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(Per s.s. Jtotomahana, at the Bluff.) London, Jan. 25. During the past few days the police at Chelsea and Windsor have received secret and apparently trustworthy information that Fenians were maturing plans of outrages at those two places. The constabulary therefore have been increased, and other precautionary measures are being taken by the authorities. i Jan. 26. The JJasutos, having been hard pressed by the colonial troops, and having had most of their (settle captured, are now reported to be starving. ■ Riotous meetings of sympathisers with th? Irish Land League have been held at Chicago. ; , Jan, 27. ~ Severe shocks of earthquake have again beett felt at Agram, the capital of Croatia in Austria. Numerous meetings are being held throughout the United Stages for the purpose of expressing sympathy with the Irish Land League. The meetings are attended for the most part by the , section of the population. Not

much importance is attached to the movement. -.y,

The long sitting of the House of Commons, induced by the determination of the Government to obtain precedence for their Irish measures, has caused a good deal of public excitement. The Times, in referring to the recent proceedings in its leading columns, says that Parliamentary Government has been reduced to an absurdity. Mr. Labouchere, member for Northampton, and the editor of Truth, is opposing Mr. Forster’s Irish Coercion Bill.

During a debate in the House of Commons on the Irish Coercion Bill, Mr. Bright made a great speech in support of the measure, in the course of which he denounced the ' Land League, and said that its proceedings degraded Ireland. He touched upon the proposed land legislation for Ireland, and hinted that the measure which it was intended to introduce would be found, efficacious. . Jan. 29. It has been decided to introduce a clause in the Irish Coercion Bill making it retrospective in its operation. This will enable the Government to arrest and imprison persons guilty of crimes committed prior to the passing of the Act.

A meeting held at the Mansion House, and presided over by the Lord Mayor, in order to stimulate the proposed exhibition of foreign and colonial wools to be held in the Crystal Palace in Sydenham was very successful. Sir G. Colley, with the force at his command, advanced from Ingoe to the Lainpulk at six o’clock in the morning. He sent forward his artillery, and they shelled the heights to the right of his position. , The 58th Regiment, under Colonel Bond, then attempted to storm the heights held by the enemy in force. The Boers, seeing this manoeuvre on the part of the British, rapidly brought up reinforcements, and enfiladed the regiment, inflicting severe loss. The British colors which had fallen into the hands of the enemy, were recaptured at the point of the bayonet. Col. B. M. Deane, Deputy-Adjutant and Quartermaster-General on the staff, and Capt. Inman, were amongst the killed. The Boers butchered the wounded who fell into their hands. Sir G. Colley is now entrenched In a safer position pending the arrival of reinforcements. Jan. 31. Sir G. Colley, who is now encamped at Lainpulk, reports hopefully of the state of affairs. Those who were the worst wounded, he says, are doing well, but the loss of officers in the recent engagement was serious.

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LATE EUROPEAN NEWS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 263, 8 February 1881

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LATE EUROPEAN NEWS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 263, 8 February 1881

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