New Zealand Tablet, Rōrahi XIII, Putanga 34, 18 Hakihea 1885, Page 11
The cutter Kent, when crossing Foveaux Strait from Stewart Island to the Bluff on Saturday, was thrown on her beam ends, and narrowly escaped being capsized. The crew were at first puzzled to account for the occurrence, but the mystery was explained by the appearance of a large whale going astern of the vessel. It is surmised that the cutter sailed over the whale.
A smart shock of earthquake was felt throughout Wellington on Sunday morning at about 7 o'clock, the direction being north to south.
His Holiness the Pope has written a letter to Cardinal Manning, in which he strongly approves of the establishment of Catholic schools in the Colonies by voluntary subscription.
Constant fighting is taking place between the British troops at Khosbnay and the Soudanese and Arabs in the vicinity. Casualties are taking place almost daily.
Telegrams from Balkan Peninsula, referring to fighting which is alleged to have taken pi? ;e at Velikizvor, are now stated to be devoid of truth. Latest advices report tra. at present hostilities have ceased. The British India Stpam Navigation Company's Dorunda arrived at Brisbane yesterday from Townsville. Fifteen fresh cases of sickness have broken out, aud five deaths occurred on board the vessel since she left Townaville. The medical officer affirms his belief that the disease is undoubtedly cholera, and that it was introduced on board at Batavia.