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[per press association.]

Auckland, May 23.

- : Tho Mariposa arrived at midnight from San Francisco. Passengers—Mr and. Mrs E. C. Riez, Mrs J. W. Curtis, Mrs D. Gall, Mr and Mrs H. W. Heath, Mr E. T. White, Mr Frank Barbour, Mr TJios. Mackenzie^ M.H.R., for Clutha, Otago, and one in steerage, and nineteen in ," transit for Sydnoy.


;';-■'-' London, May 3. : ' It is well known in Court circles here : that Queen Victoria's health is seriously impaired. She is suffering from incurable > dropsy, which is only prevented from taking a malignant form by medical skill. '.j.-. ; Twenty known survivors of the BalaKlava charge were found in workhouses in . London recently, most of them in a pitiably destitute state. A public subscription for" their relief was started, and the total result was only £24. ';hr\ zPe^' the American Lawn Tennis chaml^,..-. pion, played a match on April 25thi at .. - _ the ;Queen's Club, London, against Sir . ' Edward Gray, th« English amateur cham- ■ pion. .Petit won nix games to five. ' . At. the conclusion of a bull fight; at ;■ ■■ Guadaloupe, April 20, a section: of the '■' amphitheatre collapsed, throwing thou- :■ Hands of spectators to the ground. . Hun- • dreds bruised by the Ml were trampled *'L oh and their sufferings intensified, but c"*(-'strange to say no lives were lose.

y Prince Napoleon has written to President Carnot," protesting against the latter's visit to Napoleon's first home in Corsica as sacrilege. He asks what there is in common between the First Consul who

made the new France and Carnot's Govern- ." "menb which is disorganising the country. The labor movement is occasioning such wholesale changes in the location of „,.troops in the Austrian Empire that the military condition of the country resembles that of a time of war. The major portion of the Cracow garrison is distributed throughout the Ostrow district. -> Five sisters named Dommorioff, the i youngest 19 years old, committed sucicide i. iat Moscow on April 24. Ashes found in the

apartment showed that they had burned a number of papers before taking their 5 jlives. It is believed that that fears of

arrest as Nihilists led to their murder,

- Sweden has'granted Dr Frith of Manscn r. 2000 crowns in support of his proposed - expedition of discovery to the North Polo. The expedition will start in February ; 1892, and passing through the Suez " Canal will reach Behring Straits in July. j.'JLwhaler is being built for the purpose. t^Dnly twelve sailors and four scientists ■ will start on this expedition. Five years' > stock of provisions will bo carried. Bismarck, speaking to a deputation, declared with some emotion that he would '■gladly have remained in office if the 'Emperor had so desired. He attributed his removal to the intrigue of his op- , ponents, especially a Minister who owed his position to him. Ho admitted that he differed from the Emperor on the labor .'. question. The Government's present policy, ho said, must entail harsh dealings with Socialists. Count Herbert Bismarck said he wished to leave'the treadmill of \ office, but his father desired to remain. '' v- The disputes between England and Portugal are again approaching a crisis. The delays of the Portugese Government,

'arid the aggressive actions of its agents in Mozambique are exhausting British patience.. Two stern-wheel steamers are being built by the English for an expedition on the Shire river to be armed -with batteries of Hotchkiss guns. Should Portugal persist in her policy of procrastination, a demand will be made upon her for the payment of £2,500,000 due to England since the Peninsular war, when Portugal was saved by Wellington from annihilation. Mrs Delia Parnell, mother of the Irish leader, writes to a New York morning paper oii April 28th, contradicting the story to the effect that she is not destitute, and reiterates her former statement. She says " pen and pencil fail to portray my extreme case, and none has told my extreme sufferings from the cold that has been clinging to me for weeks. I would not now be alive but for benevolent people who have provided for me ; for .'it my advanced age I was fast dying of cold and starvation."

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Arrival OF THE 'FRISCO MAIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2438, 24 May 1890

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Arrival OF THE 'FRISCO MAIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2438, 24 May 1890

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