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GENERAL SUMMARY.

London, April 20th to May Bth

The Eufjlish lurf.

A gkand international steeplechase, four miles, was won by ltegal, Torpedo second, jt'ainvind third. The " Daily Telegraph " says of Foxhall: He has beaten everything except the Derby winner, and no better three-year-old has been seen this year in public, although liiss compatriot, Barrett, despite his 3tcep aud upright shoulders, carried the largest weight of American money. Our enterprising kinsmen may be congratulated upon having sent us in Foxhall such a. colt as must gladden the hearts of all good iud»cs of horsellesh. The colt, too, if he remains sound, will make his mark upon the English sward. Within the last twenty-eight days 1500 eases of smallpox have been refused admission to the hospitals, because they were full. During the same period 297 persons died iv their own homes from smallpox. There are now 1014 cases of smallpox in the London hospitnl.and only|onc bed available. 1 be epidemic has much increased in violence latterly. About 10 per cent, of the discs prove fatal. During the past fortnight 153 persons have died in the hO3pital from smallpox. The Queen and Princess Beatrice drove to Ilughenden Manor to-day to visit the tomb of Beaconslicld. The Earl of Shrewsbury eloped with Mrs Miller Mundy. of Shipley, Derbyshire. The fugitive pair fled to Strasburg, where the lady's relatives overtook them, gave the Earl a sound thrashing and brought, the lady buck to Kngland. Daring tun debate in tho Reichstag on the bill restricting the municipal house tax in the case of the imperial employes, fixing tho maximum, liichtcr attacked the bill. Bismarck, replying, said he intended to mova at tho next session for the removal of the German aud Prussian Governments to some other city more equitable in her demands, and less likely to influence Parliament and officials. It would then be seen what value Berlin attached to_the presence of the central authorities. War between Japan and China is considered probable. A terrible epidemic, somewhat akin to typhus, is making great havock among the hursos of Parip. The Paris Omnibus Company ia siiid to have lost 75 000 francs. The tioyal Commissioners report a depressed condition of Great Britain, partly produced by the unfavourable weather. American competition, local taxation and its exacting conditions, and the increased price of labour. Estimating the entire produce as of the value of £260,000,000 for the last live year.", the deficiency is now fully £200,000,000, which was entirely expended abroad and therefore lost to Ihc country. Consequently the entire manufacturing interests are severely depressed. The debate over the promised introduction of the Oaths bill was of a very heated character. The chances arc that tho discussion of the bill will famish tho most irritating features of tho session. The Conservatives oppose it, mainly for the reason that the passage ot the bill will admit another member of the Ministerial party. Bradlaugh snid that if the bill should fail to pass he would present himself at tho bar of the House every day aud oiler to take the oath, and continue to do so until imprisoned or bis scat declared vacant. In the latter case he should carry his case to bis constituents, and keep this up till he should worry the House into giving him his seac. In the House of Commons the bill for closing bar-rooms in Wales on Sundays was read a second time lfilUo 17. Dogciof defeated the Kroumiers on Tuesday, killing 400 of the enemy. The French have taken possession of Beja and a further advance will be made. Several Arab Sheiks are preaching a holy war agaiust the invader?. In the lialtic pioviuccs of llusßiu an agitation has heguu for more liberal land laws ; public executions will be forbidden hereafter, A semi-oliicial journal of St. Petersburg reports, without qualilication, the statement of a Kussian courier about a .Russian escort going to Kabul with the family of Abdur .Rahman Khan, Amir■ of Afghanistan. If the statemeut is correct, it seems difficult to reconcile it with the orders of tbe late Czar that no visits or communications with Kabul shoud be exchanged, orwith the wish of the present Czar to cultivate friendly relatious with Eugli.-h regarding Central Asia.

Lonsdalc, lately in America with his yacht, lias purchased a steamer of 1,000 tons burdcu to attempt to reach the North Pole from this side. A Catholic Congress will be held iv October at Madrid, which will be attended by Catholic notabilities from every part of the world. A bootmaker named Vogcl, at Vienna, killed his wife aud four children, and alterward cut them up in pieces. Reports of the death of the King of Abyssinia are uufouuded. Heir Geilmrd Kohlfs reached here from his mission on behalf of the German Emperor to King John. He says he rnet'Witli a cordial reception. The King charged him to negotiate peace between Abyssinia aud Egypt. Six thousand Albanians attacked three companies of Turkish troops near Frissendo. The Turks were hard pressed, but Dcrvisch Pasha arrived With four companies of troops and totally defeated the Albanians. The combined losses were 1,800 killed aud wounded. The family of Abdur l'ahman Khan, Amir of Afghanistan, consißting of his three wives, four children, and lifty servants, with a native escort of 200 Afghan Turconnius, arrived at Samarcimd, Asiatic Russia, on April 12th, and go to Kabul, accompanied by Colonel Kolesuikoff, Captain Drepcr, Council or ShakdaliDakoff, and a detachment of Cossacks. A steamer got aground in Suez Caual on May 2nd and stopped the traffic. The fanatical populace of Eiizabethgrod, in tne recent riots, pillaged several houses bclougiug to Jews. One Jew was killed and several other persons were injured by the rioters. Au investigation is in progress. Oue hundred Jewish houses were pillaged and destroyed, the walls and roofs only being lett standing. Two hundred people were injured. The greater part of Krasnoyarsk, the second most important city in Siberia, has been destroyed by fire.

