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London, March 22. The Royal Commission of Inquiry into affairs in the Transvaal will be composed of the following members : — Sir Hercules Robinson, Sir Evelyn Wood, and Sir John i de Viiliers, Chief Justice of Cape Colony. They will proceed without delay to Hei; dclbcrg, in the Transvaal, and will there hold the commission. ; At the wool sales to-day 8700 bales wore offered. The tone of the auction was firm. The saies close on Fricbvy, the 2oth inst. March 23. Consols remain at par. New Zealand securities are firm at last quotations. Adelaide wheat, ox wjirehouse, 51s ; New Zealand, ex ship, 46a ; Adelaide flour, ex warehouse, 345. Australian tallow is without quotable change. At the wool sides to-day 7500 bales were offered, and the tone of the nuuket rendered firm. March 24. Itis announced that orders have been telegraphed from the Horse Guards to General Sir Frederick Roberts, .at the Cape, instructing him to return to England without proceeding to the Transvaal, in accordance with the instructions issued to him on his departure from Errjland.
At the wool sal.^s to-day 90-.X") bale,-were catalogued. Tlie tone of the market ' continues firm. 21,000 bales have been withdrawn from the sales since the opening. A motion similar to that recently passed by tho House of Lords in favour of the retention of a British force at Candahar, is now being debated in the House of Commons. j In the Honse of Commons to-day a j question was put to tho Under-secretary of State for Foreign Affairs with the object of ascertaining whether the Government were in possession of information as to the intention of tho Russian Government in regard to Central Asia. Tn reply Sir Charles Dilke stated that tho Government had learned that one of the first acts of the Cz_* Alexa ider HI. had been to definitely recall General Skobeloff and order the permanent cessation of hostilities against tha Turcomans. March 25. Tho market rata of discount has been raised to 3 per cent — equal to the bank rate. The- wool sales terminated to-day. The closing catalogue, comprised 2900 bales, and a better demand was shown in most descriptions. Tho total quantity sold during-the series was 220,000 bales. 29,000 bales have been held over for tho next series. In the Houso of Commons to-day the motion in favour of the retention of a British force in Candahar was again under discussion, and was finally rejected by a majority of 120. In the course of the debate this evening the Marquis of Hartington stated in his speech that a rupture of diplomatic relations between England and Russia would result if the Government, of the latter country interfered with the affairs of Afghanistan. March 26. Mr Parnell is now actively engaged in tho formation of a Land League in England, and is organising branches in various parts of the country through the medium of sympathisers with the Irish land agitation. The whaat afloat for Great Britain is 2,2303000 quarters. March 28. In the action brought by Mr Levy Lawson, proprietor of the Daily Telegraph, against Mr Labouchere, M.P. for Northampton, and proprietor of Truth, for libel, the jury wero unable to agree, aud wore discharged, without returning a verdict. The Right Hon. Earl Baconafield is at the present time seriously indisposed. The exact nature of hia illness has not transpired. Constantinople, March 25. Negotiations between the ambassadors of the Great Powers and the Porte for the settlement of the Turko-Greek difficulty are now virtually concluded. It has transpired that tho Porte has made a final offl-r to cede to Greece a greater extent of territory in Thessaly than waa recently offered, but positively refused to surrender Epirus or the island of Crete iti addition to territory in Thessaly. The envoys of the Powers havo accordingly referred the Porte's decision to their respective Governments for consideration. March 28. In view of the possibility of hostilities breaking out between Turkey aud Greece, the Sultan lias asked the Khedive that a contingent of Egyptian troops may be sent for service in Turkey if war is declared. Capetown, March 25. The conditions of peace which have been arranged with the Boers are receiving much criticism and censure at the hands of the Press and public of Natal and this Colony, and considerable discontent has been express-id with the terms granted to the Boers by tho British Goi vernmontT March 28. i News has been received to-day from i Basutoland reporting tha resumption of hostilities between the Basutos and Colonial Forces. A severe battle has been I fought between the latter under Colonel Carringt-tn and the enemy, but without i decided success to either side. Col. Carrington was somewhat severely wounded during the tight. Sir Hercules Robinson made a speech to-day, in the course of which he said there was every prospect of permanent peace being secured in the Transvaal. News has been received from Basutoland announcing that the Basutoa have made a raid through the Boteka district, and have captured a large number of cattle and horses from the settlers. Telegrams have come to hand to-day from the Transvaal, bringing news that the British garrison at Potchefstroom, which has been besieged by the Boers since the outbreak of hostilities in the Transvaal, yielded to the enemy on the day on which the