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MAIL NEWS.

THE SAN FRANCISCO MAIL.

Auckland, December llth. Arrived : Zealandia, from San Francisco, at 5 p.m. She left San Francisco on November 20th, and her passage was uneventful. Pas- N . sengers : Dr Momiger, Mrs E. M. Clarkson < Mrs M'Callum, Miss Allen, Messrs Jeffries, Barnitty,' Hogg, Taylor, G. W. 6,wen, Edwin, Hornsley, Thomson, Sainsbury, Storer, Terry, M'Ewen, Waddel, and S..W. Griffen, (United States Consul). Steerage : Mrs J. Lawson and son, Miss Kershaw, Messrs Toogood, Josephs, and Montgomery, Captain Bole. For Sydney : Thirty-four in saloon and three in steerage. Among the Sydney passengers is Mr T. R. Dill, editor of the Sydney Bulletin. Among the cargo for Auckland were, 2270 boxes apples, 45 cases onions, 104 cases salmon, 121 cases canned fruit, 200 oases canned goods, and a quantity of general merchandise. , ' The Zealandia sails at daylight for Sydney. The Zealandia completed the trip to San Francisco in 18 days 12£ hours' steaming time. This is by far the best record here. • The mails were despatched the day she arrived, iou San Francisco, and had they been fortunate in catching a fast steamer at New York, they might nave arrived; in England on the 32nd day from Auckland.

SUMMARY OF NEWS.

The Parliamentary Committee appointed to inquire as to the imprisonment of Mr E. Dwyer Gray, Sheriff of Dublin,, reported that Justice Lawson had only done his . duty in the-xase. Mr Sexton, supported by the Irish members in the House, purposes to meve an address to the Crown playing for the removal of ' Justice Lawson from the Bench. x

A letter from the Pope was read in all the Catholic churches of London on Sunday, November sth. The occasion was the seventh centenary of St. Francis of. Assisses. " The Pope laments the dearth of Christian vh*tues in the nineteenth century. Tennyson's new play, produced at.thja Globe Theatre, London, was a fiasco. The r delineations of character were received, with.groans and laughter, and the representation of rustic life moved the spectators to considerable

merriment. "' '"' l - r By the falling of a floor at Hanley W,Sunday, many members of the',, Salvation Army were injured. ' ' '" , , lJ ''" The'general result of the November, L municipal elections held in England and Wales is a Tory gain. , - „: , The first annual report of the Irish, Land Commission, made on November 14th, speaks of the indisposition of tenants to ' 'purchase holdings, though a number of landlords are anxious to sell. The arrears clause's of, the Act are not operative to the extent expected, and the amount of assistance applied for is insignificant considering the large sums due to landlords. The agreements for fair Kent's between landlords and tenants, with the intervention of the Courts, are increasing. Under the machinery of the Act the fair-rent cases are disposed of at the rate of 4600 per 'month. The labourers are not availing themselves of the' Act; • " "• ( • ' • '"W\ • Mrs'Langtry made her American 1 debut at Wallack's Theatre, New- Yorkj' on the evening of November oth, 1 before' an extremely large and fashionable audience, as Hester Grazebrook in Tom Taylor's "Unequal Match." She was called before the curtain 12 times. The London World considers hef reception as creditable to the Airterica'n Republic from every point of view, at once enthusiastic and discriminating. • '•"'" ' ' • '

Mr Davitt, in a recent speech at Aberdeen, urged the Scotch farmers to demand a decrease of their rents. He said they should claim the right to have an independent tribunal to arbitrate between them and their landlords,' for he thought it possible to have conceded to Scotland the same right already granted to England.

An attempt was made in Dublin on the evening of, November llth to assassinate Judge Lawson, who committed Mr Dwjjer Gray. The assailant proved .to be^a' convict named Patrick • Delpy, who was 'sentenced to seven years' penal servitude in 1879 fpr.hiffhway robbery. It is generally conceded tnk attempt had no connection with'Mr'Gray^ imprisonment. ' :

LATEST NEWS. ■ - "• • San Francisco, November 20fch. The Duke of t Newcastle is makinga tour of the United States

Mrs Melville, wife of the engineer of the Jeannette, Arctic ship, who went insane on seeing her husband, has been restored to health and reason.

