LATEST FROM EUROPE. (Renter s). London, Jan 26 Adelaide wheat is declining, and is today quoted at 575. per 4961bs ex warehouse. Adelaide flour is unchanged at 425. per 2801b5., ex warehouse. The total quantity of wheat afloat for Great Britain is 1,968,000 quarters. With reference to the speech of the First Lord of the Admiralty at Sutton last week, it now transpires that it is proposed that the British troops in Afghanistan shall retire from Cabul to Jcllalabad, and the appointment of a British Envoy at Cabul will probably bo waived. Public belief is strengthened in rumor recently circulated that a frontier province would be formed between the Kyber and the Kunnn now that the above facts have transpired. London, Jan. 27. The Duke of Marlborough, Lord-Lieu-tenant of Ireland, has refused to dine with the Lord Mayor of Dublin because the latter recently presided at a Home Rule meeting. New York, Jan. 26. Mr. Parnell, the Irish agitator, made a violent speecli to-day, in which he denounced the formation of Irish relief funds, because they would not afford aid to rent defaulters. The latter, he said, claimed separate nationalty, and the landlords must therefore give way. Washington, Jan. 27. The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Dr. Lowell as the United States Minister in London vice Wells.
St. Petersburg. Jan. 26. There is a serious deficiency in the Russian wheat crops. The export of corn has largely decreased, and the expediency of importation of American grain is being discussed. (Argus Special .) London, Jan. 26. Ayoub Khan is advancing on Gliuznee. Bombay troops will replace the Bengal troops at Candaliar, the Bengalese returning to Moia via Ghuznec and Cabul. The German Army Bill has created, a profound sensation in Russia. Prince Bismarck and the National Liberals have been reconciled. England, Austria, and France have complained to the Porte of the continued non-fulfilment of the Berlin Treaty regarding Montenegro. Greek and Turkish papers are violently attacking England ou the late Mollah incident. ( Age Special.) London. Jan. 26. In addressing a political meeting at Birmingham, the Hon. John Bright stated that the greatest boon which could be granted to the Irish peasantry would be a modification of the land laws, enabling a move easy acquirement and more secure holding of lands He deprecated the seditious tone of the Home Rulers. London, Jan. 27. Germany has formally warned Italy to refrain from hostile demonstrations against Austria. The latest news from Afghanistan states that Ayooub Khan and Mahommed Jan have united, and intend to entrench themselves near Gliuznee until strong enough to attack Cabul. France has annexed Tonquiu. Lord Salisbury is ill. AUSTRALIAN. (Reuter's.) Sydney, Jan. 27. A man named Ooultham, aged 23, has surrendered himself to the police at Yass, stating that in January 1878, while he was a chemist at Everton, England, he poisoned his wife with prussic acid, weighted the body, and threw it into the Mersey. Shortly afterwards ho emigrated to Australia, and now asserts he is wretched and sees a vision of his wife nightly. Arrived —Arawata, from Auckland. Melbourne, Jan. 27. Grainy yellow sugars have advanced LI. Competition is brisk. Wheat and oats are weaker. Melbourne, Jan, 23. The Ringarooma leaves to-morrow for New Zealand with the inward (December) Suez mails.
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Auckland, Jan. 28. Mi - . Sheehan proceeded to Waikato last night, where he will enter into partnership with Messrs. Whitaker and Grace, to passthrough 309,000 acres of land in Fatere district, most of which is fit for cultivation. 50,000 acres are to be sold ou deferred payment, probably as special settlements. M ssrs. Whitaker, Douglas, Walker, Rich, Jackson, and others, who have advanced separately on lands, have agreed to combine, and they hope that the Government, which has also advanced, will abandon its claims by arrangement with them. Many blocks overlap, and the natives have taken money from all sides. Groat reductions are being made in the salaries of the Native Office officials, native assessors, and others. Paul, of Orake, will receive a life pension of LIOO a year instead of L3OO salary. Government refuses to abo’ish tolls in many counties. The second tenders for the section of the Waikato-Thamcs lino to the Thames will shortly he called for. . Great dissatisfaction exists that Government lias not replied to a telegram from the Chamber of Commerce, urging the resumption of the railway reclamation contract, as the earth is rapidly silting up the harbor for want of protective works. At the Waste Lands Board yesterday, a resolution was passed approving of granting the Tepuko land to Mr. Vessey Stewart. A telegram from the Government desired the Board not to deal with Mr. Russell’s claim to the To Anohama land ponding enquiry. The Board agreed to open the unsold blocks of To Aroha land on deferred payment at L2 per acre. Grauamstown, Jan. 28. The Committee of the Thames Orphanage decided to give an orphan infant, six months old, to a childless married couple who are Protestants, notwithstanding a protest from the Catholic priest and congregation. The mother of the child died in the hospital, and the child was christened by Episcopalian and Catholic priests. The latter cla'ms it. It seems the child is illcgitima ! c, and the Catholics say they will got the father to claim it. It is likely there will be trouble over the matter, A child two years old had a wonderful escape from death by drowning last evening It appears a disused well, 30 feet deep, had a defective covering, through ■winch the child fell, and after some minutes a man was lowered by a rope. He grasped, the child under water, and sustained