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BRITISH AND FOREIGN. (Renters Telegrams.) London, March 9. Arrived—Ship Famenoth from Auckland (November 19th.) Three per cent. Consols, 97|. Wheat dull, prices unchanged. At the wool sales to-day, 0700 bales were catalogued. Biddings were firm. London, March 10. The Royal Commission lias approved of the proposal that the funds of the Church surplus should be applied to the purchase of waste land in Ireland. Paris, March 9. In the French Senate to-day, Jules Ferry's Education Bill was under discussion. The clause prohibiting education by the Jesuits was rejected, after a lengthy debate had taken place on the subject. AUSTRALIAN. {Rente/ V.) Sydney, March 11. An action for £IO,OOO damages for slander, brought by the Hon. J. Shepherd, M-L.A., against Mr. J. R. Dibbs, merchant, for uttering an alleged slander charging plaintiff with immoral conduct with Mrs. J. R. Dibbs, for whom he was acting as solicitor in a suit in the Divorce Court, has resulted in a verdict for the plaintiff, with £2OOO damages. The Stamp Duties Bill, which was sent a second time to the Legislative Council, has been again rejected by that Chamber on constitutional points. In consequence of the Legislative Council’s rejection of the Stamp Bill, Sir H. Parkes intends to take action for the purpose of vindicating the privileges of the Assembly. Melbourne, March 10. The Union Company’s steamship Rotomahana got safely out of the Yana during the night, and sailed to-day for New Zealand. The sugar market is weak. Prices are LI pei ton lower. The Hon. Mr. Service at Maldon tonight, expounded the Government pro-

gramme, which maintains his own scheme of reforms. The question of the franchise for the Legislative Council has not quite been decided upon. The Government propose to empower the Council to expunge • those items involving motives of policy from the Aq-spropriation Act, dealing therewith by a separate Bill. It is also proposed to subdivide the Malec country into small blocks and rent thorn to the highest bidder, but all agricultural areas are to remain untouched, and the squatters arc to be allowed to hold their land subject to selection. The administration of railways is to bo entrusted to a Commission or Board. He announced that Civil Service reforms would take place upon the basis of a reduction in the salaries of all classes except new officials. ,He proposes the abolition of pensions, and the compelling of civil servants to insure their lives, for which every facility would be given them. In regard to the Harbor Trust, Mr. Sendee said that their power would be enlarged. He estimated the year’s deficiency atL3CS,OOO, after the deduction of L 300,000 of lapsed votes. Ho said officials would be prohibited from interfering in politics, and that the Government would endeavor to remedy any injustice done by its predecessors wherever such was practicable. The Government would not interfere with protection, whilst relieving the farmers and miners, nor would they alter the Education Act. The payment of members was unmentionsd in the hon. gentleman’s address. Melbourne, Feb. 11.

A most enthusiastic meeting of those interested in pastoral affairs was .icld today, for the purpose of promoting a company to engage in the meat freezing process. After some discussion, tho meeting was adjourned. Melbourne, March 12. It is stated here that Governor Weld has accepted the Governorship of the Straits Settlements in succession to Sir Win. Robinson, who lias gbne to Western Australia. MacMeckari and Blackwood’s steamship Claud Hamilton has been purchased by Nipper and See, produce merchants, of Sydney and Melbourne. Hobart Town, March 10. The Assembly last night passed a resolution declaring the action of the Legislative Council in adjourning its sitting for three months, in consequence of the alleged discourtesy of the Government, to be unconstitutional. Adelaide, March 10. Wheat has declined, and to-day is quoted at 4s. 8d INTERPROVINOIAL. Auckland, March 12. No fresh cases of fever have occurred at the Quarantine Station, and the existing cases are progressing favorably. The ship has been fumigated to-day. The Waitaki, with the San Francisco mails, has been anchored under the Manakau Heads since yesterday morning in consequence of S.W. gilos. At the inquest on Wm. Bliston, drowned in the dock, a verdict of accidentally drowned was returned. William Chester, settler, To Pore, Waikato, died through falling from his horse. At the banquet at the Matamata to-day, to celebrate the opening of the Upper Thames river navigation, Mr. Firth presided, supported by the Hons. John Hall and Whitaker. After the usual loyal toasts, Mr. Firth proposed the Premiei', Mr. Hall, who responded. He stated the fertility of the district surpassed his expectations. Mr. Firth had shown himself a self-reliant colonist, while the general custom was to apply to Government for assistance in every possible thing, as his bon. friend Mr. John Sheehan, on his right, could testify. The colonial expenditure had been too groat, one and a half million yearly of late, and would have to be reduced one half. It was a chilling thing to say at such a gathering, but it affected all classes of colonists. The Premier and party left Matamata for Piako. Ghahamstown, Feb. 12. Colonel Leckic inspected the Naval and Scottish Volunteers last night. He said of the former that their proficiency took hifi by surprise. He would forward a satisfactory report to Government. He complimented the Scottish on their steadiknowledge of duty, and the large attendance. Two medical doctors have combined to freeze out a new arrival, Dr, Callan, by refusing to consult with him, or attend patients advised by him. A woman named Thomas died yesterday, upon whose body an inquest is to be held to-day, tho said enquiry being instituted by Dr. Callan having attended the deceased. Sir. Rolleston is expected here to-day from Kati Kati;

