The ordinary and annual adjourned meetings of the Hampdeoshiro Council will be held to-morrow in the usual place. The ordinary meeting comroonces at 11 a.m., and ths annual mesting ia convened far noon. The terribly backward Btate ol the crops in this district is accounted for vhen it is known that tho total rainfall last month was only an inch, and this was diitributed over live days. The record for the eleven months of the year is 20.09 inches, which fell on 109 days. In tho Heytesbury forest the rainfall has been evon leas. At Cowley's Creek the recorded rainfall for November was 76 points, or just over three quarters of an inch, which was spread over four days. The total for the year in that district was 35.81 inches, frum which it may be seen that it was visited with a fairly wet winter. Complaikts having been made for some time past as to the great inconvenience arising from the absence of letter pillars, ateps have been taken to draw attention to the requirements of tho town in this respect. Several places have been men tioned as being suitable far the erection of these pillars. At present the people residing in the outskirts of the town are compelled to travel long distances to post their correspondence. The practice of stealing fruit from gardens is again developing itself to a great extent in Camperdown. Any homo remaining without a tenant for a day or two has all the fruit taken and the trees shamefully destroyed. Not only in such cases, but even when premises are occupied serious depredations have been committed, especially towards the eastern side of the town. There seems to be a
I tmall gang of three or four lads whose ages range from fifteen to twenty years, who are making this pra-jtice their study, but as their names are known, there is every probability of the mattor coming before the police court. We have been kindly favored by Mr. Savage with the following memo of striita passed through in sinking a well for Mr. H. M. Matson, on his property to the west and within a mile of Camperdown : —Surface and clay, 3 feet; sandstone or tufa, 4feet Gins.; basalt, 30 feet; hard ferruginous conglomerate, 3 feet Gins. ; soft ferruginous conglomerate, sfeet Gins.; mottled sandy clay, 33 feet; marine salt and mud-deposit, containing shells of various kinds, such as cowrie, oyster, cnckls, periwinkle and other varieties, 34ft Gins. A bom was then put down in the same formatiun to tlie depth of IGO feet; making a total of 274 feet. When the celebrated geologist, Dr. Taylor, visited this district some time since, Mr. Dawson accompanied him to the mariue formations at Mr. Rugman's lime kiln, near Cobden, and afterwards to the same strata passing through lake Bullen Merri. On examination tho doctor ex pressed his opinion that they extended from the sea to the Grampians. The discovery of tho same marine formations in Mr. Matson's well, shows that as far as has boen ascertained by sinking, his sur mises are correct. Mr. Dawson also informs us that Dr. Taylor remarked, on observing some holes in tho face of the rock in Mr. Uugman's quarry, and which penetrated S or 10 feet, that they were the burrows of the antediluvian womb it. The same description of burrow is to be seen in the limestone formation at Port
Campbell. A farmer named O'Neill, who rents some laud at Blind Creek, Kilnoorat, from Mr. Wells, recently lost some pigs under circumstances which point to the deaths being due to other than natural causes. O'Neill was working at Wooriwyrke, and in his absence two young pigs died. There were bruises about their bodies, and it was thought that they might have been caused by some children. Shortly after wards, however, a young sow sickened and diod. An examination of the body led to the discovery of a wound from a knife or other sharp instrument behind tho shoulder. Mr, O'Neill also missed several large cheeses from the shed about the same time. Of course thote is no suspicion as to the authorship of these vile deeds, and it is to be regretted that the miscreants are, on this occasion, likely to escape the hands of justice. A sale of crown lands by public auction is gazetted to be held at the Court House, Terang, on Tuesday, Bth January, and will be conducted by Mr. Frank E. Allen. Twenty seven lots will be offered for com petition, twenty three of which are situated in the township of Terang, and the balance in the township of Chatsworth, parish nf Chatsworth west. The Terang blocks comprise allotments 1 to 5 and li to 1j of section 22. each containing one rood; allotments 1, section 10, area lr 20p ; allotments 2 to 11, section 19, each containing one rood; allotment 12 section 19, area 38 perches; allotment 13, section 19, area 32 perches, The upset price is £8 per acie, and the charge for survey £1. The land to be offered at Chatsworth is situate between the river Hopkins and the holdings of the Messrs. Cross and Hector Thorburn; upset price £2 per acre, charge for survey £1. The particulars are allotments 11b, area 19a lr 34p; allot ment 15, area 19a 3r 30p ; allot ment IG, area 19a 3r 39p; allotment 17, area 19a 3r 39p. A few weeks ago we stated that Mr. John Walls was in communication with Mr. Wm. Anderson, M.L.A., with reference to some needed improvements
at the Gellibrand river to prevent the barring which is constantly taking place at its mouth. Mr. Anderson has received a reply from the' Public Works Depart ment promising that a survey of the outlet of the Gellibrand river will be made during the summer, when an officer can be spared from other work. The concluding paragraph in the communica tion is a "crusher." ''It is considered, however, (writes the Secretary »f Public Works) that the work of cutting periodically through the sandbar which forms across the outlet, so as to enable the river to flow into the sea, devolves upon the shire council." Probably the next move after this will be to hold the shire council responsible for any damage that may be done to land along the river banks by the barring up of its mouth. " The annual sports meeting is to be held at Princetown, on Boxing Day, and in the evening there will bo ft bill ia the public lull.