Lee, the oarsman, is about to leave for England, where he will challenge any rower in the country for a three-mile race. The steamship Westphalia, of the HamburgAmerican line, from New" York, put t into Portsmouth on the 13th with a hole in her port bow, received by collision with an unknown steamer o<f Beachy Head the' sama morning. The other steamer is missing/ and, it is believed, has foundered with all on Doard. The collision took place before daylight. It was intensely dark at the time, with a Heavy sea running. Mr Bradlaugh went to the House of Commons on the afternoon of the 13th to try and take his seat. He had a brief personal consultation with the Speaker, and was informed by him that the order of expulsion was still ia force. He then withdrew without making any further effort. ■ The great firms of Sir William Armstrong

and Co., 'ordnance-makers, and Mitchell and Co., shipbuilders, have been amalgamated, and will establish works on the River Tyne with a capital of 10,000,000 dollars. William Whitolcy's drapery shops in We&tbourne were damaged by fire on November 16th ! to the amount of 1,000,000 dollars. An explosion of dynamite took place in the j works at Bivrypqrt, Wales, on the morning of November 17th, killing three girls and two men, and wounding several others. A new American drama called " The Silver King," brought out at the Princess Theatre, London, on the 17th proved very successful. It was written by Messrs Jones and Herman. On the 18th November the Queen reviewed 8000 troops which took ;part in the Egyptian campaign. The Duke of Connaught headed the Brigade of Foot Guards, who were received by the Queen' in front of Buckingham Palace. Her Majesty presented ,war medals to two representatives of each regiment. The general presentation of medals is to take place at Windsor on the 21st. The first severe snowstorm of the season,' general throughout England, was reported on 16th. November. A heavy gale pie vailed around the>coast. Several wrecks occurred. An assemblage of members of the Liberal party was held at Dover on the 26th, when it was decided to form a Central Political Club in London, 'to include the adherents of all shades of Liberalism. , Earl Derby was. among the principal speakers, who included Whigs, moderate Liberals, and Radicals. The newspaper compositors m London struck- for 'higher, wages on November 13th. Some of the papers, pohepded the,ir demands. In general, however, the proprietors stood out, and the printers being equally obstinate, have produced a deadlock. - X A project is brqught.forward at Rome, and • is likely to be carried out, at once, to establish ( at Oxford and Cambridge, a Roman Catholic College for the purpose of 'preparing sjiu'ftents who desire to enter the Church. > , "d . ■. The German people propose to present the Crown Prince Frederick William and his consort Victoria, at thejr~approaching silver wadding on January' 2sth, : ' with- a complete 8 lite for dining-room, together with furniture for table' arid accessories. The present will c^st about half a million marks. England, Portugal, and Belgium propose to object to the French acquisition of territory at the Congo River. La Liberte, of 18th November, announces that in consequence of a treaty concluded by De Boazza a gunboat will be despatched up the Congo. Twenty-five anarchists (three foreigners among tne number).were .arrested at Lyons on November 18th, and were charged with, foment-i ing strikes .of workmen for obtaining a general division of property, and destroying the sentimeni of patriotism among the paople. The fears of an Austro-Russian war have abated. According to a dispatch from Vienna, an individual who excited them by an accidental remark' is not an official personage, and his utterances are not regarded as authoritative.

The illness which has compelled Sir Stafford Northcote to go to the Mediterranean is a weak reaction of the heart, not immediately dangerous. Mr Cross succeeds temporarily to the leadership. . " " * . T , The Marquis of Queensbury's i sister, Lady Gertrude Douglass, has scandalised London society by marrying her baker. Her ladyship is ol# and the baker is 21. The affair was 1 made public on the 18th November. Mr, Parnell's action in evicting tenants from his estates in Connty Wicklow has caused SO me comment. They were in arrears to the extent of £9000. The Duke of Albany has become a patron ofthe International Chess Tournament to take placain London next year. The Criterion Theatre, .built some years ago in London by Spiers and : Pond, formerly caterers in Melbourne, is condemned by the Board of Works as hopelessly unsafe. It will be closed permanently.

Clement Scott's action for libel against Sampsou,' of the Referee, was settled. The jury ' awarded £1500 damages. The Referee engaged to publish a full apology and retractation. It will be remembered that Admiral Glyn and the name of Adelaide Neilson figured prominently in this matter. A disastrous fire occurred at Margate As-sembly-rooms. The vicarage and one side of Cecil square * were burnt. The loss was £300,000. ._, . v The' Home Rule League are considering the policy v of merging the League into the Irish National League. It is reported that 300 people on Tory Island are without food, and other portions of the population of Western Ireland are threatened with starvation. General Wolseley on landing at Dover from Egypt, on the 18th October was most, enthusiastically received. Patrick- Joyce, one of those charged with the murder ' of the Joyce family, was found guilty"dn the 15th November, and will be hanged on December 15th. On the 18th Miles Joyce was arraigned for the murder of Mrs Joyce and was also, convicted and sentenced to death. He was .the first cousin of the man Joyce who was murdered. Patrick Casey was also convicted of being concerned in the murder of the family,, and sentenced to be hanged on December 18th.

