—* BRITISH AND FOREIGN. (Age Special.) London, Jan. 5. A large ante-rent meeting has been held at Killarney. Inflammatory speeches were made. The O’Donohue denounced the landlords, and attributed the whole ills of Ireland to them. The Kohistan expedition has returned to Cabul without discovering the enemy. Ammunition is nearly exhausted at Cabul. General Roberts has telegraphed to Peshawar for immediate supplies. [Renter's.) London, Jan. 6. In consequence of the excitement of a tenant, serious riots occurred to-day at Connemara, in Ireland. The police fired upon and bayonetted the rioters, who were ultimately dispersed. None were killed, but several were wounded. Berlin, Jan. 5. The “North German Gazette” publishes an article to-day in which it is stated that Germany warmly supported Sir Henry Layard, the British ambassador at Constantinople, during his recent rupture with the Porte. The affair is likely to bring about a closer understanding between England and Germany. Calcutta, Jan. 5. The Viceroy, Lord Lytton, made a speech to-day in the course of which he said his first task would be to endeavor to reassure and conciliate the Afghans, with a view to an amicable settlement of of the Afghan question. Rangoon, Jan. 5. King Theebaw of Burmah, having failed to come to an amicable understanding with tne Viceroy of India, is now sending an embassy to the various European Courts. _____ AUSTRALIAN. (Renter’s Telegram.) Melbourne, Jan. 5. Sailed —Arawata. A movement is on foot at Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney 7, for the relief of the Irish distress. Sydney, Jan 0. The Executive Council to-day declined to commute the sentence of death passed upon Scott andßogan, the Wantabadgcry bushrangers. INTERPRO VIN OIAL. Auckland, Jan. G. Pastor Chiniquy’s lecture at Otahuhu passed off quietly without disturbance. 100 Orangemen from Auckland, duly equipped, were distributed in the hall, as well as 25 Constabulary under Superintendent Thompson and Sub-Inspcctoi Pardy. The Constabulary returned to Auckland at midnight by special train. It is believed that these measures effectually dispelled any notion of violence if it ever existed. The body of Mr. Thomas’ son, two years of age, has been recovered in the Waikato river. He was accidentally drowned on December 21. His Excellency the Governor returned last night from Waikato, and loft Manukau in the Hinemoa for Wellington this afternoon. It is reported that Sir H. Robinson has offered 500 guineas for Mr. Walters’ colt Libeller. It is not very probable that Mr. Walters will sell him, as he is in very light for the Dunedin Cup. At the Supreme Court sessions, Francis Montague Pemberton was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for embezzlement on Mr. Morris of the “New Zealand Herald,” on three charges, sentence to run concurrently 7. He was recommended to mercy by the jury on account of his wife and family. King, for unlawfully wounding, was sentenced to five y r cars’ imprisonment. A disgraceful scene took place at the meeting of the Parnell Borough Council, some of the Councillors nearly coming to blows. Councillor Melton got up to speak, and the Mayor and Councillors left the meeting. Auckland, Jan. 7. Government are issuing summonses against land tax defaulters. Sir Win. Manning, senior judge of New South Wales, arrived in the Zealandia. He makes a tour of this Colony 7. The Bank of New Zealand shipped L 20,000 worth of gold to Sydney yesterday 7. Colonel Scratchley, who arrived from Sydney yesterday, goes South in the Ringarooma to-morrow. By request of Government he will inspect Lyttelton and Dunedin harbors with a view to defence, and return to Auckland. Grauamstown, Jan. C. Pastor Chinquy opens here on Jan. IS, and a committee is being formed to pro tect him. Alburnia shares are falling, notwithstanding the dividend of 20s. It has been suggested that as there is a difference of opinion as to the speed of coasting steamers, the Auckland Regatta Committe should offer a prize to be contested for between imported and locally built steamboats. The sixth annual session of Good Templar Grand Lodges of New Zealand commenced its sitting to-day, at the Templar Hall, Thames, when about 30 representatives from subordinate Lodges situated in different parts of the colony wex - e present. The G. W.C. Templar, the Hon. Sir W. Fox, of Wanganui, is prevented from being present by 7 serious illness. In his absence, the chair was occupied by Mr. W. Johnson, the G.W.C. Councillor from Wellington. The programme provides for the Grand Lodge sitting four days, holding of public temperance meetings on Wednesday