' The absence of our Parliamentary re presentative Mr. W. H. Uren,, from last week's excursion was remarked by many, but in simp)* justice to him it mu«t be mentioned that through some over-sight ho was never even informed thnt tho ex cursion was to tak» place. Several other member* of parliament wlm had friends coming met the excursion at tho Exhibit ion, and Mr. Uren was surprised that he was over-looked and has since stated that nothing would have given him greater pleasure than assisting to entertain the visitors if he hid had the least notification of their coming.
The extent of some folks' meanness is beyond all belief. A woman, not a resi dent of Camperdown, wished to travel down by last week's excursion, but being unable to get a ticket paid her fare mid went by the ordinary. Having arrived at Melbourne, she availed herself of the | privileges of tho day in connection with the excursion, and meeting Mr. Wynne in the exhibition, informed him that she had come by tho ordinary train, that it had cost her twenty shillings, and that she could not afford it. He at once handed her a sovereign. Comment is superfluous.
The residents of tho town were much alarmed yesterday morning by the re peated sounding of the whistle of the 3.50 a.m up train from Terang. Visions of a catastrophe irore conjured up, and not a few arose from their bads to endeavor to ascertain the cause of the alarm. It sub seqnently transpired that the semaphore was against the train, hence these whistles. The annual regatta will take place on Lake Colac on Saturday next, Bth Decem ber, when the sum of £220 will be given away in prizes. Tickets at holiday ex cursion fares will be issued at Terang and intermediate stations on 7th and Bth mat, available till 11th inst. Professor Train announces that he will give an exhibition of his control over horses at three o'clock this afternoon. He will handle a wild, vicious and kicking horse provided by Messrs. Moodie and Stansmore. Tho professor will exhibit his various methods of curing buck jumpera and other varieties of badly disposed horses. The preliminary meeting will be at Stansniore's stables, whence an adjournment will ba made to n suitable paddock to witness tho exhibition. The eubdivisional Bale of the well known H'imewood estate, recently the property of the exors. of the late Charles Podger, cont lining 2386 acre 3 of firot-class land, will be held at Harvie'shotel, Terang, at 12 nocn on Monday, 10th inst.. by Mr. James Jellie, the well-known auctioneer of Warrnambool, The captains of Rifle Clubs, officers of Mounted Ki6es and non-commissioned officers in command of detachments of Mounted Rifle and Rifle Volunteers were snmmonod to attend yesterday at 2.30 p.m at the Victoria Barracks, St. Kilda Road, to consider the revision of the Rifle Club regulations. Toe bill for the better encouragement
of the cultivation of wattle trees, intro duced into the Legislative Assembly by Mr. Dow, has been circulated. Under it power is given to the Governor in-council to grant leasee of crown lands for the cultivation of the wattle. Ihe land leased must be planted with wattle within two years, and enclosed. When the land is not used for the purpose specified the leases will be forfeited. Clause 7 pro vides:—"Any lessee of any lands which have under the authority of this Act been leased for the cultivation of wattle trees may, notwithstanding anything in the Land Act 1834, or in any Act amending tho same contained, select thereout an area, thu total acreago of which, with any land previously selected by him under this Act or any Land Act, shall not exceed 320 acres, in the same manner and subject to the sasne conditions as agricul tural allotments may, under part 3 of the Act, be selected or taken up ; and such lessee may acquire the freehold in the same manner as the freehold of an agri cultural allotment may be acquired." The slaughter of the innocents is likely to be commenced in Parliament this week, as the end of the cession is now close at hand. At the furthest Parlia ment is only to sit until the 20th inst.,
