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{Per Reuter's Agency.) London, April 20. Consols remain at 9S|. Hew Zealand securities are without change. Adelaide breadstuff's have further declined—wheat, per 4961b5., ex warehouse, being now 555.; and flour, per 480ibs., ex warehouse, 395. 6d.; New Zealand wheat is unchanged. Beef tallow remains at 325. 6d., while best mutton tallow has declined 6d. per cwt., and is now quoted at 345. The news.-ries of colonial wool auctions was opened to to-day. The quantity was 85,000 bales. The tone of the sales was strong, with animated demand. Greasy is a Id. higher ; washed and scoured Ijsd. There was a large attendance of Home and foreign buyers. The auctions close on June 12. The steamship Norfolk has left Plymouth. Arrived—Waipa, from Port Chalmers, Jan. 19 ; Jessie Headman, from Bluff, J an. 18. April 21. There has been nothing definitely concluded regarding the new Cabinet. It is expected that the Queen will summon the Marquis of Hartington. Lord Crahbrook has received the decoration of the Grand Cross of the Star of India. St. Louis, April 21. A most destructive hurricane has taken place in the Western States of America. The town of Missouri has been demolished, and 100 persons killed. AUSTRALIAN. (Per Rente/s' Agency.) Sydney, April 22. In the Legislative Assembly last night, Mr. Fitzpatrick, leader of the Opposition, gave notice of a motion- which is tantamount to a vote of want of confidence in the Government, in consequence of the latter’s refusal to initiate legislation on the question of mining on private property. At the meeting of the Australian Mutual Provident Society yesterday, the motion to amend the by-law relating to proxies was rejected by a large majority. Sailed, yesterday, the Arawata, for New Zealand. , A ballot has been taken among the miners, which proves adverse to the masters’ offer, and a strike is probable. Sailed —P. M. S. S. Zealandia, with outward San Francisco mail. Melbourne, April 22. The spread of diphtheria at Hamilton is diminishing, and precautions are being taken to prevent its outbreak in in other parts of the colony. The Iron Duke, about which considerable anxiety was felt, having left London on Dec. 21, has arrived. The steamship Norfolk, which has just left England, goes to Lyttelton, Wellington and Sydney. An official telegram to hand states that Captain G. 0. Strahan, C.M.G., Governor of the Windward Islands, has been appointed Governor of Tasmania. At a Cabinet meeting held yesterday it was resolved to support Charles Macmahon for the Speakership. Mr. P. Lalor is also a candidate. INTERPROVINCIAL. Auckland, April 22. It is reported the cost of the Crown prosecution in the case of J. 0. Young, will amount to L 2,500, owing to the expense of summoning distant witneses. Two more veterinary surgeon inspectors have been appointed at Waikato, where pleuro pneumonia is spreading. At the meeting of the South Auckland Cattle Board, the veterinary inspector, Mr. Naveu, reported severe disease in the Cambridge district. One speaker said the Piako Swamp Company had a great number of cattle running in the bush, and a rigid scrutiny of the company’s -cattle should be made. Auckland, April 23. Mr. Bryce arrived at the Manukau this morning. Sir George Grey will address a meeting about Wednesday next, if he is in good health ; if not, the week after. In the second charge against J. 0. Young, late Government Land Purchase Agent, charged with embezzling Government moneys, the jury, at 11 o’clock, returned a verdict of “ Not guilty,” attaching the presentment that the system of native land purchase expenditure, as disclosed by the evidence, is extremely loose and reprehensible, and affords no sufficient check against fraud by persons employed as agents. The other charges were heard to-day, but at the opening of the Court the Crown Prosecutor announced their withdrawal. The Judge, in discharging Young, said he had been guilty of gross dereliction of duty, in payment of money, and had brought the prosecution on himself ; but he was satisfied that prisoner had not attempted to appropriate[the money to his own use. The German warship Bismarck has received telegraphic instructions to sail for Valparaiso, to protect the German interests. She takes with her a quantity of Bay of Islands coals as an experiment. Two totalisators were seized on the racecourse to-day, and six men arrested who were engaged in working them. Wellington, April 23.

A destructive fire occurred at Burnham Water last night, a house owned by Mr. J. F. Wright being totally destroyed. The furniture, valued at LBOO, belonging to Mr. D. P. Davis, who occupied the building, was also destroyed. The origin of the fire is unknown. The house w'as insured in the London and Globe office for L2OO, and the furniture for LSOO in the New Zealand office.

The tramway case now occupying the Supreme Court is not likely to conclude before to-morrow night. Napier, April 23.

The Commercial Hotel, at the Spit, was destroyed by fire at 2 a.m. this morning, Galloys, the proprietor, being absent at a private party in the town. His wife and one servant were alone in the house, sleeping together, and were aroused by unwonted sounds, when they discovered the house to be on fire, which then had such a hold that they could only save a box or two of clothing.' Both the Spit and Napier brigades had been holding their annual dinner in town, but in spite of having dined and keeping up festivities, they turned out promptly, and succeeded is confining the fire to the hotel. The adjoining buildings were severely scorched, the weather-boards of Banner and Leddless’s bonded store being burned through in places. The insurance on the building is L6OO South British ; L 499 Victoria; stock and furniture, L6OO in the Translantic.

At the Fire Brigade dinner last night, A. Sutton, Esq., M.H.R., presided. W. M. Millar, the chief gaoler, and late superintendent of the Brigade was presented with a testimonial and a handsome silver tea and coffee service. Wellington, April 22. A woman named McLaggan atttempted suicide to-day at noon, by throwing herself off the breastwork. She was arrested by a constable and taken to the police station. .»»» Wellington, April 23. §| •At the meeting' of the City Council last night the fire brigade’s committee reported that in future there shall be only one Municipal Fire Brigade, and recommended that the Council advertise for a duly qualified, superintendent, at a salary of LIOO per annum, to organise and take command of such Fire Brigade, which

should be formed somewhat on the following basis :—1 superintendent at LIOO ; 2 foremen, at L 25 each ; 5 branchmen, at LlO ; 25 firemen at L 5 each ; 1 night watchman at L 100; 2 station keepers (30s. per week each), Ll6O ; monthly practices (25 men at 2s. each, 5 men at 3s. each), XilO ; expenditure at fire, say Ll5O ; contingingencies, LlO0 —total, L 875 per annum.

The steamer Manawatu, on her way from Wanganui to Wellington, broke down between Kapiti and Mana Islands. It is believed the boiler burst, and it is stated that the circumstances are such as to demand a strict inquiry. The passengers of the Manawatu were brought on by the Jane Douglas, and the injured steamer returned to Kapiti. The Rangatira leaves this afternoon to tow the Manawatu to Wellington. Palmerston North, April 23.

Alexander Cameron, settler, Ngawararu, well known ir this district, was this morning committed for trial for selling bullocks given to him to graze. Another charge, of embezzling money belonging to the same prosecutor, M‘Conevey, Turukina, will bo heard this afternoon.

Invercargill, April 22.

At the annual meeting of the Acclimatisation Society it was resolved to increase the bonus for killing shags from threepence to a shilling , to petition Parliament for a general shooting license in the colony ; to impose a gun tax of ten shillings ; and also, on account of the rabbit pest, to recommend and encourage the introduction of weasels, foxes, and stoats —the last resolution to be fully ventilated by the Committee before giving effect to it.

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TELEGRAPHIC., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 91, 24 April 1880

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TELEGRAPHIC. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 91, 24 April 1880

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