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BRITISH AND FOREIGN. {Renters.) London, Jan. 19. Parliament will be opened next session by the Queen in person. The death is announced to-day of the Due de Gramont, the French diplomatist, aged GO. A meeting was held in London to-day at which a resolution was passed demanding that the Government should initiate public relief works. The homeward mail, via San Francisco, was delivered in London to-day. The total quantity of wheat afloat for Great Britain is 2,000,000 quarters. Washington, Jan. 20. Mr. Parnell has been granted the use oi the House of Representatives to address the members. Calcutta, Jan. 20. It is reported that a frontier province has been formed in Afghanistan, extending from Kyber to Hurin. Parliament assembles to-daj 7 . [Age S/ccial.) London, Jan. 19. The British annexation of the Golc Coast has offended the French press. London, Jan. 20. The Prussian finance Minister announces that the Reichstag intends to givi essential support to German interests a Samoa. Naval commanders have beer instructed to use the utmost energy h restoring peace on tiro island. {Argus Special. ) London, Jan. 19. Although the Kalisch incident is ofli cially deified, it is credited by the peaci party, which in Russia is in the ascendant. A circular has been addressed by tin Czar to tiie European Powers, explaining the meaning of the troops in Poland, Russia had advised Sorvia to accede to tin Austrian demand. London, Jan. 20. Mr. Childers has seen the Prince o: Wales regarding the Melbourne Exhibition and is confident of his support. It is expected that Mr Childers’ proposal; ro the postal rates will be agreed to. Jules Favro is dying. The Indian revenue exceeds the estimate by three and a half millions. AUSTRALIAN. {Renter's ) Sydney, Jan 20. Trickett has announced his intention o‘ proceeding to England to row Hanlon, the Canadian sculler. The Wantabadgcry busb.rangers, Scot! alias Moonlight, and Rogan, wore executed to-day. The sentence of death waf carried out privately, the press and public being excluded. Scott’s confession and autobiography have been handed to Canon Rich. It is expected they maj form the subject of an inquiry into the Egerton Bank robbery, as they are said to implicate others in the conspiracy. Cook'i own, Jan. 20. The Eastern mail steamer Somerset has arrived from Singapore and Hong Kong, with the Torres Straits mail. Latest news from the East states that a serious cattle plague is iaging around Shanghai, A violent shock of earthquake has been experienced at Yokabama, and a number of buildings have been destroyed and others injured. {Association Special.) , Sydney, Jan 20. Seott, the bushranger, finally denied having shot Constable Bowen, or being concerned in the death of F. M. Bates, the actor. He wrote voluminous]} 7 . Mrs. Anress, who was engaged to him, attended him to the last, and defrayed the cost of the funeral. INTE RPROYI NCI AL. Auckland, Jan. 20. Messrs. Grant and Foster, the Lincolnshire agricultural delegates, left for Christchurch in compliance with a special invitation, to examine the crops in Canterbury and Otago. They will return North, to examine the Northern and other districts omitted. By next San Francisco steamer a party of twenty or thirty converts leave Canterbury for Utah. The passages have been taken by the elders here. Mr. Bryce telegraphed to the native meeting at Cambridge that he has stopped the survej 7 of the Petuero block, and will consider their request for the withdrawal of the Government proclamation, and throwing the block open to private purchasers after next sitting of Parliament. The natives deny that there was any need to stop the survey. The block is one on which the Government paid Brissenden five thousand pounds, to pay oft 1 his interests, and consists of 240,000 acres of fine land. The request of the natives is prompted by a few land speculators, and if the Government listen to it, will cause great dissatisfaction. The railway to Taupo will probably go through the block. The new Catholic school, built by the exertions of Father Ilenncberry, was opened yesterday. Tiie district meeting of the United Methodist Free Church commenced its sitting this morning. The report of the Harbor Board showed an increase of receipts last year of L 3497. During the year twenty-eight steamers and twenty-four sailing vessels, of the aggregate register 92,218 tons, were docked. Several were docked more than once, so that the actual number was only thirtynine. The dock was occupied 132 working days. The leakage had increased in the dock to such an extent that in spring tides pumps had to ho worked every hour. The report goes on to say that unless steps are taken to prevent the railway reclamation from being washed into the harbor in the way already being done, dredging operations must be resorted to or later j otherwise there will he no getting

alongside the wharves or to the graving docks.

