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NEWS OF THE DAY.

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Our cablegrams this morning announce the death of the Hon. Beresford Hope. From "Men of   tho Time" we take the following' account:- "Hope, Alexander Janie. Beresford Beresford, M.P., LL.D., youngest son of the late Thomas Hope, Esq., of Deepdene, Surrey (author of ' Anastasius '), by Louisa Beresford, daughter of Lord Decies, Archbishop of Tuam, who married as her second husband the late Viscount Beresford, G.C.B., born in 1820, was educated at Harrow and at Trinity College, Cambridge, whore ho graduated B.A. in 1841. He was one of   tho earliest members and president of the Cambridge Camden (afterwards the Ecclesiological) Society, and has taken an active part in the Church movement, and in artistic and architectural questions, as an avowed partisan of the Gothic side. He purchased in 1844 the ancient buildings of St. A gustine's Abbey, Canterbury, as a college for missionary clergy, and was pres dent of the Royal Insti- tute of British Architects from 1865 to 1867. He was one of the members for Maidstone from 1841 till 1852, when he retired, but was re-elected for that borough in March, 1857. In 1859 he was an unsuccessful candidate for the University of Cam-

bridge, was defeated at Stoke-upon-Trent in 1862,  

and was elected for that borough in July, 1865. In 1868 he was elected for the University of Cambridge, which he still represents. He has always acted as an independent Conservative. In 1880 he was sworn a member of the Privy Council. In 1881 the University of Dublin conferred on him the honorary degree of LL.D. Mr. Beresford Hope is the author of " Letters on Church Matters, by D. C. L." ; " The English Cathedral of the 'Nineteenth Century ' " ; " Worship in the Church of England," 1874 ; " Strictly Tied-up," a novel, 1880 ; " The Brandreths," a novel, 1882; and of numerous pamphlets, papers, and articles, and is the proprietor of the Saturday Review. He married in 1842 the Lady Mildred Cecil, daughter of James, second Marquis of Salisbury.

The mails per P. and O. Company's steamer Thames, dated London 16th September, will be due here on Monday next, in time for delivery to boxholders and from the delivery windows at the General Post Omeo about 9 a.m., per city carriers at 11.30 a.m., and per suburban carriers at 2 p.m.

Sir John Hall, a former Premier of New Zealand, had an interview with Sir Henry Parkes yesterday. He informed the Colonial Secretary that his visit here was made in a strictly private capacity, but he had called upon Sir Henry at the request of the Premier of New Zealand for the purpose of bringing two matters of some importance under his consideration. In the first place, he was anxious to know Sir Henry's views regard- ing the conference on Post Office matters about to be held at Adelaide. Sir Henry informed Sir John Hall that this colony would be represented at the conference, and that he thought it would be well if the Government of Now Zealand had a representative there also. Sir John Hall said it would be very inconvenient for New Zealand to send a representative to the con- feronco next month. The Premier, in reply, said he thought it would be well if, in view of the mainten- ance of friendly intercourse between the colonies, one of the members of the Now Zealand Government were to attend the conference. Sir John also desired to ascertain the opinion of the Premier 89 to the renewal of the

contract for the Pacific Mail Service, and in the event  

of New South Wales being disposed, to unite in such a service, whether the colony would join in the Canadian, or adhere to the old service across the United States. The Premier replied that, so far from objecting to the proposed new route, the Government would be prepared to give the most favourable consider- ation to anv means of transit which would secure the speediest carriage of mails from England to Australia.

From a return propared for tho Minister for Works it appears that to the recent heavy weather that wo have 'experienced is to bo attributed a largo proportion of the additional outlay that has lately been incurred ia the maintenance of tho railways of the colony. A number of men engaged in what are called " flying gangs " are rendered necessary owing to the slips from the rains. In the Southern district these men number S6, in the Western district 111, 88 of whom aro em- ployed on the Mudgee line, and on the Northern line IS. The wages of these men amount to about £10,000 a year, and more than half of this amount is caused by the e\penditure on the Mudgee line.

