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NEWS OF THE DAY.

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Tub police authorities in Dublin have obtaiued still more conclusive evidence against tho men who stand charged yvith tho Phernix Turk murders, through tho carman, Kavanagh, having turned informer. This man admits having driven the prisoners from the scone of the assassination, and he aleo drove the assailants of tho juryman Fiold. Thu Court stands adjourned until Thursday, whon it is expected prisoners will bo com- mitted for trial. Tho Irish prisoner Dowling, yvho shot dead Detective Cox in an affray in Dublin, has been sentenced to penal servitude for lifo.

Km i [.ism in Kussia is reviving on a somewhat apparently largo 6cale. It is now reported that di« atlection exists amongst the officer« and men of the

army of the Caucasus, several of whom have boen placed under arrest. The American Socialists are also putting their heads together to see if they cannot hatch somo schemo whereby the coronation of-tho Czar may be

prevented.

Tim Droseculion of Prince Jerome Bonaparte his fallen through, tho indictment having, on grounds not stated, boen quashed, and the Prince has been set at

liberty. |

, MisrKM.ASEors ikms by cablegram this morning I announce the serious illness of Archbishop M'Cabo, of j Dublin. Mr. Gladstone's health, though much im- proved, has not been sufficiently restored to enable him to return homo to bo present at the oponing of Parliament on Thursday. Under tho advice of hie physicians ho xvill remain at Cannes a few woelta

longer.

Tun mails brought by the P.M.S. Australia wore delivered on Saturday morning, tho steamer, which was quarantined on Friday night, having early in themorn iug been granted pratique by tho health officer. In another paje wo publish accounts of Gambetta'a funeral and the terrible anil fatal disasters at Milwaukie, where a largo hotel was burnt ; at ilorditsohkiff, llussian Poland, whero 400 persons lo-it their lives through a fire at a circus ; and other information extracted from our American files. Our Now York correspondent's letter will also be found amongst the mail nowa. Our correspondent rejoices over tho f.ict that Christmas ii at lost being observed in tho great American city after the old Duiopean-anil particularly English-fashion. A few years ago Santa Glaus was scarcely recognised. New Year's Day waa the great holiday in the States; noiv we are assured it has given way to Christmas, and with the change has followed a reform in the mode of keeping tho holiday. At length a Civil Service Iteform Bill has pasted the United States Legislature, and a brief abstract of its provisions will he found in tho letter of our own cor- respondent. The lawsuit which resulted in the resto- ration of tbo confiscated landed property of General Lee to I'la heirs swept away tho defence that " a Govern- ment could not be sued without its own consont," and is mott interestingly commented on in our New York loiter, which appears in another column. Tho police have been compelled to relax the rigour of the Sunday laws, over 000 injunctions having been obtained in one day against the police commissioners.

An important foizure of tlutiablo goods was effected on Saturtlay morning on board the 1Î.M.S. Auitralia, Mcssia. Kaines and Smythe, tido surveyors, were search- ing the st"amer xvben tho latter found a number of salmón casts stoYvod ayvoy in the vessel's run. On being opened they wero found to contain cigars, the number beiug roughly estimated at -0,000. The cases Yvero romoved to tho Custom-house, pending turther investigation, No cluo has yet been found as to tho porson yvho smuggled the cigars on board,

Di'itivr, tho past li! months the Government of Now South Wales has turned itB attention to boring for water, yvhich has boen carried out in different parts ol tho colony, but its opérations havo to soma extent been letardeel for want of experienced and practical men who thoroughly understand tbo boring. Among thoao îecently employed is Mr. II. Carmirbaol, of Wimmera Plains, Victoria, who has had considerable oxperienco during the past HO j care in boring for mining companies nnd tbo Government of Victoria. Mr. Carmichael arrive-d about a fortnight ago, and after a.fuYv* days' stay in Sydney, whcie all the neecssary appliances Yvere. collected, a start yvas made for I Gunuodah, yvhoie he and his son will bu engaged iur

¡.¿mo limo prospecting for water. At the pre-ent time ono of Tifien's machines will bo used. This is only suitable for shallow bores, but as coou as the Depart- ment can supply moro perfect tubing deeper boret, will be sunk ned the district thoroughly tested. From Mr. II. Carmicbacl's experience and the assistance of tho local authorities, it is confidently expected that valuable results will accruo from the woik at tho town of

Gunnedah.

