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BRITISH AND FOREIGN. {Per Rentas' Agency.) London, May 8. At the wool sale to-day, 8,400 bales were offered, making a total of 172,800 bales catalogued since the opening. There was a fair demand. Mr. Herbert Gladstone, son of the Premier, has been elected for Leeds, unopposed. The Merchant Shipping and Underwriters’ Association report the arrival of the ship Crusader, which left Lyttelton on February 4. London, May 9. Adelaide wheat, per 49G lbs., ex warehouse, 525. ; flour, per 280 lbs. ex warehouse, 375. 6d. At the wool sales to-day 12,100 bales were offered making a total of 184,900 bales catalogued since the opening. The tone of market was firmer. Locks and pieces are in fair demand. Gladstone has written a letter to Count Karolyi, the Austrian Ambassador in London, expressing deep regret for his (Mr. Gladstone’s) censure on the foreign policy of Austria, which was uttered in default of the assurance now received that Austria has no desire to extend her rule to the Balkans.

London, May 10.

Consuls remain unchanged at 99|; New Zealand Securities are at last quotations—viz., Five per Cent. 10-40 scrip, 1031; Five per Cent. Loan, 1880, 107 ; Four-and-a-half per Cent. Loan, 1879, 1904, 99^. New Zealand is quoted at 425., c.f.i.; Australian tallow is without quotable change. All the members of the Beaconsfield Ministry, who held seats in the House of Commons, with the exception of Sir Vernon Harcourt, Home Secretary, have now been re-elected to their respective seats.

Washington, May 8.

The Select Committee appointed to revise the tariff of the United States has recommended that the import duties on wool be reduced.

London, May 4.

The Daily Telegraph, referring to the Russian navy in the Pacific, and the possible consequent danger to the Australian Colonies, suggests that a strong British squadron should be stationed there, the colonies paying a portion of the cost. Great excitement exists in Hamburg owing to the German Government asking that port and city to be included in the Zollverein. The Government also intends to include Bremen and Liibeck. The Pall Mall Gazette is under the impression that the late wars have eradicated the opinion that England is cai eless of her connection with the colonies, and that now all are unanimous in appreciating the fact that during the depression the colonial trade compensated England for losses incurred elsewhere. The question of Imperial and colonial defence should now be settled, and it would be a triumph to the Liberals to accomplish this. The Gazette believes that the recent application to the Home Government for advice in Legislative Council affairs indicates the removal of the old jealousy of the Colonial Office, and thinks that now is a favorable time, during the discussion of commercial treaties with Foreign Powers, to impress upon the colonies favoring protection the advantage of an understanding on the subject of tariffs. Sir Garnet Wolseley will shortly proceed to India, and succeed General Sir Frederick Haines.


(Per Reuter's Agency. ) Melbourne, May 10. ftlr. Service, Premier, has telegraphed to the Imperial Government to enquire whether there was anyone of the name of Webster on board the Knowsley Hall. The reply, it is thought, will give conclusive evidence as to the truth of the letter found in the bottle at Portland. Six sailors aboard the barque Zwee Vrienden, from Java, have died of the fever which is raging in the ship. Mr. Service formally opened the new Exchange to-day. There were thousands of persons present at the ceremony. The Irish Relief Fund has now' closed, the total amount subscribed being L 31,675. Melbourne, May 11. Great scarcity of coal exists at present in Melbourne, almost reaching a famine, owing to the strike of miners at Newcastle. Melbourne, May 12. Sailed—Tararua, for the Bluff. Sydney, May 12. In the Legislative Assembly last night, a resolution adverse to granting land f( r church sites was carried against the Government. Cooktown, May 10. The E. and A.M. steamship Somerset, with inward Torres Straits mail, arrived here on Saturday, from Singapore. She brings the following items of English news:— War is increasingly imminent between Russia and China, both of which are in a disturbed condition, prejudicial to trade. The Chinese Government is making warlike preparations, and pushing forward tkeir armament, whilst Russia has been busily engaged massing an army on the the Kuldja frontier. The Meat Company which has been formed in England, and mentioned in the telegrams yesterday, has been promoted by Messrs. M‘Tliwraith, M'Eachern and Co., and Messrs. Sloanes have been appointed agents at Melbourne and Sydney respectively. Moses Rentel, chief of the Hebrews in Melbourne is dead. Adelaide, May 10. Arrived—Orient, from Plymouth. Adelaide, May 11. During the voyage of the Orient, which arrived here yesterday from Plymouth, three of the passengers committed suicide.

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TELEGRAPHIC., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 99, 13 May 1880

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TELEGRAPHIC. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 99, 13 May 1880

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