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(Per Pouter's Agency.) L ( ondon, June 31. Arriycd—Bruc-p, from Lyttelton. Messrs Money Wigrarn and Co.’s steamship Durham arrived at Plymouth torday, Three per cent Consols 98| : Scotch pig iron, 525. The market rate fop discount is -i per cent lower. The match between the Australians and Eighteen of Birmingham, at Aston Park, was continued to-day, the weather being showery throughout. The Australians’ bowling was dead on the wicket. The home team went in for their first innings and were all out for 88 runs, but being 61 behind they had to follow their innings, and when the stumps were drawn for the day had lost one wicket for 20 runs. London, June 23. In the House of Commons Mr. Labouchere introduced a motion to permit Mr. Bradlaugh, who refused to take the oath, to make an affirmation instead. A long and animated discussion took place, which lasted two days. Mr. Gladstone (the Premier), and several other prominent members of the Ministry, supported the motion, which was, however, negatived on a division being taken. The Conservative papers consider the result as a defeat for the present Government. On the House of Commons meeting this evening, Mr. Bradlaugh appeared at the bar of the House and claimed the right to take his seat for Northampton. He was requested by the Speaker to withdraw, but this he refused to do, and was then
! ordered into the custody of the Sergeant-at-Arms. The cricket match between the Australians and eighteen players of Birmingham, at Aston Park, was concluded today. The homo team continued their ■ innings, and the Australians won the match in one innings, with nine runs to spare. London. June 24. A reply has been received by the Great Powers to their collective note to the Sultan, in which he was informed he would bo responsible for the delay which has taken place in the cession of territory to Montenegro, and for his failure to execute necessary reforms in Armenia. The Sultan in reply proposes that the execution of the treaty of Berlin, so far as it relates to Montenegro, should be delayed until the .agitation which exists in Albania against the required cession of territory to Montenegro lias subsided. It has not transpired what answer the Sultan has returned regarding reforms in Armenia. AUSTRALIAN. (Per Rentes’s Agency.) Melbourne, Juno 23. Sailed—Arawata, for the Bluff. The P. and O. Co.’s stermer Assam, with inward Suez mail, arrived at King George’s Sound to-day. The weights have been declared for the Melbourne Cup. Mata has been allotted Bst. 21b., and Camballo 7st. 31b. The top weight is Ost. Gib. Melbourne, June 24. Foul Play’s weight for the Melbourne Cup is 7st 91b. Camballo has been disqualified owing to his nomination being informal. The Opposition and the Corner party object to the division on the Reform Bill taking place to-night in the Assembly, and threaten to “stonewall” in order to gain their point. The Argus of to-day, in a leader on the present state of parties in the House, anticipates that a division will shew each party with forty-two. There is only one doubtful vote. Efforts are being made to bring about a compromise regarding the joint sitting and to have a clause providing for the same to be eliminated. A caucus of unofficial Ministerialists was held yesterday to discuss the proposal, but no understanding was come to. Arrived—Tararua, from the Bluff. Sailed—Albion for the Bluff. Melbourne, June 25. In the Legislative Assembly last night, Mr. Service’s Reform Bill was rejected by 43 to 41 votes. The debate concluded by speeches from Mr. Service and Mr. Berry. The former said that he refused to sacrifice the clause providing for a joint sitting of both Houses. Mr. Berry briefly replied. Messrs. Williams, Sergeant, and Gaunson, and Sir John O’Shanasy, who were at the time of the last general election looked upon as supporters of Mr. Service’s party, voted against the Bill. At the conclusion of the debate Mr. Service moved the adjournment of the House. It is expected Parliament will be dissolved in consequence of the defeat of the measure. Mr. Williams gave notice of a motion in the Assembly yesterday, condeming the Ministry for threatening a dissolution while discussion on the Bill was taking place. It is not known, however, whether the motion will be persisted in. Previous to the division taking place, the Corner Party endeavored to effect a compromise, but were unsuccessful. The House was thronged last night, and there was much excitement at the result of the division. Sydney, Juno 24. Advices from the Gape to June Cth states that breadstuff's are depresed owing to large supplies. Wheat is quoted at 2*s. per 200 lbs. Adelaide, June 24. The Orient Company's steamer Liguria left Plymouth on the 14th of May, and arrived to-day. INTERPROYINCTAL. Auckland, June 24. Abe Hicken foil o\ ev the wharf last night as the Rotorua hauled off. He was rescued by a bystander, who jumped after him, and both were brought ashore in a boat. Hicken, who was booked by the steamer, lost his passage, A cablegram, via Sydney, - of date London, June 15, says serious