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London, Feb 17
The offer of the Q ef-nslnod Government to send n Volunteer contingent with the Australian brigade tor the Soudan will probably be accep ed
I<ew South Wales 34 per cent inscribed, £91 10s, Queensland 4 per cent, £101 10s, Victorian 4 per
The High Court of Apt er 1 ha6 reversed the recent decision of Mr Justice Lhittj with regard to the «anster of shares m the Oriental B .nk Corporation,
London, February l8
The Times considers that the Goi eminent ought to overrule the War Office, otherwic-e, it pointe out, the arrangements for ensuring the efficiency of the British Expeditionary force in the Soudan will only tend to inspire disgust in the pub'ic mind
The legal point wjj.cii ivaa raised by bir Richard Bagga!'ti},G2ij of the Lords Justices of Appeal,in Connection with tua liquidation of the old Oriental Bank Corponotion, was argued yesterday. Sir Richard BBggallay holds that the official liquidator of the bank was regularly appointed.
A L Soudry, who was a member of the s'aff of the French Commission for the Melbourne Interna- tional Exhibition of 18S0, has been sentenced to ft term of imprisonment on a charge of swindling
The Times this mon ing states that the Opposition have decided to move a vote of censure upon the Government for their conduct in regard to Egyptian
Parleying between England arid Germany is still going on with reference to the New Guinea question Ihe Agents-General have urged the Samoa and Tonga should not be sacrificed to save New Guinea,
Lord Derby has forwarded to Lord Lyons, the Britieb Ambassador at Fans, the written protest of the Agents-General of the Australian colonies for presentation to ¿1. Gravy against the transportation of récidivistes to the Pacific
Upwards of half a million has been paid up on the shares of the New Oriental Bank.
General Lord Wolseley telegraphs that a body of the Mahdi's troops who were escorting guns and supplies from Khartoum to the rebels of Metemneh attacked a British convoy m cbargeof wounded about eight miles from Gabat A severe skirmish ensued, lasting fully an hour, after which the enemy re-
Her Majesty the Queen, through Lord Derby, has expressed her warm and grateful feelings ut the proffered aid of troops from the colonies of Australia, which cannot but be regarded otherwise than with
It is believed that all the colonies except New South Wales have been warned that their contingents if accepted, would probably arrive atSuakim too late for the immediate campaign, and that therefore summer encampment for them would become neces- sary , it is, however, left optional with them to for- ward troops to the Soudan.
Paris, Feb l8
Advices are to bend from Admiral Courbet, stating that five Chinese corvettes were recently attacked by French torpedo boats The French succeeded in sinking two of the Qbineee vetéela. The other three escaped uninjured.