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FOREIGN AND COLONIAL. The Muscovite authorities have placed themselves in communication with the Baropean Danube Com- mission to concert measures for romoving the obstacles to the navigation of the river. In spite, however, of this show of active disposition on the part of the Rus- sian functionaries, those on the spot dorot much believe in the immediate riddance of the obstructions, thinking that the actual removal of the sunken ships, torpedoes, and what not will be deferred until all danger of further complication is passed. This very obvious supposition is rather confirmed by the circumstance that the Austrian Danube Navigation Company, in pursuance of the armistice stipulations for the imme- diate re-opening of the river to trade, addressed itself to the Russian authorities in order to know whether it might resume navigation lower down the river, but was informed in return that no instructions had been received to that effect, and that, therefore, the per- mission could not be given. The company, in conse- quence, has applied to the Russian head-quarters. The Bishop of Melbourne writes a long lette- to the Melbourne papers defending theatrical amuse- ments. He says It is sometimes asked, for instance, whether St. Paul would have shown himself at a theatre. No, certainly not at heathen theatres, where the performances were usually connected with heathen worship. But if the question be whether he would have attended a well-conducted theatre in a Christian land, to witness a high-toned performance, then it might as well be asked whether St. Paul would have attended a cricket match, a chess tournament, or a spelling bee. In his circumstances it is very unlikely that he would but it is equally certain that he would have called none of them unlawful. Amusement is necessary for young people, and it would be equally unreasonable to forbid our boys to play at cricket and to require grave divines either to join their sport or condemn it." The bishop concludes by saying that he desires to do something to make the drama what it should be—the handmaid of religion and morality." The mutiny of the soldiers and convicts at the Chilian convict station of Punta Arenas, in the Straits of Magellan, was causing anxiety. The muti- neers were well armed, and had escaped into the interior. It was feared they might attack the Welsh colony of Ohuput. The revolutionary party from Nicaragua which has invaded Oosta Rica is led by Frederico Mora, a telegraph contractor, and Colonel Manuel Arguello, the commandant for Nicaragua at Grenada. They formed a Provisional Government to invade Oosta Rica, with Mora as Provisional Presi- dent, Alvarez Contreras as Minister, and a Spaniard named San Olemente as general of the expedition, with Colonel Arguello as second in command. The Costa Rican Government has proclaimed martial law, and placed the country in a state of siege. The insur- gents heve reached Limon, and thence passed into the interior. Great preparations were being made at San Jose to meet the Revolutionists, and the Government felt confident of success. The Russian Agency declares that the Government knows nothing respecting Poles or persons of other nationalities alleged to have been condemned to death by the Russian military authorities in Roumelia. The allegation, the Agency says, serves the purpose of Russia's enemies in stirring up agitation in England and Austria. The accusers, it adds, should at leaat state the precise names, places, and dates; otherwise their complaints will look like calumnies. At Avignon, where party spirit runs very high, Re- publican banquets celebrating the anniversary of 1848 and an illumination by a Catholic club in honour of the new Pope happened to fall on the same evening. The result was that the Republicans hissed and sang the Marseillaise in front of the club, refusing to disperse at the summons of the Prefect, M. Spuller. brother of the Radical Deputy. He has consequently dissolved one Republican Club, closed another for a week, and closed the Catholic Club for a month, de- claring its illumination an illegal demonstration. Father Hyacinthe has taken up his residence in Paris, where an Old Catholic fortnightly review has for some months been published, and where lectures have lately been delivered by M. L6on Peche, one of his adherents. It has long been known that he was anxious to return here, but though the political situa- tion insures him greater freedom of action than on his visit eleven months ago, it may be foreseen that the Old Catholic movement is not destined to achieve much in France, where even Protestantism cannot gain a hearing from the bulk of those who reject Catholicism. The Moselle brings advices from Panama to the 6th of February. The Panama Star anu Herald, announces that severe shocks of earthquake visited Peru during the last week in January. There was, however, no loss of life. At Iquique, and the adjacent places in the interior, some damage was done, and at Callao, on January 27tb, a formidable tidal wave did con- siderable damage. The following appears in the Cape Argus: The Governor has dismissed the Molteno Ministry. It seems that Sir B n-tle Frere desired to place the whole of the colonial forces within as well as beyond the Kei, with their supply department under Sir Arthur Cunynghame. The Ministers, it is said, refused to agree to this, on the ground that the colony is able and willing to perform the service itself, and that to place the colonial forces and the supplies in the hands of the Imperial authorities would tend to the prolongation of hostilities. It is further said the Governor should not have sent to England for troops without their concurrence, and they respectfully declined to advise his Excellency as to the employment of the military so brought to this country. By doing so they, it is allegei, believed they were keeping the Oape Oolonyfrom being pledged to pay for Imperial forces whose presence was, they considered, unnecessary. It is further alleged that most extraordinary demands were made on the Colonial Government by Sir Arthur Ounynghame; but what these oemands were is not mentioned. However, they were refusal, so far as we can gather. Resistance was first made by some one member of the Cabinet, and on the matters in dispute being referred to his colleagues they unanimously concurred in his views. These were finallv communicated to the Go- vernor about four o'clock on Saturday afternoon, and his Excellency at once dismissed the Ministry. All the members consented to remain in office until their successors were appointed, which will probably be in the course of a few days but in the meantime they are to conduct the business of the country as they may deem beat for the interests of the public. Drought still continues, although rain has fallen in some parts of the colony."

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