Otago Witness , Issue 1205, 2 January 1875, Page 10
New York, December Bth.
President Grant's message to Congress states that foreign relations are friendly, but that the difference with Spain is not settled. The situation of Cuba is intolerable, and provocative of international intervention. The Message advocates the resumption of specie payments in 187(3, and free banking. He Bhould continue the present policy in the South until new legislation was proceeded with. London (undated). The publication of the documents which Count Arnim is accused of having abstracted has caused a great sensation in Paris, because, in rehutting the views of Count Arnim, Bismarck lengthily demonstrated that Republican France was not ddngerous to Geimany, and that it would rather act as a political deterrent than prejudice Monarchical institutions elsewhere. December 12th. Mr Fied. Young succeeds Mr Eddy as Hon. Secretary of the Colonial Institute. Sir Charles Cowper, the Agent General of New South Wales, is now convalescent. Money rather easier, and the bank reserve strong. The corn market is steady. The Queensland mails were delivered yesterday. December 15th. The Editor of the Ultramontane journal Germania, who is a member of the German Parliament, has been arrested and sentenced to a year's imprisonment for offences against the Press Laws. December 17th. The trial of Count Arnim has terminated. For the defence it was contended that the Count had a right to retain the documents. He was sentenced to three months' imprisonment. The prosecutor had demanded 21 years. There is a wide- spread report current that Prince Bismarck will resign his position as Chancellor, the ostensible reason being the vote by Parliament condemnatory of his arrest of" the Editor of Germania. It is expected that the Emperor will refuse to accept the resignation. December 19th. Wheat unaltered, copper easy. The mails from Australia, via San Francisco, were delivered on the 16 th ; those via Brindi3i were delivered to-day. Dr. Lang and Major Warburton are passengers by the steamer that has just left with the mails for Australia. The steamer Singapore will be employed in the Torres Straits Service. She has left for Queensland. The transit of Venus was very successfully observed in Egypt, India, Russia, and Japan. Kakalua, the King of the Hawaiian Islands, has arrived at Washington. The city was gaily decorated in honour of his visit. The President of the United States gave him a cordial Wflcome. The German Reichstag, on a division of 199 to 74, passed a vote of confidence in Bismarck, and the Emperor expressed himself as opposed to their acceptance of his resignation of his offices as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chancellor. In delivering judgment yesterday in the case of Count Arnim, the Court exonerated the accused from the charge of embezzlement, considering that no evidence had been adduced to show that the Ambassador had acted mala fides. The removal of despatches like these was, however, a punishable offence, but had been somewhat mitigated by t c subsequent restoration of the papers. It was also laid down that the retention of the documents claimed by Count Arnim, after a foimal demand had been made for their surrender, was a breach of the disciplinary regulations of the Foreign Office, although not a criminal offence. The Court expressed an opinion that the documents still missing will possibly be discovered in the archives of Paris. The ship Lyttelton has been wrecked in Algoa Bay. The crew were saved, and it is thought the cargo will be recovered. Paris, December lSth. The Duke de Cazes refuses to listen to the lengthy complaints made by Spain, with regard to the aid said by them to have been given by the French to the Carhsts, but reiterated the friendliness of the Government to that of Spain. Singapore, December 21st. Tile steamer Pera left Galle on the 19th with the mails.