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(Per Auawata at Bluff.)
A Royal Commission has been appointed to inquire into the condition and sufficiency of the means, both naval ami military, provided for the defence of the most important seaports within the colonies, and the stations required within them for coaling—and refutin' of men-of-war ; and for the protection of colonial commerce with the United Kingdom, with each other, and foreign countries. Also to determine what stations and ports it is desirable, owing to strategetical or commercial value, should he provided with an organised system of defence, in addition to the general defence of the navy ;■ and whether such defence should consist of permanent works manned by imperial or local troops. Further, to consider by whom, and in what proportion, the expense ahouhl bo defrayed. The English press consider the colonies should be more fully represented on the commission.
The Home press award an unqualified condemnation of the Berry Reform Bill —oven the “Spectator” severely criticises the measure.
It is proposed to construct the Pacific Railway on the land grant system, and 100,000,000 acres of land, with all the minerals thereon, have been apportuned for the purpose. It is thought scarcely probable that the Bacchante will visit the antipodes. She visits the West Indies after Maderia.
Captain J. C. Maling, is appointed Colonial Secretary of Grenada. The situation is worth £SOO a-year. The Hon. T. Russell purchased a number of Clydesdales and shorthorns at Lord Dunmore’s sales. The animals were bought for New Zealand. He also bought other valuable stock from R. Oliver, of Whittlobery. M'Lean and Co, Auckland, have shipped per the Inglewood, a number of pedigree shorthorn hulls.
An attempt was made to upset the the train from Brindisi conveying the Australian mails. The design was frustrated. The Bank of New Zealand negotiated the £200,000 6 per cent loan for the New Plymouth Harbor Board. £211,G00 were applied for, the prices ranging from a minimum of £OS to £97.
A disagreeable impression was produced on the Stock Exchange by the news that the Australian and New Zealand Colonies contemplated fresh heavy loans. The leading journals point out the danger of the proposed course. Latest from Afghanistan.
The British troops under Col. Baker, an old New Zealand officer, gallantly stormed the high range of hills between Charisol and Cabul, which were hotly de fended by the rebellious troops. After an obstinate resistance the enemy were driven back, losing 12 guns. The British loss was small and the enemy’s considerable. General Roberts entered Cabul on Oct. 12, without any opposition. The mutineers, after being routed outside the city, fled to Turkestan.
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