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EUROPEAN ITEMS.

The following summary is to hand per < the s.s. Arawata, which arrived at the 1 Bluff yesterday London, April 25. The trial of eight persons, who are charged with having, by their negligence to enforce proper precautions, contributed to the catastrophe at the Ring Theatre, has commenced in Vienna. The defendants include—Newald, the ex-burgomaster of Vienna ; Janner, the director of the theatre, and three of his officials ; Landsturmer, the chief commissary of police, who was on duty at the theatre on the night of the fire ; a fireman of the Vienna fire brigade ; and an official of the Muni- 1 cipal Board of Works. The trial will

probably last a long time. _ The condition of the Jev.ish residents in the south of Russia is described as pitiful in the extreme. At a congress of the various relief committees, held at Berlin, arrangements have been concluded to faclitato the wholesale emigration of Russian Jews to the United States. It is reported that Pope Leo XIIL is suffering from illness. Eighty thousand cases have been submitted to the Irish Land Court for decision of the Commissioners ; 10,000 cases have been decided, but there are 1,400 aP The Select Committee of the House of of Lords on the Irish Land Act have decided to recommend that the State should lend tenants who aro desirous of purchasing their holdings the whole of tno money required, arranging for its repayment at a rate not to exceed the rents paid at present. . e Novograd, a German colony in South Russia, lias been overrun and plundered by the Hussion peasantry.

Sir Henry Bulwer, the Governor ot i Jatal, has "ordered the Zulus who as- 3 .enabled at Pietermaritzburg, and de- i nanded the release of their late King, c Detewayo, to disperse. # . . . Famine and civil war are imminent In J Zululand. . . 1 ! A terrible storm was raging along the i English coast on Saturday and Sunday, 1 occasioning a number of fatalities. I 1 Several vessels were wrecked, and a vast i amount of injury to property was caused. A number of infernal machines have been posted to Vanderbilt, the American j millionaire and ship owner, and to Cyrus I Field, the celebrated electrician, at Ins residence in New York. One of the ma-1 chines exploded in course of transit, but I fortunately caused no injury. Further wedding festivities in celebration of the marriage of Prince Leopold and Princess Helena of aldeck-Pyr-monfc, have been stopped in consequence of the death of the Crown Princess of Wurtemburg, who died in childbirth. A fire has occurred in the State of V isconsin which caused much damage. Sixty houses were completely destroyed, and the loss is estimated at 200,000d015. The British Government has decided to make an imposing demonstration of friendship towards Russia on the occasion of the coronation of the Czar in August next. The Channel fleet is to bo sent to the Baltic at the celebration of the ceremony. Owing to the large amount of distress which has lately existed among the working classes in Germany, great dissatisfaction is manisfesting itself among them A number of workmen in Berlin have struck for higher wages, and the movement is spreading. The Indian hordes in the United States and Mexico have been making themselves very troublesome lately. They have made several raids into Mexico, where they committed great outrages upon the inhabitants. A cyclone which passed over the United States a few days ago caused an immense ornnnnt r.f XU Hoo-uvvu tained that another town named Montiueiiu was completely wrecked by the violence of the wind. The indignation felt in the United States at the continued imprisonment of the Irish “ suspects” is growing, and numerous meetings have been held for the purpose of urging upon President Arthur the necessity of making representations to the British Government. The release of Dillon, the member for Tipperary, is especially demanded, on the ground of his continued ill-health. Sir John Holker, who was AttorneyGeneral in the Beaconsfield' administration, and was anpointed in January to succeed the late Lord Justice Lush, member of the Court of Appeal, has been taken seriously ill, and is now in a precarious condition. Miss Reynolds, who was recently imprisoned in Cork gaol for inciting a tenant of Earl Bantry not to pay his rent has been sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for further acts of intimidation. James Rice, joint author with Walter Besant, of a number of popular novels, is dead.

A French typographical party, consisting of forty persons, has been massacred at Oran, a seaport town in Algiers. The survivors of the American exploring yacht Jeanette, despatched by Bannet, of New York, on an exploring trip in the Arctic Seas, have arrived at St. Petersburg, from the Siberian Coast.

Those rescued comprise the men whose escape has already been notified, but nothing has yet been heard of Lieut. De Long, who was in command, nor of the other superior officers. A serious strike has occurred amongst tho colliers employed in the Dux collieries, province of Bohemia.

An electric railway, connecting Berlin and the suburbs, has been opened for traffic. It is expected to be a great success.

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EUROPEAN ITEMS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 631, 9 May 1882

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EUROPEAN ITEMS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 631, 9 May 1882

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