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( Reuter's Telegram.) Sydney, Dec. 31.

News lias been received from Noumea that 16 convicts, who recently overpowered the guard, seized a schooner, and escaped from New Caledonia, were recaptured on the 12th by the French transport,Dives, which went in pursuit.

(Special.) Melbourne, Dec. 30.

For the Champion Race betting is three to one on the field, The St. Alban’s stable has not declared to win with First King, Pctrea, or Avernus, consequently there is little speculation. Melbourne imports and exports for last year show an aggregate falling oil" of over three millions, compared with previous years.

(Age Special.) Sydney, Dec. 30.

It has transpired .at Hong Kong that the police have been in the habit of shipping criminals to Australia at the rate of 40 at a time. Small-pox is increasing at Hong Kong. It is reported that English officers are training Chinese troops for service on the Russian frontier.

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AUSTRALIAN. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 42, 1 January 1880

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