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\By Electric Tklegraph.—Copyright.] [Pkb Press Association.l SYDNEY, August 26. (Received August 2G, 1889, at 1 p.m.) News from the Western Pacific states that a deputation of traders and land-owners in the New Hebrides waited on the Governor of New Caledonia and presented a petition praying that Franco would annex the group. The petition is signed by fifty-two Englishmen and fourteen of other nations, except France, The Governor returned a cautious reply, saying that he would give the utmost consideration to the petition. M. Levat, director of the Nickel Company, is a visitor to the New Hebrides, and informed the Natives that France would Bhortly annex the islands. Franceville, an important harbor in the Island of Sandwich, one of the New Hebrides group, has proclaimed its independence, and M. Chevillrand has been elected President of the Commune. Tho French warship Samoens saluted tho flag of the new Commune, and circulars have been addressed to the various Governments asking them to recognise the independence of the island. The barque George Noble has arrived at Havannah with all the crew suffering from tho effects of impure water. Captain Gudeford and three of the crew died.

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THE NEW HEBRIDES., Issue 7995, 26 August 1889

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THE NEW HEBRIDES. Issue 7995, 26 August 1889

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