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BRITISH AND FOREIGN. [Heater's). London, Feb. 6. The result of the Liverpool election was the return of Mr. John Torr, a Tory, who was re-elected, and the election of Mr. Whitley, also a Tory, by a majority of 2000 votes over Lord Ramsay, the Liberal candidate, who, in consequence of agreeing to the desirableness of a parliamentary inquiry into the question of Home Rule for Ireland, received the block vote of the Irish electois. London, Feb. 7. In the House of Commons, Mr. W. A. Redwood, the member for Wexford, moved an amendment to the Address in Reply, condemning Government for not having taken steps to alleviate the distress in Ireland by making advances to the tenantry, and demanding from the Chancellor of the Exchequer that detailed measures be at once taken. In the course of the debate which ensued the Hon. D. Plunkett, member for the Dublin University, denounced the course pursued by Mr. Parnell. The debate was adjourned. London. Feb. 8. It has been determined to suspend operations in the war between Chili and Peru until next autumn. Bombay, Feb. 8. Islam Khan has been wounded in a tribal quarrel, and fled to Candahar. (Argus Special.) London, Fob. 4. One hundred and fifty Australian colonists and others lunched on board the Strathlevon yesterday; all were very much gratified at the success of the experiment. Melbourne mutton and beef were sold at Smithfield to-day, the market was low ; the first sixty sheep brought Gd. per lb., the remainder sld. to 6d.; beef, a fraction over sd. It is pronounced more saleable at Id. more than American, mutton id. less than English. The leading butchers are highly pleased with the meat, which equals anything ever seen. Salesmen could take 10,000 sheep weekly. {Age Special.) London, Feb. 4. The convention between England and Turkey, for the suppression of slavery throughout the Turkish Empire, is concluded. The “ Morning Post ” expresses a belief that the Strathleven experiment will ultimately revolutionize the English meat trade. The Adelaide new loan is quoted at 2} per cent. The Home Rulers have submitted two amendments on the Address in Reply. Earl Beaconsfield in the House of Lords stigmatised the abettors of Home Rule as traitors to the Sovereign, and enemies of their country. London, Feb. 7. Latest news from Afghanistan states that Mahomed Jan has taken up a strong position with the army of the Kohistanis, beyond Gundamak, with the intention of intercepting supplies to Cabul. j The Marquis of Salisbury’s relapse has rendered his condition critical. The President of the Paris Chamber of Commerce publicly eulogised the enterprise of Yictoria, and promised the Exhibition every assistance. Italy will arrange to be officially represented at the Exhibi tion. The Commissioner of Customs announced that the Victorian Government will abandon nomineeism, and. advert to 1 the fifth clause of the plebiscite. AUSTRALIAN. ( Renter’s Tel eg’ arns.} Melbourne, Feb. 6. The s.s. Omeo, Claud Hamilton, and Alhambra will be submitted to auction next Wednesday. The reserve is low. Melbourne, Feb. 7. Airived —City of London, from Adelaide. The Te Anau, steamer, arrived yesterday. The Tan j ore left Galle with the mails for Australia. PEE OUR SPECIAL WIRE. INTERPRO YIN Cl AL. Auckland, Feb. 9. The case of scarlatina on the British Empire at the quarantine station is a very mild case. There is no further outbreak, and the ship is being fumigated and will come up in the middle of this week ; but the passengers will not come for eight days. The engine ran for the first time on the Helensville railway to Kaipara terminus on Saturday. Grahamstown, Feb. 9. At the conclusion of Sir George Grey’s address, Mr. Speight, M.H.E., proposed a vote of thanks for his eloquent address. He spoke of Sir George Grey as the only member who stood forth without a motive or object of gain. The vote was carried enthusiastically. Grahamstown, Feb. 7. Walter Ratcliff was committed for trial for making a false declaration of the age of the girl he married a few days ago. The mother of the girl prosecuted. Mr. Whitaker again stated to a deputation, re the railway, that being personally interested lie would take no steps in the matter of the extension of the railway. • • Gisborne, Feb. 9. A petition signed by nearly all the runholders in the restrict has been forwarded to the Government, prajing that Mr. Campbell may be retained in the district as Sheep Inspector. An unusual case has been occupying the attention