Mu. CAap.uTitms, M.L.A., has received a letter from the Department of Railways, stating that in the next time-table for the Illawarra lino a train will be arranged for to leave Sydney at 4.45 p.m. The train formerly leaving Redfern at 12.5 p.m. has been alterod

to 12.20 p.m. on Saturday.' These tiains will be con- i veniont to those in the Civil Service and other employ- ments where work ceases at 4.30 p.m. daily or 12 noon on Saturdays. '

The Mayor (Mr. A. J. "Riley") received a letter from the Minister for Public Works yesterday ia reference to the city water supply. In consequence of the leakage discovered in the Nepean main ^during the week, the Minister, advised by the Engineer of Forts and Har- bours, requests the Mayor not to have the engines at Botany dismantled, as until the pipes aro repaired only 5,000,000 gallon? of water will be allowed to pas3 through every day ; and furthermore, because there is always a liability to accident in tho case of new works. It may bo stated that the engines at Botany have not been

dismantled, and that there never was expressed any i intention to interfere with'them. , This matter would have to be decided by the council, by whom it has not yet been considered. Probably it will come before the council at its meeting on Tuesday next.

The Minister for'Public Work3 (Mr. Sutherland) yesterday informed a deputation from a publio meeting held at Redfern the other evening, in reference to the manufacturo of' railway rolling stock within the colony, that the Government had not como to any decision in the matter, and could not do so until tho resolution on tho business papor of the Legislativo Assembly to the effect that the Government should immediately accept tho tender of one of tho colonial firmsforthe locomotives now

required was disposed of. In reply to a deputation from the people interested in the construction of a line of railway from Bowral to Pioborlson, Mr. Sutherland promised to send an officer of the department to tho district with a view of ascertaining if' the claims ad- vanced by the deputation.were justifiable. i

One of tho, alterations- at the General Post Office consequent on the changes, in occupying the new portion of the building is the removal of the parcels' post business from the temporary ofíico hitherto used in George-Sheet. The busines-j will.be carried on, until a special apailmont is provided, in the office lately occu- pied by the registered .letter blanch in the northern aieade. Any further chango will, of course, be duly announced." ¡ii' > ? ' < i

i His Honor the Chief Justice, having returned from Circuit, sat in the Divorce Jurisdiction yesterday, and disposed of a number i of'cases, in which the applica- tions were for tho most pirt for ^ho settlement of issues and fiiing the dates for trial. Mr. Justice Stephen reached Sydney on Tuesday, after completing the busi- ness of the Northern Circuit, and dealt with the Chamber business brought before him yesterday morn- ing. His Honor Mr. Justice Owen (Primary Judge)

will be sworn in on > Monday, at 10 o'clock, and will' proceed immediately afterwards with the hearing of Equity business.

H.M.S. Lizap.d, which has just boon commissioned for service on the Australian station, is one of the later additions to the navy, and-should prdve"a valuable acquisition to the'strongthvof the fleet in theso waters. The Lizard is described as a comjposito gunboat of B70 tons, carries six of tho modern guns, and has engines of 1000 horse-power." It is said that sho has a speed of between 13 and-1- knots, -which is greater than that of any of tho ships at present on tho station, with the exception of the Nelson, , r

The shooting.in conneclion with tho annual meeting of the New South WaleB Rifle Association was con- tinued yesterday at the Paddington Riflo Bange, when, tho weaiher was everything 'that could bo desired even, by the most particular of riflemen. The highest prize in the third stage of the Queen's Match was won by Lieutenant Morley, with a scoro of 68. Last year it wa? 67. Tho Challenge Bugle waa won by a team, of ten salccted from tho Pirat Regiment, ana tho Colonel of tho Regiment, who took part in the» firing as an individual member of the. team, had the honour of making the top score of 61, the total score <made by the winning mon boing 517. 198 marksman entered for the Members' Match, the chief prize of which fell to the prowess of Colour-Sergeant Strong, wilh a score' o£ 64 ; while Mr. William. Stanloy Hall headed the 0ivilian6, and carried off the first prizo allotted to them with ' 59 points, . which is a higher scoro by i two than » was . made by the winner of tho same prize last year. / The aggre- gate scores of the first, second,' and third stages of the Queen's Prizo being mado up, showel A. B. Grant, of the Naval Brigade, to bo tho champion shot of tho week with a score of 188, which was one above, tho highest aggregate score of last year. In addition to tho honour, Mr. Grant obtains the money prize of £20, tho silvor medal of the N. R. A., and the £5 trophy presented by Major-General' Richardson. ' During l the day the executive- committee made full inquiry into tha protest entered by the i Naval Brigade and Newington College Cadets, ' against tho team of the V. A. being awarded the first ¡prizo in the Hix3on..Trophy contest on tho ground that one of tho scoring cards had been irapropetly »manipulated, .and the figures so altered as to bo increased by 19. » Tho protest ' was allowed, and -» the Y. A. team (No. 3 Battery) » was disqualified / as to that par- ticular match. This brings the team of the Naval Brigado forwards as tho winner o£ the first prizo, and changes tho positions of the other winners, while it also brings the team of the 2nd Regiment in for sixth prize. It is eaid that other and still moro stringont steps will bo taken against the V. A. team in question. The rifle meeting will bo brought to a close to-day by a number of interesting matches, full particulars of which will be found in connection with our report of yostorday's proceedings, in another pnrt of this issue.

