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{Per Reuters Agency.) - - London, Aug. 17. The American, wheat, harvest,prospects are favorable, and the yield is estimated . at 500,000,000 bushels. The third series of wool auctions opened to-driy. There was a good attendance of home and foreign buyers. 6,900 bales were offered, these . being inferior and ; -' i faulty wools of all kinds. . The tone of the bidding was hesitating. The auction closes on October Ist.

In: the House of. Commons the Marquis , of- Hartiiigton, Secretary of State for India, in submitting the Indian ‘ Budget, said that an increase of taxation was proposed of L 18,000,000. He also mentioned that mo definite proposals had yet been by the British Government to render aid [Until; such times as hostilities were suspended. ■ The wool sales opened with, prices at from a halfpenny to a penny lower than : last sales. ; Aug; 18. In the House of Commons to-day, the • >.■ Right Hori. W. E. Forster, Chief Secretary for Ireland, denounced the wickedness and cowardice shown by Mr. Dillon • in his seditious speech at Kildare, .but said . the Government had no intention of pro - secuting him. At the wool sales to-day 10,600 bales were offered, making a total of 17,500 , bales since the opening. The tone of thu market showed a better demand and prices were firmly maintained.' Arrived—Coromandel, from Port Ohal- ,■ mers. r ’ la the House of Commons the Em- , ployers Liability Bill has been passed. Theßight Hon. W. E. Forster, Chief Secretary for Ireland, has started' suddenly for Ireland. • Hia mission, however, at present is unknown. . • A repbrt was current to-day that two barrels of gunpowder had been found in a railway tunnel under Cork barracks, but" on inquiry the whole thing was proved to be a hoax. . Constantinople, Aug, 17. Hafiz Pasha has been dismissed. . Pams, Aug. 18. It is expected that the French crop this year will be an average one. ~ ’ - Calcutta, Aiig. 18. Further information to hand states that Ayoub Khan is now engaged bombarding Candalihr, and that the British forces are .; ‘ acting on the defensive. News comes to hand that the citadel at Candahar is invested on three .aides by Ayoub Khan’s army. ’ . General Stewart reports he has reached Gundmuk with the British force which , was left at Cabul after General Roberts ■ departed for Candahar, and the evacuation of Oahul is now completed. • AUSTRALIAN. [Per Renter's Agency.) Melbourne, Aug. 18. All the Ministers have been re-elected. Messrs. Graham Berry arid Wm. M. K. Yale by small majorities, and Messrs. R. Richardson and H. R. Williams by large ones. Sydney, Aug. 18. A cablegram was received to-day from Murdoch, of the Australian cricketers,who savs that the All England match has not yet been arranged, but a reply is ex- ■, pected in a few days.. ,: , . s . , f Sydney, Aug. 19. It is understood that Government.has.; .. notified to the banks its intention to with- ’ draw L 200,000 from its deposit/ . King Sound, Aug. 19. ... , The steamship Bangalore, with the in- • ward Suez mail, has arrived here. ; ' INTERPROVINCIAL. ' '.V 1 . (Per Press Association.) . ~r , : Wellington, Aug. J. 9,. , The charge of perjury against a bailiff , named • Clifford has. been further,. mended. " •. Miss Bligh passed, a good night, and la . progressing favourably from the effects of the poison. _ . , r ' A charge of embezzlement is being heard at the Masterton Court against Johnson, ■ ■ formerly the assistant clerk to the Court . s there, : , . Invercargill, Aug. 19. ~ A firebar Crosbie’s farm. at, Wyndhara (,m yesterday destroyed two stacks of oats aqdjUH" steam threshing machine.

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TELEGRAPHIC., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 142, 21 August 1880

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TELEGRAPHIC. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 142, 21 August 1880