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BRITISH AND FOREIGN. (Association Special.) London, Jan. 16. Mr. Childers has held an interview with Mr. Selwyn-Ibbotsen re postal rates. The Kalioz fracas has caused diplomatic notes to be exchanged between Germany and Russia. January 17. The “Times” approves of Mr. Service’s suggested reform to make finality certain without resorting to revolutionary changes. Mr. Berry’s conduct will only retard a settlement, as the Imperial Parliament will not sanction a plebiscite against the wishes of a large proportion of the colony. It is generally believed that Lord Lytton will soon return from India, Lord Dufferin succeeding him. {Age Special.) London, Jan. 16. Latest Afghanistan states that a strong force is marching on Peshawur to disperse the Afghans. The Cabuls assert their utter inability to pay the fine imposed for their complicity in the rebellion. London, Jan. 17. The British defeated the Afghans at Dared. The “ Cologne Gazette” declares that hostilities with Russia and Germany are possible and likely to involve England, Franco and Austria. The “ Times ” declares the Berry embassy wholly inexcusable. The “ Pall Mall Gazette” contends that Berry signally failed to carry out his liberal programme, disappointed his friends, and disgusted his supporters. The Russians defeated the Turcomans at a village on the river Atrek, who wore finally compelled to seek refuge. The Caspian ships are abandoning their war material. (Renter's). London, Jan. 15. Wool is active. The arrivals amount to 40,000 bales. London, Jan 16. A serious railway collision took place today at Ormskirk, Lancashire, by which seven persons were killed and thirty seriously injured. Reports have reached hero of renewed fighting between the Turcomans and Russians. The latter are said to have been defeated, and compelled to abandon Schikslart, the place from which a Russian expedition to the Turcoman country originally started. The First Lord of the Admiralty stated at a Conservative meeting at Sutton, that their Affghan policy was to adhere to the Gundumuk Treaty, so as to avoid annexation, and by holding stragetical positions, secure influence.

Three per cent Consols, 97g. Adelaide wheat, per 49Glbs., ex warehouse, 58s. 6d. Australian tallow, best beef, 365.; best mutton, 395. 6d. Tenders for Wellington Waterworks Loan of L 130,000 opened to-day. The total subscriptions amount to L 500,000. Tenders of LlO3 16s will receive in full, those at LlO3 15s. Cd. will be accepted to the extent of 65 per cent. Paris, Jan. 16. The new French Ministry has announced its programme for the present session. The measures to be introduced comprise laws for the control of the press and a new Education Act in place of Jules Ferry’s law. Changes are also to be proposed in the Customs laws.

Calcutta, Jan. 16,

Bright reports having attacked and dispersed Mohmud’s force of Kohistanis at Albnrghan with serious loss. The British loss was trifling. Bombay, Jan. 16. It is officially announced from Cabul that the appointment of General Sir Fred. Roberts as military governor of the city lias been abolished, in order to give con-

fidcnce to the Afghans that England desires a peaceable settlement of affairs in the country. Wali Mohammed has been appointed administrator of the City of Cabal. Berlin, Jan. 16. Germany has complained to Russia in consequence of the affray between some Russian and German officers at Keiglish during a political discussion at dinner, which ended in a wrangle. St. Petersburg, undated. A nobleman nearly killed tho editor of a newspaper in a duel. Nightly riots are occurring at Pesth in consequence of the populace attacking tho Nobleman’s Club. Several have been killed and wounded. St. Petersburgii, Jan. 16. The Russian Government, replying to a representation from Germany, has officially denied the reported affray between Russian and German officers at Kairsch, and has also denied the statements made regarding massing Russian troops on the German frontier. Cairo, Jan. 16. The Controllers have made their report on Egyptian finance to tho Khedive, who has accepted their recommendations. The Controllers are arranging the organisation of the Department. AUSTRALIAN. (Renter's.) Brisbane, Jan. 17. The National Bank at Ooonaraulla in the Bango district, was bailed up yesterday by bushrangers, whose names at present are unknown. Murphy, a storekeeper, went to the assistance of the bank manager, and, in the scrimmage with the bushrangers, received a severe wound in the head. Some residents of Coonamulla assisted the police in the pursuit of the bushrangers, who were eventually caught and are now in custody. INTERPROYIN OIAL. Auckland, Jan. 17. Mr. Lundon, M.H.R., in a speech delivered at Kawakawa, stated that the Government were far more liberal than he expected, and placed L 156,000 more than he asked for on the estimates for North Auckland, and he thanked Mr. Oliver, and had come to tho conclusion that he was tho biggest fool in the House for having voted against the Government. Mr. Firth successfully placed 70,000 white fish ova in Tarawera, 25,000 in Takapo, and 25,000 in Okutairi lakes. Mr. Mclvor, owner of Grey Momus, was brutally assaulted at Cambridge on the evening of the races, having been set upon by several half-drunken men, knocked down, and brutally kicked. His right arm is broken, and one of his eyes injured. It is stated that Winiata has recently been amongst the Ngapuhis in the North to sow dissatisfaction and get fresh converts to Hauhauism and Tawhiao. It is also reported that in the event of strife tailing place portions of three Waikato tribes are likely to take arms against us and on the side of the Parihaka fanatics, but whether at Waikato or at larihaka is not known. News from Wangaroa states very large numbers of logs were washed down by recent floods in the rivers. The mills are active. The invitation of now tenders for the railway station reclamation works is delayed, pending the authority of the Minister of Works. The Native Lands Court at Te Awamutu was adjourned. The Natives claim that the Government should remove lions off their lands, on which LSOOO were advanced, and allow them to sell to private purchasers, the LSOOO being refunded to the Government. The proposed railway runs through part of the land. Major Mair telegraphed to Mr. Bryce for instructions. Auckland, Jan. 19. Two young girls were drowned while bathing in Waioni Creek, yesterday. Their names are Sarah Jane Harrow, 15, and Agnes Fairley, 12. The “Herald” has received a cablegram from the Rev. Shirley Baker, of Sydney, stating that a German man-of-war will be sent specially to Auckland to convey the body of the late Prince of Tonga to the Friendly Islands. A"steward of the Lalla Rookh, named Thomas Joseph Smith, fell overboard at midnight from the staging at Onehunga wharf, while getting water. His head was split open by striking the piles of the wharf, and he was killed. Deceased was a steady, sober man, and leaves a wife and family at Mangere. He had only joined the Pride of Onehunga Court of Foresters on Monday night. A boat accident occurred at Whangaroa harbor by which Heighten, engineer, and Hewitt, a fireman, narrowly escaped losing their lives. Their boat was capsized through one of them climbing up the mast to clear the halyards. They were rescued by a man named Bonnatyne, who put off in a boat. Grahamstown, Jan. 17. Pastor Chiniquy lectured on, “ Why he and 25,000 others left the Catholic Church,” in the Theatre Royal last night, to a good audience. The meeting was orderly, but there was a feeling of disappointment with the lecturer. The desire to sell his books and receive money apparently supersedes his advocacy of what in his opinion is true Christianity. A great advance has taken place in Waiau shares, which sold a week ago at 305., and now bring 100 s. Grahamstown, Jan. 19. Father Chiniquy preached last night in the Theatre Royal to a very full house. He collected L2i. The total gold received during the present month from the Alburnia was 1133 oz., and shares are getting up to the old figure. A meeting is called by the Mayor re the Irish distress.