It will be soon from an advertisement in this morn- ing's issue that the committee of the Prince Alfred Hospital, having 'instituted a course of lectures on invalid cookery for the benefit of tho nurses trained in the institution, have determined to make them also available to nurses of other institutions and to ladies. -This measure fills a want long felt by nurses, who, however well trained in » bedside work, have hitherto had no knowledge imparted to them of this important branch of their duties. It is perhaps of comparatively small importance to them in hospitals, where the food is cooked in tho central kitchen, but when engaged in private nursing a full knowledge of invalid cookery is essential to the welfare and comfort of the patient. The samo knowledge cannot but prove of the greatest use to those who accept the position of nurse or matron in country hospitals. Wo understand that the expense of initiating and cairying ont the scheme ha» been con- siderable» but by fixing the scaio of charges as low as possible, it is hoped that many bayoud the walls of tho hospital will be able to take advantage of it.

We liavo been shown a plan of the lavatories which Mr. Jones proposes should bo placed in various parts of the city, and they appear to bo well arranged for the purposo. He ouggests that they should be placed at the following points :-Two on the Circular Quay, and one at each of the following places :-At the corner of George and Druitt streets, at tho foot of Erskine street, in Georgo-street near tho railway station, at tho corner of Harris and Union streets, at the top of William-street, near the Domain gates, at the Hay- market, at tho corner of Market and Goorgo Btreots, at the corner of Bay and Georgo streets, and at tho cornor of Regent and Cleveland streets.

The letter of our American correspondent, which appears in another column, deals with the political ex- citement over the succession to the Presidency, and then proceeds to speak of the most pressing issue of moment, the financial situation. Interesting reference is roads to some colossal mercantile transactions. The centennial of the Constitution was celebrated at

Philadelphia *n an-imposbg manner, and in New York the first celebration of tho new political holiday known as " Labour Day " was observed. Amon<rst the other topics touched upon aro the syndicate bank for con- trolling the finances of China, and theatrical gossip.

'Inn foundation-stone of tho 'King's School Chapel, Parramatta, .was laid by Lady Carrington yesterday afternoon, in the presence of his Excellency' the Governor, the Primate, and a largo number of spec- tator*. Subsequently, two addresses, a purse of sove- reigns, 'and' an oil painting of hi'nwelf were presented to the late headmaster of the school, the Rev. Cr. F.

Macarthur, who was represented by the Yen. Arah- I deacon Gunther, as ho found it impossible to be present. | An account of the proceedings', which were of a very interesting nature, appears elsewhere.

Tub Mayor of Sydney called a meeting of the com- mittee appointed by jtho City Council last year^ to inquire into the/System of bookkeeping and auditing the accounts of the Corporation for yesterday afternoon, but owing to Iho want of a quorum tho meeting oould not be held. Tho only members of the committee who attended woro the _ Mayor (Alderman A. J. Riley, M.L.A) and Aldermen Meeka and Palmor. As we have already stated, this committee made a good beginning last year and discovered that tho acconnts of the Corporation were veryjinperfectly kept, but through this irregular attendance of ' the members of the com- mittee only four meotings woro held, the numerous other meetings called having lapsed for want of a quorum. Since the frauds in the department of tho city surveyor wera brought to light, the Mayor decided to make another effort to bring the committee togethor, and a mooting was held last week, when two officers of the Corporation were examined. Tho examination was to have been continued yesterday, but as pointed out there was rio quorum. , . .

Tnn committee of tho Queen's Fund, Town Hall, mot on Friday,, 21st October, to make arrangements for the Mayoress's" Foto, to bo held in the Exhibition buildins on 9th of November., Tho fete will be duly

advertised.

