Hunter River, Agricultural, and Horticultural Association.-A meeting of the committee of this association was held at the Northumberland Hotel, yesterday afternoon. Present : Messrs. Croaker (In the chair), J. V. Doyle, J. li. Nowlan, C. F. Holmes, J. G. Cobb, G. Lobsey, J. Moore, J. Wyndham. W. C. Hetherington, T. B. Rossiter. W. Scott, and J. Reynolds. The chairman read the circular whioh called the meeting, and remarked that it was a question whether it would not be well to postpone the meeting for a week out of respect to the memory of the gentlemen (Mr. David Dickson) whose funeral .was then taking place-Mr. John Wyndham rose to move the adjournment of the meeting for a week, out of respect to the memory of the late Mr. Dickson. An additional reason, for their adjournment might be lound in the fact that, do what they might, they could not have the show for some time to come-Mr. J. T. Doyle seconded the adjourn- ment, not because there was a paucity of attendance that afternoon, but entirely out of respect to the deceased gen- tleman.-Mr. C. F. Holmes supported the motion.-Mr. G. Lobsey thought the loss ot a week's time was of great im- portance, and therefore lie would movo nn amendment that the business of the meeting be at once pro- ceeded with.-Mr. G. Cobb seconded the amendment. -The amendment was then put, when there appeared five in favor of it and five against ; it was therefore decided, by the casting vote oi the chairman, that the meeting should adjourn. At the request of several gentlemen the next meetlug was fixed for two o'clock, Instead of three, as hcrctofore.
Funeral of Mr. D. Dickson.-Yesterday the remains of Mr. D. Dickson were conveyed from his residence, Bolwarra House, to their final resting place in the Presbyterian cemetery, East Maitland. The funeral cortege was one ol the longest that ever passed through our streets, there being no fewer than forty vehicles, and about one hundred and forty horsemen iu the train. Nearly all the principal people of West Maitland and neighbouring towns, including clergymen of different denominations, and all Mr.Dickson's tenants, were present ; the procession was closed by King Tom, of Dunmore, and three other aboriginals, dressed in their new blankets. In our notice of Mr. Dickson, in last issue, we stated that he had been a munificent contributor to religious and scholastic efforts in connection with his own denomination. We should have mentioned also that his liberality was extended to other
WALLIS CREEK FLOODGATE COMMITTEE.-A meeting Of the Wallis Creek Floodgate Committee was held at Mr. Burns' office, West Maitland, on Saturday afternoon, at whioh it was agreed to convene a meeting oi all parties interested, for Fri- day, the 7th, to consider resolutions of the committee lor the annexation on certain conditions to the West Maitland Muni- cipal Council of the laud subject to inundation The advertise- ment convening the meeting will be found elsewhere.
QUAnTEn Sessions -It ib notified in the Gazette that courts of Quarter Sessions will be held as follows :-At Muswellbrook, on Tuesday, 4th June; at Maitland, on Thursday, Gili June; at Scone, on Friday, 7th June ; at Murrurundi, on Tuesday, 11th June ; and at Singleton, on Tuesday, 18th June, 1S07.
Appointments.-The following nppuintracnts are notified in the Gazette of Friday :-Edward Wardley, Esq., M.K.C.S.li , to be surgeon and medical superintendent of the Luuntio Asylum at Parramatta ; and Mr. John Wisdom, to be landing walter in the Customs Department at Morpeth, in the room eil
Mr. Campbell, deceased.
Exports and Imports rat the II.ll.N.S N, Company. The following Is a return ol the exports from the district per the ll.K.N.S.N. Company steamers, on the loth, 22nd, 24th, 25th, and 2Sth May :-3 bags barley, 4 bullocks, 2 cases butter, 2 calves, jj4 loose cheeses, lo cases eggs, lo bags flour, 14 crates fowls, 32 eases fruits, 835 bales hay, 208 hides, 1 horse, 136 bags maize, 2 bags meal, 213 bags oysters, 9 pigs, OG bags pumpkins, 690 sheep, 4 bundles calfskins, 19 cases sundries, 2 hhds. tallow, 32 kegs tobacco, 1 case wine, 39 bales wool. Of this produce there were shipped at Morpeth-4 bullocks, 1 case butter, 2 calves, 3 cases eggs, S crates fowls, 29 cases fruits, 555 bales hay, 33 hides, & bags maize, 2 bags meal, 2 pigs, D30 sheep, 19 cases sundries, 2 hhds. tallow, 24 kegs tobacco, 39 bales wool. At Clarence Town-o cases egRS, 19 crates, 13 cases fruits, GO bales hoy, 17 hideB, 103 bngs make, 8 kegs tobacoo. At Miller's I'orcst-28 bags "maize, OG bags pumpkins. At itayraoud Ter- race-3 bags barley, 1 case butter, 54 oases cheese, 1 case eggs, 7 bags flour, 1 crate towls, 220 bales hay, 4 k bags oysters, 7 pigs, 1 case wine. At Paterson-1 case eggs, 2- crates fowls. At Newcastle-3 bags flour, 218 hides, i horse, 1G9 bags oysters,
1G0 sheep, and 4 bundles eallsklns
Projected Visit or the líos. Minister ron Works to Morpeth.-Wo are informed that a telegram was received by Mr. James Campbell, M.I, A, on Friday evening, from the lion. Minister lor I'ublio Works, stating that circumstances prevented him from enrryiug out his intention of visiting Morpeth at present, nor could he yet appoint the date when hu
would do so.
