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( Reuter's 7 elegrams.) London, March 26. The total reserve in notes and bullion in the Bank of England is L 17,375,000. The Duke of Richmond and Gordon, Lord President of the Privy Council, has resigned that position in the Ministry. The Marquis of Hartington made a speech at a Liberal meeting to-day, in which he reiterated the policy set forth in his receut manifesto. He further said that if returned, he would endeavor to establish European concert, and would be prepared to use coercive measures towards Turkey in order to force her to introduce internal reform. Mr. Gladstone is severely indisposed. His illness was caused by over work and strain attending electioneering. March 25. Authentic intelligence has been received with reference to the movements of the Afghan pretender, Abdul Rahman, who recently crossed the river Oxus from Russian territory, and was believed to be arming at Balkh and Badakshan. Abdul Rahman has now joined the Turcoman forces under Mahomraed Isa, near Akocha, 44 miles from Balkh, and presumably intends to descend upon Cabul should an opportunity offer. The strength of his foi’ce is not known. It is believed that General Roberts is watching his progress, and it is expected that the British troops will secure the town of Oharkar, on the road to Balkh, in order to oppose Abdul Rahman should he advance. The Empress Eugenic, together with her suite, sailed to-day for the Cape. The Queen left for the Continent today. March 27. It is announced that Prince Leopold will shortly leave England on a tour through Canada and the United States. London, March 24. Arrived Weymouth, barque, from New Zealand. The Royal Commission dissolving Parliament has been issued. It states that England’s relationship with Foreign Powers is of a friendly character, which is considered most favorable for the maintenance of the tranquility of Europe. It also hopes for a speedy settlement of affairs in Afghanistan. Paris, March 25. The French Government having resolved to prosecute repressive measures against the Jesuits are about to issue deciees dissolving the Society of Jesus in France, and expelling all foreign members. AUSTRALIAN. Sydney, March 25. The Council again amended the Stamp Bill. A long Cabinet meeting was held to-day, to consider the situation, the result of which is yet unknown. Sydney, March 24. Sailed—City of New York, with the outward San Francisco mails. Adelaide, March 25. The official statement of South Australian wheat statistics, shows that the total acreage is 1,458,096, producing
14,260,904 bushels. The average yield is nine bushels 47 pounds per acre for past season. Melbourne, March 25. Mr. Higginbotham has been re-instated in his former position of Engineer-in-Ohief of the Railways. of Victoria. Mr. Watson, the late Engineer-in-Ohief, refuses to accept his old position, and leaves the public service. Arrived—Arawata, from New Zealand. INTERPROYINCIAL. Auckland, March 29. The Ponsonby regatta passed off successfully. The open boat race was won easily by Toy. At the Domain athletic sports, Hutton, of Auckland, beat Frier, of Dunedin, easily for the championship and LSO aside. Hutton won by ten yards in 100 and five in 200 yards. Henderson’s Mill races were well attended. The principal race was the Henderson’s Mill Gup of 100 sovs. Golden Crown, 1 ; Malvern, 2 ; Gilderoy, 3. At the Thames volunteer review 1000 paraded, infantry, cavalry, and artillery. There was a large attendance of people. Wellington, March 29. Bishop Redwood and Pastor Chiuiquy were fellow-passengers to San Francisco by the mail yesterday. The steamers Charles Edward and Grafton had a narrow escape from collision in the French Pass on Saturday night. The former managed to back out of the channel in time. The horses Hornby, Tera, Randwick, Clarence, Lara, and Norseman left in the To Anau to-day for the Canterbury races. The Druids’ procession and fete to-day were a great success. The weather was fine. Grant and Poster, the Lincolnshire Delegates, made an inspection of the Kaipara district, before their departure by the outgoing San Francisco steamer. Before they left they stated that their impressions of New Zealand had been most favorable. They had been received every where most hospitably. In the south, however, they found that all the good agricultural land had passed from the hands of Government, and only some runs remained open, but that was not the sort of land they had been looking for. They were much pleased with the Waikato, and also with what they had seen of North Auckland. It now remained entirely with Government whether and when they personally return to settle in New Zealand.’ The difficulty in the way is that having been accustomed to farm areas of a thousand acres and upwards, and having capital to bring such an area under cultivation, there were obstacles in the way of obtaining such farms from Government. Te Aroha block, in which they would immediately take up 15,000 acres for themselves and other Lincolnshire farmers, is surveyed into lots not to exceed 300 acres. It appears doubtful whether Government will meet their views by granting larger areas. The Delegates have written to the press returning thanks for the genuine hospitality which they have universally received, and regretting that their obligations are so great, and their time so limited, that they cannot send their acknowledgements in detail.
