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The following letters, which explain themselves, were read byMr Fisher in the House on Thursday:— *' Consolaso diS.M. ilke d'ltalia in Australia, Melbourne, 12th November, 1888. Dear Sir, I beg to acknowledge the receipt of the copy you were kind enough to forward to me of the correspondence passed between the Governor of New Zealand and the French Vice-Consul at Wellington re Gasparini. It will be my duty to forward it to the Italian Government for their information, in case the complaint of the French Vice-Consul should be referred from Paris to Rome. In the meantime, having perused the correspondence, I wish to reiterate my full and unconditional approval of every step you took in the matter. As Italian Consular Agent your duty and right of interfering in the narrow limits in which you kept yourself could not be disputed, and I would not expect any of our Consular Agents - to do more or less than what you did in the case. As to your position vis a-vis of the laws of the country, your interference has been so fully vindicated by the Hon. Chief Justice of the colony, that it would be presumption on my part to say anything more on the subject.— I have, etc, G. Branchi, Consul for Italy. The Hon. G. Fisher, Consular Agent for Italy, Wellington."—"Consolato di S.M. il Be d'ltalia in Australia, Melbourne, 24th February, 1889. Sir, —I am in receipt of a despatch from Signor Criapi, the 'Minister of Foreign Affairs, under date of 12th January, at Borne, in which he requests me to inform you that the action taken by you in the case of Gasparini has not only his entire approval, but, should the same result in a reclamation being made upon you by the French Government, he will not fail to properly represent the matter to that Govern-

rhent, and uphold the legality of the action taken by you in the premises.—l have, etc., 0. A. Spknckh, Vice-Consul and ActingConsul for' Italy. Hon. George Fisher, Consular Agent for Italy, Wellington."

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THE GASPARINI INCIDENT., Issue 7947, 1 July 1889

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THE GASPARINI INCIDENT. Issue 7947, 1 July 1889

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