BRITISH AND FOREIGN. (Reuter's.) London, March 2. With reference to the statements made last month that Persia proposed to occupy the Province of Sistan, it now transpires that Persia has abandoned her intended expedition into the Province. It is further partially confirmed that the British Government will not permit Persia to occupy Herat. Two very valuable pure bred bulls have been purchased at Oxford by Mr. M'Culloch, for shipment to Australia. At the wool sale to-day 8,400 bales were offered, making a total of 1,25,000 bales catalogued since the opening. The market to-day was firm, and there was an active demand for all discriptions. Prices have further advanced id. to Id. all round. Three per cant, consols on change at 97-| ; 5 per cent. Now Zealand loan, 102 ; 4i New Zealand lean, %i. "Adelaide wheat has declined one shilling, and is now quoted at 59 per 4961b5. ex warehouse. London, March 3, The 5 per cent. New Zealand loan is quoted at 102 ex dividend ; the 4| per cent. New Zealand loan at 9(5i ex dividend. Adelaide wheat is quiet at 595. per 4901b5. ex warohor.se. The tallow market is steady at last quotations. The total stock in London on the Ist instant was 17,600 casks. At the wool sales to-day, 8,700 bales were offered, making a total of 134,300 offered since the opening. To-day’s auction was firm, and bidding animated. Grissell, who was committed for breach of privilege of the House of Commons last year, has been re-arrested on the same charge. Constantinople, March. 2. The recent attempt on the lives of the Russian officials connected with the Embassy at Stamboul, is proved to have been without political significance, Constantinople, March 3. Commeroff, one of the attaches to the Russian Embassy, recently wounded at Stamboul by the shot of an assassin, has died of the injuries he received. St. Petersburg, March. 2. There have been great festivities in this city to-day in honor of the anniversary of the accession of the Czar. Groat enthusiasm was displayed by the people, and the Czar has received a letter from the Emperor of Germany, containing congratulations and expressions of lifelong friendship. St. Petersburg, March 3. General Melikoff has been compelled to fire on the Nihilists, but the shots did not take effect. One Nihilist has been arrested. AUSTRALIAN. (Reuter’s 7etegrams.) Melbourne, March 3. There have been 190 Cantatas received in competition for the prize offered for a cantata to be performed at the opening of the Exhibition. Mr. Service is busily engaged forming a new administration, the personnel of which will bo known to-morrow. The following have been named as being likely to form part of the new Ministry : —Messrs. Murray Smith, Cooper, Bent, Kerford and Sir O. G. Duffy. Sir C. M'Mahon is spoken of as likely to be appointed to the Speakership. Darriwell and Caspian are firm favorites for the Cup. The shipments of wheat which have arrived have been sold at an advanced price. Campbell, a notorious aboriginal desperado, has shot a black tracker in the arm. The barque Gazelle has brought to Brisbane eighteen of the crew of the ship Meta, which has been wrecked on the Solomon Group. She also brings a family named Treleaven, who were on board at the time the vessel was wrecked. Melbourne, March 4. The new Ministry has been formed as follows ;—Mr. Service, Premier and Treasurer ; Mr. Ramsay, Colonial Secretary and Minister for Education; Mr. Kerford, Attorney-General ; Mr. Madden, Minister of Justice ; Mr. Gillies, Minister for Railways ; Mr. Duffy, Minister of Lands ; Mr. R. Clark, Minister for Mines ; Mr. Bent, Minister for Public Works ; Mr. Cuthbert, Postmaster-General and_ Commissioner of Customs ; Mr. Francis and Mr. Anderson without office. The House will again meet on May 11. Sailed—Albion, for New Zealand. Sydney, March 4. The Legislative Assembly last night refused to vote a salary for an assistant to the Private Secretary of the Governor, or an increase to the salary and forage allowance of his Aide-cle-Oamp. Strong exception was taken to a statement by Sir Hemy Parkes, Premier, that the increases have been submitted in compliance with a minute from the Governor,
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