Tun adjourned meeting of the Institute of Architects of New South Wales, to completo the bylaws referring to professional charges, was held on Thursday. Pre- sent-The president, Mr. Thos. Rowe; vice-president, Mr. John Sulman; hon, treasurer, Mr. Jas. M'Donald; secretary, Mr. Fletcher Watson ; and the following fellows-Messrs. .Vernon, Wardell, Ransom, Davey, Coward, Herbert Wardell, Blacket, Kemmiss, Pritchard, Horbury Hunt, Goodchap, Jackson, and Edwards. Messrs. Roskell, Drake, Wolcot, Myers, and Spencer were admitted follows, Mr. George Massey,' an honorary member, and Mr. L. L. Ramsay an associate I of tho institute. Mr. W. W. Wardell announced

that ho had resignod the hon. secretaryship of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and that Mr. John Sulman (vice-president of the institute) and Mr. W. L. Vernon had been appointed joint lion, secretaries in his place. Mr. Vernon is well known in professional circles in 'this city, and has been acting as lion, secretary of the R. I. B, A for some time past ; and Mr. Sulman's connection with the instituto in London, in which city ho practised for many years, rendors the appointment all that could be desired, and it is to be hopod will bo conducive to a closer union of the local and the British institute*. ¡.The completion of bj law No. 1 havipg boon ofiboted, tho meeting terminated.

? Tnn quarterly meeting1 of ' tho committee of tho New South Wales Mission to tho Blind was hold on Wednesday in tho rooms.of the Young Men's Christian Association^ The teacher, Mr. H. Prescott, reportod that during the quarter ending September 80 ho had lent to blind readers 372 volumes of the Moon type and Bl ailie type; ho had made 888 visits and travelled 2208 miles. Number of readers, 142 ;' persons visited and read to, 81 : total, 223. These numbors added to1 thoso furnished in his last îeport make the total for tho nine months 'of this year as follows :-Volumes, Moon type 826/ Braille typo 882 ; visits, 1240 ; miles travelled, 5G90.' On behalf of tho ladies' committee of the Industrial Homo for Blind Women, at Peter- sham, Mrs. Prescott, the lion, corresponding secretary, loported that during the past quarter two inmates wete admitted, niaking the total1 15, who wera employed haltermaking, 3 ; chair caning, 3 ; knitting, 3 ; sewing, 2 ; housework, 1. ' The sales of work amounted to £14 '11s. Gd., or a total for the nine months of £46 114s. Gd. The thealth of the inmatos had upon the wholo been good. , "

Ox Wednesdays last the ladies* committee of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals held thoir monthly meeting in the Town Hall. Mrs. A. J. Riloy presided," There were present Mesdames Goodlet, Stiles, Wilkinson, Miss^Levvy, Miss Allwood, and the hon. secretary, Mr. J. Sidnoy.' Roports were road from the joint lion, secretaries ¿o the Bands of Mercy of the progress tho movement was making throughout the colony. A Inrgo band, numbering 82 boys and 57 girls, was formed at Newcastle East Public School ; also, two in the Sydney dUlriat. The hon. secretary reported a donation from Miss E. C. Walker, and read several letters from pupils acknowledging their piizes for successful essay wilting.

At ' a largely-attended ' meeting of tho St. Leonards Literary and Debating Society, hold in the East St. Leonards Town nail on Wednesday evening last, the evening was spent in tho reading and re- citing of several- dramatic' selections. Mr. T. G. Brocklehurst, president, was in the chair. Messrs. Cahill, Sonimerville^Crowley,1 Gray, Cater, Paine,» and Roboy gave the trial scano from " The Merchant of Venice " with much success. Sevoral dramatio read- ings were then given, Messrs. Armstrong, Sommerville, Crowloy, Gray, Munroe, and Paine rondoring a number o£ entertaining, pieces. A library fund, was started in connection with the society, Mr. Paine being ontrusted with the initiatory stop3. A voto of thanks having been 'passed to those members who had con- tributed to the evening's entertainment, the meeting terminated.» , , >