Wellington, Jan. 17. The general entries for the Wellington races close on Monday night. At the District Court, in the case of Meares v. Best, for L2OO, alleged to have been fraudulently appropriated, his Honor said no doubt defendant was guilty of fraud, and the whole transaction, so far as defendant was concerned, was anything but straightforward, and would not redound to his credit. Judgment was given for LlO5.

Frank Hook, lately of the pantomime, and forraei'ly of Christchurch, was arrested to-day on a charge of obtaining LSO from Thos. John Glow, by means of false pretenses.

The Hinemoa, after landing the white fish ova at the Blutf, proceeds to the Snares to ascertain whether there are any traces of the missing ship Knowsley Hall on those islands.

Colonel Scratchley made another inspection of the Wellington harbor to-day. A fatal accident occurred at the Kaiwai'ra rifle range this afternoon. A man named Francis Donald, who was marking at the butts, put up the danger flag and ran out from the marker’s house just as a shot was fired, which struck him, killing him instantaneously. No blame is attributable to any of the volunteers. Donald was a married man, and leaves a family of young children. Wellington, Jan. 19.

A fire broke out this morning in a shed at the rear of Levy's grocery store, Cuba Street. The fire commenced under the floor, but no cause is given or origin assigned. Damage to the extent of L2O was done before the fire was extinguished. Mr. Yesoy Steuart has purchased from the Government, under the Land Act of last session, the Te Puki block of 15,000 acres, 12h miles south of Tauranga, for establishing another settlement on the Kati Kati system.

The Supreme Court in Banco granted a nonsuit with costs in the case of Richardson v. Bank of Now South Wales. The grounds wore the mis-direction of the Judge, and that the verdict, which was for LI7OO, was against the weight of evidence. Nelson, Jan. 19. A man named A. Palmer, who was stated to have been convicted on two charges of larceny at Christchurch lately, was sentenced to six months’ hard labor to-day for larceny. It was stated he had deserted bis wife and family, who reside in Christchurch. Timaru, Jan. 17. William Riley and Robert Robertson, two strangers from Dunedin, v ere arrested at the Washdyke for robbery with violence. There are three charges against them of bailing up drunken men in Timaru, and taking money and valuables from them. The prisoners were remanded till Wednesday. John Coll, for fraudulent insolvency, was also remanded. Bail was allowed, himself in L2OO, and two sureties in LIOO each. The violence of the thunderstorm yesterday was so great that two telegraph poles at Otaio were broken, and one splintered. Two vivid flashes passed through the lightning guards in the Timaru Telegraph Office, with reports like pistols, but without doing any damage. The heavy rain of the last day or two has done scarcely any perceptible damage to the crops in this district. The wheat and oats on the plains are looking splendidly, and the harvest will be general in five to ton days. The barley crop is rather patchy. It is anticipated that, the Albury I’ailway line will be taxed to its utmost to convey the grain to the seaport. T 1 e country for forty miles from Timaru to the foot of Bourkc’s Pass is one vast sea of rapidly ripening grain. Dunedin, Jan. 17. A rather peculiar case happened at Ravensbourne last night. Alexander Shand was brought up at the North Dunedin Police Station by a resident of Ravensbourne, on a charge of breaking into his dwelling, and it was then found the man had taken poison, and was tired of life. He does not appear to have vouchsafed any explanation regarding the alleged housebreaking. The man was taken to the hospital, where he was treated, and is now believed to he out of danger. Over LIOO was subscribed at the meeting this morning of the Irish Famine Committee. Invercargill, Jan. 17. George Smith, one of the men injured at the accident on Friday, died this morning. The others are progressing satisfactorily.

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TELEGRAPHIC. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 50, 20 January 1880

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