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London, December 22 and 25. The Appropriation Bill has passed both Houses.

The international football match, Wales v N.Z. Native team, was won by the former by one goal and two tries to nothing.

Fotir hundred cases of kauri gum have been sold by auction. There was a good demand and prices were slightly higher.

At a meeting at Exeter Hall of those interested m Mr W. L. Rees* Crofters Emigration scheme the report of the Investigation Committee was presented to the effect that Mr Rees' proposals were preferable to isolated emigration.

It is announced that New South Wales and Victoria can secure ground adjoining the Paris Exhibition site at a rent of upon which an annexe can be erected. Sir Saul Samuel, Agent-General for New South Wales, considers the cost too great and, proposes instead that the space allotted to Victoria and New Zealand should be utilised for an Australasian mineral court. ' ■'■■ ■?'•■ ..:

Parliament was prorogued on the 23rd inst. , . .-..'... The Suez Canal Convention has been ratified. v * . = A Liverpool bookseller has been fined for selling Zola's novels.

O'Connor, oarsman, is willing to leave for Australia m March. ' < *

Sir H. A Blake, late Governor of Newfoundland, will succeed Sir- Henry Norman as Governor of Jamaica. , It is expected that the new cable between Java and Western Australia will be m working order about February next. . •: ; It is rumored m Yokomana that a Japanese- Russian alliance has been formed against England. . The Italian Chamber has passed a Bill, embracing Army and Navy votes amounting to 140,600,000 lire. : Replying to a question from Mr Me Arthur, Sir James Fergusson taid that Great Britain would preserve a neutral position m Samoa. A rumor is afloat m Washington to the effect that an attempt has been made to murder General Harrison, the President elect. - , Sir Julius Yogel, m a letter to. the " European , Mail," expresses the opinion that England Would use powder and shot to prevent the secession of the colonies. : ;• M. Dolgourouki, Russian Minister at Teheran, has been instructed to de-. mand from the Persian Government equivalent privileges to those secured by England. r "The World" newspaper publishes a statement to the effect ; that Lord Carriugton, Governor of. New §outh Wales, is spending at the ra^te of ;£ 1 5,000 a year m excess of his allowI ance. . .

Mr Laurence Oliphant, diplomatist and author, is dead of cancer of the lungs, from which disease he suffered intense pain during the last five months. Death, however, was painless.

Mr E. Stanhope, Secretary of War, states that the charter of the Horu Artillery Company has not been withdrawn, and it will merely be necessary- .' to remodel the Company. Some excitement has been caused by the imprisonment of Miss Sterling, an English Salvationist - r at Qrbey Switzerland. Miss Sterling was. sent to - gaol for ioo, days m October r last^ on the charge of converting children oi ' tender years. She has now been released, pending an appeal against thei conviction. ' ' ; 'r \ Mr James O'Kelly, member for Roscommon North, who m August Ust was sentenced to six months' imprisonment on a charge of inciting witnesses to-"" refuse to give evidence under the. Crimes Act, has been discharged fronv custody.. • ■ '■ _|. ; .' j, •'■ ''.'[.i;'--The address to be presented on the prorogation of Parliament, m referring to the Fisheries question, regrets that it had not had a satisfactory result; '" With regard to Egypt, mention is made that aftairs there are satisfactory, and the brilliant success over Osman|Digna is referred to. In India it states that everything is tranquil and prosperous. The Supreme Court of Canada has given its decision, upholding the right of Manitoba to construct , the Red River Railway. Sofia, December 22. M. M. Toiliff, Minister of Justice, and Watchevisch, Minister of Finance, have resigned. M. StamboulorT, the Premier is reconstructing the Cabinet. Rome. December 23. Mr Gladstone arrived at Naples to-day. He was received with enthusi- - asm by the populace, and ovations of welcome were delivered by the students. New Yobk, December 24, A steamer leaving Memphis, a town of Tennessee, to day, caught fire. The vessel was crowded. with, passengers, . and a panic ensued, when aoq p/srsons jumped into the river. The number of persons drowned is estimated' at thirty.

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BRITISH AND FOREIGN., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2022, 27 December 1888

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BRITISH AND FOREIGN. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2022, 27 December 1888

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