Hawera, March 27. No political significance is attached to the pounding of Mr. Stevenson’s horses. The animals strayed away, and the Maoris had found them. Everything is quiet, and apparently satisfactory. The camp is likely to shift next week. Hawera, March. 29. The Commissioners had a very satisfactory interview with Titokowaru, Koperi, and other important chiefs yesterday. They regard the native difficulty as now at an end, although things were very gloomy when they first came. Napier, March 29. The bar is still very bad. The outward English mail was left behind, as the Rotorua was not communicated with. Great indignation is expressed, as it is generally thought the lifeboat could have gone out if started at the proper time. Communication with most of the country districts has been restored, but the coaches are unable to run through the Seventy-Mile Bush. Tanner lost 1500 sheep, and Col. Whitmore 2000 by the floods. Wellington, March 27Some wreckage, reported by the Maoris as being in Barnes’ Bay, has been identified by the Marine Department as part of the Mabel Jane, wrecked at West Wanganui in 1878. The Governor has received a cablegram fx-oui the Governor of New South Wales, stating that Her Majesty’s Ambassador at Raids has been instructed to urge the French Government to prohibit assistance being given to liberated convicts in emigrating from New Caledonia to the Australian colonies. Wellington, March 29. Bishop Redwood, who leaves by the San Francisco steamer en route for Rome, w’as to-day presented with a highly complimentary address from the Catholics of Wellington, in replying to which he expressed a hope of speedy return with an additional number of priests for the diocese.
A meeting has been called by the Mayor, at the request of a number of working men, to consider a scheme for constructing the West Coast railway on a land settlement plan. The following resolutions will be proposed; —“ 1. That the Government survey settlements along the line of railway as near as possible ten miles apart, the settlements to be subdivided into 25-acre sections, more or less, according to soil, &c., and to be paid for by balance of wages, or failing that, to run ten years before final payment is demanded.” “ 2. That the price of the land be fixed at L2 pier acre.” “3. That the rate of wages be fixed at Gs., 75., and Ss. per day.” “4. That the Government provide rations at Is. 3d. per head, each man to decide wdiether he will accept a full ration for each member of his family or not.” “5. That in addition to rations each man receive 10s. per week.” “6. That any 10 or 12 men shall have the option of selecting sections contiguous one to the other.” There is a prospect of Wellington oarsmen taking the challenge of Messrs. White Bros, of Mercury Bay, Auckland. Mr. Batkin, on behalf of the Wellington men, has written to the Nelson Rowing Club, asking them in the event of the challenge being accepted to lend their boat for the race. A telegram received from Taupo to-day says that a magnificent meteor was seen at 9 o’clock last night, which exploded in the south-west with a repeat like tnat of heavy artillery. Westport, March 27. Two ’ruck-loads of the Westport Colliery Company’s coal wei e brought to town on Thursday. More will come on Tuesday. Waiau, March 29. Constable Cartmill and a search party of fifteen residents have just started for the foot of the Cloudy Range to look for a man named Ward, supposed to be lost in that direction. He is a stranger to the district, and was last seen on Thursday, without hat or coat, making for the hills. He has no swag, and as it has been raining incessantly, fears are entertained for his safety. Blenheim, March 27. Information was received here to-day that the schooner Susannah Rose had gone ashore at Flaxbourne last Saturday. The schooner had all her canvas blown away on Friday night, and at 3.30 Saturday morning she struck near the mouth of the river Ure, six miles from Flaxbourne station. The captain and six men jumped off the jibboom into the surf and battled
their way to dry land. Four reached the station on Sunday morning, and the same evening went with the station hands in search of their mates. Two were found on Monday, but the captain is still missing. Further search was made, and his tracks were found on the Ure river. The footmarks wore followed up for three miles along the bank. When found lie was stretched full length in a shallow pool amongst a patch of boulders in the middle of the river. The intervening current being very deep and swift, it was only after a hard struggle that the men got to the captain and conveyed him to the bank. He was stiff from exposure, and could not move a limb. It appears from the captain's own account that, on entering the river to cross, the current carried him off his legs and swept him down some distance. He managed to get hold of a large boulder and kick off his heavy sea boots, but, on relinquishing his hold, was carried to the shallow spot where he was rescued. He had been 50 hours without food or drink, and had got into such a weak state that when his preservers were within 10 yards ho could not answer their calls. Great praise is given to the station hands for the gallant manner in which they accomplished his rescue in the face of a swollen torrent. Dunedin, March 29. The trousers identified as worn by Butler on the night before the Cumberland street murders have been found, near the Northern Cemetery. They are said to be stained with blood. The criminal calendar consists of eighteen cases, including two cases of cutting and wounding, one of horse stealing, live of highway robbery, one of manslaughter, and one of wilful murder. The Dunedin Jockey Club have appointed three members of Committee to act with Mr. Moore in framing handicaps for the Queen’s Birthday meeting.
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