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London. Dec. 31.

Consols, 97 L Tho total quantity of wheat afloat for Great Britain is 2,070',000 quarters. The divers at tho scene of the Tay disaster found the carriages, but none of the bodies of tho victims.

Arrived—Benares, from Port Chalmers, Oct. 31st ; Orari, from Lyttelton, Oct. 4th ; andDuthio, from Sydney, Oct. 7th. January I.

The diver found portions of tho train which fell through the. Tay bridge. Some bodies have been recovered. Subscription lists have been opened for .the relief of the widows and orphans of the victims.

Tho British revenue returns for December quarter show a decrease of half a million, compared with the corresponding quarter of last year. Sir Garnet Wolseley returns from the Capo this month. Madrid, Dec. 31.

An unsuccessful attempt Avas made today to assassinate tho King of Spain and Queen Christian Avhen they Avere entering the Royal Palace in this city. The assassin, named Gonzales, a Galician waiter, fired a pistol at the King and Queen, but their Majesties Arere untouched. The assassin has been arrested. iSojiBA-Y, Deo. 31. Affairs at Cabul are quieter. General Baker is now in active pursuit of the Kohistonees.

January 1. The dispersion of the Afglians since tho action of the 28th has been complete. The enemy lost 3000 killed. CaPETOAA'N, Dec. 30.

The Transvaal Boors have held a meeting, at which they adopted resolutions to re-assemble in April and summon the Yolksrad. Tho meeting elected a President, and then dispersed. Constantinople, Jan. 1. Sir 11. A. Bayard, the British Ambas-

sador, lias suspended relations with the Porte, and awaits orders from the British Government as to further action. St. Petersburg, Jan. 1. The Empress of Russia is recovering from her recent attack of pleurisy. AUSTRALIAN.' ( Rente) V.) Melbourne, Jan. 1. The Champion meeting was held today. The weather was magnificent, and the attendance good. Champion Race—First King, 1 ; Wellington, 2; Petrea, 3. Won easily by two lengths. Seven started. Time, 6min. 40£sec. In the cricket match to-day—Australian Combined Eleven v. Fifteen Victorians—the latter in their first innings made 207. Combined team, first innings, two wickets for seventeen runs. Sailed —Rotorua yesterday, Arawata today for Bluff. Sydney, Jan. 2. New Zealand wheat, 4s. Gd.; oats, 2s. Gd.; maize, 2s. sd. ; sugar, Company’s No. 1, 3Ss. Mr. Parkes, eldest son of Sir. Henry Parke s, the Premier, died to-day. Adelaide, Jan. 2. Wheat, ss. 4d.; flour, Ll 3 10s. PER OUR SPECIAL WIRE. INTERPROVINCIAL. Auckland, Jan. 2. Parades in regalia of the Hibernian Society will take place at St. Patrick’s Hail on Sunday morning. A National Bank officer has won the LGOO prize in Abbott’s consultation on the Melbourne race. Seventeen prisoners await trial at the cx-iir inal sessions of the Supreme Court. The charges include rape, forgery embezzlement, horse stealing, wounding, larceny, and uttering counterfeit coin. A lire broke out in a four-roomed cottage, adjoining the Parnell Soap Factory, occupied by a man who had. left the house twenty minutes before the flames were first seen. The fire started in a back room. Graham, stown, Jan. 2. The place is very dull. Most of the residents have gone to the Auckland races. The Fire Brigades at 12 o’clock on Wednesday night played seven jets of water from their large water supply. White and colored fires were burnt, and the night being dark, the jets, which were formed into a number of designs, had a fine effect with the colored lights. Alexandra, Jan. 2. The sports here yesterday were a great success, there being a large number of spectators. The families the Hauhaus were largely represented. Tawliiao’s family, with their friends, however, predominated. All passed off most happily, the Pakehas and Maoris fraternising pleasantly. Not a single fracas occurred. A concert took place in the evening. The nigger entertainment in aid of the Public Hall attracted the sympathies of the natives, resulting in a full house. The dancing concluded at daylight A concert and soiree in aid of St. Saviour's Church, and the usual dance wore hold in the schoolroom, and had a bumper house of settlors and their families. Hawera, Jan. 2. Yesterday’s sports were a grand success. Marshall, Wanganui, won the L2O cup handicap. The weather was glorious. Three thousand people were on the ground, and there were ninety-seven entries in the various contests. Wellington, Jan. 2. The Australia, with the London mails of the 4th December, left San Francisco for Auckland on 22nd nit. She has a largo shipment of white fish ova for the Government. The City of New Yoi-k, with the December Colonial mails, arrived at San Francisco on the 30th ult., two days in advance of due date. Government have given instructions to the Deputy Commissioners of the Laud Tax department to immediately sue for arrears of Land Tax. The ship Western Monarch, from London, was towed into harbor this evening. She -Flings, IGO passengers. The tender accepted for the Newmarket junction contract of the railway was that of A. Maguire, AucklanctT" L 6870. The contract for draining &c., at the proposed workshops site at Newmarket has been let to Mr. W. Blevvden, of Auckland, for the sum of L 2099. The strike among ’the telegraph operators to-day is owing to the alteration in the hours of work and the abolishment of overtime. It will not be known until afternoon how many are out. Blenheim, Jan. 2.

