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LATEST FROM EUROPE. (Reuter's Telegram.} London, Fob. 16. Sailed—Steamship Chimborazo, from Plymouth. A small portion of her cargo, which was damaged by the recent accident, had to be left behind. February 17. Three per cent, consols, 98. The new series of the colonial wool auctions opened to-day. 8000 bales were catalogued for the opening sales. There was a fix-m and active demand, and Australian wools at the close of tho day showed an advance of 10 per cent, compared with last auctions. There was a large attendance of Home and foreign buyers. London, Fob 18. Three per cent Consols remain unchanged at 98. 5 per cent. New Zealand 10-40 loan has advanced 1 per cent., and is to-day quoted at 1044. Adelaide wheat per 4961b5, ex warehouse, further advanced Is., to-day’s quotations being 595. Adelaide flour unchanged. Market for Australian tallow unchanged at last quotations, viz., best beef, 365. ; best mutton, 38s. Cd. per cwt. St. Petersburg, Feb. 17, evening. Intense excitement has been occasioned in this city in consequence of a renewed attempt to destroy the Czar and the entire Imperial family. From the particulars which have at present transpired, it appears that about the time at which the guests invited to a grand dinner at the Winter Palace were assembled to dine, a mine fired by electricity was suddenly exploded under the guard room, which is situated immediately beneath tho grand dining hall. A terrific explosion took place, causing a large rent in the flooring of the dining hall, where the Imperial family were supposed to be

