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TELEGRAPHIC.

BRITISH & INTELLIGENCE,

( Reuter's Telei p ams. } London, Oct. 27. The total quantity of wlie.it afloat for Great Britain is 1,600,000 quartets. Adelaide wheat, 49a 6d per 49.>lbs, ex warehouse. Adelaide flour, 31s per 230 lbs. ex warehouse ; brandy, 0s 9d. The Garonne’s mail, via Brindisi, was delivered to-day.

London, Oct. 28. In reference to the telegrams stating that arrangements had been made between the Orient and Pacific Line, whereby the two Companies were to run steamers fortnightly between London and Australia direct, commencing in January next, the Companies believe that the magnitude of the trade and the increasing attraction of the Colonies warrant the enterprise. The new service will retain the name of the Orient Line, and will be conducted by F. Green and Co. and Anderson, Anderson and Co., joint managers. Subscriptions to the Canterbury Church Loan amount to £36,000, ranging from 106 to 1075. The balance is offered at 105.

Oct 29. The Marchioness of Lome has arrived from Canada.

Berlin, Oct. 28.

At the opening of the German Parliament a loan was proposed to cover the deficit in the revenue. No allusion was made to foreign policy. Constantinople, Oct. 23. Midhat Pasha’s resignation has been withdrawn.

St. Petersburg, Oct. 29. Thirty thousand Russian troops have been ordered to Central Asia.

Calcutta, Oct 29.

General Roberts is storing five months’ supplies at Cabul, and making preparations for hutting the troops.

(Argus I'special .) London, Oct. 27.

There is much discussion in the foreign Press relative to the form and object of the A ustro-German alliance, which is generally believed to be merely defensive.

{Herald Special. ) London, Oct. 27.

In addressing a political meeting Sir M. Hicks-Beach denounced Mr Bright’s remarks respecting the land agitation in Ireland as calculated to increase the widespread spirit of sedition.

AUSTRALIAN

(Reuter’s Telegram.) Sydney, Oct. 30. The cabmen’s strike has ended. Sailed for New Zealand—Wakatipu and Austrian frigate Heligoland. Melbourne, Oct. 30. Arrived—Arawata, from New Zealand. Albany, Oct. 30.

, The P. and O. Company’s steamer Assam arrived at King George’s Sound to-day.

(Special.) .;•* Melbourne, Oct. 30. The “ Australasian’s ” tips are Secundus and Riverton for the Cup. “Augur’s ” tips are Wellington and Secundus, and he thinks His Grace will be the winner of the Derby. The largest wool sales ever held in Australia took place to-day. Messrs Goldsborough offered over 8000 bales. The competition was keen, especially among American buyers. Two ships are now on the berth for Boston to take cargoes of wool direct. France and Germany are considerable buyers. ' Government have notified that if the Sandhurst mines are not kept at work the leases will be cancelled.

Caspian is the favorite for the Derby at 3 to 1.

The South Australian mail proposals have been refused. The Victorian reply states that Government is wholly free from any desire to obtain an undue advantage over the neighboring Colony. Java telegrams report a further advance in sugar, and London telegrams a considerrise in tea.

INTERPROVINCIAL

Auckland, Oct. 30. The whale ship Canton called off Russell and reports getting 1,000 barrels sperm oil since here in June last. A bushman named Chas. Hopkins, at Waikehe, narrowly escaped bleeding to death through his axe glancing off a tree and going deeply into his leg. When he reached his mates he fainted from loss of blood. « A memorial expressing the confidence of the electors of Newton in Mr Swanson was in circulation to-day, and received a large number of signatures. William Crawford has been sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for beating his wife and breaking her ribs. She was brought to Court in a cab. The Chairman of the City West meeting received a telegram to-day from Mr Hurst declining to resign, and stating time would - justify ms conduct. A committee of the Working Men’s Political Association are engaged in revising the tariff The composition of the City West meeting was decidedly of Newton electors. It was resolved to adopt a memorial to Mr Swanson, expressing confidence in him, and thus preclude non-electors taking part. It is confidently expected signatures of 800 to 1000 registered Newton electors will be obtained. Freights are advancing in shipping. : There is some difficulty in getting vessels for the timber and coal trade to Southern ■'ports At the Diocesan Synod Mr G. P. Pierce said, respecting the accounts of the Native School Trust, he had heard Mr ; Burrows considered it was nobody’s - business what he got from the Government . in aid of the school. The President said he would wait on Mr Sheehan and the ' : Native Minister to ascertain whether the *, Synod was held responsible for the money ‘ rveMVea from the Government on account of the schools, Mr Sheehan said he was : OT»tjy«»ti»fled with Mr Burrows’ receipts, end did not hold the Synod in anyway WJWMiWi It wee carried that a full

her throat with a razor. When found by her daughter she was quite dead. She attempted to destroy herself three years ago, but since then has behaved well. A

verdict was returned this afternoon of “ temporary insanity.” Welling! on, Oct. 30.

A sharp shock of earthquake was felt here at 2.20 a. in. The direction was from north to south.

The Licensed Victuallers banquet last night to the delegates attending the Conference was a great success. Invercargill, Oct. 30.