The Kussian ship Noozard, with 350

exiled Nihilists on board, has passed the Bosphonis route for Saghaloin. Of 183 arrests of suspected Nihilists, 35 remain in custody. 12,000 convicts have been sent to Siberia. Fresh excesses havo been committed against the Jews at Argenan, West Prussia, but the gendarmes have restored order there, and arc now preserving it. A number of Jewish families have lied.

The anti-Jewish petition in Germany received 225,000 signatures, including many noblemen, officers of army, and oflicials. The telegraph is at last to bo iutroduced in China, between Shanghai and Tient-sin. The Grand Duke Nicholas has been imprisoned iv the fortress at Duuaburg. There was a very affecting scene when the mother of the royal criminal took leave of him for ever. A despatch from Berlin says:— While the Czar remains in retirement in Gatchina the implacable enemies of his government are as dangerously busy as ever. Humours and reports of daring operations by Nihilists in disseminating manifestos conveying warnings to the Czar continue to reach heie. On Sunday last the police of Si. Petersburg were engaged iv searching for a miue near iSemiuoifosky bridge, though nothing soerna to have been found. The social and political atmosphere is growing thicker aud thicker, and is freighted with omens of another approaching storm. Private letters received here describe the city as like a gloomy prison-house, where little is heard of the outside world, aud everybody lives in a constant state of painful suspense. The i chief journals still appear with mourni'ii" borders. ° The new Kussuu Czar appears to bo i deficient in resolution, courage and sound ! political sense. Since he has been wearing , the purple of Autocrat he has attracted atttntion only as a ruler afraid his subjects may kill him, and yet too weak to adopt measures either of conciliation or for defence on open ground. His voluntary close im- ! pnsonment in the suburban fortress-palace (near hi. Petersburg calls to mind the I stories of insane cowardice told of an ancient lyraut of Syracuse; while his Jatc-t | reported proposal to transfer himself to Warsaw for .renter security to his pßtaon mcreases the former suspicion ihat he is made of stuff wholly unlit fur the government of men in stormy times if not absolutely frightened out of his senses Old Micholaa would have suffered himself

to be h&cKed into mincemeat beforehe would have set such an example of fear to his subjects. Of course it will be just as easy perhaps easier, for the Nihilists to kill hint at Warsaw as at St Petersburg ; and he cannot reasonably expect any sympathy from the Poles, whom his dynasty has so cruelly oppressed, An English Compauy has bought a tract of land in upper Egypt, and stocked it with sheep and cattle. Labour is exceedingly cheap, the soil is fertile, and the climate favourable to tiie enterprise. The inten. tion is to ship tho wool and live stock to England. A large sum is invested in thi3 undertaking. Carlyle's niece has published a letter stating that her uncle left written instruc. tions that his reminiscences were only to be published after caicful editing, and she had never heard that these instructions were orally revoked, as Mr Froude asserts. Mr Froude writes to the " Times " that ia 1871 Carlyle gave him tho manuscript 0 £ his reminiscences with the instructions of 1806' attached thereto. Froude expressed the opinion that the greater part of the reminiscences should be published as it mas. Carlyle replied that he left the decision oi the matter to Froude. ■ Subscriptions have been opened to raise £5000 to complete and beautify Ilughenden Church as a memorial to Lord Bcaconsfield. Six of the windows arc to be illuminated and the interior decorated. A handsome spire will be erected, with a peal of bells, the churchyard enclosed with handsome railings and a monument placed over BCacousficld's vault.

Wagner's Kibulmgeu Trilogy was began at the Victoria Theatrc,Bcrlin,There Was an immense crowd of spectator?, and great enthusiasm was displayed.

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GENERAL SUMMARY., Auckland Star, Volume XII, Issue 3382, 30 May 1881

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GENERAL SUMMARY. Auckland Star, Volume XII, Issue 3382, 30 May 1881

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