BRITISH .AND FOREIGN.
(Reuter’s Telegrams.) London, May 13. The homeward English mails via Brindisi were delivered in London to-day. j The Australian cricketers are playing a three days’ match at Southampton against eighteen gentlemen players of Hampshire. The weather is very fine. The Australian team went in first, and scored 250. Their playing was much admired. The top score was made by Mr. Murdoch, with 97. Mr. Boyle made 50. Both players were caught out. The English team went in, and have two wickets down for 43 runs. The total reserves in notes and bullion in the Bank of England is L 15,875,500. Three per Cent. Consols, 99f ; Five per Cent. New Zealand Loan, 1889, Four-and-a-half per Cent. New Zealand Loan, 1879 to 1904, 99. At the wool sales to-day, 9,800 bales were offered, making a total of 215,600 bales catalogued since the opening. The tone of the market showed less demand, and was occasionally easier. The withdrawals amounted to 7,000 bales. London, May 1-1 The cricket match between the Australian team and Eighteen Gentlemen of Hampshire was resumed and concluded today. The Englishmen scored 116 in their first innings, and then followed and scored 113 in their second innings. The Australians thus won the match in one innings with 21 runs to spare. Three per Consols 99|. New Zealand wheat, per 4961 b., 435. to 455., ex ship. Best Australian beef tallow, 335. ; best mutton tallow, 355. At the wool sales, merino fleece and merino lambs wools are unchanged, but cross-breds are 2|d. to 3d. lower compared with previous sales. There will be no further sale until Wednesday 19th, owing to Whitsuntide holidays. The sales close on June Bth. May 15. The statement made that the Chief Secretary for Ireland recommends a policy of coercion towards Ireland is denied. The Orient steamship Liguria sailed from Plymouth to-day. Prince Leopold has started on his tour through Canada and the United States. It is stated that the Chief Secretary for Ireland, the Right Hon. W. E. Forster, recommends the adoption of a policy of coercion towards Ireland, with a view to settle the difficulties which beset government in that country. The market for Australian and New Zealand breadstuffs is unchanged, Adelaide wheat being at 525. ex warehouse, and New Zealand brands at 435. ex ship and 495. ex warehouse. Australian tallow is, at last quotations, 325. 6d. for best beef and 345. for best mutton. AUSTRALIAN, (By Cable to Reuter's Agency.) Melbourne, May 14 Hennessey’s brandy, case, 345. 9d. to 355.; bulk, quarters, 10s 6d, to 11s. 6d. Kerosene, diamond, Is. 2d. per gallon; Devoe’s, Is. B£d ; Patna rice, scarce; oats, Is. 9d. per bushel; New Zealand, , oats, 2s. per 401b5.; maize 2s. 3d. to 6d. per 601b5.; Sugar Company’s No. 1 pieces, L 34 ; candles, D.R.J.SL, 6fd to Bd. per lb. The Hon Mr. Service says that no further steps will be taken in regard to the missing ship Knowsley Hall, as the bottle found at Portland proves to be a comntete hoax. : y Melbourne, May 15. The Hon. Neil Black is dead. The agricultural statistics show that the wheat crops in Victoria have yielded 13 bushels per acre. The quantity produced shows an increase of 50 per cent. The Argus, in its leader to-day, comments on the gravity of the political situation in Victoria, and declares that Mr. Service’s task is one of extreme difficulty. The speech of Sir John O’Shannassey in the Assembly on Tuesday, which was adverse to the Government, is much discussed. Adelaide, May 14 Adelaide wheat, 4s. 4d. to 4s. sd. per bushel; flour, LlO 55., per ton. INTERPROVINCIAL. Auckland, May 16. At Hamilton a man named Flood, working for Mr. Martin, tailor, took possession of the upper rooms of the shop in a state of delirium tremens, heaped up a large lire, and threatened to burn down the premises. An attempt to dislodge 1 him was fruitless, and the police were called in. Meeting Constable Weldon on the staircase with a tomahawk, Flood held his own, but a man named Edwards got bie : hind him and pinioned his arras as he was striking at the constable. He was then secured and taken to the look-up by the police. A skeleton has been discovered by a Native in the vicinity of Huntley, Waikato. It is not known yet whether it is that of a Native or European. A memorial is being got up to Mr- A, Fantham, for his exertions in preventing the spread of pleuro-pneumonia in the Waikato district. Wellington May 16. The body of a middle-aged man was picked up on the beach near Coffer’s slip last evening. A large portion of his face has been eaten away. The body has not been identified, and an inquest will be held to-morrow. May 17. During the voyage of the Loch Dee which arrived yesterday from London, one passenger committed suicide, and three, who fell overboard, were drowned. Owing to the dispute among