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A HEAVY flood has occurred at Blenheim, the water in the centre of the town being from 3ft. to 4ft. high. In the country districts serious losses of sheep, cattle, and horses have occurred. Floods are also reported from Nelson. The losses by fires incurred during the year in Aucklan \ by the New Zealand Insurance Company, are stated to amount to the sum of £50,000. The deposit from the eruptions in the North Island is now proved by experiment to be of an extremely fertile natnre. It would seem that the Maharajah Dbuleep bing proves as good as his word, His Highness has lately returned to Europe from Aden, where the Government had him stopped on his attempting to visit India. In returning he vowed vengeance, and bitterly denounced the manner in which he had been treated. We are now told that in bis old principality, the Punjaub, circulars have been issued calling on the native tribes to rise and expel the English, and there can be little doubt as to whence the incitement emanates. The people of the Punjaub, whom it cost Lord Gough so hard a straggle to subdue, are among the finest in all the Bast, and an outbreak on their part could act fail to be most formidable. They are, however, said to be contented under iftittsh rule. They took no part in the great mutiny of 1857. The missionaries in the Now Hebrides complain that the French are interfering with their land, and threatening to burn d jwn their buildings. There should, however, be an opportunity given in this way for men of peace to exhibit their patience, and the power of their gospel. An appeal to Admiral Tryon for protection, which they make instead, is not in accordance with what we should expect from their meek and evangelical character. — Meantime in the Australian Parliaments measures are being considered for the exclusion of the recidivists.

Kimberley seems to be still on the decline — and so numerous are the miners on the return journey that horses are selling at Cambridge Gulf for £2 per head. The Czar graciously signifies his intention of allowing Bulgaria to preserve &n appearance of independence. He does something more, however, than take over the suzerainty from the Sultan, as he places both the civil and military affairs of the principality under Boesian control. — A cooler usurpation was nev*r made.

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Friday., New Zealand Tablet, Volume XVIII, Issue 21, 17 September 1886

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Friday. New Zealand Tablet, Volume XVIII, Issue 21, 17 September 1886