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The following additional items of Suez mail news, per the Rotorua, reached us by telegraph : London, Oct. 22. Russia has greatly reduced her Black Sea fleet. The Pacific squadron ha? gone to Yokohama, and is stationed there to explore the Pacific coast from Saghalien, •and to protect the Russian fishing boats. The squadron consists of a frigate and several cruisers. The French Minister of the Interior has issued a circular to public prosecutors to take proceedings against any address, writing, ot other act in violation of the last circular aimed at the Radical Com? monistic agitation, which tends to reach a dangerous height. The French Liberals divided on - fbe question. ; of a plenary amnesty. A large section : advocated the measure,. but, it is , understood that if the measure is voted the Cabinet will resign. • The Hon. Mr. Childers, in reply to the Marqflis of Salisbury, .said the policy of the Liberals would be to ensure friendly relations with' the Great Powers and to maintain the naval supremacy of England on the route to India. Referring to Irish affairs, he thought a form of local government might be made to meet the reasonable demands of the Irish people, although the Liberal party could not accept Home Rule ns such. Mr. A, Macdonald, M.P., strongly advacates .joint organised action by the miners to restrict the output of coal in order to increase the wages. The Spanish Government is opposed in its desire .to emancipate the negroes in Cuba by so strong a party of merchants and planters that the resignation of the present Ministry is believed to be imminent. Gordon Pasha’s mission has been ..successful in establishing satisfactory relations between Egypt and the King of Abyssinia. King John renounces his claim to Massowah, but is allowed to choose territory to the south of it. The Marquis of Salisbury, in alluding to the Austro-German defensive treaty, in a speech at Manchester, said he was not aware whether the rumor was true, but if so, it would be glad tidings of great joy for the people of Europe and independent nations.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 34, 13 December 1879

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SUEZ MAIL NEWS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 34, 13 December 1879