BRITISH AND FOREIGN. (Renter's 7elegrams.) London, March 12. Information has been received from Shanghai that a serious revolt of Chinese at Pekin has taken place. Ohinghow, a high Chinese official, has been beheaded by the rebels. Three Per Cent Consols are at 99|. The total quantity of wheat afloat for Great Britain is 1,800,000. The wool sales have closed, the quantity sold being 190,000 bales. There are none held over. London, March 13. Earl Derby has written a letter to Earl Sefton declaring he has now given his definite adesion to the Liberal Party. March 13. The Hon. Mr. Gladstone, in a speech delivered at Marylebone, said he believed that Earl Derby would henceforth be definitely associated with the Liberal party. AUSTRALIAN. (Reuter’s.) Melbourne, March 15. The owners of the Claud Hamilton have been mulcted in L 1,078 damages for the collision with the steamship Adela in January last. INTERPROVINCIAL. Auckland, March 15. H.M.S. Cormorant, on her passage from Wellington, had one boat carried away and two stove in during a gale off the East Cape. An inquest on the body of Herbert Hines has been held, and a verdict of found drowned returned. He "was of intemperate habits. Thomas Hanson, clerk in the Railway office, and Frank Foxton, teller of the Bank of New South Wales, have been arrested on a charge of embezzlement, and remanded for a week until an investigation can be made of the accounts. The remains of the late Mr. Birch, are to be forwarded to Dunedin for interment there. The Auckland and Thames champion representatives were welcomed here on tbeir arrival. The carbine champion, Sergeant Thomas, was placed in an open carriage, and, with band playing, was marched to the drill shed. A banquet is being given to-night. Colonel _ Leckie has left by the Penguin for Wellington. New Plymouth, March 15.
Owing to the steamer being delayed till Sunday, the arrangements made for the reception of Sergeant Okey, the winner of the Championship, were abandoned, but a church parade of the Volunteers was ordered for 10 o’clock yesterday, which was well attended. It was expected the steamer Wellington would have been here
during the morning, but she did not show up till 3 o’clock, when the Volunteers were again mustered by bugle call, and were marched to the beach, where they were drawn up to receive the representatives. In the meantime, a deputation went on board the steamer, and invited the Auckland and Thames representatives on shore. The invitation was accepted, and they came. On the boat reaching the landing place, four of Sergeant Okey’s comrades advanced with a chair, on which they seated the Champion, and then, lifting him on their shoulders, carried him through the town to the Oddfellows’ Hall, the band playing, “ See the conquering hero comes.” As the steamer left at 5 o’clock, the visitors had only time to have some slight refreshments at the Oddfellows’ Hall, which had been prepared for them, before they had to go on board the steamer again. A public banquet will be given this "evening to Sergeant Okey, which bids fair to be a great success. Wellington, March 13. Mrs. Boyle widow of the late Mr. Jas. Boyle, who was killed at Fort Britomart, complained in the Auckland papers that though her husband’s life was insured in the Government Insurance department, and the premiums all paid up, she has not received the money. Boyle’s death occurred three months ago. A letter from the Commissioner of the Government Insurance Department states that the delay in payment of the amount of the policy was owing to the necessary documents for settlement not being received. The original probate was only received on the Bth of March, and on the 10th a cheque was forwarded to the widow. Young Scott continued steadily on his twenty-four hours’ walking task, and on Saturday, at 8 p.m., had finished 100 miles. He then freshened up, but was unable to complete the distance, doing 109 miles four minutes within the appointed time. A large crowd attended, and Scott was loudly cheered at the conclusion. At the sitting of the Civil Service Commission on Saturday, all the members were present, and Mr. Alfred Saunders was unanimously elected chairman. The Commission will probably proceed south in the course of about a week. Nelson, March 15. Major Stack, well known throughout the colony as commanding officer of Volunteers, died hero on Saturday evening. He will be buried this afternoon, with military honors. Christchurch. March 15. At the Police Court to-day a man named James Brown was charged with cruelty to animals. It was proved that he had left a couple of horses harnessed to a cart standing out all night in a storm of rain, and as it was not the first time he had done this kind of thing, the magistrate sent him to gaol for a fortnight, without the option of a fine. The Native Lands Commission is still sitting at Akoroa. Mr. Clark presented an urgent petition from 30 natives of Aparima, Southland, asking the Commissioners to hold a sitting there, in order that they may be heard in connection with the purchase of the Murihoku block. The Commissioners decided to proceed to Aparima after finishing the investigation at Akaroa.
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