£P» Pbus iwoouszos J Lokdov, Bfty 16. The carrying oat of the Canadian Aurttaiian Mail contract is contingent upon Sir John Macdonald arraogtng with Boglzod for a faster Atlantic Service, \ Her Majesty the Queen has declined thejreaoeit of Sir H, I^ch to sit for her portrait for the colony of Victoria. Lokdok, May 18* Ills rumored that David Christie Mumy ? the novelist will shortly visit Australia ©n a lecturing tour, Peter Jackaon, the colored Australian fighter, will, it is belie Ted, shortly write m Koglaad, when he will accept dtalieoges thrown cut on behalf of Slavin. In the House of Commons to-day, Mr Gocchen, the GhanceUor of the Ejtcheqao?, m reply to a question plaoed on the Order Paper by Mr HennikerHest^n, said GoTenunent would deelins to oomider the propriety of appointing • Committee to enquire into and report oc the question of cable communication between England and the rest of the empire. Another motion which Mr Heatoa had on the paper relative to penny post* «ge was replied to by Mr Smith, the leader of the House of Commons. Mr Smith -declined to facilitate a disoussion on extension of penny postage throughout the empire and America m order to e&teaie the introduction of the Jubilee «f the penny postage system m the Ifaited Kingdom. The Grtjmonth Gold Dredging Company, with a capital of £20,000, hil
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