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WEST AFRICA—BENIN, ASHANTI, NUPE.

Mail news from the Niger Protectorate states that the punitive expedition launched against the King of Beniu, to avenge the massacre ofthe British exploring party, has done its work effectually. Dr. P. Hill, of the Protectorate, who has recently been stationed in tho captured Benin City, reports that there were about 40 prisoners there when he left awaiting their trial for the massacre of the \ British expedition. Most of the. prisoners are chiefs. The whereabouts of the King of Benin was known, but his capture had not been effected up to the latest reports. There were three towns icsauy miles beyond Benin city, and when the King was driven out of one of them he made for one of the others. There were only 150 troops quartered in Benin city, and these were not sufficient to capture the three towns, and while this was the case the King was likely t~o remain atlrtvge. It - was reported that Consul-General Moor intended to go from Old Calabar immediately to Benin city to try the 40 prisoners there. There were only three white officials in Benin city, viz., Mr Turner, the Resident, Captain Ringer, and Dr. Pagan. It was the general opinion that it would require 500 native troops to take the three towns, and thereby capture the King of Benin.' i As a sequel to the Ashanti campaign, which was some time ago commenced at the instigation of Mr Chamberlain and carried to a successful conclusion, it is reported from Sierra Leone that the British authori-

1 ties iiitend to establish as King of j Cooinassie Chief Axthibondoa, cousin of ex-king Prempeh, who is a political j prisoner at Sierra Leone. King! Prempeh is said to take his exile very complacently. He ia a regular attendant at the English Church ia Freetown. Perhaps the greatest and most glorious campaign in this trio of West African wars is that conducted by Sir George Taubman Goldie on behalf of the Niger Chartered Company. It has increased and- extended British prestige and power in the Niger Valley; it haa made Nupe practically a province of the Niger Company by dethroning the hostile Emir, and putting iv his place a native ruler who i 3 admittedly the protege, if not the puppet, of the Company ; it has liberated the slaves whe formed the human currency aystern of Nupe, and opened the country i to trade. The Mohammedan I'ulah I domination over tbe tribes of Nigeria j has received a blow from which it will, not recover- Ihe battle of Bida is iv ,

the Niger Valley what Plaasey was in India; and thenceforward the Emir of Sokoto will occupy the same position in relation to the English a« th« Mogul Emperor at Delhi, did in the days of the East India Company.

Captain Edwin wired this afternoon:— " Wind between eaat and north and north east at all places Barometer further riae at all places north of Napier and New Plymouth, fall'at all other places. Sea increasing on east co lat of North Island ; heavy swell on all eastern coasts south of East Gape. Tide 3 increasing on all western coasts of North Island. High tides on all eastern coasts south of East Gape; moderate elsewhere. Northerly gales are probible at all places s~uth of Napier and New Plymouth, after from 12 to 20 hours, and moderate northerly winds elsewhere." Mbssrs Wilcox 13:t(>s. notify in another column that thoy ;tr& retiring from the grocery business, and quote some startling reductions in prices,

The life of Mr H. S. Fish, M.H.R., for Dunedin City, is despaired of. The disease in his throat has developed into cancer, Ms J. Waitbbs, draper, notifies in another column that he has decided to retire from the drapery business, and invites tenders for disposing of the whole of his stock, working plant, and lease of premises. Stock and premises are now open for inspection. Tenders will be received up to the 17th inst. Further particulars appear in the advertisement.

The annual entertainment by the pupils of the Convent Schools, which takes place on the first Monday in October, promises to bo equally as successful as those ia the past hare proved. It will "take tho form of a concert, tableaux, and drau a. Tho <yell-known and ever-popular drains ''Cinderella" is in<. course of preparation, and is said to be proceeding very satisfactorily, i

fl pleasing ceremony took place at the Parawai School yesterday afternoon, when Mr F. J. Muliins, late assistant teacher (who has been transferred to Tairua) was E resented with an inscribed walking stick, y Miss B. Cummings on behalf of the gMa, and with a Bilk necktie by Master Edgar West on behalf of the boys. Mr Miillins thanked the donora in a few well chosen words.

At the Police Court this. morning', before Messrs E. McDonnell and H. 0. Gillespie, J.'sP., the charge against R. Mil'er and G-. Page was called, but was further adjourned for a month.—Colin McDonald pleaded guilty to bain g drunk in Albert street yesterday evening, and to assaulting Constable Emerson whilst in the execution of his duty.—After hearing the evidence of Constable Emerson, who stated that lie advised accused to go quietly home, an<' received a blow on the neck and chest as a reward for his kindly advice, the Bench imposed a fine of ss, or in default 21 hours for drunkenness, and £5 or in default one month's imprisonment in Mount Eden gaol fsr assaulting the constable.

Iveferbino to the death of Mr A. H. Alderton, brother to the editor of the Whangarei Advocate, that papers remarks that on hearing of the wreck of the Tasmania, urgent wirts were iinraediately'despatched by Mr G E. Alderton to ascertain if his brother was safe. After considerable delay, replies were i eceivedexpressing confidence in Mr A.H. Alderton's probable safety, but also stating ominously that one passenger, name unknown, was drowned. The ship was wrecked on Thursday night, and the passengers arrived at Gisborne by llo'clock on Friday, yet no word of Mr Alderton's safety could be obtained on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. After this lapse of time the drowned'passenger was identified asMr Alderton by the figure of a ship on a ring which he wore. When deceased boarded the Tasmania, his destination was Christchurch where he was going to enter into a newly purchased business and join his sister, whom he had not seen for years. "Mr Alderwas single, and 40 years of age. He was a very quiet, reserved man with simple habits, and one of the most unselfish men that ever lived. He was one of the last to leave the wreck, as it was his nature to see everyone served before himself. Had he, poor fellow, got into one of the life boats, he would not have sacrificed his life But his last act was one], of unselfishness in. keeping with his whole life."

Mb. Grigg writes.— " The planet Mercury, which ia rarely to be seen on account of its nearness to the sun, is now well placed for observation, being a little lower than Jupiter in the north west, shining out brilliantly at sunse . If we arc favored with a few clear evenings, such as we had yetterday, the little planet may be watched rapidly approachiug and passing its big fellow traveller, attaining the least distance (about one and a quarter degrees) on Fiiday evening, after which it will continue its journey (apparently upward) for a fortnight and then again sink towards the sun. To day Jupiter sets about an hour and a half after the sun and will therefore only be visible for another week or two as an evening star. The order of the planets, an now visible, is, Mercury, Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and Uranus.

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WEST AFRICA—BENIN, ASHANTI, NUPE. Thames Star, Volume XXIX, Issue 8735, 11 August 1897

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