BRITISH AND FOREIGN. [Renta's.) London, March 4. Three per cent consols, 97|. The Bank rate remains unchanged. The Bank of England weekly returns show a total reserve in notes and bullion of £10,025,000. Adelaide wheat and flour and Australian tallow remain at last quotations. At the wool sales to-day, 9900 bales were offered. The tone of the sale was firm, and bidding very active. (London, March 0. A series of resolutions in favor of optional local government throughout Great Britain were introduced by a member of the Opposition. A lengthy debate ensued, and on a division being called the resolutions wore negatived by the House by a large majority. At the -wool auctions over 150,000 bales have been catalogued since the opening up to yesterday. The market has a firmer tone. St. Petersburg, March 4. Moodesky, the Nihilist who was arrested in connection with the recent attempt on the life of General Melikoff, has been tried and found guilty of the offence, and sentenced to death. He will be hanged immediately. A Nihilist propaganda has been issued, expressing regret at the failure of the explosion at the Winter Palace, and stating that further attempts on the life of the Czar will be made unless he abdicates or grants reforms of the Constitution demanded by Nihilists. Berlin, March 4. The Emperor of Germany dined to-day at the French Embassy in this city. In the course of conversation with the ambas sador his Majesty expressed most cordial feelings towards France. AUSTRALIAN. [Reuters Tele«tarns.) Melbourne, March 5. Mr. James Service, the new Premier, has intimated that he will adhere to his reform proposals as set forth in his address last month to the electors of Maldon, namely, to maintain intact his former scheme of reform, including joint sitting on the Norwegian plan. It is expected that Mr. Service will address Ids constituents in a few days. The new Ministry has been sworn in by his Excellency the Governor. Mr. David Elder succeeds Mr. Murray Smith as manager , of the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company in this city. The Hon. J. W. Clarke has resolved upon selling his fine stud of horses, and retiring altogether from the turf. Hobart Town, March 6. The Legislative Council has adjourned for throe months This step has been taken in consequence of alleged discourtsey shown by Government to the Upper House. INTERPROVINCIAL. Auckland, March 8. Government have decided to appoint two Cattle Boards for Auckland and Waikato and have gaze tied regulations for their guidance. At a meeting of the Thames Farmers’ Club, it was stated that the cattle in that district are not diseased with pleuro, but suffered from exhaustion in consequence of the long voyage. The Premier will visit Waikato, and wall be present at the ceremony in commemoration of opening the navaigation of Upper Thames river. The rumor that Mr. Hamlin, M.H.R., intends to resign is contradicted. The volunteer officer's have met to consider proposals for improving the volunteer forces, to bo submitted to Col. Leckie, who will forward the same to the Government. Chief Paul, of Orakei has called a meeting of Kaipara tribes for the 17th. He states that chiefs from the north are expected, and the meeting Avill be important. Dr. Fox, of tiro ship Earl Granville, died at the quarantine station, Motuaihi, of low fever. Grauamstown, March 8. Salmon have been seen in numbers on the Ohinomuri river, apparently making their way up stream. The natives are catching them, but the police are taking steps to prevent them in future. Vernor, agent for the Norwich Union, concerned in the disputed case Driscoll versus the company, has been dismissed. Gisborne, March 8. The case of forgery against Mr. Ward, solicitor, still occupies the court. Napier, March 8. The Premier arrived this morning, and proceeds north this afternoon. The Lincolnshire delegates also arrived by the Arawata, and will stay till Tuesday. Mr. Power, Sheep Inspector, retires, and Mr. Canning, of Nelson, takes temporary charge, pending the appointment of Mr. Pasley from Canterbury. New Plymouth, March 8. A telegram has been received from Mr. Rees, the Harbor Board Engineer, at present in England, to the effect that the levels in connection with the harbor works will mo it likely be altered, and advising the immediate suspension of all works until his arrival in Now Plymouth. Accordingly the men on the harbor works on Saturday received a week’s notice, and in the meantime a special meeting of the
