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(Per Press Agency, ) LATEST FROM EUROPE [By Submarine-Cable,J THE EASTERN QUESTION. London, December 18. The St Petersburg Herald states that neutral occupation of Bulgaria, would be the extreme limit of Russian concession. The Porte, however, rejects any proposal for foreign occupation of Bulgaria, or any other of the Turkish province'. The augmentation and equipment of the Turkish army is being pushed forward with great energy. The preliminary business of the Conference is concluded. No formal resolution has yet been drawn up. General Ignatieff has informed Lord Salisbury, the English representative at the Conference at Stamboul. that Russia would accept Swiss or Bulgarian (? Belgian) occupation of Bulgaria. The suggestion has been forwarded to the English Government, who have not yet replied to it, INTERPROVINCIAL, Auckland, December 20. Arrived —H.M.S. Sapphire and Hinemoa, from Wellington. At the Education Board a proposal was announced for the establishment of a girl’s training and high school. Two hundred and fifty pounds are to be spent in preparing the necessary buildings. A committee has been formed and a prospectus issued. The school will also be for training female teachers. It is to open about the middle of January, Mr Reader Wood is giving free Christmas moat to the poor. At the annual meeting of the City Council to day, the Mayor’s salary was voted at one hundred and fifty pounds. The Mayor’s annual report showed great progress on water-works, He recommended water from

the new works be brought direct to pump wells, and not allowed to remain stagnant in the ponds. Mr Hurst bas been elected Mayor with 1026 votes, Mr Cosgrave receiving 696. Grahamstown, December 20. The mayorai election resulted in return of Mr McDonald with 484 votes against 169 for Dr Kilgour, who, it was understood, was brought out by Sir G, Grey’s party, with which the defeated candidate has been prominently associated. Wellington, December 20. The Australia, with the inward Han Francisco mails, left San Francisco on the 7th inst, The City of New York, with the November outward mail, reached San Francisco on the 12th inst, two days under contract time, The Chamber of Commerce met this afternoon. Mr George Hunter, M.H.R., vicepresident, condemned Captain Oalder for leaving the deck of the Otago in charge of an officer whom he knew to be incompetent. Captains Mclntyre and Williams defended the action of the captain. The Chamber approved of the steps taken by Lloyd’s—that is, having the arrival of all vessels from New Zealand announced at home at Lloyd’s at once, in order to allay the anxiety so frequently felt, Greymouth, December 20. Daniel Braniff, W. Wood, and J. Woods were charged at the Police Court this morning, on four informations, with having an illicit still in their possession. The case was remanded till Friday. A large quantity of apparatus has been seized. Peter White, of the Commercial Hotel, committed suicide this morning in the cemetery, by shooting himself over the grave of his children. The supposed cause is domestic grievances. Dunedin, December 20, It is understood that in consequence of Mr Macandrew having forwarded the home agent’s letter to Wellington, and which resulted in preventing remittances asked for being sent home by the outgoing mail, Mr McLean has ordered Mr Macaudrew’s box at the Post office to be closed in future. Cobb and Co’s coach upset at Palmerston to-day, and three persons were hurt, but not seriously. The following is the criminal calendar for January :—Michael Slattery, rape ; Harriet Johnston, stealing from a dwelling ; George Cohen, stealing from the person; Henry Burnett, embezzlement; James J. Hamilton, manslaughter ; James Oliver White, larceny; David McKechnie alias John McFadayden, forgery ; Andrew Grainger, arson. The Rotorua stopped two days at St Vincent and the Cape. She sails on the 30th, for Sydney, via Lyttelton, Wellington, Nelson, Taranaki, and Manakau, and will run permanently on that line. A telegram has been received from Hobart Town announcing the arrival of the Union Company’s steamer Wanaka this morning. After coaling, she leaves to morrow for Port Chalmers. Steps have been taken to form a Central Agricultural Society, the shows to be held in Dunedin annually. Over £2OO have been subscribed. The Fire Brigade Ball takes place on the 27th. Dunedin, December 21. The Otago County Council will meet on January 4th. The Waiau Riding in Southland is the only riding in Otago for which no candidate came forward at the recent nomination. The total amount subscribed in Otago for the Bulgarian relief fund is £2OO. The yield of gold as shown by escort for the past month is 85570 z 18dwts. Captain Campbell Walker delivers an address before the Otago Institute to-night on forestry.

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TELEGRAPHIC NEWS, Globe, Volume VII, Issue 781, 21 December 1876

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TELEGRAPHIC NEWS Globe, Volume VII, Issue 781, 21 December 1876

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