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Premier Parkes, in a circular letter to the other colonies asking for a conference to meet to consider and carry out Major-general Edwards's recommendation for a federal army, emphasises the latter's reference to united action being taken without delay. A sad accident occurred on the Murray River. A man named Gurney was going on the river in a boat containing hfc wife and seven children, when suddenly a maßß ,of eafth fell from the bank, knocking the bottom out of the boat. All the occupants were thrown into the water, and six of tho children were drowned. Gurney himself was seriously injured, ,and his condition is considered critical. Mrs Gurney received a severe shock, and heir mind is unhinged. Sir J. B. Thurston, High Commissioner of the Western Pacific, has written to the president of the recently established Commune of Francevillej in the New Hebrides, declining to recognise the and requesting him to refrain from exercising any authority so far as the subjeots of the Queen are concerned.

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Australian., Issue 8039, 16 October 1889

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Australian. Issue 8039, 16 October 1889

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