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BRITISH ASD FOREIGN. {Reuters ) London, Feb 4. The Strathlovcn’s experimental shipment of meat is pronounced thoroughly satisfactory. The Lord Mayor of Dublin lias intimated that the relief of the distress in Ireland would have to be suspended if it wore not for the liberal subscriptions which arc being received from Australasia towards the relief fund. Tenders have been received for the now South Australian Four per Cent Loan to the amount of one million and a half. Tenders at L 93 17s. (id. will receive in full ; tenders at LOS I7s. will receive 34 per cent of the allotment. New Yoiuv, Feb. 4. A separate Irish relief fund has boon opened by the New ‘‘York Herald,” which subscribes one hundred thousand dollars. Ottawa, Feb. 4. Public feeling in Canada is very strong against the course pursued by Mr. Parnell, the Home Ruler, and I)is speeches have been severely criticised by the public press. Bombay, Feb. 5. An Irish relief subscription fund has been opened hero. (Argus Special.) London, Fob. 4. An experiment lias been made with the companion gun to that ''which bu/rai on board of the Thunderer, and killed so many seamen. The gun was tested with a double charge, and burst. Congress have appointed a commission of naval and military engineers to report us speedily as possible on the various canal routes for the Isthmus of Panama. (Age Special.) London, Feb. 3. In addressing a political meeting at Manchester, Earl Derby referred to the suggested alterations in the constitut’on of the House of Lords, and deprecated substituting an elective for an hereditary system, which, ho calculated, would produce a deadlock. Government purpose introducing liberal laud measures in Ireland. Germany lias proposed to mass 40,000 men on the Holland frontier, and gives in explanation that it will prevent smuggling. Austria has strengthened her army on the Russian and Italian frontiers, and also strengthens her fortifications. The Homo Rule League is moribund from dissensions. Shaw refuses the leadership, opposing Pam ell’s extreme measures. The Treasurer has resigned. AUSTRALIAN. (Rcu/ly's). MKimounsrs, Fob. 5. Arrived—Albion, from New Zealand. Parliament has been prorogued. The National Insurance Company have declared a dividend of 8 per cent, and a bonus of (Jd. per share. Adelaide, Feb. 5. A telegram received here states that the 4 per cent, loan has been successfully floated. Sidney, Feb. 5. The two Uungei'fords have been charged with perjury by Mr. Jolly, manager for Mr. Davenport Fisher, who recently was cast in LIO,OOO damages to Hungerforcl for trespass. (Special.) Melbourne, Feb. 5. Mr. Murray Smith has resigned the managership of the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company Thirty thousand bags of wheat have been exported to London within a fortnight. _ PER OUR SPECIAL WIRE. INTERRED VJNCIAL. Auckland, Feb. 6. Hughes, rate collector of the Ponsonby Road District, was arrested to-day on an information charging him with rape on a girl named Sarah Jane Parson, on the 17th December. The girl was a servant in his house when the offence was alleged to have been committed. Prisoner will be brought up at the Police Court to-morrow, and charged with the offence. Another case of scarlatina made its appearance at the quarantine station, and it is evident the disease is of a violent type, The two cases arc now isolated, and every precaution has been taken to stamp out the fever. Paymaster Shopko, of the German warship Nautilus, leftbehind sick, diedyesterday and was buried to-day. The German, French, and American Consulates had flags half-mast high. The seamen of the H. M. gunboat Alacrity furnished a firing party, and the members of the German Society followed the remains to the grave. Another claimant has appeared to part of the Patetere block of 300,000 acres, in which Mr. Sheehan is endeavoring to in- ! duce Mr. Bryce to forego a lien in order to acquire it for Messrs. Whitaker, Jack-1J

