♦ ■ (From Australian papers per-the Rotomahana at Bussell.) The Irish Trouble. London, Jan. 2. It is probable that the trial of the Land Leaguers will not terminate before the opening of Parliament.on the 6th irstant. Parnell announced the intention of himself and other members now on trial to attend their places in the House of Commons. Latest accounts from Ireland report all quiet at Dublin, but at Drogheda the River Boyne meeting of the Land Leaguers was dispersed. It is rumoured that the Government intend to suspend the Habeas Corpus Act in Ireland at a Cabinet meeting to be held on Tuesday. J an, 3.
Another murder committed at Cork is traceable to Fenian influence. The murderer has not been arrested. Tumultuous proceedings have taken place at Kenturk, County Limerick, and Tuam in Galway. The populace in those towns are greatly excited, and serious collisions" have occurred between the police and the Leaguers. A great roll up of Land Leaguers took place at Loughrea, County Galway, yesterday, fully 30,000 were present, and the daily increase of members is estimated at 600. The course they intend to take is watched with anxiety. The Fenian scare occasioned great excitement at Liverpool, and the volunteers are placed under arms. The trial of the Land Leaguers now | proceeding is absorbing public attention. The Attorney-General quoted from a speech delivered by OkShaiiassy, and shorthand reporters have sworn to the utterances of Sullivan and Biggar. Captain Burnaby, whose celebrated ride to Khiva has rendered his name famous,' entertained Captain Boycott at a splendid fg'e, in recognition of his manly anti fearless stand made against the demands of the Irish Land Leaguers. The fete was largely attended, and was a brilliant affair. The Basuto War. London, Jan. 2. Advices have been received of an ensragemont between the colonial troops and a large force of Tambookics and allies, Basutos. The colonials achieved a complete victory, the enemy being repulsed, with a loss of eighty killed. The colonial troops captured 13,000 head of cattle belonging to the rebels. A, movement lias commenced in favor of obtaining the independence of the Transvaal in South Africa, and a petition is being extensively signed by the Dutch residents of South Africa, praying the British Government to relinquish possession of that portion of the territory in South Africa, and declare it an independent state Agitation in favor of ibis course is spreading, being taken up in earnest by the Dutch. Intelligence has been received from the Cape to the effect that the Boers have proclaimed independence, and elected a triumvirate to administer the Government. The Dutch forces that occupied Utrecht quietly abandoned the town. There is considerable excitement at Natal owing to the revolutionary proceedings of the Boers.
Jan. 3. It has transpired that emissaries of the rebellious Boers have been despatched to the Orange Free States with the object of influencing the Native tribes and Dutch residents there against the British authority in the Transvaal. In consequence of the serious character of the news to hand daily from the Transvaal, orders have been sent by the Home Government to India for the despatch of a further contingent of troops, which leave for Natal with the least possible delay. Durban, Jan, 4 The rebellion of the Boers is daily acquiring increased importance. . In view of the fact that the colonial troops in the .Transvaal are unable to undertake active operations against them pending the arrival of reinforcements now en route to this place, the rebels have assumed offensive operations, and have despatched all their available forces to.the South. The recent interruption of communication is attributed to their having advanced, and they have to-day entered the province of Natal and taken up a position in the direct route to the Transvaal. The object of this move is to intercept and oppose the advance of the troops that left here and prevent their effecting a junction with the garrisons at Anderson and Wachterstroom. The Turko-Grecian Question. Constantinople, Jan. 2.
The announcement already made that the Porte refused to submit the Greek frontier question to the arbitration of the Powers is fully confirmed Fresh proposals have been made by the Turkish Government tor the settlement of the Greek frontier difficulty, to the effect that a conference of representatives of all the Great Powers should be held here at an early date, that the Greek Government should be invited to send delegates, and that the conference should be empowered to finally settle the question at issue. London, Jan. 2.
A hundred thousand Turkish troops are massed on the Turko-Greek frontier ready for action in case Greece declares war. The Turko-Grook frontier difficulty is causing uneasiness throughout Europe. Arbitration on the part of the Great Powers is now considered impossible. January 3.
A general belief is prevalent that any attempt made by the European Powers to bring about an understanding between the Turkish and Greek Governments will fail. Even in well-informed circles a favorable result is not expected. The strained feeling between Turkey and Greece continues to eauso uneasiness in Europe, and is occupying the serious attention of the various Great European Pow'ors, with the exception of Germany, which remains steadfast. They desire to bring about the settlement of the dispute by means of arbitration. The unfriendly feeling between the Vatican and France over the expulsion of the religious orders is modified, and official relations between the Pope and the French Government have been renewed. A considerable .amount of diplomacy has taken place, and the result of a better understanding has been arrived at. The Pope’s legate remains in Paris. J an. 4. An active interchange of communication is going on between the European Powers bn the subject of the unsettled claims of Greece, and the difficulties raised by Tux-key regarding the frontier. It is understood that the Powers are urging upon Greece and Turkey the desirableness of jointly agreeing to refer the unsettled question to the arbitration of the European Powers, as proposed a short time since by the British Government. No support is at present given to the Turkish proposal for another conference.
The Sculling Championship. London, Jan. 3. - The forthcoming match for the World’s Sculling Championship takes place on 17th inst., between Laycock and Hanlan, and is exciting great interest in sporting circles. Hanlan is a strong favorite. Laycock rows with shortened sculls, an alteration which suits • his style of sculling. Hanlan is in an improved condition, and in his exercises practises some of Laycock’s manoeuvres. Ho regards Laycock as superior to Ross. Wallace Ross, the American oarsman, has gone to Dublin. Prosperity The.lmperial revenue returns shows a satisfactory increase in the receipts, estimated for the past nine months, over expenditure of two millions.
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