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[Per s.s. Rotomahana, at the Bluff.] London, Jan. 3.

A movement is on foot among the Jews resident in London for the formation of an association having for its object the vindication and protection of their fellowcountrymen who have been subjected to persecution in Russia and Germany. The matter has been taken up warmly by some of the most influential Jews, and funds are flowing in freely. A gunboat employed in guarding the coast of County Mayo, Ireland, was attacked by a party of men, who fired upon it They were repulsed by the crew, and the ringleaders in the affair - have been arrested.

Intelligence has been received from India of a rising among the lawless Afghan tribes in the vicinity of Bolan Pass, in Southern Afghanistan. They attacked some of the military stationed there, and the British troops which had been withdrawn towards Quettah are now marching to their relief.

During the past year the debt of , the United States has increased by L 12,500,000. For some years previously the debt, which stands at about L 420,000,000, has been steadily decreasing. The well-known firm of Charriot and i Company, of Bordeaux, has been declared . bankrupt, the liabilities being estimated at 15,000,000 franca (L 625,000). In consequence of some of the surrounding circumstances it is probable that legal proceedings will be taken. The appointment of Achmet Ourabi Bey as Under-Secretary for war to the Egyptian Government has excited much comment, but it is generally regarded as the closing scene of the recent military incident. Ourabi was the chief instigator of the mutinies in the Egyptian army on the 10th of February and 9th of September last year, and is considered by the army and populace as a national leader. It is rumored than Achmet Ourabi Bey has refused to accept the position, but the statement, however, requires confirmation.

The Kenghes, the nomadic inhabitants of an extensive region in Central Asia, situated between Orenburg and Eastern Turkestan, which was recently recaptured by the Chinese, have risen in revolt, in consequence of the ill-treatment which they have been subjected to. They have massacred the people in a number of Chinese villages, committing fearful atrocities. The troops were dispatched against them, but were attacked and defeated, and the rebellion is now assuming serious proportions.

Following up the indication recently given by the Pope of the unbearable nature of his position as a captive in the Vatican, it is now declared that every arrangement has been made for the sudden departure of His Holiness from Rome. For some time past the subject of a British representative in the Vatican has been under consideration. Recently Mr Errington was despatched as a formal envoy to confer on certain points. A strong desire was expressed on the part of the Vatican that a permanent representative of Great Britain should be appointed.

The state of the health of the British troops maintained in Natal is reported to be very bad. An enteric disease has broken out amongst them, and has spread to such an extent as to cause serious alarm.

The situation of affairs in the Transvaal is becoming critical. The Yolksraab have granted a monopoly of the diamond fields within their territory to a Mr Benjamin. The diggers engaged on the fields are highly indignant, and protest against this action, but the Boers of the district sympathise with it. An outbreak is regarded as imminent. The electric light has been introduced into Vienna for the purpose of lighting the principal streets. A portion of this city has been thus illuminated, and the result is considered so satisfactory that it is probable the system will be extended. A terrible catastrophe is reported to have occurred at Oskaloose, in the United States. A number of boys were practising shooting at a target in the vicinity of a powder magazine near the town, and by some means, probably as supposed by a misdirected shot entering the place,. the magazine, which contained several hundred kegs of powder, exploded. The shock was terrific, and the boys who- were the cause of the disaster were killed,' and the town itself was wrecked. Many buildings were absolutely destroyed, and several persons were injured, the shook being felt with great force a very considerable distance from the actual scene of the explosion. The fund established under the presidency of the Lord Mayor ot Loud >-i for the assistance of landlords who are . cd in distressed circumstaiivcs thivugu the

refusal of their tenants in Ireland to pay rent has reached L 12,000.

Strong symptoms of the revival of the Republican feeling are being manifested in Spain. In Madrid great excitement has been caused by the issue of a Republican manifesto, calling upon the Spanish people to expel the Royal family, and follow the example of France in establishing a Republic. At the festival held by the Communists in Paris in celebration of Blanqui, one of their old leaders, serious rioting took place, owing to the intervention of the police. The mob were extremely disorderly, and the police, who were attacked, fired upon the crowd, and twenty persons were wounded. Garibaldi, the Italian patriot, has met with an accident. He was driving in his carriage via Madelina to Rome, when the vehicle upset. Garibaldi was thrown out, and was severely bruised, but was not otherwise seriously injured, though some fears are entertained that the shock may prove dangerous. The latest intelligence received from India concerning the condition of Afghanistan is of a satisfactory character. The Ameer is consolidating his authority, and opposition to his rule appears to be subsiding. The Afghans generally are reported to be quiet. London, Jan. C. Dr Lawson has been arrested on a charge of poisoning his brother’s wife. The proprietor of a school at Wimbledon alleged that accused, who wished to get rid of his brother-in-law in order to obtain certain property which would come . to him in the event of his relative’s < death, administered a poisonous dose of ! aconite. The preliminary investigation took place before the coroner, the result of which was that Lawson was committed for trial Considerable sensation has been caused by the circulation of a report to the effect p that the Imperial tomb at Chiselhurst has « been rifled and the remains of the late Emperor Napoleon stolen. The report, which proved to be unfounded, had its j origin in the fact a warning had been re- ’ ceived from Paris that such an outrage was contemplated. rj The person named Connell and four associates who were arrested a few days J ago on suspicion of being connected with £ ( Captain Moonlight and his hand, by 1 whom outrages have been perpetrated upon the tenantry of the Earl of Cork, have been committed for trial. c

The Wesleyan Conference has adopted a memorial against a proposal which is under consideration for sending a British agent to the Vatican. The Times of this morning has an article upon the state of the finances of New South Wales. The constant scrambling for the surplus is looked upon as a most dangerous proceeding, and it is considered strange that the Treasurer should be unmindful of the importance of applying any surplus which may exist to the reduction of the colonial debt. Carrying out reproductive public works for the benefit of the country is suggested as a most legitimate mode of employing surplus capital, and any proposal for further loons is strongly objected to. The President of the United States has issued an invitation to the various American Republics to send representatives to the Conference which meets at Washington in NwV'jmber next. The object of the Conference is to discuss several matters of importance to America, but principally ;:o take steps to prevent Euro pean interference in the control of the Panama! canal. It is believed that the Sultan is intriguing with France in connection with the Tunis and Egyptian affairs. The Times says thiH the relations between France and Engjland are strained, the difficulty being attributed to the misunderstanding in connection with the affairs of Tunis and Egypt. Arabi Bey, the Isationalist leader, has been appointed Egyptian Under-Secretary for War. The Government intended to apply to the Courts for a mandamus to prevent the Corporation of the city of Dublin from carrying out its resolution to grant the freedom of the city to Parnell. France repudiates the annexation of the Island of Raiatea, the possession of which was recently taken in her name. Gambetta proposes to grant autonomy to Tunis.

The appeal which Prince Bismarck recenty made to the Great Powers to define the position occupied by the Pope, has resulted in a congress being summoned, Bismarck’s declared object being to guarantee the Pope’s independence. News has been received of the death of Eichard Henry Dana, an eminent American literateur, and the author of “ Two Years Before the Mast.”

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LATE EUROPEAN NEWS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 536, 17 January 1882

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LATE EUROPEAN NEWS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 536, 17 January 1882

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