The second quarterly general meeting of tho Gorman School Association took place in the new building, 154, Elizabeth-street, on Thursday evening. Tho president was unavoidably ab=cnt in Melbourne and Dr. Max being voted to tho chair congratulated tho members on the fact of being able to meet in their own building after an existence of only six months. This "would prove that the committee had 'worked with energy and unanimity, and also that the school was filling a want stionglyfelt and strongly supported by tho German colonists. But it afforded- Mai very great pleasure indeed to stalo that not alone did the number of children of German extraction gradually incieaso, but that thoso of . English parents wero in- creasing at a greater ratio. He hoped that although tho present buUding would comfortably accommodate double tho number, after a few years it would prove too small. Tho hor_ treasurer thon put the quarterly balance-sheet before the meeting, and pointed out» that tho troubles inseparable from infantile life wero gradually disappearing so that tho cominitteo could already think of extending the curriculum. Both roports o£ treasurer and searotary were unanimously accepted. A motion to instruct tho girls in sewing was received with favour, as was also one to erect a lofty shed, with gymnastic appliances, so that the pupils might grow up well-trained colonists in body ns well as

in mind,

Tnn Hebrew Literary and Debating Society hold their ordinary meeting last Thursday night at the Synagogue sohoolroom, Castlereagh-street, tho vice president, Mr, L. Pulver, in the chair. Tho Rev. P. Phillipstein read an interesting paper on " Mose3 Mendelssohn," dwelling on the great difficulties ho had to contend \vith on his part to knowledge, his poverty, and other hardships, and the groat reforms he had boen ablo to accomplish. Ho mentioned tho chief works of tho great philosopher, of which the most important wero a translation of tho Scripturos into German and a commentary on tho Bible. Ho died in 1786 deeply lamented by all classes. The paper was well discussed by Messrs. A. Blashki, D. Aarons, M. Cohen, B.A., L. Mathews, Rev. A. D. Wolinski, P. J. Marks, B.A., and L. Pulver. Votos of thanks wore carried to the essayist and tho chairman, whoannouncod that at tho nest mooting n paper would be read on

" Jewish musicians and their works." '

Os Thursday evening un adjourned meeting of dele- gates of friendly sooietios interested in the proposed church parado in aid of local charities was hold in the Assembly Hall, Pnrranutta. Mr. T. M. Shepherd presidod. Letters wore received from tho Sons of Temporáneo, declining to take part, " in consequence of the bad feeling shown at the last meeting; " from Loyal Orango Lodge, No. 8, ratifying tho action of their delegates in withdrawing from the last meeting ; and from Captain Ferris, stating that the regulations pro vented the local volunteer corps from taking pert in the procesíioa. The chn-.rmar. statnd that he had received a

programme of the united servico proposed to bo held ia the Wesleyan church, and al.o that he had been informed that tho proceeds of tho collection would be divided botweon tho Hospital and the Benevolent Society only. Positions in tho procession having been drawn for, the meeting adjourned for a week,

Os Thursday afternoon a special meeting of the central committee of tho Churoh of England Tempér- ance Society was'held at ita rooms to further consider the proposed now constitution for juvenile branches, Tho Rev. E. C. Beok presided. Each clause was dealt with separately, and the whole were finally passed after some necessary amendment? had been made. The pledge to be required from each member is to be binding until ho is 21 years of ago, and as long after that a9 he may chooso to retain hi3 card of membership. Tho committee think that tho new rulos should encourage all parishes in the colony to form juvenile branches, especially in connec- tion with the Sunda? schools, and it is hoped that out of them adult branches will grow. A special effort is soon to bo made to push forward this movement for tho education of the young people in temperance and its principles.

Is connection with the Hawkesbury Rivor bridge contract disputo, our Peat's Ferry correspondent writes that Messrs. Ryland and Morse's employees aro still on striko, and that thoy aro receiving liberal subscriptions from all the men working on tho Homobush-Waratah line, as woll as from tho surrounding inhabitants. They purposo'issuing subscription lists, which aro to bo sent to the hoads of the various works of the colony. Two policemen aro now stationed at Dangar's Island pro- tecting the "blacklegs." The men aie behaving well, and the presence o£ extra polico superintendence is said to bs aggravating. ^

As application having boon made by tho East St. Leonards Council to tho North Shore Gas Company for a reduction in the price of gas, Mr. A. Firth, the secretary, replied that the company, five years back, acquired the North Shore gasworks, with a capital of £46,750, and that they- had since expended £.5,250 in extending maius, ohiefly at the request of the munici- palities, and in view o£ the fact that any ?lack o£ enterprise would tend to retard the progress of the North Shore. Though their average dividends had been only at tho into o£ 6 per cent, (that of tho last half year being 7 per cent) thoy had, un- solicited, mado two reductions in tho prico charged for lighting. The highest not prico cliaiged by the, com- pany is 8s. «Id., but tho larger pait of gas is sold at the net prico of 6s. 9d. per thousand, which, so far as the direotors wero awaro, is loäs than that of any other town in Australia, excepting Sydney, Melbourne, and Newcastle, tho last named, not- withstanding its compact population and its ex- ceptional natural advantages, oharging only Id, less. As the condition which chiefly'brings about the cheap- ness of gas is a largo consumption within a compact area, St. Leonards is not so favourably situated in this respect as many other towns where the price is higher, such as Adelaide. At present the directors did not sea their way to make a îcduction, but thoy informed the council that with an increasing consumption they would bo ablo to reduco more rapidly in the future, _i£ tho surplus available for this purposo is not needlessly absorbed in nnnecossary competition, and gave tho nssuranco that no increases in dividend would

