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(by telegraph.) The following telegrams appear in the Melbourne papers : (Argus Special.) London, March 9. The Earl of Beaconsfield has written a letter to the Duke of Marlborough, reviewing what England has done for Ireland during late years. He says that there is danger now in some districts in Ireland, owing to a portion of the people attempting to sever the constitutional tie uniting England and Ireland in a bond which favors the prosperity of both. Lord Beaconsfield hopes that all will resist this destructive doctrine. The strength of the nation depends upon the unity of feeling which should pervade Great Britain and her dependencies. Some had challenged the expediency of the Imperial character of the realm. They had attempted, but failed, to enfeeble the colony by a policy of disintegration, and they now recognised in the disintegration of the United Kingdom a mode by which to accomplish and hasten a purpose. The elections would afford the nation an opportunity of deciding upon the course to be taken, which would materially affect the fortunes and destiny of the country. The power of England and the peace of Europe must largely depend upon the verdict of the country. Peace could not be secured by the passive principles of non-intervention. Lord Beaconsfield concludes his letter by expressing the hope that a Parliament will be returned worthy of the power of England, and resolved to maintain it. March 10. Mr. William Shaw, M.P. for Cork, the leader of the Home Hide party, has issued an address in answer to Lord Beaconsfield’s letter to the Duke of Marlborough, charging the Premier with placing false issues before the electors, tending to excite the worst passions of the ignorant. He invites the Irish people to answer the insulting missive by returning an overwhelming majority pledged to a settlement of the great Irish National question. March 15. The German press recently contained revelations as to the attempt made last spring by the Russians to negotiate an alliance with France and Italy, but there are now distinct signs of a better feeling between Germany and Russia. March 17. It is rumored that H.R.H. the Duke of Connaght succeeds the Duke of Marlborough as Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland. The Russians at Cronstadt and Nicolaieff are preparing for the immediate despatch of further munitions of war and men-of-war to the Pacific to protect the Amoor, owing to the expected war with China. The “ Times” states that Abdul Rahman and two Russian officers have arrived at Balkh. ' March 18. A Company hag. -been projected in London of Australian meat on the Strathleven principle. The capital will be raised by five thousand LlO shares. It is proposed to import 200 tons of meat fortnightly.

{.Age Special. ) London, March 8. The American Congress regards with dissatisfaction the acquisition by the French of paramount influence in the construction of the Panama Canal through the Isthmus of Darien. A Select Committee was appointed some time ago to consider the question, and evidence was taken in reference to the various schemes submitted, and also as regarded the powers conferred upon Lieutenant Lucien Napoleon Buonaparte Wyse, who was despatched in command of an expedition fitted out by the French Government to survey and report on the most feasible route for the canal. The report of the Committee has been published, and the recommendations contained therein are wholly adverse to the French acquiring the control of the canal. March 10. Efforts are being made for the approaching campaign in Afghanistan. It is intended to increase the numbers of the Native army in India, and recruiting for the Native regiments is being vigorously prosecuted. Mr. Gladstone has issued his address to the electors of Midlothian, which constituency he seeks to represent in the next Parliament. He attacks the policy of the Government in every essential particular, and contends that the action of Lord Beaconsfield had served to aggravate the distress following upon the general depression in trade at home, thereby necessitating the augmentation of taxation. Abroad the prestige of the empire had been weakened by needless wars. He condemned the acquisition of profitless extension of territory in South Africa, Afghanistan, and other parts of the world,: and declared that the onerous and ill-defined responsibilities assumed by England in Asia Minor under treaty engagement with the Porto were most unwise. The appropriation of Cyprus, he stigmatised as equivalent to filching territory from an ally and as dishonouring to England. March 15. Much significance is attached to the arrival of a Persian Commission at Herat for the purpose ostensibly of establishing amicable relations between the Shah’s Government and the inhabitants of that city. The members of the Commission were enthusiastically welcomed by the Heratees, and the principal chiefs have exhibited a very friendly attitude towards them. • The repressive policy adopted by the Cape authorities towards the Natives of Basutoland threatens serious complications. A proc’amation has been made that the order for a general disarmament, which had been suspended for a time to enable the people to appeal to the Home Government, will be immediately enforced. The Basutos regard the proceeding with embittered feelings, and affairs in the district are considered highly critical. March 17. The feeling of hostility against the Chinese throughout California, which was exhibited in the very repressive measures passed through the State Legislature, and in the pressure brought to bear upon public companies and manufacturers to prevent the employment of Mongolian labor, has greatly subsided. While much jealousy of the Chinese continues to exist amongst the working classes, overt acts of coercion have been discontinued. In consequence of the Lords of the Treasury refusing to increase the subsidy allotted the representation of Great Britain at the Melbourne Exh’bition, the London Commission, of which the Prince of Wales is President, has relinquished all responsibility in reference to the transmission of the British exhibits, and will leave the matter entirely in, the hands of the Victorian- Commissioners. New Zealand hemp fetches from L 27 15s. to L2B per ton.

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LATE CABLEGRAMS, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 79, 27 March 1880

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LATE CABLEGRAMS Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 79, 27 March 1880

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