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Tun following is an abstract of receipts and expendi- ture by the Commissioners of the Parramatta Road Trust, for the half-year ending 31st December, 1853.
RECEIPTS.-Six months' rental of toll-gate at Beckett's Bridge, £300 ; six months' rental of toll-
gate at Pitt Row, £190 ; six months' rental of toll- , gate at Broken Back Bridge, £100. Total receipts, £.590. Balance 30th June, 1853, £148 8s. Id. Total,
EXPENDITURE.-Salary of clerk and treasurer, £33 6s. 8d. ; salary of overseer, £40 ; wages to la- bourers, £221 lös 6d ; stationery and advertising, £1 8s. ; forage for horses, £82 lös. ; road metal and carriage of the same, £84 lGs. 6d. ; repairs to tools, carts, and harness, £27 5s. 8d. ; purchase of tools, £7 6s. 6d. : petty expenses, £1 Is. 6d. Total,
£499 16s. 4d. Balance 31st Deeember, 1853,
£238 11s. 9d.
Total, £738 8s. Id.
CORONER'S INQUEST.- An inquest was held on Saturday, nt the Three Tuns tavern, in King and Elizabeth Streets, on the body oí Albert Spencer, - then lying dead in the Sydney Infirmary. The deceased was well known in Sydney, where he has for many past years figured as a tragic actor on the boards of the Victoria Theatre. Mr. John Lord stated that on last Tuesday aveek he was a passenger on board the Ketch Peacock, bound for Brisbane Water. Mr. Spencer, the deceased, was also a passenger in the Mime vessel, and had a fowling-piece with him, which he wanted to discharge ; but the master of the Ketch prevented him, for fear of being fined for allowing fire-arms to be discharged whilst passing down the harbour. When off Long Reach, a few miles to the northward of the Heads, witness went below for a few moments, and immeeliutely afterwards he heard a lad on deck say " Here's a gull, Mr. Spen- cer, on the lee bow!" Witness instantly heard the report^of a gun, and some one on deck cry out, " O ! he's shot ! " Witness hastened on deck, and found the unfortunate gentleman in a sitting position, with the rigTit side of his face severely cut and lacerated. The gun lay by his side, nearly shattered to pieces. The dingy was speedily lowered, and the wounded gentleman was taken to the Water Police station at Camp Cove, Mr. Lord accompanying him, and thence he was taken by order of Inspector Cowell to Sydney. Mr. Ross, chief Water Police Inspector, took the deceased first to Dr. Mackellar, and afterwards to tho Infirmary for medical treatment. Mr. G. Whitfield, of King-street, gunmaker, deposed that, about ten or twelve days ago, the deceased called at his shop, and requested the loan of a gun, stating that ho was going to take a trip to Brisbane Water. Witness lent him the gun produced, having first ascertained tlmt it was not loaded. It was a gun which had been lying in his shop for some time, but it was perfectly safe, in his opinion, unless over- loaded. Dr. MacEvvan stated that when the deceased was received into the Infirmary, he was suffering from a contused lacerated wound over the right eyebrow. The right eye-ball was laid open, and a portion of the frontal bone fractured. Those injuries might be caused by the bursting of a gun, and were sufficient to account for death. Deceased had said that he him- self had loaded the gun, and that it was overloaded. Verdict, " Died from injuries received by the acci-
dental buisting of a gun."
DEPARTURE or TROOPS.-On Saturday afternoon, the compony No. 4, of the 40th regiment, about 100 strong, embarked on board the London steamer for Melbourne, the head quarters of the regiment. The band of the XI. preceded them, but the wet and stormy weather prevented their performing those pleasant and martial strains so popular amongst the Australians. A very large concourse of persons fol- lowed the troops to^wish them farewell, but at Camp- bell's gate, a man in plain clothes, with a policeman at his side, in a most scandalous and unwarrantable manner, collared several respectable citizens, and ordered them to fall back, asserting that he had been instructed so to act by the Chief Inspector of Water Police. A riot was nearly occurring, but a great number of people coming up at the moment, carried all before them and passed down to the wharf, where they cheered the gallant soldiers in a most enthusiastic manner. The other company of the 40th is to pro- ceed to Adelaide in the course of the week. The 4th
company per London is under the command of
THE SYDNEY UNIVERSITY CALENDAR.-The publica- tion of this Calendar, for the cuirentyear, is only just issued. Circumstances over which, we presume, neither the compilers or publishers had any control have prevented its appearing at a much earlier period. The work is got up with great care, and its contents are such as are usually found in works of a similar character in Great Britain. Messrs. Waugh and Cox
are the publishers.
CHRISTIAN UNION.- An interesting meeting was held on Thursday eveing, at Myer's-street Independent Chapel, for the purpose of ratifying the union which has lately been effected between the church at Myer's- street and the church lately meeting in the Masonic Hall, under the pastorate of the Revs. G. Apperly. After prayer and suitable addresses by the Rev. A. Scales and G. Apperly, the resolutions passed at pre- vious meetings were confirmed, and the union of the two churches ratified. This is perhaps the first case on record of churches that have separated uniting again on such amicable and friendly terms; and it is to be hoped the union will not only be lasting, but efficient for good in the town and neighbourhood. After Sabbath next, the 2nd of July, the services at the Masonic Hall will be discontinued, and the united church and congregation will in future meet for wor- ship in Myer's-street Chapel. As soon as arrangements can be made the Rev. G. Apperly will commence his ministerial labours in Ashby, hitherto so destitute of
almost any kind of place for public worship.- Geelong
PROVIDENTIAL ESCAPE.-Between seven and eight o'clock on Friday evening Inspector Garvin ob- served an unusual smoke issuing from a houss situ- ated at the corner of Kent-street and Liverpool street, and proceeding thither found that a number of linen articles of apparel, which had been hung on a line extending from end to end of the tenement, had by some means caught fire. The only persons in the house were two children, of the respective ages of six and eight years, the parents having left them [ at home while they enjoyed themselves at the Circus. Mr. Garvin tore down the burning garments and threw them into the street-and thereby saved not only the old wooden building from destruction, but also the lives of the infants, for the safety of whom their own parents manifested so little regard. So far as the children could account for the fire it ap- pears to have originated in the ignition of some lucifer matches, the flame of which caught the almost dry clothes on the line. It is not too much to hope that Mr. Garvin's conduct on this occasion will not
WRIT or ELECTION.-The honorable the. Speaker of the Legislative Council has directed it to be notified for general information, that the Committee of Elec- tions and Qualifications, duly appointed under autho- rity of the Electoral Act of 1851, having declared the election lately had of a member to serve in the Legis- lative Council for the electoral district of the county of Stanley, in room of John Richardson, Esq., re- signed, to have been and to be wholly void, a new writ has been issued for the election of a member to nerve in the Legislative Council for the said electoral district during the continuance of the present Council ; and that the following arrangement has been made for the said election :-Chief polling place, Biisbane ; date of writ, 5th July, 1854 ; date of nomination, 2nd August, 1854 ; polling day, 10th August, 1854; return
of writ, 7th September, 1854.
COURT or REQUESTS.-There were 75 causes set down for triul in the £30 Juiisdiction of this Court for the present month. The Court adjourned at No. 28, last evening at five o'clock. The lemaider of the causes on the list, being unavoidably postponed until August next, His Honor the Commissioner having to leave Sydney this day, to preside at Quarter Sessions, fixed for Wednesday next, at Bathurst.