An aurident of a serious nature happened on the tram lino on Saturday afternoon, though t'oitunately no one was very severely injured through it. A tram consist- ing of a motor and threo cars was proceeding on its way to Moore Park, and when endeavouring to turn tho curvo and ascend the inclino at the junction of Liver- pool and Elizabeth streets, alter having mado several ineffectual attempts to do so, the car next to tho motor waa overturned through tho other cars running on to a difi'oront set of rails in consequence of a mislako mado with regard to the working of some points. The oar was one of tho upper dock clas?, mid very fortunately contained few jiusbengeis at the timo. A Mr. Leedor, who resides at North Shoro, waa injured on the baok of the head, and also hurt in the region of the spine, anda Miís Ferguson suil'ered a contusion to her right arm and received an abrasion on the forehead. Thoeo were the most serious lesulta of tho accident, a full report of which will be found in another column.

Tin: weathor has been very unsettled since Friday, night, close muggy mornings alternating with thundw slorms aud cool southerly winds. Yesterday at about .1 o'olock a thunderstorm visited tho city. Tho light- ning was vivid, tho thunder very loud, and there was a very heavy shower oC lain. Up till a late hour last night the sky had a very ominous appearance.

The hiring of the single women who arrived by the immigrant ships Duchess of Argyle and Euterpe took place at the Immigration Depot on Saturday. There were only 17 open for engagement, and for these there were upwards of 100 applicants. These were engaged at wages varying from 6s. to 13s. a week, the average being 9s. 6d. a week. The highest wages, 10s., was paid to a young woman who had had some previous experience as a cook and laundress. The hiring of the married couples and single men will take place today at Fort Macquarie between 9 and 12.

The match between the lion. Ivo Bligh'a toam and l8 of Wide l!ay, was concluded on Friday. Owing to an interruption on the telegraph lino3 between Sydnoy and Queensland stations, we wore not able to publish the re- sult until this morning. Tho Qnecnslanders made 12 in their first innings and 79 in their eocond-121 in all. Tho F.nglishmen made 170 in ono inningB, thus winning by one inningB ond ¿>S runs to spare. Tho match botween Victorian and New Smith Wales players was continued

at tho Association Ground on Saturday, tho result being a defeat of the latter by ono innings and 1G6 runs. Tho match between the lion, Ivo Bligh*s team and an Australian picked team commeuces on the Asso- ciation ground on Friday,

Dis Honor the Primary .Tudgo, Sir William Manning, has found it noccssary to hold another sitting with the Equity Huies Committee to-day ; therefoio tho Oourt will not sit in liquity, nor probably on ono of the later days of the week. On such days as tho Coutt will sit, no causes will bo taken for trial by Sir William Man- ning oscept Caldor v. Calder (part heard) and O'Brien v. Hutchinson. Injunction motions and petitions which may be awaiting disposal will, howevor, be heard. The Lcolesinetical business which has accumulated during tho vacation ia sat down for Wednesday next.

Tun oflico of tbe Superintendent of Tramways bas reeontly been removed from tho King-street waiting rooms to premiook in l'bilb'p-stroet, nearly oppo tito tho ofiicee of tho Scorotury for Public Works. Arrangements are being mado, wo understand, for the salo of tramway tickets in all parts of the town and suburbs where thoy cannot at proscnt bo procured.