son, Walker, and others, who have formed a large speculative company. Allen O’Neill advanced, some years ago, L 750 to a Native named Okiv/i Ngatem, on mortgage. lie had a survey made and regularly attested and registered documents. The claim is for nearly sixty thousand acres. The speculators offer him half the sum advanced. Grauamstown, Feb. C. A brass band with, a deputation insets Sir George Grey on lauding. The County Council have decided to give no reception to either Mr. Whitaker or Sir George Grey. The townspeople ara displaying bunting, and the feeling is still intensely Grey on the Thames. In his address he is expiectcd to attack the Government. Gi'DORNE, Feb. 6. Milner, a tinsmith, dropped dead this morning in Gisborne, opposite the Royal Hotel. The deceased was driving out in a buggy. Samuel Mason Wilson, of the Argylo Hotel, was acquitted of the charge of burning his stables down. New 7 Plymouth, Feb. 0. Another large black fish was washed ashore near the Sugar Loaves yesterday. The blubber of the black fish at Bell Block is being boiled down for oil, and as the Maoris sold them to merchants hero, they have made a p)rofitable thing over their coming ashore. The Hon. Mr. Bryce arrived by iho 7p. m. train from Stratford. He leaves by the train for Waitara and then goes on to Whitccliff’s, and inspects the Constabulary there. Napier, Feb. G. Newton, Irvine, and Co. have succumbed to the hard times. They return assets at over L 57,000, and liabilities at about L 34,000, showing a surplus of 1,23,000. During the past week three separate attempts have been made to upset trains on the.Nap)icr-Kop)ua lino, by placing logs on the rails. The police are investigating the affair. No stops have yet been taken to pmt the Registration of Electors’ Bill of last session into force hero. No registrar has been appointed under the Act, though it stipulates that the appointment shall he made immediately after the piassing of the Act. Wellington, Feb G. Telegrams from the West Coast state that all matters are quiet, and the Natives show a very friendly disposition. The comet was seen last night, but not so distinctly as previously. Colonel Scratchloy left for Auckland today, on route for Sydney. It is believed ho submils his repiort on the defence of New Zealand harbours before leaving the colony. Mrs. Fisher, of the Prince of Wales Hotel, drew Foul Play in Norths’ L2OCO swoop). Young Scott, the piodostrian, starts tonight to walk 124 miles in 24 hours. The ilineuioa loft this afternoon for Opunako, with GO Armed Constabulary, to take part in forming roads on the '■ ’plains. The following circular has been issued by Lieut. Colonel H. E. Reader, Undor- ! Secretary for Defence;—“Government i have decided that officers commanding Volunteers may issue free passes for men serving under them when it is necessary ■ they should travel by rail to attend drill - or any authorised mootings of Volunteers, it being a condition that men receiving ! such pxisses shall carry arms and be in uniform. Fares to be paid out of the special vote for the Defence Department. ” Nelson, Feb. G. A. Lennox JSwoct, charged on remand with forging a signature to a cheque on the National Bank for L 5 18s., has been ; committed for trial at the Siupreme Court. Harvesting is now drawing near a close. Yields may be said to be a good average i throughout the district. An earthquake was felt here at, five minutes to eigiit this morning. The shock ' was but slight, and was accompanied by very little noise Westport, Feb. G. A sharp) shock of earthquake was felt hero at five minutes past eight this mornin'W, p„ lice have hot yet arrested Steward for the assault on M'Loan. Christchurch, Feb. 6. The sky has been clouded every evening for the last three days, so that there has been no opportunity of seeing the comet 1 since Tuesday. On Thursday evening a man named Wilson fell oft’ the 11.15 train from Christchurch to Lyttelton as it was entering the tunno 1 . The accident was noticed, and i by the return train Detective Neil went in search of him. The engine stopped near the mouth, and just inside Wilson was found lying across the rails, and badly injured. Had he not been seen to fall, the return train would have cut him to pieces. The Waitara cleared at Lyttelton for Loudon with 3970 bales wool, 198 casks tallow, ?509 hides, GOO loose hides, and 229 sacks wheat; and three passengers. She sails to-morrow. Timahu, Feb. G. The Lincolnshire farmers’ delegates arrived this afternoon, and were entertained at dinner at the Grosvenor Hotel to-night. An inquest on the fire at Waimato was held yesterday, when the following verdict was returned :—“ That Charles 11. Clarke, Annie Clarke, G )orgc Hayes, and Robert Thompson are guilty 7 of arson in setting fire to p.Tcmises in Queen street belonging to Josapfli Mahorly and occupied by Charles and Annie Clarke, on January 7 25t1i.” A rider was added, “That the jury 7 strongly condemn the reckless and loose stylo of business adopited by 7 the Colonial Insurance Oompxany in the matter of insurance on Clarke’s stock, as the evidence tends to show that the stock was insured for about sixty per cent over its real value.” Oamaru, Feb. G. The Harbor Board held its adjourned annual meeting and ordinary 7 monthly meeting to-day 7, when it was decided to cancel the contract for the Macandrow wharf, and to apnpropn-iate the saving to the extension of the breakwater. A man named W. Peter fell from the top) of a chimney 40 feet high and was hurt rather severely. The coffee saloon opened hero some time ago has proved a decided success. The operations of the last five insnths have resulted in a handsome profit. There is every 7 pn-obability of a Public Hall being shortly erected in Oamaru. Tenders have been called, and it is anticipated that the work will shortly be commenced. Dunedin, Feb. G. The poll on the question of the Mayor being elected from the Council does not excite much attention. From Cromwell comes a report of t»iL races being robbed. One claimholdor reports las loss at thirty 7 ouccs. The Cromwell Company’s crushing for ast mouth was 338 ounces from 580 tons.

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TELEGRAPHIC., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 58, 7 February 1880

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TELEGRAPHIC. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 58, 7 February 1880