EarlG-ranville instructed the British Ambassador iat Madrid on November Ist, to ask the Spanish Government to return General Maceo and other two Cuban refugees, surrendered by the police magistrate at Gibraltar without proper. sanction. The Spanish Government refused* on .the ground that the prisoners,' on landing v at Gibraltar, were put outside British lmV, through a mistake_oi.the police magistrate", and were immediately arrested by Spanish authorities. They were not and had not been in English jurisdiction. The- /British Postmaster-general announces that when the new mail contracts are entered into the lines making the quickest possible passages will be favoured, if their regularity justifies it. .

ADDITIONAL SUMMARY OF NEWS.

The 'fate of Professor Palmer, Captain Gill, and Lieutenant Charmington has been ascertained, According to a dispatch from Colonel Warren, dated Alexandria, October 16th, the whole, party were ordered to be killed by the Governor of Notol. They were tied to the edge of a precipice, and offered the alternative of throwing themselves over or to be shot. It is supposed that Palmer leaped off, and Gill and Onafmington chose the other alternative. The bodies of Gill and Charmington have been found, and there is no hope that Palmer is alive. ' Colonel Warren is tracking the sheik who committed the murders. Several further subscriptions for the Jewish relief fund, from New Zealand, are acknowledged by the Mansion House Committee. Among them are— £26l from Geraldine, £200 from Christchurch, £60 from Wellington, and £51 from Hokitika. The fund is now being closed. /In all, £108,759 has been received, and £94,144 expended. The Hon. Mathew Holmes shipped from the Clyde a valuable selection of high-class

Border Leicester sheep, selected by James Archibald, of Shields.

The companies who are promoting the scheme of the Channel tunnel have renewed their applications to Parliament, accompanied 1 by fresh plans.

The Yorkshire colliery owners have advanced their quotations 10 per cent, as from November Ist ; and raised the miners' wages 5 per cent., so preventing the intended strike. The Moody and Sankey mission in London has been suspended, owing to the illness of the former.

Bradlaugh made an application to the Court of Queen's Bench on November 6th to have the indictment against himself for blasphemous libel, at the instance of Sir Henry Taylor, quashed ; but the application was refused. Letters from Ireland, dated November 10th, state that a famine is impending in the counties of Donegal, Clare, and Roscommon. The potato drop is a failure, while storms have devastated the fields and cabins of the poor. The- guardians of the workhouses declare that the prospect is the worst since the famine of 1836. '

Mr Gladstone proposes to introduce a fresh scheme of Irish legislation into Parliament to still further develop the provisions of the Land Act in the ' direction of a peasant proprietary, the extension of the franchise, and a scheme i of local self-government. ■ A party of. 40 armed men attaoked the house of JMr Redmond' Roach, a magistrate 'at Magnas Castle (Ireland), on the night of November. 16th, firing several shots, demanding admission, ana carrying away two guns. During the 24 hours ending October 29th incessant rain prevailed in several parts of England. Large areas of country were flooded, ■bridges were washed away, railways blocked, and 'mi the 'inland counties 'only the roofs of farjnhouses were to be seen. in many '■ places. The flood along the valley of the Thames was very. serious. At Windsor there were immense losses and' suffering. .4 great gale, accompanied by floods, visited England on November 1st — this time devastating the western and southern section. A dozen houses were -swept away at Borough Bridge, and the railway track was so torn up in Devon and Somerset that the trains were I | stopped entirely. The damage was severe, but no loss of life is reported. At Exeter the canal I broke its banks, and the whole country in Cheshire, Warwickshire, and- Somersetshire was flooded. Dispatches 'from London, dated November 12th, say that the greater part of ■ England is flooded by the heavy rains which havje." fallen almost without intermission, and that in scarcely a district has the autumn crop been sown, and that it is impossible for fanners to do so. The traffic of some parts of such towns as Canterbury and Reading was carried on in boats, and the country upon each side of the ] principal railway looks like a large lake. Sheep-rot has also appeared in many places, so that it is not surprising that the English farmers are more anxious and depressed than ever.

Frederick Gretton, owner of Fernando, Isonomy, and other well-known racehorses, died on November 16th.

