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The scheme is revived of cutting a canal navigable for vessels of war between the Baltic Sea and the German Ocean.

The official account of the attempt on the Czar’s life by blowing up the Palace is > published. The Czar was perfectly calm, and an hour after the event sat down to dinner outside the gap in the floor. The Empress was asleep in her bedroom, and heard nothing ot the explosion. According to “La Place ” the Czar escaped by happening to be in the appartments of the Princess Dolgosowky at the time, who, it asserts was busy discussing politics with Alexander, and the: announcement of dinner passed unheard simultaneously with the explosion. Bombs were thrown into the streets adjoining the palace, but did no harm. St. Petersburg was gaily decorated on the 2nd March, in celebration of the anniversary of the Czar’s accession. The Czar rode in an open carriage through the streets, and was loudly cheered along the road. The Duke of Edinburgh was present at the ceremonies; and it is said he advised the Czar to abdicate. The dark feature of the celebration was the attempted assassination of Melicoff. He was fired at while alighting at his residence, the bullet passing the folds of his cloak. The would be assassian was immediately seized. His name is Melordski. He was hanged on the sth.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 86, 13 April 1880

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 86, 13 April 1880

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