| Removal or the Hev. A. E. Selwyn to Newcastle -
wo believe that the. linnl arrangements nave ueen inane uy mt
Bishop of Newcastle for tile removal of tho Key A E Selwyn from Gratton to Newcastle This intelligence will, doubtless, fie received with almost universal regret Hie labours ot some fourteen j cars as r minister of the Church of England cannot but have given him a name and lnllueuce throughout the dis- trict Tor many years the Kev A E Selwyn was the only resident clergyman in the district, and to bim not only the members ol Ins own church but the members of other churches had to look for that counsel and spiritual guidanoe, which he was alwajs ready to give without any distinction of creed or country Most ol our institutions owe their présent position to his fostering care, in troublous times his kindliness oi heart, and gentlemanly deportment, have softened asperities and restored pence, Ins removal will leay o a gap not easily Ulled up We oannot question the wisdom of the Bishop lu the removal of tile Itev A L Selwyn, but we join in the general opinion, that this removal will be a great losa to the district, yet we hope that Mr Selwyn may long bo spared to tho church ot which lie has shown for so fong a period a devoted and consis tent mlnistor - Chu ence awl ItiUtmond examiner. Muy 28
Georod Collins -Un enquiry we leam that this poor lad, who was so much injured by being thrown on the Lust Mait- land racecourse, still remains insensible, so lar as consciousness and memory are concerned, but Is ablo to swallow beet tea, Hine, and other stimulants ordered by the doctor, and occa- sionally gets out ol bed (if left to himself for n space) and stands for a moment, but then falls back helpless as before Although he is of course quite thin from such long helpless
ness, and inability to luke ordinary lood, the doctor, we are glad to hear, still uob hopes oi lils rccoycry -I ast evening we h ere sorry to leam that the poor lad showed increasing signs of
AcivNowikdomems -We were on Saturday indebted to the kind attention ol our Newcastle correspondent for \\ ellington papers to the 20th May, and yesterday to the kind attention of Mr Hopkinson, ol newcastle, lorl'auauia papers to the 24th
Sudoi-n DrATn -On Tuesday night last, nn elderly mnn, named John Buckley, foimorly ol West Maitland, but recently residing lu Last Maitland, nearly opposite Mount's Mill died suddenly under the lollowing circumstances It appears that the deceased who had been ailing, and under the medical treat- ment of Dr Bullmore for ioma time past, felt a little belter on Tuosduy, and îetired to bed as usual that night During the night lils wife waa alarmed by a choking sound proceeding from the deceased, who Bhe found was covered with blood Dr Bullmore was at once sent for, but before he could arrive life waa quite e\tmct llio deceased having been under medical treatment, it was not considered necessary by the coroner that an inquest should be held
An oi\tmf¡>t -Mr I bomas Shone, who formerly held the situation of schoolmaster in Maitland Gnol, and lattei ly has been visiting the district as collector for the Sydney Deaf and Dumb Institution, has we hear, been appointed by the Goverumeut clerk and schoolmaster to the gaol at Maitland, in the stead ol Mr Samuel Wallace, who lias resigned
Death or Jin District Iuooe PunEroi - We regret to announce that the severe illness under which Judge I'urefoy laboured for some time, terminated fatally about ten o clock on Thursday night The deceased gentleman has been a resident of the colony for about tim ly years, during eighteen of which he has been in the Go\ eminent sen ice In July ISM, soon after the passing of the District Courts'Act, Mr l'ureloy was appointed to tliu Hunter liner district, and retained the np polutmcnt up to the lime of liiB death -5 M lia a'd, June 1
Pbi/e ULEr and Mutton-Mr Bell butohci.of Pitt ¡>tieet, lins just slaughtered one ol the finest bullocks ever bred and fatted in the colony, being tile Hereford ox w hich gained tho
lirst prize at the recent agricultural exhibition at l'niramatta llio bullock which was bred and fatted by Mr G Loder, weighed lou lbs,, and the beef, as now to bo seen in the shop of Mr Bell, Is about the Unest we have ever seen .Exhibited in the same shop is the beel of another bullock, which was al-o exhibited by Mr G Loder at the agricultural show and weighed 101.'lbs Mr Bell has also slaughtered flirci. wethers, exhibited at Parramatta, and bred by Mr \V J Dangar These wethers-a cross between the cotswold and merino though only twenty months old, » eigh 231 lbs , or an average oi a little 01 er 83 lbs each -S M HiraM, June 1
