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Home and Foreign.

It is expected the charge of murder, on -which Father M'Fadden stands committed for trial, will be withdrawn. The charges against several others, who are alleged to be implicated in the death of Inspector Martin, will, however, be gone on with. The Antwerp wool sales will extend from the 20th to the 25 th. Fifteen thousand bales will be offered, including 1,000 from Australia. The Shaw, Savill and Albion Company's new steamer Marmari has been launched.

The 'Economise' urges that the colony of Western Australia should be strictly limited to the present centres of population, and it would then probably not exceed the area of Victoria. General Boulanger has been entertained at a banquet by Baroness Burdett Ooutts.

The theory at first set up that Dr Cronin, a friend of Major Le Caron's, had been murdered at Chicago, has been abandoned.

Mr Reeks, of Sydney, purposes building a yacht to compete for the America Cup. Count De Jouffroy d'Abbans, until recently French Consul in New Zealand, has been appointed French Ambassador at Zurich.

During the year 1888 there were 1,628 criminals eligible for transportation to French penal settlements. The officials admit that the character of the recidivistes is becoming worse. The Austrian and French Governments have agreed to be officially represented at the International Labor Protection Congress to be held in Berne next September. It is believed that the Committee of the Senate appointed to inquire into the charges against General Boulanger have unanimously decided that he should be prosecuted. Sir P. Dillon Bell and Sir W Buller were among those present at the banquet given in the Exhibition buildings by Sir Polydore De Keyser to the Lord Mayor of Paris. The Municipal Council of Paris have entertained M. Sadi Carnot at a banquet at which 600 guests attended. President Carnot rendered homage to the foreign Commissioners at the Exhibition. It is reported in Brussels that news has been received of Stanley's movements, and that he is nearing Zanzibar, and also that he is expected to reaoh London in about three months. Over 100,000 colliers are out on Strike at Westphalia. Another collision has occurred between the military and strikers, in which several of the

latter were killed, besides a number injured. The miners are bitterly incensed against the military portion o£ Westphalia, Those on strike insist on the adoption of the eight hours system. The Reichstag has adopted a Bill providing for the insurance of aged and indigent workmen. The Italian Government have refused to extradite two murderers who came to Italy from Pennsylvania. The British expedition against Ivitvns hatib»en successful, over 150 of th" on-iiiv being kill-.■<!. The Canadian Pari Lm.sit have limited the Vancouver-Australian mail contract to ten years. An amendment, moved by Mr Laurells, to the effect that the advantages to be derived from this service did not justify the amount to be paid as a subsidy, was rejected by a majority of 22. The voting was as follows :—For payment of the subsidy, 77 ; against, 55. While the cage in the Kaska Colliery, Pennsylvania, was descending, the rope snapped, and the cage fell a distance of 500 ft, killing ten colliers who were in it.

News has been received from Honolulu of the death of Father Damien, who took up his quarters with the lepers at Molokai, Hawaiian Islands, and contracted the disease. The reverend gentleman wa3 highly respected, and his death has occasioned deep regret throughout New York, and also in London.

Information has reached Hongkong that the Maridinas has been in collision off the Philippine Islands and sixty persons drowned. Captain Wissman, who is in charge of German operations on the coast of Zanzibar, with a force of 900 men, attacked the rebel leader Bushire, at Bangomeo, at the head of 600 Arabs. After severe fighting Bushire was badly beaten and fled, leaving eighty killed. Captain Wissman lost three officers, forty blacks, and several white men.

A sharp encounter has taken place between the troops of the Negus and the dervishes at Serra. The latter, who were driven off, left eighty killed on the field. It is reported at Massowah that Ras Aloula, the Abyssinian commander, has been killed by dervishes.

Before * The Times '-Parnell Commission to-day Father Considine was examined, and stated that the National League had never brought to justice any person who had committed crime. He admitted saying in 1880 that every wretch who refused to join the League deserved to go to cold, dead damnation. Father Considine then went on to describe the distressed condition of tenants living in Mayo, and said that their houses were worse than the kennels and stables of wealthy landlords. No attempt whatever had been made to alleviate their misery, and neither Lord Dillon, who is an extensive land owner in Mayo, nor his predecessor, had ever seen one of the 4,500 tenants on their estate. Ho admitted having encouraged priests to become members of the League, and urged them to maintain its legality. The suppression of the League had, he said, caused a revival of secret societies. He disapproved of boycotting and shunning men as if they were lepers. The details cabled yesterday of the fight between the troops of the Negus of Abyssinia and Dervishes, during which King Jolin was killed, referred to the battle which took place early in April, and are not in any way connected with King Menelek, who recently proclaimed himself Negus.

Australian. The shipment of apples by the Rotomahana to Sydney have arrived in excellent condition. Sir T. Esmonde and Messrs John Dillon and Deasy, Irish delegates, on arrival at Sydney received a great ovation, immense crowds turning out to meet them. Trouble is brewing among the coal miners at Newcastle. The men working in the Waratah mine have passed a resolution demanding an increase of 6d per ton in hewing rates, and as the proprietors do not feel inclined to agree to the request a strike i 3 feared.

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YESTERDAY'S CABLES., Issue 7905, 13 May 1889

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YESTERDAY'S CABLES. Issue 7905, 13 May 1889

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