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LATE CABLEGRAMS., Issue 7989, 19 August 1889
The hearing of the charges of treason and misappropriation of public moneys against General Boulanger has been commenced in Paris. In reference to the allegation of treason contained in the indictment, it is alleged that Boulanger had been developing a plot against the Republic, in connection with which he contemplated effecting a com d’etat during the year IBS 9, and had set to work to create a widespread millitary conspiracy. At the proceedings on the 10th inst. it was declared that Count Dillon, a supporter of Boulanger, against whom serious charges are laid, has no claim to the title he adopts, and he is merely an adventurer. The Public Prosecutor (M. Beaurepaire) in opening the case, stated that evidence would be adduced to show that accused had bribedl trench Boldiery, and with foreign money. It would also be proved by documentary and other evidence that he had conspired’with Anarchists and Bonapartists with the object of bringing about the overthrow of the Republic. It would be shown he had sent a secret communication to Prince Bismarck, whom he had informed that it was not his design to overturn the Republic, but tojcecome Consol. M. Beaurepaire stated that Boulanger embezzled large sums of money, and then tnod fraudulently to obtain a receipt from M. Grevy, when President, so as to cover his peculations. The .charges are to be heard in private. The trial is watched with absorbing interest by the populace of Paris. In addition to the treasonable correspondence already produced the Public Prosecutor has now made specific charges against Boulanger of having sold national decorations in the army and public service for large sums of money, which were embodied, and used to pay the debts of Boulanger's father, and support his numerous mistresses. The evidence has created a profound seusauou throughout France. - . , It is stated that there is a serious falling off in tho amount collected on behalf ot too Parnellite party. The mission to Australia, which it was hoped would bring in a large sum to tho fund, is a failure. The earns collected are stated to be barely more than enough to pay the travelling expenses of the (three members of Parliament sent as delecates, as they live at first-class hotels, and Ire at great expense when travelling through the country. [The truthfulness of this inJorraation may be gauged by the fact thftt
the delegates have already collected over L3o,ooo,— Ed. E.S.] It is reported that Sir James Stephen has intimated that he will resign his position on the bencli in the event of Mrs Maybrick being reprieved. Brierly, whose improper intimacy with Mrs Maybrick was brought forward as a motive for poisoning her husband, denies the statement made to the effect that lie expended 1.4,000 in defending bar during the trial. Thi- Exece t-i vr. have iirrK-.-.i. .•? Te •>.'-i>clmFin tiivv -sot iv ;:i ,> v:; im; a n.-pi'ie, m.d i;h i> s* «i* nrr of T-A . Will, therefore, be < .•,! ried Ji'io v reeutiou i,; fixed for the 27Li mat. Wad El Nejoumi, who fell at To,ski Ai. ibi, was shot by tho treachery of one of Ids followers. Papers found by Gonorai Grenfell amongst tho effects of Wad El Nejoumi include important documents which proved that he had taken a very prominent part in tho late Mahdist movement for some years ; that he was leader of tho Arab forces whibh destroyed the troops led by General Hicks at El Obcid, and was at the head of the Mali dials who captured Khartoum. ‘The Times’ eulogises the action of the Judicial Committee of the House of Lords in dismissing the appeal case of Colquhoun v. Brooks, in which it was sought to make Brooks pay income tax on tho profits of his business in Melbourne. It says that it is contrary to the comity of nations to tax a colonial income unless the money is remitted to England. The North Australian Territory Company has been placed in liquidation. An unsuccessful attempt was made to murder the agent of Lord Clanricarde, on whose estate troubles have lately arisen in connection with eviction proceedings. Emperor Francis Joseph, with Archduke Frans, is now paying a visit to the Emperor of Germany at Berlin, where he has been received with marked enthusiasm. Fred Leslie, of the Gaiety Theatre Burlesque Company, has been interviewed by a Press representative, who questioned him as to the results of the Australian trip. Leslie stated that the Australian season washighly successful, the profits amounting to L 4.000. The results of the American tour, however, were unsatisfactory, losses amounting to L 9.000 having been sustained. The match between Searlo and O’Connor is expected to prove a close contest. Both men arc reported to be showing excellent form. Tho Thames watermen are strong backers of the Canadian. Searle was suffering from an abscess in tho jaw, in consequence of which ho was for three days confined to ids room, but he has recovered. Mr G. Murray, of Sydney, son of the late Sir Terence Aubrey Murray, has been appointed Professor of Greek at the Glasgow University, In the House of Commons De Worms stated that the New South W ales Legislature had not yet passed a Merchandise Marks Bill, but he had written to Lord Carrington instructing him to suggest to the local Parliament that action should be taken. Sir G. Berry is endeavoring to secure tho services of an expert medical man to visit Victoria and advise as to the best means of suppressing epidemic diseases. Subscriptions received up to the present time towards the fund opened to defray the cost of the defence of the charge of ritualism preferred against Dr King, Bishop of Lincoln, amount to L 7,000. It is estimated about LIO.OOO will be required. Rear-admiral Lord Charles Scott, C.8., naval aide-de-camp, has been appointed to succeed Admiral Fairfax as commander of the Australian squadron. Mr Chamberlain delivered a speech at Highbury, during which he alluded again to the dispute between Lord Randolph Churchill and himself as to the contemplated candidature of tho latter for tho seat for Central Birmingham. Mr Chamberlain ridiculed what he described as the “patchwork policy ” of Lord R, Churchill, and said it would have been disastrous to the Unionist movement if he had been accepted ua the Unionist candidate for Birmingham, because it was improbable that he would have been elected. He hoped Lord Salisbury and the Marquis of Harrington would arbitrate with a view to arriving at a permanent understanding. Mr Maxwell, of New Zealand, has accepted an invitation to attend a railway congress to be held in Paris in connection with tho Exhibition. The Western Australian Land Company are making a further issue of debentures to the amount of L 50.000, bearing 5 per cent, interest. Earl Hopetoun is to be presented with the freedom of Linlithgow on the 28th. His Excellency sails for Australia on October 18, The Powers have replied to tho circular addressed to them by the Government of Greece suggesting tuny should interpose to restore order in Crete. The suggested interposition will not be made, the decision arrived at being not to meddle in the dispute. Miss Knight, of Melbourne, has been granted a diploma as a doctor of medicine. Lord Knutaford, addressing a public meeting at Midhurst, Sussex, briefly referred to the Irish difficulty, and declared that the colonies would despise the Mother Country if they seriously contemplated the dissolution (if the Union, Ho expressed regret that it would be impossible to pass the West Australian Constitution Bill this session, and explained that at least four-fifths of the territory w’as entirely unfit for tillage. The Imperial Government have increased tho salary attached to the office of High Commissioner for South Africa by LJ.COO. This ia in addition to the salary of L 5.000 and allowances which are now set apart for the Governorship of Cape Colony. The report that Mrs Roberts, residing in Australia, had presented L 125,000 to the Welsh Calvinistic fJcthodist Church is officially denied. The Peninsular and Oriental Company intend applying for a charter to enable them to reduce the capital by one-fifth, returning shareholders L 550,000, and dividing the residue of shares into preferred and deferred stook.
LATE CABLEGRAMS., Issue 7989, 19 August 1889
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