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BRITISH & FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE,
(Renter's Telegrams.) London, Oct, 30. Arrived—Tl e Alastor, from Auckland. She sailed on July 4. Three per cent consols are 07 J. The total reserve in notes and bullion in the Bank of England is £17,700,000.
The wool market is active. Sales were opened to. day at Id to Jid advance on previous rates. The arrivals amount to 710,000 hales.
Nov. 1. The Somersotslrre’s mail via Brindisi, was delivered to-day. The Huascar made a gallant defence before she surrendered. The admiral commanding two lieutenants, and many of the crew were killed.
London, Nov. 2. Orders have been given to the Mediterranean squadron, under Admiral Hornby, to proceed to Votlas. Berlin, Nov. ;1. The Prussian deficit amounts to fifty million thalers. Constantinople, Nov. 1. An offensive and defensive alliance has been concluded between Servia and Bulgaria. Constantinople, Nov. 2. Sir A. H. Bayard, British Ambassador, has explained to the Porte that the British fleet has been ordered to Voelas on account of Great Britain insisting on the promised reforms in Asiatic-Tnrkey being carried out. Constantinople, Nov. 4. The Porte has declared its intention to execute the reforms embodied in the Berlin Treaty. Madrid, Oct. 30. The iron and silver mines in Almeria are flooded, and a great quantity of ore has been lost. An extraordinary waterspout burst over Malaga, damaging several towns. Quebec, Oct. 30. The Ministry have resigned in consequence of the Governor refusing a dissolution. Nov. 3. The difficulty with the Ministry lias been compromised. (Ape S'pedal.) London, Nov. 3. Yakool) Khan, assisted by a number of his followers, attempted to escape from Cabul. It is believed he had an intention to head' the opposition to the British possession. The plot was frustrated.
(Renter s 7'elegram.) Melbourne. Nov. 3. The latest betting on the Melbourne Cup is Suwarrow 10 to 3, Socundus, 100 to IC, Savanaka, 100 to 13, Wellington 10 to 1, Le Lonp 100 to 4. Melbourne, Nov. 4. Mr Graham Berry has resumed office as Treasurer. Several arrests of persons using the fotalisator were made last night. Sydney, Nov. 4. Arrived—German war vessel Nautilus. The admission to the Exhibition is_fixed at a uniform rate of 1 s. (Special.) Cup betting—Suwarrow 100 to 30, Seenndus 100 to 25, Savanaka 100 to 20, Wellington, Lord Harry, and Sweetmeat 100 to 10.
Auckland, Nov. 4. Mr John Holmes, instructed by tlm insurance agents, proceeded to Waitara, with lifting gear, Ac., to raise the Hannah Mokau. The annual festival of the Diocesan Choral Association was attended by 800 people. Dempsey, the contractor, has consented to pay his men fortnightly, as required by the new clause of the Public Works contracts.
A fire broke out in the large ironmongery warehouse of Porter and Co, It originated in a parking cellar amongst crates and straw. The clerks were in the counting house, employed at the books at the time, and they attempted to suppress the fire, but were driven back by the smoke. The firemen succeeded in confining the fire to the cellar. Several firemen and one of Porter's clei ks were carried out of the building half suffocated. The damage done was principallv bv water, and is covered hy insurance. The brigade were fortunate in suppressing the fire. Stock is valued at about £2,000. Auckland, Nov. 5.
A man named W. Hudson Hickson was found dead in his bedroom. He bad been dr>nking heavily.
The Mayor of Thames left for Wellington to-day to watch the interests of the Borough in tb» Assembly.
Wangabki Heads, Nov. 5,
A seaman named Eady, belonging to H. M. S. Cormorant, who was thrown from ahorse, is in a critical condition, having an arm and leg broken, and his skull fractured. Wanoaxtti. Nov. 4. Kereopa was brought up at the Supreme Court charged with using threatening language. The words used were, “ T will work the work of Riroki and go to Parihaka. ” Articles of peace were sworn against him bv Major Brown, Civil Commissioner, and ho was bound over to keep the peace until the next sitting of the Supreme Court in Wanganui—himself in £SOO, and two sureties of £250 each. The Agricultural Show, to he held on Thursday, is anticipated will prove a great success. Special trains will be laid on from Rangitikei. The Manawatu Spring Races are on Fridav, and the cricket match between Wellington and Wanganui on Monday. Wfj.t.tnctov. Nov. 0. A deputation from Licensed Victuallers’ Conference waited on the Premier to-dav, making several suggestion regarding the Licensing Bill, now before Parliament, and urging the desirability of consolidating all existing Provincial Ordinances into one compound work a 1 do Act. The Premier rcnliod that Ooverninent intended to give the whole miestion careful consideration during the recess, with a, view of introducing a comprehensive measure next session. He thanked the deputation for the suggestions, which
would receive duo weight in preparing new Bills.
Mr J. Saunders' tender of £007,000, for the first section of the West Coast Railway, has been accepted. This will alleviate the distress at pro>ent prevalent in the city.
Wellington, Nov. 4. Yesterday a Committee on the Government banking arrange! icnts met and examined Mr Tolhurst relative to Mr Alurdoffi’s letter, intimating that the existing arrangements must determine in six months from Oct. 1. Sir Tolhurst’s reply was that the letter being from his superior officer lie could not venture to put any interpretation upon it. The letter itself was before the Committee. It is understood that the Committee will report adversely to the suggestion that tenders for the banking account be called for ; but the Committee will not make any positive recommendations as to what concessions should be made to the Bank of New Zealand. It will leave the Government to settle that question. Wellington, Nov. 5.
