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SUMMARY OF HOME AND FOREIGN NEWS BY THE SUEZ MAIL.

London, Aug. 13. The recent short but serious illness of • v Mr. Gladstone was received with the deepest concern by all classes of the coun* ■ try. Mr. Gladstone was first taken ill on July 30th. While dining with Lord Frederick Cavendish he felt a sudden chill and was compelled to leave the table. Subsequently he felt better, and went to 1 the House of Commons, but found when the House counted out next morning that he was worse. Dr. Andrew Clarke was called in, and arrived just in time to pre» vent the Premier going to a Cabinet Goun» cil. The physician pronounced hispatient to be suffering from congestion of the lungs, supervening on exhaustion, accom* panied with fever. Sir W. Jenner wad summoned next day, and on the night of " July Slat and two following days Mr. Gladstone’s condition was critical. Im- ■ mense and universal excitement existed, and representatives of every class besieged Mr. Gladstone’s residence in Downing street with enquiries. Bulletins were issued every few hours, and the polios '

stopped public traffic in Downing street in order that the paient might not be disturbed. On Monday evening his recovery commenced, and he has rapidly progressed since. No such public anxiety has been manifested since the illness of the Prince of Wales. Numerous presents of flowers, fruit, and other delicacies were sent to Downing street to tempt the invalid’s appetite, and many country seats were placed at the Premier’s disposal. Mr. Gladstone left for Windsor on a visit to the Dean on August 7th. The Marquis of Harrington took the leadership of the House of Commons during the absence of Mr. Gladstone.

The Laycock and Blackman match has been fixed for October sth for LIOO aside. The first deposit will be paid on the 13th, the second on the 23rd, the third on September 6th, and the final deposit on October Ist. The course is from the Aqueduct at Putney to the ship at Mortlake. Articles have been signed, and the men will start by mutual consent. Laycock rows in a new Swaddle and Winship b at. Thompson, of Melbourne, and Blackman, had some dispute at first as to the time, Laycock wanting to row in five weeks. Blackman wished seven weeks, and at six weeks the tide would not serve. Finally Laycock agreed to seven weeks. Tnckett is on the river daily, taking gentle exercise. He has reduced his weight two stones. The situation in Ireland is causing serious anxiety. The Right Hon. W. E. Forster, replying to a question respecting the'despatch of 1,000 marines to Ireland, denied that Government apprehended a rising, and said that the troops were intended to replace outgoing draughts to India, and would occupy a station in a district where the inhabitants requested protection on account of agrarian outrages. A few days afterwards a shocking outrage occurred at Charlough, Kilkenny, near which place in broad daylight Mr. Boyd, Crown solicitor, and his sons, Evans and Charles Boyd, were attacked by three masked men, armed with rifles and bayonets. Charles Boyd was shot through the lungs, and died shortly after, and Mr. Boyd was severely wounded. The assault was of a most determined and murderous kind. A long struggle took place, and the murderers were only prevented from finishing their work by the horse in Boyd’s cart being driven into a furious gallop. Other outrages, and many threatening letters are announced. The robbery of arms from the ship Juno, in Cork harbor, was a daring and mysterious affair. The Juno was bound from Antwerp to New York, and had on board forty cases of arms. She put in for a short time at Cork, and about one o’clock on Wednesday morning, seven boats, containing about 100 men, came alongside the vessel, which was boarded by a number of of the marauders, who immediately battered down the cabin where the men were sleeping soundly. They then proceeded to take forty-seven muskets from the cargo, and it is supposed they would have taKen all hut for an accident to one of their number, who fell down the hold. Six men were arrested subsequently on suspicion. It is supposed that the party were Fenians, who are again believed to have lately had active midnight meetings. Drilling is reported to be going on in some places. Mr. Hugh Childers stated in the House of Commons that considerable changes were contemplated in the Army administration, and that tlm Indian Government will institute an inquiry into the Candahar disaster. Mav Childers said that after the Afghan war considerable improvement would be necessary in the organisation of the Indian array. Much difference of opinion exists both in and out of Parliament respecting the Afghan policy of the Government. The Conservatives reproach the Ministry with thinking more of their constituencies than of the welfare of India in ordering the immediate withdrawal of the troops from Cabul. In the Commons ffir W. Palliser said that Government had incurred a tremendous responsibility by taking away Cabul as the base of operations from General Roberts.

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SUMMARY OF HOME AND FOREIGN NEWS BY THE SUEZ MAIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 156, 23 September 1880

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