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LATEST FROM EUROPE. (Renter's Telegrams,) London,giVlay 25. At the wool sales to-day, 9300 bales have been offered, making a total of 281,800 catalogued since the opening. The tone of the sale was rather weaker. Sir William Yernon Harcourt, who was appointed Home Secretary in the new Ministry, but was defeated in seeking reelection for Oxford, has been elected for Derby in place of Mr. Samuel Plimsoll, resigned. May 26. With a view to bring about a settlement of the territorial claims of Montenegro, under the Treaty of Berlin, the Austrian Government has made a proposal to the Great Powers that a blockade of Scutari on the Albanian Coast, should be forthwith proclaimed, so as to prevent the Albanians from obtaining reinforcements. Three per cent. Consols 99k. Adelaide wheat, 4961 b., ex warehouse, 51s. ; market flat. Tallow has active demand. At the wool sales to-day 7,400 bales were offered, making a total of 289,200 bales catalogued since the opening. • The tone of the sale was unchanged. Messrs. Money Wigram and Co. ’s steamer Somersetshire arrived at Plymouth yesterday. The homeward English mails, via Brindisi, were delivered in London to-day. London, May 27. The London press confirm a report which lately has been circulated to the effect that the Amecrship of Afghanistan has been offered to the Afghan Pretender, Abdul Rahman Khan. The offer is said to have been made in consequence of Abdul Rahman’s friendly relations with the British Government, and in order to conciliate the Afghans and maintain the dynasty of Dost Mahomed. Rome, May 27. The elections to the Italian Parliament are now proceeding. Garibaldi has chosen the opportunity to address a letter to the electors, in which he severely attacks the present dynasty, and declares that it is ruining Italy. Hong Kong, May 26. The opening prices for China teas at Foo Chow are 2 taels above last year’s. The quality is considered about the same as last season’s. Valparaiso, May 26. The ship Antipodes, bound from Sydney, for London, which put in here recently in a leaky condition, and had to discharge cargo, will probably have to be condemned. AUSTRALIAN. {Per Reuter's Agency.) Melbourne, May 27. Arrived —Te Anau, from the Bluff. The Union Company’s steamship Ringarooma sailed for tie Bluff yesterday. Sailed—Albion, for the Bluff. The case of Balliere v. Beaney, a claim for remuneration for obtaining the latter a commission to inspect the hospitals in Europe, was decided in favour of the defendant. A caucus of the members of the Opposition has been' lipid, at which it was resolved to hold a mass meeting in conjunction with the League, in order to condemn Mr. Se: vice’s Bill for the Reform of the Constitution, now before the Assembly. Melbourne, May 28. The debate in the Legislative Assembly on the question of payment of members w ;1 l take place on the introduction of the Bill at a special sitting on Monday, 7lh June. Many laborers employed on works at Fishermen’s Bend have been discharged, pending Parliamentary sanction being given to the carrying out of the Yarra scheme. Sydney, May 26. A conference having been held with the delegates from the miners who struck, nil hopes are now dispelled as regards a speedy settlement of the strike, they having determined to persist until their own terms have been obtained. Albany, May 27. The P. and O. Company’s steamship Bangalore, with the inward Suez mails, dated London, April 23, arrived in King George’s Sound. Adelaide, May 27. Parliament was opened to-day by His Excellency the Governor, who in his speech announced that Bills would be prepared to amend the constitution by increasing the number of members in the Council and Assembly, and altering the boundaries, also an amendment to the Insolvency and Education Acts, as woll as other Acts, which were merely of a local character.

