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Home and Foreign.

H.M.S. Royalist has been recommissioned for the Australian station.

Owing to the projected “ corner” in cotton the market has been disturbed, and many mills are now being closed in order to limit production, and so defeat the ring. The blockade of East African porta having ceased, the German squadron at Zanzibar is dispersing. The Rotterdam dock men have gone out on strike, and show a menacing attitude towards English lumpers loading British ships. The police were stoned while attempting to prevent any disturbance. In the Servian elections the Radicals have secured a large majority, The German Government will assume fie administration of the property possessed by the German New Guinea Company in October, The Sultan has decreed the reduction of tho army on a peace footing to 100,000 strong, thus saving L 2,000,000 annually. Tho English Consul at Guinea confirms the reported atrocities committed on Christian residents at Crete, and states that, in response to pressure brought to bear by the various Consuls, the governor, Chakir Pasha, has released a large number of prisoners. Forty out of fifty-six of the Russian cavalry regiments are ranged along the German and Austrian frontiers, anddistricts bordering on Galicia and Bukowina (two provinces of Austria-Hungary) are crowded with troops. It is believed that a fresh Russian loan is imminent.

Both in Vienna and Berlin there is a war scare at the reported advance of Russian troops on the frontier. It is believed that this anxiety is a subterfuge to defeat the Russian loan. The Paris Exhibition judges have made farther awards as under:—ln Forestry and Agricultural Products.—Grand prize to the New Zealand Government. Fishing and Husbandry. Diplomas, equal to grand prizes, to both the Victorian Commission and New Zealand Government. In the class for preserved meats, fish, vegetables, and fruit, the awards are: Gold medal— Gear Meat Company, Wellington. Silver medal—Wellington Meat Company. Bronze medals—Colbeck, Dejar Nursery department, and Auckland and Patea Packing Companies. Honorable mention—Fernando Racking Company, Ewing Fish Packing Company, Leusk and Kirkpatrick. In class teaching agriculture, the Canterbury School of Agriculture is awarded a silver medal.

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YESTERDAY'S CABLES, Issue 8025, 30 September 1889

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YESTERDAY'S CABLES Issue 8025, 30 September 1889

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