BRITISH AND FOREIGN
THE HOME MARKETS. London, June 3. Consola 98f ex dividend. June 4. Best Australian mutton tallow is to-day quoted at 3os. per cwt. The total stock of tallow in London on June Ist was 17,100 casks. Hew Zealand wheat, ex ship, is at 48s. At the wool auctions today, 10,000 bales were offered, making a total of 304,300 catalogued since the opening. The tone of the sale was firm, and there was a better demand for crossbreds. June 5. At the wool sales to-day, 8,300 bales were offered, making the total quantity catalogued since the opening, 372,600 bales. The firm tone which marked yesterday’s sales was again sustained. THE SAN FRANCISCO MAIL. June 5. The Homeward m?ils via San Francisco, with New Zealand dates from April 14 to 27, were delivered in London to-day. AUSTRALIAN CRICKETERS. London, June 4. The cricket match between the Austra- . lians and Eighteen of Burnley, ■ in Lancashire, was concluded to-day, and resulted in a victory for the Australians in one innings, with 27 runs to spare. In the second innings of the Burnley men, Spofforth took twelve wickets in fifteen overs. The Australian team has now scored its fifth win, w r ith one draw in its favour, and. has not yet lost a match. THE BURIALS BILL. London, June 4 In the House of Lords last night, the new Burials Bill was read a second time. The measure provides that the burial of Dissenters should be permitted to take place in churchyard cemetries without the recital of the Church of England service. THE EUROPEAN CONFERENCE. June 5. All necessary arrangements have been made for the approaching European Conference to be held in Berlin. Lord Odo Russell, British Ambassador at Berlin, and General Sir Lintoft Simmonds will represent England. The Powers to be represented at the Conference have agreed to take the question of the Greek claim§ first into consideration. THE ALBANIANS AND MONTENEGRINS. June 5. The British Government are making efforts to prevent any serious conflict oc. curring between Montenegro and the Albanians, and hopes are entertained that a peaceful solution of the difficulty may be, secured. - THE BURMESE INSURRECTION. Ragnoon, June 4. Information has been received that a party of Burmese rebels who had been on a foraging expedition, but had been defeated in an encounter with the Burmese troops, have crossed the frontier into British territory. Later, The insurrection in Independent Burmah is rapidly extending. A severe encounter has taken place between a force of Burmese Government troops and a body of rebels. The former were defeated, and their commander captured by thg rebels and beheaded. Four companies} of British which were ordered to the frontier of British Burnish, have already started, THE ASSASSIN OF COLONEL . COMMEROFF. . Constantinople, June 4. The question as to whether the sentence of death, passed upon Mahomed Velie, the assassin of the Russian attacks, Colonel Oommeroff, should be carried out, still remains unsettled. The Sultan desires that the sentence should be commuted, and lias referred the matter to the Ultemas, who will decide upon the course to be pursued.
