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BRITISH AND FOREIGN. ( Reuter's Telegram.) Singapore, Jan. 27. The Brisbane, from Sydney, got aground in Arafura Sea, for 9u hours. After jettisoning a considerable quantity of her cargo, she got off, and proceeded to this poll, where, after being docked, an examination of her bottom will bo made, London, Feb. 2. According to latest nows from South America, a strict blockade is being maintained by the Chilians along the Peruvian coast. It is generally believed that the war will be concluded. St. Petersburg, Feb. 2. A conflict of a serious nature took place here to-day between Nihilists and the police. The rupture resulted in several Nihilists being arrested. {Age Special.) London, Feb. 1. Latest news from Afghanistan states that it is rumored that Ayoub has boon defeated by Ibrahim Khan, who opposed the Shere Ali dynasty. The Glxilzais are committing frightful outrages. The natives supposed to be friendly to the British are reported to have massacred 2000 families, destroying many villages. The Chilians threaten the Bolivian frontier towns. A war-ship lias been despatched from California to protect the British Resident at La Perez City from the Bolivians. London, Feb. 3. The Russian press is irritated at the Treaty of Berlin with England and Persia, and threaten vengeance upon Persia. Over 1000 interesting Italian exhibits arc loading at Ycnico for the Melbourne Exhibition. (Argus Special.) London, Feb. 2. The Strathloven, from Sydney, has passed Gravesend. The meat is in excellent condition. AUSTRALIAN. ( Reuter's Tdeg > a ms.) Sydney, Feb. 3. Mr. Sutherland, for twenty years in Parliament, and formerly Minister for Public Works, has resigned his seat in the Assembly. A comet was visible last night throughout the southern colonies of Australia. Strong confirmatory evidence has been received as to the truth of Hume’s story about Classon having survived for some time in Central Australia. He has now been dead some years, but it is believed that half-castes exist in Central Australia who speak German. Melbourne, Feb. 3. The Banks have reduced the rate of interest on deposits for three months to 3 per cent for six months, 4 par cent for 12 months to 5 per cent. The dissolution of Parliament takes place positively to-day. Brisbane, Feb. 3. The Queensland Government has resolved to call for tenders for direct steam service for mails and immigrants via Torres Straits. (Special.) Sydney, Fob. 3. The blacks describe a person supposed to be Classon, the explorer, as feeble and decrepid on account of ill-health. On learning the vicinity of some squatters he bogged to be taken thither. The blacks refusing, he stole out of the camp at night, was missed in the morning, tracked, and found dead half way. Melbourne, Feb. 3. Queensland sugars have advanced 10s. to 305., according to quality. A thousand bags of New Zealand oats have been sold at 2s. 71 d. A shipment of Patna rice received from New Zealand was sold in bond for LI2 15s. a ton.


interproyincial; Geahamstown, Feb. 4, The ease of tlio child Fitzsymonds lias been settled by the Catholics agreeing to pay for the maintainence of the infant hi the Orphanage, rather than allow its adoption by a Protestant. The is great discontent about the railway. Government have ordered a number of sleepers, intended for the Thames end of the line, to be sent to Wangarei. A man named Hunter married a girl recently against the wishes of her parents, and he will be charged with making a false declaration before the Registrar, at the R.M. Court on Friday. Auckland, Feb. 4. On board the British Empire, which arrived to-day, there had been during the voyage thirty-six cases of measles and eighty cases of scarlet fever, with three deaths from the latter —two children and one adult, a man named Vetch, One case broke out to-day. She brings 400 immigrants, paying their own passage, chiefly small farmers. The appearance of the comet is causing considerable excitcmentin scientific circles. The tail reaches from twenty-five degrees above the horizon to below the horizon. At sunset it is visible in the S. W., and is believed to bo approaching the sun,

