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(Per Reuter's Agency.)

Arrival. London, Oct. 21. Arrived—Or’ari, ship, from Lyttelton, June 24th.

England will not play a Lone Hand. London, Oct. 22. The Times in a leading article to-day, referring to the Turko-Greek frontier question, says that England will not bo prepared to assist Greece alone to obtain the required extension of territory, should the other Powers decline to force Turkey to agree to the line of demarcation fixed by the Berlin Conference. The Cession of Dulcigno. Constantinople, Oct. 21. There are hopes that a satisfactory settlement may be arrived at by the delegates of the Powers and Turkey, now deliberating at Cettinge, regarding the cession of Dulcigno. The Porte’s delegate has proposed that Dulcigno should be evacuated by the Turkish troops now in occupation three hours before the time fixed for the Montenegrins to enter the town. It has not transpired whether the delegates of the Powers have accepted this proposal. The Porte has, moreover, withdrawn its demand that the status quo should bemaintainedasregards territory to the east of Scutari, and the doubts which existed as to the sincerity of the Ottoman Government are thus removed. Diplomatically Done For. Constantinople, Oct. 22. Information has been received that four chiefs of the Albanian league, who have taken a prominent part in the agitation against the cession of Dulcigno have died at Scutari. It is believed they have been poisoned. The Pound of Flesh. The Montenegrin authorities have informed the delegates of the Powers at Cettinge, that they cannot consent to the Porte’s proposal that the Montenegrin troops should enter Dulcigno three hours after it had been evacuated by the Turks, but that they must insist on the formal transfer of the town. The Porte has been informed of the Montenegrin demand, and is now further considering what steps should be taken in making the cession.

Earthquake in Spain. Madrid, Oct. 22.

A heavy shock of earthquake was experienced throughout Spain and Portugal to-day, but no damage to property was caused.

The Greek Government. Athens, Oct. 21. The Greek Parliament was opened today by the King in person. His Majesty in his speech on the occasion, said that the execution of the decisions of the Groat Powers for the rectification of the frontier imposed action on the part of Greece, and rendered it necessary that her armaments should be increased. With this object Parliament -would be asked to sanction the necessary loans being raised. His Majesty added that the regiments forming the additions now being made to the army would not be disbanded until the object for which they were being mobilised had been attained. The Bear Gets Better.

St. Petersburg, Oct. 21. His Majesty’ the Czar is recovering from his illness.

A Great Storm.. Neiv York, Oct. 21.

Intelligence has been received that a storm of a most severe character has passed over Lake Michigan, and caused a great loss of life and shipping. Nine vessels have become a total wreck, and a number of others have suffered severely. Over a hundred persons have perished. Yankee Electioneering.

Commissions supervising the election now proceeding have discovered gross bribery on the part of several candidates. Sitting Bull Caved In. New York, Oct. 23. H The Indian Chief, Sitting Bull, lias surrendered to the American troops. The Basutos.

Capetown, Oct. 21

Telegrams have been received announcing that the force under Colonel Clark, which was sent to the relief of the Cape Rifles at Mafeting, has arrived there, and, after severe fighting with the Basutos, who had invested the place, a junction of the two forces was effected. austrXlTXn^ {Per Realty's Agency.) The Strauss Brass. Melbourne, Oct. 22. It is stated that the celebrated Strauss band will very shortly visit New Zealand. A Present. The German Commissioner to the International Exhibition has presented New Zealand with two groups of statuary. The Rotorua. Melbourne; Oc f . 23. Arrived yesterday—The Union Company’s Rotorua from the Bluff. Put up Again. Benjamin Berry has been reinstated to the position in the Civil Service from which he was removed by the Service ministry. Scratched. Fau Bias has been scratched for the Cup. The Markets. Sydney, Oct. 22. Henuessy’s brandy, case, 35s 9d to 36s : kerosene, Diamond, per gallon, Is 9Jd; Devoe’s Is Bd. There is no wheat in the market. New Zealand oats, Is lOd to 2s. The Zealandia. Sydney, Oct. 23. Arrived—Pacific mail steam ship Zealandia, from Auckland. Denounced. The Commission of Enquiry which was appointed some time ago to examine into the charges against the District Court Judge Weymott, has brought up its report, and now requests Judge Weymott to show cause against his removal from the position. Paper. Brisbane, Oct. 23. A Bill has been introduced by the Government in Parliament to provide for the issue of treasury bonds. The Transcontinental Railway. An excellent road lias been formed to Port Parker, in the Gulf of Carpentaria, together with a splendid site for a township at the terminus of the proposed railway. NEW ZEALAND (Per Fresss Asoociation,) The Steamer Taupo. Auckland, Oct. 23. The gentleman who inspected the Taupo at Tauranga, says the Woodwork is completely worm eaten. En Route. Inspector Emerson passe/l through on his way to Nelson. In Recess. Mr. Moss, M. H. R., addresses his con-

