FROM OUR OWN CORRUESPONDENTS
A writ for the election of a member for the Northern Province in the Legislative Council, rendered vacant through the death of Sir W. Mitchell, has been issued. Nominations must be made before the 10th instant, and a poll (if any) will be taken on the 23rd. Mr. W. Irving Winter is likely to be the only can-
At the meeting of the Executive Council to-day, Mr. W. Gore Brett was permanently appointed Inspector- General of Penal Establishments, in which position he has been acting since Mr. Castieau was granted leave
Loave has boen given for tho establishment of a body of cavalry at Sandhurst, in connection with tho new Dofenoo Force, and there is oonBidorablo enthu- siasm in the movement locally.
The clear-water aquedaot between Jaok's Creek and the Yan Yean rcsorvoir, which huB been designed for tho purpose of diverting the water from its old course along the Whittlesea Plata, where it became discoloured, and discharging it into the renorvoir in as puro a Btato OB possible, is now beioc used. It is dj miles long, and has cost £09,000. " '
Mr. Cockshot, associate of Mr. Justice Windeyer, of New South Wales, and Professor Elkington, of the Molbourno University, were to-day admitted to tho
Tho Chief Secretary has dlreotod that a second sup- posed leper at Ballarat shall ho Bent to the quaiantino station at Point Nepean.
The figures which were read to-day nt the annual meeting of the Prahran Religious Instruction Associa- tion, show that voluntary religious lessonB aro now being given in 1G0 State schools in the colony to about
A numerously-attended moeting of the hoot manu- facturers was held to-night, at whioh resolutions were passed indignantlv denying tho truth of the statements made by tho officials of the Trades nail Counoil, and published for the information of the working men, to the effect that the masters supported the sweating
Tho committee appointed by tho Operative Boot- makers' Union to report on the proposal for starting a co-oporativo f aotory cannot agree on a plan. The union decided to-night that members shall begin to draw Btrike pay next Saturday.