BRITISH AND FOREIGN. (Atie S/>caal.) London, Jan. 14. The “ Globe ” suggests a compromise of the political difficulty in Victoria by the Council becoming a revising chamber. It condemns the plebiscite. Childers has returned from Canada. The floating of the South Australian loan is deferred, owing to a dispute as to the minimum. Latest newsfi’om Afghanistan states that the tribes are menacing. General Roberts telegraphs that a large foi’ce is required to maintain British supremacy. A offensive alliance is believed to exist between Russia and France against Germany. The latter is largely increasing her artillery, and Krupp, the great gun founder, has been dh'ected to use despatch in the fulfilment of the orders he has received. Two hundred persons perished hi the floods at St. Kitt’a. The destruction of property was immense. The marriage of Garibaldi, the Italian Liberator, with the Marchisa Hermondi, has been annulled under the Austrian code. Political riots have occurred as Pesth, and a collision between the military and populace resulted. The Grand Duke of Schleswig-Holstein is dead. [Renter's.) London, Jan. 15. The five per cent. New Zealand loan is at 101. The trial of those who have been arrested in connection with the disturbances in Ireland, will commence on Friday. Paris, J an. 14. Gambetta has been re-elected President of the French Chamber of Deputies by a small majority. Constantinople, Jan. 14. The Sultan has conferred the Order of the Medjidio upon the Turkish Minister of Police, who was accused of having ordered tlie arrest of the Mollah (priest) who translated the English Bible into the Turkish language. The accusation against the Minister is however denied. Bombay, Jan, 14, The Kohistanis, whom General Baker
recently dispersed, are concentrating their forces at Lundee-Khana and Dakka in the vicinity of the Khyber Pass. The other Afghan tribes, however, are reported to be quiet. AUSTRALIAN. [Renter's). Sydney, Jan. 15. A quantity of wool was damaged, ex Scottish Knight. The vessel will probably be floated, and come on to Sydney for repairs. Sailed—Albion. Sydney, Jan 16. An exciting debate took place in the Assembly last night on the Treasurer’s proposal to impose an excise duty on colonial ale. The proposition was ultimately rejected by a majority of 2, and the remaining resolutions in favor of excise duties were withdrawn. Melbourne, Jan, 15. Arrived—-Albion. The Bank of Now South Wales has given notice of withdrawal from the agreement with the other banks respecting the rate of interest. The Chief Secretary has prohibited the production of a burlesque called “ Happy Land,” wherein it was intended to represent Mr. Berry as Longmoro Smith. The other characters are Gladstone, Lowe, and Ayrton. Large subscriptions arc coming in towards the Irish Relief Fund.
Auckland, Jan. 15. The Midge, from Samoa, brings dates to December 15th. The treaty of peace was signed that day by the representatives of each party. The substance of the treaty is that there shall be no more fighting. The treaties with the United States, Germany, and Great Britain, are to be recognised, and the convention established between the district of Apia and neutral territory is also to be recognised. A grand ovation was given to Captain Deinbard, of H. I. M. ship Bismarck, for his efforts in quelling the disturbances. Sixteen repx’esentatives of districts met on board the Bismarck and proclaimed Mulitea King of all Samoa. Ausep, the King in Steinberg’s time, was made heir apparent. All foreigner's are excluded from the new Government. The new Municipal Council is elected, consisting of representatives of Germany, America, and England. A large number of the late employes of Dempsey, the contractor, who has failed in his railway reclamation contract, obtained judgment for wages at the Court to-day. On the return of the Rotomahana to this port an inquiry will be held into the accident which occurred to her off the Great Barrier Island. At the sitting of the Supreme Court in banco, a peculiar case was mentioned, namely, Prince v. Kerr, a suit commenced in the first instance to i-ecovor a gambling debt. Plaintiff was described as u “ gentleman of the turf,” and defendant as “ the scion of a Scottish ducal house.” The debt was on a promissory note for L2OO, won by plaintiff at cards. The wilt was issued on 30th May la. t, defendant appeared on the 13th June, the declaration was filed on the 14th June, and defendant pleaded on 21st July. The action was bi'ouglit upon a three months’ bill made by defendant, and lie pleaded first that he received no valuable consideration for the bill, and further that it represented a sum of money won from him at cards by plaintiff in the Nevada Hotel, Auckland. His Honor made an order that the action should be dismissed unless the next step was taken within eight clays. In the case of W. Brandon v. City Council, claim LSOO for injury to property through improvements, Judge Gillies ami the assessoi-s awarded L4OO, and costs L 25. The Mormons have commenced a mission in Auckland. Mr. DeLean, in a letter published in the local papers, states that a petition, urging the Berlin Government to establish German supremacy by placing the Samoan King under German protection, is being banded about for signature by a captain of the New Zealand Militia, and being signed here by many naturalised German citizens who have taken the oath prescribed by the Alien Act, 1860. Mr. Hurst has been solicited to address his constituents. Auckland, Jan. 16. The Hon. Mr. Bryce is expected in Auckland about the end of the month, to confer with Mr. Whitaker as local matters. Some merchants here ax*e heavily weighted with Goddefroi’s paper. Waste lands to tho value of LSOOO will be offered for sale on Monday next, principally in the Waikato