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Received Oclobor 27, 10.30k a> m,) LARGE FIUEH, JSyi»>ex, October 27. Two larg« fires.ocQU,?red; jifewc^le,'

yesterday ; a sawmill and blook of ten brick houses being destroysd. The damage is estimated at £7000. CABLE RATES. I Mklbo(.~rxk, October 27. The Pastoralisfcs' Union is formulating a scheme to organise free shearers. Adelaide, October 27. In reply to a joint communication from Postmasters-General of th« ruinous colonies, asking whether the system of differential cable rates is practicable m view of the refusal of the Imperial Government to contribute to subsidy, Sir John Ponder says Rich system is impracticable under resolutions arrived at at the International Telegraph Convention held recently'at Adelaide. He also says that telegraph companies will be no party to adopjabn of retaliatory measures, as the Imperial Government is on friendly relations with them, and are favorably disposed to grant concessions to them. Governments of other colonies have not yet replied.whether they are prepared to make up the loss sustained by South Australia on the overland,route. - :■ NORTH AND SOUTH QUEENSLAND. Brisbane, October 24. In th« Legislative Assembly Sir S. Griffiths brought down a statement dealing fully with proposals for giving partial autonomy to Northern and Central parts of Queensland. The statement declares that, while Mr Macßossan's proposals that territorial separation of the Northern portion of the colony is desirable, it would have been accepted three years ago, but it is now too late, as the Northern part of the colony is determined to have total separation. At present it is uncertain whether the question will be further debated this session. ■ • - SHIPPING CASI7ALITY; Melbourne, October 27. i'h c steamer Age, bound from Ade laide, broke her shaft during a galcand rapidly drifted past the heads and Wilson's promontory towards the eastward. Ten of the crew m one of the ships boats reached th« shore with difficulty to get assistance, for the disabled steamer. ' .' "!k' THREE MEN DROWNED. Three men were drowned m Hobson's Bay yesterday by the capsizing of a boat m a gale. '•• '. SHIPPING. : Albany, October 26. Arrived, Parramatta from . Plymouth. Passengers for New Zealand Mr Frier and Miss Renwick.

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AUSTRALIAN, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2554, 27 October 1890

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AUSTRALIAN Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2554, 27 October 1890

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