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AUSTRALIAN.

{Per Reuto's Agency .) Melbourne, Juno 29. Ned Kelly.has reached Melbourne, and is progressing favorably. Flesh wounds only have been found, which are not likely to prove fatal. A child belonging to Jones, the hotelkeeper at Glenrowan, where the affray took place, is dead. Parliament has been dissolved. The new elections will be held on July 24. The official correspondence between the Governor and Mr. Service has been published. By this it is shown that the former unhesitatingly granted a dissolution; as ho considered the settlement of the reform of the Constitution absolutely necessary. Arrived—P. and O. Company’s steamer Assam, from Galle, with inward Suez mail, ■which left London on May 24. Sailed —Tararua, for Bluff. A caucus of Liberals was held yesterday, when a manifesto was adopted, and has to-day been issued by Mr. Berry. It recommends an extension of the franchise for the Council by enlarging the ratepayers’ roll; further, that members of the Council should be elected for six years, one-third -retiring every two years, and that the total muubei: of electorates

should he thirty-two, returning one member each. June 30. At a meeting of Ministerialists held yesterday it was resolved to maintain Mr. Service’s reform scheme in its integrity, and to contest every seat in the forthcoming elections. Sydney, June 30. In the Legislative Assembly last night the new wool and stock taxes were carried by a large majority. INTERPROVINCIAL, (Per Press Association.) Wellington, June 30. Government have determined to close the telegraph offices now open from 8 a.m. to Bp. m. at 5 p. m., re-opening them for one hour at seven o’clock. Messages can thus be sent at as late an hour as at present, but those not despatched by five will have to wait till seven. Timahd, June 29. A general grocery store in the main road belonging to James Martin Shepherd, was totally destroyed by fire at three this morning. The building was of wood, and contained a heavy and valuable stock of merchandise. The insurances are L9OO on the stock in the Union, L2OO of which is reinsured in the New Zealand ; L3OO on the building in the London and Lancashire. Shepherd estimates his loss in stock at between four and five hundred over the insurance. Lunedin, June 29. There are seven cases for trial at the criminal sessions. Except one of manslaughter, the charges are unusually light. Invercargill, June 29. It is rumored that in two cases in Southland in which licenses were refused, the houses will be opened as Working Men’s Clubs, the proprietors acting as managers. This evasion it is said is easily practicable in the present state of the law regarding Clubs. In one case, the license lost was the one for the house in which occurred - the notorious case of lambing down. It is reported that the Southland members intend to move for a repeal of the Triennial Parliaments Act. A local author announces the production of an Australian drama “ The Kellys.” Invercargill, June 30. A boy named Asher fell off the Bush tramway engine yesterday, and- was severely injured. , A friend of a Southland M.H.R., apparently from information received, is giving large odds that a dissolution of Parliament will take place within thirty days. The Borough Council have agreed to raise a loan of L 20,000 for the purpose of street improvements.

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AUSTRALIAN. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 120, 1 July 1880

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