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LATEST FROM EUROPE. ( Render's Tdegtams.) THE QUEEN’S SPEECH AT THE v OPENING OF PARLIAMENT. ADDRESSES IN REPLY BY THE LORDS AND COMMONS. (By Cable.) London, May 20. The first session of the twenty-second Parliament was formally opened to-day by Royal Commission. The Speech from the Throne was read by the Lord Chancellor. It states that the relations of Great Britain with all Foreign Powers continue to be of a friendly character. Hope is expressed that in concert, with the Great Powers an early and complete fulfilment of the Treaty of Berlin may be promoted, and that effectual reforms in Turkey and erpial laws for the Turkish race may be brought about together with the settlement of the question of territorial rights. The strict fulfilment of the Treaty of Berlin is deemed essential and necessary in order to avert complications in Eastern Europe. The Right Hon. G. J. Goschen has been despatched as special ambassador to Constantinople with the object of bringing about the fulfilment of treaty obligations. Unceasing efforts are being made to pacify Afghanistan; establish the institution,and secure the independence of a Government in that country. Confederation of the South African Colonies will be recommended, and British supremacy in the Transvaal will be maintained. The Act passed by the last Parliament for the preservation of peace in Ireland will not be renewed. The speech concludes by stating that the principal measures to be introduced by Government during the session will include a Burials Bill, and Bills for the renewal of the Ballot Act, for reform of the same laws, for declaring the liability of employers in cases of accidents to workmen, and for the extension of the borough franchise to Ireland. The House of Lords have voted an Address in Reply to the Speech from the Throne after a short debate. The House of Commons voted an Address in Reply after a long debate. The amendments of the Irish members were rejected by a large majority. Mr. Gladstone in his speech .explained that Mr. Goschen’s mission to 'Constantinople was principally in reference to tlie Greek and Montenegrin questions .which were most pressing. It was necessary to disabuse the Turkish mind that England was specially interested in maintaining Turkey, nor did they desire to trespass on Turkish rights in Asia. The condition of affairs in Europe was not critical. London, May 20. The Australian cricketers commenced their second match against 18 players of Longsight to-day. .The English team went in first and scored 118. Spofforth took nine wickets. The Australians have six wickets down for 26. The bowling was dead on the wicket. Three per cent, consols, 99J. Adelaide wheat, per 4961b5., ex warehouse, 525. : leather, ll|d. Five per cent. New Zealand Loan, 1889, 106 ; 4ir per cent. New Zealand Loan, 1879-1904, 98i. The total reserve in notes .and bullion in the Bank of England is L 15,250,000. At the wool sales to-day, 8300 bales were offered, making a total of 244,000 bales catalogued since the opening. The tone of- the ante was rather firm. 40,000 bales have been withdrawn since the opening. The P. and O. Steam Navigation Co. pays 2 per cent, dividend for the half year. London, May 21. The total quantity of wheat afloat for Great Britain is 1,910,000 quarters. Best Australian mutton tallow is worth 365. Leather is quoted at Is. At the wool sales to-day 10,000 bales were offered, making a total of 254,900 bales catalogued since the opening. There was a better demand for medium to common qualities, but others were neglected. The cricket match between the Australians and Eighteen of Longsight was resumed to-day. - The Australians made 214 in their first innings, Blackham scoring 81 and Bonner 74. The Longsight men, who had made 118 in their first innings on the previous day, then went in, and when the stumps were drawn had scored for their second innings 72 with the loss of eight wickets. Calcutta, May 22. The Viceroy, in accordance with the views of the Liberal party, has been officially instructed to close the campaign in Afghanistan with the least possible delay. It is, however, considered doubtful, owing to the hostile tribes still continuing fighting, although not of a very serious nature. Capetown, May 22. It is officially announced that Sir Bartle Frere has consented to remain as Governor and High Commissioner of Cape Colony it is understood for the express purpose of assisting the proposed confederation. Berlin, Mav 21. A. Ministerial Bill has been introduced into the Lower House of the German Parliament for the revision of the May Laws. The changes proposed will provide for large concessions to the Catholics in Germany, and endeavor to meet the views of the Vatican. AUSTRALIAN. {Pa- Reuter's Agency.) Melbourne, May 21. In the Legislative Assembly Sir John O’Shanassey has shown open hostility to the Government. Melbourne,- May 22. The Government offer LSO reward for the discovery of the perpetrators of the Knowsley Hall bottle hoax. The market for sugars generally is firmer than it has been for some time past. Sydney, May 21. The Lambton miners’ strike is assuming a most threatening aspect, and those out on strike are evincing open hostility to others who have filled their places. The demonstration of miners’ wives against laborers working at ■ Hamilton was committed to-day, when two' miners were arrested for assault. Tobacco, Is Id; Patna rice, Ll 9 per ton ; Hennessy’s brandy, bulk, quarters, 10s 6d to 11s ; oats, 2s to 2s 3d per 401bs; maize, 2s 5d to 2s lOd per GOlbs ; caudles, D.R. J’s 6|d per lb. Sailed—Rotomahana, for New Zealand. Adelaide, May 21. Flour, LlO 5s to LlO 10s per ton; markets dull; freights, 40s. INTERPROVINCIAL. (Per Press Association.) Auckland, May 23. A man named Drewhellan has been arrested on suspicion of the robbery at Pokeno station. Napier, May 23. Mr. R. Millar’s annual report estimates the export of wool from Hawke’s Bay for the current season at L 550,000, an average of L 36 per head of the population in the province. He estimates the average of

