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Home and Foreign The Bulgarian Government have ordered 50.000 rifles and 10,000,000 cartridges. _ General Hippolyte has been elected President of Hayti. Messrs William O'Brien and J. Gilhooly, M.P. for West Cork, have been sentenced to two months' and six weeks' imprisonment respectively for inciting to non-payment of rent. On the completion of their sentence they are to find sureties for good behaviour, nr in default undergo another two months' uirrisonment. Mr W. JJ. Smith, In reply to a queetwn in the House of Commons, said it wai tcarcely just, at the end tf the tession and in a thin House, to ask for the second read-

lng of the Western Australian Bill. It would show more respect to the colonies and be more in accordance with the interests of Western Australia itself to introduce the Bill early next session. The Government now felt compelled to withdraw it. Lady Tryon, wife of Admiral Tryon, is dead. The • World' states that Lord Kuutsford desires to retire, finding the fatigues of office too much for him. 11.M.5. Sultau has been towed into Malta. The United States Government deny that any negotiations are going on regarding the seizure of fishing vessels in the Behriug Sea. Sixty thousand men are now on strike. In consequence of the stoppage nf woiks several Australian steamers arc unloading at Plymouth. Thousands of artisans of various trades are joining the imV'iniias a mark of sympathy. The public sympathises with the strikers in many of tln.-ii demands, and suggestions are mule for arbitration. The Kaikoura and Fifeshhv have beeu unable to load, and it is feared that unless the strike soon terminates they will be unable to keep their refrigerating machinery at work. Any new hands taken on are threatened by the strikers. There are 250 steamers in the port of London waiting to load. Two steamers of the Anglo-Australian Steam Navigation Company have been unable to coal, The R.M.S. Ruapehu will sail from Plymouth on Thursday. The dock strike paralyses business. The public is largely contributing to the strikers' support, but the misery is becoming acute. Although the strikersare generally orderly, forces of cavalry and artillery are kept in readiness lest an attack should be made on the docks. Lumpers, porters, and carmen are strik : ng at the coal hulks for double wages, Fruit and meat are rotting in tons. The clerks of the Orient Company arc assisting to load the Liguria. The P, and O. Company are unloading some of their vessels at Southampton, One of the immediate consequences of the strike is that the shipping trade of London is being diverted to Antwerp, Hamburg, and North British ports. The regular workmen only number 3,000 The remainder of the men on strike are riverside workmen, and they are said to number 80,000. The Committee have forbidden irregular strikes. ♦ A as trali an. An inquiry into the loss of the Centennial has been commenced. The captain and officers aver that the course was altered to avoid a collision with a ferry steamer. The Kanahooka also altered her course when Bhe should not. The steamer Inflexible struck on some wreckage in Port Hacking (Now South Wales), and foundered in few minutes afle'. All on board were saved. The 'Argus's' correspondent at the New Hebrides says:— "M. Chievilliane, President of the new Commune of Franceville, Noumea, says the Australians are not content with a newspaper war against French enterprise in the New Hebrides l , but are raising powerful companies for the express purpose of disputing French preponderance in those islands. The creation of French municipalities in the New Hebrides is the most efficacious method of preserving the situation conquered with so much difficulty. We intend to show our adversaries we are able to organise one of those self-govern-ments of which they are so proud. Even our own compatriots agree that we are incapable of colonising, but wo will prove what a few French colonists can do by union." The Noumea Council voted 1,000 r towards the expense of erecting a town hall at Franceville. The ' Daily Telegraph ' says that, while the New Hebrides gronp is of no intrinsic value, France has chosen to play an evil part in the Pacific. The extension of her influence to its full extent is a menace to Australasia, and means a larger field fo) the transportation of criminals. The ' Argus' says that the alarm in New South Wales at the influx of criminals into that colony ought to induce her to co-operate with Victoria to maintain the autonomy of the New Hebrides.

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YESTERDAY'S CABLES., Issue 7997, 28 August 1889

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YESTERDAY'S CABLES. Issue 7997, 28 August 1889

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