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SPECIAL CABLEGRAMS TO THE SYDNEY PAPERS.

[by telegraph.] Auckland, June 22. The Australia has arrived from Sydney, and leaves at two o’clock for San Francisco. She brings Sydney papers to date of her departure, from which the following special cablegrams are compiled;— London, June 9. Mr. Halcombe delivered an address before the Colonial Institute on New Zealand. There was an unusually large attendance, and Sir E. W. Stafford, Sir E. Clifford, Mr. Broomhall and others took part in the discussion. The Sultan of Turkey has again changed his advisers, and has appointed Kadri Pasha, Premier, and Abeddin Pasha, Grand Vizier. The Morning Post, in an article reviewing the policy of the Service Ministry in Victoria, considers that it promises stability of Cabinet and permanent benefit to the Colony. The distressed in Mayo, Ireland, demand immediate relief for selves and families, and threaten that if it is not provided they will pillage the country and take by violence all they can lay hands on. June 10. Changes have taken place in Stamboul which indicate that the British Ambassador’s diplomatic mission has been successful. It hag been ascertained that the cost of the Afghan war is L 20,000,000. The announcement of English, French, hnd Italian men r of-war having sailed for Jjesika Bay is causing much excitement. _ The Albanians are disbanding their troops, and further hostilities are averted. Jt is expected that Turkish troops will reoccupy the district ceded to Montenegro. The Chilians fought a desperate battle in the endeavor to capture the town of Arica, and got the best of the engagement after enormous losses on both sides. June 11. Select Committees have been appointed by the French Chamber of Deputies to inquire into the alleged torturing of political prisoners at New Caledonia. • The wine duties have bceA reduced, and now stand at sixpence per gallon up to 20deg. proof spirit ; from 22deg. up to 35deg. proof spirit Id. extra for each degree of strength, and for over 35deg., 2|d. for each degree. Bottled wines are Qharged 2i. per gallon uniform.

I June 12. The Spanish man of-war despatched by the authorities at Madrid to quell the e revolutionary insurrection at Cuba has - arrived. The man-of-war found an - American schooner there under circinni stances that led to the suspicion that those 1 in charge wore in communication with the 3 rebels. The man-of-war took possession t of the schooner and burnt her. 3 J UNE .13. t A disastrous fire broke out in Peni slyvania. One of the largest petroleum » houses in the State caught fire and a fierce and disastrous conflagration was soon raging. It is estimated that not less than 1,000,000 barrels of oil were -destroyed. The value was nearly a million dollars. All efforts to check the pro- ■ gress of the fire failed, and the catas'r jphe 5 creal ed great consternation among the inhabitants. A late despatch says that it is roughly estimated that two million L dollars’ worth of propertyjwas destroyed. June 14. 1 The silence of Abdul Rahman, and his hesitation about accepting the offer of the 1 Ameership of Cabul, have given rise to 1 suspicions that he is afraid of the hostility of Yakoob Khan’s adherents, and the . llowers of Yakoob are intriguing with Abdul Rahman for restorting the late Ameer to the Throne. A fearful boiler explosion has taken place aboard the Spanish man of war Santiago de Cuba, causing great damage to the ship, fearful injuries to scores of people, and the loss of several lives. The number of deaths has not been ascertained, but it is known that the killed and injured amount to 40. An exciting scene took place in tho House of Commons, lasting six hours. It has been unexampled for many years. O’Donnell made an outrageous attack on the newly appointed French Ambassador in London. Mr. Gladstone interrupted O’Donnell’s speech amid great excitement, and moved that he be not heard until he had withdrawn the offensive remarks and had apologised to the House. O’Donnell refused, and an angry and disorderly scene ensued. The Speaker was powerless to restrain the turbulent Home Rulers, who accused Gladstone of endeavoring to gag the members of the House. Mr. Foster delivered a trenchant reply on the conduct of the Irish members, accusing O’Donnell of outraging society and imperilling the national amity. Orderbeing restored, Mr. Gladstone effected a compromise by withdrawing his motion. June 15. In view of a renewal of the scene which occurred in the House last night O’Donnell amended his question in reference to the propriety of acceptance by De Lancour of tho position of French Ambassador. Intense anxiety exists as to how Government will act. O’Donnell is a Catholic and alleges that De Lancour plundered a convent, and ordered the massacre of the troops at ; Lyons during the Commune. All parties censure O’Donnell’s policy, and the press i condemns Mr. Gladstone’s haste in c attempting O’Donnell’s motion for ad- i journment, which gave the latter a chance to attack De Lancour, and also for threatening the rights of private members, : but they take it as sign that the Premier is determined to suppress obstruction. The Times shows that Mr. Gladstone at 1 the last moment was compelled to revise ' the wine tariff, in order to secure tho ] French treaty. 1 London, June IG. i In tho French Senate, M. Ferard i (Minister of Commerce and Agriculture), i denied that France had engaged wilh 1 England in a fresh treaty, and referred to ; the proposal made by Mr. Gladstone as i being contrary to French interests. He ( stated that the whole staff of the French i embassy have resigned in consequence of 1 the appointment of M. De Lancour as 1 French A mbassador in London. c In the House the Hon. W. E. Baxter j referred to the superior speed of the Orient Company’s steamers over those of ] the Peninsula and Oriental Company’s, i Mr. Fawcett said that Government were ( not responsible for the existing contract. i News has been received that tho t Chinese are preventing Russian subjects t from entering China. { Berlin, June 15. The representatives of the Great Powers c appointed by the Conference have held i several meetings of a preliminary charac- f ter. It is understood that a complete understanding will be come to at an early g date as to the steps to be taken for the s settlement of the various questions sub- s mitted, and for insisting upon early com- t pliance by Turkey with the demands of t the powers, i

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SPECIAL CABLEGRAMS TO THE SYDNEY PAPERS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 117, 24 June 1880

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