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(Per JRingarooma at the Bluff.) London, March 1, An enormous robbery of jewels has taken place from the premises of Mr Boyce McMurdo Wright, Mineralogist, in Great Russell street, London. The sailing ship Zealandia, from New Zealand, went aground in the Thames, and has been docked in order to ascertain if she has sustained damage. March 2, In anticipation of the Irish Coercion Bill immediately becoming law, Mr Forster and the officials in Dublin are engaged in taking the preliminary steps for tho enforcement of the provisions of the measure. Lists have been obtained of the most prominent promoters of the agitation and outrages. It is stated that tho authorities have selected those who are to be arrested as soon as the Queen’s assent has been given to the Bill.

Much discontent is expressed at the delay of the Government in bringing forward their measure for the reform of the Irish land system. It is now asserted that the Bill will not be submitted to Parliament for another month. The dilatory policy of the Government is severely critised by the radical portion of the press, but it is generally believed that the delay was due to a division of opinion in the Cabinet upon the leading principles included in the measure. Sir H. Robinson, Governor of the Cape Colony, has protested against the criticisms which have been made in England on the policy of the Cape Government in reference to the Basuto war. The Arms Bill introduced by the Government in the House of Commons empowers the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to arrest suspected persons and search for arms until Juno, 1886. March 4. Mr Childers has introduced in the House of Commons an Army Reform Bill, and explained that when brought into operation L 250,000 a year would be saved on army expenditure. Corporal punishment is to bo abolished. The changes proposed will, it is stated, benefit the officers of the service. Walsh, one of the members of the Land League, who was amongst those recently prosecuted for sedition, has left Ireland for New Zealand. It is assumed that the object of his visit is to make arrangements in ihe Australian colonies for the collection of subscriptions on behalf of the Land League. A proposal has been mooted by the Alpine Club to visit Now Zealand for the purpose of thoroughly exploring the lino mountainous scenery of tl)o colony. The idea has been favorably received among the members, and it is anticipated that a considerable number will visit New Zealand shortly. Hanlan has arrived at Toronto, where ho was received with groat enthusiasm. In a public speech ho praised Trickett and Laycock very highly. Hanlan intends to retire from rowing. It is rumored that Sir Garnet Wolseley is to be raised to the Peerage for his distinguished military services.

It is reported that it has been resolved to arrest Mr Dillon, who a few days ago made a violent speech in the House of Commons, in which he justified the shooting of landlords by their tenants. March C>. The officials and members of the Irish Land League continue to prosecute an active agitation for the amendment of the land laws. To-day (Sunday) a monster meeting of the League aud its adherents was held, and it passed off without any disturbance of the peace.

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EUROPEAN ITEMS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 293, 15 March 1881

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EUROPEAN ITEMS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 293, 15 March 1881