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Home and Foreign.

The latest Derby quotations are;— 9to 4 against Donovan, 7 to 2 Eldorado, 15 to 1 Chitabob, 16 to 1, Gulliver, 100 to 6 Gay Hampton and Miguel. The widow of Irving Bishop, the thought reader, asserts that her husband was dissected while in a cataleptic trance, and that he had frequently lain in a state of catalepsy for a period of forty-eight hours. Mrs Bishop states that autopsy was performed before his friends and relatives were able to interfere. The will of the deceased gentleman ordered that his body was not to be touched until decomposition was in an advanced stage. The widow accuses the medical gentlemen who performed autopsy of murder.

The appeal made by Lady Sandhurst against the decision of the Court that women are ineligible for seats on the County Council has been dismissed. Lord Coleridge, Lord Chief Justice of England, holding that w’hile women could exercise the right to vote for candidates for a county council they could not sit as members of the Council.

The Globe Sugar Refinery, which is the largest in Greenock, has closed, owing to the increased cost of raw sugar. A deputation from the Fruit-growers’ League waited on Sir Saul Samuel to-day asking if the Government of New South Wales would offer any facilities for acquiring land in that colony for fruit culture, and whether they would contribute towards the expense entailed in sending out an expert to report on the capabilities of the colony. In reply, Sir Saul Samuel doubted if the Government would grant any pecuniary assistance to private enterprise, but would gladly offer every information in their possession on the subject. The Standing Committee on Trade have rejected the clause in the Weights and Measures Bill compelling the sale of wheat by weight. It is reported that Her Majesty the Queen will shortly spend a week in Ireland. Mr Garner, the Australian theatrical manager, has been entertained by Mr X L. Toole, the comedian, at a banquet at the Garrick Club.

Mr A. J. Balfour, Secretary for Ireland, has promised to shortly introduce in the House of Commons the Irish Drainage of Land Bill and the Light Railways Bill for Ireland.

A resolution, moved by Mr Bradlaugb, objecting to the proposed terms of commuting perpetual pensions, was rejected by a majority of 49.

The Budget has passed through committee. Mr Gladstone’s motion, providing for equalising the death duties on real and personal estate, was rejected by a majority of 76.

The capital of the new Comptoir d’Escompte, amounting to 40,000,000fr, has been subscribed threefold. The applicants for shares are chiefly shareholders in the old company, German merchants are promoting a society for the purpose of establishing German merchants and manufacturers abroad.

In response to a suggestion from Emperor William, the Municipal Council is making preparations for an imposing welcome to King Humbert of Italy on his arrival in Berlin on a visit to the Emperor. The Central Association sugar industry of Austria and Hungary have adopted a resolution hostile to the Sugar Convention. Emperor William has advised a deputation from the Essen colliery proprietors who waited upon him to keep in close touch with the workmen, and use every effort to provide for their welfare, It is probable that a compromise will be arranged on the basis of eight hours’ labor with increased wages. By a disastrous fire which occurred at Quebec 500 houses were destroyed; Over 1,000 people have been rendered homeless, and are now camped out in the fields.

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Home and Foreign., Issue 7910, 18 May 1889

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Home and Foreign. Issue 7910, 18 May 1889

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