by the Chairman that the money will be expended only on the works contemplated by the vote. The reported discovery of coal at Mahurangi proves a very valuable and deep deposit. The City Council last evening decided to send to England for twelve sets of electric fire alarms, with telephone. Sergt.-Major Mason was entertained at a farewell banquet last night, prior to leaving for Christchurch. Mr. Harrison, M.H.R., received a vote of confidence at Howick. In reply to a question, he said he would oppose Sir George Grey’s motion for an elective Governor. Tim City Council last night resolved to co-operate with other municipal bodies to bring pressure on the Government to secure a continuance of the subsidies. Auckland, May 28. Tawhaio, the Maori King, is reported to be ill of consurnpfcion, and to be losing much blood. Rewi remains at Hikurangi. A central Hospital is being advocated for the Waikato. Mr. Stewart, engineer, has arranged with the Natives for the construction of Rotorua road. William Cain, for indecently laying hands on a female in Queen street, has been fined L 5 and costs, or a month in gaol. A son of Purukutu, who murdered Sullivan, in the Waikato, some few years ago, attended the Cambridge race meeting and got dr.ink. lie stripped and threatened to kill and eat the Europeans. The police locked him up. At a meeting of the Board of Education, the Ciiy School Committee applied for a giant of LSD towards the salary of a defuu't officer. The request was referred to the Executive Committee, with a suggestion that the police might under mice the duty. A. Mormon elder takes a batch of convc.i.i with him to Salt Lake City by the ut.J- nn’T boat. Napier, May 2G. Some of the clothing of Mr. McDougall, who has been missing now for ten days, has been found near the edge of a precipice, 100 feet high, in the Patea country. It is supposed that he fell from the precipice into the river below, and there met his death. Search is still being made for the body. Napier, May 27. In the District Court case, Ellis against Laurenson, claim L 55, judgment was given for defendant. This is an interesting case to sporting men. Laurenson drew Grand Duchess in a Derby sweep on the Tradesman’s Handicap, last Hawke’s Bay Races, and Ellis agreed to buy Laurenson’s ticket for L 55. The agreement was drawn out and signed by both parties, and a stamped ticket also endorsed to the same effect. Grand Duchess proving to bo the only other starter, on tided the holder of the ticket to LIOO. Laurenson then instructed the holder of the sweep money not to pay Ellis, and Laurenson received it himself, hence the action. The judgment caused considerable surprise. The following has been received by the Secretai’y of the Post Office in connection with the alleged tampering with the mails on board the steamer Rotomahana : The string fastening the mail bag for the Thames, shipped on board the Rotomahana on the evening of the 24th was cut by one of the crew while in a state of in toxication, but the mail was not otherwise tampered with. The bag was returned to this office before the steamer left, and was refastened, the contents being found correct and undisturbed. The supposed culprit has been apprehended, and will be charged wirh the offence. The press have unnecessarily magnified the occurence At the R.M. Court to-day, Gleich, edicts Fisher, on six charges of sly grog-selling, was, on two of the charges, fined L2O each. The other charges were dismirsel. Wellington, May 27. In the Supreme Court, in Banco, this afternoon, Mr. W. Travers, solicitor, applied to have a rule nisi, for a writ of habeas corpus in the case of Winiata Parata, one of the Maori prisoners at present confined in Dunedin gaol, made absolute. The application was based on an affidavit by the prisoner’s father, which set forth inter alia that his son was under the influence of certain Maori chiefs, to whom he imagined lie owed allegiance, and that in pursuance of that influence he was restrained from making the application on his own account. The rule was discharged, the Judges holding that in the absence of prisoner’s concurrence the rule could not be made absolute. It is understood that Mr. Daniel Climie, who made out the drainage scheme for the City Corporation,and who was unemployed by them for the same, has issued a writ against the Corporation, claiming the sum of L 4,731 19s. 4d., made up as follows : - Commission on the cost of his drainage scheme, L 80,104, at 2\ per cent., L 2,002 11s.; one month’s salary as drainage engineer during January, 1878, L 66 13s. 4d.; for services rendered in connection with Mr. Clark’s drainage scheme, thirtyone days at L 5 55., LIC2 155.; for wrongful dismissal from his office as engineer, L 2,50 19s. 4d. The drainage committee in their report, which will be presented to the Council this evening, recommend chat the sum of LIG2 155., claimed under the third head, be paid into Court, and that the other claims be contested. Wellington, May 28. At the inquest to-day on the recent fire at Mis. Alexander’s boarding-house, an o >cu verxlict wag returned. Evidence h.-vh'g bpsu given which showed that the l.n'lcVug !inrt fpnntiu’O hart been overdnt. ed, the Coroner spoke strongly against ii'e conduct of Insurance Companies in o.e hisio'ing buildings, as such was a t..- •oL-tion to commit arson. Timaeu, May 17. Mr. Edward Wakefield, member for Geraldine, has issued an address to the electors, which occupies two columns of the Herald. He pleads inability to meet his constituents, owing to shortness of the recess and demands made on his time by public and private business. He claims having carried out his promise to assist in substituting an honest, steady, and economical Government for reckless and profligate maladministration, and he contends that Mr. Hall and his colleagues have succeeded in their difficult and thankless labor ; and contrasts the financial chaos that prevailed when they took office with the peace and tranquillity which the public mind now enjoys. Hesays the Ministry may be slow-going, but what the colony wants now is to put on the brake after going at headlong speed for ten reckless years. The Electoral Bill and Triennial Parliaments Bill had to be forced down the throats of the “Liberals the Registration of Electors Bill would purify tire rolls and disfranchise the dead men and Maori women and children, who for years had been polled at the Northern elections. In conclusion he defends the Royal Commissions on the ground that they were appointed with tire sanction of Parliament. Dunedin, May 26. Telegrams from London state that the cargo of the Calypso will be all saved, but in such a damaged state as to lessen its value 50 per cent. The vessel has been towed up the river and beached at Gravesend, Invercargill, May 2§. Mr. J. W, Bain, M.H.R. for gill, held a private unadvertised meeting with his supporters on Saturday. The rabbiters are offering to exterminate the rabbits free of charge. The squatters refuse, and the rabbiters assert they are making a good thing out of the so-called pest. An Association recently formed offers prizes for the best dressed skins, the best exhibits of skins to be forwarded to thQ Melbourne Exhibition.

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TELEGRAPHIC. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 106, 29 May 1880

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