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LATEST FROM EUROPE [per redter’s agency.] The Tunisian Difficulty. Paris, May 12. Bartholmew St. Hillaire, Minister of Foreign Affairs, has made a further statement in the Chambers to-day as to the intention of the French Government towards Tunis. He announced that it had been decided to demand substantial guarantees from the Bey that permanent quietude of Tunis and the Algerian frontier would be secured. He further made a complete disavowal of the belief which exists that the policy of the Government was directed towards the annexation cf Tunis by France. A Pew Miles Distant. The latest telegrams to hand report that the French troops are now only a few miles distant from the city of Tunis. Anti-Jewish Riots in Russia. St. Petersburg, May 12. Serious riots, arising out of the strong anti-Jewish feeling, have occurred at several towns in southern Russia. The conflicts have in some instances been most severe, and attended with much bloodshed. The Czar’s Proclamation. The Czar has issued a proclamation declaring his intention to maintain autocracy in Russia, and to use every endeavor to extirpate sedition from the country. More Fighting. London, May 10. The Standard to-day publishes a telegram from the Transvaal, stating that the troubles between the Boers and natives have culminated in open

hostility, fighting of a severe character having taken place between them. Monetary and Commericial. Consols are unchanged at 102 y%. The total reserve in notes and bullion in the bank of England is 1,15,250,000. The Bank rate remains at 2%, and the market rate of discount at 2 per cent. Five per cent. New Zealand 10-40 Loan, 104 jZ ; five per cent. New Zealand 18S9 Loan, 104, ex div.; four-and-a-half per cent. New Zealand 1879-1904 Loan Adelaide wheat, ex warehouse, 475; New Zealand wheat, 445; Adelaide flour, ex warehouse, 335. Australian tallow — Best beef, 34s 6d, and best mutton, 36s per cwt. Mr Bradlaugh Protests. London, May 12. Mr Bradlaugh has written a letter to the Speaker of the House of Commons protesting against his expulsion, and declaring that the same is illegal, Mr Lawson has given notice in the House of Commons of a motion setting forth that the action of the Speaker in forbidding Mr Bradlaugh’s presence within the precincts of Parliament buildings is

illegal. AUSTRALIAN. [per reuteb’s agency.] The Markets. Adelaide, May 13. Wheat is unchanged at 4s 6d. Town flour remains at Lio 10s; country brands are quoted at L 9 15s to Lio. NEW ZEALAND [per press association.] Population of Auckland. Auckland, To-day. The additional census returns brings up the population of the provincial district to 104.000 Europeans, being an increase of 21.000 since the last census. The Maori population is 35,000. The population of the city and suburbs is 40,000. Pleasant Townsmen. There is no clue to the burglars who stole L4O from the Observer office. The existence of a band of professional housebreakers is suspected. Population of Dunedin. Dunedin, To-day. The population of Dunedin and suburbs is 42,802, against 35,028 in 1878. Port Chalmers, 2,181, against 1,827 in 1878 ; shipping, 428, against G 32 in 1878. SALE OF RACE PRIVILEGES. * To-day Mr T. Bullock disposed of, by ; public auction, the privileges in connection with the forthcoming Steeplechase 1 Meeting, the following being the prices realised:— 1 Licensed booth (Mr S. Brown) ... £26 10 ; Refreshment do. (Mr J. Reid) ... 5 0 1 Gate fees (Messrs Lewis and Muir) 26 0 1 Right of sports (Mr Williams) ... 4 0 1 Cards (Mr M'Knight) 4 5 Total £O4 15 1 The right of games is exclusive of that ; to the working of the totalisator. COERE SPONDENCE. ; ♦ r We do not hold ourselves responsible for the ’ opinions expressed by our correspondents. [ THE LOSS OF THE TARARUA. To the Editor. 1 Sir, —It is my opinion that the loss of ' the Tararua was occasioned by a strong ' current running against her. It is evident the captain reckoned the vessel much further ahead than she really was, or he would not have altered his course I; from W.S.W. to W. The former course ' would have taken the vessel clear of all * reefs, and steamers are generally provided 1 with patent logs, which act in a similar 1 manner to a clock; they are towed astern ■ for any length of time, and when hauled in are supposed to point out the distance ‘ the vessel has gone. But supposing a ten 1 knot current is running, and the vessel. only holding her own, the log will point 1 out the rate the current is running and lead anyone in charge of a vessel to believe that she has sailed that distance. From many years’ experience lam aware that a current will deceive the best of nautical men. lam far from censuring anyone in command of the ill-fated vessel, but cannot avoid remarking that providing a cast of the lead had been taken, the accident might have been avoided, unless it was, as sapient revs, assert, a visitation of Providence ; then neither courses, leads, or logs would have availed anything.—l am, &c., Old Sailor. P. S.—l read vour paragraph headed “ Worth Trying,” and can assure you it answers admirably. I speak from experience, having tried it when shipwrecked on the coast of France, near Bologne, and convenient to the place whore the Amphitrite was wrecked, with 300 convicts on board, and a crew of 35 seamen. All perished with the exception of one sailor.

THANKS. To the Editor. Sir, — Allow me to tender, through your columns, my sincere thanks to the Fire Brigade and police and the many kind friends who assisted me in removing my furniture during the fire on Thursday night. Through their valuable aid I was in a position, if the house had gone, to save my household goods.—l am, &c., F. Mainwaeing. Ashburton, May 14, 1881. THE CENSUS. To the Editor. Sir, —I would wish to ask who is responsible for the collecting of the census papers in the Longbeach district. I have, and 1 believe many others have still those returns in their possession. I think, seeing the great expense the country incurs in collecting those very useful statistics, and also the not insignificant fine which hangs over the heads of those not complying with the Census Act, it is a matter of more than ordinary importance. It is only but justice to the country at large that those returns when they come before the public should be as accurate as possible, and I also think there is sheer negligence on the part of any Sub-Enumerator who does not fulfil his duty in having those papers collected and placed before Government long before this.—l am, Ac , G. Gilmodk. [We quite agree with our correspondent. The blame, if any, rests with the Government in not having efficient collectors. Like many other matters, gross negligence on the part of many of their employees is seldom if over corrected.— Ed. &.]

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CABLE NEWS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 344, 14 May 1881

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CABLE NEWS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 344, 14 May 1881

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