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ADDITIONAL MAIL NEWS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 289, 10 March 1881
ADDITIONAL MAIL NEWS.
(Per s.s. City of Sydney, at Auckland.) Despite all precautions taken at the Portsmouth Barracks against Fenians, the brass connections belonging to the fire hose were cut out and stolon. Twenty thousand miners attended a meeting of the League in Lancashire. They afterwards repaired to Atherton Collieries, where a desperate riot ensued. The Hussars, infantry, and police were on the ground, and after reading the Biot Act, the cavalry charged the mob. Several miners and policemen were injured. ... Fearing a Fenian attack, the police guaid Mr Gladstone’s residence, and attend him at a distance. A vessel has arrived at i Plymouth with
the figure-head of the lost training ship Atlanta. Strict precautions are being taken in every part of the United Kingdom on account of the Fenian agitation. Remarkable vigilance is used at the Houses of Parliament, the troops even in London being confined to their barracks. An infernal machine containing a pound of gunpowder has been found in a London square. Three policemen were shot in Edinburgh, one seriously, in making the arrest of two men who were lurking about the Custom House. One of the arrested parties committed suicide. The Roman Catholic Bishops in Ireland have been convoked by the Archbishop to consider the new Land Bill. The claims of the Boers are to be inquired into by a Royal Commission. A Dutch Rifle Corps has been formed at the Hague to assist the Boers. Bret Hart, Consul at Glasgow, has been disabled by a shot in tho hand while hunting. Baroness Burdett-Coutts and Mr Ashmead Bartlett were married at Christ’s Church, London, on February 12th. Thomas Carlyle was unconscious for many hours before his death. He suffered no pain. The North German Lloyd’s steamer Kvon Prenz Frederic Wilhelm sunk a steamer by a collision off Cothaden. Six lives were lost. The ship Bremen has been wrecked at Shetland Isles. Thirteen were drowned and seven saved. Twelve men wore imprisoned, and probably perished by a colliery explosion in Whitfield, near Chall, Staffordshire, on February 7th. Two ships were damaged and eighteen railway trucks and twelve grain laden barges destroyed by fire at the Victoria Docks, London, on February Bth. Tho steamer Bohemian, Captain Grundy, from Boston for Liverpool, went ashore in Dunlop Bay, on the Irish coast, during a dreadful storm. Thirty-two persons were drowned. Twenty-one of the crew, including the second officer, were saved.
Michael Davitt, the land league agitator, was arrested on 3rd February under his ticket-of-leave. He was taken to Milbank Penitentiary, and immediately clothed as a convict. The arrest was made in Dublin. It is said that the real cause of Davitt’s arrest was his connection with a new movement to look to the employment of physical force in solving the Irish question.
The proprietor of the Marsellaise has been sentenced to a fine of 1,000 francs for defaming the army and eulogising a regicide ; the manager of the same paper to a year’s imprisonment and 2,000 francs, and General Clusaret, the editor, to two years’ imprisonment and 3,000 francs. Prince Bismarck proposes to combat social democracy by remedial measures, and not by repressive decrees. At Dublin, at a meeting of the Land League, a resolution was passed declaring that in view of the importance of securing the sympathy of America and of the Irish in America, Mr Parnell is requested to proceed to that country immediately. Brennan will also go to America, and Walsh goes to Australia. Patrick Egan, treasurer of the Land League, has the League funds in Paris, to avoid possible confiscation, now the Coercion Bill is passed. He sends strong appeals to America for material aid. Orders have been given to treat Davitt with all possible indulgence. He occupies a room with bedding, and is kept apart from the other convicts. He will not be subject to ordinary prison labor, but must wear the convict dress. The Home Secretary says there was grave and just cause for cancelling Davitt’s licket-of-leave, but it is not desirable to state the reasons. Davitt is in good health and satisfied with arrangements made for him at Portland.
Arthur O’Connor denounced the published statement to the effect that the Irish members of the House received an allowance from the Land League fund as an atrocious calumny. The Home Eulers had decided to carry the agitation against coercion into the great towns of England and Scotland. A murder, growing out of the land disputes, is reported at Derry Lee. A serious encounter with the police had taken' place at Kilkeelly, also at Bally Hauris. The mob stoned the police, and were charged at the point of the bayonet. King Kalakaw, of the Sandwich Islands, has arrived in San Francisco. He proposes to visit the different Asiatic and European nations, with a view of finding out the most feasible means of attracting a desirable class of emigrants to the islands. Moody and Saukey continue their revival efforts in San Francisco, but do not make as great impression as expected. The meetings in favor of the Irish Land League held in San Francisco were largely attended by the citizens. The feeling is very enthusiastic. Professor Proctor, who has returned from Australia, is drawing thousands to hear his lectures on astronomy.
An important statement is made that Californian wheat is deteriorating, which is attributed to impoverishing the land by growing year after year the same kind of crops without fertilizers. A wholesale discharge of miners has been made from the Comstock, the ore bodies of the Bonanza mines having been worked as long as the ore extracted would pay for mining and milling. Seven hundred of Sitting Bull’s land Indians have surrendered to the United States authorities, and their power is now broken.
The New York Legislature refused to pass a resolution of sympathy with the Irish people, and rogrot at the course of the British Government. The Irish National Land League at Boston appealed to the American people for aid and sympathy for Ireland, and denounced England. Two barrelsbf nitro-glycerine cartridges wore recently shipped aboard a Sound steamer at Now York with a few to blow up the vessel. The carriers acting suspiciously caused an examination, and the explosive was at once thrown overboard. George Darrell is playing “Back from tho Giave ” at Baldwin’s Theatre, San Francisco, with moderate success. Chief-Justice Comejoys, of Kelmington, Delaware, called tho attention of the Grand Jury to tho recent address delivered by Col. Robert G. Ingersoll, the infidel, in that city, as being blasphemous, and asks that the law be brought to bear on him.
The tide of immigration to tho United States has increased enormously. Some papers hint that it might be stayed if Canada ceased to bo a British colony. It is proposed to send the Government vessel Carwin in search of Bennett’s Arctic exploring yacht Jeanette. The crew of the British barque Souvenir, from New York for Queenstown, mutinied, and taking command of the vessel from the captain and mate, returned to port. An extraordinary instance of cruelty at Newark, Ohio, has come to light. John Cumming, a laborer, forbad his eight-year-old son coasting on an adjacent mill, and crucified him for disobedience. A Cremating Association has been formed in New York. New Mexico is harrassed by Indians. The Nasajoes band attacked a settlement, killing the inhabitants. Some experienced burglars, attempting to get into the money vault of E. Palme and Co.’s paper warehouse, at New Orleans, recently blew the whole front of the building out. Madame Anna Bishop has re-appeared on the lyric stage at New York, singing to the third generation.
ADDITIONAL MAIL NEWS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 289, 10 March 1881
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