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,_ The d £ atb of his Bminence Cardinal MacCabe is announced from Dublm.--R.I.P. Men, of the Time gives the following sketch of him :—His Bminence Edward MacCabe, Cardinal-priest of the Holy Roman Church, born in Dublin in 1816, was educated in one of the Catholic schools of his native city, and passed out of it into the College of Maynootb. At the close of hie collegiate career he was ordained in 1839 to the priesthood by the then Archbishop, Dr. Murray, and appointed by His Grace to a curacy in the parish of Clontarf, county Dublin. He remained in that curacy till about the year 1853, when he was transferred by Dr. Cullen, who had in the meantime succeeded Archbishop Murray, to a curacy in the cathedral parish, Marlborough Btreet. la 1856 he was promoted to the pastorship of the parish of St. Nicholas, in the city, and occupied that position till 1865, when he was transferred to the parish of Kingstown. He had been already named by Cardinal Cullen one of his Vicars-general, an office whichhe held till the close of his Eminence's episcopate. In 1877 he was appointed Bishop assistant to the Cardinal. On the death of his Eminence, Dr. MacCabe was, in March 1879, appointed to succeed him in the Archiepiecopal see of Dublin. His Holiness Pope Leo XIII. created Archbishop MacCabe a Car-dinal-priest in a secret consistory held at the Vatican on March 27, 1882, and the Cardinal received the hat from his Holiness on March 30. He had assigned to him the basilica of Santa Sabina. The Commission on New Guiuea affairs and the claims of German subjects in Fiji will meet shortly in London. The United Irishman publishes an cffer, emanating from some person or persons in Dublin, of a reward of £10,000 for the body of the Prince of Wales, dead or alive. Mr. Murray Smith is protesting against the action of Germany in New Guinea, on the ground that Germany has no solid claim to territory in that island, and urges Lord Derby 1o endeavour to induce Germany to abandon her recent annexation. The majority of Agentsgeneral are favourable to the Colonies urging England not to recede from the boundaries of her annexation in New Guinea. The French commissary at the Melbourne Exhibition has been charged with swindling. An important discovery of dynamite has been made at Paddington. London. & ' The Hon. Robert Meade has been officially summoned to explain the proposals he made while at Berlin regarding the settlement of the New Guinea annexation question. In regard to the settlement of the Busso Afghan frontier question, Russia requests tbat the Hindu Koosh. mountains form the frontier It is possible that England will occupy Herat. The Boers in Zululand threaten to attack the town of Natal if they are attacked. The National Zeitung states that Germany will not yield the Huon Bay, New Guinea, which England recently annexed. The Daily Telegraph is of opinion that Germany is certain to disavow the recent seizure of land in Samoa by the German Con&ul there, as such a seizure was merely the act of a subordinate. Telegrams have been received from Lord Wolseley announcing that a battle has bpen fought with the enemy at a place opposite Abukala, on the Nile, about 70 miles above Merawi. The Mahdites attacked the troops under General Earle on both flanks and in front, and a severe engagement ensued, resulting in the complete defeat of the enemy, scarcely any of whom escaped. General Earle, Colonels Eyre and Coventry, and eight men were killed ; four officers, including Colonel Wauchope and 38 men, were severely wounded. Lord Wolseley expects to be able to open the way to Berber without further fighting. Colonel Brackenbury has assumed command of the column m place of General Earle, and will continue the advance to Sf™ 1 ' In the bafctle the Mahdites aTe estimated to have numbered 1500. men. General Sir D. E. Wood has been appointed to succeed General Earle. Further particulars of the battle at Abnkala show that on Tuesday Major-general Earle surrounded the Arab position. The Black Watch stormed the rocks, where some of the enemy had taken up their position. Major-general Earle was killed while leading the cavalry which captmed the Arab camp. The first battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment was engaged storming the High Hills, where an obstinate defence was maintained by the rebels. After five hours' fighting a decisive victory was gained over the Arabs, who lost heavily, their leader and several emirs being killed. The British loss was slight. Lord Wolseley arrived at Gubat on Sunday. He

telegraphs that the convoy conveying those wounded in the battle near Abukatohas arrived at Korti. The Indian-native troops under orders for the Soudan consist of four regiments of infantry and one of cavalry. The expedition to the Soudan via Souakim has been placed under the command of Lieutenant-general Sir Gerald Graham with Major-general Sir G. Greaves as chief of staff, i Lard Wolseley telegraph! tbat a letter* written by the Governor of Berber has been, found at the enemy's camp at Abukal stating that foe Mahdi cap. tured Khartoum on the 26th January, and that General Gordon was killed. In reply to the New South Wales Government, the Imperial authorities state tbat the offer of troops is fully appreciated, but that operations in the Soudan are likely to be deferred owing to the late* ness of the season. The offer is, however, under consideration. Several liberal offers of money have been made towards the expenses of the proposed expedition. Mr. Service, the Premier, of Victoria has wired the New South Wales Government that if its offer of troops for the Houdan is accepted Victoria is prepared to follow suit. The Premier and Minister of Mines addressed a crowded meeting at the theatre, Hokitika last evening. The Premier's address wu a •• Plea for the Study of Politics." At the conclusion there was repeated cheering, and a unanimous vote of thanks was accorded, and also a vote ol confidence in the present Ministry.

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Saturday. New Zealand Tablet, Volume XII, Issue 44, 20 February 1885

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