LATEST FROM EUROPE. (Argns Special.) London, Jan. 22. Latest news from Afghanistan states that a force of 20,000 men chiefly Ghilzais, is advancing on Cabnl. General Roberts telegraphs that it will be necessary to maintain a strong British force. A German convict settlement on one of the • most southerty of the Navigator Islands is contemplated. Earl Beaconsfleld is suffering from a severe attack of bronchitis. An explosion of fire damp occurred at Hartley colliery, near Newcastle. The number of killed is 150. Polynesian shares are being largely taken up in Germany, except in Hamburg. (Special.) London, Jan 22. Arrived —The steamship Saltan, from Australia. The fortnightly service of the Orient Steamship Company with the colonies commences with the departure of the Chimborazo on the 7th February. In future Orient Co. ’s steamers will not carry mails cither to or from Australian ports. PER OUR SPECIAL WIRE. INTERPBOYINCIAL. Auckland, Jan. 23. At the morning sitting of the United Methodist Free Church district meeting it was reported that the Auxilary Mission Society had raised during the year L2OO. Gunner Pearce, A Battery, was elected sub-lieutenant vice Hyde, left for service at head quarters in Wellington. Denis Bergon, on four charges of indecent exposure of person in the Domain was sentenced to three jmars’ hard labor. He was employed at the Hospital. A severe accident has happened to Mr W. Rowe, formerly member for the Thames. He was coming down the stairs of the Greyhound Hotel when his foot slipped, and he fell heavily to the bottom and received a rather bad bruise on the temple, and was for a few minutes insensible. Dr. Hooper was was sent for. Mr. Rowe walked home afterwards without assistance. Business during the past week has been up to the average, the opening price of wheat is about 5s for prime, delivered in good condition. It is too early to speak of yield per acre and quality, but it will not come out so well as last year’s crop in either respect. Wellington, Jan. 23. It is intended to ask for a new trial in the libel case Anderson v. Kirkbride. The reply to the issue whether plaintiff illtreated his wife should be —“ No evidence of any personal ill-treatment or violence, but his wife sought the protection of Haggard.” The brigantine Progress, owned by Owen and Co., of Auckland, went ashore at Palliser Bay this morning during a thick fog. At 2 o’clock this mon ing, when a messenger left the wreck, the bottom was almost out of the vessel, and she was breaking up. The crew reached the shore in safety. No information has been received as to the cargo (if any) or from what port she is or her distination. A heavy sea is running on the beach, and probably the vessel will go to pieces fast. Nelson, Jan. 23. Mr. Robert Pollock, an old settler, who was a member of the Provincial Council, and latterly Provincial Auditor, and at the time of his death secretary to the Nelson College, died last night. Christchurch, Jan. 23. Colonel Scratchley has fixed upon positions for batteries on the north shore of the harbor. Ho leaves for Dunedin today. The Hurunui sailed io-day for London at 4.30 a. in. Tijtaru, Jan. 23. Messrs. Jonas, Hart, and Wildic held an important sale of wool, skins, hides, Ac., to-day. The attendance being numerous, the result was exceptionally satisfactory, the prices being higher than have been obtained for 18 months past. Merino wool, 7d , 7gd., and 7tyb, and 74d. ; merino skins, 3s. 2d. to 4s. lOd. ; crossbred skins, 3s. 3d, to 4s. lid. ; lamb skins, 9d. to Is. 10s. Business in all branches is rapidly reviving, and as harvesting operations are now commenced under the best auspices Hie outlook is exceedingly bright. Oamaru, Jan. 23. At a meeting of the Town Council last night arrangements were made for interviewing the Minister for Public Works on his arrival here. Immediate steps are to be taken for canvassing the district for the Irish relief fund. It is expected that between L4OO and LSOO will be collected. At the Agricultural Society’s meeting it was decided to give (in addition to the Society’s other prize) a prize of L 5 ss. for the best reaper and binder of any kind. The trial will take place on February sth. In terms of a resolution carried at a meeting some time ago, that the race meeting should take place on 17th and 18th March, the Committee met to draw up a programme. The money to be given amounts to between L4OO and LSOO. The programme includes steeplechase and handicap steeplechase. Dunedin, Jan. 23. A cable message, of date London, Jan. 22, has been received in town, giving the following information with regard to the advance in the price, of iron :
—“ Hermatite” pig iron, L 7 per ton; girder plates, LlO ; black gaspipe, 65 per cent, discount; iron wood screws, 65 per cent, discount. The directors of-the Colonial Bank have issued their report. They propose to pay a dividend of 8 per cent., add LIOOO to the reserve fund, and carry forward L 2500. In case of deficiencies from accounts in liquidation, they propose to transfer L 20,000 from the reserve fund to a special suspense account, until it is seen how the securities held against these accounts realise, but the directors express a belief that a considerable portion of this fund will find its way back to the reserve fund.
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