The latest novelty in athletic contesta is a six days' swimming match at the Lambeth baths gymnasium, England, which began last Monday at 11 o'clock. ThurBday night the Bcore stood as f ollow : Capt. Webb, who swam acroas the British channel, 57 miles ; Cï. Fearne, of Wandsworth, 47 miles; Willie Beckwith, 32 miles, and J. M. Taylor, who won the amature championship at Newcastle,21 miles. The Duke of Argyle has left London for Canada. A Madrid letter says a deficit of 80,000,000 francs in the Spaidsh budget for the current year is expected. Next year there will probably be a greater deficit. At a meeting of the Boyal Agricultural Society Thursday the council were recommended to instruct the qualified commissioners to obtain and publish separate and reliable reports as to the corn and me-t raising caoabilities of the United States, Canada, Kussia, India and Australia, with regard to the probable food supply intended for the English market. President Grevy has signed the pardon for tonr hundred Communists. The sub-committee of the inter-oceanic canal congress is studying a plan for an open cutting instead oL a tunnel, increasing the cost ten inillion dollars. There was a great eruption of Mount Etna Sunday evening. The sub-committee of the Daricn Canal Congress Monday presenteda report admitting the possibility of the Nicaragua route, with locks, while statiDg that the level canal course proposed by Lieut. Wjse and M. Reclus is best, subject to certain modifications. The Nicaragua route would, it is estimated, cot L284-, 000 0ÜO. The coat of Wyae-Reclus's scheme is estimated at L42,000,000. The arbitrator to whom was referred the question of the reduction of the wages of the South Yorkshire coal miners has decided against any reduction whatever. The decisión affcctB fifty thousand men and boys. Sir Garnet Wolsley lef t for the Cape Thurs day. A dispatch f rom Alexandria states that two companions of the Italian explorer, the Marquis of Autinori, have been made prisoners by the natives near Shoa.