LATEST FROM EUROPE. (Renter V.) London, April 1. Thaßank of England’s weekly returns sliodHio total reserve in notes and bullion to beP16,600,000, being over LI ,000,000 less than last week. London, April 2. The total quantity of wheat afloat for Great Britain is 1,930,000 qrs. Best Australian beef tallow, 345.; best mutton, 355. The total stock of tallow in London on April Ist was 17,500 casks. New Zealand wheat, per 49(ilbs., ex warehouse, 475. c.f.i. The Queensland loan of L 3,000,000 at 4 per cent, is announced, but L 2,000,000 only will be issued at present. St. Petersburg, April 3. The relations between Russia and China are considered as being very critical, the latter having declined the ratification of the treaty releasing Russia from restoring Kuldaja. A report also is current that Chinese troops have crossed the river Amoor, thereby constituting open hostilities to Russia. AUSTRALIAN. (Reuter's Telegrams.) Sydney, April 3. The following exhibition awards have been announced to-day : —First prizes— A. and T. Burt, for lead piping; Buchanan, for illustration of grasses ; Colonial Museum, geology and natural history; Professor Haast, ethnology; Anna Wilson, of Dunedin, for laces ; Mrs Beal, for shell ornaments. Second prizes—A. and T. Burt, for bottling machine ; Burton, for taxidermy ; Jennings, for stuffed birds. Sundry New Zealand exhibitors in the foregoing classes take third and fourth prizes. Adelaide, April 3. The Orient Co. ’s steamship Chimborazo arrived to-day from Plymouth. Melbourne, April 3. The second son of his Excellency the Marquis of Normauby is dead. INTERPRO YIN OIAL. Auckland, April 3. The Chamber of Commerce is inviting suggestions from the local manufacturers for the Commission on Local Industries. There fwere several complaints to the Board of Education to-day from the School Committees regarding the length of the holidays. The Board replied that the holidays were appointed from Wellington. Auckland, April 5. Scott leaves for the Thames this evening to repeat his Auckland performance. At a meeting of the Acclimatisation Society a letter was read from Mr. Manning, New Caledonia, suggesting the advisableness of introducing crabfish into New Zealand, and stating that they could be safely conveyed to the Society. The matter was deferred till funds wert in hand. Grahamstown, 'April 5. Tukukino, the Romata obstructionist, has signified to the County Council through the Police Department, his willingness to allow the road to be made if Government will grant the county L3OOO for the construction of the same. Gisborne, April 5. During the past few days a quarrel, threatening to terminate seriously, has prevailed among the natives at Mohaka, betweci-. an d Gisborne. The feud is one of Wmg standing between adjoining tribes, and relates to the ownership of valuable land. It is reported that shots have been exchanged, and one or two lives lost. On Saturday a meeting of native chiefs in this district took place to determine the action to be taken. The native chief Wi Pere has been requested to proceed at once as peacemaker between the contending factions, but has declined to do so without specific instructions from Government. Wellington, April 3. The charge of indecent assault against Bowden, the bailiff, was dismissed, as the prosecutrix did not appear. A man named Douglas, who has been lost in the bush near Woodville for 11 days, and has subsisted on berries, has turned up. He states he saw the footprints of a boy and man, whom he met on the road, and fears are entertained that they are also lost in the bush, as they have not since been heard of. Wellington, April 5. The police have laid informations against several publicans for Sunday trading. Thos. .Benton’s stable and a barn at Carterton were destroyed by fire yesterday morning. The loss is estimated at LIOO. The property is not insured. A preliminary inquiry was held into the circumstances connected with the loss of the schooner Rosannah Rose at Ure River, near Blenheim. The captain stated that the vessel had now become a total wreck. It transpired that two cases of tobacco had been stolen from the vessel during the absence of the crew. The evidence will be forwarded to Government. Charles Marson is the name of the man who perished in the fire at the Awhari Hotel last night. A telegram received from Feilding states that the Awhari Hotel was destroyed by fire last night, everything being lost, and the family only escaped in their night dresses. One of the boarders whose name, is unknown, was burnt to death, and two others were seriously injured. An inquest will be held on Tuesday. The hotel is insured in the Colonial office for LISOO, of which L 1250 are re-insured in the South British for LSOO, partly re-insured in the Union for LSOO.
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