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By the falling of a floor at Hanley on Sunday many members of the Salvation Army were injured. The general result of the November municipal elections held in England and Wales is a Tory gain. The first annual report of the Irish La d Commission was made on November the 14th. It speaks of the indisposition of the tenants to purchase holdings, though a number of landlords are anxious to sell. The arrears clauses of the Act are not operative to the extent expected, and the amount of assistance applied for is insignificant, considering the large sums due to landlords. The agreements fo* fair rents between landlords and tenants with the intervention of the Courts are increasing. Under the machinery of the Act fair rent cases are disposed'of at the rate of 4,600 per month- The laborers are not availing themselves of the Act. Mrs Langtry made her American debut at Wallack’s Theatre, New York, on the evening of the 6th inst., before an extremely large and fashionable audience, as Esther Grazebrook in “ The Unequal Match. ” She was called before the curtain twelve times. The London. .Werld considers her reception as creditable to the American Republic from every point of view, and at once enthusiastic and discriminating. Davitt, in a recent speech at Aberdeen, urged the Scotch farmers to Remand a decrease of their rent. He said they should claim the right to have an independent tribunal to arbitrate between them and their landlords.

The companies who are promoting the scheme of the Channel tunnel have renewed their applications to Parliament, accompanied by fresh pirns. The Moody and Sankey mission in London was suspended owing to the illness of the former.

Bradlaugh made an application -to the Court of Queen’s Bench on the 6th Nov. to have the indictment against hitqself for blasphemous libel quashed. The application was refused.

Letters from Ireland, November 10th, state that a famine is impending •in the counties of Donegal, Clare, and Roscommon. The potato crop is a failure, while storms have devastated the fields and cabins of the poor. The guardians of the workhouses declare that the prospect is the worst since the famine of 1836, ■’ i; •'* ;

Mr Gladstone proposes to introduce a fresh scheme for Irtish legislation into Parliament to still further develops the provisions of the Land Act'in the direction of peasant proprietorship and the extension of the franchise, and a scheme for local self-government. During the twenty-four houls ending Oct. 29th incessant rains have prevailed in several parts of England. Large areas of the country are flooded and bridges are carried away, railways are blocked', and in the Midland counties only the roofs of the farmhouses were to be seeu in many places. The floods along the Thames are very serious.

A greatj gale, accompanied by floods, visited England on the lat of November, this time devastating the western and southern section. A dozen houses were swept away at Boroughbridge, and the Ely track was so torn up in Devon and Somerset that the trains were stopped entirely. The damage was severe, but no loss of life is reported. At Exeter the canal broke its hanks, and the whole country in Cheshire, Warwickshire; and Somersetshire was flooded. A great part of England is flooded by heavy rains, which have fallen almost without intermission, so that in scarcely a district has the autumn crop been saved. It is impossible for farmers to do so. The traffic of some parts of such towns as Canterbury and Reading is carried on in boats,; and the country upon each side of the principal railways looks like a large lake.;, Sheeprot has also many places, so that it is not surprisingjth© .English farmers are more anxious and depressed than ever.

Mrs Melville, wife of the engineer of the Jeanette, Arctic ship, who went insane on seeing her husband, has'been re--stored to health and reason. rl-

Mr Bradlaugh went to the House of Commons on the afternoon of the 13th. to try and take his seat. He had a brief personal consultation with the Speaker, and was informed by him that thd Order for expulsion was still in force. He then withdrew without making any further effort.

The great firm of Sir W. Armstrong and Co., ordnance makers, and ‘ Mitchell and Co., shipbuilders, have amalgamated, and will establish works on ; the river Tyne. ■ ■ \ Marquise Queensbury, sister to Lady Gertrude Douglas, has scandalised London society by marrying her baker. Her ladyship is old and the baker twenty-one. The affair was made public on the 18th November.