An inquest was held last night on the bod}' of Robert Seale, who died suddenly at the National hotel on Thursday last. After a short consultation the jury returned with a verdict of death from an overdose of chloral, and the following rider was added ; —“ We find it a duty we owe to the public at huge, to express our condemnation of the reckless manner in which chloral has been handled and dealt out on the presen toecKSsion. Also we would urge upon Government the necessity of putting such restrictions upon the trade as shall prevent the recurrence of such deplorable consequences in future.” The ship Wairoa is oil'the heads. She brings 200 passengers but no Government immigrants.
Greymouth, Nov, 4.
The winners of the first prize in Cameron’s sweep on the Melbourne Cup are the engineer of the Dispatch, belonging to this port, P. Splaine, employed on board the same boat, and Mr Casey. The holders of the first prize in Tonk's sweep is a company of ten Greymouth residents. Tiie second prize has gone to Reefton, and the third to Mr Carter, of Marsden, in this county. Timaru, Nov. 4.
The principal exports from Timaru last month were 78,000 bushels of wheat, 25,820 bushels of oats, 1750 cases of preserved meats, 154 bales of wool, and 200 casks tallow, besides minor quantities of flour, pollard, skins,Ac. The first vessel was brought alongside the Timaru breakwater this morning, where she was unloaded, ballasted, and hauled out again by 4p. in. A great crowd witnessed the event. The formal ceremony in honor of the successful completion of the first section of the breakwater will take place on Friday next, when a grand banquet will be held on the breakwater, and a general holiday be observed. There are 14 feet of water now alongside 150 feet of the breakwater. Dunedin, Nov. 4.
A little girl named Dolan, living at Southbridge, near Milton, aged two years, was burned to death on Saturday morning through her clothes catching fire.
The City Council to-day resolved—- “ That the Town Clerk be instructed to intimate to the proprietor of the Princess Theatre that the continuation of the objectionable portions of the performances now being given by the Loftus troupe, or the recurrence of such entertainments in future will involve the suspension or cancellation of his license.” The national industrial Association has sent a telegram to Mr E. C. J. Stevens, M.H.R., Wellington, suggesting alterations in the tariff as follows :—That sugar be admitted free of duty, tea 6d per lb, coffee 4d to fid, wines, other than Australian, Cs per gallon, sparkling wines Bs, spirits 15s per proof gallon, jewellery and plate 25per cent ad valorem , cigars 7s fid per lb, tobacco 3s, manufactured tobacco 2s Cd.
LATEST FROM EUROPE (A"e Special.)
London, Nov. 5. The Sultan promises to fulfil his engagements in Asia Minor.
The advices concerning the colonial labor markets have stopped the emigration of Durham miners.
Per our Special Wire,
INTERPROVINCIAL. Auckland, Nov. h. A diver named Campbell has left for Tauranga to commence operations on the steamer Taupo. He feels sanguine of success, as be has been down through the vessel and ascertained the extent of her inj iries. fiIUUAMSIOWN, Nov. 5. At the resident Magistrate’s Court this morning, E. Lambert was charged with stealing certain documents from the Thames Militia Office, for which ho was formerly clerk. He was remanded for a week, and bail was allowed. CutasTCiunti'Ji, Nov. 5.
In the next number of the New Zealand County Journal, issued under the auspices of the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association, will appear an interesting sketch of the Moriori race, now almost extinct, and confined to the Chatham Islands, together with a photograph of one of those peculiar people. Hi* Worship the Mayor to-day learnt through Mr March that the Public Works Department had received instructions to issue free railway passes to Sheffield, or any other up country place where work can bo obtained. Orders were also given to issue 50 passes to married men only, 25 to Burke’s Pass, and 25 to the Albury works. These were being issued to applicants during the day. A menagerie, consisting of a lion, leopard, two bears, and a snake killer, arrived from Sydney by the s.s. Wakitipu this morning. A man named Williams was arrested at Lyttelton last night with 45 pounds of smuggled tobacco in bis possession. Ho was brought before the R.M., and remanded until Friday.
Thu in.must on the body of the child Fogarty, who was found dead in its mother's arms yesterday, was commenced to-day, and adjourned for a fortnight. The evidence showed neglect on the part of the parents.
DaMAKI'. NuV. r>. A live :it. about li:ilf past one this morning resulted in considerable da mag". The tire first lin ike out i i a. w >od -n lil-.l i ner in Weiv str*'ot., na'iiiu 1 ;! r.» a. boarding honsu by a man name-1 K.en'o,. and •hence oommunic-a!ed with the adjoining buildings on either side, \v hi e h u .... c f. n\ nmiU-'y of stone an.l *o,v.nu l f'Mjii Knuau'r. h, riglr-of-ways. Re \a. • honso was burn! to the ground aUh.nuii ill' furniture was saved. Messrs Hatch and ' hterson’s malt house, oil the east side of the hoarding house, was slightly damaged, and the 7>hotographic studio of Messrs Fender and Hock, on the other side, was completely gutted. The ollices and Venetian blind factory below the studio v. eve also damaged hy lire and water. The newly-formed Fire Brigade w orked splendidly although water was scarce ; without their assistance the damage done would have been much greater. The origin of the tire is a profound mystery. Thu buildings were insured.
DI'NEDIX, NoV. 5.
Messrs H. Driver and \V. D. Stewart, M. U.K.’s, will leave Dunedin for Wellington on Saturday.
It is reported that Mr Henry Driver has resigned his position as Dunedin manager of the Now Zealand Land and Mercaulile Agency Company owing to the necessity of devoting ins undivided atlention to private husine 1 s. Air!). .Stroiiach is appointed manager pro tein.
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