the miners at Newcastle the late price of coal here has been resumed. Legal proceedings, arising out of facts elicited at the enquiry recentlyTield in re? ference to the late accident to the Manawatu, are about to be taken against the captain for going to sea without bis proper complement of men ; against the purser for falsification of the ship’s articles, and against Martin, the agent, for fraudulently engaging men to go to sea. Auckland, May 17. A petition for the release of Mrs. Bostock, imprisoned for evasion of Customs, signed by 600 citizens, including the Mayor and Mr. Barstow, R.M., has been forwarded to the Minister of Justice. Philip Alcock, a youth, has been committed for trial for breaking and entering. Hawera, May 14. The Natives are again passing through here to attend the usual monthly Parihaka meeting on the 17th. The roads and surveys are progressing without opposition. Wellington, May 15. The railway line to Masterton is expected" to be opened in August. The line is now completed to within three miles of Car-' terton, to which place the line will be finished in .July, It is nqt, however' : tended tq open to Cartertoii tiff the Mas : tertqn line is opened. ‘ I’he pflicem pf the Brigade entertained the m e mberq at diqrier lq.sk night, Two hundred persons were prej sent, . ' • Wellington, May L 7. The barque Himalaya, . 100 days out from London, is signalled. At the inquest held to-day on the body of a man found in the harbor on Saturday last, the deceased was identified as Peter W. Earl, who was last seen about 10 days ago. He had been drinking heavily. A verdict of ‘ ‘ Found drowned ” was returned. It is understood the Premier will pay a
short visit*:o Canterbury, for the purpose of addresgug his constituents before Parliament Tybets. He will probably leave to-morrotv. Timaku, May 17. Wm. Henry, a Wiiimate man, of huge size and savage appearance, was fined LI by the Bench to-day, for creating a disj turbance in the South Canterbury Club, the members, smashing a globe, and attempting to pitch the waiter down the staircase. The men of W. Bruce’s woodware factory, are out on strike. They were offered work on half time, with a reduction of 2s. per day in their wages, but declined the terms. Kxjmaka, May 16. Mr. Seddon, M.H.R., addressed a large meeting last night. He advocated the repeal of the property tax and the rcimposition of the land tax, and a beer tax, if necessary. He supported the abolition of local subsidies. He did not think that ' the Opposition could form a Ministry if the present Government were defeated. He would not follow Mr. Macandrew because of the latter’s support of the District Railways Bill. He would follow no party blindly in future, but would give every vote as the best for the district and the colony. The present Government had dealt fairly with the West Coast, and were in all details superior to their predecessors. A vote of confidence was unanimously passed to Mr. Seddon. Oamaku, May 16. There is a split in the Liberal ranks. Some time .ago Mr. Roberts issued his address in the local papers, and now several of the electors wish him to retire from the contest in favor of Mr. Jones. This Mr. Roberts will not do, urging as his reason that Mr. Jones was one of his supporters on coming forward, and that it would be undignified on his part to retire. It is impossible to tell what the upshot will be, but it is likely that Mr. Jones will contest the seat against Mr. Roberts. Dunedin, May 15The Law Society Council express regret that the Government has called on Mr. Smith, District Land Registrar, to retire upon superannuetion allowance, and ask Government to reconsider the matter, and allow Mr. Smith to resume his duties, which he discharged to general satisfaction. . Dunedin, May 16. The old Supreme Court buildings, now used as offices by Mr. Conyers, Commissioner of the South Island railways, were ; almost completely destroyed by fire this morning. All the books and papers of the Commissioner and locomotive engineer were destroyed, including a number i of returns prepared for Parliament. Mr. Conyers is now in Wellington. The ' origin of the fire is not known. The other ] office burnt is the Resident Engineer’s and ] his assistant’s, but their books were in a ‘ strong room, and were saved. ' Dunedin, May 17. i Considerable deficiencies have been discovered iri Webb’s accounts with the Dunedin Building Society. Invercahgil, May 17. On Saturday last a small cottage at Lumsden, occupied by two lads, engine ■ cleaners, was observed to be in flames. On an entrance being effected the occupants ‘ were found to be insensible through the ' effects of the smoke, and were rescued with much difficulty. The cottage was cdfcfepletely destroyed. !
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