but, if possible, tho prorogation will take place on tho 18th, which would leave six working days. The Govern ment still have 28 bilk on the notice paper, but the majority of these will have to be abandoned. Tho business for to-day's sitting includes the third read ing of the Lunacy Statute Amendment Bill. Mr. Deakin is to move the second reading of the Chinese Immigration Bill, and Mr. Pearson will ask the House to
assent to the State School Teachers Bill. It is aIBJ intended to push on with the Discipline Act Amendment Bill, and a strong tfl'jrt is to be made to carry the •Licensing Act Amendment Bill. The resulutionß agreed to in committee of supply are to be reported on Wednesday. The attention of the Legislative Council is likely to bo taken up entirely this week with two electoral bills and the bill for in creasing tho number of members in the Second Chamber. The Portland Guardian reports the death by accident, of Mr. James Black, second eldest son of Mr. John C. Black, of Myamyn, and brother of Mrs. Donald McLean, of Camperdown. It seems that he had mounted a horse that was being broken in, when the animal, not relishing a touch of the spurs, began to buck, and, through the crupper and stirrup leather breaking, the unfortunate rider, was thrown to the ground, sustaining severe injuries to the head, inflicted it is believed through a kick. He never recovered and expired some four hours later. Deceased was an active member of tho Myamyn Rifle Club, was 27 years of age, and unmarried. The funeral was one of the largest which has ever taken place in the district, the cortege being fully a quarter of a mile in length. It was also of a semi-military character, inasmuch as about 32 mounted riflemen (ten of whom were from Heywood), fired volleys over the grave of their departed comrade. A Yonsa man named Thos.M'Conachy. son of Mr. David M'Conachy, of Wensley dale, met with a sad accident last week at Mount Moriac. He was driving a team of bullocks during a thunderstorm, and when in the act of cracking his whip a flash of lightning descended, carrying away and breaking the whip, and striking the young man to the ground. The lightning seemed to paialyse his side, and when picked up he was unconscious. A medical man arrived subsequently, when M'Conachy was found to ba in such a precarious condition that it was not deemed wißa to remove him to the hospital.
The Aboriginal school at Framlingham station was recently examined by Mr. D. Roche.inspector of schools, and the follow ing is hia report :—'• Inspected and ex amined for results, 23 present: percentage, 90.110. Buildings und surroundings are in a very satisfactory state. Instruction —The pupils have pissed a good examina tion, and havo made very satisfactory pro gress since last year. The work of the children is very neat, and their answering is quick and precise. It is evident that Mi«s Powoll has given great attention to, and used much skill in, the work of in struction. The percentage was much re duced by the over-age of the third and fourth olasses. Furniture and apparatus —Charts illustrating the treatment of "snakebite,""drowning" a "ballframe'! a book on " morals," and "healtli," and a " dock, are much needed. Discipline —Expedient; the maximum allowed. Records—Very neatly keptiand 'com pletedtoaate. (Signed) 1). M. Rotaa, iMpeetotof School*.
A laegely attended meeting was held last night in the Mechanics' Hall, to con- sider the matter of establishing a fire brigade at Camperdown. Mr John Walls, J.P.. occupied the chair. On the motion of Mr. Wm. Down seconded by Mr. Rae, the desirability of forming a fire brigade was unanimoualy affirmed, and a committee was appointed comprising Messrs. Hudson, King, Down, J. Dawson, W Henderson, Fullarton, Heales, Walls, with power to add, to make full enquiries as to cost of necessary apparatus &c, and report to a future meeting. A report of the meeting is held over.