Twenty-three Blenheim operators have refused to work on the new system, and are determined to resist the extension of hours and abolition of overtime. A deputation waited on the officer in charge, and requested payment of salaries up to 31st December which was refused. The operators allege they will take legal proceedings. The men say they are willing to work the usual hours with overtime allowances as hitherto. Several men have already received offers of other employment, and some are leaving Blenheim. Oamaru, Jan. 2.

The Caledonian games held here yesterday were well attended, and were the most successful of the kind which have taken place in Oamaru. All the events were well contested, and the arrangements for the conduct of the sports worked admirably. Murdoch Elder won the prize for bagpipe music, and for Highland reel dancing Murray, of Dunedin, was first, as also for dancing tho fling and the sword dance. Strong was first in the wrestling competition. Irish jig—Keating, 1 ; Murray, 2 ; M'Cluskoy, 3. The half-mile handicap was won by A. Dalgleish. To-day was the second day. Elder won the prize for bagpipe music. Shantrew’a dance—Murray, 1; Buchanan, 2. Wrestling (Cornish style)—T. Harper, I. Hurdle race of 440 yards—Fraser, 1 ; J. Dalgleish, 2 ; A. Dalgleish, 3. Sailor’s hornpipe—Gleeson, 1; Buchanan, 2; M'Cluskey, 3. Mile race—J. Dalgleish, 1; A. Dalgleish, 2 ; A. Smith, 3. The cup for the largest prize taker will probably go to S. Smith, of Oamaru. T!.e sum of L 250 was given in prizes. Harry Luxon, for assaulting Jane Hallow, Eliza Dale, and Elizabeth Luxon, was remanded till Monday. Tho Customs’ duties at tho port of Oamaru for the quarter ending Dec. 31, 1870, amount to L 3230 4s. lOd. For the corresponding period of last year tho amount was L4IS4 Os, Bd.

Tho Now Year’s Day celebration aas a grand success. There was fine weather, and the town was crowded with visitors. About six thousand persons attended the Caledonian Society’s Gathering, which passed of with great success. Tho Bazaar in aid of the Athenroum is is proving highly successful. During New Year’s Eve and yesterday over L3OO was t ken. The hall was crowded to excess last evening. The wet weather of Tuesday and Wednesday has not done so much damage as was at first anticipated, and harvest prospects are all grand. The Telegraphic operators hero struck to-day, but have agreed to resume Avork to-morrow. So far as Oaraaru is concerned the strike has virtually ended. Dunedin, Jan. 2.

To protest against the regulation enjoining an extra hour’s service and dh> continuance of overtime, the majority of the telegraph operators employjd in tho principal offices of ihe Colony Avcnt out on strike this morning. At Blenheim, 21 out of a total staff of 23, and at Dunedin 12, went off duty, and their example Avas followed by the entire staff at Oamaru,

Thiiaru, .and Invercargill Napier and other stations are expected to turn out also. Mr. Maginnity, tho Assistant Manager, was in Dunedin yesterday, and has taken steps to prevent the public being inconvenienced by tho strike. Hie operators have inserted an advertisement in the local papers, asking the public not to prejudge the matter in dispute. It is reported that the places of those on strike are to be filled by cadets. The New Year holidays have passed nfi more quietly than for years’ past, and the weather has been splendid. There was an immense attendance at the Caledonian sports, and thousands travelled by the tramway. The lucky holders of the LIOOO prize in Camei'un’s sweep a.e three City Corporation employees, of the second horse a basket maker in Princes street, and of Potrca, a storekeeper at Pino Hill. If the third horse proves to be Martmdale, as one telegram gives it, the third money goes to a well-known ship captain. Yesterday forenoon a very narrow escape from drowning occurred to a little girl "named Margaret Bradbury. ‘While attempting to get on board the ship Wanganui, she fell between the vessel and the Port Chalmers railway pier. Mr. J. Frayne, the second mate of the Tararua, witnessing tho accident, immediately jumped overboard and rescued the child, who was taken on board the ship, where restoratives being applied she soon recovered. Great praise is due to Frayne for his promptitude in jumping overboard.

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THE LATEST., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 43, 3 January 1880

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