Auckland, Jan. 21. Steps are being taken to hasten on the establishment of the Free Public Library. Notice has been given by the Committee of the Mechanics, Institute to return all books, and application will be made for the old Provincial Council Library, now in the custody of the Auckland Institute. Mr.- Rolloston has telegraphed to the Mayor of the Thames that land is now open for sale on the Te Aroa, and 18,000 acres more will be open shortly. The lands open comprise a series of small sections of from five to ton acres each and rural sections averaging 100 acres. No lands arc open under the deferred payment system. A system of drainage is proposed to cost L 3,125. At the inquest on the two girls drowned at Kawakawa a verdict of accidental death was returned. Graiiamstown, Jan. 20. Twenty-two applications were received by the governors of the High School for the head teachership. The applications will be opened to-morrow. Owners of forfeited shares in the old Whan mine intend testing the legality of the forfeiture. Legal talent arc already engaged. Napier, Jan. 29. The Borough Council has agreed to reduce the wages of all Corporation laborers, and increase the salary of the engineer by LSO a year. The Council a short ago decided that it could not afford LSO to the Hospital, but at next meeting voted the Mayor an honorarium of L2OO. Wellington, Jan. 20 H.M. S. Cormorant proceeds to the Heads this afternoon for shot and shell practice. The libel action, Anderson v. Kirkbirdo, claiming L2OOO for alleged libel published in a leading article of the “ Rangitikei Advocate ” on September IGth last, is now being heard at the Supreme Court. The Jockey Club intend to allow two totalisators on the course at the forthcoming meeting. Subscriptions are being collected in aid of Mrs. Donald, whoso husband was shot at the Kaiwai’ra range on Saturday. The following governors of the New Zealand Institute have been elected by the affiliated societies for the current year : Dr. Duller, Mr. T. Kirk, and Captain W. P. Russell. The police intend to strictly enforce the provisions of the Employment of Females Act. Sergt. Anderson, of the Wellington police, has been appointed inspector for that purpose. A shock of earthquake was felt hero about four o’clock this morning. The appointment of Sir Win. Fox, Sir Francis Bell, and Hone Mold Tawhai, as Royal Commissioners on Native affairs, is gazetted. Wellington, Jan. 21. A little boy, aged 8, son of Mr. Gore, the caretaker of the reservoir, was drowned last night in a stream formed by the waste water from the reservoir. An inquest will be held. Alt. Fraser commenced his task of walking 100 miles in 2-i hours at 9 o’clock last night. After finishing 67 miles he gave in, having fainted. Nelson, Jan. 20. A large stable, belonging to W. Hunt, was burned on Sunday. The origin of the fire is unknown. The stable was filled with new hay. The office of the Foxhill railway station was broken into on Saturday, and between L 5 and LlO taken. Mr. Acton Adams, M. 11. R., .addressed the electors of the city last night. Ho spoke well for an hour and a half, and received a vote of thanks. O aware. Jan. 20. At the meeting of the Harbor Board yesterday, a plan of the north wall of the breakwater was submitted by the engineer to the Board. The plan embraces a complete harbor scheme for Oamaru, and provides for the construction of a wall running out from the shore to meet that already being carried out. The north wall is calculated to cost L 24,570, and will, when finished, make a basin of the harbor. There will be GO2O lineal feet of wharfage. Plans were also considered for deepening the harbor sufficiently to allow Home vessels to come inside the protective works, The plans submitted by Mr. M'Grcgor arc very exhaustive, .and, if carried out, will make Oamaru one of the best ports in the colony. It has been decided to bold a two days race meeting in March. The weather is splendid for bringing on the crops. If it continues, the patches of oats which have been laid will ripen, and the only loss will bo the additional cost of harvesting. Two thieves, for stealing postage stamps at Otepopo, received twenty-eight clays and six weeks’ imprisonment. Dunedin, Jan 20. The Fire Brigades’ Annual Conference opened this morning, with 16 brigades represented, exclusive of Dunedin.. Superintendent Harris was re-clcctcd President of the Association, and Fireman Robertson lion, secretary. Mr. Robertson was also appointed corresponding secretary to the United Association of Groat Britain. In the Supreme Court to-day, a special jury is trying the validity of the will of the late David Calder, of Caversham, which is disputed by several of his family on the ground of undue influence by his youngest chin ditor. His property is valued at over LIO,OOO, and war left to the four youngest, all the others being excluded. Mr. Fish was presented with a purse of 230sovs. by his sympathisers. The meeting carried a resolution expressive of entire confidence in him. Dunedin, Jan. 21. Tho Fire Brigade’s banquet last night was a groat success. Dr. Lightborno, recently appointed honorary surgeon of the Dunedin Brigade, promised to give menthol's an hour’s practice weekly on bandaging and splintering—a knowledge of surgery, lie said, that all firemen ought to bo possessed of. At the City Court to-day, Foot, arrested in Christchurch for passing valueless cheques, was discharged, prosecutor withdrawing the information. The firemen’s conference closes to - day. A telegram from Mauritius states that sugar has further advanced 20s. per ton. Subscriptions to the Irish famine relief fund are coming in freely. Invercargill, Jan. 20. Tho meeting to raise funds for the Irish distress was a great success. A strong Committee was appointed, and over Ll3O subscribed at tho close of the meeting. LSOO was cabled to the Mayor of Dublin to-day through tho Union Bank. 'William M'Pherson, a well-known merchant, has filed. At the inquest on the body of George Smith, who died from the accident at the Supreme Court building, the jury found that no one was to blame, adding a rider asking the Municipal Council to take steps to supervise the erection of scaffolding, with a view to prevent the recurrence of similar accidents. Tho “Times” says a movement is on foot amongst the volunteers to secure the return of Oapt. J. Thomson as Major of the Southland district volunteers.

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TELEGRAPHIC., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 51, 22 January 1880

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TELEGRAPHIC. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 51, 22 January 1880

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