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TELEGRAPHIC.

BRITISH AND FOREIGN. (Reuter’s). London, Feb. 16. During to-day’s sitting of the House of Commons, the House went into Committee on the Irish Distress Relief Bill. An amendment was proposed that the advance should be made towards the Relief Fund from the Imperial Treasury instead of from Church surplus, but it was defeated on a division. Three per cent, consols, 97f. The total quantity of wheat afloat for Great Britain is 1,760,000 quarters. (Argus Special.) London, Feb. 16. In its money article the “ Times’' publishes a memorandum by the representatives of certain industries who purpose meeting to consider the withdrawal of their application for space, owing to the Victorian tariff. It is regretted that the protective system was unmodified previous to the dissolution. Fresh legislation is regarded as impossible in sufficient time for the advantage of exhibitors. The policy of New South Wales is contrasted favorably. Wheat is unchanged. Small purchases are made pending the collapse of the American ring, when a fall is expected. {Age Special.) London, Feb. 16. Ayoub Khan, with 6000 men, left Herat for the purpose of joining Mahommed Jan at Ghuznee, whose forces are decreasing. General Stewart attacks Ghuznee within a fortnight, from Candahar. General Roberts despatches a column from Oabul to assist. London, Feb 17. The Marquis of Salisbury is still in a critical condition. The Chimborazo sailed on the 16th. Rome, Feb. 16. The Pope has issued an encyclical letter, declaring that the Law of Divorce has an immoral effect. AUSTRALIAN. {Association Special.) Melbourne, Feb. 17. The Tararua, with the Suez mail, sailed this afternoon. (Reuter's.) Sydney, Feb. 18. In the Legislative Assembly last night, two motions were brought forward by David Buchanan, that the Lieut Governor should not be allowed to be a member of the Legislative Council, and objecting to the Governor’s use of his prerogative of mercy in the case of two of the Wantabadgery bushrangers. The motions were rejected by a large majority. Vital statistics for the last year were published to-day. They show an unprecedented increase in the population of the colony. Brisbane, Feb. 18. The bushranger who stuck up the •