The remanded Mataura arson case came on for hearing at the Police Court this morning. Fourteen witnesses were examined, including some of the principal residents of the district. The most important evidence was given by Constable Fretwell, who swore to the footprints about the house seen after the fire, being identical with the hoots worn by the prisoner Wheddon, who, on being arrested by him and Detective Twohey, admitted having fired the building for monetary consideration at the request of Duncan Cameron. The latter was charged as an accessory. He, when arrested, also admitted his guilt, stating tha’ he had received his instructions from Donald M'Kay, a well-known contractor, who was also charged with aiding and procuring Wheddon to do the deed. W hen arrested some days since, both Cameron and Wheddon admitted their guilt, but M‘Kay held out. The evidence to-day tended to show that the building, bought from Hugh Cameron for £2O, was removed on to a vacant section, and then insured for £l7O in the New Zealand office, the policy having a currency of only two months, and the premium paid being 8s 9d. The policy had only run one month when the fire took place. On the application of Mr Inspector Fox the three accused were again remanded for eight days to allow further investigation. A man named Joseph Weston was put into a stable at Elbow the other evening in a drunken condition, and set fire to some straw. He was brought up this morning at the Police Court, charged with arson, and remanded for eight days. A welcome rain fell last night. The progress of vegetation is astonishing. Invercargill, Oct. 31.

Mr Weil Ferguson, for many years in the Registration of Deeds Department, and one of the oldest residents here, died yesterday. Deceased was an active member of the Caledonian Society, and the success of the annual gatherings were largely due to his exertions. He was also well known in Volunteer circles, having only recently resigned the lieutenantship of R. battery, N.Z. R.A. He will receive a military funeral on Sunday. A. Wheddon, D. M'Kay, and D. Cameron, charged with arson at Mataura, were brought up at the Police Court today and further remanded for eight days. In course of the hearing, three letters were read from Cameron to Wheddon, in which the latter was advised, in order to make sure of burning the place, to take a bottle of oil.

Experiments were made last night with the fire escape invented by R. Morris. The result was satisfactory. A further trial will shortly be made.

LATEST

LATEST FROM EUROPE(A«e Special.) London, Oct. 29. The Czar is determined to extend Russian influence to Central Asia. 40,000 troops have been ordered to reinforce Terglikasoff. News from Afghanistan states that a great force of Ghilzais attacked the British hill fort, eight miles from Kandahar. After a sharp encounter the assailants were completely routed, hut Major Sartoris was dangerously wounded.

INTERPROVI NCI AL.

Per our Special Wire.

Auckland, Oct. 22.

A boy named Williams, aged ten, was committed for trial for breaking into and entering Brook’s boot factory and robbing the till. He entered early in the morning by the window, and used a skeleton key. He was bailed in two sureties of £IOO each. While constable McKnight was bringing a lunatic named Glover in a trap to town, the driver, in mistake, drove the vehicle over a precipice. The lunatic was killed and the constable injured, but the driver escaped. The notorious ship Minister of Marine was towed down the channel by the Glenelg. Ostensibly she has sailed for Newcastle, but she cleared for Guam. The sailors engaged got, advance notes beyond the value of a Newcastle voyage. She is to remain in the channel until the men are all on board. If this fails the imprisoned men will be put on board, but not otherwise. Wellington, Oct. 31. A very sudden death occurred at the National Hotel this morning. A young man named Robert Sales, recently from Kaikoura, retired to bed at nine o’clock last night. He asked for a drink, which was supplied him, and he then retired to rest. When called for breakfast he was found dead. The cause of his death will not be known till a post mortem examination has been held. It is believed he has a wife in Dunedin. Christchurch, Oct. 31.

Thomas Delly, alias Dennis Anglin was brought up at the R. M. Court to-day charged with failing to appear at the Supreme Court, Dunedin, in January last, to answer a charge of perjury. The ship Knowsley Hall, 150 days out is given up. She Wfis a new iron vessel, of 1750 tons, and has never been spoken. Her passenger list contains twenty-five families, numbering nearly 100 people. Under instructions from Mr Conyers, Railway Commissioner, the employes on the Middle Island Railways have lately been subjected to series of tests by means of cards of various colors, with the following results ; ——Of the whole number were unable to distinguish beyond black and white, In Christchurch 13 were partially cplor blind out of 260 tried. On the Daiparu section, one only was color blind out of S3O men experimented on. It ii tho intention of the department to have $ those employed «ha ooaUM tlw psjltlert *1 and pthjri! #9

Some 200 unemployed met in Cathedral Square this morning and appointed a deputation to interview Mr Austin, Engineer of Public Works, asking that men leaving town should be paid 6s a day or receive provisions. To this he promised to attend ; a telegram was also drawn up for despatch to Government as follows : We, tile undersigned, on behalf of the 300 men out of employment in Christchurch, respectfully request the Government to find employment for those not only willing, but able to do a fair day’s work, and for which they deem they ought to be paid six shillings per day for such employment, as their experience shows that piecework is not adapted to all parties. In the event of Government not complying with this supplication, a large body of the men, with their wives and families, must immediately, through the Magistrates or other appointed persons, he supplied with pnvisious to keep them from starving. ” Shearers are at a discount, the price has been dropped 5s a hundred, and applicants for work are much more numerous than the billets to he obtained. Timaru, Oct. 31. At the Waimato Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday, Alfred Fisher, late proprietor of the “ Waitangi Tribune,” Waimate, was committed for trial at the next sitting of (lie Supremo Court, Timaru, for an alleged libel on one Michael Green, a farmer. The libel was contained in a letter written to the “ Tribune,” during the late election. A young man named Christian Arras was found dead in a paddock near Saltwater Creek to-day. There was a bullet wound in his left side, over the heart, while lying heside his body was found a single barrel gun. There can be little doubt that ho has committed suicide, though no motive that he had for such an act is known to exist. He had in his possession at the time over £3O.

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TELEGRAPHIC. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 16, 1 November 1879

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