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ARRIVAL OF THE 'LORD ASHLEY,' WITH THE ENGLISH MAIL.

ENGLISH TELEGRAMS. f • i The trial of the old Jewess, Bach el, terminated unsatisfactorily, as will be seen by our report, j and she is still in gaol. 1 The -Republicans carried tbe Maine elections 1 by a largely increased majority, and the result is considered to have increased General Grant's ' chances of the presidency. * The first day's racing at Doncaster, on the 1 Bth September, commenced under unfavourable ' circumstances. It rained all day, making the course muddy and heavy. The attendance was ] not large. -The Fitzwilliam Stakes were won by ! Blue Gown. The Champion Stakes were won ! bj sister to Bosicrucian, the Glasgow Stakes by '• Achiever, the Great Yorkshire Handicap by Bomping Girl, and the Doncaster late by J Vespasian. < The great Crystal Palace demonstration on ( behalf of the Throne, the Church, and the Con- ; stitution was a conspicuous failure. Only one < peer and one member of Parliament took part | in the meeting. One speaker said that, compared with Gladstone, Judas Iscariot was a gentleman. Only 2200 persons were present. | Hex day 50,000 persons attended a Foresters' ( fete. . . ] A cathedral in memory of Cardinal Wiseman j is about to be erected at Westminster. A central site has been purchased for £50,000. Archbishop Manning and the Archbishop of : Paris are to be made cardinals. The captain of the ship Vimiera has been fined for serving bad flour to the passengers. An extensive fire has occurred in the workshops of the Boyal Mail Company at Southhampton. Six sailors have been drowned at Portland Hoads by the sinking of a boat. Sir B. Phillimore has been seriously injured by rolling down a precipice at Aschal. A dry dock, weighing 9,000 tons, and costing a quarter of a million sterling, has been launched at Woolwich. Formosa won the St. Lcger. The British Association's annual meeting took place at Norwich, Dr. Hooker presiding. The iron-plated ships Warrior and Eoyal Oak came into collision in the Channel. Both suffered damage. An international exhibition is to be held in Berlin in 1872. Mr. Gladstone, Mr. Childers, and other Liberals, assail the Government for increasing the public expenditure. The Chancellor of the Exchequer makes a vindicatory explanation. The Eev. Mr. Drew has been attacked at Youghal, by a party of men who demanded arms. Many shots were exchanged, but the assailants ultimately retired. An extraordinary trial has taken plate at Antwerp. Seven colliers were convicted of causing the death of two fellow-workmen by hanging them to a cross, and other tortures, because they would not embrace the Catholic religion. The prisoners were sentenced to imprisonment. Greece has decided to adopt the decimal system. Ihe Liberal programme ot the ensuing election includes the reduction of the national expenditure. The Eev. Mr. Douglas has accepted the bishopric of Bombay. Mr. Eeverdy Johnson has been instructed by the American Government to settle the Alabama claims according to his discretion. The revising barristers have disallowed women's suffrage, but have permitted an appeal to the courts of law. Mandrake won the Doncaster Cup. The inquest on the bodies of those who perished by the railway disaster was concluded on the 4th, when a verdict of manslaughter was brought in against the two brakesmen of the goods train. A prospectus of a new telegraph line between Portugal and the United States has been issued. It is entitled the " People's Cable." A very serious potato riot occurred on the 4th September in Cork. The troops were called out, and about 3,000 rioters were dispersed at the bayonet's point. At a later period several incendiary fires took place. The French journals still write on the subject of tbe Queen not returning the visit of the Empress of the French when passing through An explosion of fire-damp occurred on board the mail steamer Briton, when about to sail from Southampton for the Cape of Good Hope.

