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(Received Auguat 26, 2.30 p.m.)
Sydney, July 26.
News has been received here from the New Hebrides to the effect that a deputation of traders waited on the Governor of the French colony of New Caledonia and presented a petition asking that France should annex the group. The petition was signed by forty-two Englishmen, and fourteen of various nationalities except French. The Governor m replying to the deputation was guarded m his utterances, but said that the petition would receive the utmost consideration. Leavatt, a director of the Nickel Company, who is a visitor to the New Hebrides informed the natives that France would shortly annex Franceville, an important harbor m the group. "3 he barque George Noble has arrived at Havannah harbor, with all her crew Buffering from the effects of impure water. The captain, Gadogard, and three of the crew died from this cause, i
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