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BRITISH AND FOREIGN. (Aigits Special.) London, Feb. 9. Sydney mutton sold to-day at 6ld. to Gd. ; beef, 4id. to sd. The beef is not going so quickly. The sa'e of Home beef and mutton averages Gid. ; American beef, the same as Australian. The Irish members only moved an amendment to the Address, proposing that the loans to landlords shall be at one per cent. They demand the same privileges for tenants and general improvement in the land laws. Owing to the continued wet of last year sheep rot is extremely prevalent, especially in the Midland and Western Counties. Ten thousand, chiefly ewes, are dead and dying in parts of Oxford, Warwick, Somerset, and Gloucester. It is expected that a large proportion of the lambing ewes will succumb. The state of affairs is becoming a matter of serious consideration. Tugs are bringing the mail steamer Hankow to Plymouth, her engines being disabled.

{Renter's), London, Fob. 10. The Theatre Royal, Dublin, has bees*

burnt down. Six persons were killed and several injured. Constantinople, Feb. 10. During the soldiers’ fete at Stamboul, the barracks fell, and 200 were killed, while large numbers were injured. Rome, Feb. 0. The Vatican is at present engaged in discussing certain proposals which have been submitted to his Holiness with a view to promoting a union of the English Ritualists with the -Roman Catholic Church. New York, Feb. 9. A Bill has been introduced into the State Legislature of lowa to make women eligible for election to Congress. (Age Special.) London, Feb. 9. Fighting has been renewed at Herat, between the Cabulcse troops and the Heratese. The Marquis of Salisbury is suffering from gastritis. A serious famine is raging at Cyprus, which the British authorities are alleviating. London, Feb. 10. Latest news from Afghanistan states that the fiercest attempts are being made to arouse fanaticism. The High Priest appeals to all true believers to massacre the British. Lord Salisbury is improving. A sculling match took place on the Tyne between Boyd and Eliiot for L2OO a-side, the former winning easily. AUSTRALIAN. {Rented s.) Melbourne, Feb. 10. Mr. Berry addressed the Geelong electors yesterday in a long speech, in which he defended the policy and actions of the Government. He sketched the future programme of the Ministry, and stated that they had resolved to abandon the nominee clause, but would retain the plebiscite and sixth clause in the next Reform Bill. A vote of confidence was carried by a large majority. A woman named M‘Mahon, while suffering from religious mania, murdered her infant child yesterday. Sailed—Te Anau. Sydney, Feb. 11. At the Exhibition, in the class for mild ales, Joel, of Dunedin, took first prize, and Brown and Campbell, of Auckland, wore highly commended. In the pale ale class, Martin, of Invercargill, took first prize, and Pascoe, of Wellington, and Wilson, of Dunedin, were highly commended. In strong ales, Vincent, Christchurch, took first prize, the Phoenix Brewery (probably Ehrenfried) second. No awards were given for bottled ales. Adelaide, Feb. 10. Arrived—Deccan. PER OUR SPECIAL WIRE. INTERPRO VIN 01AL. Auckland, Feb. 11. The Hon. Mr. Whitaker and Mr. Fenton have induced about 50 natives belonging to a hapu in the King Country, lately owning allegiance to Tawhiao, to settle on four thousand acres of laud at Onowhcro, near Tukuti, thereby virtually detaching them from the King party. Tawhaio told them not to accept the Crown grant, or, if they did, to throw it into the river, but they ignored bis advice and accepted the grant and plan of the ground from Mr. Whitaker. The laud is alienable by lease or sale. It is expected that many more natives will follow. Captain Johnston, of the Marine Department, Mr. Hamilton, of the Stamp Office, and Mr. Batkin, of the Treasury, are here 011 official business. It is said there is a difficulty with the accounts of one of the officials at Tauranga. The “ Waikato Times ” announces that Government have purchased land at a satisfactory figure, which it is not yet at liberty to quote. The “ Times ” Alexandra correspondent says Rewi and Tawhiao meet on Sunday at Kopua. Crahamstown, Feb. 11. Sir George Grey, when here, received invitations from Tukikua, the great native obstructionist, to meet him, and settle the question as to the road and railway through his laud. Sir George Grey recommended him to submit it to the Government officer’s advice, and it appears Tukikua has done so, and the county road and railway is allowed to be formed. This removes the only obstruction in the line of the Thames-Waikato railway. Mr. Rowe is not likely' to float the new Caledonian Company, Auckland capitalists opposing the scheme. The share market is very dull. New Plymouth, Feb. 11. One of tlit crew of the steamer Waitara bad his hand caught in .the steam winch, and two fingers completely smashed.' Sir Dillon Ball and Sir Win. Fox, who are both in Hawera, have engaged Mr. Furlong’s house for three months, as a residence. Mi’. Bryce visited Kaikiki camp yesterday evening, and went as far as Kaupokouui to inspect the site for the new camp, wliich had been selected by Col. Roberts in the early part of the day. A move forward to Kaupokouui is expected tomorrow. The work is being vigorously pushed forward, and pay-day passed at the camp without a single drunk. The weather continues exceedingly hot, and the dust is something fearful. Normanby, Feb. 11. There is a rumor here that Titokowaru lias given notice to the Constabulary that they are to clear out in three days. The rumor is without the slightest foundation in fact, Palmerston North, Feb. 11. Total proceeds clear of all expenses of the concert in aid of the Irish relief fund ■are L 47, for which a cheque has been sent to the proprietors of the Wellington ‘ ‘ Post. ” Wellington, Feb. 11. His Excellency, Lady Robinson, and suite, left for the South in the steamer Hinemoa this afternoon. Thirty-two of the native contingent, A. 0., left for New Plymouth last night, to reinforce those now working on the roads. The steamer Kangaroo landed the shore end of the cable at Wakapuaka yesterday afternoon, after which she left for Wanganui. Sydney Smith, better known as “ old Smith,” an old resident, died last night at the age of 80 years. A poll to elect two members as representatives for the city on the new Harbor Board was taken on Monday, with the following result : —P. Coffey, 940 ; W. V. Jackson, 977 ; J. B. Harcourt, 781 ; E. W. Mills, 553 ; J. R. George, 331 ; J. Plimmer, 250 ; G. H. Bayliss, 155. Messrs. Coffey and Jackson were therefore returned. The shipping interest returned Capt. Rose, of the N. Z. Shipping Co., and the Chamber of Commerce returned Mr. J. E. Nathan, merchant. The Hutt County Council returned W. Lancaster. The settling-up for the Races took place hist night, when the following ; amounts were handed over to the following owners ; —Hon. ,W. Robinson, L 351 10s. ; R. H. Vallanoe, L 194 IGs.; O. Redwood and F. Gentry, LB7 10s.; P. J. Murtagh, L7l 55.; R. M‘lvor, L7l 55.; W, Walters, L 52 55.; J. Desmond, L 47 10s.; R. Ray, L2S 10s.; A. J. Keith, L 23 10s.; A. Young, L 23 155.; total, L9SG 15s. A mooting was held on. Mo ml ay for the purpose of forming a free public library, when it was unanimously decided that a corporated company should be formed in accordance with the terms of The Public Library Acts, 1875 and 1877. The Government have given LGO to provide shelving for books.

