BRITISH AND FOREIGN.
(Reuter’s.} London, April 11. The Liberal gains now amount to 108. The “ Observer” of to-day states that the Marquis of Salisbury, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, is about to be raised to a Dukedom. The “Times” publises a paragraph in which it states that it is probable that Earl Derby will be appointed Secretary of State for the Colonies. London, April 12. In view of the approaching resignation of the Ministry, Lord Lytton, Viceroy of India, has been raised to an Earldom. The training ship Atalanta, with 300 cadets on board, is reported missing. She left Bermuda at the end of January, and was returning from a cruise. Great anxiety prevails regarding her safety. The Channel Squadron has been ordered to search for the missing vessel. Pams, April 12. It is announced that a vessel conveying French exhibits to the Melbourne Exhibition will leave in May. AUSTRALIAN. (Reuter’s Telegrams.) Adelaide, April 13. The imports for the past quarter amounted to L 9,520,000. The exports for the same period amounted to L 9,527,000. Adelade, April 14. "Wheat in Adelaide is at 4s. 5d ; wheat at the out ports is at 4s. 3d. Melbourne, April 13. Ar wed—Ringarooma, from New Zeathe Governor laid the fonmStion stone of the Melbourne Cathedral to-day. There was a large attendance, and the proceedings were carried out with considerable ceremony. The Te Anau sailed for New Zealand to-day. Melbourne, April 14. New Zealand oats are slow of sale at 2s 3d. Sugar at auction has realised LI per ton higher. It is stated that Messrs Money Wigram and Co.’s steamship the Norfolk will, on her next trip from England, go direct to Lyttelton and Wellington. Albany, April 13. The P. and O. Company’s steamship Hydaspes arrived in King George’s Sound to-day from Ceylon, with the inward Sues mail. Passenger for Dunedin : Mr. Scott. The Hydaspes brings the news that the P. and O. steamer Travancore had run ashore at Otranto, on the Italian coast, a few miles south of Brindisi. She was exyected to become a total loss. Brisbane, April 12.
Mr. Lang, prospector, reports having discovered splendid looking auriferous country on the Sefton river, in Carpentaria. Mr. Jack, Government Geologist, has prospected Cape York unsuccessfully He was speared through the neck by natives while they were attacking the camp, but has now quite recovered from the effects of the wound.
INTERPROYIN Cl AX.
Gkahamstown, April 14
Mr. Oliver comes to the Thames, via Waikato. Mr. Sheehan accompanies him.
The Government have forwarded L3OOO to the county for the construction of a road through Tukukino’s land to the Upper Thames. An active canvas is to take place for putting qualified persons on the roll. It is anticipated that over five thousand electors will he registered. Auckland, April 13.
Judge Richmond sentenced the Fijian convicted of rape on a little girl to 10 years, witn two whippings ; Tidmarsh, for attempting rape on a married woman at Parnell, to six years and two whippings ; and the youth Brien, who attempted a rape at Onehunga, to three months and two whippings. Auckland, April 14 At the Supreme Court sessions the natives charged with forcibly entering the premises of Wilkin’s Hotel, Ohinemutu, were fined LlO each. Tinne, the local member of the Local Industries Commission, the Mayor, and the Working Men’s Political Association, are exerting themselves to obtain information on the subject for the Commission. Russell, April 13. Arrived —Rotorua, from Sydney. Wellington, April 13.
The Rotomahana, with the San Francisco mail, sailed for the South at one this afternoon. At the meeting of the Fire Brigade last night, it was resolved to extend the time of looking up their sheds until Monday next, by which time a Conference between the Insurance Companies, City Council, and the Fire Brigades will be held. Wellington, April 14
At the Supreme Court, in the case of Machine v. O’Malley, the plaintiff claims LIOOO damages for injuries sustained by bim while blasting at the reclamation works, through the alleged negligence of the defendant, who was the contractor. It is understood that the City Council are about to adopt a system of retrenchment in every possible way, which will consist of rigid economy in all expenditure, including a pro rata reduction in and wages. BBpemyr single and five married men are engaged to send to Wanganui for the purpose of working on the Wanganui and Murimutu road.
At a meeting of Licensed Victuallers this afternoon, the question of forming a Licensed Victuallers’ Insurance Company was discussed. The matter was allowed to stand over. However, in the mean-
lime, data will be collected and presented at a Conference which meets early in June. A deputation was appointed to wait on the Commissioner of Police, to request ihatactive steps bo taken in connection with sly grog selling. A fire broke out at one o’clock tins morning in a three-roomed cottage in Cuba street. The flames, when first observed, had a good hold on the building, which was totally destroyed. The house was empty, the inmates having removed the previous day. How the fire originated is unknown. The cottage was owned by Mi\ Henn
The cottage burnt down this morning was insured for Ll5O in the South British. It is stated that the Colonial Insurance Company will declare a dividend of 10 percent, at the annual meeting on Monday next. The report is also said to be satisfactoiy. The proprietor of the Victoria Hotel was fined L 5 for Sunday trading. Balclutha, April 14.
At the Magistrate’s Court this morning, Isabella Hamilton was charged with the murder of her new born infant on the 6th March, in a water closet, at the Stirling Hotel. The post mortem examination showed that the child had breathed. When the accused left Mrs. Atkinson’s service on February 15th, she was pregnant, and made efforts to conceal it. She was remanded till Saturday, bail being allowed, herself in LIOO and two sureties of LSO erch.
Dunedin, April 13.
In the divorce suit, Fergusson v. Fergusson and Prenderville, the jury answered all the issues in favor of the petitioner. The respondent and co-re-spondent were unrepresented, The jury before the evidence was exhausted; intimated they were satisfied the plaintiff had made out his case.
Dunedin, April 14,
A sum of LSO having been collected for the purpose of presenting a piece of plate to Mr. Hallenstein, of the New Zealand Clothing Factory, on his leaving for Europe, that gentleman requested that the money mightjbe placed towards founding a fund for the amelioration of distress amongst his employees. Mr. Hallenstein’s request has been complied with, and the firm have supplemented the amount by LSO. A South Dunedin publican has been robbed of L4O, which had been loft in bis till.
A painter named Totterill, living at Mornington, tried to cut his throat this morning. He is now out of danger.
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