.BRITISH AND FOREIGN. (Renta V.) London, March 6. A. Russian named Hartman, charged with complicity in the late destruction by fire at the Academy of Forest Culture at Moscow, having escaped to France, the Russian Government recently demanded the extradition of the fugitive. The French Government, however, refused to deliver him up to the Russian authorities, and he has since been deported to England, The ship Invercargill hag arrived. Genoa., March 7. A gun burst on boai'd the man-of-war Duilio, at La Spezzia, 10 sailors being wounded and the turret damaged. AUSTRALIAN. Melbourne, March 8. The new Government have decided to rescind certain vexatious portions of the regulations which have from time to time been issued by Mr. Longmore, late Minister|?for Lands. The cricket match ended to-day by the Victorian Fifteen beating the Australian Eleven by one wicket. The excitement was intense at the finish of the game. Madame Camilla Urso, the great violinist, will visit New Zealand shortly. Melbourne, March 9. , It is not probable there will be any opposition offered to the re-election of Ministry. Mauritius advices, dated 17th January, stated that the sugar market was and large sales were being made with stocks small. The Rotomahana grounded on the banks of the Yarra, but is expected to float again at midnight. Sydney, March 9. A man murdered his two children at Bathurst. He was suffering from the effects of delirium tremens. Arrived—Hero and Tararua from Auckland; yesterday,
Brisbane, March 10. A. large number of blacks made a raid yesterday upon a station near George Town and drove away a large mob of cattle.
Auckland, March 10. Sickness is increasing at the quarantine station. There are eight cases of sickness at present, and active sanitary measures are being taken. The New Zealand Accident Insurance Company have had their first claim in Mr. Thos. Brown, injured at the Whatapu sawmill. On his arrival in Auckland, Mr. Brown was promptly paid his cheque. At the meeting of G. Barton’s creditors it transpired that the debtor kept the books of the Queen street shop in cypher. The proved claims amount to L 2351. The meeting adjourned for further investigation. The Hon. Ji hn Hall, Premier, and the Hon. Mr. Whitaker, Attorney-General, left by the morning train, accompanied by a party of gentlemen, for Mata Mata, reaching Hamilton at 1.30. The Premier, aided by elaborate maps from the Public Works Office, was enabled to distinguish the districts and their more important features on the journey. A telegram has been received by Auckland merchants, stating that the bills wl ich they had held, accepted by Goddefroi and Go. and dishonored, have been paid, and tbe new company will carry on operations on a grander scale than formerly. The Naval and Artillery Volunteers are arranging for a reception to the Thames winner of the Carbine Belt and competitors. Major Heaphy is holding an . enquiry into the old laud claims. The most important is Captain Bendon, R.N., who claims a large portion of the Piako Swamp, now in possession of the Piako Swamp Company. On Monday a passenger by the train to Waikato jumped off between Taupiri and Huntley, rolling down a steep bank. He has not been seen since, and is supposed to have been fata’ly injured. No further caseS of pi euro-pneumonia are reported. The Cattle Inspector will make further inspections in the country districts. Mr. Bucldand advocates a subscription of LSOO to purchase the remainder of the cattle introduced from New South Wales by W. Payne, with a view to their distraction. Mr. Buckland publishes a letter from the Chief Cattle Inspector of Victoria, admitting that pleuro-pneumonia prevails throughout that colony. Charles Williams, alias “ French Fred,” has been committed for trial for uttering a valueless cheque to the landlord of a hotel. Wanganui, March 10. The town is full of visitors for the races, and a large assemblage is expected to-mor-row. Hornby is now first favorite for the Cup, but local people are backing Otawa and Hailstorm. Wellington, March 10. The members of the Civil Service Commission have been appointed, and comprise Sir Robt. Douglas, Messrs. A. Saunders, and J. Kelly, M.H.R.’s, and Mr. C. Pharazyn. Messrs. F. W. Bain* E. Wakefield, and W. Murray, M,H.R.’s, have been .appointed members of the Commission to report on the question of local industries. Two ’others are yet to be appointed. During the passage of the barque Alaster, from London, a seaman named W. Day fell from the main topmast on to the deck, receiving concussion of the brain. He died four hours later. A young man named Griggs, belonging to the Cadets, had a narrow escape of being killed this morning, by the bursting of a gun which he was firing at the butt. Christchurch, March 10. At the Police Court, Patrick Martin, on a charge of indecently assaulting a child was committed for trial. E. W. Terry, obtaining money under false pretences, was remanded. Dunedin, March 10. :|; A petition is to be forwarded to the Government from the Dunedin unemployed, urging the necessity of opening more public works, to provide employment during the coming winter, and giving immediate work to those in need. The Hon. Mr. Oliver telegraphs, offering the unemployed the same terms as in the North Island. £1,602, of which £516 came from the •country districts, were subscribed in Dunedin suburbs towards the Irish famine. The Harbor Board instructed their Home agents to accept a tender for a hopper dredger which will have a carrying capacity of 1,258 tons, the price being £29,000. One of the conditions of the contract is that the builders undertake fitting up ihe machinery in the colony and superintend the working of the dredge here for three! months after handing her over in good forking order. The Gladstone Company at Arrow sent down a cake ’of 130 ounces from 138 tons of stone. 1 The report of the Benevolent Institute shows a revenue for the year of £5,534, expenditure £2,794 .1,521 persons were relieved. Deserted wi\es received the lion’s share. The committee say that special efforts are needed to cope with the increasing disti’ess.
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