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BRITISH AND FOREIGN. (Age Special.') London, Jan 29. Latest news from Afghanistan states that the insurgents art increasing, and the situation is serious. The late Governor of Jellalabad has joined the the rebellion. London. Jan. 30. A report is current that the Russian losses in camels and war material have been so groat that they will be unable to continue the expedition in the Turcomans’ country. It is further stated that the Russian Government already contemplates abandoning the expedition. At a large meeting held in Dublin today, to consider the question of relieving the distress in the country. The Duchess (?) of Marlborough was present, and addressed the meeting. She repudiated the assertions made by Mr. Parnell in his recent speeches in America. London, Jan. 31. Latest news from Afghanistan states that Ayoub proposes to march on Cabul when the snow clears. Roberts had but little success in bis conciliatory efforts. It is stated the Afghans will fight to the last. Proofs have been discovered that Ayoub solicited the Cabulese to march on Farap, but they declined. The British Government have decided that the expense of the Znluland Residency shall be divided between Natal and the Transvaal. ( Special .) London, Jan. 29. The South Australian Four Per Cent. Loan of L 325,000 is announced to-day. The minimum is fixed at 921. AUSTRALIAN. {Association Special.) Melbourne, Jan. 31. The Adelaide loan is unaccompanied with a pledge of ahsention from borrowing. Phylloxera, the vine blight, has again been discovered in the vicinity of Geelong. Sydney, Feb. 2. The production of “ The Happy Laud ” is a great hit. It is rumored that Government intend to prohibit its repetition. INTERPROVINCIAL. PER OUR SPECIAL WIRE. Auckland, Feb. 2. An extraordinary case of loss of speech occurred to a woman named Barrington, through a fit of excessive joy. The family had been alarmed by a cry of lire but found they were safe, and the woman was so overjoyed that she went into a fit. On recovering she found she had lost her speech, and has remained in her dumb state ever since. At the Police Court to-day a single woman named Staines, keeper of a tobacconist shop, was charged with sly grog selling, but the case was dismissed. The evidence showed that money was paid for cigarettes, and beer given as a shout by . Miss Staines to an old friend named Rielly. Grahamsxown, Feb. 2. Mr. Morrison, of Christchurch, who was appointed head master of the High School, has not communicated with the Board, and there is likely to be another person elected to the position. Miss Chettery, of Hamilton, was appointed to-day assistant teacher. It is rumored that Sir George Grey will visit the Thames on Saturday, being the same day as Mr. Whitaker, the AttorneyGeneral is on a visit as Grand Master of the Scotch masons.. A company is being formed to establish the manufacture of mineral paints. A new Caledonian Company is being formed to work the mines bought by Mr, Rowe. Capital, LIO,OOO in the same number of shares. George Vidal, a local lecturer, held forth last night, on Chiniquy and Henne-

