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[Peks.s. Wakatipu, at Wellington.] London, Oct. 17.

The riots at Limerick have proved serious. The police have arrested thirty ringleaders. Twenty-three were seriously wounded by bayonets and taken to the hospital. The police continue to arrest and imprison the local secretaries and treasurers of the various branches of the Land League throughout the country. London, Oct. 18.

Owing to the excited and alarming condition of the city of Dublin, a proclamation has been issued by the Lord Lieutennant, warning all citizens to be in their homes after nightfall. This proclamation has further exasperated the Land League party, and a counter manifesto has been issued by the executive of the League, calling upon the peop'e to pay neither rent nor taxes till the Government cease to enforce the Coercion Act, and till they liberate all persons confined under its authority. Mr Forster, the Chief Secretary for Ireland, is now attended by the police for his own personal safety. The police are 1 also on guard at Hawarden Castle, the seat of Mr Gladstone, the Premier. It has been found necessary to increase the constabulary force at the castle. Mr Gladstone’s effigy has been burned at Philadelphia. London, Oct. 19. A great sensation has been created in New York by an attempt to destroy the steamship Bothnia one of the largest and latest additions the fleet of the Cunard Company. Circumstances point unmistakeably to a deliberate attempt to fire the ship, made on Sunday, when a carpet saturated with phosphorus and gasoline was found to be on fire. As soon as the fire was discovered the burning carpet was thrown overboard, and the flames were prevented from spreading. Search was made, and four empty bottles which had contained the inflammable liquid were found. Shortly before the fire broke out two suspicious looking men, unknown, were seen on board the steamer. They disappeared, and have not since been seen. It is now admitted that several similar attempts to destroy steamers belonging to the company have been recently made, but the company, for obvious reasons, thought it prudent not to make the matter public. The Bothnia was at New York at the time the attempt was made. Although the City of Dublin is in a fearfully turbulent and excited state, the authorities refrain from proclaiming it a disturbed district, but the police commission has issued a notice warning all persons against rioting and deeds of violence. .London, Oct. 20. Great indignation is expressed by the American press at the alleged attempts to burn the Cunard steamers. _ An enquiry into the case of the Bothnia has led to the arrest of several longshoremen, who wore heard uttering threats of what would occur when the ship got to sea. The burning carpet in itself is not considered a serious affair, and there seems no doubt that the inflammable mixture , was poured upon it with the knowledge that the fire must have followed ere the _ vessel left port. The Herald, Tribune, ,J World, Zeitung, and other journals urge

the ..most severe prosecution of persons found guilty' of such cowardly acta on mercantile vessels.

The steamer Clan Macduff foundered off the Welsh coast, and forty-two persons were drowned.

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LATE EUROPEAN NEWS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 491, 2 November 1881

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LATE EUROPEAN NEWS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 491, 2 November 1881

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