LATEST FROM EUROPE. ( Reuter's ) London, March 22. The University boat race was rowed today, and won by the Oxford crew. The new land regulations have been (gazetted. The “ Morning Post,” in a leading article in to-day’s issue on the subject of the general election and change of Ministryin Victoria, congratulates that colony on the result of the former, and hails the advent of Mr. Service as a prelude to a return of prosperity in Victoria. Mr. Parnell has arrived at Queenstown, Ireland, from America. London, March 23. In the House of Lords ro-day, Viscount Cranbrooke, Secretary of State for India, made a statement regarding the present position of affairs in Afghanistan. His lordship said that General Stewart, with a force under his command, was returning to India via Ghuznee, where a large body 7 of the enemy is collected at present. It was uncertain, though, whether an attack would be made by General Stewart, in view of the recent offer of submission by the chief. Constantinople, March 23. Colonel Synger and wife, who were captured last month by Greek brigands, have now been released.
News have been received from Mecca to the effect that a religions fanatic has stabbed to death the Grand Sheriff of the city. Calcutta, March 22. Latest news from Afghanistan states that the chiefs at Ghnlzai, have offered to submit to British command, and arc willing to negotiate for peace. AUSTRALIAN. Melbourne, March 23. Arrived—Siam, with the Suez mail. Melbourne, March 24. At the Cabinet Council held yesterday, was resolved to give the Melbourne Harbor Trust facilities to commence the improvements recommended by Sir John Coode. The works will be commenced forthwith. Adelaide, March 22. Wheat is quoted to-day at 4s. 7d. Sydney, March 22. Hanlon the Canadian sculler, has sent a cable message to Trickett with reference to the latter’s challenge to meet Hanlon in England. Hanlon says he cannot possibly proceed to England to meet Trickett. The Union Company’s steamship Ringarooma arrived to-day from Auckland. March 23. The Chandernagorc, which recently arrived from New Ireland, where the colonising party was landed, has, after some difficulty, obtained clearance for Liverpool, and will sail shortly for that port. She will, however, again visit Now Ireland. Brisbane, March 23. Wells, the Cannamulla bushranger, was hanged yesterday. INTERPROVINCIAL. Auckland, March 24. The Auckland Artillery will visit the Thames on Monday for a review with the Waikato cavalry. Captain Colbeck, M.H.R., succeeded in induchig Messrs. Grant and Foster, the Lincolnshire farmers’ delegates, to visit t.be district north of Auckland. At Orakoi, the Native Parliament threw out a resolution approving of Mohi Tawbai’s conduct. The meeting decided that all Mohi Tawhai had done was to receive L2OO and come away. Paul censured the action of those who came to attend Parliament, but spent their time in card playing. A vote of the Assembly was passed against card playing. A long debate took place on the abolition of Laud Courts, and the proposed exemption from Rond Board taxation. Frier, of Dunedin, and Hutton of Auckland, are in training for a LIOO foot race on Monday. Considerable betting is going on. A tire at Kybcr Pass road destroyed a dwelling-house occupied by a man named Webb. The family escaped in their nightdresses. All the clothing and furniture were burned. The house was insured in the New Zealand Office for LIOO, but the loss is estimated at Ll5O. The Harbor Board yesterday instructed their Engineer to select a situation and prepare plans for a large graving dock. The Board imposed increased port dues, with the object of realising revenue on their endowments, in order to he in a position to borrow further on security. They will also proceed to ask the Imperial Government to guarantee a loan on condition of erecting a dock suitable for ships of the navy. A meeting of the Kingites, Ngatimaniopotos, and Taupo tribes is proceeding at Otorohaki, near Te Kuiti. Judge Richmond decided yesterday that where a bailiff enters on land to levy execution, and takes the necessary steps to realise, but the parties settle before the sale, the bailiff is entitled to poundage. Dr. Skae is expected here shortly to inspect the Asylum. Graiiamstown, March 24.
The Hon. Mr. Rolleston, after visiting the Te Aroha lands, accompanied by Mr. Percy Smith, chief surveyor ; and Mr. Maginnity, of the Telegraph Department, left for Kati Kati and the East Coast settlements. Deputations waited upon him at Ohinemutn regarding telegraphic and postal communication. He stated both were dependant upon Tukikino granting a right of road through Komata settlement. He had an interview with Tukikino, but no progress was made towards obtaining a right to continue the county roads. Tukikino demanded 1000 acres, said to have been promised him by Mr. Sheehan. Mr. Rolleston questsonod the truthfulness of such a promise, when the old man walked away. He had previously sent some melons as presents to Mr. Rolleston. The Minister intends offering some sections of bush lands for the use of persons taking up hinds on deferred payments, which are all fern land. Wellington, March 22. Two sharp shocks of earthquake were felt at 5 this morning. Henry Beattie, on a charge of indecent assault on Caroline James, aged 15, has been committed for tidal. The Wellington tramway was sold today to Mr. E. W. Mills, ironmonger, for Lit),2so The Governor returned from Napier yesterday by the Hinemoa, which vessel lost her anchor and chain off that port. The weather is still bad, and the landslips on the Masterton Railway are more serious than was at first supposed. Mr. W. Hutchinson addressed the city constituents last night. He condemned the policy and administration of the present Ministry, especially in regard to the selection of Royal Commissions. He urged retrenchment in salaries, from the Governor downwards. A vote of thanks and confidence was passed unanimously. "Wellington, March 24. The Government steamer Hinemoa left for Nelson this morning to bring the Nelson volunteers cn route Christchurch review. She returns here to-morrow night, and takes the Wellington detatchment South. 300 volunteers leave Wellington and Nelson. Wm. Farley was charged with rape this morning, but the Magistrate alter hearing the girl’s statement in cross-examina-tion, dismissed the charge, and commented strongly on the action of the police in takffig up the case. Dunedin, March 22. Butler, charged with the murder of the Dewar family, and also with burglary, was again remanded till Monday. Dunedin, March 24. The Aconcagua left Plymouth on the 20th, with 120 passengers. Henry McLeod, aged 14 year's, has been drowned in the Leith, whilst bathing. Ho had got out of his depth.
Relics of the Past.— Mrs. McKie, of Moat, one of the two last survivors in Dumfries of those who witnessed the funeral of the poet Burns, died recently 7, aged 92. Stx-ange to say, within twenty-four hours of Mrs. McKie’s death, the other Dumfries survivor who witnessed Burn’s funeral also died. This was Mr. William Gordon, of Ironbank, formerly the leading legal practitioner in the town. He was 96 years old, and latterly had been bedridden. Scene in Court. — A rather painful sensation occurred in the R.M. Court at Christchurch during the hearing of a petty summons case on Monday afternoon. The plaintiff in the action then before the Court was a young servant girl, who had summoned her mistress for assault. On entering the Court she appeared indisposed, and was accommodated with a seat while giving her evidence. Just as the case was drawing to a close, the girl, wl o had been visibly agitated throughout, fell down in a fit, and had to be removed.
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