congregated. Most providentially, however, they had not assembled, and all the members of the family consequently escaped. The guard room was, however, completely destroyed. Five of the guards were killed on the spot, and no less thin thirty othei’s less seriously wounded. Not the slightest doubt is entertained that a deliberate attempt was made to assassinate the Czar and the Imperial family, and the act is believed to be connected with the plot to destroy the Palace, which was discovered some time ago. St. Petersburg, Feb. 18. On an examination being made at the Winter Palace it was discovered that a mine, consisting of dynamite and gun cotton, liad been laid. The ti’ain was ti’aced from the inner court to the fuel cellar. The escape of those in the palace was most providential. {Age S/eaat.) London, Feb. 18. A Turkoman expedition under Abdul Oman is approaching Baikh without opposition, occasioning great excitement amongst tho Gabulese. Tho “ Times’ ” statement that the English manufacturers are unwilling to exhibit at Melborne is contradicted. The Municipality of Paris voted 5000 francs to defray the cost of special collection of exhibits for Melbourne. The Chinese are being dismissed from the factories and railway works in California, owing to popular pressure. The Turkoman chiefs have been ordered to levy 60,000 men for the purpose of offensive operations against the Russians. The Khan of Merv has appealed to India and Pei’sia for artillery. By the explosion at St. Petersburg, 30 Imperial guards were wounded and 7 killed. AUSTRALIAN. [Renter's ) Melbourne, Feb. 19. A Mr. Black has announced his intention of offering himself as a candidate for Malden in the Government iutex-est in opposition to the Hon. James Service, the leader of the Opposition. Arrived —Arawata, s.s., fx’oixx New Zealand. At the trial of the Provincial and Suburban Bank Directors, a long opening speech was made on behalf of the prosecution. [S/teeial.) Sydney, Feb. 19. The Government have commissioned George Folingsby, a Melbourne artist, to paint a portrait of Sir Hercules Robinson. Five thousand bushels of New Zealand oats were sold by auction. Milling fetched 2s. 9d. ; feed, 2s. to 2s. 34d. Calcutta telegx - axxxs state that wool-packs are suffering and jute advancing rapidly. PEE OUR SPECIAL WIRE. INTE RPRO YIN GIAL. Auckland, Feb. 20. The steaxner Rotomahana brought over from Syclxxey 632 bales of wool and 52 tons of zinc. These are for transhipment to New York by the barque Elmiranda, which is daily expected hei’e from Wellington. At present tlxex’e is no vessel loading ixx Sydney for New York, axxd rates of freight are considerably higher in that port than here, so that in the present instance it will pay shippers to traxxship oxi to Auckland, as the Elmiranda is reported to have been chartered oxx favorable terms. At the Waste Lands Board,’ the Chairman announced the I'eceipt of a letter from Mr. J. W. Treadwell, Seci’etary of the Working Men’s Association at Christchurch, reciting the terms upon which they wished to take up lands near Hamilton. One condition was that settlers with their families should be conveyed to the land free of cost, and that they should be provided with work for some time. Mr. Tonks observed that the writer had omitted a very essential condition—viz., that the settlers should bo provided wi'.h coxxxfortable Ixomes, and supplied with full rations for the first three years. Under terms like these he should like to settle down himself. Mr. Treadwell’s overtixres were not accepted. Capt. Colbeck addresses the Marsden electors next week. Mr. W. G. Hurst exhibits onions grown at his estate, Takapuna Lake, weiglxixxg 21bs. lOozs., and measuring 28J inches in circunxference. The smallest in the bed weighs over one pouxxd. Chemical maxxure was used, known as Hurst’s mixture. The City Council has 400 claims for compensation. Plans for new Bank premises for the New South Wales Bank have been completed. A large and substantial building will be erected in Queen street. The prejudice against the French Communists is so great that the owxxei's refuse to let houses to them. The employers of labor also look with suspicion on them, and refuse to employ oven the political exiles. Rook, charged with the embezzlement of the Oddfellows funds has been remanded. Bail was accepted in L2OO. Simon, alias Joe, the Fijian clxai’ged with attempted rape on a child under five years, at Parnell, was remanded for a week. Napier, Feb. 19. Some natives on Harding’s station, Mount Yemen, have stopped men fencing under threats of violence. Major Scully and an interpreter have left for Mount Vernon. A survey party from the disturbed Patca country have returned to town to-day, having been threatened by the natives. It is also reported, though tho report yet lacks confirmation, that men have been turned off Moorehouse station, Patea. Wellington, Feb. 20. A subscription is being raised to alleviate the distress at present prevailing in Wellington. The following are tho members of the Royal Commission on railways Colonel I eax - ce, representing Wellington; J. M‘Cosh Clark, Auckland ; Oswald Curtis, Nelson; E. G. Wright. M. H. R., Canterbury ; Jno. Reid, of Ellerslie, Otago. A deputation, repi-esenting the unemployed immigrants, waited on the Colonial Treasurer this morning, urging the necessity of providing them with work, or with the means of getting out of the city and into the country. The number of unemployed immigrants was stated to be 200. The Colonial Treasurer replied that Government had given the matter vex - y serious consideration, and had come to tlxe conclusion that the best tiling to be done was to provide work for the unemployed. With this view they had determined to proceed with the construction of a number of roads, and the contracts for formation of these roads would be let at suitable prices to those who were unemployed at present. A deputation from tho unemployed waited on Government this morning, with reference to obtaining wosk. Tlxe Minister replied that Government intended opening several roads, which were to be let in small contracts, and would afford employment for a large number of men. Timaru, Feb. 20. A wet sou’-wester set in this evening. Father Chiniquy delivers his last lecture to-night. Tlxe Geraldine County Council resolved to make Timaru the county town instead of Temuka. Dunedin, Fob. 20. The “ Star” is authorised to state that the Union Company takes volunteers from any port to Nelson and back at single fares. The Kaitangata fund trustees distributed during the year L 1464. There have

been four additional claimants on the fund : —four widows re-married. The “ Cam am Mail” states that .1. H. Pope, ex-master of the Girls High School has been eppointed Inspector of Native Schools for both islands. The Builders’ Association have fixed wages at—Bricklayers, plasterers, and masons, 12s. per day ; carpenters, 10s. ; laborers, Bs. The Carpenters Association declined to accept less than 12s. The meeting of ratepayers last night, to consider the excessive salaries paid by the Corporation to odicers, was adjourned, pending a report by the Council's committee on the same subject.

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TELEGRAPHIC., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 64, 21 February 1880

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TELEGRAPHIC. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 64, 21 February 1880