National Bank, at Connamulla, in the Warego district last month has been tried and sentenced to death. Melbourne, Fob. 16. It is reported the British manufacturers are disinclined to send exhibits on account of the tariff, which they declare excludes their wares from this market. It is rumored that Mr, Parnell, on completing his American tour, will visit Australia and India. Melbourne, Feb. 17. Tire trial of the directors of the Provincial and Suburban Bank commences on Thursday. Numerous election speeches are being delivered throughout the country. Arrived—Garonne. Sailed Tararua. Sydney, Feb. 17. At a meeting last night preliminary steps were taken for the despatch of an expedition to seek corroboration of the recent statement of a half-caste about Classon. The subscriptions to the Irish relief fund now amount to L 15,000. • PER OUR SPECIAL WIRE. INTERPROVINCIAL. Auckland, Feb. 18. Great indignation, is felt here at the landing of twenty-five Communists, nine of whom were convicted under the criminal code. In a strongly-worded article the ‘‘Herald ” called on the people to rise to a man and resist, if need be forcibly, the “ scandalous attempt of the authorities of New Caledonia to saturate this colony with the off-scourings of their bagnios,” and demands that Sir Hercules Robinson shall support any measure his Ministers may take. New Plymouth, Feb. 18. The monthly meeting at Parihaka was held yesterday. Little interest was manifested by the natives, and there was only a very small gathering, not above 300 in all. Several loads of apples were added to the customary feast. There wore nine Europeans present. Te Whiti did not manifest any desire to display his powers of oratory, contenting himself with a very short address of little or no significance beyond the ore' inary exhortations to his people. He advised his followers not to be alarmed at the course of events. In his speech he did not allude to the advance of the Armed Constabulary on the plains, nor to the Native Commission at Oeo. The report that Te Whiti asked the Native Commissioners to come to Parihaka was quite unfounded, as neither he nor any of his people are likely to take any notice of the proceedings of the Commission. Wanganui, Feb. 18. A fire destroyed the dwelling-house and workshop of Donald Reed, cabinetmaker, situated at St. George’s Gate. Wellington, Feb. 18. The Hon. Native Minister returned from Hawera last evening. The Government have completed the necessary arrangements for bringing into operation the Registration of Electors Act passed last session. It is understood that Government intend taking prompt and decided action- regarding the proceeding of the French Government in chartering a schooner to convey a batch of French convicts to Auckland from New Caledonia, whose term of penal servitude had expired. A rumor is current here that a large reduction is about to be made in the Railway Department. The Suez mails, which left Melbourne yesterday by the Tararua, are a supplementary batch forwarded bj' the P. and 0. steamer Deccan, which left Southampton on the 27th December, and Suez on the 3rd January. She arrived at Melbourne on Friday last. The Governments of New Zealand and New South Wales have succeeded in effecting a very satisfactory rearrangement of the San Francisco mail service by which the time of transit between England and New Zealand will be shortened by at least two clear days. At the Magistrate’s Court this morning five publicans were fined L 3 each and costs, for allowing barmaids to remain in the bar after 11 p. m. Several drapers were treated in a similar manner for allowing females to remain at work later than 2 o’clock on Saturday afternoons. The R.M. intimated that in the future, in glaring cases of breach of this Act, he would inflict the full penalty of LSO. Nelson, Feb. 18. The Reception Committee of the Rifle Association have determined to give a grand ball to the visitors at the close of the meeting. Proceedings are again pending at the Warden’s Court, Oollingwood, relative to the ownership of gold mining claims situate near Motueka, for which a certificate was granted to Burnett and Co. for three months, and who have been taking steps with a view to forming a company. Blenheim, Feb. 18. The races to-day were very successful, and the weather was superb. Christchurch, Feb. 18. The Volunteer Review Committee contradict a press telegram from Invercargill re deficiency of accommodation. They are prepared with excellent accommodadation for any number of Volunteers. Dunedin, Feb. 18. The Lincolnshire farmers’ delegates expect to reach Dunedin on Saturday evening, and to spend two or three days in the neighborhood of Dunedin. Peter Dyraant, a Dane, was drew ned in the Shotover on the 14th inst. He was travelling along the track a little above the sandhills on the evening in question, whexrhe slipped, falling some 59ft. down a precipitous bank into the river. It is stated that Dymant had been drinking. The tramway was to-day opened as far as Ocean Beach. A circular from the Lord Mayor of London, re the Rowland Hill memorial, will be considered at the next meeting of the City Council. The Middle Island Native Land Purchases Royal Commission commenced its sitting at the Foresters’ Hall, Port Chalmers, at two o’clock this afternoon. The Court was constituted as follows ; -ExJudge Smith and Mr. F. E. Nairn, Commissioners ; Mr. James Gray, of “Hansard,” official shorthand-writer ; and Mr. Hopkins Clarke, secretary and interpreter. Mr. Izard, of Wellington, who appeared as counsel for the natives, addressed the Commission at some length, and wound up by stating that the Maoris were there in consequence of promises not having been kept that -sufficient lands would he reserved for them. Afterwards Judge Symonds, of the Native Land Court, was examined, and the Commission adjourned till tomorrow at 11 a.m. A boy named Fullarton, whilst bathing at Observation Point, Port Chalmers, yesterday was seized by an octopus. His companions rescued him with difficulty. An Arrow telegram states that the clearing up of the Homeward Bound Company’s claim gave H2ozs. gold from 208 tons of stone. The mine is looking well. The Martin’s Bay expedition returned to Queenstown last night, ail well. They were enabled to make a careful examination of the country, which they report to be admirably adapted for cattle farming. Contributions from Dunedin, South Dunedin, and Port Chalmers, to the Irish Famine Relief Fund amount to LI,OOO, L2OO more will probably be received. Volunteer Hislop, North Dunedin, and Gunner Mitchell, D. Battery, have entered for the Nelson meeting, making eighteen representatives from Otago, besides Captain Muir, B. Battery, and Storekeeper Pastin, attached to the staff

The Licensed Victuallers’ Association have decided to take legal advice -whether a license fee is demandable for a billiard table.

At the City Court, Henry Epps was charged with fishing with a net for trout. The R.M., Mr. Watt, held that section 2 of the Fisheries Act did not apply to the creek where the fishing had taken place, as it was not mentioned in the section. After the case was dismissed Inspector Mallard pointed out that under section 7 fishing with a net was prohibited in all creeks. Mr. Watt admitted taking a wrong view of the matter, but said it was unnecessary to re-open the case. George Stevens was charged with forging an order on the Green Island Coal Company or Ll 5. As the sura was due to prisoner as wages, Mr. Watt decided not to send the case for trial, and dismissed the information. The Dunedin School Committee bring the compulsory clauses into operption on April 15th. M‘Loughlin lias heou committed for trial for tlie manslaughter of James Robertson near Roxpurgh. Extensive frauds have been discovered in connection with sales of spurious gold by Chinese at Cromwell. The manager of the Colonial Bank there detected a parcel of ninety ounces containing one-fourth spurious gold. Ah Sin was arrested at Naseby through Chinese influence. The Banks at other places purchased small quantities. It is believed that an extensive spurious gold manufacture exists. The hush fire at Kaihiku destroyed Potter’s old mill and 200 acres of bush recently purchased for L6OOO, besides LSOO worth of sawn timber. Invercargill, Feb. 18. Two deaths from diphtheria have occurred. At the parade on Monday of the Rifle Company, only twelve out of a large muster voted for going to the review at Christchurch. Dissatisfaction is felt at the accommodation likely to be provided. Soon after the train left town for Clinton on Monday evening, the driver missed the fireman, John Leonard. The train was stopped, and he was found alongside the line insensible. It is supposed he had gone out on the stage and missed his hold, falling backwards. He was removed to the hospital where it was found he was suffering from concussion of the brain. Leonard has a wife and family at Clinton.

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TELEGRAPHIC., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 63, 19 February 1880

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TELEGRAPHIC. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 63, 19 February 1880

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