelverton,
C.B., 1843, Mediterranean. Conway, 14, Captain K. Chads, 1848, Queenstown. Coquette, 4, sc, Com. H. C. Glyn, 1855, Mediterranean. Cordelia, 11, sc, Com. C. E. H. Vernon, 1855,
Devonport Cormorant, 4, sc, Com. J. Saumarez, 1854,
East Indies. Cornwallis, 60, Captain G. G. Randolph, C.B.,
1854, Coast Guard service. Cossack, 20, screw, Capt J. H. Cockburn, 1850,
North America and West Indies. Creasy, 80, sc, Capt R. L. Warren, 1839, Mediterranean. Crocodile, 8, rec-ship, Com. W. Greet, 1854, off
the Tower. Cruiser, 17, sc, Com. C. Fellowes, 1855, East
Indies. Cuckoo, 3, st-ves., Lieut-Com. A. G. E. Murray,
1841, Sheeracss. Cumberland, 70, Captain J. B. Dickson, 1851,
Chatham. Curacoa, 30, screw, Captain the Hon. G. F.
Hastings, 1845, Mcditerraneim. Curlew, 8, screw, Com. W. Horton, 1855, Mediterranean. Dasher, 2, st.-vessel, Com. E. G. Hore, 1854,
Channel Islands. Dee, 4. troop-ship, Mast-Com. T. C. Pullen,
1844, particular service. Desperate, 8, screw, Com. G. M. Jackson, 1655,
Mediterranean. Devastation, 6, st-ves., Com. E. Marshall, 1852,
particular service. Dove, sc gnu-bt, Lieut C. J. Bullock, 1855,
East Indies. Drake, sc. gunbt, Lieut-Com. W. Arthur, 1854,
East Indies. Eagle, 50, Capt H. A. Story, 1855, Coast Guard
service. Edinburgh, 58, screw, Capt E. P. Halsted, 1842,
Sheerness. Elk, 12, Com. J. F. C. Hamilton, 1854, East
Indies. Emperor, steam yacht, Lieut-Com. J. Ward (b),
1850, Portsmouth. Encounter, 14, sc, Capt G. W. D. O'Callaghan,
1846, East Indies. Esk, 20, ac , Capt Sir R. J. Le M. M'Clure, i850,
East Indies. Eurydice, 26, Capt J. W. Tarleton, C.B., 1852,
North America and West Indies. Excellent, 4*;, gunnery ship, Capt Sir T. Mait
land, C.B , 1837, Portsmouth. Exroouth, 91, sc, Captain H. Eyres, C.B., 1841,