bery, characterising both as impostors, whose object was money. New Plymouth, Feb. 2. Yesterday a shoal of about 120 black fish were driven ashore near Shell. Boach, and were left there when the tide receded. Some of them measured 20 feet in length. The beach is strewn with them. It is supposed that some enemy, probably a sword fish, must have chased them in, for several had wounds, which were bleeding. They are attracting great attention, and largo numbers have gone to see them. The Maoris claim the fish, but are willing to giro half of them to the pakehas. Yesterday the Maoris cooked one for dinner, and.partook of it with great gusto. Napiek, Feb. 2. The Ram Fair to bo held on Thursday promises to be a great success, the entries being very numerous. They come from all parts of the colony, as well as from England, Victoria, and Tasmania, and exhibits from all the best known colonial flocks. Renata Kawopo lias determined to eschew the turf in future, and advertises Otupai for sale. His horse racing experience has been one of continual worry and vexation and loss, and the old chief has come to the conclusion to dispose of the single horse he has left. Experiments with the whitefish ova have been anything but successful, at least as far as this district is concerned. Those turned out at Framley in the Acclimatisation Society’s ponds were chiefly put into the trays in which the trout were hatched, in running water, and these have all died. S line were put into the drag pool in grass-cloth boxes, where artesian wells flow on them. They are doing very well, but unfortunately only a comparatively small number were thus treated. It is thought the water is too warm for them, and, if so, we cannot expect a very encouraging report from the Taupo Lake, where a good many were turned out. Wellington, Feb. 2. Mr. Johnson, Secretary to the Benevolent Institution, had an interview with the Colonial Treasurer to-day, with reference to the unemployed. The Colonel Treasurer replied that the matter had been under consideration by Government for some time, and as soon as the Cabinet met it would be dealt with ■without fail. Messrs. George, Plimmer, Coffey, Bayliss, Harcourt, Jackson, and Mills, were nominated to-day as candidates for the two city representatives on the new Harbor Board. A preliminary enquiry as to the circumstances connected with the loss of the brigantine Progress at the Heads recently, was held before the Collector of Customs to-day. Nothing fresh was elicited. The evidence will he forwarded to Government. A man marking at the Pollhill Gully range had a narrow escape from being shot this morning. While he was painting the target a Volunteer arrived at the GOO yards range, fired, and the bullet brushed past the marker and struck the target. The appointment of a Native Commissioner, vice Mohi Tawhai, resigned, has been further delayed, owing to the absence of Sir F. D. Bell, one of the Commissioners, who is expected here on Wednesday. The following appointments have been made in connection with the commission ;—Reporters, Messrs. Drake and M'Carthy; interpreter, Mr. Hadfield ; secretary, Mr. E. Bell. Changes are about to be made in the proprietorship of the “Evening Chronicle,” but it is not yet decided who retires. The arbitration is now being held. During January, 111 births and 52 deaths were registered here, and 30 marriage certificates issued. Mr. Chas. Woolcock, formerly M. H.R. for the Grey Valley, has been appointed to the editorship of the “ Rangitikei Ad vocate. ” Dr. Lemon, Superintendent of Telegraphs, has received the subjoined: — “Please communicate the following to the press of your colony Mr. John Pender, Chairman of the Eastern Telegraph Company, notifies to the press of Australasia that now that telegraphic communication between Australasia and the other civilised centres of the world is made more certain by duplication of cable, I hope the press will use this great facility for bringing the colonies and the Mother Country and other great and extended dependencies to a closer union and love, and increasing harmony. The cable is now laid to South Africa, and 1 beg to thank the Australian colonies for enabling my Company to serve the Imperial Government at a critical juncture, by allowing that cable to be completed before the Australian one, now happily laid within the time originally fixed. A. Kimble is agent to the Company at Adelaide. ” The following is the latest betting on the Cup • —5 to 2 against Foul Play (offered), 100 to 30 and 80 to 25 against Lara (taken and offered), 6 to 1 against Hipocampus (taken and offered), G to 1 against Templeton (taken and offered), 100 to 12 against Laertes (offered), 100 to 10 against Hailstorm (offered), 100 to 10 against Chancellor (ottered), 100 to 9 against Soukar (offered), 100 to 5 against King Quail (offered). Over 100 tickets in North’s sweep were sold on Saturday. A man named Alex. Weiber, who was arrested at Christchurch for obtaining L 3 17s. 6d. from Myers, picture frame maker in Wellington, by means of false pretences, has been committed for trial. The Chairman of the Eastern Extension Telegraph Company has sent the following to Dr. Lemon :—“ Please deliver the following from the Lord Mayor of London to the Mayors of the Australian colonies: ‘ Should be obliged bya response to my application of Jan. 10th, respecting the Rowland Hill Fund.’ ” At the Supreme Court, in banco, Mr. Rees applied for a new trial in the libel action, Anderson v. Kirkbride. Judgment was reserved. Timaru, Feb. 3. The foundation stone of the Convent of the Sacred Heart, with attached schools, was laid yesterday, by Bishop Redwood. Bishop Moran was also present. Both of their Lordships condemned in strong terms the present godless system of education. At a meeting of the Agricultural and Pastoral Association to-day, a committee was appointed to meet the representatives of the Lincolnshire farmers, and arrange for their tour round the district. The Customs revenue collected at Timaru last month was nearly LSOO below that collected in the corresponding month last year. Many of the principal farmers in this district are making arrangements to ship their wheat Home direct on their own account this year. The Timaru High School was opened this morning, 36 girls and 28 boys presenting themselves. Oamaru, Feb. 2. A inquiry lias been made to-day concerning the identity of the human remains found in the ruins of the Queen’s Hotel after the fire. Dr. Delatour gave evidence to the effect that the bones were those of a human being, and although it was not absolutely proved the remains were those of William King, yet there can be no doubt that he it was who met his death in the fire. Jeremiah Kenny was to-day convicted of sly grog selling, and fined L2O. Dunedin, Feb. 2. The Dunedin Jockey Club have resolved to do away at their future meetings with Loger stakes for three-year-olds, with a view of increasing the stakes for two-year-olds. A large number of applications have been made to the Committee of the Dunedin Jockey Club for leave to work totaiisators at the annual meeting. A subcommittee has been appointed to make

inquiry regarding the method which other clubs have adopted in licensing totalisators. One of the hard-labor gang of prisoners named Nicholson, met with a serious accident at Port Chalmers on Saturday. The man was bathing, and in diving struck his head on the bottom. When brought to the surface he was perfectly unconscious. He is suffering from spinal paralysis. The Ministers went up country this morning. The twenty-four hours’ walking contest between Brooks and Delaney was won by the former, who did 102 miles to the other’s little over 83, In the final match for the challenge cup, Dunedin, who had lost six of their best wickets for 28, put together 108 —George Clark making 43 and Carisbrook 71—for nine wickets. The Governor is to be invited by the Jockey Club to attend its forthcoming annual race meeting. The lollie and glue factory, the property of Richard Boneckie, at Kaikorai Valley, was totally destroyed by fire yesterday afternoon. Shortly after 12 o’clock, Boneckie went to tire factory for the purpose of putting some coal in the furnace. This he did, and then went into the drying room, where he remained for about an hour. When he came out he found the room adjoining the furnace room filled with smoke, and the partition of the furnace room on fire. Ho was unable to stop the progress of the flames, and before assistance arrived the building was destroyed. It was insured in the Standard Insurance Company for the sum of L 1250. The stock and machinery are not insured. Boneckie estimates his loss at from LI 600 to LI7OO. He thinks it probable that the fire originated by a spark being blown from the furnace while he was putting on the coal. James Hunter, chief steward of the ship Canterbury, was found dead in his bed this morning from epilepsy.

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TELEGRAPHIC., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 56, 3 February 1880

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TELEGRAPHIC. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 56, 3 February 1880