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AUSTRALIAN NEWS. The latest newt from Australia cornea by telegraphic despatch, via San Francisco. The chief items of in- telligenee are the following: The New Seuth Wales Budget for 1877-1878 shows that the actual revenue for last year amounted to j £ 5,751,879, and the ex- ptntUture to £ 5,530,050. The revenue exceeded that of 1876 by £ 714,217, the principal increases being £ f>V,861 in the Customs, £427,128 in the land sales, and £121,500 in the receipts from railways. The total accumulated surplus at the end of the year amounts to < £ 2,317,343, and the cash balance to £ 4,071,147. The estimated revenue for this year amounts to £4,878,700, the decrease being caused by the curtailment of land,sales totheextentof < £ 1,000000. The estimated expenditure is X4,723,689, including £ 75,000 for immigration purposes and S320,000 for public instruction. The Legislative Assembly has nearly completed the Estimates for the current year, and has parsed the io)- mjgrabion and educational votee. A billamendiog the Electoral Law has been introduced providing for twenty-three new members, thus raising the total number to nicety eix. The new elections necessitated through this addition w.11 bo held during the recess, after the passage of the bill. The Government is actively pushing forward the organisation of the defences of the colory, in accord- ance with the recommendations of Sir W. Jervois, and large quantities of explosives have already been received. Mr. Edward Combep, Member of the New South Wales Parliament, has been appointed Executive Oommissioner of the Colony at the Paris Exhibition. The offices of Emigration Agents for this colony in America and Germany have been abolished. The later-Colonial Cricket Match of Victoria v. New South Wales has resulted in the victory of the latter by one wicket. As already telegraphed, the severe drought from which the Colony has been suffering has now com- pletely broken up, and all partB are plentifully visited with rain. The Italian war vessel Ohristoforo Colombo, which fe on a scientific cruise, arrived at Sydney on the 3rd of February. Sir George Grey, the Premier of New Zealand, has visited the Maori King Javhias, and remained for two days in his dominions. All the influential chiefs and 2000 Maories were present at the meeting. No business was transacted, but Sir George Grey will again meet the King in March.

OUR INDIAN ARMY.

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THE CASE OF THE REV. MR. DODWELL…

THE NEPTUNE.

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DOTHEGIRLS' HALL:

CAVALRY ORGANISATION.

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THE CLEOPATRA VERDICT.

SALE OF THE NOVAR COLLECTION.

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MADAME TEIAL AND

ah fv, a FL°or)S IN LONDON.

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OUR MILITARY POSITION. ■

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CIGAR ENDS.

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