TURKISH REFORMS. Constantinople, June 4. The Rif'ht Hon. Mr. Goschen, the newly appointed special Ambassador to the Porte, had an audience to-day with the Sultan. Mr. Goschen expressed a hope that the Sultan would take speedy steps to brin" about the necessary reforms in Turkey, so that the prosperity of his subjects, of all races and religions, might be assured. It has not transpired what returned by the Sultan to Mi. Goschen. AUSTRALIAN. Sydney, June 7. The San Francisco mail steamer, City of New York, has arrived here.^ There is a prospect of the strike of ccal miners in the Newcastle district being shortly terminated. Certain proposals have been made by Mr. Lloyd, which it is thought may be agreed to by both masters and men. Cooktown, June 7Advices from the Duke of York Island to 30th May, confirm the news recently received of great distress among the Chandernagore immigrants, who have now returned to Likiliki Bay. Nine more of the party have died of fever and ulcers, from which they were suffering. When latest advices left New Ireland there were no signs of the Genie vessel, which lately sailed from Aden with another batch of immigrants. Brisbane, June 4. Mackinlay station has been attacked by blacks, a determined resistance was, however, made by the manager, a mailman, and a stockman till the arrival of some troopers, when the assailants were completely routed. INTERPROVINCIAL. (Per Press Association.) Auckland, June 7. A man named "Worms, charged with forging a receipt for L 3, purporting to be signed by Messrs. Hoffman and Laurence, and Gatlings, charged with forging a cheque, purporting to be signed 'by J. Abbott, for L 65, on the Colonial Bank, were both remanded. J. Cosgrave and Co.’s drapers’ shop- was broken into, and the cash-box rifled of LlO, last night. The police are investigating the case. The body of a man named Curza, a Swede, was found hanging to a lamp-post near the gasworks. He had recently arrived from Sydney, and complained of difficulty in finding employment. At the inquest an open verdict was returned. The charge of alleged larceny of a mail bag, on board the Rotomahana, against William H. Barnett, was dismissed. A humpback whale, forty feet long, and valued at L3OO, was harpooned yesterday by Captain Farquhar’s boatswain, but got away with the harpoon and line. It was seen to-day near the wharf, but escaped to sea by the Eangitoto Channel. Wellington, June 7. Nees, manager of the Ngia Bay sawmills, Havelock, was a passenger by the i Colleen Bawn, which is supposed to be < lost. I - The publicans held a meeting this i afternoon to discuss the Licensing Bill i now before Parliament. 1 V Timabu, June 5. ' The meeting to protest against the Pro- i perty Tax last evening was most unani- \ mous. The Queen’s Hall was crowded by 1 over 600, including many leading citi- i zens. The Mayor, who presided, intro- ] duced the proceedings by denouncing the t tax as a merciless whip, exerciSfe'd By the i wealthy to avoid the necessity t of paying tor improvements by which they 1 had benefitted. Subsequent speakers c protested vigorously against the Property e Tax being substituted for the Land Tax, t on the ground that the latter was fair and t reasonable, while the former was oppressive f and dishonest. The following resolutions ( were passed :—“ That, in the opinion of s this meeting, the Property Tax is unfair , in principle ; is initiated at a most inop- ( portune time, when the trade and com- t merce of the colony are still in a very de- c pressed condition; and will prove not i only oppressive, but exceedingly injurious t to the progress of the colony, and should < therefore be repealed.” “ That a petition r be drawn up and signed as largely as pos- ] Bible, embodying the resolution carried to- i night, and forwarded to the member for ( Timarn, for presentation to the Govern- i ment.” An amendment in favor of the i Property Tax was lost, and a resolution ] demanding the repeal of the tax, and < pledging the meeting to refuse to comply i with the Act was withdrawn. Teviaru, June 7. < The sale of privileges for the South i Canterbury Steeplechases realised Lllß. s Beadle, a young man who was arrested , a few days ago in Dunedin for stealing a watch from Glen, an acquaintance, at Timaru, lias been discharged, as it appeared that he merely took charge of the watch while Glen was drunk. Dunedin, June 5. In Kershaw v. Mclntyre, in the Magistrate’s Court to-day, the Bench ordered the prosecution of the defendant for flagrant perjury, his own witness’s contradicting him. In the case of William Davies, a publican, the Magistrate gave judgment against the defendant for LlO 155., value of a swag belonging to a lodger, which had been stolen from the hotel. Dunedin, June 7. A young couple who were married on Thursdry last, were burned out at Green Island yesterday. The house was owned by Mr. Sibbard, of Dnnedin, and was uninsured. The contents also were uninsured. Invercargill, June 4. The Tramway Company held a full meeting yesterday, when directors were appointed. They were instructed to draw up articles of association, allot shares, and to put the first section of three miles through the suburban townships to Waikiwi at once. ’ The Southland Hussars send an order amounting to between four and five hundred pounds for uniforms to Messrs. Hobson at Woolwich by the mail on Saturday. Diphtheria is still prevalent. Invercargill, June 7. Great dissatisfaction is expressed at the action of the Government in making changes in the railway staff. Less efficient men are being brought from the North to fill the places of local employees. In one case, a porter has been brought from Auckland. An excursion to the Melbourne Exhibition is on the tapis, probably a large party will be formed.
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