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TELEGRAPHIC.

BRITISH AND FOREIGN. {By cable from Reuter's Ajency.) London, April 21.

Adelaide breadstuffs have suffered a further decline. Wheat is at 545. per 496ibs, ex warehouse ; and flour, per 2801bs, ex warehouse, 395. New Zealand wheat, cx snip, is quoted to-day at 515., being a decline of Is. on last quotations. Consols, New Zealand securities, and tallow unchanged. At the wool sales to-day 1000 bales were offered, making 18,500 catalogued since the opening. There was a good demand at to-day’s auction, and crossbreds were firmer.

April 22,

The Beaconsfield Ministry has tendered its resignation to the Queen. It is stated that Her Majesty accepted it and summoned Lord Hartingfcon to form a new Ministry, but ho declined in favor of Mr. Gladstone.

Mr. C.B., Private Secretary to the Bari of Beaconsfield when Prime Minister, has been raised to the

Peerage. Sir Charles Gavan Duffy, late Speaker of tlie Victorian Assembly, has been invited to stand for an Irish borough in the Homo Rule interest. The total reserve in notes and bullion in the Bank of England is L1C,250,000, being a quarter of a million more than last week.

At the wool auction to-day, 11,100 bales were offered, making a total of 296,000 bales catalogued since the opening. To-day’s sale is firm, and an active demand continues.

The market for Australian wheat and tallow is dull.

London, April 23.

The Marquis of Hartington and Earl Granville had an audience of Her Majesty the Queen to-day in regard to the formation of a new Ministry. The Marquis of Hartington, after an audience with the Queen, returned to London and had an interview with Earl Granville and the Right Hon. W. B. Gladstone, He returns to Windsor to-day, when it is expected that he will decline the task of forming a new Ministry. The total quantity of wheat afloat for Great Britain is 179,000 quarters, being 120,00 quarters less than last week. Australian tallow is dull and declining. At the wool sales to-day 109,000 bales were offered ; a firm and active demand is maintained.

April 24,

Mr. Gladstone has been summoned by the Queen, and lias been appointed Prst Lord of the Treasury and Chancellor of the Exchequer. He has accepted the task of forming a now Ministry. It is probable that Earl Granville will accept office as Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.;

Consols have advanced to 99 ; Hew Zealand securities unchanged ; Australian and Hew Zealand breadstufis remain as at last quotations. At to-day’s wool auction 1,170 bales were offered, making a total 52,200 catalogued since the opening. A firm and active demand was again shown at the sale.

Calcutta, April 31,

Intelligence lias been received of the resumption of hostilities in Afghanistan. A severe attack was made upon General Stewart’s force on the 19tii- instant, in the vicinity of Ghuzneo, by 1500 Afghans. A serious conflict ensued and resulted in the defeat of the enemy with heavy loss. The British loss is unknown. General Stewart’s vanguard entered Ghuzneo on the 20th.

AUSTRALIAN. (Per Reuters' Agency.) Melbourne, April 23.

Mr. Gordon, C.E., has been re-employed by Government as chief engineer of the Water Supply Department.

Pig iron is in good demand. A deputation of workmen was received to-day by the Hon. James Service, when threatening language was used and remunerative employment demanded. They declined to accept stone-breaking. Mr. Service replied, stating that everything possible had been done, and he was unable to do more.

A vessel named the George Ai’kle, bound for (ho colonies, went ashore near Sourabaya, but afterwads floated unassisted.

Arrived —Rotomahana from Bluff. Sailed —Ringarooma for the Bluff on Wednesday. _ , Melbourne, April 24.

Thompson Moore, the member for Mandurang, has accepted the position of Government whip*" in the Assembly. A prospectus has been issued of a Freezing Company, under the dry air process, with a capital of LIOO,OOO ; the sum of L 40,000 has already been subscribed, and the company will commence operations as soon as subscriptions amount to L 50,000. Sydney, April 23.

.An influential meeting was held tc-day, at which it was resolved to form a meat export company. Adelaide, April 23.

Adelaide wheat, 4s. 2d. to 4s. 3d. per bushel ; Adelaide flour, LlO 10s. per ton, market depressed. Freights from Adeto London, 40s. to 425. (kl. depressed.

INTERPROVINCIAL.

Auckland, April 26.

The Arawata, arrived at Russell from Sydney, brings amongst her passengers 52 Chinamen for Dunedin.

George Hart, charged with forging and uttering a cheque on the Bank- of New Zealand for L 4 55., was committed for trial.

Te Ngakau, a famous Maori chief, interviewed Mr Bryce to-day, and afterwards was taken on a visit to H.M. S. Cormorant and Wolverine.