Board will most likely bo called to confirm the action before the men are paid off. A meeting has been called, fay the Mayor to arrange for the reception of our volunteers on'their return from Nelson on Saturday next, specially ’Volunteer Okey, who has won «the Champion Belt of the Colony. It is also intended to invite them and the Auckland and Thames Volunteers ashore, and entertain thorn at a banquet. Tire town of Now Plymouth was lighted with gas for the first time on Saturday night-; the quality of tho gas was good. Carterton, March 8. Philip Gooden, fanner, was again burnt put yesterday morning. This is the third fire at the same place. W ellington, March 8. The Railway Commission commenced its sittings this morning. Mr. Oswald Curtis was elected chairman, Mr. Edward Downey was unpointed secretary, and Mr. Mitchell shorthand reporter. The Commission then adjourned. The Commissioners visit several parts of the colony after concluding their sittings hero. The Minister for Public Works left for Picton and West Coast ports this evening, to thoroughly investigate the system of working the railways in those districts. The total subscriptions raised in aid of the Irish distress fund is L 670. At the inquest to-day on the body of Robert Campbell, seaman on hoard the Go-ahead, who died suddenly on the passage here, the jury returned a verdict of death by natural causes. • A seaman on hoard the Goahead, named Robert Campbell, died suddenly yesterday afternoon during the vessel’s passage from Napier here. He was at the wheel, when he was observed suddenly to fall down. All restoratives were of no avail, and lie expired in a few minutes. An elderly man named Henry Ashton -was charged at the Police Court on Saturday with attempting suicide by jumping off the wharf. He was remanded till Friday. Oamabu, March 8. Two severe shocks of earthquake were felt at about 12’30 on Saturday morning, there only being a few seconds between the shocks. Dunedin, March 8. At the twelfth annual meeting of the Standard Insurance. Company to-day the report, which did not recommend payment of any dividend, was adopted. Messrs. J. Reid and J. Curie were reelected directors. Several burglaries have been reported to the police. On Thursday tho residence of Mr. Kohn, jeweller, was entered, and jewellery valued at Ll5O abstracted. An Order in Council has been issued, ordering a special sitting of the Supreme Court on the 15th. This is necessary owing to the failure to adjourn the court at the conclusion of Mackenzie v. Smith’s case. At tho City Court, Edward Rees (13) and Jas McElhenny were charged with stealing. The master of the industrial school stated that since McElhenny’s admission the school had got into a dis organised state. He said he was just as happy doing wrong as right, and did not care for gaol floggings. He was sentenced to two months’ imprisonment and Rees to six months’, the former to receive twelve stripes with the cat-o’-nine-tails, the latter twelve with a birch rod. Mr. Stewart, M.H.R., telegraphed to Mr. Oliver —“ A deputation of unemployed have just waited on me. They state that a meeting attended by 500 people was held this morning to urge that the Government should find employment on the Hinden section and Mullocky Gully. The unemployed represent carpenters, bricklayers, a few engineers, and a largo number of ordinary laborers. Many are recent arrivals, and a number married. What can Government do for them 1 Case scorns to he one of urgency.” Scarlet fever and typhoid are very rife in the city and suburbs. A serious accident happened on the Port line on Friday afternoon. Margaret M'Kenzie, aged 14, got into the Oamn.ru instead of the Port train, and did not find out her mistake until tho train had proceeded on its journey. Whether she fell or attempted to jump out of the carriage is not known, hut she was picked up insensible on the line near Burke’s brewery by a woman who was passing. Her skull was found to bo fractured, and she was removed to the hospital as quickly as possible ; no hopes arc entertained of her recovery. A severe shock of earthquake was felt a little before one on Saturday morning Invercargill, March 8. A slight shock of earthquake was felt hero on Saturday morning. Pastor Chimqny is expected here on Saturday. A strong committee is making arrangements for his reception.
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