agrarian disturbances arc reported from Ireland. Organised attacks have been made upon landlords in -several places. One, the parish of Drumslane, in Leitrim, is mentioned, in which the landlords resisted the attack, and in one fight that ensued, one peasant was killed and others injured. Several serious riots arc reported from other parts of Ireland, particularly in the county of Mayo, whore numbers of evictions have taken place. Auckland, June 25. At a meeting of the Auckland Cattle Board the Inspector stated that pleuro pneumonia had again actively broken out at Messrs. Ireland’s farm, Panmure. One cow had died, and another would probably be slaughtered. A poorly attended meeting at Parnell > condemned the Property Tax and carried resolutions iq favor of a laad tax and an income tax, if necessary, M. L. Archer, a French colonist fr®m New Caledonia, and a party -of Communists, have taken up a block of land near Henderson’s mill, under the Homestead Act, for vine culture. Wellington, June 24. At the meeting of the University Senate the following report of the Examiners was passed : That Frederick Fitchett, 8.A., and Robert H. Rattray, B.A. be each granted L.L.B. degrees. Honors—James Hay, Ist class in languages and literature, and Ist class in political science. Wm. H. J. West has passed the first examination for L.L.8.; Frederick Fitchett Ist class in political science ; George Montgomery, medical scholarship awarded. Resolved, that James Hay, 8.A., and Frederick Fitchett, B. A., having taken honors, be both admitted to the degree of M. A. That Anne Bolton, Andrew Cameron, Helen Cameron, Wm. Henry Herbert, James Ronaldson Thornton, and Herbert Wm. Williams, do pass for B.A. senior. That scholarships be awarded to the following candidates :• — Margaret Lillian Florence E.dgar, for mathemeiics ; Wm. Bookless Douglas, for Greek ; Benjamin Mitchell Connell for Latin ; John'lnnes, for English ; Gertrude Grierson, for English ; John King Davis for Latin ; Wm. Fidler, for Latin, French, and mental science 5 Alexander Montgomery, for zoology ; Chas. Chilton, for mathematics; W. Deans Milne, for Latin ; Wm. Henry Herbert, for chemistry and physical science. Votes, of thanks were passed to Dr. Carpenter for the trouble he has taken in the management of last examination ; to Mr. Carleton, for his successful arrangements for the examination ; and to Thomas Douse, chief clerk in the University of London, for his services in the conduct of the examinations. A deputation from the Licensed Victualler’s Conference waited on Government this morning with suggested amendments to the Licensing Bill. The reply was that the matter would be considered. Wellington, June 25. A man named John Wilson is before the Magistrate’s Court on two charges of indecent assault on children, aged eleven and six respectively. The charges of sly-grog selling against Cato, the fruiterer, were dismissed, his Worship intimating that in no case would he convict unless the evidence of the in. formers’ agreed in every important point. Dunedin, June 24. The case of Alves v. City Corporation, in which L 50,000 damages are claimed from land of the Fernhill colliery taken for construction of the Silver-stream waterrace, is proceeding before Judge Williams
and two assessors. It is likely to last over a week, there being fifty witnesses on each side. Dunedin, June 25. The Education Board resolved to take no action in the meantime as regards the appointment of a third Inspector. The Times has the following: —“We are informed as regards Mr. Conyers’ connection with Davidson, that it amounts to lending a certain sum of money in business at a fixed rate of interest, without participation in profits. Mr. Davidson supplied us with a list of work done for the railways at his foundry during the past two years, amounting in all to 72 tons of castings, costing Government L2O per ton. The price was fixed by tender. Mr. Macandrew is aware of the precise nature of the arrangement between Mr. Conyers and Mr. Davidson. Invercargill, June 24. The wife of a publican at North Invci’cargill was found dead in bed. Several severe bruises on the body excited suspicions of violence. The inquest, which commenced yesterday, was adjourned for medical evidence. A meeting of licensed victuallers has resolved to ask Government if Licensing Commissioners are acting from instructions received or on their own responsibility in reference to notices sent to licensees of wooden hotels about refusing licenses unless the houses are built of brick, stone, or concrete. A memorial was also forwarded to Government, drawing attention to the excessive powers of Licensing Commissioners, and the recent arbitrary powers exercised in this district, and asking for right of appeal to a higher court in cases of applications for renewals being refused. Invercargill, June 25. The poll yesterday on the proposed loan of L 120,000 resulted in a negative by 619 votes against 427 for. Consequent on this result notice of motion has been given to borrow L 20,000 for improvements and extension of the gasworks.
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