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j [Per s.s. Alhambra, via the Bluff.] 3, London, Deo. 6. p In connection with the enquiry now L being p; osecuted by the Royal Commission h on the defence of British possessions and commerce abroad, the War Office has it decided to despatch Lieut.-Colonel Croase man Royal Engineers, to report upon d the best means of providing for the dee fence of colonial harbors. The imporir tanco of Sydney as a point of defence is r specially recognised in Colonel Crossman’s i- instructions. d In flagrant defiance of Articles 12 and 26 of the Transvaal Convention, the Boers are endeavoring to ruin all English traders s- who remain in the country, by subjecting o them to a species of Boycotting similar to that practised in Ireland, e Two servants employed at Brynkinalt, i- Lord Hill Trevor’s country residence, e Chirk, Denbighshire, have been arrested jr on suspicion of having committed a great n jewel robbery. The family jewels which d have been abstracted are said to be worth e L 40,000. In consequence of recent outrages by slavers the Philomel has been ordered to t blockade the island of Zanzibar, x The Irish National Land League are o endeavoring to perfect their military . organisation. Numbers of their adherents I. are secretly drilled at midnight in various k parts of the country by recognised military chiefs. An attempt has been raide to destroy 0 the Courthouse at Montreal, one of the principal buildings of the city, by the i. explosion of a machine charged with i- dynamite. The outrage is attributed to American Fenians, e The Convention of Irish Americans now t sitting in Chicago have organised a rebelE 5 lion fund amounting to 250,000d015, to be a expended in assisting the Irish people to . obtain their national independence. An anonymous letter has been received - from one of the accomplices in the out--3 rage committed in the mausoleum attached 1 to Dunech House, Aberdeen, ia which the f writer confessed that he was hired by two t men, who were strangers to him, to steal r the body of the late Earl of Crawford from t the family vault to enable them to learn 3 the art of embalming. The trial of the man Tobin, who was arrested at Middlesborough on Dec I 14 on suspicion of being connected with the Fenian Lodge at Bradford, Yorshire, 1 is now proceeding. The evidence shows i that the Bradford “centre” comprises I 250 Fenians. > It is understood that if it is the wish of the Zulu people that Cetewayo should rei turn to his native country, the British . Government will direct his release, r Another unsuccessful attempt has been • made to blow up the Courthouse, Moni treal, by means of an infernal machine. In consequence of the great increase of outrages in Ireland, Government are raising a temporary force of 1,000 men who have belonged to the army reserve and who have been constabulary recruits. It is proposed to employ these men in patrolling the most disaffected districts during the night, with the view of affording protection to property. A number of officials connected with the Imperial Court have been placed on their trial for having neglected to take proper precautions for the safety of the • late Emperor Alexander 11, who was assassinated at St. Petersburg on March 13 th. Messrs Wigram and Sons, shipowners, Leadenhall street, have entered into contracts for the construction of three powerful steamers of 4,000 tons each, to be employed in the London and Australian trade. Another murder is reported from Ireland. A farmer in Athlone, a town on the borders of the Counties Westmeath and Roscommon, has been brutally mur- j dered, it is supposed, at the instigation of j < I the League. i

A memorial has been presented to the Home Secretary, praying that Her Majesty might be moved to commute the severe sentences of several persona recently Convicted of bribery and corrupt practice# in Connection with the elections at Macclesfield and Sandwich. During the excitement of the election Contests rioting took place in Londonderry. Antagonistic feeling ran high between the opposing parties, and several persons were injured and one man was shot. The police had much difficulty in suppressing the disturbances'.

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LATE EUROPEAN NEWS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 512, 19 December 1881

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LATE EUROPEAN NEWS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 512, 19 December 1881

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