The Albuvnia mine has declared a dividend of L!Oa share, absorbing L4OOO. The funeral of the hue Mr. J. S. Macfarlane took place to-day at St. Andrews Church. There were 50 carriages, and numbers on horseback. The church could not hold those present, the service being conducted by the Yen. Archdeacon Strong. Among the mourners were Hon. F. Whitaker, lion. Jno. Williamson, Dr. rollon, Mr. John Sheehan, and Mr. Swanson. There were many old colonists present. Sailed —Wellington, for South. Passengers for Lyttelton : Messrs. 13rett and Felton. Seymour George addressed the Rodney electors, and at the conclusion received a vote of thanks. Wellington, Feb. 4. The Supremo Court granted rule nisi for a new trial in the case of McFarlanc and another v. Rees. At the Calcutta sweeps, Foul Play brought the highest price. H.M. S. Cormorant leaves for the South on Tuesday. A number of penguins, brought hereby the Hincmoa from the Snares, have been lot loose in the harbor. Captain Fairchild at first intended to place them on Stephen’s Island. The tail of the comet seen last night is not likely to be seen to-night as the sky is overcast. The torpedo corps intend having a series of experiments in firing permanent mines and torpedoes shortly. A well known engineer here has placed a steam launch at their disposal. Lara is reported very foot sore. Pinfire was scratched for all engagements at 12.30 to-day. In the Calcutta sweep, worth LSO, at the Empire last night, Foul Play fetched LlO ; Lara, L 7 ; Templeton, L 4 ; JB ippocampua, L 3; Soukar, Chancellor, and Laertes, L2 10s. The rest wore passed in. There is every prospect of a very successful meeting. Libeller will not start for the Cup. The following will comprise the field and the jockeys :— Templeton, Watty; Foul Play, Derritt ; Chancellor, Rudings ; Hippocampus, Hudson : Lara, Nolan ; Hailstorm, Gardiner ; Norseman, Clifford; Quail, Carrington ; Magnolia, Herd ; Soukar (doubtful) ; Laertes, Taylor ; Vampire, Hawkins ; Balmoral, Kaiser. The Supreme Court this morning refused to grant a now trial in the libel action Anderson v. Kirkbrido. The gates of the racecourse have been bought by Ames, proprietor of the Star Hotel. The price is stated to be L 420. Nelson, Feb. 4. It is stated that some 70 applications have already been received for the office of Secretary to the Nelson Education Board, the salary for which is L 350. Tiie appointment will probably be made tomorrow. Arthur L. Sweet, late of Wellington, and formerly of Auckland, is charged with the forgery of a cheque for L 5 175., and lias been remanded till Friday. An elderly man, Mr. Brown, residing at Waknpuaka, whilst walking out, is supposed to have received sunstroke and fell, breaking his thigh. Christchurch, Feb. 4. The following arc the nominations for the Great Autumn Aandicap Mata, Libeller, Hippo, Templeton, Titania, Hornby, Pinfire, Volunteer, Cambello, Tora, Lo Loup, Fishhook, Maritana, Adamant, Mirando, Webb’s 8.F., Knottingly, Tantrums, Lara, Brahazon’s B. G., Albany, Gludgo, Luna, Natator, Longlands, Norseman, Laertes, Rangitira, Foul Play, On Dit, and Betrayer. Oamaru, Feb. 4. L2OO will be forwarded to the Mayor of Dublin for the Famine Relief Fund this week. Pastor Chiniquy will visit Oamaru on the 19th inst. A meeting of sympathisers will be held at the Young Men’s Christian Association rooms on Friday evening, at 7.30. Timaru, Feb, 4. A very large comet was observed in the western sky last evening, its tail extending over fully 30 degrees. Its head was below the horizon. The weather to- night is too thick to sec it. Dunedin, Feb. 4. The Dunedin Chamber of Commerce committee passed the following resolution ;—“ That the committee does not feel justified, with the information at present at its disposal, in opposing the abolition of the Invercargill express train, but is of opinion that the train substituted should, if possible, be accelerated so that it might reach Invercargill earlier in the day ; that a deputation wait on the Ministers on their return to town, with a view to discussing the proposed changes as far as they affect the commercial interests of Dunedin, Invercargill, and Christchurch.

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TELEGRAPHIC., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 57, 5 February 1880

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TELEGRAPHIC. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 57, 5 February 1880