THE Very Rev. the Vicar-General laid the corner stone of a school-church at Naremburn (formerly known as Central Township), North Willoughby, on Saturday. The building is to seat 120 persons, will be constructed of weatherboard, and will, with the ground,

cost about £100. There are now three churches in   course of erection at North Shore under the jurisdiction of the Church of England. St. Thomas', St. Leonards,   has been found to be too small for the congregation, and

consequently a much larger and, at the same time, more

imposing edifice is being built. A new church-to be ; called St. Stephen's-is being built at North Wil- loughby, and the school-church at Naremburn makes the third structure. It is expected that the last-named building will be opened on Easter Saturday. It is also contemplated to build a school-church at Greenwich, another township on the North Shore.

THE Sabbath School connected with St. .Tuhn's Pres- byterian Church, Paddington, had thoir annual pimío on Saturday, ivilh which Yt-as associated ii Yvolcome to thoir newly-inducted minister, tho llov. J. P. Dickson. Steamers convoyed a party of about b'00 to Clontarf, there being representatives from nearly all the city and suburban congregations. The xvouther was most pro- pitious, ond the young people, spent a pleaeant^day. At 0 o'clock the teachers and friends rat down to toa.

When justico had been dono to tho good things, tho j llov. James Cosh, moderator, and on behalf of the Presbyterian Church of Noyv South Wales, welcomed Mr. Dickson in hoarty words. Afterwards the Kev. John Auld, on behalf of tbo Sydnoy Presbytery, ex- pressed the pleasure they felt in receiving him into their midat. Tho Rev. J. P. Dickson, in thanking them, said that ho already felt greatly encouraged, and that as far as lay in his power tho cause at Paddington should never again go back. The company shortly afterwards ro-embarked, roaching Sydnoy at 8.

Tun Sustontation Fund of the Presbyterian Church of Now South Wales has rocently completed the second year of its existence. The fund has mot all the claims, made upon it, and after paying tho Yvorking expenses shows a credit balance of £00 18s. lOd. Tho roceipts for 1861 amounted to £10,1 ¡17 Ile. 3d., and the dividends to £1(3,183 4s. 10th, liavinga credit balance of £11 Os. 5d. During last year the receipts amounted

to £17,707 -'a. lid., and the dividends and other pay

monts to £17,070 Is. Id., leaving a credit halanco of j

£91! 18s. Kid.

Ox Friday evening last an interesting ceremony took place at the Lower Fort-street Public school on the occa-

sion of Miss Done leaving the school for a few months j for the purpose of visiting Europe, After the school j work was over the children, between 2.">(l and SOO, |

were assombod in tho infant school, which was taste- fully decorated with flags. Tho Rev. Archdeacon lung occupied tho chair : on his loft was Miss Dono, besides a largo numbor of the parents of the scholar«, and in a short addros* tho rev. gentleman explained that the meeting of parents and scholars was to pre- sent Miss M. S. Done with an address and a small token of CBtcem by tho pupils attending the school. After explaining tho particulars of Misa Pono'e connection with the school during the past 1 ô years, he (the chair- man) called upon Master T. Thomas to read the address. The Kev. Archdeacon King responded on behalf of Miss Done, after which the oh'ildren sang some of thoir school songs very, nicely and indulged in a hearty clapping of hands and three cheers for Miss Dono, when "God Save the Queen " woe «ung by the whole company, which brought the meeting to a ter-

mination.

Last Wednesday's paper contains an account of the monthly meeting of tho Hospital Board, in which Mr. 0. Morgan is roported to have said. " The patients were not always civil, and when incivility was 6hown it waa -and very properly-returned by the medical oflicers." air. Morgan writes-*' I never said anything of the kind, and I am quite sure that the board would not havo received so abominable a sentiment without ex- pressing extreme disapprobation." He adds-" I said that when hospital patients, applying for relief, scolded the doctors and were incivil to them, it was but natural that thoy should bo answered roughly."