of the R.M. Court to-day. For the past three weeks the female population of Gisborne have been thrown into a state of terror every night by a nocturnal visitor, who paid his calls about midnight to residences occupied by single women, widows, or women whose husbands wore away from home. The descriptions of the midnight marauder given by the women, differ in many respects, except in one, which was that he wore a white helmet hat. On Saturday a man named Mahon, answering the description, a mulatto said to have been engaged on trial on the “ Hawkes Bay Herald,” was arrested. The Court is crowded to-day hearing the evidence of a number of female witnesses. Later. Mahon, at the R.M. Court, was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment for being illegally on premises for the past three weeks. Complaints had bten made of a man visiting houses occupied only by women, and terrifying the inmates. On the sentence being given, the prisoner’s wife, a young and pretty woman with a baby in her arms, gave way to uncontrolable grief, and swooned at the Courthouse door. Napier, Feb. 9. The collection at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in aid of the Irish Relief Fund, yesterday, amounted to L6O. The Hiber- I

nian Society are also making a collection, and expect to realise about L3O. At the R. M. Court this morning a man named Ford was charged with placing obstructions on the railway line, and was remanded. Detective Grace arrested him under a flax bush. He gave the name of Jno. Ford, but stated he was better known as Jno. Hutton. The account he gave of himself was that he arrived at Port Chalmers about eight years ago as an immigrant, and afterwards went to Melbourne, . Sydney, and other places in Australia, and returned to Wellington about nine months ago. He has been without employment ever since. He walked from Wellington to this district by the East Coast, calling at all stations, without getting work. For eight months he had not had a day’s work, nor slept in a house, and he made up his mind that he would do something that would get him into prison. With that view he placed a large piece of timber on the rails, near the 37mile post, on the 23rd January, and went on to Karamu. He thought the train would be upset, and that he would be looked for; but as he was not, he returned and placed another log of wood on the rails last Thursday evening, and again on Friday morning. When arrested, ho went with the detective and pointed out the first log he had placed on the rails. The spot selected was one where an accident would likely be serious, it being at a sharp angle and on a steep incline, where the driver of the engine would be almost upon the obstruction before seeing it. It is somewhat curious that although Ford pleads such extreme destitution, he was in possession of a silver watch. Hawera, Feb. 9. Sir Dillon Bell, one of the members of the Royal Commission is at Hawera, staying at Lloyd’s Hotel. The old native office is being prepared for the sitting of the Commission. A native named Kurukaura, who was on Mr. Finnerty’s survey party, was drowned in the Patea river yesterday. He was swimming in company with a European named Thomas White down the river, in order to reach their camp, which was at the foot of some gorge, and had arrived in sight of the camp when he disappeared from his companion’s sight and was seen no more. White walked many miles into Hawera without his clothes to bring the news. Mr. Bryce left by the 4 p.m. train for Inglewood, and goes to Stratford in the morning, arriving at noon. He then leaves almost immediately for Wellington. Wellington, Feb 9. On Saturday the Government received a telegram to the effect that a dispute had arisen in reference to the Murimutu Block, between certain hapus of Wanganui and Taupo tribes, headed by Taipea and Major Kemp respectively. Young Scott completed his 24 hours’ walking match on Saturday night, doing 108 miles in that time—thus losing the match by four miles. Great interest was shown in the event, and at the conclusion Scott was loudly cheered. About 4000 paid for admission. Llo was collected in the hall for the purpose of presenting Scott with a testimonial. The steamer Kangaroo left this afternoon for Wakapuaka, to commence laying ' the new cable across the straits. She lays five miles at Wakapuaka, and then proceeds to Wanganui to lay five more, after which she will lay the main cable connecting both ends. Dr. Lemon superintends operations, Captain Sims acts as pilot. 