The polo season was formally opened on Saturday afternoon, when a scratch match was played in the Werna paddock. The teams were:—Messrs. J. C. and T. P. Manifold, and L. M'Arthur; and Messrs. A. Thomson, H. G. Stansmore, and J. Hindhaugh. There was a fair attendance of the public. The match resulted in a comparatively easy win for the side cap- tained by Mr. J. C. Manifold.
Twelve hundred acres of the Corunnun estate, recently purchased from Dr. Stod- dart by a Melbourne syndicate, was offered for sale at auction on Saturday by Messrs. Ettershank, Eaglestone and Mann. A soecial train conveyed about 25 gentlemen to Larpent station, where they were met by conveyances and driven over the estate. The attendance on the ground was very limited, and there waa little demand for the land. The small agricultural blocks
about 10 acres in extent, over looking Lake Perdigalac. were started at £25 per acre, but m there was no increasoin price the blocks were withdrawn, The pastoral allotments fronting Lake Corangamite were next offered. The only bid for these was £15 per acre and as there wos no advance these nad to be withdrawn, fie auctioneers stating that they treat privately for any of the lots. A fine pad docK fronting Lake Colic and close to tlie township, containing CO acres, was then offered, but the only bid for it was £30 per acre, which was not accepted.
The social evening in connection with the. CamperJown Literary and Debating Society will be held this evening in the Temperance Hall. A capital programme has been prepared.
Next Thursday will be the last night this season that the Camperdown Skating Rink will be open. The hours will be 2.30 to 5 in the afternoon and 7.30 to 10.30 at night.
Mb. John Hyland has received instruc tions to sell at Terang, at 2 p.tn on Mon day, 10th inst., tho right tn vend liquors in two booths erected on the race-course ; also thr< o fruit stalls, in connection with tho Terang races to be bald on New Year's Day.
The Mortlako United Town and Farmers' Common in about to be further diminished by deducting therefrom twenty-seven acres, two roods, thirty-three perches of land in the town of Mortlake, being the portion temporarily reserved by order of the 10th October 1888, for railway pur poses.
The TFarrnamhool Standard learns on gond authority that Mr. Jumes Toohey will not seek re-election at the next general election, as it is that goutleman'x intention to take a trip to the old country for the benefit of his health.
A sekious complaint oo the Diseased Cattle Question comes from Ballarat con cerning which Cr. Shoppee, a member i.f the City Council, has given some informa tion to a representative of tho Herald. He stated that the cattle for tho Ballarat market came over from Queensland and from the Western District, but that it is supposed the cases of pleuro pneumonia have been confined to the former. There is no proper inspection, as the district under Mr. Kyle extends from Wyndham to Swan Hill, thence to Warniambool, and back along the sea coa»t and in to Wyndham. Cr. Shoppee considers there should bo an inspector for Ballarat, as the district is an important centre, and he points out that there are only six in spectors for the whole colony, independent of the border men. Last time Mr. Kyle visited Ballurat he condemmed the carcases of four animal?, and there are three leading butchers prepared to piro evidence as to the number of diseased cattle sold. The leading dealers are nut deceived into pur chasing diseased animals, but the fact remains that they are sold, and that the meat goes into consumption somewhere. Most of the Ballarat butchers have pad docks in which they place their purchases, so that great harm must result from their securing diseased cattle. The matter is regarded locally as a serious one, and Mr. Shoppee states the Ballarat City Council is preparing to deal with it vigorously.
The following land notices nra pub lished in Friday's Government Gazette :— Charles Worldly, Cobra Killuc; Geiald Irvine, Earranraturk; John Cummins, Nullawarre; William Londregan, Frederick Yornon, and Joseph Blair, Cobra Killuc. Transfer of leases registered :—Win. Timras, Nullawarre, to Win. Simpson, merchant, Wammmbool. Tuesday, 25th (Christmas Day), Wed nesday 26th inst., (Boxing Day) and Tuesday, Ist January, 1889, are gazetted to be observed as holidays in the public offices.
Tesdkes are returnable to-day for varioui works in the North, East and West Ridings of the Sbire of Hampden. Tenders are invited for the removal and disposal of nightfioil in the township of Cam perdown. Specifications may be seen at the Sbire Hall. Tesdebs are invited by the thistle in spector fur cutting all plants mentioned in the Thistle Prevention Statute 1865, on the reserves enumerated in the advertiament.