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Sin, — On tho 2nd December, 1854, an Act called ' The Affiliated Colleges Partial Endowment Act' received the nssunt of the Governor. General ; and during the same sessions of the legislature 'Saint Paul's College Incorporation Act' was passed. So promptly and liberally did our Protestant brethren contribute the funds for this purpose, that I am told St. Paul's College will, in all probability, commence operations simultaneously with the Uni versity.
During the week past I see that the Wesleyans met in strong numbers, and gave proofs of the zeal that animates them, in noble rivalry with their Pro testant brethren ; and I have no doubt that in a very short space of time they will have subscribed sufficient to entitle them to demand from the Go vernment the very liberal sum which the Legisla ture has directed should, under certain conditions, be paid to affiliated colleges. As yet the Roman Catholics have not, that I know of, done anything towards availing themselves of the advantages thus held out to them by the Legisla ture. And why ? Perhaps we are not sufficiently numerous. As to numbers, I believe we stand next to the Protestants in the census, and certainly much more numerous than the Wesleynns ; and if, as I imagine, our youthful members arc in like propor tion, I apprehend they equally stand in need of these appliances of education. Perhaps there are not men amongst us of suffici ently high social position to direct our steps in this matter? I find that a Roman Catholic, a man universally esteemed, holds one of the highest offices under the Constitution, namely — President of the Legislative Council. I find that one of the M.P's. for the City is a Roman Catholic, and, vrtiat is in my opinion a very strong addi tional reason for the most strenuous support on his part, a native of this lovely City. I find also other members of Parliament who are Roman Catholics. Amongst those distinguished men who shed such lustre on the judgment seat in this colony, one is a Roman Catholic. Amongst the members of that Bar which lias been pronounced, in point of members, second to none in the world for ability, learning, and honor, I find four Roman Ca tholics ; and in the other branch of the profession' I see the names of men who by their industry and talents have earned for themselves an honorable re putation throughout the colony who also are Roman Catholics. And amongst the wealthy merchants of the land, are enrolled the names of Roman Catholics. It cannot be therefore for want of influential men that we hang back. ? Perhaps there is a want of liberality nmongst the Roman Catholics ? / have written t!.e words, but I only wish I was my brother for a few minutes, that I might knock myself down for daring to en . tertain such an idea ! I believe that Roman Catholics have not only wealth, respectability, intelligence, and numbers on their side, but they have also the liberality to act, and are only waiting till properly called on. Will you then, Mr. Editor, sound the ' Assembly,' and I have no fear for the result. — Yours, JE VIS EN ESPOIR.
Sin, — As your journal is sure to be read by the venerated superior of the Catholic Church in Sydney, I hope you will not deem me obtrusive in urging a suggestion, which (if carried into effect) will confer a great favour on many parents in the city ; namely, to have the holy sacrifice of the Mass celebrated at the cathedral (and in as many other of the city churches, as circumstances will permit), at 9 o'clock every Sunday morning — without interfering with the other masses now said. I am sure this would be 1 iked upon as a great boon by a large majority of the faithful in Sydney. — I am, Sir, yours respectfully, MATERFAMILIAS. Sydney, July 15, 1857. School op Arts. — A lecture waa de livered at the School of Arts on Tuesday evening by Professor Smith, on- 'Common Salt.' The lecturer commenced by referring to the distribution of salt on the earth's surface, and the modes in which it was obtained for commercial purposes. He then explained the mode in which the presence of salt 13 detected in water. AH water contains salt in greater or less quantity, and by the application of certain tssts the approximate quantity can be ascertained. The application of these tests was shown by various experiments. The mode in which a ohemical ex amination of the nature of salt is made was then ex plained. The result of such chemical examination was to show that common salt consists of two ele ments or component parts, namely chlorine and sodium, the first a gas, the second a metal. The various properties of both these ingredients, many of which are very curious and valuable, were ex plained in a clear and lucid manner, the explanation being assisted by a number of experiments which -excited much interest. At the close of the lecture, a vote of thanks was accorded to the professor by acclamation. The chairman announced that the lecture on Tuesday next will be on ' Practical Photography,' by Mr. Frank Hayes, member of the Photographic Society of London. The Klhctokal Lists for the City. — C33 claims of persons entitled to be on the Electoral Roll, have been received by the Right Worshipful the Mayor. New South Wales Medical Board — The undermentioned persons have submitted to the Medical Board the necessary testimonials of quali- fication, and have been declared legally qualified medical practitioners: — Ludwig Philip, George H. Alloway, Andrew Moffit, and Edward Wardley. Health op Sydney. — The number of deaths registered in the central office during the month of June is 91, of which 31 were under five years of age. The decrease in the infantine mortal ity is worthy of special notice. The deaths registered during the corresponding mouth of last year wero 101. The number of births registered during June is 218, viz.: 118 males and 100 females, being an ? ? excess of 63 over tho monthly average of 1856, and of 127 over the deaths of the month. .-.-??. *?
AlARitiAOR of Minors.— The undermen- ? ' tioncd justices have been appointed by their honors ? ? the Judges to give consent to the marriage of persons ? ? * under tho age of 21 years, viz.: — Alfred Elyard Esq., of Eerrellan, for the district of Shoalhaven ; nnd Charles Henry Green, Esq., of Stroud, for the district of Port Stephens. Dishonesty Detbothd. — On Thursday the 9th inst, a clerk in one of our banks overpaid a cheque jGH). On discovering the loss, he gave in formation to Detective Gordon, and the name and description of the person who presented the cheque. » ? On Friday, Mr. Gordon met an indivdual. in the street who resembled the one he wanted, and claim ing an acquaintanftship with him, and shaking hands, the officer proceeded with him towards the hank in question. After a time the individual asked where ?....? they wercgovng, and the detective said, 'I am going' .-. .?*:? with you to the bank, are not you going?' 'Going! for what ?' ' Why, to pay the JS10 over and above tho cheque!' 'Why, who are you?' 'lama detective officer, and if you do not pay I will make you !' Thereupon the individual walked to the bank and paid the £10 to the clerk. Robberies. — On Sunday evening, be . tween the hours of seven and nine o'clock, two burglaries were committed in Woolloomooloo. One in tho house of Mr. Joseph Clarke, working jeweller, Francis-street s whilst at church with his wife his house was entered by false keys. Jewellery amount ing in value to £17 10s. was taken. The other was effected in the house of Mr. John Heney, printer, . of Botany-street; whilst out at church, somebody likewise entered bin house and stole a watch, guard, and seal. In both houses, the occupiers on return- ., ? ing found the front door opan. The burglars are ? ; at present undiscovered. Celestial VisiT3. — During the last week, . several small parties of Chinamen have passed through Goulburn en route for the diggings. Glancing over our exchanges we (ind that at Bathurst and elsewhere, the arrivals of these 'in- teresting strangers' are numbered by hundreds. Hitherto we have been spared from such serious visitation. — Goulburn Herald. Monster Cbntipedk. — Dr. Caspnraonn has favoured us with the sight of a centipede mea suring upwards of seven inches in length. The insect was found in a log of firewood, and the doctor expressed his conviction that a bite from so powerful an insect would be sufficient to cause the death of a young child. People cannot be too careful in . bringing decayed logs into their houses. — Border I Post. ? II.IIHM1—1 — —