CABLEGRAMS SPECIAL TO THE SYDNEY PAPERS.
(Special to the Sydney Herald.) London, Aug. 24. An agitation has commenced in England in favor of the retention of Candahar by the British.
Permission has been granted to the Tichbourne claimant to appeal to the House of Lords against the recent decision of the Court in the writ of error. Nobody credits Luie’s statement that since his release he has been able to produce evidence that the claimant landed at Melbourne from the Osprey. Aug. 26.
General Phayre’s advance is delayed by want of transport. Ayoub Khan’s force is now so increased that he has been able to detach the Cabulese to watch the troops under General Roberts. At a banquet given at Copenhagen to Sarah Bernhardt, the well-known actress, the German Minister proposed the toast of “France and Sarah Bernhardt.” In replying she said she hoped the toast included Alsace and Lorraine. Great confusion ensued. The Danes cheering the sentiment. Mons. Thoimter, of the French Legation, then discanted on the former intimate relations between France and Denmark. Renewed confusion thereupon ensued, and the chairman left the chair. The German government have directed their Minister to take leave of absence.
(Sydney Evening News Special.) London, Aug. 23,
British troops now occupy various strategic positions in the Kyber Pass, between Peshawur and Jellalabad, and south east of Cabul. General Gough is in command of the garrison in the Pass of Keerut. A dispatch contains information of a fight between a strong body of the enemy at Kuchatmnadan, a post in the Kyber Pass, and the British. The enemy was repulsed after a sharp engagement, with the loss of one hundred killed and a large number wounded. The British loss is trifling. A daring theft has been perpetrated at the military bat racks at Banagher. The stores were broken open during the night and a largo number of rifles stolon. No clue to persons concerned in the robbery has been obtained, but it is generally understood that the thieves arc Fenians, and the weapons stolen are intended for aggressive acts of disloyalty. Aug. 24.
The military auihorities in Afghanistan are in are in possession of information showing that Ayoub Khan has ordered a division of his army, consisting of Heratees, to leave Candahar and [intercept General Roberts’ march on the city. News has been received that General Primrose and Burrows made a vigorous sortie from Candahar. A severe engagement ensued in which the Anglo-Indian troops behaved splendidly in the face of very superior numbers, and inflicted a severe defeat upon the Afghans. The British lost eight officers killed. The total casualties are 190. It is estimated that the Afghans loss is not less than 1,000. News has been received of the prisoners taken by Ayoub Khan when he surprised and defeated General Burrows’ Brigades. It was feared they were massacred by the Afghans, but Colonel Macline has com-
municated a report that he and others have been well treated by their captors. General Roberts, by a series of fovc d marches, has made satisfactory progress towards reaching Candahar, and has now arrived within a short distance of Dilaghilzai, a post a hundred miles to the northeast of Candahar. He expects to reach Cabul on the 29th of the present month. In the Horse, on the proposal to go into Committee of Supply, obstruction was offered by the Irish members, who combined to prevent the Constabulary vote from passing. The obstructing members averred that the police force in Ireland had been employed to assist unjust landlords in trampling upon the rights and liberties of the Irish tenantry. They strongly denounced the conduct of the police and the authorities in connection with the recent disturbances.
Mahommed Pasha, one of the Reactionary party in Turkey, who had persistently opposed all outside inteiference with Turkish affairs, and was some months ago dismissed from his position as one of the Sultan’s advisers, has been again summoned by the Sultan to his Councils.
The wool market is weaker and shows a tendency to decline.
The physicians attending Sir Charles Dilke, report he is suffering from an abscess, and that his gout has not improved. 1 "A cable from Constantinople states that serious rioting has taken place by the Bulgarians in the vicinity of Rustchuk, on the Danube. The riots were quelled by the Roumanian soldiery, but not without terrible slaughter.
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