The unemployed immigrants will hold a meeting on {Saturday next, to cohsider the best moans of alleviating distress among them. They consider they were brought to the colonies under false pretences. Nelson, Feb. 11. Mr. Joseph Davis, who was on a visit to Nelson, has been committed to the Lunatic Asylum. The loss of several members of his family, who were passengers by the illfatcd ship Knovvslcy Had, is supposed to have preyed on his mind. Mr. Oswald Curtis has accepted a seat on the Royal Commission appointed to investigate as to the public works of the colony. Blenheim, Feb. 11. The criminal libel case against Mr. Samuel Johnston, of the Marlborough “ Express,” raised by Mr. John Gaidar, now'residing in Wanganui, has boon heard. The libel is based upon a paragraph in the Marlborough “ Express, 1 ’ which stated that Mr. Calder had been given free quarters by a grateful country for two years for experiments in illicit distillation. It came out in evidence that the paragraph was published inadvertently, and that a full apology was afterwards published The Bench ruled that a prima facie case had been made out, and committed the accused to take his trial at Blenheim. His own recognisance of L 25 was taken. Christchurch, Feb. 11. At the RM. Court this morning Michael Murphy, a noted money lender, was committed for trial for obtaining two guineas by false pretences. In paying to a client money ho was advancirg on a renewal of mortgage, he stated that he had paid H. E. Alport, land agent, the two guineas for valuing the property, and this was proved to be false. From evidence it appeared that Murphy charged L2 for the loan of L 8 for three or four daysA constable named Corasher was fined Is., and 20s. costs, for kicking a man named Blowitt, whom he had arrested for using obscene language. Pastor Chiniquy commenced another series of three lectux-es to-night at the Odd Fellows Hall. By the express to-morrow the railway head quarters will bo removed to Dunedin. The following officers go down : —The Commissioner and his Secretary, Mr. Badham; Mr. Fife, Accountant, and staff; Mr Ollivier, Cashier; Mr. Floyd, Inspector of Telegraphs, his constructor, and a lineman. Timahu, Feb. 11. The Minister for Public Works arrived from Oamaru this evening. Ho will be waited on to-morrow b} r deputations from various public bodies, with reference to the new railway station and other matters of importance. At the R. M. Court this morning a man named Wm. Tail was charged with committing indecent assaults on three little girls on the beach last evening. He was remanded till Saturday. Dunedin, Fob. 11. Mw J. F. Wabson to-day received a telegram from Reef ton stating that the Welcome Quartz-mining Company’s last return is GoOozs. of gold from 345 tons of stone. Mr. Sydney James to-day received a letter from the Rev. C. M. Moysey Thompson, Private Secretary to the Governor, stating that las Excellency and Lady Robinson will have much pleasure in accepting the invitation to be present at the Dunedin Jockey Club annual meeting. Otago will be strongly represented at the National Rifle Association meeting next month. The additional entry of Sergeant Webster, City Guards, has been received, and the Dunedin Naval Brigade will be represented by Petty Officer Morrison and Sub-Lieut. Black. Mr. J. E, Hutchinson has been entered for the honorary members’ matches. The police this afternoon received information that a man with his throat cut was found floating iu the bay near Vuaxhall. A small sum of money was found on him, also a note-book, which contained the name of Walter Pierce. The racehorses ■Chancellor, York, Libeller, Billingsgate, and Hippocampus arrived safely by Arawata from Wellington this morning. The Dunedin Artillery made the fine score of 048 against Christchurch. The Battery will be represented at Nelson by Lieut. Peake, Sergeant Thomson, Gunner Lees, and Sergeant Allan. Efforts are being made to secure afifthveprcsontati"e, failing which, Captain Muir, attached to the staff, will request permission to fire in the company’s match. Sergeant Webster, of the City Guards, has entered for the Rifle meeting at Nelson. INVERCARGILL, Feb. 10. A branch of the amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners has been establislied hero The result of the poll, re the L 13,000 loan, was as follows : —For, 404 ; against, 74. 0

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TELEGRAPHIC. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 60, 12 February 1880

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