the whole colony at Lll. The average clip was nearly seven pounds per sheep. At the inquest on the body of Nicholls. who shot himself at Waipawa, a verdict of temporary insanity was returned. Wellington May 22. The body of the lad Macintosh, who was drowned in the flood at the month, was found on Lowry yesterday. At the inquest the virdicc was accidentally drowned. Wellington, May 23. A fresh slip occurred on the Welling-ton-Fealherston line to-day, causing a baffast engine to get off the line, and making a total obstruction. The Wairarapa passengers, both ways, had to change trains and walk about three quarters of a mile. Every effort is being made to get the line clear by Monday morning. The local volunteers intend holding a review on Monday. At the Police Court at Carterton this morning, George Loritner was charged with procuring abortion. After hearing the evidence the Bench dismissed the case. Greymouth, May 23. The Energetic Company, Reefton, struck a reef on Friday five feet wide, which is estimated to yield at least an ounce to the ton. The Golden Fleece Company cleaned up on Friday, with 963 ounces of retorted gold from 630 tons of stone. Mr. Seddon, M.H.R. for Hokitika, addresses the electors of the Grey Valley at Greymouth on Tuesday, when he is expected to reply to certain statements made concerning his course of action in Kumara and Hokitika. Oamaru, May 23. Mr. John Reid addressed a large meeting of the electors at the Volunteer Hall last night. The address -was favorably received. He said he would support the present Ministry in their policy of retrenchment, but would not bind himself to blindly follow them in all their measures. A vote of confidence was carried. Timaru, May 22. Considerable surprise has been occasioned by a notification that Mr. Clulee, of the firm of Woollcombe and Clulee, has just been appointed Property Tax Assessor for the Levels district, to which another well-known resident named John Thompson was appointed and gazetted originally. Since his appointment Mr. Thompson has applied in vain to the Deputy Assessor to be sworn in, and now, to his surprise, he has been informed that his appointment has been cancelled, the only reason assigned being “public opinion.” The singular affair is by many construed as a political job, and Thompson having given up a permanent situation to fill the appointment, intends sueing for his rights. Frank Fowler, a Chinaman, was arrested in Temuka yesterday for rape on a girl of weak intellect, aged sixteen. The alleged offence was coramited during the temporary absence from home of the girl’s parents. Jamos Campbell, farmer, from Pareora, had his head and limbs severely crushed and bruised this morning by a cart that he was driving capsizing on him. Dunedin, May 22. An eight-roomed house in Fourth street was burned down early this morning. It was owned by a man named Wilson, and occupied by Mrs. Thomas, a widow. The house was insured for L7OO in the National, and the furniture for LSOO in the South British. At the Port Chalmers Police Court Henry .Kybred was trial on the charge, of stealing jewellery, valued at L 69, from Mr. Mandleston, a passenger per Te Anau. Invercargill, May 22. The ketch Annie, commanded by Captain Tall, foundered last Thursday night on the outer sand spit; about three quarters of a mile from the Bluff pilot station, when all hands were lost. Up to the present none of the bodies have, been picked up. The Kakanui haA towed the wreck into Bluff Harbor. Captain Tall leaves a widow and five children, who reside at Dunedin.

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TELEGRAPHIC., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 104, 25 May 1880

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TELEGRAPHIC. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 104, 25 May 1880

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