The quarter's revenue amounts to .£15,125,000. The Trench Atlantic cable has been commenced. The team of English cricketers have played in the United States and Canada, and sailed for Liverpool. The Czar is about to visit the King of Prussia. The Queen of Holland is reported seriously ill. Richard Baggally is the new Solicitor General. The international yacht race between England and France was won by an English yacht. An International Working Men's Congress met this year in Brussels. Lieutenant-Colonel Warp, R.E., is appointed Master of the Sydney Mint. Count Lewis Cambaceres has been killed by falling down a precipice on the Alps. A destructive fire took place in the ballroom and picture-gallery of Northumberland-house. It is reported that considerable reductions will be made in the British army; to begin next year. The Anglo-American yacht race round the Isle of Wight was won by the English, the American's jibboon being carried away. Buildings of hewn stone, a ruined castle, and irrigating canals have been discovered on the banks of the Little Colosdo ! A furious hurricane occurred on the 22nd of August; scores of vessels were wrecked on the north-east coast and in the Mersey, with great loss of life. Four thousand cabmen struck work in London, in consequence of a dispute with the railway companies. Great public inconvenience was occasioned thereby, but the strike has at length terminated. The intended fight for the championship has collapsed. Goss was arrested by the police and bound over to keep the peace. It has been announced that Parliament will be dissolved in November, and that the House of Commons will meet in the second week of December. It is anticipated that Government will bring on the great question at issue on the earliest possible day. A. committee lias been formed to present M.r. Bealos with a testimonial of £10,000, in acknowledgment of his services during the passing of the Reform Bill. John Bright, Mr. Mill, and Professor Fawcctt are on the committee. The honour of knighthood has been conferred on Mr. Andrew Fairbairn, Captain Arrow, and Mr. Watkin, AI.P. Stephens, the Fenian head-ceutre, has returned to Paris, and resumed the teaching of languages. Colonel Priugle, of the Coldstream Guards, has been found dead, having fallen down a ravine near Geneva. Five artillerymen returning from the regatta at Lougbrea were drowned by the upsetting of a boat. The Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, at a banquet given by the Mayor of Londonderry, congratulated the audience on the cessation of all disturbances. Mr. Reverdy Johnson, on the occasion of his first public appearance in England, at the Cutler's League, 'Sheffield, in liis speech expressed cordial sentiments of international amity. The spccch was well received by the English press. Yerv rich specimens have been received from the Natal gold-fields. The discovery is attracting much attention. A committee of scientific gentlemen has been formed for the purpose of surveying Mount Sinai, to determine the Israelites' line of march. London was lighted up one night in August bv a great fire in Northumberland house, where there are some wonderful pictures. Happily nothing was destroyed, except a ball-room and upholstery. It is rumoured that the Yictorian loan for railway purposes has been favourably received ; and it is considered the amount will be subscribed for without difficulty, Australian seeuvivir- being in good favour. In cv.umercial matters the most important facts are—that the supply of money exceeds the demand ; advances on the Stock Exchange are offered at li per cent; the Russian Railway Loan of £2,000,000 is eagerly taken up ; the subscriptions to the French loau amounted to thirty-four times the amount required.

If any enterprising Australian wants the old original ball and cross of St. Paul's, he had : better send for it, as it was for sale among the debris of the Colosseum, and is doubtless to be repurchased a bargain. It would be an interesting feature on a cathedral in our antipodes. The championship of England was to be fought for between two pugilists called Allen and (Joss, but the police for once were on the alert, and bcUi men were arested, and held to heavy bail. The last piece of news is that on Wednesday, Sept. 9, tho St. |Leger was won by Formosa. So ends the chronicle of a month of stagnation. The Queen and the younger members of tho i Eoyal Family returned to Windsor on September 11. The Queen's health is much improved by her residence at Lucerne and excursions in the neighbourhood. Her Majesty was accompanied by the Princess Louisa and Beatrice, and Prince Arthur ascended Kighi. A Scotch express had a narrow escape near Huntingdon ; a fire was discovered on the top of a carriage, the alarm was passed on to the driver, who stopped the train and the fire was extinguished. Two China clippers, the Ariel and Sir Lancelot, arrived on September 2nd ; and another, the Taeping, was in the Channel tho same day. The race was remarkable for closeness, all the ships having started the same day. The voyage occupied 97 days. An International Commercial Convention of Delegates of the United States and British provinces is sitting in Portland, America; the majority is in favour of the renewal of the reciprocity treaty. From Franco we have little to tell except that a general uncomfortable feeling is spreading, and there are incessant indications that the nation is dissatisfied with the existing state of things. The French are kept in such very good order that it is difficult for them to make demonstrations, and hence Englishmen ought to make more allowance for things which seem to them somewhat puerile proofs of hostility. But the eagerness with which every insult to the Emperor—and even the Empress—is hailed, tho avidity with which works like the 'Lanterno' are bought up —the strong effort to register a laige minority against a Government candidate ; though there is no chance of defeating him, are all indications of restlessness, and more. The Emperor does not neglect the signs. He has driven M. Eocliefort, of the ' Laaterne' out of France, and the latter insults him from Brussels, and says that he will never cease his onslaughts until " your glorious Emperor" shall be driven from the Xuileries. Madame Eachel still remains in Newgate.