BRITISH AND FOREIGN
,'t (Per Pouter’s Agency.) London, July 5. e Report lias been made by the President of the Board of Trade respecting the Tay bridge which severely blames the architect who designed it. The Merchant Shipping and Underwriters’ Association report the arrival d of the Waimate from Lyttelton, sailed i, April 9. Authentic intelligence has been received from Constantinople that the Turkish Go- - vernment is inciting the,Albanians to resist the Greeks in any attempt they may , make to take possession of the district in Epirius which the recent Conference at 1 Berlin decided should be ceded to Greece i for the extension of her frontier. Five per cent. New Zealand 10.50 loan, s 105 ; 5 per cent. New Zealand loan, ISS9, . 10-li ; 4-| per cent. New Zealand loan, , 1879 to 1804, 100-i; Adelaide wheat, per 4901 b., 485.; New Zealand wheat, ex c ship, 48s.
The match, Australians against Eighteen , of Middlesborough, at Middlesborough, was commenced to-day. The Australians i went in first, and were all disposed of for • 307 runs. The Home team then went in, ; and when the stumps were drawn had lost four wickets for 21 runs. London, July G. Hie homeward mails via San Francisco, which left New Zealand on May 25, were delivered here yesterday. In the House of Commons, the Secretary of State for India made a statement concerning the Indian finance. The war expenditure exceeds the estimated amount by L 9,000,000, the present deficit being L 3,000,000. A Bill has been read a second time for giving compensation to the Irish tenants under certain proposed conditions. The disturbances which were recently reported to be taking place at Haifa, in Palestine, between the Moslems and Christians, have been quelled, and the town is now quiet. Her Majesty’s gunboats, which were despatched to Haifa, have returned to their station in the Mediterranean. Berlin, July 5. The Upper House has passed the Bill for the mitigation of the Falk laws in the direction of granting concessions to Homan Catholics. AUSTRALIAN. (Reuter's Telegrams.) : Melbourne, July 5. Ned Kelly has been brought up before the Resident Magistrate and remanded. Melbourne, July 6. Numerous meetings are being held by the candidates for Parliament throughout the colony, and the forthcoming elections are absorbing public attention. It is expected that Ned Kelly will appear on trial in a fortnight. A committee has been appointed to inquire into the conduct of the police when engaged in the capture of the Kelly gang. Sugars are quoted at id. higher. In the elections which are now going on Messrs. Gibb, Service, Ramsay, and Duffy, are unopposed, but most of the others are opposed, including Sir John O’Shannassy. Melbourne, July 7. Only the seats of the four Ministers mentioned in yesterday’s telegrams will be uncontested at the forthcoming elections. All the other seats will be contested. The delivery of exhibits at the Exhibition building has commenced. In consequence of the criticisms on the conduct of the police at the capture of the Kelly’s the Commissioner applied for a Board of Enquiry, and this request has, as already announced, been granted. Sailed —Te Anau, for Bluff, yesterday. ; Sydney, J uly 7. In the Legislative Assembly last night, the Bill for imposing the new taxes on wool, coal, and stock was read a second ; time on a division by a majority of two. it is considered doubtful whether the Government will proceed with the measure . in face of such a small majority. Brisbane, July 7. Parliament was opened yesterday by ; the Acting-Governor who, in his speech on the occasion, announced that Bills i would be submitted for a railway to the ; G ulf of Carpentaria, for the augmentation of the revenue and for other objects. After the meeting of Parliament the i leader of the Opposition presented a petition from Mr. Hemmant, formerly , Colonial Treasurer, but now residing in ; England, charging the Premier with mal- : administration of the business of the colony during his visit to England. Mr. , Mcllwraith, the Premier, made a statement replying effectively to Mr. Hem- l mant’s charges. j Coortown, July 6. j The Eastern and Australian mail ; steamer Bowen has arrived from Hong j Kong and Singapore, with the Torres , Straits mails. She reports that on the , upward voyage to Hong Kong a piratical plot among the Chinese passengers to } seize the vessel was discovered by a con- , versation being overheard. The passen- i gers were mustered, and all hands being . armed, 25 Chinese were arrested. Boxes , containing loaded revolvers and packet of ] powder, with fuses attached, were dis- j covered. On the arrival of the vessel at , Hong Kong, the prisoners were handed } over to the authorities. The Bowen also . brings news of the arrival of the New ' Ireland colonising steamship Genii at ] Singapore on June 7. She had three feet } of water in her hold, and her engineers \ had deserted her. The news from China is of the most warlike character, Exten- . sive military preparations are proceeding, 3 in view of the expected outbreak of hostilities with Russia. j ] INTERPRO YIN Cl AL. j (Per Press Association.) Auckland, July 5. j A lad named Burton had his ankle divided by a turntable on the wharf yester- . day. ; Auckland, July 6. ! At the Police Court yesterday, eight ' seamen were charged with breaking into ' the cargo of the ship Chili, and sentenced ' to twelve months. Alexander Nelson, a respected old identity, aged 73, has died. ( The brigantine Clansman, which arrived from Melbourne yesterday, met with a very stormy passage. She ran short of ; water, and both crew “and passengers j suffered much. The Domain Board are considering the question of utilising the boundaries of the Domain-for leasing purposes. A very rich gold discovery is reported, near Mataiki Creek, by two brothers named Martin. They are reported to have found seven reefs or leaders in sand, ; all containing gold. They are identical with the discovery in Mataiki Creek in ' 1862. Messrs. King obtained very rich specimens from Mataiki Creek, but no 1 payable reef has ever been discovered by the companies hitherto started for prospecting the vicinity. Further driving on the reef shows a strong body of stone eighteen inches to two feet wide, with gold 1 intermixed. The claim is on property belonging to Mrs. Macintosh, from whom ! a lease has been secured. Auckland, July 7. 1 Vincent Walters, a religious enthusiast, who declared lie had been converted by a . visit from the devil, was charged at the Police Court this morning with deserting . his wife. The Magistrate said the defen- : dant seemed to require the doctor rather ’ than the lawyers. !
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