district. Grahamstown, Jan. 15. The “Star” opened a subscription list yesterday in aid of the Irish distress. Sir George Grey visits the Thames after the opening of the Auckland College. Pastor Ohiniquy is to charter the Rotomahana for himself and his Auckland friends for a visit to the Thames. A two-roomed cottage, occupied by a miner named Jno. French, his mot-hex*, and a young brother, was destroyed by fire last night. When the fire was lirst seen the house was all in flames, and before anything could be saved, the cottage and its contents were burned to cinders. It is believed the fire occurred through a candle being Me burning. N abler, Jan. 15. This portion of ova was lauded at 4 p. m. in good condition. New Plymouth, Jan. 15. The Mounted Rifle Volunteers were presented with colors this afternoon. There was a large muster from the country. The colors were presented to the corps by Major Stapp on behalf of the ladies. The coal bi-ought from Mokau is very good. The engineer of tho Hannah Mokau says he can get more steam up with it than with the Grey coal. It is to be tried on the engines on the line here. Wellington, Jan, 15 Tho half-yearly meeting of the ’Working Men’s Club was held last night, when the report and balance-sheet showed a satisfactory result. Colonel Scratch!ey inspects the whole of the Wellington volunteers to-night. The ship Zealandia cleared for London this morning, with cargo valued at L7!,392. Subscriptions in aid of the Irish distress fund are coming in freely. It is understood that his Honor Mr. Justice Johnston and Mr. W. Read, Solicitor-General, have been appointed Commissioners to consolidate tho statutes of the colony. It is reported that Sir Francis Dillon Bell and Sir W. Fox have definitely accepted seats on the Royal Commission on Native affairs. The following tender for the Wakamarina bridge contract has been accepted— Joseph Gilbertson, Nelson, L 1673. Colonel Scratchley will inspect the various volunteer corps to-morrowevening. Notification of the relinquishment by Her Majesty of negotiations for the pur chase of certain lands in the North Island appears in the. “ Gazette.” Colonel Whitmore lias been ax>pointecl Colonel to the New Zealand regiment of Artillery. The return of the quantity and value of gold entered for exportation for the year ending 31st December, 1879, is as follows: —Auckland, 37,9010z5., of the value of L 154.295 ; Picton, 8790z5., L346G ; Nelson, 48210z5., L 18,648 ; Westport, 18,120 ozs., L 72,482 ; Greymouth, 68,6410z5., L 274,570; Hokitika, 54,2030z5., L21G,785; Dunedin, 92,8660z5., L 367,857 ; Invercargill, 10,0030z5., L 40,011 ; totals, 287,464 ozs., valued at L 1,148,108.
At the Supreme Court the case O’Grady v. Johnston and Co, was heard. This action was to recover L3OOO damages for alleged breach of agreement on the part of defendant in not endorsing a promissory note after having promised to do so. The jury found for plaintiff, for LlO. Nelson, Jan. 15. The result of Nelson College scholarships examinations, for hoys attending public schools is : —For the city ; Johnson, 1 ; Sartell, 2 ; for the country districts: Harkness, 1 ; Talbot, 2, both of Richmond, Conolly, of Picton, 3. Nelson, Jan. 16. The local Committee of the New Zealand Rifle Association are preparing for the forthcoming meeting, An influential reception Committee is being formed, and the telegraph department is about erecting an office on the ground at Brightwliter. The Wanganui cavalry have arranged for a steamer to bring over their horses, aud a most successful meeting is looked forward to. Oamaru. Jan. 15. The weather is now fine, and the reports from the country districts do not record any great damage to the crops from the recent rains. Dunedin, Jan. 15. With reference to a statement in the Wellington “ Chronicle” that Mr. Robert Stout had been offered a Supreme Court judgeship by the Government, Mr. Stout has authorised the “ Times” to say that no such offer was ever made, that had it been made it would not have been accepted, and that he does not intend to allow liis political opponents to put him on the shelf quite so soon. Very little damage appears to have been done to the crops by the late rain, and the weather to-day has been splendid. Judge Williams heard the case, Davidson v. Davidson, in Chambers. It is a wife’s petition for judicial separation. Dunedin, Jan. 16. The coroner’s jury that inquired into the death of James Taylor, at Cromwell, added a rider to their verdict, censuring Thos. Anderson, at whose house the deceased died, for inhumanity. After a whole day’s debate, the Presbyterian Synod agreed to endow in the Otago Univei’sity a chair of English Literature, Political Economy, and Constitutional History. Thirty-s’x voted for it, against fl 6 for Mr. Copland’s motion to make the Chair one of Political Economy and Moral Philosophy in the Presbyterian Hall, if the University Council again refused to accept it. Professor Salmond’s motion to endow a chair of Natural Philosophy and Experimental Physics was negatived by 32 to 23. Some strong language, at the expense of the University Council and the supporters of Mr. Reynolds’ Bill <>f last session, was indulged in by the minority. The workmen on the unemployed section of the central railway held a meeting over their grievances. They decided to petition Government for an increase of pay and regular payment. Alex. Forbes, a miner, was killed by a fall of earth in a claim near Naseby last night. The Justices decline to act at the City Police Court till better accommodation is provided. Invercargill, Jan. 15. The Borough Council, at its meeting tonight, decided to vote the Mayor a salary of L3OO per annum. Invercargill, Jan. 10. A meeting has been called for Monday to raise an Irish Relief Fund.
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