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The English strikes cause a great check to the returning prosperity. There are now 25,000 hands out of the Lancashire mills. Owners will only work three days a week till all the men go in. The loss of the steamer American causes almost as much sensation as the loss of the Atlanta. A gunboat sent to search for the missing boat has not yet been heard of. Earl Kimberley, the new Secretary of State for the colonies, in his first speech since his appointment, said that_ there could be no difference of opinion in the Empire as to anything which tended to promote the unity and strength of all its members. The opinion of the English press in discussing the landing of the French Communists in New Zealand is generally adverse to any measure depriving political refugees from other countries of perfect access to British soil and freedom there. The Pall Mall Gazette considers the Communists are an acquisition to the colony Mr. Arthur Claydcn writes to the Daily News, saying thas his opinion about New Zealand for working men has been rather to sanguine. There was still a fine field for capitalists, but working men should look before they leaped. Sir J. Vogel advertises, offering free passages to female domestics. The Bishop Selwyn Memorial fund now amounts to L 21,000 France, which was only represented by sixty exhibitors at Sydney, will have 120 at the Melbourne Exhibition. The ship Finisterre left Toulon on May 10 full, and the balance of the exhibits will be sent by mail steamer. The Liguria sailed for New Zealand on May 13 with Mr. Press and party, fortysix in all, third-class passengers for Auckland, besides others in first and second saloons. Messrs. Money Wigram sold their steamer Kent to the Spaniards, leaving the Orient line in undisputed possession of the Australian trade. It is not known what the firm will do with the others. There is much less demand for passages to New Zealand, and it is expected that Mr. Vesey Stewart will experience some difficulty in making up his party, owing to recent depressing accounts from the colony. A writer in the Times says :— ‘ ‘ The grant of pre-emptive right to Messrs Grant and Forster over land in Auckland is as objectionable as a similar grant to Mr. Broomhall.” Sir Julius Vogel has given orders for torpedoes for colonial harbors. Sailed—British barquentine Ocean Ranger, April 27, for Lyttelton and Auckland ; German brig, Heding, for Lyttelton an d Wellington. Loading at New York, German barque, Hieronymous, for Dunedin and Lyttelton ; will clear about May 29. At Boston, Danish barque Michael Sedeachn, for Lyttelton ; clears about May 4. The New Zealand Company’s Scottish Lassie sailed on May 15 with twenty-five passengers ; and the Loch Kree leaves on May 25 with twenty-two passengers for Canterbury. The goods and passenger traffic for all New Zeufand parts is dull in the extreme, and ships are a long time loading. Cleared from New York, Danish barque Bygdo, for Dunedin and Wellington.
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