TELEGRAPHIC SUMMARY OF THE SAN FRANCISCO MAIL NEWS.
Auckland, May 4.
Arrived—Australia, from San Francisco and Honolulu. Passengers for Auckland: Mrs. Stuart, Miss Stuart, Mss Mahor, Mrs. George, Sisters Estelle and Angel, Mr. Burrows and wife. Professor Proctor, and Messrs. Johnston and Purhis. The following is a summary of her news :
London April 10.
It is stated the Queen will, on the occasion of the Royal Anniversary, create an Imperial Order of Merit for civilians only. The official German Commission will charter a special steamer from Hamburg to convey the German exhibits to Melbourne. The of the Governor of British Columbia urges the necessity of legislative restriction upon Chinese immigration. After this year the Derby is to be run at Gravesend and not at Epsom. Scobeloff’s departure for Turkistan is still uncertain. It is stated his movements will depend on the change of Ministry in England. The Chinese who crossed the Amoy into Russian territory were irregular Tartar hordes, not troops. Nevertheless it is reported that a large Chinese force is ready to invade Oastragar and Kuldaja on the frontier. The Russians are sending reinforcements and threaten the same. It is officially stated in St. Petersburg that China is disposed to renew negotiations on the Kuldaja question. The manifesto of Prince Napoleon approves of the decrees against the Jesuits. Archbishop Tours and a Suffragan Bishop have addressed a joint letter to M. Grevy, protesting against the expulsion of the Jesuits.
The Journal cles Dehats advocates Austrian and French colonial enterprise, and urges Government to establish colonies in the vacant fertile territory in Europe, Asia, and Oceania. A Universal Congress of Free Thinkers will he held in Brussels in August. A Democratic manifesto, signed by 279 former Senators and Deputies, and 21 journalists of Madrid has been issued demanding religious liberty, a liberal press, liberty of public meeting, association and education, and universal sufferage. The German Press regards Bismarck’s late resignation as a ruse where by the Chancellor intends to enforce reforms in the Federal Council, giving a preponderence of voting power to the larger German States. The Sultan and Porte are much alarmed at the result of the English elections, and there is dissatisfaction throughout Asia Minor.
The Liberal gain, without the Irish party, is estimated at 100. The Liberal majority over the Tories and Home Rulers combined is about 40. Never since 1845 have the Tories been so weak numerically, nor so discouraged morally. The English journals devote themselves to inventing ingenious theories to account for the depression in trade —bad harvests, democratic caprice. Liberal misrepresentations and any other causes are assigned by the Conservative sheets. The defeated party have circulated the wildest stories, even alleging that the constituencies have been bought with Russian gold. Utter confusion reigns in the Tory camp. The leader, usually calm in manner and careful in speech, wildly declares the country is ruined, its prestige gone, its influence in European councils sacrificed, and that desolation is impending at Home. The Queen’s continued absence on the Continent occasions sharp comments. A Berlin paper says Her Majesty is exasperated at Lord Beaconsfield, alleging that he deceived her as to the real feeling in the country, and has alienated the most loyal portion of her dominions. The Ecommist says : —“ There _is a growing tendency to regard the Liberal success as favorable to business. .It appears that we are on the eve of another outbreak of speculation. ” The Liberals in London were preparing a monster demonstration when Gladstone returned from the north, but he formally declined ifc.
The Duchess of Marlborough, in a letter to the Lord Mayor of London, says all fear of famine is now r at an end, but much distress exists in the mountanous parts. There is great need of clothing and seed.
Redpath, the correspondent sent to Ireland by the New York Tribune , continues to report a sad state of affairs, especially in County Mayo. The entire population, he says, in many localities have no food, except an allowance of Indian meal from the relief committee. No work. Potatoes intended for seed have everywhere been eaten. The funds collected will enable the committee to avert starvation until May. Then the gravest results may be expected. Parnell arrived in Queenstown from New York on the 28th ult., and was enthusiastically received. On the 28th he attended a political meeting in Enniscorthy, and was pelted with rotten eggs, and an attempt was made to throw him off the platform. In Russia, Jews are being treated with increasing severity. Some have been forced to represent themselves Protestant Christians to avoid expulsion from St. Petersburgh. Several who have been leading business men for many years were summarily expelled. Telegrams from the Russian Consul ai Evan Armenia appealed for help to save the inhabitants from annihilation. The famine is increasing. 150 persons died of starvation at Agrok. Russia is movingin the matter to send forward supplies. President Grant seeks nomination for the third presidental term. His opponents are Senators Blaine, Sherman, and Edmonds.
The Bacchante, with the Princes Albert and Victor George of Wales on board, arrived at Bermuda.
It is reported that the King of Burmah died of small pox at Mandalay; but further despatches say the report cannot be authenticated. It is added, however, that indiscriminate human sacrifices have been offered in Mandalay for his recovery. A Burmah correspondent says that Mandalay astrologers mention that, in order to remove the evil influence, great propitiatory sacrifices must be made, and victims must be taken from all ranks to the number of four hundred. The priests contribute one hundred, and the remainder are men, women, and children. Many arrests have been made to secure a sufficient number of victims. The Catholic convent was entered to procure victims from among the girls there, but the attempt was frustrated. The internal condition of the country is most unsatisfactory. Rangoon, April 11.
Seven hundred women, boys, girls, priests, and foreigners were burned alive under the towers of the city walls as a sacrifice for the restoration of the King’s health. The panic in Mandalay is frightful. Hundreds of people are leaving the city. The King’s illness is said to be leprosy. Arica has been bombarded by the Chilian navy, but the attacking ships, Huascar and Magellan unexpectedly received severe treatment from an old American built monitor hastily put in service, and handled by Captain Moore, of the ill-fated Peruvian war vessel Independentia. After half a dozen shots from the Rodman guns carried by the monitor, the Chilian ships got out of range. The blockade was forced by the Peruvians’ corvette Union, after’ fighting seven hours with the Chilian ironclads and transport. Callao will be blockaded or bombarded. The Peruvian army has been defeated.
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