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BRITISH AND FOREIGN. < (Reuters.) j «'London, March 17. i Five per cent. New Zealand 10.40 loan, 102 i. ; new five per cent, loan, 108. ( Diamonds to the value of L 50,000 have i been stolen from the Cape mailbags. March 18. The Ministry are sending complete educational exhibits to Melbourne, and also a delegate to study the school sjptem. PAMjMMjffCl} I?. M. Freycinet, the Fre™|P|jemier, declares his intention of ehfSHnJg the antiJesuit laws. St. Petersburg, Mavch 18Russia ceases to hold diplomatic relations with Turkey Unless the assassin of Count Oomeroff '(receives a sentence of death. San Francisco, March 17. Dennis Kearney, labor agitator, has been sentenced to six months’ imprisonment and a fine of a lOOOdols. AUSTRALIAN. I {Ranter's). Melbourne, March IS. Mr. David Syjpe, proprietor of the Melbourne “ Age,” has instituted an action against the proprietors of the Melbourne “ Punch” for libel. Damages are laid at L 5,000. A meeting has been held here at which it was resolved to form a company for the purpose of exporting every description of food under the freezing process. An influential committee has been formed. A telegram has been received from the Mauritius, dated March 9, which states that suitable sugars are scarce. Arrived —Rotorua, from New Zealand, and steamship Durham from Plymouth. She sailed on Jan. 26. Sydney, March 18. The following further Exhibition awards are announced ; Biscuits : Griffiths, Wellington ; Grant, Thames ; Renton, Dunedin—all second prizes. Confectionery : Mr. Griffiths, Wellington, first; Mr. Watters, Auckland, second. Chicory, Trent Bros., Christchurch, first. Groats, Mr. Magill, Otago, South. The steamer Chandergore has arrived here, after landing a party at New Ireland. It is understood that two steamer's, with 1,000 adventurers, will follow shortly from Rome and Barcelona. The original projectors of the expedition state it is intended to appropriate N orth Western Australia. Wakatipu, yesterday, for Wellington. INTERPROVI^gIAL. AttoklmßL March 19. Information has beehrefceived in Auckland from New Caledonia fflr the loss of the schooner Asba in the hurricane of the 27th ult. The crew and time-expired laborer's were lost. The Orakei Native Parliament has opened. Paul presided, and made a long speech. The most important topics not already telegraphed to be discussed are—the stoppage of subsidies to chiefs ; free passes, food, and medicines ; a demand for exemption from Road Board taxation ; and six members instead of four in Parliament. The speechmaking is postponed till to-morrow. . The attendance is inferior to last year’s. At the Presbyterian Assembly a report was read from the Maori Missions Committee. The labors of the missionary in the Turakina, Parewhenua, Aurohari, and other districts, have been attended with considerable success. The location of missionaries at Cambridge and Wanganui up-river districts is recommended. The report expressed surprise that the church ! had done so little in this way. John Simmonds, late of the Gipsy, i schooner, fell at midnight over the wharf, i but was rescued from drowning by Constable Igoe. ; Ghahamstown, March 18. Over 150 Volunteers and friends attended the ball given to the carbine champion last night. The Hon. Mr. Rolleston, who arrived at 10 o’clock, was invited to the ball, and danced all night. The Mayor welcomed Mr. Rolleston, who replied in a neat’ speech. To-day the Minister has visited the hospital and the public school, receiving deputations in the afternoon, and leaving for the Upper Thames to-morrow.

Wellington, March 18. The Railway Commission leaves for Invercargill to-morrow. They proceed by rail from Christchurch, and after taking evidence, and inspecting the lines in Southland, they travel northwards. A telegram received from Foxton this morning states that the Hastwell and Macara’s coach, on the journey from Foxton to Wellington, and when it had reached the road between the Manawatu river and the beach, was suddenly stopped by a party of natives, who refused to allow it to proceed until the coach and horses should be paid, and also sixpence for each passenger. The amount was paid under protest, and the coach proceeded on. It is understood the matter has been brought under the notice of Government Christchurch. March 18. A serious accident occurred yesterday afternoon at Austin, Kirk, and Go’s, brick and pottery works. W. Smith, builder of the new 130 feet shaft, was earning down the chimney, knocking out the struts which were let into the brickwork at intervals when building. When about thirty feet from the ground, the strut on which his feet were renting gave way, precipitating him to the bottom of the shaft. Two doctors were speedily in attendance, who found the sufferer severely cut and bruised, and his left wrist broken. It is not yet known whether he is internally injured. The Native Land Court finished business at Akaroa yesterday, and adjourned to Southland to open there on March 24th. Timaru, March 19. Sixteen men have been arrested on a charge of riot and assault, in connection with a fight for possession of a mob of sheep, which occurred at Pighunting Creek yesterday. Warrants are out for several others. Eleven are now being criminally prosecuted. The sheep in dispute belonged to Meek and Scott, of Oamaru, any! were sold to one M‘Leigh by Scott, and subsequently seized by direction of Meek, who believed the sale to be fraudulent. The fight for possession took place between M'Leish and his men, and Meek’s representative, who has also received authority to retain the sheep, pending the decision of the Supreme Court re the partnership property. The prosecuting counsel asks that the eleven men, including M'Leish, should be committed for trjql. Oamaru, March 18. Mr. Mathew Grant’s hundred acre paddock of wheat at Totara, is threshing out over seventy buslifels to the acre of wheat—a fine sample. There are several other heavy yieldMHrthe same district. March 19. Fifteen cases {SHppTdown for hearing at the criminal of the Supreme A fire broke out at Gorman and Johnston’s store, South Dunedin. It is supposed to have been caused by the explosion of a kerosene lamp. There was no water at hand, and an adjoining cottage as well as the store were allowed to burn themselves out. Naisman’s large hotel and hall were in great danger. The insurance on Naisman’s hall is L6OO in the New Zealand office ; on Barclay’s threeroomed cottage, owned by Naisman, L2lO, in the Norwich Union; Johnston and Gorman’s premises, L3Ol, in the Colonial

The inquest on the murdered Dewar family was continued to-day. Several witnesses were examined, and the inquiry was adjourned till Tuesday. Nothing was elicited directly connecting the prisoner Butler with the crime. It was proved that ho purchased provisions and left Dunedin shortly after the murder, that he changed his clothes, and cut off his moustache before reaching Blueskin. The residence of Mr. Halliwell, Cork place, was entered last night. Some money was stolen and the building fired. Mrs. Halliwell was the only inmate. The fire was discovered by some boys who succeeded in putting it out. A’ four-roomed cottage was burned down in North-east Valley yesterday. It was insured in the Standard for Ll5O, and in the South British for LIOO. On the Peninsula, two stacks of hay destroyed were insured.

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TELEGRAPHIC. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 76, 20 March 1880

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