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Home and Foreign.

Mr W. H. Smith has decided not to proceed with the Bill to ratify the Su"ar Bounties Convention this session, as °Mr Gladstone proposed to raise a debate on the question. The Government hope to complete the Irish Drainage and Railways, Scotch Local Government, and Scotch University Bills, and prorogue by the middle of August. ' The Times' says that if an English regiment were sent to Victoria it would bo welcomed with enthusiasm all over the colony, and such a step would have tho effect of firmly cementing the loyalty of colonists. Sir James Fergusson stated in the House of Commons that the German Government did not approve of the action of the commander who arrested a British subject on board the steamer Richmond and searched the vessel for contraband cargo. He was informed that the German authorities were considering the propriety of compensating tho owners of the vessel.

The French Champagne Syndicate claim the exclusive right to use the word " champagne," and protest against Australian vignerons infringing their alleged rights.

The Swiss Government intend to create a special department to deal with foreign refugees who seek asylum in the country. Ten fatalities were caused by floods at Union Town, Kansas. The inhabitants were warned in time.

Maroney and Macdonald, who were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the murder of Dr Cronin, have been discharged, as it was found impossible to identify them. Admiral Krantz, French Minister of Marine, is reluctant to give way to pressure being brought to bear to induce the Government to immediately increase the strength of the navy equal to the united fleets of Italy and Germany. The outlay required to give effect to such a scheme is estimated at 50,000,000fr. The French Government have decided to re-form the Levant squadron, which was recently withdrawn. The utmost disorder prevails in Crete, and legal authority is completely set at defiance. Villages are being wrecked by bands of lawless marauders, property destroyed, and murders committed in all directions.

The London Central News Agency is informed that Frank Woodruffe, the waggoner, who confessed to complicity in the murder of J)r Cronin, lias made a further confession, in which he implicates Arthur Sullivan, P. O. Sullivan, Detective Coughlin, and M'Dougall. The Prince of Wales, in addressing a large meeting of the nobility and influential gentlemen at Marlborough House, stated that there were a quarter of a million lepers in India, and that the disease was increasing both in Africa and Australia. At the present time a leper was engaged in the London meat market. The Archbishop of Canterbury and Cardinal Manning also addressed the meeting The proposal for the establishment of a leper ward in London and a hospital at Molokai was approved. Before the Jockey Club, Lord Marcus Beresford, who was examined on behalf of Lord Durham, confirmed the statement that Wood was guilty of foul riding. He also characterised that jockey as a scoundrel. Lord Marcus acquitted Sir George Chetwynd of guilty knowledge in connection with Wood's riding. Particulars of the storm at Hongkong on May 29 show that the effects were most disastrous. The damage is estimated at a million dollars. All

business and shipping traffic were stopped. Tho lower parts of the town were deluged and turned into an immense lake. The loss of life was considerable, and though the exact number was not known, is probably not less than fifty. A shed, composed chiefly of matting, was struck by lightning, and eight of the occupants killed. Some idea of the nature of the storm may be gathered from the fact that in five hours 21in of rain fell. The total rainfall in three days was 43in.

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YESTERDAY'S CABLES., Issue 7937, 19 June 1889

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YESTERDAY'S CABLES. Issue 7937, 19 June 1889

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