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(Per Hauroto at Auckland.)

AUCKLAND, August 15,

The Emperor William, at the banquet, replying to the toast of his health, expressed the hope that the friendship which had so long existed between the British and German soldiers would continue. He promised to do all in his power to maintain the good fellowship between the two nations. His Majesty left the Isle of Wight in the Imperial yacht Hohenzollern, and has returned to Berlin.

A party of Mahomedans shot an Italian soldier dead outside Candia, and the Italian Government have ordered a warship t ; rnocoed there and demand satisfaction,

Xl.e Christian majority in the Cretan Assembly are arming against the Mahomedans who are leading the revolt. Greece has sent a formal Note threatening to interfere unless order is restored, and the Greek fleet has been ordered to be in readiness to proceed to Crete. The English Government, replying to the Note, discourage any action being taken, Turkey declines to agree to mediation, and Kiamil Pasha, tho Grand Vizior, has made a demand to Greece for an explanation of the Note. It is reported that Sir George Grenfell has discovered documents in the possession of tho Dervishes proving that a number of Egyptian officials and many residents of Cairo are guilty of treason in connection with the recent using. The authenticity of this report has been denied, Tho prosecution of General Boulanger before the Senatorial High Court was opened at Paris on the Bth inst, by M. Quesnetz De Beaurapaire, the Procureur-General. Up to the present very little new evidence has been adduced.

Seven British men-of-war and two torpedo boats have loft Esquimalt for Behring Strait to protect British interests there, and to examine the course pursued by the American authorities.

News has reached Zanzibar that Stanley and Emin Bey, with 9,000 men and enormous quantities of ivory, are nearing the Zanzibar Coast. The date of their arrival there is at present unknown. When Searle was scuffing on the Thames in his Clasper boat lie came into collision with a large barge. The boat was smashed and sunk, but Searle reached the shore safely. During the discussion in the Houso of Commons on the night of the Bth inst. on the vote of the Irish Magistracy, Mr Parnell charged Secretary Balfour with making insulting gestures towards the Irish members. A scene of tremendous uproar arose, during which Mr Timothy Harrington advanced towards the Government benches in a menacing manner, but was held back. Much excitement prevailed in the Chamber, and order was restored with the utmost difficulty. The ‘ Record ’ states that Canou Saumerez Smith has accepted the Bishopric of Sydney. Frozen meat holders demand high rates. New Zealand mutton is quoted at sd, and lamb at 7jd. Sydney mutton, 41jd. Beef—3d for forequarters, and 4H for hindquarters. The weekly returns of the Bank of England show the reserve in notes and coin at LI 1,578.000, the percentage of reserve to liabilities being 36 j. Tho bank rate of discount is now quoted at 3 per cent, Consols, 98| (active); New Zealand 4 per cents., 106J (active). Sugar: German, cash price 19s; Java, 21s and quiet. Tho quantity of wheat and flour afloat for the United Kingdom is estimated at about 2,390,000 quarters, and for the Continent at about 232,000 quarters. The quantity of wheat and flour (American visible supply) is estimated at 12,025,000 bushels.

Australian wheat (ex warehouse), 39s 6d ; New Zealand wheat, long-berried (ex store), 39s and quiet, Largo presents of food aro being sent to Samoa. The latest reports show 30,000 human beings to be in a state of semi-star-vation.

H.M.S. Egeria has annexed the Phcenix and Union groups lying in the route of the Pacific cable. No opposition was offered. It is reported that the American flag was Hying on several of the islands of the group. [This important event took place early last month. The British flag was hoisted wth all duo ceremony at eight different islands, and tho gioups mentioned were thus foimally taken possession of by Captain Oldh- ra, the commander of the Egeria. The cause of the sudden annexation is the proximity of the groups to the route proposed for tho Pacific cable. The Union and Phcenix group-, it is stated, are almost in a line with the otDer islands north of the Equator annsx- d by Great Britain last year. Tho Union group fcis situated in latitude lOdeg south, longitude ICfldeg west, and the Fliteuix group extends from latitude like Bmin south to latitude 4deg SOmin south, and from longitude 17Id*g Bmin 3 Isec west to longitude 174d00r 40min west. Tho Union group is fertile and populous. At Atafu, tho principal island of tho group, Messrs Henderson and M'Farlane, of Auckland, have a trading station. The Phoenix Islands are of coral formation. 1 hey contain extensive guano deposits, which are worked by Solomon Island laborers employed by Mes-rs Arundel Brothers, of London.!

The German and Austrian Press regard with the warmest approval the reception cf Emperor William in England as indicating tho latter’s support of the Triple Alliance. ” The death is announced of M, Felix Pyat, tho well-known French Communist, in his seventy-ninth year. [M. Pyat was born on October 4,1810, and in bis early days devoted himself to literature, writing several dramas. In 1848 ho plunged into politics, becoming a member of the Ext’erne Radical parly. In 1871 ho took partin the communistic outbreak in Paris, and on the capture of the French capital by the Versailles army he succeeded in escaping. In March, 1873, ho was in his absence condemned to death, but the amnesty of 1880 enabled him to return to Paris. 1

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LATE CABLEGRAMS., Issue 7986, 15 August 1889

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LATE CABLEGRAMS. Issue 7986, 15 August 1889

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