— Two persons, named Davis and Slack, were to have appeared at judges' chambers on Aug. 20, to justify in £500 eacli for madame's appearance at the next session of the Central Criminal Court. By 1 o'clock no appearance was made, and it was then ascertained that notice of withdrawal had i been served. The foreman of the jury which . tried Mdme. Eachel, writes to the papers to say ; that 10 jurymen were at first for finding a I verdict of guilty; that subsequently the 11th joined in that view, and that 11 was the number ; for guilty when they were discharged. Six of i the jurors signed their names to this, and the l foreman has no doubt, he says, that he could have obtained the signatures of the others if he L had had time to call upon them. Another uni successful application to justify was made on Tuesday, Sept. 1. Only one of the two sureties required put in an appearance.

OBITUARY. | The Bishop of Peterborough, Earl of Aber- | gavenny, Lord Howard De Walden, Generals I Cockburn and Mackenzie, Sergeant Goulburn, 1 Lord Norman ton, Lord Ashburton, Dean Milman, Dr. Mackenzie. FRANCE. Belations with Prussia and Italy are extremely [uncertain. Semi-official journals write in opposite tones. Constitutionnel writers urge tranquillity and duration of peace: the Pays represents war as inevitable. An impression exists that Napoleon is intriguing with Brussels and the Hague to obtain a commercial union between France and Belgium with a view to ulterior projects. The Government candidate was defeated in the Department of Jura by a majority of 12,000 votes. This result is regarded as a protest against Imperialism. The Minister of Finance made a speech expressing his confidence that peace would be continued. It is rumoured that next year the Prince Imperial, then thirteen years old, will be installed in the Palace of the Ely see, with a separate household. The Emperor's fete on August 16th was a great failure owing to a heavy thunderstorm. An underground railway in Paris has been decided upon. In a duel between Cassagnac, editor of La Pays, and M. Lissagarey, editor of L'Avenir ; the latter was dangerously wounded. ITALY. Attempts made to upset the present Government, in favor of La Mamora, by partisan of France, have failed, and inflamed still moro the hatred against France, The Pope's army decreases daily by desertions. Garibaldi has resigned his seat in Parliament. Another invasion of Rome is apprehended. The Mont Cenis Railway was damaged by storms and landslips. It is again restored, and in working order. Victor Emmanuel narrowly escaped death while hunting chamois. A mass of rock gave way, and he was saved from falling down a precipice by a shepherd catching the coat of the King. His Majesty gave liis preserver a pension for life. PRUSSIA. Bismarck was thrown from his horse and somewhat injured ; he is now recovering. The factories are actively engaged making needle guns for the troops of the North Confederation. The calling out of recruits is postponed this year three months later than usual to avoid provocation to France. BELGIUM. The Crown Prince is dangerously ill and is believed to be dying. AUSTRIA. The Enpress Charlotte's derangement lias assumed an acute iorm. The Government is still labouring to reduce clerical ascendency. Negotiations have been entered upon with Russia for the improvement of railway communication. RUSSIA. Unlimited furlough is granted to troops that have served thirteen years. The cattle plague is making great ravage. The Russian garrison at Samarcand was attacked by 25,000 Tartars and inhabitants ; the town garrison held out till the arrival of General Kaufran.who, after tremendous slaughter, burnt Samarcand to the ground. The Emir of Bokhara is reported to be dead. AMERICA. t A battle b. ' .veeu the troops ar.d Indians ook place at .vansas, the Indians were defeated. Mr. Burlinghamc and the Chinese embassy have left for Kngland. Mr. Seward has entered into negotiations with the English Minister at Washington for a new reciprocity treaty with Canada. General Grant has issued instructions to the military commanders in the disorganised Southern States to aid the civil authorities at discretion. Outrageous murders are of constant occurrence. The Democratic Convention in New York have nominated Hoffman. The Government passed resolutions in favour of the payment of the debt in paper money, and a general amnesty in taxation for the national debt. Indian massacres are increasing at Kansas, Montano, and Collorado. A general Indian war is imminent. The Fenians are attempting to reorganise their order. President Johnson is going to Europe. A protection of Mexico is proposed, with rectification of United States boundary.

