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[per press association.]

London, April 17. The official average of the Victorian ■ Loan is £101 10s sd, the Loan selling at 31s 6d premium. The solicitor of the Tichborne family is, engaged examining documents forwarded on behalf of the latest claimant, who is an Australian resident. News has been received that a number- of extensive caves, showing ancient workings, have been discovered in Swaziland. The workings are exceed-, ingly rich, and good authorities believe them to be the mines from which Solomon obtained vast quantities of gold. , The Trades Unions have published a manifesto, stating that May 1 is uneuitable for "the eight hours' demonstration in Hyde Park, and appointing r , Sunday; May 4, instead. After a stormy meeting between the representatives of workmen and " the Chamber of Commerce, it was •' ultimately decided that twelve trades , should be represented on the Concilia- -,*; tion Committee.

The men assert that the master ■}' bootmakers are shuffling, and insist that the question of enlarging . and improving the' workshops should be jpromptly settled. Miss Stairs, a young danseuse, claims £5000 damages from Sir George Elliott, for breach of, promise of • marriage. <

Sir Charles Dilke has declined to contest the Kensington seat. Prince George has been gazetted to " H.M.S. Thrush.

The evictions on the Ponsonby Estate are proceeding quietly. Mr Finch Hatton has had an interview with the Hon. S. Herbert with respect to the renewal of the agitation for the separation of Northern Queensland. '

"'. It is expected that the Behring Sea fishery dispute will be amicably settled on the lines suggested by the Canadian delegates.

London, April 18. Mr Goschen is willing to reduce the postal rates to India and the Colonies by all routes t& twopence half-penny if the Colonies concur. By this reduction he estimates a loss of £80,000.

The Budget estimated expenditure for the year is .£86,857,000, leaving an available surplus of £3,549,000. The coinage fund is restored, and a gold fund created and credited with £600,000 arising from Mint profits in the circulation of silver. The duty on silver, plate is remitted to the extent of £80,000, and that on tea reduced to fourpence per pound, and on currants to two shillings per hundredweight, as Greece is making important concessions with respect to the latter article. The house duty is reduced by £540,000, and there are several other minor reductions. The duty on British and Foreign spirits has been increased sixpence per gallon, which, with the additional beer duty imposed last year, will be handed to the local authorities.

Berlin, April 18. The Chancellor, in his speech, said it was essential to utilize the unofficial Press for the purpose of inflencing foreign opinion ; and it would be impossible to disavow any statements which is was found desirable to publish in the " Gazette." Pragujb, April 17. The young Czechs are denouncing the compromise recently arrived at, and the alliance of Bohemian and German elements.

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TELEGRAPIIC. HOME AND FOREIGN., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2405, 19 April 1890

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TELEGRAPIIC. HOME AND FOREIGN. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2405, 19 April 1890

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