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[per reuter’s agency.] Another Liberal Gathering. London, Jan. 6. Another large Liberal gathering took place last evening at Birmingham. Mr John Bright and Mr Chamberlain were again present, and addressed the meeting. In the course of their speeches they alluded to the intentions of the Government during the approaching session of Parliament, and announced that after the question of Reform of Procedure of the House of Commons had been settled, Bills tor the Reform of the English Land Laws, Assimilation of the County to the Borough Franchise, and for other objects, would be introduced by the Government. The relations between Turkey and Austria and Germany have lately assumed a most friendly tone, and the growing entente between the three empires is daily becoming more marked.

Monetary and Commercial. Consols have further advanced to 100 New Zealand securities remain at the following quotations; — Five per Cent. 10-40 Loan, 104; Five per Cent. 1889 Loan, 104 ; Four-and-a-half per Cent. i879- i 9°4 Loan, 101 Adelaide wheat, ex warehuose, remains at 575; New Zealand ditto, 535; Adelaide flour, ex store, 42s 6d. The total quantity of wheat afloat for Great Britain is 2,890,000 quarters, The tallow market is strong. Australian, best beef, has advanced to 42s 6d; best mutton, 475. The total stock of tallow in London on January Ist was 7,200 casks. Best Scotch pig iron, No. 1, f.o.b. in Clyde, has advanced to 545. Galvanised iron, 26 guage, LlB ss. Fresh Butter from Australia. London, Jan. 7. The supply of fresh butter brought from Melbourne in the refrigerating chambers of the steamship Europa, recently arrived, has been examined and found to be in excellent condition. Putting it Down. It has transpired that the Government propose to adopt stringent measures to check the sale of arms in Ireland, and the provision will shortly he made for the punishment of persons supplying rifles or other weapons in the disturbed districts. Mr Forster, Chief Secretary for Ireland, proceeds to-mor-row to Osborne, where the Queen is now staying, and it is understood that a Council will be held to approve of the measures to be adopted. The French Commercial Treaty. Paris, Jan. 7. The negotiations between the English and French Commissioners for the conclusion of the French commercial treaty have now been finally broken off, and Mr Cross, the British delegate, has returned to London. The Paris papers to-day, in their leading articles on the subject of the termination of the negotiations, are almost unanimous. They profess an anxiety that the treaty should be concluded between England and France.

A Storm Brewing. Vienna, Jan. 6. Intelligence is to hand from Southern Dalmatia that the agitation among the inhabitants of the district is daily increasing, and fears of a general rising are entertained. The Austrian Government has accordingly despatched a force of 7,000 troops to the scene of the threatened disturbance. For the Common Good. Washington, Jan. 6. A circular has been issued by the United States Government to the Republics of Central America and South -'merica, inviting them to send delegates to a convention to be held in this city in November next, for the purpose of conferring on the subject of their common interests, and for the adoption of guarantees against foreign meddling in their affairs.

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LATEST FROM EUROPE, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 529, 9 January 1882

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LATEST FROM EUROPE Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 529, 9 January 1882

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