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EUROPEAN ITEMS.

By Telegraph, Bluff To day,

[“ Age ” Special ] Suakim, April 1,

It ia rumored that Osman Digna has fled, hia followers having deserted him. A. body of British cavalry has been despatched to and ascertain whether the report ia correct. Suakim. April 2

The cavalry force sent out yesterday discovered the whereabouts of the enemy t and were fired at by the Arabs near Tamai. The New South Wales infantry and the guards form the front face of the square. The enemy is reported to be in great force at Tamai, and have sent their women away.

London, Aprils. A force of 250 men of the New South Wales contingent has bean loft behind to garrison Suakim.

London, April 2. It Is expected in the event of war between Great Britain and Russia, that Turkey will remain neutral.

It is now found that Russia demands that the Afghan frontier territory, now under consideration, shall be extended southwards.

The Commission appointed to deal with European claims in the Pacific and prepare a scheme securing the neutrality of the unannexed islands in the Pacific, have commenced their labors. It is understood that a defaulter named Goldsraid has defrauded the Queensland National Bank of L 20,000. London, April 5

A special Cabinet meeting was held today (Sunday) to consider the reply re ceived from the Russian Government in reference to the Afghan frontier question. It is suspected that Russia’s pacific reply and acceptance of a commission to settle the frontier difficulty is only a device to gain time, and that an attack will be made upon Herat as soon as her military pre parations are more advanced. The Com- | mission appointed to settle the frontier difficulty will, it is thought, bo certain to disagree, and general fears are entertained that the crisis will recur and that war is imminent. Extensive na?al and military preparations in England and India are being hurried forward with the utmost despatch I Suakim, April 3. I The greatest effort made by the British forces during the present campaign has, I instead of resulting in a desperate engageI ment, ended merely in a slight skirmish I with the enemy. Nothing decisive has j resulted, and General Graham ordered an I advance on Thursday morning upon I Tamai, where Osman Digna wasjexpected Ito be posted in force. Only a skirmish I between the outposts took place. A few I of the New South Wales infantry were enI gaged, and they behaved admirably. The I hottest fire of the enemy was directed I against the ambulance, and orders had I in consequence to be given to lower the J flig, in order to divert the enemies fire I Tamai was entered and burnt after the I Arabs had been driven to the mountains. J The wells were found choked. The British j troops returned to Suakim, using the railI way now in course of construction. I The New South Wales infantry and I artillery will be employed to-morrow in I the construction of the railway, which is Ito be completed from Suakim to the j mountains in the neighborhood of Tamai with the greatest expedition, j London, April 7. I The Times this morning states that I peace is conclude I between France and J China. The former power having conI sented to abandon the claim which they j formally made last year, for a war indemI nity of ten millions.

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EUROPEAN ITEMS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1512, 13 April 1885

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EUROPEAN ITEMS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1512, 13 April 1885

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