March  7, 1846





The French bark Anax, Capt. Pomparres, arrived here yesterday from Vera Cruz, having sailed on the 23d ult. — two or three days later than the U. S. brig Lawrence brought.  The news is not important, if we may judge from the imperfect files which we have received.  The prominent feature in the news is the open canvassing of the question of erecting a constitutional monarchy in Mexico.  This is the common theme of conversation at Vera Cruz, and in a late number of the Memorial Historico — the successor of El Siglo XIX — is an earnest article written to show that monarchies are no more exempt from revolutionary disturbances than Republics.  The question is illustrated from general history, and especially from that of Spain.  The subject has evidently taken hold of men’s minds seriously, and the probability of a revolution founded upon the desire of obtaining a stronger and more stable Government was the town talk.


Mr. Slidell was still at Jalapa, awaiting instructions from Washington.  Upon receiving his orders, a short interval would elapse before receiving the definitive action of the Mexican Government; but we presume that the next arrival will inform us, either of Mr. Slidell’s reception, or of his return to the United States.


An intelligent passenger by the Anax thinks there is scarcely a chance of war between the two countries: that Mexico, when it comes to the pinch, will receive our Minister with the bet grace possible.


The Falmouth, St. Mary’s and Porpoise, of the U. S. Gulf Squadron, were lying at Vera Cruz when the Anax left there on the 23rd.  As we have before mentioned, the appearance of so large a force, when unexpected, alarmed the citizens of Vera Cruz not a little.  When the Anax came out, she saw a vessel, supposed to be an American frigate, going into Vera Cruz.  Can it have been the Raritan, which was reported as bound thither from Rio at our last recounts?


The Anax, we should mention, brought $65,000 in specie, and twenty-four passengers.


The Mexican steamer Guadalupe left Vera Cruz on the 22d ult. for Tampico, with 600 troops on board.


The Br. Steamer Teviot touched at Vera Cruz on the 16th, and proceeded to on Tampico.  The same day, the Br. Frigate which had been lying at Vera Cruz for some time, sailed for Halifax.


The bark Eugenia, Briscoe, for New York, and the schr. Water Witch, Trenis, for this port, were lying at Vera Cruz.  Both were announced to sail on the 1st inst.


Don Angel Trias, the Governor of the State of Chihuahua, has resigned his office, after having refused adherence to the power of Paredes.


Robberies still continue very frequent in Mexico.  One occurred on the 9th ult. directly opposite the National Palace, three thousand dollars in specie being stolen.  The streets are patrolled by the military, but there is no efficient police.


So strained are the means of the new Government in Mexico, that the clerks of the different Departments have not touched their pay since the new order of things.  The Secretary of the Treasury, having recovered from a temporary illness, is urged to give his attention to this needy class, if he would prevent great distress.


A new paper, El Boletin Militar, assures the public that Gen. D. Juan Alvarez has not disposed of anything belonging to the expedition to the Californias, as had been charged against him.  Such things do happen sometimes in Mexico!


Gen. Ampudia does not appear to have moved further than Celaya, on his march to the army of the North.  Some scandalous reports had been in circulation about him, but one paper contradicts them.


On the 6th ult. Gen. Paredes reviewed the troops of the capital, and there was a brilliant sham fight on the occasion.  In returning to town in the evening, several accidents happened.  One poor fellow was run over and trampled by the cavalry.



Source: The Daily Picayune, March 7, 1846, p. 2, col. 3.



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