'' Bki.oium" formed the subject of a very entertaining lantorn lecturo delivered in connection with the Tech- nical College, in tho largo hall of tho School of Arte, on Saturday night, by Mr, A. L. Elphinstone, junior: Tho audience was large, and by froquent applause ex- pressed their pleasure and interest in the many fine views projected on the screen by the aid of the lime- light descriptivo of Belgium-its quaint Btrcct archi- tecture, its gorgeous church interiors, and many exquisito works of art. Perhaps among the most intciestiiig of the viows decribed by tho lecturer wore those of Waterloo : "Where the woods receding from tho road have left an open space on either hand, for fields*and gañirás and for man's abode, stands Water- loo," tho soeno of one of tho most memorable battles in the bii-tory of nations. Next, as by way of contrat», I weio shown views of Antweip, a place of groat interest

to every lover of art; for hi-rc, in the Place Veite, lived some of the most eminent artists the world hu* produced, principal among thom beiug Bubons, Van dyko, and Tunieia ; and close at hand, in the Church of St. Jacques, is shown tho vault and lan resting pinna of Bubons. Several town halls and cathedrals in various

parts of tho country, and also such natural scenery of interest as Belgium can boast of, comprised tho re- mainder of these interesting views.

In- referring to the death of Mr. W. L. lücinriíaon. the polico magistrate of Wentworth, the local journal thus speaks of the deceased gentlemen:-'* A cultivated gontloman, and possessed of a most genial disposition, he was at tho beck and call of all ; whether information was desired or pecuniary assistauco sought, to him all applied as to a fountain that could nover run dry, and novor was tho appeal nmdo in vain. Tho performance of charitable deeds and alleviating tho sufferings of thoso in distress, mentally or otherwise, were indeed his chief doligbt; and as in these respect« ho waB but carrying out tho bout ol' his natural disposition, it is no wonder he came to be rogarded as the ' fathor' lather than as tho judicial functionary of Wentworth. I'.ightecn years ago the present town was but a bush hamlet ; there were only two or three persons who know anything of, and thoso knowing took hut little intorost in, public mattera ; and it was there-

fore left entiroly in tho hands of Mr. ltichardson, with I

the co-operation of Mr. W. Gunn, to tako such action from time to timo as seemed necessary in furtherance of the progress of tho village. For pioneer work of this kind Mr. Bichardson was peculiarly fitted,and forycars the hnrden of all public efiort rostcd on that frontleman's shouldcre." The deceased was a nophow (if Mrs, W. Neill, of this city.

The late Mr. Edmund Thomas Blacket, whose death was announced on Saturday, was one of the oldest and most respected of the architects of Sydney, and in another column is published some account of the work he did during his lifetime. The deceased gentleman's remains were interred in the Balmain Cemetery on

Saturday afternoon, the funeral being attended by a large number of persons, among whom were many of the deceased's old friends.

An extensive robbery of jetvellery was committed at an early hour on Satuidoy morning by two mon, ono of whom has been arrested and wa«, at tho Central Polico Court, romanded till Thursday next, tho police in the moantinto taking means to arrest the other offendor, who for tho time has escaped. At about 2 o'clock a.m. William Chicken, a watchman on duty in tho vicinity of tho business premises of Messrs. Peterson and Horne, jewellers, George-street, saw two men in front of the shop window, whioh wa3 guarded by iron bars, the interior of the shop being lit with gas. Une of the t»vo men-the ono arrested was in the act of taking from the window, which had . boen broken betYveon tho bara, a quantity of jewellery,

which bo conveyed to the kerbing Btone. Hearing tho approach of Chicken, the men made an attempt to escape, but tho watchman soi7.0d one uumed William Andrews beforo ho could get away, and Constable M'Golrick coming up ho gave him into his chargo. Tho man, the polico Btato, had but a short timo betoro left Darlinghurst gaol, after having completed a sentence of threo y ears for having ekelt ton keys in his possession. Chickon, on going to the kerbing, found there a glass caso, containing l8 pairs of gold earrings, a gold brooch, four gold lings, ana also a ring frame. Besides these there are missing 70 gold rings and lu diamond rings, The valuo of tho yyhole of tho jowellery removed was about £200. The man xYho escaped is bolieved to have in his possession about £1S0 yyorth of the jewellery, that recovered only buing valued at about £20. The prisoner, when charged at tho police station, said that ho ¿noYV uolhing about tho

matter.

