LATEST FROM EUROPE. (Reuter's. ) London, March 31. Consols 98J. Adelaide wheat has declined one shilling, and is now quoted 58s. per 4961b5. ex warehouse. Australian beef and mutton tallow, unchanged. The wool market is strong. The arrivals for the next auction amount to 179,000 bales. The Oriental Bank Corporation pay a dividend of two per cent for the halfyear. The Bank of South Australia pays per cent., and carries forward LB,OOO " • The general elections for the new Parliament have commenced. Up to the present time ten Liberal and eight Conservatives have been returned unopposed. London, April 1. Then general elections continue. Ninety Liberals and sixty-one Conservatives have now been returned for the new Parliament. The Liberals, so far, have gained 25 seats which were held in the last Parliament by the Conservatives. The latter have gained nine seats formerly held by the Liberals. The elections for Birmingham resulted : n the return of Messrs. John Bright, Muntz, and Chamberlain, the former Liberal members. For Hackney, the late Liberal member. Messrs. Holmes and Fawcett, have also been elected. For Westminster, the Right Hon. W. H. Smith, First Lord of the Admiralty, and Sir Charles Russell, Conservative members, have been returned. London, March 30. Three per cent, consols 98^. Adelaide wheat per 4961b5., ex warehouse, 595., steady demand. Best Australian beef tallow, 345. 6d. ; best mutton tallow, 355. Gd. ; market quiet. Arrived—P. and O. Company’s steamship Indus, with the Homeward Suez mails. Calcutta, March 31st. According to the latest news from Cabul, General Stewart’s force has arrived at Ghuznee without meeting with any open hostility on tne part of the enemy. It has not yet transpired what General Stewart’s further movements will be. Paris, March 31. It has been officially stated that the French Government do not intend that their decree disolving the Society of Jeseits shall further have effect of expelling foreign members from France. AUSTRALIAN. ( Reuter's Telegrams,) Sydney, April 2. Government made a call of a quarter of their special deposits wi f h the Banks, leaving L 1,475,000 still on deposit. It is understood that, money being easier, the Banks were agreeable to the withdrawal being made. Sir H. Parkes, Premier, introduced in the Assembly last night a Bill for depriving the Council of future power to amend money bills, and made a lengthy speech on the occasion. Sir Alfred
Stephen introduced in the Council a Bil having the same effect as that now before the Assembly. Sydney, April 1. , In consequence of the recent action of the Legislative Council, twice rejecting the Bill for imposing the Stamp Duties, which was sent up from the Legislative Assembly, Sir Henry Parkes, Premier, has introduced in the Assembly a Bill to deprive the Council of power in future to amend Money Bills. Sir Alfred Stephen has given notice for the introduction of a similar Bill in the Upper House. Melbourne, April 1. pESThe works in connection with Sir John Goode’s scheme at Fisherman’s Bend and Yarra Yarra are actively proceeding. A further meeting has been held for the formation of a Meat Company, with a capital of LIOO,OOO. Already L 13,000 have been subscribed. The Cabinet have decided to reduce Wm. Benjamin Berry, who was promoted by Mr. Graham Berry shortly before the resignation of the Mimstry, to his former rank in the Civil Service. Melbourne, March 31. A Cabinet Council was held to-day, when the Reform Bill and other proposed measures were discussed. Colonel St. Hill, late private secretary to Governor Weld, has been dismissed from the command of the TasmanianVolunteers. Arrived—Tararua. Sailed—Aravvata and Albion. Adelaide, March 25. The Orient Company’s s.s. Sorata has arrived from Plymouth. INTERPROVINCIAL. Auckland, April 2. Mr. Lowe, traffic manager on the Auckland railways, has resigned, owing to a difference of opinion with Mr. M‘Donald, general manager. Large potato crops are reported from Waikato. One field has yielded fourteen tons to the acre. The report that Sir George Grey is suffering from ill-health, which is likely to prevent his attendance'atnext session, is contradicted. He enjoys good health, except the old affection of the leg, through a spear wound, received in Western Australia. Auckland, April 2. Mr. J. C. Young, late Native Lands Commissioner for the East Coast, was arrested on account of an alleged debt to the Crown of LICOO, but was released on a representation to the Attorney-General that the proceeding would interfere with his defence. Pleuro-pneumonia has broken out amongst the cattle on the Piako Swamp Company’s estate, and it has been declared an infected district by the Cattle Board. 28,010 head are depastured on the estate. The manager has had all the cattle inoculated. Mr. Naiden, V.S., is up to inspect. There is great excitement in the Waikato district over the outbreak. Scott commences to-night to walk 112 miles in 24 hours, under the auspices of the Auckland Amateur Athletic Club. Henry Durant has been committed for trial on a charge of robbery of L 7 from Annie Hopkins in a brothel. Napier, April 1.
