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French expeditions will be organised shortly to establish a flotilla on the Upper Nile. ‘Xiie Times’ states that an increase in the army and artillery is urgent. It considers the War Office has lost the confidence of the country. A London message of the 19th is as follows; Butter; Colonial, steady; prices unchanged. , Cheese very flit. Rabbits: The Australian market lifeless at 9.1. • The Privy Council has refused Bal Gangadhar Tilak, member of the Council of the Goyerment of Bombay, leave to appeal against the sentence of eighteen months inflicted for the publication of seditious articles in an Indian Native newspaper. The War Office is considering a scheme for exchange of .English and colonial troops. Christina, Queen Regent of Spain, has pardoned the officers and crew of the American filibustering steamer Competitor, which was captured whilst attempting to land war munitions for the Cuban rebels. The American Government expressed their gratitude to Queen Christina. Port Kiao-chau, occupied by the Germans, was garrisoned by 5,000 Chinese, with fourteen Krupp guns. '' Germany has despatched the battleship Deutsehlands to Hayti to secure reparation for the illegal imprisonmenfr-by the Haytian authorities of a German subject named Lender's. The Turkish Government, under pressure from the British Ambassador, have Consented to allow Englishmen to distribute relief to starving Armenians at Kharpeet. The Budget Committee of the Austrian Reichsrath has read, a third time without amendment the Bill for the renewal of the Ausgleich. The draft report of the Victorian Qld Age Pensions Commission states that the csti- 1 mated number of persons of the age of sixty and over is 133,336, of whom about 10,000 need relief. It is calculated that if a pension of 10s per week is granted to each person, of sixty years and upwards £2,169,000 annually will be required; if limited to those of sixty-five years and upwards the sum required will be £1,297,900. The report recommends that assistance be limited to those who have reached the age of sixty, and that they be divided into two classes—firstly, the deserving poor, comprising those who have lived m the colony for ten years and made reasonable efforts to provide for themselves, or brought up families respectably, who receive the maximum pension of 10s per week, and 15s for married couples; the second class comprising those not resident the requisite number of years, those mentally and physically unfitted to take care of themselves, and those who-have made no effort to provide for themselves or arc unfitted, to be trusted with the expenditure of money. The assistance to those bclonijing to the second class will be that tiicy will bo cared for in State-supervised institutions. The probable number of pensioners of both classes is set down at 5,500, and the cost of maintenance £89,700 annually.

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CONDENSED CABLEGRAMS., Issue 10477, 22 November 1897

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CONDENSED CABLEGRAMS. Issue 10477, 22 November 1897

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