bo made 'until the piice3 to both privato consuméis and the public had been íeduced.

The Scots Church (Church-hill) Literary and Mutual Improvement Socioty met on tho evomng of the 18th, whon Mr. It. T. Greig occupied the chair. *. After the routine business was gone through, tho oliairman called upon Mr. P. D. M'Cormack, ono of tho vice-presidents, for an essay, according to tho order of syllabus. The essayist at once bogan, and read a paper on " Books and Reading." The C3say was freely commented upon by the members present, and a vote of thanks was accorded to the essayist. A lecture in connection with the socioty is to bo given by the lion. J. IngliB, Minister for Publio Instruction, on tho 31st instant, in the Scots Ohureh, Church-hill.

The Newtown ' Presbyterian Literary Society held their woekly mooting on Wednesday evening, 19th instant, the president (Mr. Mars) in the chair. The, business of tho evening wa3 entitled " A Night with Invontors." Mr. W. Pierce lead a paper on " Boll and tho Telephone," and Mr. A. M'Intyre on the " Steam Engine." The remainder of the evening was taken up withr an impromptu debate on Sir Henry Parkes'a financial difficulties, the majority of the members being of opinion that a testimonial should be raised ia recognition of tho publio services of the Premier.

A vEn. entertaining reading was given last night by the Rev. Canon Kemmis in tho Town Hall, Nowtown, in aid of funds for Christ Church, Enmore. It is to bo rogrotted that from somo causo tho audience was not a largo ono, as independently of tho particular object in view, tho reading was of a highly meritorious character. Tho rev1, canon as a lecturer or reader needs but io bo oncó heard to be appreciated, ns ho was la9t night in his humoious and pathetic selections.

'Tnr. report of the officer in charge of the Rabbit Branch of the Mine3 Department for the petiod em- braced in tho reports of the rabbit inspectors from tho 1st to tho '31st August shows that the area inspected comprised 5,221,473 acres, the whole of which was

more or less infested with rabbits. Not leis than 908 blocks had been inspected, with tho following results:-122 havo boen found to bo infested, SOO lightly info3ted, 272 moderately infested, 115 thickly infested, and upon 288 blocks the rabbits woro said to be increasing. In addition to the work of inspecting, which involved travelling n distance of 20,202 miles, the inspectors destroyed 2,000,128 rabbit scalps. On a number of pastoral holdings sufficient steps aro not being taken to destroy tho rabbits, the cause being ascribed to the scarcity of labour. Many of the men who aro generally employed on the work aro ongïged in the shearing sheds., Reports were fre- quent as to tho spread of the rabbit post, and the country said to he infested may bo described a3 the whole of the land lying to tho west of Albury on the "Victorian border, and Barrungun on the Queensland border. From tho 31st January last to the 31st August the inspectors had destroyed not less than 10,53S,778 rabbit scalps.

" A Patient " writes a second letter condemnatory of the action of the authorities in allowing firing at the roar of the Sydney Hospital. The writer says that firing commenced shortly- before S and

did not ceaso until nftor 9 o'clock on Wed- nesday night, the hospital fairly shaking from the result of the ¿roquent reports. He asserts that a peep through the wards on such occasions would show the great amount of unnoee33ary misery caused by what ho characterises a3 a " most unfoeling and cruel pro ceduro ; " and ho trusts that the Premier, na Minister for War, will givo orders that gun practice shall be carried out in Fomo moro remoto locality.

Tnn SoutJi Australian Advertiser gives the follow- ing figuro3 from a Parliamentary return showing the

number of Chineso who arrived in and left the

Northern Territory during each quarter since June 30, 1880, as follows :-Quarter ended Soptembor 30, 1886, 59 arrived and 48 loft ; Decembor quarter, 1886, 134» arrived and 77 left; March quarter, 1887, 155 arrived and 19 loft; Juno quarter, 1887, 1012 arrived and 37 loft; September quart°r, 18S7, 5C0 arrived and 72 left. Tho total number that arrived during those five quarters waa therefore 1920, and the numbor that left 258.