A dispatch says that Keene's colt Foxhall was put in a private sale list. The amount asked for him is 55,000d01. Disgust is felt at the Sandwich Islands. A dispatch received by the Acting Secretary of the! U.S. Navy at Washington on November 6th, from the commander of the U.S. steamship Allyer, reports a 1 serious state of affairs in the Hawaiian group, owing to the outburst of dissatisfaction among the sugar planters. The planters have formed a protective union, and macjle a protest to the King against the selection of his Cabinet. They urge a more liberal and progressive policy than is indicated by the King's movement. The King, in replying, recognised the right of all to make suggestions if they entertained any grievance, and assured the members of the union that their appeal would be considered. Meantime there is no change in the situation, and the King has issued a proclamation that he will be crowned on February 12th. The report further says that the matter will probably drift along until the coronation. Patti and Nicolini arrived in New York on October 30th. Before leaving Paris Patti went through a second marriage ceremony, which was considered necessary owing to a recent decision by the French Law Courts, in order to prevent the Marquis de Caux from taking possession of her property in the event of her death. Wilkinson, the New York publisher, has sued Henry Ward JBeecher for 10,000dol, money paid to him in advance for. a promised "Life of Christ." Beeoher took the money, but never furnished "copy" for the proposed work, although frequently promising to do so. The mails ex Zealandia were delivered in New York five days after being landed at San Francisco, which is the quickest delivery on Theatrical people in America are gossiping over an unfortunate quarrel between Fred, de Belleville, formerly of Garner's London Comedy Company, and his wife, Mrs de Belleville, who accompanied him to the States from New South Wales. She says that they were married at Geelong, but he denies that any marriage ever took! place, and has married a ballet-girl connected with the Union Square (New York) Company, to strengthen the denial. The deuerted wife has commenced legal proceedings. Herbert Spencer sailed for Europe on 11th November. His health has not improved by travel, but rather the reverse, Nervous excitement and monomania are gradually wearing him out.

George, the amateur champion of England, and Myers, the amateur champion of America, met in an interprovincial foot-race of a mile in New, York on November 11th. George won easily. Time, 4 mm. 25 sec. He led Myers by 16 yards. The New York wool-dealers have expressed apprehension that the California trade in that article has seen its best day, and that the supply will grow less. < A. Gilchrist, a member of the Salvation Army, who arrived in New York from England, confessed in Court to having three husbands.

James W. J. Morton, one of the proprietors of the San Francisco Call and Bulletin, is dead. Walter J. Duval, an Englishman by birth and a druggist by prof ession, committed suicide in Portland, Oregon, where he arrived three years ago from Melbourne. No reason for the act has been assigned. Abbey's Park Theatre, New York, has been destroyed by fire. Loss, 10,000dol. Mrs Langtry, who was to have made her American debut at this house a few evenings later, had just finished packing up her wardrobe to send to the theatre, and thus escaped loss. Madame Christine Nillson was not so fortunate. She lost most of her costumes and jewels. One of the stage hands, named Leon, is supposed to have perished in the flames. Henry Clark, the stage carpenter, died from the effects of the injuries he received.

Mrs Scoville, sister of the assassin Guiteau, has been adjudged insane by the Chicago Courts. Immediately afterwards she disappeared, and it is supposed that she fled to Canada.

Cobford, the champion sculler of Victoria (British Columbia), beat Reeves, the champion of California, in a four-mile race for 500dol

a side, on November 2nd. Reeves insisted that he was seized with cramp, but his backers think that he threw the race over.

General Lynch, in command of the Chile«an army occupying Peru, has levied a fresh tax on silver and sdol each on every cigar, carpentering, or tailoring establishment; ' in Peru. A znanifesto issued by Carlo, the Peruvian leader, says that ho does not pretend to isolate himself from the rest of Peru, but will adhere to any scheme adopted by any party in furtherance of peace. Latest advices state that peace negotiations have been resumed on the basis of the cession of Tacna and Arica.

On October 23rd, at Belgrave, the widow of Colonel Jeffrew MarkowitcH fired twice at King Milan. Her husband, with several others, was executed in 1878 by order of the King, but the recent attempt at assassination is said to be more attributable to political motive than to revenge. Tho bystanders attempted to lynch Markowitch, but she was saved by the interference of the War Minister.

Tom Allen, ex-champion of New York, has deposited 10,000dol to fight any pugilist, John W. Sullivan, tho American, preferred, for the championship of the world and 2500d0l a side. A Palestine Colonisation and. Christian Missionary Association has been incorporated in Boston for the purpose of colonising Palestine with industrious and energetic Christians 1 . Telegraph communication is established between the United States and Valparaiso (Chile).

The dairymen of California propose to meet in convention and organise a campaign against buttevina.' They have already pledged theui; selves not to consign dairy produce to any city firm dealing in the objectionable article. The Canada Fresh Meat Importation Company has issued its prospectus. The Company is formed to import meat of all kinds from Canada into the United Kingdom. The average cost of meat delivered in England is 5d per lb. A contract has already been made in Canada to supply meat.

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MAIL NEWS., Otago Witness, Issue 1621, 16 December 1882

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