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[Per s.s. Arawata, at Russell.] London, May 6. The successor to Lord Beaconsfield in the leadership of the Conservative party has not yet been chosen. In a recent speech delivered at Kettering,]Sir S. Northcote said that there was no one at the present moment to supply Lord Beaconsfiold’s place. A dfficuloy seems to be felt in making a choice between the Duke of Richmond and the Marquis of Salisbury, the leader of the Lords. It is generally expected, however, that the Marquis of Salisbury will ultimately become the supreme leader, as he is the only person of the age possessing an adequate share of the qualities requisite for such a post. Irish affairs continue to show a very gloomy prospect. During the last fortnight murder, attempts at murder, audacious outrages and violence of every kind have multiplied alarmingly. After forbearance, carried in the opinion of many to the verge of weakness, the Government arrested John Dillon on the 2nd of May. Just previously Dillon made a series of most violent harangues, declaring that the evictions should bo resisted by an armed force, and using language calculated to inflame the passions of the populace to the highest pitch. Dillon was lodged in Kilmainham Gaol with others who were arrested under the Coercion Act. His arrest has greatly exasperated the Parnellites. At a meeting yesterday Parnell declares that in consequence of the arrest of Dillon, and the inadequacy of the Land Bill, the Irish Parliamentary party would leave the House in a body when the division was called for. Moreover, Parnell intends moving amendments for a restrictive measure. This extreme policy is not, how* ever, unanimously supported by the Home Rulers, some of whom appear disposed to support the Bill, if amended in certain respects. The Irish defection will considerably embarrass the Government, and not only increase the chance of the measure being upset by amendments in committee, but will be held to justify its rejection by the Lords. If Ireland will not I

be conciliated, it i« asked, why should Parliament pass a Bill and the landlords be asked to consent to the depreciation of their property. The resolution introduced by Lord Manners and supported by the Conservative party, declares that the House, while anxious to remedy the proved defects in the law, is disposed to rely for the moral and material improvement of Ireland upon the development of the industrial resources of the country, rather than on a measure which confuses without settling on a permanent basis the relations of landlords and tenants. The amendment proposed is an unqualified rejection of the measure. London, June 8. Alarming discoveries continue to be made of Nihilistic plots to murder the Russian Sovereign, and considerable anxiety exists for the safety of the Czar, in consequence of numerous preparations being made to ensure his destruction. One of the latest discoveries made by the police is the existence of a dynamite mine underneath the railway station at Gathschina, about 100 miles from St. Petersburg. A battery was connected by wire with the telegraph office, and this led to the suspicion that the telegraph clerks were implicated in the plot. All the clerks have therefore been arrested. The police also discovered a dynamite infernal machine beneath the Czars seat in church England and Russia have agreed not to interfere in the event of war breaking out in Afghanistan between the Ameer and Ayoub Khan. The French Government havo appointed M. Joulin da Court to the position of French Consul in Sydney in place of M. Ralliere, who is about to be transferred to Mauritius. The money market in America is tightening. The London stock markets are declining, but trada returns are very little changed. The most serious riots that have yet been reported from Ireland occurred yesterday in County Munster. There were disturbances in various parts of the country, but the most alarming took place at Ballydehob and Skibbereen, county Cork. The bank was wrecked, and the telegraph lines and bridges destroyed in one place. The mob holds complete possession of the town. The holding of meetings has been prohibited in some parts of the country, and little short of anarchy prevails.

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EUROPEAN NEWS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 372, 16 June 1881

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EUROPEAN NEWS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 372, 16 June 1881

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