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[per rbuteh’s agency.] England Victorious. Melbourne, Yesterday. The cricket match between the English .team and an eleven of Victoria continued to-day. The weather during the day was fine, and the wicket was more lively than yesterday. The visitors continued, their second innings, which closed for 198, Shrewsbury being nbt out for 80. The home team then went in for their second innings, and were all disposed of for 75 runs. The bowling of the Englishmen was dead on the wicket, but their fielding was weak. Great excitement prevailed towards the conclusion of the game, which thus resulted in a victory for the English eleven by 18 runs. The scores are as follows :—First innings, English, 146; Australians, 257;second innings, Englishmen, 198; Australians, 7SProrogation of Parliament Sydney, Yesterday. Both Houses of the New South Wales Parliament were prorogued today by his Excellency the Governor, Lord Augustus Loftus, who in his .speech on the occasion, referred to the chief events of the past session. With reference to the Chinese Immigration Regulations Bill, the speech stated that in its; present form the measure would attain the desired object without inflicting any injury upon the Chinese now resident in the colony, and without in any way prejudicing the commercial •relations of the colony with China. The speech then referred to the Act under which the procedure of the City PoliefeiCoufts had been modified, and described the changes which had been introduced as being a great improvement, and as giving much satisfaction 40 the public. The new Licensing Act was a, great benefit to the community, connecting as it did the operations of the law with the responsibility of the citizen. Railway extension was making rapid progress, and would continue with vigor. The financial position of the colony was satisfactory, and the revenue had been well sustained. Parliament stands prorogued to the 28th February next. H.M.S. Nelson. Perth, Yesterday. H.M.S. Nelson, Commander James Erskine, under orders to relieve the Wolvervine, as flagship of the Austratralian Squadron, arrived here to-day. Sudden Death. Brisbane, Yesterday. Sir Joshua Bell, President of the Legislative Council, while driving in a cab to-day j was seized with a fit and died Suddenly* The cause of death is believed to have been apoplexy, Deceased

was fifty-five years of age. He had , held the position of President/- of the - Council since March, 1879, and was ; created a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. .George last month. Banquet to the Premier. Sydney, To-day. A fairwell banquet was given to Sir Henry Parkes, Premier, last night. Over one hundred members of Parliament were present, together with a number of leading citizens. The affair was a great success. Political ChangesIt is currently stated that Dr Renwick, Secretary of Mines, will succeed Mr Hoskins as Secretary ot Lands, and that Mr R. P. Babot will be appointed to the portfolio of Mines. The Dreaded Disease. Two fresh cases of small-pox in Woolloomooloo has been reported today. A Blaze. Brisbane, To-day. A serious fire occurred last night at Petrie Terrace, in this city, which resulted in the destruction of several houses. The insurances include L4OO in various New Zealand offices.

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AUSTRALIAN., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 514, 21 December 1881

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AUSTRALIAN. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 514, 21 December 1881

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