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(Special. ) London, Undated.

Ncavs from Afghanistan states that General North, commanding at Gandatak defeated a Mazatoola Ghilzai chief severely.

{Herald Special .), London, Undated,

The Czar has consented to divide the Government of Russia Avith the CzareAvitch.

A proclamation has been issued granting the right of rural municipal self-govern-ment to Siberia.

(Argus Special.) London, Dec. 30.

The officials on the Dundee side of the Tay bridge saw the train advancing from the Fifeshire shore, and then a sudden

flash of light, extending from the bridge to the water. Wondei'ing at its nonarrival, they traversed the bridge, and found a sudden gap in the centre, where the train, consisting of an engine, van, and six carnages had been engulphed in the water. Thirteen latticed girders, covering upwards of half a xxxile had fallen. It is believed that the ten'ific force of the gale meeting resistance from the passing train caused the disaster. No one was saved. It is now understood that the passengers numbered about 90. The mails floated ashore with nxuch of the wreckage. Divers have been employed to search for the bodies. There will be a Government enquiry. AUSTRALIAN. (Special. ) Melbourne, Dec. 30. Shipping parcels of wheat are offering at 4s 9d per bushel. INTERPROYIN CIAL. Auckland, Jan. 1. The Rotomahana made an excui-sion to the harbor of tbe Groat Barrier Island. She was piloted by a master of long experience in trading to the islaxxd. When leaving Port Fairy she struck on a rock, but passed safely over, and returned to Auckland without making any water. It is presumed no damage was done, but divers were sent down to examine, and she leaves for the South to-morrow. Captain Logan gave his usual annual excui-sion in aid of the charitable institutions. The United Schools held a festival in the" Domain, and were addressed by Mr. Chiuiquy. Wellington, Jan. 1. Splendid weather prevailed to-day for the holiday, and the sports and exeux--sions were well patronised. The carbine match between Nelson and Wellington Artillery Cadets was fired today, and was won by the former by one point. Hxe gun competition between the same companies takes place to-mor-row evening. Waimatb, Jan. 2. At Waimate races yesterday, Mr. Allan, rider of Hindoo, in the Consolation race, was seriously injured. His hox-se fell and x-olled otfer the jockey, who now lies at the hotel insensible, suffering from concussion of the bx-am. The hox'sc was hurt, and will have to be destroyed. O amaru, Jan. 1. The Caledonian sports to-day were a gx-eat sxiceess. About five thousand persons attended, and the weather was fine.

The receipts from the bazaar yesterday were LO2.

Dunedin, Jan. 1

New Year’s Eve passed off more quietly than for many years past, and there was an almost entire absence of rowdyism. A number of volunteers and special constables were kept ready in case of their services being requix-ed. To-day the weather was splendid, and everything in favor of the holiday. The Caledonian gathei-ing was a great success. Dunedin, Jan. 2.

The Caledonian Gathering yesterday was the centre attraction. The likudicap race, for which there wcx-c 25 entries, including pedestrians from all parts of the colony, was won as won as : —J. Whyte, 1; J. Samuel, 2 ; F. Knox, 3. D. Duncan, with a start of 120 yards won the mile race easily, Burke at scratch finished a good second 10 yards off. The x-ace was run in 301,sees, the fastest time south of the Lino.” In wrestling, Border style, there were not so many good men as usual. Tiff-n won easily. In Cornish and Devoixslxire wrestling, Fe.x Nolan won.

In the cricket match —Dunedin v. Invercargill—the former made 199, Spring contributing 55, Paramor 47, G. Clarke 32. Invercargill made 89 and 27. The steamboat excursion is largely patronised. New Year’s Eve was unusually orderly, owing to the presence of a large number of special police, the ordinary force having been wholly withdrawn from the streets. One company of volunteers paraded, hut their services were xxot required, Invercargill, Jan. 2 The weather yesterday and to-day has been beautiful for holiday making. The Caledonian Games passed of most successfully, both as regards competition and attendance. L 207 was taken at the gates. Mary Leman, widow of “Billy, the Bellman,” living in a cottage at Punt Greek, was burnt to death with the cottage last night. It was not at first known that she was within. The remains were afterwards found. A young man named Hawkins, was lately committed for trial for an alleged rape on the deceased, whose character was decidedly shady. Mr. Crowe, of the well-known firm of auctioneers, the major of the Southland volunteers, died last night from apoplexy. He had previously been in good health. Deceased stood high in the masonic craft, and took an active interest in everything affecting the welfare of the town. He was a member of the Municipal Council at the time of his death, which casts quite a gloom over the town. The Horticultural Society’s Show attracted a large number of visitors. Thousands travelled to-day to the Bluff and Riverton regatta. Every open and closed truck was utilised.

All the six telegraph operators, except the officer in charge, struck, absenting themselves this morning, in concert with other employers and other chief officers, owing to the stoppage of overtime.

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TELEGRAPHIC., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 43, 3 January 1880

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TELEGRAPHIC. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 43, 3 January 1880

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