CANADA. The authorities continue to take measures against Fenian raids, Nova Scotia refuses to continue to be a member of the Confederation. Sir —M'Donald's mission of reconciliation resulted in a failure. SOUTH AMERICA. Ihe Paraguayan and Maroner allies occupied Rumaita. Lopez effected a good retreat. The war has lasted two years, and cost both countries tens of thousands of men and hlmdreds of thousands of pounds. WEST INDIES. President Salnave, of Hayti, has imprisoned the Prussian Consul and threatened his life. The British Consul in H.M.S. Favourite prepared to bombard Port-au-Prince unless Salnave made a treaty of submission, and so effected a reconciliation. INDIA AND THE EAST. BOMBAY. After great preparations and an active campaign. on the north-western frontier, matters have settled down quietly again. Shen Ali Khan, the legitimate Ameer of Afghanistan, again rules in Cabul. A bill was introduced at the Viceroy's council to amend the laws relating to Coolie immigration. The Government has contributed relief to the sufferers by the late floods. Freights are steady, with good inquiries ; no vessels loading for London. Cotton, 305., nominal; seeds, 205.; coals 19 rupees ; copper, tiles and ingot (Australian, 41 to 45 rupees. Exchange : Bank bills, 6 months, Is. 11-Jd. On October 6 tho liusdra force advanced beyond Ohgee. The enemy weakly held the heights above Kooudguile and were driven off. The force advances to-morrow. CALCUTTA. General Wilde's army and reserves are complete. Operations against the hill tribes are ordered. It is unlikely to meet a formidable check. The Viceroy leaves India in the middle of January by the mail. The Duke of Edinburgh will arrive about the same time. Gazette announces the capture of Meugoon Mentha, the Prince who first caused the rebellion in his father's territory in 1866.

