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Borne and Foreign,

The Cork Defence Union have declared a dividend of 31 per cent, on the capital invested in working boycotted farms.

The Rev. Mr Hannay advocates the establishment of a united Australian Congregational college. He asserts there is ample local material to form a strong theological faculty. The ‘ Lancet ’ condemns the apathy of the New South Wales Government in tolerating quackery in all its mischievous forms.

The same paper, in an article dealing with Australian wines, states that they are rapidly rising to the level of the best samples of French and German wines. It considers that the Hubert Vineyard product will compare favorably with French, and admits that it is only prejudice that retards its use in England. The ‘ Spectator,’ referring to Mr Dillon’s explanation re the funds of the National League, says it entirely overthrows the contention of the Pnrnellite party that the movement is conducted solely on constitutional lines. It asserts that the League are unable to obtain funds in England without explaining for what purpose they are expended. The delegates therefore prefer Australia and America as a field for collecting subscriptions, as in those countries no questions are asked.

There is a poor demand for New Zealand hemp. Sixteen hundred bales were offered at to-day’s auction. Sixty bales only were sold, at prices ranging from L 29 to L3l.

The prospects of the harvest in England are very promising. It is expected that the yield in France will reach the average; but drought has to some extent damaged the Russian harvest, and both in Germany and Austria certain parts have been affected by the same cause. Alexander Sullivan, who is charged with the murder of Dr Cronin, has been liberated on bail, the security being 20,000d01. President Kruger of the Transvaal has despatched General Smit with a strong artillery escort to Swarziland. The general supposition is that the action foreshadows the annexation of that country. The Rev. Glynn Moate, principal of Ridley Hall, Oxford, who was nominated by the Anglican Synod of Sydney, has declined the Bishopric of Sydney. The Rev, Canon W. S, Smith, principal of Hardan’s College (theological) Birkenhead, who was also nominated, has not yet decided whether he will stand for election. Mr Gladstone has met with unexampled enthusiasm in his tour through Cornwall, especially at Launceston and Plymouth. Lord Adelbert Percy Cecil, son of the Marquis of Exeter, has been drowned at Ontario. At the Samoan Conference at Berlin a treaty has been signed, America having abandoned her principal objections. The text of the treaty is being kept secret, but it is understood that it provides that affairs will remain in stain quo until December next, in order that the American Senate may have a chance of ratifying the terms. The agreement also guarantees the autonomous administration of the island under the joint control of Germany and America, with Great Britain as arbitrator in the event of any difference arising. The Samoans are to be allowed to elect their own King and Viceroy. A Senate (composed of the principal chiefs) and a Lower Chamber are allowed, the members of the latter to be elected by the people. Permission is given for the levying of duties, but the importation of arms and liquors is restricted. Germany is to receive a certain amount as indemnity in connection with the recent quarrels. The treaty arranges for the establishment of special courts to deal with all disputes in connection with land. The various Consuls representing the three countries interested are to control the municipal government in Apia generally. All questions relating to the property of foreigners are to be referred to a judge, who will be appointed by America, Germany, and England. Secretary Blaine has expressed an opinion that the treaty is eminently satisfactory. General Boulanger asserts that on the eve of the Schnaebell incident he, when French Minister of War, secretly equipped an army reserve, thus giving France a total of 600,000 troops over the strength of the German army, but M. Fearon’s hostility led to a revelation, which enabled Germany to regain the equality. The statement is causing a good deal of sensation in political circles both in Paris and Berlin, The Turkish Envoy to Vienna has warned the Porte that unless European diplomacy moderates its hostility towards the Regents of Servia, Austria will be compelled to go to war. The Porte has reinforced the garrison on the Servian frontier, and despatched troops to Crete. Artin Effendi, the Christian Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs, who holds the rank of Vizier, states that if the vassal States are attacked the Porte would remain neutral, unless the integral part of Turkey were invaded. The Servian Regents have favorably received the proposals from Russia for an immediate military convention between Russia and Servia.

The ‘Fremdenblatt,’ in an article dealing with European affairs, declares that neither Austrian or any of the Groat Powers can afford to remain illo onlookers if Servia attempts to translate the liberal programme into action. . A revolt in favor o i Pnnco Peter .Karao'eorgovitch is imminent in Servia, The Porte has reinforced the garrisons on the Servian and Bosnian frontiers by 00,000 men. Tho Czar has declined to visit Berlin because he fears an attempt will be made on his life by Nihilists.

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YESTERDAY’S CABLES., Issue 7935, 17 June 1889

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YESTERDAY’S CABLES. Issue 7935, 17 June 1889

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