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JOURNEY OF THE EMPEROR NAPOLEON TO ENGLAND. (From the " Home News.")

In accordance -with arrangements, the Emperor Napoleon left on Sunday morning, March 19th, the scene of his captivity for the last six months, en route to join the Empress and Prince Imperial in lingland. Before starting, ho attended mass, accompanied by all the officers and gentlemen of his suite, agreeably to the practic e which he lias strictly observed since his seclusion at Wilhelmshohe. At tho moment of quitting the chateau, G-enernl the Count de Mon3, who wore the full dre39 of a Prussian general officer, the Governor of Wilhelm3hohe, announced to the Emperor that he had been deputed by His Imperial Majesty the Emperor of Germany to accompany him to the frontier. The Empelor, having expressed his satisfaction at being accompanied so far on his journey by an officer of so much distinction, proceeded with the Count, accompanied by his suite, to the vestibule, where he was agreeably surprised to find the whole of the officers and servants of the chateau drawn up to exjiress their gratitude for his generous consideration of their services, to b'd him a respectful farewell, and to offer their good wishes for his safe and prosperous journey. In the courtyard of the chateau a battalion of Prussian infantry was drawn up, and presented arms as the Emperor entered the vehicle which was to convey him to the railway station. He was accompanied by General Prince Murat, General Castelnau, Prince de la Moskowa, Count Davillier de St. Jean d'Angely, his first equerry, Comte Pajol, Comte Eeille, General "Wauberfc de G-entis, and the officers of the ordonnauce, Commandant Ilefr, and Captain the Comte de Launston, Dr Neljton, Dr Corvisart, JVI. Pietri, M. Raimbeaux, and tho other gentlemen af the suite who have been with him since September la3t. At the railway-station at Cassel another battalion of Prussian infantry was drawn up, and anna wore pre;entedb.>th as the Emperor alighted at the station and on the departure of tho train. There was a large number of the inhabitants of the little town, both within and without the little station, to witness the departure. Indeed, Cassel seemed nearly emptied, and though there was no cheering, many of the spectators as the train moved out of the station uwde their adieu x in a matinev to indicate that the Imperial prisoner during his enforced stay amongst them had gained their respect. Tho tram left at 11.45 a.m. on Sunday morning, reached Cologne at 7 p.m., and the German frontier close on 10 p.m., no stoppages taking place except what were necessary to replenish tho stock of fuel and water. At the frontier the Count do Mous took leave of the Emperor, the parting being coidial on both sides ; and here, too. a change of carringes took plac, a train specially sent by the Kin£ of the Belgians being in waiting to receive hi;n, under the charge of Colonel Brice, one of Hm Belgian Majesty's aide-cte-camps. Here the Emperor had an interview with hi 3 cousin, the Princes 3 Mathilda, who had come to meet him and offer her congratulations at his release. The journey was continued, without incident, at express speed through the little kingdom of Belgium, the train reaching Ostend safely at 3 a.m. on Sunday morning. Tho rails running right on to the quay, the Emperor was able, on ulightiuL' from tho train, to nalk at once on board the steamer, the Comtesse de Flandre, which had boen specially placed at his disposal by the King of the Belgians. After a little needful repose in the saloon of the stenmev, -which was prevented by tho state of the tide from leaving port, the Emperor received a large number of distinguished Ficnclnnen, who took the opportunity of thp delay to pay him their respects, and to consult him on the present lamentable condition of affairs in France. Before the departure of the boat the Emperor took leuve of his aules-de camp and officiers d'ordonnance, consider ible emotion being manifested on both s-ide3. These gentlemen were willing and even nnxious to shnre the etile of their Imperial master; but in their interests he firmly declined to accede to their lequest, and insisted on their returning to France to continue the military career which is open to them, aud to render to their country the services of which she has now such sore need. Soon after ten o'clock the Comtesse de Flandre, under the command of Captain Foi, loft Ostend, and, favored by beautiful weather, made a fine run over to Doier, where she arrived at 1 45. The Empress Eugenie, accompanied by the Prince Imperial, Prince Joachim Murat, Prince Lucien Bonaparte, Count Commandant dv Pre, Dr Conneau and son, two ladies, and ten or twelve gentlemen, arrived at Dover at 11.50 a.m. She had received a telegram at Chislehurst on Sunday afternoon, advising her of the probable hour of the Emperor's arrival, and on Monday morning, in accordance with her request, a special train was ready soon after nine a.m., in which, accompanied by Mr Eborall, the Gener.il Manager of the S.E R., and Mr Cockburn, Superintendent of the line, she left Chislehurst at 9.40. The n ws of the Emperor's expected arrival being generally known, a vast concourse of spectators crowded the quays of the harbor and the Admiralty Pier. Escorted bv Major Dickson, M.P. for Dover, General Ellis and staff, Sir E. Watkin, the Chairman of the S.E.R., and Lady North, the Empiess and the Prince Imperial went at once to the Admiralty Pier, and awaited the arrival of the steamer, whose advent was made manifest long before it wis in sight by the column of smoke upoa the horizon. "When she at last reached the bay, from some misapprehension of the signals she made direct for the harbor instead of i running for the Admiralty Pier, where the Imperial party were in waiting. As soon as this mistake became evident the Empress hurried on foot through the crowd from the I pier to the harbor, which she reached just in j time to receive her anxiously-expected consort on landing. The unaffected heartiness of the embraces which took place between the husband, wife, and child, so long and so painfully separated, was a touch of nature that the spectators acknowledged by an outburst of vociferous English cheers, which continued with little intermission as the Imperial pair, after cordial greetings to all around, walked away arm-in-arm to the Lord Warden Hotel. Only a very short stay was made within the hospitable walls of the Warden, and at 2 o'clock the powerful engine of the special train was ready for a 6tart. The train consisted of two saloon carriages in the centre, two firstclass carriages in front and rear, and a breakvan at either end. The station was crowded with the principal inhabitants of Dover, who, during the time of the Imperial party taking their seats, and as the train glided rapidly from the platform, renewed the friendly manifestations which had greeted the disembarkation. It was a subject of general remark that the Empress and the Prince Imperial looked exceedingly well. The Emperor, though very stout, and apparently hearty, walked feebly, and is snid to be far from enjoying perfect; health. With a clear line, and the puidonce of Mr Cockburn, the train made the run from Dover to the station at Chislehurst in a few minutes over nn hour and a half. Here, under the able management of the station-master,