Several dead bodies have been found in the rivers during the last few days, and no doubt they were men who had been trying to cross during the floods. The damage done by the floods is now ascertained to be light in Hawke’s Bay and Wairoa counties, but it will take about L 5,000 to put the roads and bridges in Waipawa county into their old state of thorough repair. The private losses were not nearly so great as the great depth and extent of the floods would have led one to fear. Mr. Farmer, of Hastings, was the heaviest loser in stock, 1,500 sheep having been drowned. It will probably be a month before the coaches can come through the bush road. The natives at Wairoa are indulging in threats of murdering each other. Their dispute refers to some land, but it is not likely to go beyond blank cartridges. An information has been laid on behalf of F. Ward, jun., of Gisborne, against Ropata and Tucker, interpreter, for malicious prosecution and conspiracy, arising out of the recent prosecution of Ward, in which, after four days’ hearing at Gisborne, the magistrate dismissed the charges of conspiracy brought against Ward and Cooper, but commented strongly on their conduct, and advised Ward to be careful in future, and not to be misled by clients. Wellington, April 1. Mr. William Bowden, bailiff, was arrested this morning on a charge of indecently assaulting Ellen Syrns. Martin, of the Albion Hotel, was fined L 5 for selling liquors after hours. The petition of the Licensed Victuallers presented to the City Council, re sly grog-selling, has been forwarded to the Police, with a request that they will take action in the matter. Wellington, April 2. A woman named Catherine M'Call, CO years of age, was burnt to death last night under horrible circumstances. She was housekeeper to a gentleman named John M'Laughlan, and was last seen by him about ten last night, when she was lying on a sofa, helplessly drunk. He left her there, and went to bed, leaving the candle burning. On rising this morning he found her charred remains. With the exception of her stays, all her clothing was burnt, and portions of the wall had been on fire. M'Laughlan states he heard no noise during the night, and is unable to say how she was burnt. Deceased had been drinking heavily for about ten days. An inquest will be held to-morrow. At the inquest this afternoon on the body of Miss M'Coll, who was burnt to death this morning, the jury returned a verdict of * ‘ Accidental death while in a state of intoxication.” A little girl named Russell was run over by a vegetable cart this morning, and killed. The driver was unaware of having passed over anything until called to by the spectators. A man named Henry Graves was killed on the Foxton-Palmerston railway on Wednesday, owing to his accidentally falling between the carriages. Dunedin, April 1. Butler has been committed for trial for the murder of the Dewar family. He begged the public and the press not to be influenced by the prejudice attempted to be created against him. He reserved his defence. He charges Inspector Mallard with attempting to influence the public prejudicially, made a long statement on the subject. Dunedin, April 2. The Customs’ revenue for the March quarter is L 85,661, against L100,1G2 for the same quarter last year. All the papers here call on the volunteer authorities to institute a searching inquiry into the charges against the southern volunteers, amd make examples of the offenders. The result meetings here is that LB9O has been forwarded to Canada in aid of this mission. Messrs Dick and Oliver, in reply to the unemployed’s petition, say that it is not the duty of Government to attempt to regulate the rate of wages. The rate provided by Government is shown by the sum paid for rations to be sufficient support for workmen and their families. The terms have been thankfully accepted in other parts of the colony. Government can hold out no hope of different terms being given to Otago.
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