himself against the sides of the well. Taking off the rope, he fastened it to the child, which was taken to the surface. The rescuer was subsequently taken up. The child was attended to, and recovered. Normandy, Jan. 28. Major Gordon and 92 men arrived at Kaikaki from Opunake on Monday afternoon, making in all 200 men under Col. Roberts. The camp is cleared and in good order, and the men hard at work at the road. No native visitors are about and the men arc exceedingly well conducted. The camp is much pleasanter since the rain of yesterday morning. Wellington, Jan. 23. Honi Molua Tawhai has resigned his appointment as one of the Royal Commissioners on native affairs. It is understood that his avowed reason for the course he has taken was dissatisfaction at the restricted functions of the Commissioners. That they did not compass all that was required for the satisfactory exposition of the differences that sundered the Maoris and Europeans, and altogether avoided the main issue—confiscation of Maori territory ; and, moreover, that the Commissioners recognised the legality of the confiscation. Westport, Jan. 28. The heavy floods in the river on Monday carried away the Koranui Company’s bridge lately erected. The perjury case, Johnston v. O'Connor, in the R. M. Court, was dismissed. Christchurch, Jan. 28. The New Zealand Shipping Company have declared the r.ite of freight for wheat to London at 50s. per ton. Mr. Frederick Thorne, of Rangiora, a very old colonist, died this morning. He had ailing for some time. The projected fete in aid of the Irish fund has been abandoned. The Municipal Conference held its first meeting this afternoon. The only business was passing of two resolutions—one affirming the desirability of forming a New Zealand Association, and the other requesting the co-operation of all the Boroughs in the Middle Island. Further proceedings were postponed till answers are received from the Municipalities in this Island. Dunedin, Jan. 28. At the inspection of Volunteers last night there were 750 men on parade. Colonel
Scratchley . dwelt strongly on tlie necessity for day drill if Volunteers were to be made efficient. A wool sale was held by Mr. Donald Stronach, on behalf of the New Zealand Loan and Agency Company (Limited) at the Otago Wool Stores to-day, when about 800 bales were disposed of at satisfactory prices. Greasy cress-breds fetched up to 12d. per lb., and merino up to 12|d. Washed descriptions were also well competed for, and realised up to I7jd. for cross-breds, and 19d. for merino. The next sale by the Company has been fixed for February. The mixed Wesleyan Conference reassembled at 10 a. in.' Financial affairs occupied the attention of Conference all day. Reports of the Mission, Educational, and General Connexional Trust Properties were adopted. Permission was given for the sale of the church property in Manners street, Wellington, also for the sale of the Terrace parsonage in the same city. Sanction was given to the formation of a limited liability company to manage the affairs of the book concern in Christchurch, capital L2OOO, in shares of L 5. Reports of the Rook Committee and of the “If. Z. Wesleyan” were adopted. The Rev. J. Armitage was reappointed editor. The eleventh half-yearly meeting of shareholders of the Colonial Bank of New Zealand was held this afternoon, G. M‘Lean, Esq., in the chair. The directors’ report was read for the halfyear ending 3ist December last, and the balance sheet was also submitted. The net profits, after deducting interest paid and accrued for fixed deposits, all expenses of management, rent, and other charges, and after rebating allbills current, and providing for all ascertained bad debts, amount to L 17,511 Gs. Id. Balance of profit and loss for previous halfyear, L 2,045 18s. Id. making a total of L 19,597 4s. 2d., which the Directors propose to be appropriated as follows : To Reserve Fund (in compliance with the stipulation of clause 106 of the deed of settlement) LI,OOO ; to payment of dividend of 8 per cent, per annum on the paid up capital, L 15,998 10s. 5d ; balance to be carried forward to next half-year, L 2,558 13s. 9d. By to-day’s mail applications under the nominated system of immigration for 44 souls were forwarded home. A man named Alex. M’Donald had his right leg broken to-day. He was slinging iron castings from the hold of the lighter Dunedin, when the case fell on him. Three publicans at Blueskiu were fined 40s. and costs at the City Court for keeping unstamped measures. At the Heads, the ship Wellington, with 400 immigrants. Seven hundred and fifty Volunteers attended the inspection by Colonel Scratchley last night, who distributed prizes won at the Rifle Association’s meetings. Colonel Scratchley and Major Sargood, of Victoria, strongly deprecated drilling men in halls at night. On dit that the tramway proprietors offered to pay L4OO before the proceedings were taken re the Castle street accident. .The “ Star ” states the Dunedin telegraph operators who went out on the strike have been fined LSO. At the Dunedin School Committee election the Free Thought party mustered in force and turned the tables on the Bibles in Schools Association and the religious party. Their two candidates occupied first and third places on the poll— Bolt receiving 434 votes, and Low 159. Ramsay, Dick, Nathan, and Livington, ex members, were returned lowest. W. S. Stewart was among the rejected. Great diversity of opinion existed as to the value of cumulative voting. Mr. Stout strongly supported it, saying, though opposed to it at first, the more he saw of it the better he liked it. Several Committees in the suburbs intend bringing the compulsory clauses into operation.
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