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[Per s.s. Rotorua, at the Bluff.] London, April 11. The announcement comes from JSew York of a discovery made there of a plot among the Irish Fenians in the city to murder Mr Gladstone. The project is said to have been seriously entertained and to be credited by the New York police, but here the matter is not thought to be genuine. Precautions are, however, being taken. An Englishman, travelling in the district of Salonica (European Turkey), has been seized by brigands and carried off to the hills. They demand L 15,000 ransom, and threaten to murder the prisoner if it is not paid. The German Chancellor, Prince Bismark, has propounded a scheme of bounties to German shipping, to promote the encouragement of ship-building in the Empire and the extension of its commerce. The plan is similar in principle to the one recently adopted in France, and the idea meets with much support in Germany. April 12.
Moody and Sankey have announced that they will revisit England in September next, and that after holding a series of meetings they will proceed to Ireland on a revival tour.
In Hungary the floods have been very severe, and great fears are entertained of the recurrence of another inundation of the town of Szegedin, which, about two years ago, was nearly destroyed from the same cause.
Severe shocks of earthquake are reported to have occurred in Chili, and also in California, causing much alarm. Miss De Larame (Ouida), the wellknown novelist, is dead. London, April 13.
At the Land League Conference, held at Dublin, Mr Parnell showed the various defects which existed in the Land Bill of the Government, but he advocated the adoption of no special course. Mr Dillon, and numerous other delegates who are absolutely hostile to the measure, agreed to hold a convention in order to decide definitely the merits or otherwise of the Bill.
M. Waddington has proceeded to Tunis in connection with the recent dispute between the French Government in Algiers and the Bey of Tunis. At the Central Criminal Court, Mrs Susan Wells Fletcher has been sentenced to one year’s imprisonment for unlawfully obtaining jewellery, by means of false pretences, from Mrs Davies. Prisoner represented herself as a spiritualist medium, and by this means succeeded in obtaining valuable property from the prosecutrix at various times.
Mr Dillon, in addressing a meeting, condemned the Irish Land Bill now before the House of Commons, and advocated a measure of reform in reference to Ireland.
Outrages continue to he reported from Ireland, especially in the County of Cork. A most disorderly feeling prevails in the western Baronies, where the peasantry have attacked and severely injured a number of process servers, employed to serve the notices of eviction.
Mr Parnell is visiting some of the principal cities in England, where there i. 3 a large Irish population, in order to extend amongst them the principles of the Land League. At Manchester he addressed an assemblage of 5,000, and spoke at length on the condition of Ireland.
April 14. Lord Cranmore, a prominent landlord in the County of Mayo, and who has made himself obnoxious to the Land League by letters to the press on the Irish Land question, has more than once had his life threatened. A woman in the State of lowa announced her determination to attempt the wonderful feat of fasting for forty days, successfully performed some time since by Dr Tanner. She fasted for forty-seven days, but the result was so serious that she died from exhaustion immediately afterwards. R. W. Boyd, one of the leading English oarsmen, has replied to the challenge of Edward Trickett to row over the usual Champion course on the Thames. Boyd expresses his willingness to make the match, the contest to come off in midsummer. April 15.
Owing to the outrages committed by the Boers upon those of their countrymen who during the late war remained loyal to the British Crown, retaliatory measures have bren adopted, and a civil war in. the Transvaal is now feared. The Pall Mall Gazette remarks in a leading article that tbs practice of permitting political parties to control the Government departments endangers the existence of popular rule in Australia. April 17.
At a meeting of Irishmen, held at Newcastle, to discuss the new Land Bill, Mr Parnell, who was the principal speaker, after referring to the Bill which had been introduced in the House, said that Mr Gladstone had made a bond fide attempt to settle the question. The Governor of Candahar, who has been appointed by the Ameer Abdurrahman, entered the city yesterday, and will commence his functions forthwith.
Another engagement has taken place in Basutoland between the colonial troops and the Basutos, in which the latter were defeated with a heavy loss. April 18. A feeling of dissatisfaction prevails in Athens at the recent acceptance by the Greek Ministry of the terms offered by Turkey, and warlike motions have been passed lay the populace at a meeting. The Council of the Province of Samara, in the district of the Volga, Russia, has refused to vote a loyal address to the Czar on his accession to the throne, but demands popular representation. Other provincial councils will probably follow tho example set by the Council of Samara. England, India, and the Dominion of Canada will be repi’esented at the monetary conference which is to be held at Paris to-morrow, to consider the silver question.
More Sly-Grog. Charles Lewis, steward of the Te Are Club, Wellington, has been summoned for selling liquor without a license. About a fortnight ago he was fined L2O on a charge of a similar charge. Whisky for the Gods. During a recent performance at the Folly Theatre, Mr Toole, the well-known actor, and lessee of the house, ordered several pails of hot whisky-punch to be made, taken up to the gallery, and tumblers of the drink to be given to each person in that, the cheapest part of the building, so as to counteract the bitter cold of the evening. He is, in consequence, now by far the most popular actor in London with the working classes.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 328, 26 April 1881
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