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[Per s. s. Rotomahana, at the Bluff], London, March 8. The Government were ignorant of the proposal to grant an armistice to the Boers in the Transvaal, but they approve of Sir Evelyn Wood’s conduct in the matter. March 1 o. . It is rumored that Mr, Gladstone is

about to resign office as Chancellor ofthe Exchequer, and that he will be succeeded by Mr Childers, while the Marquis of Hartington will succeed Mr Childers as Secretary for War. Mr Gladstone will continue to hold office as First Lord of the Treasury, Mr Lowell, the United States Minister in London, has demanded the release of Boyton, arrested under the Coercion Act, on the ground that he is an American citizen, and claims the protection of the United States Government.

The members of the Irish Land League, who have been arrested under the Coercion Act, are well satisfied with the treatment they receive in gaol. Boyton has asked Mr Lowell, the the United States Minister in London, to request the American Government to interfere legally for the protection of the Irish. March 14. Sir Stafford Northcote, leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons, has issued a manifesto which declares that Mr Gladstone’s proposal to apply cloture in Committee of Supply, is subversive to the liberty of the House of Commons. It is probable that this question will bring about a collision between the Government and the Opposition.

The non-arrest of the leading members of the Irish Land League is much criticised.

A Conservative candidate has been elected to fill the vacancy which has occurred in the representation of Coventry in the House of Commons. Hitherto Coventry has returned two Liberals.

Mr Grant Duff, speaking at Oxford, said that the Liberals were in no way to blame lor the disasters that had occurred to the British arms. He asserted that Lord Carnarvon, in consequence of his action when Secretary for the Colonies, was the real cause of the Transvaal difficulty. In the case of Clark v. Bradlaugh, an action brought against the member for Northampton for illegally taking his seat in the House of Commons, judgment has been given for the plaintiff on the main question. Since the decision Mr. Bradlaugh has absented himself from the House. Mr Gorst has given notice of his intention to move that a new writ be issued for Northampton.. Mr Bradlaugh offers to resign his seat and seek re-election.

Lord Granville, Foreign Secretary, has denied in the House of Lords that Great Britain is seeking to prolong the armistice with the Boers in the Transvaal.

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LATE EUROPEAN NEWS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 298, 21 March 1881

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LATE EUROPEAN NEWS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 298, 21 March 1881

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