A RR IVAL OF THE ENGLISH MAIL AT HOKITIKA. MELBOURNE. 1 8th January.
Tlso Avoen anchored in vhc- Day ni five o'clock ibis iii'ternocm. Tlie Adelaulf- t<*lfgjYUji.s arrived yesterday forenoon. The win- situation is little- nltered.ftnd the Russian question is so far settled that a Conference M;is to meet in London on 3rd January, Our latest dates are Christmas 'Day. The Avar continues to i-age with great slaughter* c '--*•*.-« - ; * -- 1 A great sortie from Pans failed, and the army of the Loire v, r as thoroughly beaten at all points. The Germans occupy Rouen. Havre, and Dieppe, while the French iieet are actually blockading their own ports. The French Government is removed to Bordeaux : and Tours, after a severe battle, is taken. Phalslmrg, Montmey. mid JBloifi. have surrendered. 10,000 fresh Landwehr are marching to the scene of operations. The bombardment of Paris delayed. Tlie famine is severe ; rats, cats, donkeys, and other animals, are being eaten, whilst hundreds of waggon loads of provisions are arriving from Germany to provision the city when (hey surrender, The army of the Xorth was lieing pursued by ManteufFel. Dijon was occupied by 24,000 Prussians on the 18th. After a severe battle, it was afterwards re-occupied by the French, but again taken by the Prussians on the 19th, when Prince William of Baden was wounded. The North German loan of £8,000,000 was readily subscribed in England. Tlie King of Prussia accepted the Imperial Crown from n Parliamentary deputation. Bright has resigned office' on. account of ill health. The Government released the Fenian prisoners, providing they live abroad. The Cerberus arrived" at Malta. The leading journals condemn suggestions that the Colonies should be neutral in time of war. Wool is active at late prices. Tallow has improved. New Zealand debentures, 100. Fresh European complications were likely to arise from "a * Russian note* stating that liuxembourg had violated the treaty, and that Prussia no longer recognised its neutrality: explanations followed, and the matter was arranged after England had claimed that the matter should be submitted to the guaranteeing Powers. The Atlantic cable of 18G5 is broken. President Grant's message desires a final settlement of the Alabama question, consistent with the honor and dignity of both nations. The course pursued by Canada on the fisheries question will compel the United States to protect the rights of its citizens. The Germans announce that at a Council of War they decided to bombard Paris as soon as their reinforcements arrived ; large supplies of siege ammunition and guns were daily arriving. The forts of Paris commenced a heavy fire on the night of the 20th. and the garrison next morning made an attack, but were repulsed after several hours 1 hard fighting. Rumours respecting the neutral Powers asking for an armistice have been prevalent since 10th December. A Bordeaux telegram, dated 23rd, states that General Decoury has occupied Mont Valerien, and that General Tinoy had captured Villary and Maison Blanch. M. Thiers will represent France in the London Conference on the Russian Question.
A victory for the French army in the Korth was reported In London, after =c-v«>n hours' fighting, ami Uvxi fresh opemtion'j j vreiv* imminent ; the Germans however. : declare the victory a defeat. j The Italian C'hnmhers approve of the | removal of the capital to Koine In six I montlis. | Gslle, 20th Dec. The steamer Mongolia, with the English Mail, arrived 1-1 hour^ late, eiud deraincd j the 2-vcc-i. j Thelndo-Europoan tele£fi*aph was work- i ing btidiy, an<l ineris:"ige< wti-e delayed, j The Batavin cwhle v:a? nil righi. There • are numerous passengers in the steamers . for India arriving by the cfinal. The proposed opynir.g cf tlie channel lietween India and Ceylon X referred to :i i committee of the Imperial I*ai-linni«.-nr. th? '¦ Cej'loii Go\"ei*nmont considering rhe pro- j posal for doclcs and harbors at C«>loiabo. ! r"iiug Howe, Chines plt-iii}>o\t-ntiarv- ! going to Europe, pn^ed with hK s\iir^ on the 23rd instant. Umnbers of Chinese and .lapaß*^^ aiv goiug to .Europe for education. The Germans are exjiflleil from Bar«one. and they express a hope that th^ Colony will Ik> traiisferrfd ut ili^ peace. Hei'ious tlisrurbo'ico- \m\-p- taken j»htee fit .Java. Calcutta. 19th Doc. The Countess of Mayo has arrived. Crriiaovvvar. a native chief, is demL Tlk' teh*£raph f»» Burmah "will be laid *oon. Boosey and Madras railway is mtupleted. niid opens in February. Rice and groin f*rops aiv good. 'A I I pfti^sons have Ix-en killed hv riger^ during the lust year. Thore me considettible tlirttnrbancH^s amongsi; ihe native chiefs in Arabis*. The French Minister has ac-ee}»ted indemnity f*n* the massacre fit Tientsin. Mr. Reward was properly received m Pekln. '