From October 1, a uniform charge of one i rupee will be made on telegraphic messages of 10 words to any part of India, irrespective of distance. Nothing important from the camp at Amrope. Copper: Australian cake is depressed ; prices are lower. Freights are slightly higher. The present rates are—London: Saltpetre, 12s. 6d.; rice, 255.; seeds, 455.; jute, ditto. No enquiry for tonnage for Australia. Exchange: Bank bills, 6 months', Is. 11 7-16 d. to Is. 11 9-16 d. Rice, 5 rupees 6 annas; sugar, 12 rupees; copper, £30 10s-; coals, 15 rupees. Exchange, par. CEYLON. News by the steamer Octavia reports Dr. Livingston well, within one week of Zanzibar, when the vessel left on 3rd September. Freights, London.—Casks coffee, 505.; bags, 405.; oil, 555. The Queen of the Sea sailed for Melbourne, taking plantation coffee at 614; native, 625. Exchange —Buying rate, 6 months', half discount; selling, H premium. Coals are very dull, no demand. MAURITIUS. The fever has considerably diminished. The sugar crop is expected to reach only 12,500 tons. Freights to Australia, £2 to £2 10s. CHINA. The scheme of a telegraphic cable to China is still in progress. The Cheefoo goldfields continue to attract attention. Serious outrages have taken place at Chin Kiang, with attempts to burn a large party of foreigners, including ladies and children. The British Consulate was threatened. Her Majesty's Consul at Shanghai proceeded with a British force, and succeeded in getting the prefect to quell the disturbances. HONGKONG. September 10. Exchango: Bank bills, 6 months, 4s. 7d. Coals : Market flat; Australian 7to 8. Tea : Export, 1868 to Clß69—Melbourne, 5,696,400 ibs.; Sydney, 2,529,900 lbs. Freights: London, 50s. JAPAN. A shocking coolie tragedy is reported from Hookodake. A vessel arrived at that port with forty Chinese coolies aboard ; every article of foreign manufacture was removed ; the captain, crew of twenty-eight, and 310 coolies arc missing. Blood stains are observable all over the vessel. Yeddo is in a very disturbed state. SINGAPORE. Business very dull. Puttfacken, Rhemier, and Co.'s stores were totally destroyed by fire. The damage is estimated at 150,000 dollars, but is fully covered by insurance. Freights—London, 555. Arrivals fromßombay caused freights to decline. Exchange, London —Six months' bank bills, 4.5:1-; Australian 60 days, 4. 7\. Coals—Consumers are supplied, and there is no demand. Australian sovereigns, 4 dollars 75 cents. EXPORTS. The total exports for the month as given in Stables' circular amounts to £720,360. The decrease as compared with the preceding month, £175,290. The decline is, however, less than stated, as the manifest of the Donald Mackay is not included. The net decline is about £100,000. The exports to Victoria are valued at £823,513 —decrease, £177,888 ; to Sydney, £121,521 — decrease, £92,003 ; to Queensland, £24,989 — decrease, £6711; to Adelaide, £92,587 —increase, £38,236 ; to Tasmania, £26,281 — increase, £20,393 ; to New Zealand, £131,169 —increase, £42,683. Principal Exports to Sydney. — Plain cottons, i,' 3840 ; woollens and worsteds, £2364 ; millinery, £2341 ; haberdashery, £5871 ; wrought leather, £14,085; saddlery, £2318; corks, 22881b5.; bar and rod iron, 48 tons; hoop iron, 47 tons ; sheet, 10 tons ; plate, 12 tons; pig, 75 tons; galvanized, 98 tons; tin plates, £1137 ; quicksilver, 15 bottles; linseed oil, 4854 gallons ; rape, 1348 gallons ; olive. 364 gallons ; woolpacks, £1702 ; cornsacks, £1543 ; canvas, £721 ; tobacco, nil ; brandy, bulk, 12,415 gallons; brandy, case, 7764 gallons ; rum, 39,202 gallons; British spirits, glass, 2737 gallons; ditto, bulk, 4918 gallons; red wine, 1163 gallons ; white wine, 1395 gallons ; beer bulk, nil; beer, glass, 828 barrels; malt, 11 quarters ; hops, 70 cwt.; bacon and hams, 322 cwt.; candles, 116 cwt.; foreign ditto, 613 cwt.