treaty of peace between Sir Evelyn Wood, on behalf of tho British, and the Boer leaders, was signed. Before the garrison surrendered, however, desperate fighting, lasting several hours, took place, and the British suffered a loss of 18 killed and fully 90 wounded. The loss of the Boers is not stated. Parts, March 23. Tlio Opera-house at Nice was totally destroyed by fire to-night. The conflagration broke out during the performance, and nearly 100 persons perished in tho flames, Athens, March 23. M. Coumourdouros, tbe Premier, made a speech to-day, dealing with tho present negotiations for the settlement of the frontier difficulty with Turkey. In the courso of his remarks he expressed the opinion that though there was every possibility that Greece would be compelled to go to war to enforce her rights, an outbreak of hostilities with Turkey was not inevitable, and might be avoided by negotiation. St. Petersburg, March 26. The funeral of the late Czar took place to-day. The following items have appeared in the Melbourne papers':— London, March 14. Notwithstanding the recent decisions in the action Clark v. Bradlaugh, the Speaker will continue to recognise Mr Bradlaugh as a member of the House until otherwise ordered by a distinct resolu- I tion of the House. ' ' " I Earl Granville in the House of Lords, I and Mi* Gladstone in the House of Comj muns, referred to the assassination of the ■ Emperor of Russia at St. Petersburg, and
spoke in eulogistic terms - of his late Rl.vj.jsty..- Both. Housw hay.; agro-id to addresses of cbndolen, ■ t. > H. v* Majesty the Queen, and al* > to HR.H, the Duchess of Edinburgh ou tha death of their illustrious relative. March 15, Some members of the local Land League, who were arrester! and lodged in Kihnainham Gaol, County Meath, were serenaded on March 13th by a number of sympathisers. The frequency of earthquakes in Italy has caused great alarm among the iuhabitants. Another severe shock is reported from Perugia City, in Central Italj*, 10 miles east of Lake Perugia, on tbe southern declivity of the Appeninos. In tho Parliament of the Dominion of Canada a resolution was submitted proposing to abandon the Protectionist tariff, and to revert to Free Trti.de. After an animated debate tbe resolution was rejected by 131 votes to 53. Mr Gorst, member for Chatham, lias withdrawn his motion for the issue of a writ for Northampton, pending the final decision of tbe Law Courts whether Mr Bradlaugh is legally entitled to hold the seat. The Socialist Association of Chicago have publicly avowed their approval of the assassination of the Czar, and have commended tbe act as one striking a fatal blow at depotism. Serious riots, resulting in bloodshed, have occurred at Galway, ono of the most disturbed districts in Ireland. Information has been received by the police of threatened outrages by Fenian emissaries. In cousequence the police force in charge of both Houses of Parliament has been doubled. The Lord Mayor of London (Alderman M" Arthur, M.P. for Lambeth,) h;is received numerous threatening letters, which is supposed to have come from Fenians. The matter has been placed in the hands of the police, and, precautions against any attempts at violence have been takon. The town of Belden, situated in Carinthia province, Austria, has been destroyed by fire. The place has been actually burnt to the ground. A subscription has been raised to relieve the distress of the inhabitants. The Indian tribes in the territory of New Mexico, United .States, are on the war-path. They have attacked the white inhabitants, and massacred 30 persons. March 17. A mine leading to the palace of the Czarewitch, the present Emperor of Russia, haa been found under the street in which tbe building is situated, and in a house near by a large quantity of explosives was discovered. The object in view was evidently tlio destruction of the Czarewitch*' s palace and iii mates. The' Russian Press advocate great political changes in the empire in the direction of liberalising the form of government. A decree has been issued hy the Emperor of Russia which lessons the severity of Siberian exiles. ' March 13. The celebration of St. Patrick's Day was attended by some rioting amongst the Irish soldiery quartered - at Aldershot. The disturbance lasted three hours, aud it was found necessaiy to charge tho rioters at the jjtoint of the bayonet. Some serious injuries were inflicted. An attempt to destroy the Mansion House by exploding a barrel of gunpowder which was placed on a window-sill is attributed to Fenians. March 20. The Emperor of Russia has thanked the Houses of Lords and Commons for their addresses of condolence on the death of his father, the late Emperor Alexander. A circular issued by the Russian Government promising internal developments with a view to ameliorating the political condition of the people, and advocating a pacific foreign policy has favourably impressed the various European Governments. The ceremony of removing the remains of the late Emperor Alexander to the Cathedral at St. Petersburg, was performed with great pomp. The new Czar looked pale, but was cool and collected. Several important arrests of Nihilists have been made in Paris, and discoveries are continually being made in St. Petersburg of Nihilist plots and infernal machines laid down in various parts of the city.