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(Per Zealandia at Auckland.) The Baltic timber y rd, Dear Booking - ham Palaoe, was burned down on March 28th, The loss is £60,000. An express tram from Southport to London on March 30th, loaded with per Bom on the way to witness the OxfordCambridge boat r»C9, was derailed at Peniatou and wrecked. One pop6ou was killed, and four were seriously injured. According to the "$ audard," Count Herbert Kißmarok'e interviews with Lord Sa is bury have result jd ia a O^mplete understanding between Germany and Kngla id. There was a heated debate m the House of Commons on Maroh 22nd on a motion to reduce Mr Halfour's salary by £500. It was loßt by 127 votes. Mr Morley produced a mass of details to prove that the Government assisted the " Times " oase through JUoaston and Pigott. Mr Balfour said it was an unfounded libel, and asked how the witnesses had been intimidated. Be was oallad to ordar by the chair. The Intention of giving a Liberal banquet to Mr Parnell, with Mr Gladstone m the chair, was abandoned, owing to the inability to obtain a building m London ■pacions enough to hold the expected assemblage. The great Eiffel tower was opened m Pnris on Maroh 30tu, and on the occasion Mr Stead, editor of the "Pall Mall Gazette," had a narrow esoape from death. He was inspecting the tower m company irith M. Ulemanoeau when a sudden storm of wind and hail cams up. Mr Stead was only thirty yards from the top of the tower when he fell over some loose planks and lurched forward, - narrow y escaping a fall of 800 feet to the ground by o'inging desperately to some projecting ironwork till M. Olemenceaa and some workmen came to his assistance. Jn his opening address for the defence, before the Parnell Gotnmlsalon, Sir Ohas. Ruasoll said the Court was asked by the Attorney-General toindiot a whole nation, tut the aot was not feasible. He also asierted that thoughtful minds were eonvlnoed that the time had come to try the experiment of Home Bale In Ireland. He contended that the objaots of the Irish National League were justifiable. The lnßUe before the Oommlsalon depended upon the proof that Mr Parnell and his oolleagaes under the oloak of the land movement:, had planned murders and outrages. If ne such evldenoa was produced the Commission mqst declare the Moused to ba men earnestly endeavoring to lift an Intolerable burden from the shoulders of their countrymen. Sir Charles explained the constitution and objects of the League formed by Mr Davitt, of which Mr Parnell was the President He said that prominent members of the League were m favor of boycotting, which np to a oertaln point they considered justifiable. Ha held that Mr Parnell was not liable originally or otherwise nnleßß he was a parky t., murder and outrage as part of the agioacl objects of the Laague. Mr Parno.l and his followers had been vilified and misrepresented, jait as Bright and Cobden were In the early days of the Reform movement. A movement has been In tafiaentUl quarters In the United States to abolish the Eleotoral College, and to eleot the President by the direct popalar vote. A Washington correspondent vouohes for the absolute accuracy of the following: — The German Minister received, on April 2ad, a telegram m oypber from Prince Blsmarok, instructing him to cable, at the earliest moment, names of the vessels ordered by £he Secretary of the Nayy to proceed to Samoa to take the place of thoso wrecked. Alejo the number of men and officers carried by each ship j its tonage and horse power ; number, slaa and kind of guna ; whether these vessels are equ'pped with torpedos, and whether the sending of there velpforoements to Samoa will weaken the American Navy In any other part of the world to any considerable extent. The Minister was also Instructed to find oat and report tQ the German foreign Offiao without loss of time the condition of the new vessels m progress of construction. A Saint J«go correspondent of the Valparaiso " Merourlo " writes under date February 20:h— " la less than a week the bodies of seven murdered people have been found In different streets of this pity, Of this number five at least bear marks proving murder." The Paris " Figaro" says the marriage of Prlnoe Alexander of Battenbarg to Mdle Lolalnger was a fraudulent proceeding, and tb?t the Prlnoe wae aware of Its Illegality bat deliberately oonnlved at lt f The number of deaths from famine at Shantung up to Maroh 22nd, was appall. Ing. Many had committed anlolde through despondenoy, as the harvest could not yet be gathered In for three months. The Pope's Inoome for 1888 amounted to £504,000, of which £371,00Q oarae from Poter's paaoe, and £133,000 from Interest on money Invested oat of Italy. The outlay of the Vatican amounted only to £340,000. This is a highly satisfactory balance sheet, but it does not take Into account £480,(100 which his Holiness reoelved In money presents during the Jubilee. The verdict against Labouohera, returned on Maroh 25th, In the Meroler libel suit, was 40s. The Rev Ohas. Samner Hard, of the Parmenter Unitarian Chapel, Boston, Masa, committed suicide In London. A natural gas woll of terrific volume and pressure was struok near Palestine, Ohio, on April 4h. At a depth of 700 ft the drilling toola were blown high Into the air. Several buildings were destroyed, nnd four men wore fatally Injured, The flame of the bl&zlng gas was over 50ft high. At a oolorod Methodist Conference at Paris (Ky.) the first day'a aosalon was marked by a murder, on aoooant of a Negro named Pago ocoupylog a pew rented by another named KelHa, The latter ordered Page oat, and he not being |m 0 borrjtogo, w<ig W !jHd. by th« paw.

ijßaee and thrown oat. men ±*age drew a revolver and ohot Kellls, narrowly cnlaslng the Bishop at the same time. A Dakota huntor, whose brother had been murdared by Indians, killed elevon if the aams party who attacked him iv his oabln on March 30th, reaoned his brother's body, and took It to the white settlement cur burial. Harriet Beeoher Stowe, the. authoress of "Unole Tom's Cabin," haa lost her mind «Dd become an imbeclL. Nine elaatrlo light companies a;e about to cnsolldite, for the reason that no money ia being made by anyone standing apart, as they do at present. The amount involvod Is 200,000,C00d01aConsiderable disappointment prevails amorg Republican Negeoos m the Southern States' m regard to the appointments to offine by President Harriton. They want federal positions, and the appointing power is fighting shy of them. The Republican party dislikes the negro as much as tho Democrats do. The *« Freeman'e Journal " says Bgan'a appointment as Araerloan Minister to ObiH w.ll delight Irishmen, and comments on the polioy towards Ireland pursued by England, where Egan la a hunted outlaw k A remarkable literary find was made In the olty of Mexico on Maroh 21it by a Uailforolan tourist named Sutro. It Is the first folio of Shakespeare's playa, dated 1623, and was found at a booksailer's acd was bought for a few dollars. Copies* such as this are said to command 6000dols m London.

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SAN FRANCISCO MAIL NEWS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2121, 29 April 1889

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SAN FRANCISCO MAIL NEWS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2121, 29 April 1889