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[Per s.s. Zbalandia at Auckland.] The Neifew, the first of the regular line of steamers under the Chinese flag, arrived in the Thames on the 6th instant, with 3,000 tons of tea. Captain Brownrigg, of the man-of-war London, who was recently killed near the Island of Kemba while overhauling a slave dhow flying French colors, was on a tour of inspection only. The crew of the dhow, seeing that the men in the London’s pinnace were unprepared, fired a volley into them and boarded, wounding some, and driving the remainder overboard. They closed on Captain Brownrigg, who, after a gallant resistance, during which he received twenty-one wounds, fell shot through the heart. A boat from the London afterwards captured the Arab dhow, which was empty. A collision occurred at Canonbury, on the North London railway, on the 10th inst., by which seven persons were killed and sixty severely injured. Astley House, Wiltshire, belonging to the sporting baronet, Sir John Astley, was - burned. The loss on the pictures, furni- . ture, and plate is large. The London police believe that the Hatton Garden Post Office robbers were Americans. The Burdett-Coutts litigation has been ’ averted by the Baroness resigning her half-share in the Bank and receiving a small annual allowance as compensation. All the Council considered that she had, violated the terms of the_ Duchess of St Albans will by her marriage. Lord Cowper takes a gloomy view of the situation in Ireland. At a banquet at ' Belfast he reiterated his intention to retire, and spoke of the deep-seated ill feeling and dissatisfaction in the country. The storm which passed over Glasgow and other parts of Scotland on the 22nd instant was the fiercest experienced for thirty years. The Bishop of Manchester is preaching in opposition to Moody and Sankey’s ~ mission. The oarsman Boyd has accepted the challenge of Hanlan to row a race over the Thames’ championship course for the championship and a stake of L 25 to LIOOO a side.

Maloney, a wealthy Irish merchant, and a member of the Land League, has been arrested on a charge of intimidating a tenant for paying rents, and circulating • the no-rents manifesto. t.

Maiming and killing the cattle belonging to landlords in Ireland is increasing, ■ and 200 were mutilated at Oorrongill. Lord Dorfaill’s entire flock of sheep were battered to death. He discharged all the laborers owing to the non-discovery of the perpetrators. Government has decided to withdraw the war ships from Tunisian waters. Three thousand pounds reward has been j offered for the discovery of the murderer > of Bailiff Button.

. Sir J. Paget, the eminent surgeon, is in serious danger from blood-poisoning, which is attributed to vaccination. The Times remarks of the details of Guiteau’s trial, and the judicial style of the American court of justice, that it shocks and astonishes English readers. Gambetta has established an evening paper at Marseilles, called Le Mirabeau, to increase his infiuen e. The Land Leaguers in Paris are striving to promote an anti-English feeling. Prince Bonaparte received a large sum for his interest in the Monaco gambling tables.

General Ignatieff, whom the assassin Sampkousky really intended to kill, has resigned. Prince Scherwazchiay, who was found guilty of wounding a merchant, has been sentenced to exile at Archangel. Bismarck is uneasy at the cordial relations between England and France re the Egyptian Government, and is arranging to have the Transatlantic steamers converted into cruisers. Two thousand lives were lost by diphtheria in Nova Scotia last year. The Montreal Orangemen appeal from the decision of the Supreme Court in the case involving a question of walking in

procession. The friends of the Missouri train robbers propose abducting the Governor’s daughters to compel their release by the authorities.

American business men propose reprisals against the French authorities for preventing the importation of American pork.

O’Donovan Rossa recently told a news* paper interviewer that the Irish organisation for destructive purposes in New York was more perfect than that of the Nihilists in Russia. Two emissaries, he claims, recently fired the town of Woodstock, N. 8., and cost the English insurance companies L 200.000. The suspension of the Bank at Caldwell, Kansas, so excited and enraged the creditors that a committee arrested Dan Ford, the owner, and Smith, the cashier, and compelled them to make their deposits good by collateral security. The interference of Secretary Blaine in the affairs of the Spanish American Republics, is exciting great attention in Europe. The money order system, recently agreed to between the States and New Zealand and New South Wales, is expected to largely increase the trade between the countries concerned.

There is a small-pox epidemic in Chicago. A sweeping revolution in ocean steamship building is contemplated by some influential Massachusetts capitalists. Vessels are to be constructed without masts, and there will be literally nothing whatever about the deck except the top of the pilot house and the funnels. One of the

projectors, being interviewed, said, “ We have stepped forward to solve the pro- . blem, by dooming our vessels, covering them as with a shell from stem to stern. ;

This will place us above all danger, as rough seas sweeping over with what force they may can do no damage. No spars are cut, no freight goes overboard, no lives are lost, everything is safe beneath the roof.”

In Flushing, New York, George Wigan . - blew his brains out, rather than many as directed by the Court, before which a woman had cited him. Jno. W. McKay, one of the “ Bonanza kings,” on being interviewed in Hew York, said he was going to Euiv.p<', there was nothing for him to do on h

■ Comstock lines of: mines were nearly played out. . - A new Mormon Church has been organised in Salt Lake. The -members claim that Brigham Young, Taylor, and Kimball introduced the doctrine of polygamy and blood atonement, contrary to the original belief. Many polygamists are renouncing their polygamy, and joining this Church. Reports from Panama re the construction of the canal are encouraging. Owing to the nature of the soil, the expense in excavation has been lessened. The isthmus is to : be attacked at three points simultaneously. The Lord Chamberlain has enjoined on London managers precaution against fire in theatres. The circular was called out by the recent Vienna disaster. The political situation in Germany is darker than ever. The controversy between Bismarck and Windhaurst has put an end to all hopes of a parliamentary coalition of the Conservatives and the clericals.

In a moment of fury an Italian gardener in San Francisco named Gallans killed his brother, bis cousin, and attempted to murder his sister and mother. The cousin was stabbed twenty-four times. Gmoral Johnston, a Confederate General, has boldly charged Jefferson Davis with appropriating to his own use nearly 2,500,000 dollars, intended to pay the Confederate troops. The money was in specie, and. made nearly a cart load. One of the Guiter.u jurors having lost his wife, the trial is postponed to the twenty -first. The lawyers think that this will give the prisoner a new trial in case the jury convict. George Scoville, Guiteau’s counsel and brother-in-law, lectured in Washington on the 14th. In his opinion the assassin was exposed to sudden death, but he would like to see order prevail and the criminal receive a fair trial. He believes that Guiteau is- insane and irresponsible for his actions. Lord Dufferin would not allow the Constantinople authorities to search a British vessel for explosives. Lord Lome intends to remain in Canada his full term—three years longer. A typhoon in China around Harfong and Tremoy has carried the waters of the sea four miles inland., washing away one town with 3,000 inhabitants.

Mrs Lairgtry, the “Jersey lily,” has made her first appearance on the stage at the Haymarket, as Mrs Hardcastle, in “ She Stoops to Conquer. ” The Times says that the lady wus eminently success-

It is understood that the Queen will open Parliament in person. Several people have come to the front who have sworn to kill Giteau, and relieve the jury of all responsibility. A package recently sent to him contained a piece of rope. A circus rider was ordered out of St Petersburg recently because she was a Jewess.

France is exciting Europe by its preparations for war. The Hodgekis works at St. Denis have been doubled, and 900 new cannons have been cast, and heavy appropriations for ordnance have passed the Chambers. The Germans are also making cannon at Madenburg.

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NEWS BY THE SAN FRANCISCO MAIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 531, 11 January 1882

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NEWS BY THE SAN FRANCISCO MAIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 531, 11 January 1882

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