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SPIRIT OF THE PUBLIC JOURNALS. (From the John Bull.) The following communication was received this morning by Extraordinary Express:- "Paris, Thursday Evening, Nine o'clock. "Another attempt has been made to assassinate the King of the French at six o'clock this evening. As the Royal carriage was leaving the Tuilleries, return- ing to St. Cloud, he was fired at, but neither he nor any person of his suite was wounded. The assassin was instantly seized, and the King, who displayed his accustomed coolness and courage, ordered the postil- ions not to stop, and continued his route to St. Cloud. The assassin is a young man, a native of Mar- seilles, who avows his criminal intention, and manifests much regret at having failed. He declares that he has no acomplices, and that he is not connected with any secret Society. When examined as to his motives, he says he wished to rid his country of a tyrant, and that he had no other object than his country's good." Had we no better or more Christian motive for rejoicing at the escape of Louis Philippe from this madman, or ruffian, the knowledge that on his pru- dence for the most part depends the peace of Europe, would make us heartily thankful that the sanguinary attempt had failed. Since writing the observations, which will be found elsewhere, on M. Thiers' memorandum, the add- itional note" referred to in the postscript to it, and which had not been published, has appeared in the Morning Herald. It is a very wordy, rambling affair, and turns upon an IF-your only peace-maker." Comparing its pacific tone with the war-stirrim* spirit of the "memorandum," it was evident thai; there had been some movement hidden behind the curtain which, we find by this morning's papers, is drawn up by the Journal des Debats, and the ma- chinery clearly exposed. That ably-written paper, which is well known to be the organ of the Tuilleries and which had not declared its opinion on the "me- morandum" at the time the majority of the French papers (extracts from which are given elsewhere) had published theirs, spoke out as follows on Thursday:- We are happy in being able to bestow upon the memorandum of M. Thiers our entire approbation. In addition to that rare lucidity of exposition which everybody allows the President of the Council to possess, it cannot be denied that this diplomatic docu- ment displays great propriety of language, a dignity free from haughty pride, and much moderation with- out any trace of weakness. We see with pleasure in the communications of the two Governments a tone of moderation which cannot detract from the firmness of their resolutions, and which may go a great way towards calming the irritation of the public mind in the two countries. The memorandum of Lord Pal- merston contained several assertions which are politely but positively contradicted in the reply of M. Thiers; a complete discussion can only settle all doubts on this subject. What is certain is, that it is not our intention to wage a systematic war against any nation, and that our sole desire is that the Presi- dent of the Council may maintain at the tribune the decision and dignity which are manifested in this expose of his policy. As for ourselves, we have an exclusive motive for congratulating the President of the Council. When the Ministry of the 1st of March took office, it became a sort of axiom that they were going to undo all that had been done, and that, with the inauguration of a new Ministry and the govern- ment of the journals of the Left, would begin a series of presumptuous experiments and fatal indiscretions. WE ARE GLAD TO SEE THAT THE MEMORANDUM OF M. THIERS GIVES THE LIE TO ALL THESE HOPES. Not only does M. Thiers adopt the policy of his immedi- ate predecessors, but he remains faithful to the Con- servative policy, which has for ten years given to the world the benefits of peace, and of which he was for- merly the brilliant defender. All his negociations have constantly tended to preserve the European equilibrium, and it may be observed that, if he has placed the status quo in danger, it was for the pur- pose of maintaining it." The murder is out. Louis Philippe superintended the memorandum"—as is clear by the delay in for- warding it, since, dated on the 3rd, it was not des- patched, as appears by the date of the postscript, till the 8th—had suffered M. Thiers to take his swing in it, for appearance sake to the French people, but had tied a string to the said swing in the shape of the "additional note," by which he had provided for stop- ping in due time his excursions in the air. Hence the praise lavished on the memorandum," and on M. Thiers in the Debats, modified and turned into the channel whieh the King has all along desired, by the passages which we have italicised.

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