COMMERCIAL. The exports to Victoria for tho first five months of 1868 amounted to over two millions, or £320,000 above the previous year. The trade returns for July shows a slight improvement in nearly all branches except the iron trade. Australian Government securities are quoted : —Victorian 6 per cent. January, July, 112-j to 113|-, ditto April, October 113 to 114; New South Wales, 5 per cent. 1871 to 1873, January, July, 99 to 100, ditto 5 per cent. 1888 to 1895, January, July. 98* to 99J-; New Zealand 5 per cent. 1891, 97-J-to ditto 6 per cent. 1891, March, September, 110 to 112; Queensland G per cent., January, July, 106 to 107 ; ditto 1891, 107 ; South Australia, short dated. 106 to 110 ; ditto long, 110 to 112 ; Hobson Bay Railway shares, £51 to £53. Ditto Bonds, 1880, £97 to £99. WOOL MARKET. The following quantities of wool were offered in public sales up to date: —3o,469 bales Port Philip, 35,137 bales Sydney, 8758 bales Adelaide, 29,071 bales New Zealand, 6707 bales Van Diemen's Land, 6 bales Swan River, 16,702 bales Cape of Good Hope, and 295 bales sundries: total, 127,165 bales. About 16,000 bales were withdrawn, and 93,000 bales remained for disposal. The sales became flatter as they proceeded. lb ere was no increase in foreign competition, and home buyers becoming supplied, there was little hope of an improvement; only about half the wool which arrived for these sales having been sold. It is probable the 93,000 bales awaiting disposal will find a still duller market, and it is feared the number of parcels withdrawn will spo.l the prospects of the November sales ; the present fall in prices is fully 2d to 3d below the closing rates of the June series. PRODUCE MARKETS. Australian hides sold at about previous rates ; salted are in good request, and realising full priccs. Australian tallow is in good demand. 1792 casks sold at an advance of Is 6d over previous prices. Sheep tallow, fine, 45s to 46s ; dark to very good, 43s 3d to 45s 6d; beef, 39s 6d; ordinary, 44s 3d. The copper market is rather adverse. Previous term are now readily accepted. Wallaroo, £7810s to £79 ; Burra Burra is nominal at £80. Trcacle—42o casks Australian sold at 17s to 17s 6d. Wheat—sss 3d. LATE NEWS BY THE MAIL. (Translated for the S. if. Herald from the Gazette die JLidi, the Courrier de Marseilles, and the Nouveliste of the 13th of September.) M. do Villemessant of the Figaro, has been fined 50,000 francs. The Gazette de France has published the text of a Prussian Note of the Bth September addressed to the Prussian embassy at Paris. This note announces the disbanding of the

reserve, and the immediate discontinuance of the annual enlistments. It adds also that the government has desired by this important measure, which effects a reduction upon its army of no less than 120,000 men, to give a new proof of moderation and love of peace. Prussia has also desired thus to manifest her confidence in the maintenance of peace. The note ends with a request that the representative of the Prussian Government at Paris will make this the subjeot of a confidential communication to M. de Moustier, without making any comment thereupon. At the close of several conferences, Nubar Pacha had obtained the " official adhesion " of the Federal Government of North Germany (Prussia?) to the international commission for the judicial reforms to be carried out in Egypt. The Gazette du, Midi does not explain why this " adhesion" on the part of Prussia has thus been thought desirable in Egyptian affairs. Tlie Crown Prince of Belgium was reported on the 12th of September, to be improving in health. It was believed at Paris that negotiations were taking place between the Courts of Paris and Berlin relative to the navigation of the Bhine, and the resistance offered by the Dutch Government to Prussia. The affairs of the East were also thought to be engaging the attention of the Cabinet at the Tuileries. Marshals Niel and Canrobert were under orders not to leave Paris. General Lebceuf had been sent from Chalons on a secret mission—as some people thought to Constantinople. A telegraphic despatch from Paris, dated the 12th September, reports that serious troubles were telegraphed as having occurred in the north of the Arkansas. The Courts of Justice had been closed by armed men; and fights had taken place between the rebels and the Unionists. It is reported that the Austrian artillery has become the best of any in Europe. The whole Austrian army is now furnished with needleguns. The field-pieces are all rifled (rayees) ; and the cannon cartridges are made up with metallic covers, which are more exactly fitted to the grooves inside the guns, and cause the pieces to carry the shot to a much greater distance; The Emperor Francis Joseph and the Archduke Albert are burning with a desire to take a revenge for Sadowa. They are convinced that they will be able to keep the Russian army in eheck, if France makes a joint cause with them. But the situation is not yet clearly brought out, and they have to wait for the signal from the Cabinet of the Tuileries. There had beeD a strike amongst printers at Marseilles. The Courier, the Gazette du Midi, and the Nouvelliste were only able to make their appearance in a very diminutive form. The Semaphore has not come to hand.

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