New Whau shares are firm at 705., being an advance of 655. in six months, the greatest advance in price on stock that has "ever occurred on the Thames in the same time. Mr. Perry, promoter of the Blue Spur Tailings Company', demonstrated here the practicability of the scheme suggested for the Blue Spar by washing the large gravel stones by water pressure. Hawera, March. 11. Everything is quiet at the camp at Otaki. The road has been considerably straightened near the camp towards Kaupokonui, by cutting across a swamp, and deep drains have been made, and the whole done in an exceedingly workmanlike manner. On the north of the camp, some 60 chains are already formed towards Oeo. The Constabulary and the Militia contingent agree very well indeed, notwithstanding predictions to the contrary, and the latter are rapidly becoming adepts with the long handled shovels, under the instructions of the former, who are exceedingly kind to their distressed brethren. Palmerston North, March 12. A deputation from the Palmerston Borough Council waited on the Railway Commission this morning, and laid a number of statistics before it regarding the- West Coast and Woodvillo lines. The members have gone by special coach to Balls, to take evidence regarding the branch line. Wellington, March 12. The Waitaki, with the San Francisco mails, left Onehunga at 10.30 yesterday morning, but on arrival at Manakau Heads found the bar impassable and had to anchor at Huia, where she still remains awaiting a change in the weather. On learning that the Waitaki was bar bound, the postal department at once detained the Arawata, which left Auckland yesterday afternoon, and sent back the Waitaki to Onehunga, in order that the mails might be transhipped to the Arawata. Unfortunately the Arawata sailed before the necessary instructions reached Auckland. There were a heavy S.W. gale and breaking sea at Manakau Heads yesterday, and there is little improvement this morning. It is improbable the Waitaki can leave befoi’e to-morrow morning. Even supposing the sea is going down it is not likely she will attempt to take the bar to-night, as it is not high water till 10 o’clock. The Waitaki comes on here direct from New Plymouth. Should she get out to-morrow morning, she may arrive on Sunday night or early Monday morning. The Southern mail will go forward by the Arawata on Monday. The Arawata will arrive from. Nelson to-morrow via Picton, bringing Waitaki, Wellington, and South passengers. The Wellington leaves for New Plymouth and Manakau direct to-morrow afternoon. At the inquest re the fire at Pakuratahi Hotel an open verdict was returned. His Excellency leaves for Napier this evening to be present at the races there. In the official enquiry re the barque

Sophia Luhrs striking a rock at the Heads recently, the Bench found, “That the master, John Patton, has acted imprudently in going so close in shore, but as the rock ivas not defined in the chart wc exonerate him from blame. We are of opinion that the .existence of the rock should be published. ” Mr. Burns, formerly M. H. R. for RosTyn, -has been appointed a member of the Commission on Local Industries. Mr. Parkinson lias been appointed short-hand reporter to the Civil Service Commission. Christchurch, March 12. The criminal libel action laid by G. G. Stead against the “ Otago Daily Times ” and “ Witness ” directors will be heard at the R.M. Court next Friday; O amaru. March 12. A fire broke out this morning in Thames street, and destroyed several wooden buildings, including a hoarding-house, Roughton andPockington, wholesale boot manufacturers, and Fryer’s furniture shop, and an unoccupied shop, all the property of of George Sumpter. Roughton andPockington, and Fryers’ stock were entirely destroyed, and the greater part of the furniture in the boarding-house was burned, as also part of the furniture in the store of the boarding-house adjoining, which was gutted. The total insurances are —New Zealand, L 1100; South British, L 450 ; Liverpool, London, and Globe, L4OO ; South British, L2OO. Invercargill, March 12. Guthrie and Larnach’s large sawmill at Woodond, near Invercargill, was burned down yesterday. The mill was safe at 11 p. m. on Wednesday, and the flames were discovered at 5 yesterday morning. In a short time the main buildings, with the smithy, saw sharpening and locomotive sheds attached, were reduced to ashes. The plant was the most complete of any in Southland, and tho mill included a 40-horse power engine, three of the newest patent iron saw-benches, sawing, planing, moulding, and tenoning machines, &c., and these were all destroyed, as also a locomotive in the locomotive shed. In the main building were 20,000 feet of dressed timber burnt. Insurances—North British and Mercantile, L 250 on the building and LSOO on the machinery ; Transatlantic, L 250 on the machinery and LSOO on the plant; New Zealand, L7OO on the building, L6OO on the machinery, and L2OO on the engine ; South British, LIOOO on engine and machinery; LSOO of the last aniount is re-insured in the Colonial. The foregoing are all the insurances knovn here. Mr. M'Pherson, manager, has, however, L3O in the Transatlantic on his own private tools. The fire throws 45 persons out of employment. Meat preserving commences in the New Zealand Meat Preserving Company’s worlcs at Woodlands. There are plenty of cattle obtainable on the company’s terms. The creditors on Thursday agreed to the application for discharge of Mr. Cuthbertson, of the firm of M'Rorie and Cuthbertson, who recently failed for L 16,000. Bluff, March 12. The Te Anau returned last night, and anchored outside the heads. She experienced. a very heavy sea about 400 miles from land, which stripped her fan completely. Captain Carey at once headed for New Zealand under sail; had head wind for one day, but succeeded in making the Bluff in 4 days. The passengers have landed to go on with the Rotorua to-mor-row, and thoTe Anau waits tho arrival of the tug Koputai to-night.

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TELEGRAPHIC., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 73, 13 March 1880

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TELEGRAPHIC. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 73, 13 March 1880