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Melbourne, September 26. Gold Reef is scratched for the Melbourne Cup, and Rhymer for the Caulfield Cup. The annual report- of the Railway Commissioners has been presented to Parliament. Tbe revenue was £3,131,000, and expenditure, £2,132,000. The revenue exceeds that of previous years by £26,800. The Carthage experienced great difficulty m towing the Tavinui m. The hawser parted twice while the steamer was m a dangerous position. Perth, September 26.: The barque Denton Holme, formerly named Star of Denmark, bound from Glasgow to Perth, is ashore off Rottnest Island. The vessel is m a dangerous position, and it is believed will become a total wreck. Sydney, September 26. The motion to rescind the standing orders for the purpose of allowing fresh business to be taken after 11 p.m. was carried by a large majority, after the eldture had been twice applied. A report of an important character regarding the question of Australian defence has been prepared by the Imperial Committee appointed to consider colonial defences. Special reference is made to Major-General Edwards' recommendations, and copies of the report are. to be furnished to the various Governments; The Committee dealt with the defence of New Zealand and Major-General Edwards' remarks of 10th April, 1888, upon MajorGeneral Schaw's report, and while generally concurring with MajorGeneral Edwards' recommendations, the Committee deprecate the transference of more than one-hali! of the naval artillery, which appears, judging from its numbers, to be the popular force m the colony, and any reduction^ should be gradual. The Committee considers it Avould be advisable to introduce the system of a partially-paid force, as such would be,calculated to give a higher standard of efficiency than is provided for m a purely Volunteer force. On account of the distance which separates New Zealand from • Australia, the Committee are of opinion the defences of New Zealand must be dealt with independently. Doubt is expressed as to whether any advantage would be gained by amalgamating the permanent artillery and sub-marine force m that colony with those of the remaining colonies. The Committee also think it is desirable to provide for a better class of weapon than the Snider rifle, but express the belief that a total stand of eight thousand arms, instead of sixteen thousand, as was recommended!, would amply suffice to meet the requirements of New Zealand.

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AUSTRALIAN., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2529, 27 September 1890

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AUSTRALIAN. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2529, 27 September 1890