INTERSESSION has been made with the authorities on behalf of the convict Newman, now under sentence in Darlinghurst in connection with the Mount Rennie outrage, to have his irons taken off, in consequence of the affidavits that have recently been presented to his Excellency the Governor testifying to his innocence. One part of his sentence is that he shall be for the first three years of his imprisonment in irons. In consequence of the absence of Judge Windeyer in England, the authorities decline to accede to the re- quest, such a course not being usual until the report of the Judge who sentenced the prisoner is received. In   consequence, however, of the representations of several persons who are firmly convinced of Newran's in- nocence (among them being the Rev. Mr. Rich, chaplain of Darlinghurst), the convict's irons have been ex- changed for lighter ones than those he has worn dating

his incarceration.

Tn_ following cases wore treated at the Syduey .Hospital yostorday :-Henry Wood, cabman, residing in Union-road, Paddington, was brought to the hos- pital suflbring from great prostration. It was stated that ho was soized with griping pains after eating a pie. Ho was admitted for observation. While John Gordon, wharf labourer, was working on board the Erota (s.), yesterday morning, ho fell a distance of about 15ft., striking the right sido of his hoad. H« suffered a fracturo of the base of the skull, and wa«

tendered unconscious. A hairdresser named Wright, residing at 401, Crown-street, was injured yesterday whilo cleaning a loaded revolver. The weanon wont off, and the bullet, entering his left hand, caused a fracture of tho first fingor. A schoolboy, named George Hookley, residing at No. 10, Turner-street, Redfern, Was. admitted suffering from injuries to the head eaused by bang knocked down and run over by a cart

near his home.

At about 4 p.m. yesterday a man named Charles Reid Martin, 62 yoars of age, was found hanging by the Eeok from a bedpost at his reäidenco, Simmons-street, Enmore. It appears that at 9 a. ni. his daughter left the houso in order to go out to her work, and that' on returning twice during the early part of the day sha found the houso looked up. On going back at about 4 o'clock, sho again noticed that »all tho doors-wore securely fastened. She shortly afterwards succeeded'in efifooting an entrance, and then carno ncross thobodyof hbr father suspended in his room. Without any delay «ho communicated with the police, who took the » body down and had it examined by a doctor. From the appearance of tho body it was concluded that death had taken place a few hours previously. Tho matter has been reported to the Coroner, and an inquest will be

held.

In another column will bo found- a-report-dealing with: the present condition of our Sydney theatres, more particularly as regards their safety in the ev»»nt of a panic arising amongst the audience. Each theatre is dealt with in detail, and the various regular and esoapo exits'provided are described, as well as the precautions adopted to prevent an outbreak of fire

At 4 o'clock this afternoon Cardinal Moran will open a fancy fair in the new winp of St. Vincent's Hospital in' » the presoBce of tho Mayoress nnd Admiral ana Lady Fairfax. A largo quantity of fancy work will bo offered, for sale, and good music will bo nrovided. The proceeds of tho undertaking aro to bo applied to the purpose of furnish- ing the new wing of the institution.

We aro informed bv Mr. Evan Jones, of Hunter-streat, that instead of the second-class award received by bira for silversmiths' work at the Adelaide Exhibition, ho has on »ppeal received a lirst-clHSs award.

The annual picnic of tho officers of the Corporation will be held to-day, at Chowder Bay. The Mayor (Alderman A. J. Riloy) will bo present.

In the account of a meeting held at Pnrraraatta on Thursday evoning to express sympathy with Sir Henry Parkes, and which was published in yosterday's Herald, a slight inaccuracy oceurrod. It was stated that Mr. W. vV. Bodenham and tho Mayor weio appointed secretaries, and Mr. W. R. Murray and Mr. W J. Stephenson treasurers, whorenB the two former wore appointed treasurers, and the

latter secretaries.

The following is the order of servico at St. Androw'B Cathudml on Sunday next:-Morning, 11: To Deum, Thorno in C ; anthem, " I will lift up mino eyes unto tho hills" (Whitfield), "vening, 3.15: Magnificat, Hopkins inF; anthem, "King all glorious" (Barnby).

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