(l . , .<J)ON, Dec. 19. Best Australian • . o.i tallow, 30s Gd. There is a serious . .no in Silesia. Dec. 20. At a ConsV'rv vth meeting at Leeds, Sir Stafford North mr : irnde a speech, in which ho stated th: • me policy of Government was unaffected by Afghan affairs. It continues to be defence, not annexation. Arrived—Loch Dee. -Dec. 21. ■Latest news from the Cape states that the.. British troops, have taken the stronghold of Seoocoeni. . Two officers were killed and four wounded. Paris, Dec. 21. The Ministry have resigned, and Monsieur Freycinet is forming a now Ministry. ' Calcutta, Dec. .20. General Gough arrived at Jugdulluk unopposed yesterday. Numbers of Ghilzais were hovering about, but they were a disorganised rabble. The other tribes are quiet. General Norman is rapidly advancing. Dec. 21. Ths latest intelligence from General Roberts on Dec. 18 reports all well and no further fighting. He is remaining on the defensive at Sherpar. He urges General Gough’s immediate advance in light order, and says he will meet with no opposition. When reinforcements have arrived he can settle. Cabul affairs without difficulty. General Gough left to-daj r with 1,400 men and four guns. The road to Cabul is clear.
Calcutta, Dec. 22. General Gough was continuing to advance yesterday. The Ghilzais harassing his troops, he attacked and defeated them, driving them from the heights. Bright reports that a general advance of reinforceme its &c., reaches Gandamak shortly, and will then co-operate with General Gough.
(Ase Special.) London, Dec. 21. General Gough is marching on Cabul with two thousand five hundred men, and six guns. Secocoeni’s reported killed. The revolutionary party is active in the ' 5j finish provinces. Government has ordered the arrest of the leaders of the party, including many military officers. London, Dec. 23. Latest news from Afghanistan states that General Stewart has been dispatched with a strong force to Candahar for the purpose of relieving General Roberts. The Empress of Russia is seriously ill with pleurisy. It is feared it will end fatally. Edison is reported to have overcome his difficulties in connection with the general use of electric light, and a heavy fall in gas shares has attended the circulation of the report. (Argus Special. ) London. Dec. 21. The impression is increasing that Parliament will be dissolved in spring. The Italian Embassy is pressing for an extension of time for their intended despatch of exhibits to the Melbourne Exhibition by a man-of-war. O.ie thousand exhibits are expected. Holland lias voted L 1,700 ; is backward.
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