The Criterion Theatre, built some years ago in London by Spiers and Pond, formerly caterers in Melbourne,- is condemned by the Board of Works as hopelessly unsafe. It will be closed permanently. Clement Scott’s action for libel against Simpson, of the Referee, newspaper, has been settled. The jury awarded L 1,500 MHflnages, to be paid by d fendant, plaintiffs costa, and the Referee engaged to publhh a full apology and retraction. It will be remembered that Admiral Glynn and the name .of the lata Adelaida Neilson figured prominently in the matter.

A disastrous fire has occurred at Margate. The Assembly Booms, the Vicarage, and one side of Cecil square has been burnt. The loss is L 300,000.

It is reported that there are 200 people on Tory Island without food, and other portions of the population of western Ireland are threatened with starvation.

The Home Rule League are considering the policy of merging the League into the Irish National League. General Wolseley, on landing at Dover from Egypt, on the 18th October, was most enthusiastically received.

The British Postmaster-General announces that when the new mail contracts are entered into the lines leaking the quickest possible passage will be favored if their regularity justifies it. The fate of Professor Palmer, Captain Gill, and Lieutenant Charrington has been ascertained. According to a despatch from Colonel Warren, dated Alexandria, October l€th, the whole party were ordered te be killed. They were led to the edge of a precipice, and were offered the alternative of throwing themselves oyer or being shoe. The bodies of Gill and Charrington have been found. No hope i| entertained that Palmer is alive. He is: supposed to have jumped offttye precipice. Colonel Warren is tracking the Murderers. Several further subscriptions for tha Juwish relief fund from New Zealand are acknowledged by the Mansion House Committee, among them L 261 from Geraldine, L2OO from Christchurch, L6O. from Wellington, LSI from Hokitika. The list is now being closed. In all L 108,759 has been - received, and L 94,141 expended. Matthew Holmes shipped' from the Clyde a valuable selection of high-class Border Leicester sheep, selected by James Archibald, of Shields.

Patti, the tenor, arrived in New York on the 30th. Before leaving Paris Patti went Through her second marriage cererendered necessary under the recent decision c f the French Law Court, to prevent the Marquis DeCaux taking h r property in case of death. Wilkinson, publisher, has sued Henry Ward Beecher for 10,000d015., money paid the rev. author in advance for a promised “ Life of Christ.” Beecher took the money, but never furnished the copy, altnough frequently promising to do so, and now Wilkinson, losing confidence in the matter wants his money back. The theatrical people are gossiping over an unfortunate quarrel between Fred de Belleville, formerly member of the LysterGarner Comedy Company, and his reputed wife, Mrs De Belleville, who accompanied her husband to this country from Australia, where she says they were married at Geelong. He denies any marriage, and has married a ballet girl conne ted with the Union square Company. To strengthen the denial the deserted wife has commenced legal proceedings. Herbert Spencer sailed for Europe on the 11th November. His health was not improved by his travels, but rather the reverse. Nervous excitement and monomania are gradually wearying him out. George, champion amateur of England, 'and Meyers, the amateur champion of America, met in a foot race of one mile in New York on November Ist. George won easily. Time, 4.2ssecs. He led Meyers 16 yards. The New York wool dealers have expressed an apprehension that the Californian trade in that article has seen its best days, and the supply from the State will gradually grow less. Athelia Gilchrist, member of the Salvation Army, recently arrived in New York from England and confessed in Court on the tenth day she had three husbands. Mrs Scoville, sister of the assassin Guiteau, has been adjudged insane by a Chicago Court, and immediately after disappeared. It is supposed she fled to Canada. The dairymen of California propose to meet in convention and organise a campaign against oleomargarine. They have already pledged themselves not to consign dairy produce to any city firm dealing in that objectionable article. Tom Allan, ex-champion of New York, has deposited 10,000dols. to fight any pugilist, John W. Sullivan, the American, preferred, for the championship of the world and 2,500df:18 a side.

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NEWS BY THE SAN FRANCISCO MAIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 816, 12 December 1882

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NEWS BY THE SAN FRANCISCO MAIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 816, 12 December 1882

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