stituents on Tuesday. Another Warlike Visitor. Advices state that the French warship Guicon will shortly visit How Zealand. Worked Too Hard. Wellington, Oct. 23. An information has been laid against Wakley, proprietor of the Cricketers’ Arms Hotel, for a breach of the Licensing Act, by keeping his house open after hours. Fatal Fall. A fatal accident accurred at Wadestowh yesterday. A lad named Geo. ' Heighten was riding into town, when he was thrown from his horse. His foot caught in the stirrup, and he was dragged fora considerable distance. He received fearful injuries to his head, and was taken to the hospital, where he expired.; An inquest will be held. Started Again. The amalgamation of the Wellington Coal Company with the Koranni Coal Company has been completed, Work will be resumed immediately. Assault. Dunedin, Oct. 23. At the District Court, Lawrence, Ah Tong, charged with indecent assault on a child, was convicted of a common assault, and sentenced to seven days imprisonment. Child Drowned. Invercargill, Oct. 23. A little girl, two years old, daughter of Mr. Templeton, a settler at Dipton Flat, disappeared from her mother’s side, and when missed, after a few minutes was found drowned in a creek near the house. A Waif. Yesterday morning a resident in the suburbs found an infant two or three weeks old lying outside his door wrapped in a blanket with a feeding bottle. It is believed the mother is a stranger.


“I am not yet so bald that you can see my brains.” —Longfellow.

The papers have been somewhat lively this week. My friend Joey has again been to the front. My other friend Martin, the photographer, tired of law, especially’ of being a subject for Joey to practice his “prentice hand” on, paid the money, the L 6 odd he allowed was owing to Joey, out of the L 27 Joey claimed, and that done, Joey set up such a joyous cackling as a hen would that had laid an egg. He made a mistake that time, and he is beginning to find out that running a “ rag ” of which he was top sawyer is a totally different thing from chopping logic with barristers as a humble law clerk, and amateur advocate. He has evidently got into trouble ; trouble that will teach him that when men cleverer than he go into'competition with him for honors in the art of which he has hitherto considered himself the only fully qualified professor—abuse—he has every chance of being bested. I like to see a good fight, especially when Joe puts on the gloves, so I will take a back seat during the shindy. Only the mill is’nt with gloves, but with muckrakes —proper weapons for the work, you know, considering who began.

If the shareholders in the Ashburton Gas Company don’t look spry and put the break on Councillor St. Hill, there will be a hole in the dividend, and E. G. Wright’s election “ plume of feathers ” will be one quill less. George Herbert sees his way to stick up forty lamps lit with kerosene for the cost the Borough has now to bear for making the town’s darkness visible with only twenty twinklers. There are two sides to this proposition of George Herbert. One side is that twenty out of his forty lamp posts will be made of timber. Ha is a carpenter, and consequently be will favor great lumbering logs that no drunk can embrace and hang on to. He is also a Good Templar, and will have'no consideration for a poor unfortunate who has had his intellect temporarily run over by the Englishman’s Juggernaut. From this point of view - the change will be bad, but then, on the other side, a bump against a wooden post is not so severe a concussion as would arise from the impact of a human head against an iron pillar. Timber against timber doesn’t matter so much, you know; but timber against iron leaves a dent. One can comfortably clutch the slim iron post, but he would have to take an armfull of George’s wooden log. If George goes on like this be will encounter the same antagonism that poor Edison met when the distinguished electrician put the gas shareholders of England in such a stew over the electric light. Don’t be angry, George, because I have compared you to a humble individual like Edison ; he is a great man in his w r ay, though he didn’t pull off the electric light idea as he expected. You pull off your kerosene conception with a wooden elevation, and your 40 v. 20 idea will be a better one for Ashburton than Edison’s notion would have been for the world.

In a recent Graphic some amusing pictures are given—sketches from the Caledonian sports at Lillie Bridge. The one that amused me most was the representation of a piper in full Highland rig out—the usual super-abundance of tartan, with the usual want of tartan, or any other fabric, on the nether man. He was playing to some ladies and gentlemen who may or may not have enjoyed his music, or they may or may not have been suffering from ear-ache and a shock to the nervous system. I have known bad cases of the latter ailment result from too slight a dose of pipe music. I say too slight, because to be proof against the bad effects of the pipes upon the system one must be born a Highlander, and hear the pipes about umpteen times a day. The screech of a Fairlio locomotive has about the same effect on a Highlander when he hears it for the first time that Monymusk played on the pipes has on the innocent ears of a Sassenach. What brought the Graphics picture to my mind so vividly this week was seeing one of the most wellmade of our firemen arrayed in all the newly arrived glory of helmet, tomahawk, whistle, chain, epaulettes, etc. that is henceforth to surround the large-hearted and public-spirited men who have enrolled themselves in the noble corps whose duty it is to save life and property from fire. This fine specimen of Ashburton manhood took a few dignified paces back and forth to show how the uniform would look, and at once the inscription written under the Graphic s picture by the Graphic's artist arose to my mind —‘ e He wass a prood man that day. ” It only wants the longpromised steam squirter to make the Ashburton Brigade the proudest and happiest men in the village, and the village the possessor of as good, efficient, and enthusiastic a corps of firemen as ever pumped water on a burning building. CuiSl'A.

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CABLE NEWS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 174, 23 October 1880

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CABLE NEWS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 174, 23 October 1880

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