1 G. S. Graham, manager of the Colonial Insurance Company, leaves for England 1 to-day in the Arawata to inspect the LonI don and Indies offices of that company. H. M. S. Cormorant is expected to leave late this evening for the South. In the Carbine Match against the Christchurch Artillery, the Wellington Artillery made 632, the former making . 638. The body of a young man named Cochrane, who was drowned in the harbor on Monday was found on the beach at Kaiwarra to-day. The police are taking active measures to enforce the provisions of the Employment of Females Act. It is understood that three publicans are to be proceeded against for allowing their barmaids to remain in the bar after 11 p.m. Messrs. Blundell Bros., the proprietors of the “ Evening Post ” forwarded to-day, ’ to the Lord Mayor of Dublin, an instalment of LIOO in aid of the Irish Relief Fund. The National Bank transmitted the amount free of exchange. Dr. Lemon has received the following : —“ Lord Mayor of Dublin acknowledge with many thanks subscriptions of LOGO, received from Christchurch.” Nelson, Feb. 9. Entries are now being received, and it is fully expected that 200 competitors will be present in March. Good progress is being made in preparing the ranges, and huts are being built for the accommodation of the competitors, in addition to the tents used last year. Grbymouth, Feb. 9. Protection was obtained to-day to construct a tail race, 70 chains in length, at the Seventeen-Mile Beach Rush. Should the venture turn out successful, the flat will give employment to thousands. The miners embarking in the undertaking are some of the best men in the district, and are sanguine of success. In the R. M. Court to day the R. M., James M'Kay, commented on the necessity of obtaining the services of a European interpreter in Chinese cases. At present the Court was completely at the mercy of the Chinese, who might or might not be interested parties. Christchurch, Feb. 9. Nineteen cases of infectious diseases have been reported during the past fortnight. 17 were typhoid, 1 diphtheria, and 1 scarlatina. There was a case at the Court to-day in which a man was charged with drunkenness and resisting the police. He pleaded that he did not resist, but that two constables badly ill-used him, tearing his clothes off, and punching him in the ribs. A bystander who interfered was arrested for obstructing the police. Several witnesses swore that the constables did unnecessarily maltreat the man, but he was fined 10s. for drunkenness. The bystander brought witnesses to prove that he did not obstruct the police except by word, and that he had fair reason to do so. The case against him was dismissed, and the two constables were then charged with assaulting the original culprit, but the case was adjourned in order to give them time to get witnesses. The testimony sworn against them was of a grave nature. This afternoon one of the lately imported American “ consolidation” engines drew 108 loaded wagons, equal to one thousand tons, from Lyttelton and Heathcote Valley to Christchurch with the greatest ease. Of this number, 77 wagons, equal to seven hundred tons, and a brake van were drawn through the tunnel. The coal used was from the Canterbury Springfield Colliery, and the distance was done at the rate of ten miles an hour. Txmaru, Feb. 9. , The Lincolnshire farmers left Tiraaru this morning toinspect the district between here and Waimate. Invercargill, Feb. 9. The “Home of Peace ” Good Templar Lodge, at a meeting on Friday, passed a resolution refusing to pay capitation dues to the Grand Lodge on the ground of not receiving commensurate benefits. The lodge then dissolved. An open meeting was subsequently held, at which it was decided to found a new organisation, to be called the “ Appleby Temperance Association.” Several speakers expressed an opinion that the Good Templar constitution and ritual were capable of great improvement. This is probably the first secession from the ranks of the Order that ' has occurred in the colony.

The dates of the Invercargill raecs have been altered to the 4th and sth March. The Rev. 0. E. Ward, Primitive Methodist clergyman, is reported, in the course of a sermon last night, to have said that circus performances in too many cases were stepping-stones to vice and degration, and highways to Hell.

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TELEGRAPHIC. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 59, 10 February 1880

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