No corrections yet
_Pn0M A CORRESPONDENT.]'
RELYING on your assistance in agitating with us until we get our "rights," a correspondents labours are rendered comparatively easy in chronicling those event! and requirements constantly occurring in a large dis- trict like ours. ' The turmoil of your city, consequent on contested elections, we can look down upon with the greatest calmness, and fancy that yours is bettor entitled to be called "unsettled district" than ours. We have as yet no tidings of the result of the nomina- tion of John Hay at the Tumut, although our correspondence from that quarter extends to the day after that on which we supposed the nomination to have taken place (the 14th). Such short notice is not fair to -us as electors, and we trust, in the event of a general election, this will be remedied ; as by no usual means of conveyance would it have been possible for any one from this town to have been at the Tumut on the 14th.
Captain Cadell has left in the Gundagai steamer to explore the Edward River. This is an " ana" branch of the Murray, and from its source to its junction again with the parent stream must be some 600 miles long. Its capabilities as a river for bearing burden will be tested this season, and, if it proves what we all anticipate it will, " a navigable stream," another laurel will be added to the wreath of the most enterprising man of our time, Captain Francis Cadell. When the Government really commence their work in earnest, we shall be glad to see that one of our inde- pendent members will tako some public notice of the I labours of this indefatigable man. , I find his I public acts so numerous and BO beneficial to I the colonies, that the mere notice of them in.
this article would extend it to such a length that neither warrants nie in writing, nor you in print- ing, in this form, what might be said on this subject ; and I deem it of so much importance, that a respect- able pamphlet could well be filled of the benefits ac- cruing in this our day to colonies which, up to the arrival of Captain Cadell, were not aware that Austra- lia possessed so many navigable streams as we now find, through his efforts, it does. '
The river has very nearly resumed its usual channel, and Englishmen like we- are already beginning to forget the inconveniences we have suffered this wet season, from not having a bridge. We have heard of one carrier, who, on arriving on the banks of the Murray, and not seeing any immediate probability of the water falling, planted his potatoes and has taken with him a new crop of this valuable esculent to the diggings ; did this man derive any benefit from this transaction ? At first, sight an affir- mative would be returned ; but the 'contrary was the fact. His bullocks were impounded, and it took nearly the whole of what might have been realised by his old cargo in releasing them from the pound.
We are just put in possession of the melancholy in- telligence of the bursting of the Lady Augusta's boiler, on hor upward trip from the Goolwa. The engineer and stoker have fallen victims to ,this unfor- tunate accident, and the Chinaman steward on board was severely scalded. The details of the affair we are not yet put in possession of.
Albury, 22nd October, 1856.