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LATE EUROPEAN NEWS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 540, 21 January 1882
LATE EUROPEAN NEWS.
[Per s.s. Alhambra, at the Bleep.] London, Jan. 9. Heavy gales have been experienced at the Orkney Islands. Thunder storms have been of unusual severity, and the fall of snow greater than has been known for many years. Much damage has been done to the faims, some of which have been nearly destroyed, and several deaths are reported to have occurred. Intelligence has been received from India that Theebaw, King of Burmah, is dying. It is stated that unmistakable signs of insanity have developed themselves, and his condition is such that his death is regarded as imminent. At Cork a very excited feeling is manifested, and the city is practically under military control. Sentries are placed in the streets, and all passers-by are subjected ;to a challenge. The utmost precautions are considered necessary to prevent disturbance.
Anarchy in Armenia has become so great that Earl Dufferin, the British Ambassador at Constantinople, has been instructed to make representations on the subject to the Porte. His Excellency has had several interviews with the Sultan, and has urged upon him the absolute necessity of some remedial measures being applied, such as were promised under the treaty entered into with Great Britain, in view of a possible rising among Turco-
mans. The Russian forces stationed at the fortress of Askhabad, South Khivau desert, have been strongly reinforced. Much alarm has been caused in the United States by the spread of small-pox. The number of cases during the past four months has greatly increased, especially in California, and the authorities are called upon to take more stringent measures of precaution. From the circumstances arising out of the trial of Guiteau, a Bill has been introduced into the United States Congress for the purpose of defining legal insanity. In consequence of the unsettled condition of the country, and of attempts made to tamper with the loyalty of the men, the Irish Executive have decided that the Irish militia shall not be embodied during the present year. A steamer has just arrived at Liverpool from New Orleans, which reports that much damage was occasioned to the vessel during her voyage by the explosion of an infernal machine. The outrage is attributed to Fenian agency, and a strict investigation is being held into the circumstances.
Arrangements are being made for the negotiation of a commercial treaty with Italy, and the hope has been expressed by the Italian Government that England will consent to a reduction of duties on wines. The Imperial rescript issued by the Emperor of Germany claiming prerogative supp irt from all officials employed by the Government, has met with strong condemnation, and the principles embodied therein have been sharply censured by most of the leading German organs. Their criticisms have so incensed the Court that Chancellor Bismarck now threatens to confiscate all newspapers that continue their opposition. Search for arms in Ireland is being vigorously prosecuted by the police, and an extensive find has been made on some farms in the vicinity of Rusheen. The police were attacked when making the seizure, but succeeded in obtaining the arms. The Anti-.Tewish feeling, so strongly expressed in Russia and Germany, is also being manifested in Austria. The authorities have received information which shows that riots directed against the Jewish inhabitants are likely to occur in the town of Czernowitz, Province of Buckowina. Preventive measures will be taken. Intelligence has been received from the Cape, stating that fighting has commenced between the Damaras and Namaquas, two powerful tribes in South Africa. The settlement made by Sir Hercules Robinson for a pacification of Basutoland has not resulted satisfactorily, and the condition of affairs there is very unsettled, so that it is feared that hostilities may again break out. In order to encourage traffic, the French railway companies have come to an arrangement for the reduction of fares, and they also offer to forego certain dues on goods which they have hitherto charged. London, January 10. In official circles no results are anticipated from the congress of great Powers which Bismarck has summoned to consider the petition of the Pope, and to guarantee his independence. It is considered likely that the congress will not take place. The Rev. Sanger, a dissolute clergyman of Yorkshire, was committed for trial on a charge of havi ig set fire to and burnt his church. He has since been discharged. A sculling match has been arranged to take place on the Thames on the 20th June between Hanlan and Ross, the former having already left New York for the purpose of training on the Thames. Trickett speaks of following Hanlan to Fmgland, A prospectus has been issued of the Hawkins Hill Goldmining Company, New South Wales, with a capital of LIOO,OOO, the Duke of Manchester being chairman of the directors. A dreadful massacre by American Indians has just taken place in Arizona. Twenty-five persons were murdered. The Times publishes a letter from a correspondent which suggested that the colonists should adopt some method of registering their stock, instead of as at present issuing and selling open debentures. If this suggestion were carried out, the correspondent believes that agents and others would rapidly avail themselves of what would in reality be a new fixed mode of investment. One of the persona implicated in the removal of the body of the late Earl Crawford from the family mausoleum at Dunech, Aberdeenshire, has offered to disclose the place where it is secreted. The largest steel steamer yet built has been launched at Belfast. She has been named the Garfield, and is intended for Australian trade. The screw steamer Lion, bound from Greenock to Newfoundland, has been wrecked off the latter place. Forty-three of the crew and passengers were lost. Sir Hercules Robinson, Governor of the Cape, has been appointed Governor of the British Transcei territory. London, Jan. 18. Mr Dillwyn, M.P. for Swansea, communicated with Mr Gladstone witli respect to the wine duties, and in reply the Premier states that when the Government deal with the question next session they will not omit to take it into consideration. The bodies of two Irish bailiffs, who have been missing for a week, have been found together in a lake in Counties Galway and Mayo. There is no doubt but they were brutally murdered. Five persons have been arrested on suspicion of having been concerned in the murder. The investigation which has taken place reveals the fact that the bodies found in Lough Mask are not those of the missing bailiffs. News has been received that fifty ladies have left New York for Ireland, their object being to assist the promoters of the Irish Women’s Land League in carrying out their programme.
LATE EUROPEAN NEWS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 540, 21 January 1882
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