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THE FRENCH DEFEAT NEAR HANOI.

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THE FRENCH DEFEAT NEAR HANOI. The Calcutta correspondent of The Times says that the following account of the repulse of the French troops at Hanoi is abridged from the statements pub- lished in the Independent de Saigon:- For some days prior to May 19 the garrison had been much annoyed by a heavy cannonade from the Annamite troops surrounding them. The boasting and menaces of the enemy were constantly increasing, and the Chief of the Black Flags sent a sort of Homeric challenge, announcing that he would kill the French Commandant with his own hand. On the 19th, Commandant Riviere assembled all the troops, in order to make a determined sortie. Com- mandant Berthe de Vilers led the column, which con- sisted of 400 men, with some sailors drawing the guns. They marched into the open without resistance. The Annamites fled on all sides, and the French soldiers advanced with confidence, when, at the very place where Francois Garnier was killed, they were brought up short by a stockade, concealed by bushes, and affording cover to a strong body of Black Flags. A continuous fusillade was at once opened upon the French column, and almost immediately, without being able, to fire a shot in their defence, eighty sol- diers fell dead or wounded. Commandant Rivifere's first step was to endeavour to bring up his artillery and he, with Cadet Moulin, helped ou the sailors with the cannon, both being shot dead while so employed. Commandant Berthe de Vilers was mortally wounded, and two other officers, MM. Jacquin and Bresis, were also killed. The confusion was such that the soldiers were unable to recover the bodies of their officers, When the news of the repulse reached Saigon, the gunboats Velta and Saigon were despatched, with 500 regular troops, under Chef de Bataillon Chevalier, who opened negotiations with the leaders oUhe Black Flags for the recovery of the bodies of the French officers and soldiers.

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