A sacred concert by the Camillo Urso Company at the Theatre Royal on Sunday evening could not be termed successful, and the audience introduced an undesirably noisy element into the affair. The German war ship Nautilus; arrived from Samap,,brings intelligence that on the 12th, Mahitea was annointed King of Samoa. On the follo wing day the Steinberger party hoisted a flag, and threatened to rebel. Unless the representatives of the foreign powers interfere the affair may result seriously. Te Ngakau, the famous secretary and adviser of Tawahio, has come to Auckland on a visit. He interviews Mr. Bryce tomorrow. Te Ngakau has not been in Auckland since the, Waikato war. Rewi intends sending down a representative to see Mr. Bryce, as he is too feeblo to come himself. Mr. Bryce intended to visit Waikato, but will not be able, as he leaves for Wellington about Wednesday,

Mr. Sheehan proposes to accompany Mr. Bryce overland through the Upper Thames to Grahamstown and there to address his constituents. Several deputations waited on the Native Minister to day, one asking Government to grant a sum of money as coninensati«B-4o the natives in consideration granting land for the road fromTambridge to Rotorua. Mr. Brodie, and others from the Thames, asked Government to assist in opening the X’oad through 'Komatu block. A deputation consisting of Messrs. McDonald, Sheehan and Morris asked that the lands of Tauranga district should be thrown open for purchase. . Mr. Bryce promised to consider the application. r^ai ‘ . Napieb, April 26. A diabolical attempt was made this morning to burn down the Corporation Offices. On the messenger going to the offices at 9 o’clock he found a fire smouldering in the Rate Collector’s office, and a large hole burnt in the floor. He found the floor had been sprinkled with kerosene, but the cocoaiiut matting had only smouldered, preventing the fire spreading to the wall. It is not known at present how it was done, but the police have a clue. It is fortunate the attempt was discovered, for if the building had caught, the Post and Telegraph Offices, close by, would not have been saved. Several buildings on the other side of the road would have caught also, and in the buildings—which are occupied by the Education Board, County Council, Corporation, Stamp, and Property and Land Tax Departments many valuable documents would have been lost. The man, after committing the deed, coolly washed hia hands in the Town Clerk’s lavatory. Haweba, April 26.

Sir Dillon Bell arrived here on Saturday, .and proceeded to Oeo, accompanied by Mr. Parris. Yesterday they inspected the survey lines of reserves, and visited Titokowaru and other chiefs, by whom they were well received. The natives generally are very friendly, and no opposition is offered to any one of the works now progressing on the plains. Sir Dillon Bell and party returned here last night, and proceeded to New Plymouth today,

Wellington, April 26,

The enquiry as to the circumstances connected with tke recent accident to the steamer Manawatu will be merely a short preliminary one, for it is practically certain that a full official investigation will_ be held before the magistrate and a nautical assessor.

Wellington, April 24.

At 12‘30 this morning the jury gave a verdict in the tramway case, which was substantially for the plaintiffs. Upon the verdict the Court will have to make an award.

Longhurst, sentenced at last session of the Supreme Court to ten years and two whippings, received the first 25 lashes this morning. He bore it unflinchingly, but suffered severely. The report of the medical examination denies f hat the prisoner suffers from heart disease. The steamer Manawatu, which broke down on her trip from Wanganui,' was towed into port this morning, The injury done is that the crown of her boiler has fallen in. It is stated that a strict inquiry will be held as to the circumstances connected with the damage. (From our oum Correspondent.) : Wellington, April 26.

The Civil Service Commission met twice on Saturday, when they examined Messrs. Lawson and Ashcroft, a ad that, in order to get W& jyjfessary evidence taken before the House sits the_J Commission should divide into two partie-, the Chairman and Mr. Pharazyn talcing the East, and Sir R. Douglas and Mr. Kelly the West Coast of the Horth Island; the whole Commission meeting again in Auckland, after which, the Chairman and Sir Robt. Douglas will probably take Helson and Blenheim. ASHBURTON COURTHOUSE. Tenders have beenaccepted 4 for a wooden Courthouse, the Government having been strongly urged not to incur the delay of calling for alternate tenders. Dunedin, April 26. : - In the case of Butler, the Minister for Justice telegraphs stating he is of opinion, after careful consideration, that under existing circumstances it would, be adyis- , able to enter a nolle prosequi, reserving right to prefer a fresh indictment at next sittings of the Court, should fresh evidence render that step advisable. _ In Butler’s case, it is said, the . police will able to adduce fresh eveidence that Butler was seen about the premises on the morning of the murder.

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TELEGRAPHIC. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 92, 27 April 1880

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