PROBABLE DURATION OF THE TRIAL.—A letter dated Dublin, January 27, says:—The whole proceedings are expected to terminate about this day week, or at furthest, on the following Tuesday, the 6 th of February. There are cogent reasons for staving off the verdict, whatever that may be, beyond the opening of parliament. If would not to do have any reference to this trial in the Queen's speech, and so by a little procrastination that may be avoided. There have been a great number of witnesses summoned for the traversers, but as several have received permission to return to their homes, it is believed the only evidence for the defence to be offered will go to show that all the monster meetings passed off peaceably. It is not likely, therefore, that the Court will be long delayed taking evidence.
THE SUB-AGITATOR.—We understand that a few day since, Mr. Thomas STEELE, who has exhibited throughout the government prosecutions a feverish anxiety for the honours of matyrdom, having commenced a conversation with a person near him in the Dublin Court of Queen's Bench in a somewhat louder tone than ordinary, during a discussion between the counsel for the crown and the traversers, the Attorney General leaned across the table and exclaimed, "I tell you what, Mr. STEELE, if you don't make less noise I protest I shall strike your name out of the indictment." The great agitator's henchman instantly dropped the colloquy with a profound bow, amidst the roar of laughter. Mr. STEEL some months ago intimated to the Crown Solicitor that if his name were left out of the indictment he should call out the Crown Solicitor.
STATE OF THE COUNTRY.—We regret to state that accounts have reached us of a most alarming nature from the North Riding of Tipperary. In addition to the numerous savage murders recently perpetrated in that distracted district, we have been assured, on unquestionable authority, that several of the most respectable and influential of the gentry (and in particular one whose great practical usefulness and benevolence have been universally a acknowledged by all classes) have been deliberately doomed for slaughter. Surely, this state of things cannot be suffered to continue? Are there no remedies left within the reach of the executive? Or is their whole power exhausted in the efforts—hearty and vigourous, though, alas! Inefficacious—of tranquillising the country and beating down these murderous savages? If this be the case it is high time to apply to the legislature of additional powers. At any price, we say, this unchristian system of Thuggee must be suppressed—ay, at any price. If not the consequences are obvious. There is a point at which even the purest patriotism will stop short, and yield obedience to the irresistible impulses of our nature. The gentry, if left to be thus cut off day by day, will at last consult for their own safety, and leave "Ireland to the Irish, " so far as Tipperary is concerned. Such an abandonment of their properties and country, however justifiable it might be, would do more in one month for the advancement of the cause of repeal, and more injury to the stability of British connection in this country, than twelve months' monster meetings, or a thousand repeal speeches.— Dublin Mail.