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The Lancashire cotton mills will stop work for a fortnight for the purpose of defeating the operations of a " corner" in cotton.

The Pope has congratulated Cardinal Manning on the success of his exertions to bring about a settlement of the recent strike.

Lady Holland is dead

The Russian Admiralty is building a largo number of transports and torpedo boats quietly and secretly. It is believed that an expedition to the Bosphorus is being planned. H.M.S. Egeria has been recommissioned for Australia.

It is intended to convert Pears's soap business into a company with a capital of one million.

Irish Secretary Balfour denies that the Government have auy intention of founding and endowing a Catholic university in Dublin.

Mr Licht (sugar expert) estimates the yield of the European beet new crop will be 435,000 tons in excess of last year's. The total product last year was 207,000 tons in excess of the previous year. Stocks in Europe and Nor f h America at the end of August were 15,700 tons below the amount at the same period of 188 S. Wheat has advanced C.i per quarter. H.M.S. Curacia replaces the Opal ou the Australian station.

Thirty-six people are known to have lost their lives by the fall of rock from DulTerin terrace, Quebec, and twenty-six more are still entombed. It is feared the rock slip will imperil the stability of the Quebec citadel. The Chinese Privy Council is discussing a proposal to expel all Americans in Chinese employ. Restrictions have been imposed on American merchants and missionaries in the treaty ports. The death i 3 announced of Mr Wilkie Collins.

[William Wilkie Collins, eldest son of the late William Collins, K.A., the well-known painter of rustic scenes, was born injLoudon in January, 1824. His mother was a sister of Mrs Carpenter, one of the best female portrait painters of the time. After being educated at a private school, and spending two years with his parents in Italy, he was articled for four years to a firm in the tea trade. Exchanging commerce for law, he was a student of Lincoln's Inn at the time of bis father's death, and his earliest literary performance was an admirable biography of his father, with selections from his journals and correspondence, published in IMS. From this time Mr Collins devoted himself entirely to literature, and published successively 'Antonina, or the fall of Borne'; ' Kambles Beyond jtfailways, or Notes in Cornwall'; 'Basil'; 'Mr Wray's Cash Box'; 'Hide and Seek.' Soon afterwards he became a contributor to «Household Words,'and his 'AfterDark," 1856, and the ' Dead Secret,' 1857, are reprints of tales which originally appeared in that periodical. It was not, however, until the publication of his ' Woman in White' in 1860 that he became well known. The success of that work was almost electrical. He has published since then a number of other novels, of which may bo mentioned 'NoName,' 'TheMoonstone,"Manand Wife,' ' Poor Miss Finch,' and ' His Evil Genius,' which last was published in 1887. Mr Collins was distinguished for the almost marvellous ingenuity with which he constructed his plots. His principal works have passed through several editions both in Great Britain and the United States, and have been translated into French, Italian, German, Dutch, Danish, and Russian. He is a member of the Guild of Literature and Art, and took a, prominent part in the amateur performances which were got up for its benefit. He wrote ' The Lighthouse,' first played in private at Tavistock House, and afterwards at the Olympic Theatre. In 1857 his unpublished drama, entitled 'The Frozen Deep,' was first produced at Tavistock House, Mr C. Dickens and other amateurs performing it with great success. It waß afterwards brought out with the same at the Gallery of Illustration for the benefit of the Jerrold fund, the Queen having previously witnessed a private representation at that place. A dramatic version, by himself, of 'The Moonstone,'in four acts, was brought out at the Olympic Theatre in September, 1877.1

Mr Gladstone, speaking at Hawarden, said the issue of the recent strike is pregnant with hope for the future of labor. MM. Ferriere, Leon, Toy, Deroulede, Dillon, Fallieres, Soulier, and Cassagnac have been elected. M. Ferry was defeated. In the case of MM. Clemenceau, Constans, Guyot, and Lockroy there will have to be a second ballot.

The latest returns show that 167 Moderate Republicans, 57 Radicate, 86 Royalists, 51 Bonapartists, and 22 Boulangists have been elected. In 177 other cases a second ballot will be necessary, and it is expected that 135 of these will be favorable to the Government.

It is believed the Chamber will eventually consist of 369 Republicans and 201 Opposition of various shades.

The Paris correspondent of ' The Times' anticipates that the Republicans will have a majority over all other parties combined of from 92 to 120.


The fund collected in Victoria in aid of the London strikers has reached L 20.000. The Committee have cabled to London that the money must be expended in affording relief, and not applied to recouping advances by trade unions.

The New York Board of Health has appointed forty doctors to \ isit the tenements in July and August and give advice and medicine to the poor free of charge. The English sparrow has been investigated by the Agricultural Department _at Washington, and evidence of a damaging character to the extent of 400 printed pages has been published. There is on exhibition at Paris a globe that is the exact representation of the earth on the scale of one-millionth. All the lines of communication are shown, and the rota] tion is obtained by clockwork.

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YESTERDAY'S CABLES., Issue 8021, 25 September 1889

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YESTERDAY'S CABLES. Issue 8021, 25 September 1889

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