HorsesfainucK our oi LnovcFMrvrs -Mr C B Ushers three horses I ishhook, Syren, and Maribyrnong, have been struck out ot tho Derby St Leger Handicap, to he run at the next raoe meeting at Randwick Ihconl) nomination that Mt risherhasnowlelt in the i ace Is Seagull - 5 M Jfuull Junel
Brigade Oitnrn -Hit Officer commanding the Volunteers has much pica ure in conveying (by command) to the ofheors,
non commissioned ofllccri ana members of tile Volunteer force, tlic gratification of lils Lxcellency the Governor at the large attendance and soldier like appearance piesentcd by tho Volunteers Bt the review in honor of her Majesty s Birthday Ho congratulates them ou theil spirit mid discipline, and is dasirous ot impressing upon nil ranks of the foi ce the necessity
of a consistent attendance to tliilr duties fiom which will
necessarily result that improvement, morally and phjsically, which has aocompanied aud continues to be characteristic of tho Volunteer movement in Lngland His L\celkncy is sanguine that the re introduction and adoption, during Hie ensuing sessions oi the Parliament ol the Amended Act and Regulations which the press ol business unfortunately delayed in the last session will have the effect oi foi wai ding the Volun- teer interest In the colony By command, liios Baines, Captain, Brigade Adjutant -Lmpuc
1 ooT Raci -On ¡saturday e\enlng a foot race for il a side, 100 yards was run in Llglu street between George Grant and thomas Baxter, the former being the vlctoi We believe some of Baxter's Iriends are dissall lied with the lesult, aud another match between the parties Is likely
Messrs C Newton, BnoTni h H Co-The S M Ha aid, published the lollow ing nmoug its items o£ commercial news by the Panama mail ' Respecting the suspension oi Messrs C Newton, Brothei, and Co, the Vîmes of March 29th states Hie failuie has been announced to day ot Messrs C Newton, Brother, and Co -a respectable house in the Australian trade, of thirteen years standing 1 lie liabilities are stated to be about £400,000, and the dllllculty is understood to have ailsen from some bill tinnanctions to the extent ol £109 000 with Messrs Good) ear and Co , ol St l'iul s elim eli yurd, whpse suspensión was announced on the 18th inslaut The firm have branch
houses at S)duey and Biisbane, and in the following circular they intimate a bel el that the liquidation will result in a lal go surplus, whioh will enable them to resume business - ' 17, GreBham stri-ct M e°t, 1. C , London, Mnreh 28 -" We regret lo state that hi consequence of the failure ot Messrs F Goodyesr and Co, whose eslate is largely indebted to us and from the In ideqincy of remittances from Australia to meet our engagements, wa have consulted some of our principal creditors, anil mulei their ndvlce hine determined to suspend na) ment Our hooks hine been placed In the hands of Messis notley and Uiimphiys, accountants, who will prépaie a state- ment of our aludís nuil report thereon as soon as possible Meanwhile it may be satisfactory lor you to know from us that our estate will show a huge surplus over and ubove the debt owing by Messrs Good) ear and Co , and that we con template belngncceS3ltated to ask for an extension of time only from our creditors -' We nie youre, rcspectlully, "Christ New ton, BitoriiEn, and Co
Pr vriNuM in Nlw Zealand-Lvery now and then dis- coveries of mineral treasures are being made in New /ealond Mr 1 it Proctor, n jeweller In llokltika, recently purchased a very fine sample ol platinum fiom n digger just arrived lrom thcBOuth and who stated thatnnj quantity might be obtained, bul, as it had been regarded as worthless, no care had been taken to picsiue it-in fact, every cfluit hud been made hy the miners to get rid ol It 1 he sample in question which weighs about eight ounces, was lound on the sea beach at Orepuki, about twenty miles west ol Riverton, in the Provineeol South land, and waa wushed out ol the black sand, with which it was lound to be mixed lu the same manner as gold Hie seller also remarked that though he had not obtained any in that Pro vince, the sand lrom which the sample waa washed presented precisely the Burne appe-irance as that in the vicinity of lioki tikn and he had no doubt that a search would result in the discovery of platinum in almost any quantity Platinum is a metal from which crucibles and small evaporating dishes arc manufactured for use in chemical analysis It Is also used to coat silver loll for galvanic batteries Hie metal is scarce, and when we, as dabblers In chemistry used to buy it, the price wob about JOs an ounce If the metal could be more abundantly obtained, there are many uses to which it could be applied In the laboratory ol the Messrs lennant, In Glasgow, the cele- brated St Rolloxfirm, thcie is a platinum retort which cost several hundred pounds - Wellington Independent, May Vi