evening and social meetings of members on Thursday or Friday. Napier, Jan. G. A gentleman who has been all round Hawke’s Bay informs the “ Herald ” that rust is not nearly so common as is generally supposed ; only a few fields of wheat and oats here and there have been attacked. Barley is quite free, and heavy crops are anticipated. It is noticeable that the wheat on the hills has suffered quite as much as that on the flat from rust. Wellington, Jan. 6. At the Supreme Court to-day Thomas Wisdom, alias Ramsay 7, was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment for larceny ; J. G. Lee, alias Webb, alias Smith, convicted of larceny, to two years. F. Nicholson, for embezzlement, was .acquitted, but another charge will ho preferred against him. Dennis M'Cormack, for unlawfully wounding, was found guilty, and remanded for sentence. William Hales, for dual voting, was found guilty of the offence, but with uo wilful intent. His Honor inflicted a fine of L2O, the fine not to bo estreated until the opinion of the Appeal Court had been obtained on several points of law raised by defendant’s counsel. At the Police Court George W.Becr was charged with concealing portions of his estate from the creditors’ trustee. Accused was committed for trial. At the Compensation Court to-day the Wellington Corporation was mulcted in damages for injury sustained by several property holders, owing to the Corporation lowering Willis street. Wellington, Jan. 7Fifteen families, principally miners, who landed at Nelson from London recently, with the intention of proceeding to the West Coast, have refused to go there, and arrived here this morning en route for Christchurch. The native lad Toko Mace, convicted of horse stealing, was sentenced to two years in Burnham Reformatory. Mark Bryott, for forgery, was sentenced to two years.
The Bankruptcy Court certificate of John Owen, formerly of the Melbourne Hotel, was suspended for four months through his neglect to keep books. Nelson, Jan. 6. A little girl under three years of age, whose parents reside at Toi Toi Valley, before the latter rose, obtained possession of a box of matches, and dressed in her nightgown, was playing with them outside the house, when her night-dress caught fire. The child’s screams [caused her father to run out, who got his hands much burned in extinguishing the flames. The child died from the effects of the bums this morning, although medical aid was procured at once. An inquest will be held to-night. A boy named Hamilton was seriously scalded while sitting on the wharf, fishing, alongside the s.s. Taiaroa. Mr. Lowe, the second pilot, was showing a party of visitors the new windlass, and on starting it, the boy, who was opposite the steam pipe, was blown back on the wharf, his face, chest, abdomen, and legs all being severely scalded. Remedies were immediately applied, and the boy was wrapped in a blanket and taken home. Blenheim, Jan. 6. The Borough Council to-night accepted a proposal for establishing gas works in Blenheim, made by Mr. Hutchison, 0.E., of Dunedin. Dunedin, Jan. 7. The criminal sessions concluded last night, a Chinaman receiving 18 months for forgery. The telegraph strike is ended here. St. Matthew’s bazaar realised LOGO. Dunedin, Jan. 11. Anglin lias been convicted of perjury, and sentenced to three years’ hard labor. The Rev. Arthur Graves has been convicted of forgery, and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment. Ah Foo, charged with forgery, was sentenced to eighteen months’ hard labor. No bills were returned against the lads Thoms and Stafford, for arson at Otaria. The Grand J ury were then discharged. Between LI3OO and LI4OO was taken in gate money at the Caledonian gathering. At a full meeting of the Committee of the. Dunedin Jockey Club on Monday evening last, the action taken by the Stewards of the late meeting in calling upon the Handicapper, Mr. Moore, to resign, was reported to the Committee and fully discussed. After a number _of motions had been discussed, the following were passed ;—1 “That the Committee, while endorsing the action of Stewards of the late meeting in dispensing with the duties of the Handicapper, are of opinion that it was nor within their power to appoint a permanent Handicapper for the Club (2) That Mr. Moore he re-ap-pointed Handicapper to the Club until the end of the financial year.” Tho first motion was carried unanimously, aud the second by 7 votes to 4. Mr. Hazlctt, Vice-President of tho Club, has resigned in consequence. Mr. Keith Ramsay was to-day elected Chairman of the Otago Harbor Board.
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