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ARRIVAL OF THE SAN FRANCISCO MAIL.

Auckland, March 11. The Zealandia, with the inward San Francisco mail, arrived at -Auckland last night. She was, detained by thick weather coming up the harbor. GENERAL SUMMARY. A Bill, making it a misdemeanour for females to engage in walking matches, is before the New York Senate. Exertions are being made to abolish tho chargg_lo0 > 00Qdals for carrying the Ausacross the Continent, and successurcApected. The United States Government is now considering the matter. At Londonderry, a lad named Dallingham was arrested for shooting his auntj and cbnfessed tho crime. D. Stanton, an Englishman, has won the bicycle race for a purse, and the championship of America. He made 50 miles in 3h. fanins. liaec. The French Government officially denies any responsibility for De Lesseps’ interoceanic canal scheme. No political signicance is attached to the plans. These declarations avert any pretext lor international complications, which before were considered probable. Mr. Parnell addressed tho United States Congress, at an informal meeting, on the present condition of Ireland. He believed that the force of American public opinion would bring about the desired reforms.* Colonel Bob Ingersoll, in Chicago, lectured on ThomasjPayne, whom he extolled for his freedom from, religious belief and American patriotism. The “New York Commercial Bulletin” in an elaborate article shows that the De Lesseps’ canal scheme is chimerical, and the tonnage passing through it at 4 dols. per ton, as proposed, would fail by 6.600.000 dols. to pay the annual interest charges, to say nothing of working expenses. The calculation is based on an estimated cost of 260,000,000 dols., and the tonnage passing through yearly at from two and a-half to three millions. The Rev. Adolf Baltozer, President of the German Evangelistic Synod of North America, died near Marthaville on Jan. 29. He was a classmate of .prince Bismarck. The Mormons seek to have Utah admitted as a State, which, as they hold the power, would enable them to expel their opponents by taxation. .They are also making overtures to several Indian tribes for an alliance. M'Vicker’s Theatre in Chicago is illuminated by electric light, a local electrician having anticipated Edison and overcome the difficulty of dividing the current. Mackay, the Bonanza magnate, gives 10.000 dols, to the Irish relief fund, and the Nevada Bank of San Francisco 2,500 dols: |£«iElev<m Chinese were burnt .to death in a San Francisco laundry. The heavy cannon in the dominion are Being converted into rifled guns. At Ottawa, a victim to small pox was rescued alive from a coffin after the gravedigger had partially covered it with earth. He heard a noise, and inquiring into the cause, succeeded in saving the unfortunate. The people of Lucan, Ontario, suspecting a family named Donnelly of numerous acts of incendiarism, and other offences, formed a Vigilance Committee, attacked Donnelly’s house, and murdered all the inmates (five in number), fired the building, and consumed the bodies. It was a horrible affair, and caused great excitement. Four arrests have been made, one of them a constable-. / The Queen opened Parliament in person. The ceremony lasted 15 minutes. Lords Beaconafield and Salisbury were aiot piySSifa The Queen’s reception by the cJi«Bwas most enthusiastic. The Address in Reply to the Queen’s speech was moved in the House of Lords by the Earl of Onslow, ; seconded by Earl Ross, and in the House of Commons by Mr. John Robert Mowbray, seconded by Mr. Cony. Mr. Chamberlain (Liberal) moved an amendment to the-address, to show his sympathy with tho Irish, who were suffering from the land system. He did not believe ' Goyernment had spent £IO,OOO oil relief,' arid they were in no way alive to the gravity of the situation. The amendment was voted down by 216 to 66, and the address agreed to. Mr. O’Donnell, M.P., for Dungaroon in the House of Commons, stigmatised tho abuse practised by Government after Government, as worse than treason. He became much excited, and wept when describing Mr. Parnell’s services to his • country. Mr. Plimsoll, M.P., will introduce a Bill with the object of diminishing the loss in life and property from . slutting cargoes by loading gx-ain in sacks’ The “ National Zietung” reviews Mr. T arnell’s tour to America, and considers it disgraceful for Home Rulers to make political capital out of their country’s troubles. It was announced at a meeting of the Dublin Mansion House Committee, on Jan. 31, that L 33,000 had been received up to date, and L 15,000 disbursed. Complaints were made of attacks on the manager of the fund by - agitators in America, and letters from Roman Catholic bishops in Ireland testified to its impartial distribution.. The receipt of L 2,000 additional from New South Wales was announced, making a total from tho Australian Colonies of L 21,000. Government intend making a grant for seed for the smaller Irish farmers. The loss by the failure of last year’s potatoe crop is estimated at L 462,400 up to the week ending Jan. 20. Three deaths from starvation .are reported near Parsonstown, County Louth, The Right Hon. T. Lowther, Chief Secretary of the Lord-Lieutenant, denies this. The Irish and English landlord question has increased in importance. Mr. Bright’s colleagues accept substantially, his scheme to aid tenants in buying farms by Treasury loans. The Lord Mayor of Dublin writes that the English people fail to realise the gravity of the Irish crisis, rind except prompt assistarice be forthcoming, tens of thousands of Irish people must die of starvation. He complains that England has contributed less to the Mansion House" fund than Melbourne. The Baroness Bnrdett Coutts, has sent-LSCO to Ireland by ;a special agent, to ensure its proper distribution. Quar- ‘ rels have arised over the management of the various relief funds, and it is hoped that means will be devised of concentrating the charities under one head. Pavitt, Daly, and Killen will bo tried in March In the meatime the former will be sent- to the Continent to enlist sympathy and material for the Irish sufferers. Subscriptions have been opened in Bombay. One native' banker gives LIOOO. The : French bishops have appealed to the. cures to collect funds fora similar purpose. James Keene, of New York proposes to send a shipload of wheat to Ireland as his donation. Under the presidency of the Archbishop of Baris j an Irish Relief Committee has been formed. A petroleum basin, said to be as extenaud prolific as that of Perinsylvania, has been discovered by’ borings in Hanover.: One well yields 400 cwt. of oil per day., Mr. Archibald Forbes attacks Lord Chelmsford in the “ Nineteenth Century.”;;" It is semi-offiicially asserted that Lord Lytton; haS riot desired to leave India. MrJjwßnssell Lowell’s appointment, as gerieriL’satisfaction in the British capital.

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ARRIVAL OF THE SAN FRANCISCO MAIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 73, 13 March 1880

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