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[Per s.s. Ringarooma, at the Bluff. Melbourne, June 29.

A Government Gazette is issued notifying that the Reform Bill is reserved for signification of Her Majesty’s pleasure, in accordance with the course of procedure in altering the Constitution Act. The Protos has nearly finished leading frozen meat. It is expected she will sail at the end of June, with 4,000 sheep and 200 head of cattle. The steamer is chartered for one more journey from Melbourne to London. A portion of the present consignment was frozen by the Australian Ice Company, and the whole is of first-class quality. Some game also will be sent Home per Frotos. The steamer Europe will be the next employed in this traffic. The Cuzco, which arrives to-morrow, brings a large consignment of frozen fish, which will bo submitted to public auction to-morrow. The rudder of the Bacchante was unshipped on the 23rd, and taken up the river for examination and repairs. Mr Johnston, of the Tyne Foundry, contracted for the repairs at a cost of L3OO. A scene occurred on the East Melbourne cricket ground on the 25th, when a football match was announced between the Hotham and South Melbourne Clubs. The latter at the last moment refused to play because the Hotham members included in the team a youth named Barnes, recently convicted of indecency. About 4,000 people then claimed to have their money returned. This became impossible,

and the treasurer, who received rough jostling, now offers to hand the money to the Melbourne charities. Sydney, June 29. Lieutenant King, of the schooner Renaud, reports that steps are being taken to punish the murderers of Lieu* ' tenant Bower and the boat’s crew of the Sandfly. There has been no bloodshed as yet, but the Florida chiefs are in a ‘’ great fright, and are endeavoring to catch the murderers. Bishop Selwyn has been of great service in bringing the islanders to justice. , , , The steamer Argyle struck the rocks in Clarence river on the 2oth and made a hole in her bottom. She was run ashore, but slipped off the sand and sunk in deep water with a cargo of maize. The crew and passengers were landed safely. The Marine Board found Captain Bach of the Queen of Nations, guilty .of. carelessness and drunkenness, and suspended his certificate for twelve months. The Queen of Nations has broken up and disappeared. Large quantities of wreckage have been cast ashore. The amount saved is comparatively small. There was much pilfering despite the Government officers. Adelaide, June 29. The Adelaide Exhibition is progressing: rapidly. Beckx, the Belgian Consul* announces that eighteen manufacturers will send samples to the Adelaide Exhibition, afterwards presenting them to the Chamber of Manufacturers.

The City of Melbourne, from Noumea, reports that the Aurora arrived from the Islands,‘bringing tidings of the massacre at Aoba. The May Queen anchored there at the end of last month. The boats when on the beach were attacked, the natives killing one white and eight blacks., News has also been received of the murder of two whites named Brett and Follett by the natives at New Britain. There is an increasing demand that energetic steps be taken to punish the South Sea murderers. Mr Bray, in the Legislative Assembly yesterday, made a statement regarding the policy of the Government. It proposes to increase the number of Councillors from eighteen to twenty-four, reducing the term of tenure of seats from twelve to nine years, one third retiring every three years. Several of the measures are closely akin to those proposed by Mr Morgan’s late manifesto, except that they will abandon the proposed transcontinental railway by land grants, but favor the extension of the present line section by section. An adjournment for a week was agreed to. ■

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AUSTRALIAN NEWS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 387, 5 July 1881

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AUSTRALIAN NEWS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 387, 5 July 1881

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