LATE CABLE NEWS.
(Per s.s. Rotorua, via the Bluff.)
[“ Akgus” Special.] London, Nov. 27.
The sum of L4OO has been subscribed by the rowing public of England towards the LI,OOO required for the proposed race on the Thames between Hanlan and Laycock, to take place in six weeks’ time. Hanlan has consented to wait until Tuesday for the balance 'of-, tlje money, and if it is subscribed the race will be arranged. The Sportsman newspaper is receiving subscriptions, and contributions are expected to be received from Australia. If Laycock wins, the money will be returned to the donors. Nov.. 29. Earl Uufferin, the British Ambassador at St. Petersburg, returns to Russia with intructions to arrange the Asian questions which have been the subject of negotiation between Russia and England. Mr. Boycott, a victim of the Land League agitation in Ireland, has quitted his residence near Lough Mask, County Mayo, for England.
[“Age” Special.] London, Nov. 27. The prospectus of the Panama Canal scheme, projected by Baron De Lesseps, has been published. The proposal is to
construct a navigable waterway through the isthmus, connecting thereby the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The syndicate formed has undertaken to provide the necessary preliminary expenses. The Orange expedition despatched from the'.Province of Ulster to the disturbed district at Ballinrobo, in the County of Mayo, has x-eturned. •, The object of the expedition was to reap the farm of Mr. Boycott, who had been threatened by the Land League. It was feared that their presence would lead to a collision with the peasantry, but owing to the precautions taken by. the military, a largo force of which was present, this danger was averted. Intelligence has been received of a series of outrages committed by the native chief at New Calabar, a district on the Guinea coast, West Africa, near the bight of Benin. It is reported that a large number of natives have been butchered, and that several white traders have also fallen victims. Nov. 29. Another victory has been gained by the Cape forces in Basutoland, now acting under the direction of BrigadierGeneral Clarke. A body of troops despatched against the native stronghold at Loridn. where the Basutos wei'e mustered in .force,..succeeded in storming the place and inflicting severe loss on the enemy. Trickctt, the. Australian oarsman, is suffering from indisposition. His health has not been good for some days, but his illness is not considered of a serious nature. A match for L2OO a-side was rowed to-day over the Thames Champion course between Trickctt, of Sydney, and Wallace Ross, of St. John’s, New Brunswick. Trickett was not in his host form, hut he succeeded in easily boating his opponent, winning by some lengths. During the race a foul occurred, and upon an appeal to the referee it was decided to row the race over again 011 Saturday. Nov. 30. Mr. Goschen, the Ambassador-Extra-ordinary to the Porte, will visit Loudon immediately, Iti'order to confer with the Cabinet on the measures deemed necessary for bringing about a settlement of the difficulty between Greece and Turkey, and to secure the fulfilment of the promised reforms in Asia Minor.
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