At an inquest held by tho City Coroner on Saturday aftornoon xvith respect to the death of tho newly bom female infant whoso body was found off Albion-street, Surry Hills, on Friday morning, u vei-diot of murder against some unknown person or persons was returned.

On Saturday morning Police-constable Farroll found a Mr. John Elworthy, who is deeoribod as a commercial 'travellor, lying in Herbort-street, Pyrmont, and being j unable to elicit any information from him as to what

ho xvas suffering from, he removed him to the Sydney Hospital. On. «ir i val at that institution ho was again -Questioned, hut np could not eiyp an ar-or-iint. of hirn-mlf.

eo that how ho carne in his present state bo far ramainff j a mystery. Thero was a slight rigidity in his arms j and a lois of sensation in his legs. ¡

A CAn-rnorivu'Ton named Patrick liyan, aged 30 years, was driving down to tho Grafton Wharf on Saturday, and when at the corner of Sussex- and Mar- garet streets ho xvas throxvn from his seat, in conse quonco of one of the yvheels of the vehicle colliding with a stone on the road. Ho had threo of his loft ribs broken, and ha went to the hospital ; but, oa learning tho nature of his injuries there, he preferred going to

his oivn home.

A m »s- namod Denis Callaghan, 23 years of age, waa admitted to the Sydney Hospital on Saturday, having boon brought there by Police-constable Cook. Ho was lodging at an hotel at Darling Harbour, and he came out on the balcony, and accidentally fell over on to the ground, a distattco of some 12 feet, Ho received a brutso on the loft side of the head, and pioscntod I symptoms of concussion of the brain.

I A i'akm labourer named John Jackson, 21 years of

ago, xvas brought to tho Sydnoy Hospital on Saturdoy night by Senior-constable iledshaw from Bydo. It appeared that ho was chasing a little hoy, when some- one foolishly ran bohind him and pushed him over. Ho sustained a nasty fracture of the lower jaw.

Tun Full Mall Gazette observes:-"Thora is a good deal to be said for the suggestion of holding fire in- quests advocated by Mr. Payne. In the interest of the community it is just us important to eximino into tho causo of suspicious fires as into those of suspicious doatha, and tho machinery existing for the latter pur- pose might bo utilised for the former. There is un- luckily reason to suppose that arson is a crime of increasing froquency, and there can be no doubt that the discovery of it under present circumstances is more difficult than it ought to be. As long as it rests with the

sufferers, whother householders or insurance companies, ) to decide whother there shall be an investigation or not, and that investigation can only ho initiatod by a criminal charge, with an action for malicious prosecutioa hang- ing over the hoad of the person making it if he fails to got a conviction, inquiry will often be shirked when in tho public interest it ought to bo rigidly prosecuted."

A t onw.sroxDKNT of the Northern Star, a Lismore paper, suggests that instead of that district being served with mails by sea from Sydney only, as at pre- sent, there should be maila sent up to Armidale, thence by coach to Grafton, and thence to be distributed by rivor steamboats and coaches all over the district. Tho writor maintains that the time occupied along this route would be just about the same as by sea from Sydney, with the additional advantages pertaining to

a land route.

" Atlas," of London World, writes:-"Mies Burke, who has, I rejoice to say, quite recovorsd from her long illness, consequent on her brother's assassination, has taken a house in Park-Btroet, Mayfair, where she will reside with her surviving brother, Colonel Burke. Thero is not a charitable work in Dublin that will cot miss that gentle and womanly heart and generous

hand this bitter December."

Tnc members of the committee of the Trades and Labour Council, in reference to industiiul training, hold a conference this evening, at their chambors;in Olliffu'a IIolol, with those gentlemen who are associated with them in thn

movement.

AncitHisitoi' Vaughan is about to take his departure from the colony for o visit to Europe. This evening « public meeting of colonists is to be held at the Masonic Hall for tho purpose of recognising his eminent services. Tho cbair is to ba taken by Sir P. A. Jennings, K.C.M.G.. and the meoting is to be addressed by soveral colonista.

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