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FOREIGN AND COLONIAL. F t The Hellenic Government has declared to the representatives of the six (Sreat Powers its acceptance i; of the arrangement proposed by them, that on con- j ■ ditionof its troops being immediately recalled frdm i Thessaly the Great Powers would undertake to secure order in the Greek Provinces of Turkey and have the claims of the Greeks considered in the Oonferonce on equal terms with those of the SLava. A Berlin correspondent saya The Speech from the Throne making no mention of the three Emperors' alliance, but emphasising the existente of friendly re- lations with all the Powers, and more especially I Austria, it is concluded that the German Government have not entered into any engagement to support the new demands of the Russian Cabinet. This inference I is not a little strengthened by the Boyal Speech ex- pressly mentioning the programme agreed upon at the Constantinople Conference as the basis of the coming peace. These opinions seem to be pretty general to day. If yesterday there was less unanimity j as to the meaning to be attributed to the Boyal Speech this was owing to the opposite constructions placed upon the passage in which his Majesty the Emperor is introduced as the originator of Germany's Emperor is introduced as the originator of Germany's policy, in the East. From Melbourne we learn that the International I Exhibition Bill has been rejected, and the motion brought forward by the Chief Secretary for an address I to the Queen asking permission for the Prince of Wales to visit this colony in 1879 for the purpose of opening the Exhibition, has been withdrawn. The I recent passage made by the Peninsular and Oriental I Company s steamer Siam was the fastest on record, the mails being delivered within thirty-eight days. The total sum subscribed in Australia, New Zealand, and Tasmania in behalf of the Indian Famine Fund was about £75,000, of which Victoria contributed £ 27,000. The latest experiment of Sir Samuel Wilson in intro- ducing salmon ova into Australia has proved a brilliant success. Gold mining shows agns of increased activity throughout the colony. The appearance of the vine- pest (phylloxera vastatrix) in the Victorian vineyards is causing much alarm, and a bill to eradicate the evil has been introduced into Parliamentand is now under consideration. The following despatch is from Brindisi: Mr. Parkes having been unsuccessful in his attempts to form a Cabinet, Mr. Farnell undertook the task, and the following Ministry was constituted Mr. Farnell, Premier and Secretary for Lands Mr. Fitzpatrick, Colonial Secretary; Mr. Cohen, Treasurer; Mr. Sutherland, Minister of Works; Mr. Sutton, Minister of Mines Mr. Leary, Minister of Justice Mr. Burns, Postmaster-General; Mr. Foster, Attorney- General. Parliament has adjourned until Jan. 2"Jnd for the Ministerial elections. The Government has already suspended the auctions of Crown lands until Parliament decides whether the system shall be con- tinued. Mr. Grey, the Premier of New Zealand, has delayed complying with the request of the Governor to publish in the Gazette a notification conferring the title Honourable upon Judges Chapman and Greg- sen, because he disapproves the creation of what he considers a sham aristocracy in the colony. A demonstration against the Provincial Govern- ment's railway policy was made at Quebec by a mob numbering 6000 persons, bearing torches and trans- parencies, before the Parliament House while the sitting was proceeding. The police guarded the doors of the House and prevented the people from entering. After burning the Solicitor-General in efflgy, the mob paraded the city, and dispersed quietly at midnight. The Swiss National Council has adopted the re- commendations of the Council of State with reference to the projected treaty with Great Britain for the re- ciprocal protection of trade-marks. Believing that the treaty would place Switzerland in an inferior position relatively to England, and that a too elastic phraseology would give rise to interminable conten- tions, the council decides to defer further considera- tion of trade conventions until a new Federal law on the subject shall have been matured. From Adelaide we learn that the Government has abandoned the system of requiring emigrants to sign a bond not to leave that colony within two years from the time of their arrival. It is intended to charter a vessel to bring emigrants frDm Scotland. The total cost for the defences of the colony, as recommended by the Governor, Sir William Jervois, is estimated at £ 35,000, with an annual expenditure of £ 25,000. This sum does not include the purchase of an ironclad.thecoat of which is reckoned at £ 150,000. Western Australia is now in direct through communication with the ad- joining colonies. The Government have appointed a committee to inquire into the administration of the various departments of the public servioe in accord- ance with a resolution 'of the Legislative Council. A despatch was received by the last mail from the Im- perial Government abolishing the office of Controller of Convicts. The Official Journal of Egypt publishes a statement regarding the estimated revenue for 1878, which has been drawn up bythe Comptroller-General of Receipts from data furnished by an examination of the accounts of the Receiver-General. According to the statement in queetion, it appears certain that there will be a falling-off in the revenue Irom Lower Egypt in consequence of the inadequate rising of the Nile, only one-half of the Moukabalah and land- tax being recoverable from lands artificially irrigated. Etomaine, the Comptroller-General of Receipts, sfofes it as his opinion that the burden of taxation is too heavy, and that the principal heads of revenue, such as the Moukabalah, the personal and professional taxes, and the salt-tax exceed the paying powers of the people. The sircars of these heads must, therefore, be erased from the Budget. Even on the reduced figures of the revenue estimates, a further falling-off must be expected, because the failure of the Nile bas affected to a certain extent every province of Lower Egypt.

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