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(Per Reuter's Agency.) ■ Consols, Wheat and Tallow. London, Jan. 10, . Three Per Cent Consols New Zealand Five Per Cents, have suffered* a decline, and are to-day quoted as follows 10.40 loan, 103 ; 1889 loan, 107 yi. Adelaide wheat, ex warehouse, is quoted at 495. 6d. New Zealand wheat, ex ship, remains at 445. ■ Australian tallow unchanged. • • - The New Zealand Scrip Palling. London, Jan. 11. New Zealand securities are to-day quoted as follows, the prices showing a further decline ; —5 per cent. 10-40 Loan, 103; 5 per cent. 1889 Loan, 107; per cent. 1879-1904 Loan, 97 yiTroops for the Transvaal. Jan, 11, The reinforcement of cavalry and infantry ordered for service against the Boers, have sailed for Natal. Bombay, Jan. 11. The transports, with regirtients of the Native army ordered to the Transvaal, sailed to-day for Durban in Natal. Minister for War. Constantinople, Jau. 11. Osman Pasha has been appointed Minister for war in the. Turkish Ministry. This is generally' considered to be an indication of warlike intentions towards Greece on the part of the Sultan. Greece Respectfully Declines. . Athens, Jan. 11. , : The Greek Government have had ,under reconsideration the proposal of the Powers that they should arbitrate for; the settlement of the frontier, and has informed the Powers that it must’ decline the proposal unless the bases pf the guarantee to be made to-Greece are first stated. > • ■ More Fighting. Capetown, Jan. 11. News has been received that further hostilities have occurred between the Cape forces and the rebel Basutos. The latter, in considerable numbers, made an attack on Colonel Carrington’s position at MaLting, but were repulsed after heavy fighting. The . enemy suffered considerable loss. The Boers-v Siege of Cape Town, Jan. 12. Communication, though of an intermittent character, has again been established bdtween Ijfafal and ;the Transvaal, and information has been received regarding the position of the British ttbbpß at Po'tschefstroofnb - THe Boers have laid siege to the place, but the garrison can hold out for a month, having sufficient supplies for that period, and it is hoped that by that time reinforcements can be sent for the'relief of the besieged.
(Pet Renteds Agency.) Safety of Mr. Beckett. Sydney. Jan.l2. ; Mr. Beckett was absent from Sydney at the time of the fire at his premises, he having gone to Shoals Aven. The insurances on the stock are tile Company, .L 4,000, New Zealand Company, 1,4,000 ; City Mutual, Nortlr British and London and Lancashire Companies, each L 2,000; total, Li 4,000. On the building—United Company, L.6,p00, half of which was in the Victoria 5 and Australian Alliance Companies. The Explorers’ Journals. ’ ’ mlearaohs that he has obtained the journaT df Letctrarrit,the explorer, for the whole of his trip, and Classu’s journal for halfihis journey. Both are in good preservation. Rendered. Houseless. Cooktown, Jan. 12. The French warship D’Estrees reports that she visited Basilisk Island, the scene of the massacre of the French naturalists, and destroyed a multitude of huts and plantations, but was unable to reach the natives owing to the scrub and rocks. She also found a large barque wrecked hear Brooker Island. The boats had left for Sydney or New .Caledonia, leaving the captain’s wife and sonic, seamen dh board. The Chimborazo. Melbourne, To-day. The Orient Company’s steamship Chimborazo, which recently went ashore in the Backstairs Passage, has arrived here safely. The Inter-colonial Regatta. An Inter-colonial Yachting Regatta, takes place in Port Phillip on Saturday. For the Grand Challenge Race, over the fifteen-mile course, there are seven entries, including the Auckland yacht Taniwha, and the Victorian yacht Janet.
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