BRITISH AND FOREIGN
(Bv cable from Reuter's Agency.) London, Juno 15. The Orient Company’s steamship Sorata arrived at Plymouth tc.day from Australia. Consuls have risen and are quoted at 97i ex dividend. The Timaru Waterworks Loan of L 60,000, at seven per cent., is announced. New Zealand securities ;—Five per Cent. 10.40 Loan, 104; Five per Cent. 1889 Loan, 103 ; Four-and-a-half per Cent. 1879 Loan, 98. New Zealand wheat, ex ship, 495.; Adelaide wheat, ex warehouse, 51 ; flour, ex warehouse, 385.; Australian tallow—best beef, 325.; best mutton, 345. Cd. June IG. The match between the Australians and Eighteen of the North of Ireland at Belfast, was continued to-day The home team, in their second innmgs were disposed of for 130 runs. The Australians then went in, and have lost no wickets for 75 ; Bannerman, not out, 31 ; Murdoch, not out, 43. It is said that Turkey considers the decisions of the European Conference as not binding, because it was excluded. The Leloct Committee of the House of Commons which was appointed to further consider the question which arose through Bradlaugh’s refusal to take the oath, has presented its report to Parliament. The Committee recommends that Bradlaugh should be allowed to make affirmation in place of the customary oath. London, Juno 17. King George, of Greece, who is now on a visit to England, was to-day presented with the Freedom of the City of London. The Prince of Wales performed the ceremony of presentation. The Right Hon. W. E. Gladstone was present, and made a speech, in which he said he warmly sympathised with Greece in her difliculties with Turkey in regard to the frontier question.
0 Madrid, June 17. Several Spanish war vessels, conveying r a large number of troops, have been 1 ordered to the Pacific. Their actual e destination, however, is not yet known. AUSTRALIAN. x 3 [Per Rcuta's Agency.) , Sydney, June 16. Arrived—Ringarooma, from Auckland. . In the Legislative Assembly the Co--3 lonial Treasurer has introduced his I Financial Statement. He said that in 3 consequence of Parliament approving only part of the proposals in his last i Budget, and largely in consequence of the decrease in the revenue from ! land sales, instead of the surplus then exi pected, there was a deficit of L 440,000. i The deficit is to be covered by an increase s of taxation. The Treasurer estimates the ’ revenue for the remainder of the year at i L 3,140,000, and the expenditure at i L 2,800,000, and for next year he esti- ■ mates the revenue at L 5,280,000. Sydney, June 18 i H.M.S. Raleigh has arrived from England. In accordance with instructions from the Amsterdam Island, where the captain of the Vancouver reported ho had seen lights ; but no signs of ths Knowslcy Hall, or any shipwrecked crews were discovered. In the Legislative Assembly the Bill to impose duties on beer was read a second time. Sailed —The Australia for Auckland yesterday. Melbourne, June 18, Messrs. Service and Berry have come to an understanding that the division on the Reform Bill should take place on the 24th inst. Many large meetings are being held throught the country districts on the present position of political aft’ars. The debate on the Payment of 'Members Bill will only be resumed after the division on the Reform Bill. INTERPROYINCIAL. Auckland, Juno 18. William O’Connell is charged with forging and uttering a cheque for Ll 4 on the National Bank. The prisoner was subagent for the Government Life Assurance, and recently was canvassing at Coromandel, but getting short of money he presented the cheque in question at the bank and was at once informed it was forged. Ellen M'Cloughes, whose name prisoner forged, deponed that he had confessed the fact to her. Abe Hicken returns to Australia next week. Considerable speculation in mining scrip is going on. Grahamstown, June 18. S. Steven’s hotel was burned down last night at 10 o’clock. There was no clue to the origin of the lire. The building, furniture, and stock were insured. The proprietor was about to proceed to Wellington as a delegate to the Licensed Victuallers Conference. At the Municipal Council meeting last night, a committee recommended the taking of steps to increase the number on the Thames electoral roll. The petition to unseat Mr. Richardson for Christchurch, and replace Sir George Gx-ey, x’eceived over 100 signatures. Napier, June 17. The jury, after being locked up all night, in the case of Shaw, for arson, brought in a verdict of guilty. The prisoner pleaded guilty to the embezzlement, and was sentenced to four years for arson, three years for embezzlement, the sentences to be concurrent. Palmerston North, June 18. A considerable party of 23rospectors under the command of an experienced miner named Rankin, have been searching for gold in the valleys and creeks of the Tax-arua ranges. So far, it has found small but not payable quantities, hut Rankin is convinced that thex-e is a rich vein somewhere in the vicinity. The i party toiled on in hope until provisions ; failed. On Wednesday a meeting of the ; principal men of Palmerston was held, and in order to thoroughly test the matter, ; it guaranteed a storekeeper for provisions . for the party for three months. The place being made for is a gorge fourteen miles froax Palmerston. The party is sanguine of ultimate success. As the party was out through the recent wretched weather, it may be expected they have undergone some prhations, and the whole suffer from rheumatism. So far, they have expended L6O in tlie venture, and now that they are being backed, they start away i again on Sunday. . Wellington, June 17. At a meeting at Johnsonville last night, it was resolved that the repeal of the Property Tax is desirable ; that an Income Tax should be subsiituted ; and that a Land Tax should bo levied on land in districts which have constructed railways , A petition to the House of Ropresexxta ives against the Municipal Corporation Act Amendment Bill, 1830, is in course of signature. At a meeting of brewers and publicans the former stated they were determined to adhere to their first resolution—that the tax be charged upon customers. Dunedin, June 17. Henry Houghton has received the appointment of Chief Insurance Agent in Otago. Dunedin, June 18. The Otago Acclimatisation Society ux-go the amendment of the Fisheries Bill by the incorporation of the provisions of The Salmon Trout Act, 1867, preserving the Acclimatisation Society’s revenues from licenses and penalties. The Carnival takings to date are L5lO. Tha body found on Hindon railway has been identified as that of Michael M'Carthy, laborer, who, while in a fit, to which he was greatly subject, fell into a few inches of water and was drowned.
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