everything wus in readiness for tho arrival. A stalwart detachment, consisting of two serjreunts and twenty men of the A Reserve, under Inspector Gardner, had come down ia early mornmtj to meet the contingency of a crowd. Their services, however, were not of an onerous character, for beyond the inhabitants of the village itself, and a considerable sprinkling of the neighboring gentry, there were few spectators. About a quarter to four o'clock tho special train drew up afc the platform, anil the Imperial party were aulutod as they alighted by the greetings of neighbours, of whom, apparently, no inconsiderable number have ali eady become friends and acquaintances of the Empress After a cordi il grreting of Count Clary and M. Pietri, Minister of Police under the Empire, who were in waiting on the plutform, tho Empress introduced the Emperor to several ladies of the neighborhood. One of them, who is said to have been a guest at the Tuileries in the days of their magnificence, wa9 honored with a specially affectionate recognition. The Imperial lady, by her xmaffected charming aflibility, during her stay at Chislehurst, has quite won the hearts both of rich and poor ; and, to judge from the cordiality of the Emperor's manner on his first introduction to his new circle of acquaintances, he appear 3 likely to gain a similarly enviable reputation. Distributing smiles, friendly greetings, and recognitions to all around, the Imperial pair proceeded to the carriages in waiting ; and, as they took thenseats in the first of these, a good hearty English cheer was raised, and renewed from time to time, until tho cortege drove into the grounds of the handsome residence which the Imperial visitors now occupy.

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JOURNEY OF THE EMPEROR NAPOLEON TO ENGLAND. (From the "Home News.") North Otago Times, Volume XVI, Issue 630, 2 June 1871

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