The Bisiior of GnArTON and Armidale-fhe Armuiale Telegraph of Saturday lost says -" We leam on reliable autho rlty that the Bishop of Grafton and Arra! laic Is expected to arrive iierc in September next, and it will bo seen by an adver tisement in our columns that the Treasurer of the Bishopric hndowment rund li A Thomas, Lsq , has made a call upon those who promised subscriptions to the fund
Cricket -On Saturday a match took place on the race oourae between eleven players ot Branxton, and an equal number of the Albion Club, principally second cloven I he ground was In anything but good order, being rather heavy, and a shower or two that fell during the day rendered It necea sary for the free application or sawdust The Branxton men having won the toss, went in, and succeeded In scoring C2, C and W Wyndham by careful play, contributing 32 of ¡he runs The Alblons in their first innings made 83 The batting ol J Mooro was much admin d, and we do not remember to have seen him play better, in fact, hi» runs (41-nearly half the soore) were obtained by flue ateady batting, and, with one exception, without giving a chance Tho next highest scores (eight respectively) were made by Messrs Braokonreg, Mack, , and Butler In tho second inufngs of the Branxton eleven
they made 37 with the loss of 7 wiefceta, W Shepherd placing 21 to his credit The Branxton men wishing to return by the
train the match was not finished
Charge or Perjury -Johu Drinan waa ohorged with this offence yesterday, nt the West Maitland police court, by James Costello Mr O Keeßo appeared for complainant, and Mr Briggs for defendant James Costello deposed that at tho trial of the case of Drinan v Costello, heard on the 6th May, bclore Messrs E D Day and Geo Wyudham, jun , defendant in the present case then ewore that witness had threatened to take bia (Drinan H) life, he bad never used that threat, Drinan on that occasion also stated that ho had nothing in his hand, whereas he had a stick, with willoh he attempted to strike witneBa, he swore falsely in both instances By Mr Briggs Was in com- pany with \V illiam Woodhouse and a boy named Boland, on the ¿Otu April, when the alleged ofleuce took plaoe, defendant on that occasion rai ed a stick, and told witness to keep off, witness made a stroke with n whip at defendant, and hia horse turned from defendant s, defendant did not threaten to shoot bim nor did he ever threaten to Bhoot defendant, witness was going for Boland a cattle -William Woodhouse deposed that he knew both parties in this case, and recollected their meeting on the 20th April, Drinan was on tkoir right hand when we met. Costello being nearest to him, Drinan had a stick in his hand, which he held up, could not say whether Drinan spoke to Costello witness rode on, when Costello turned and folllowed Drinan, did not hear complainant say he would have Drinan a life if he impoundod any of lils cattle, but Baw Costello make a blow at defendant, could havo heard words at that time had any taken place By Mr Briggs
Had the threat been made when Drinan raised the stick, he would havo heard it, but not afterwards as he rode on -Mr Briggs addressed the bench urging that there was no corrobo rath c evidence as to the words not having been used -Tho bench were of opinion that a sufficient prima facie case had not been made out to warrant a committal, and therefore dismissed
Breach or lou, Act-Thomas Brown was charged, yee terdny.attho West Maitland court with a breach of the Toll Act Mr Briggs appeared for defendant Matthew Eeirne deposed that on the 21st of May last ho was in the employ of the Maitland Road Trust drawing gravel and stone between Stoney Creek and Bishop s Bridge, had occasion to paBs the Campbell s Hill toll bar, about lix o'clock on the above date, defendant w ould not allow bim to go through as he did not have the money, witness had previously given the defendant an order from the commissioners allowing him to pass free of payment he had to como back and get the amount required, had often pas=ed through the toll bnr free, after he had given tho order to defendant By Mr Briggs When refused a ireo passage witness had tools belonging to the 1 rust and some luceme on his dray, never bl ought coals without paying the toll, his engagement was to carry stono and gravel from Stoney Cieek to Bishops Bridge for the Maitland Hoad Trust -Mr Joseph Lcklord stated that ho is a Commissioner of tlie Maitland Koad Trust, and waa on the 21st May last, and that complainant was in their employ on that date to work with lils horse and cart, the road from Stonoy Creek to Bishops Bridge is within the Trust, gave a memorandum to Bicrno some time before the date of the present in- formation , ia aware that Brown knew Blerne waa in their employ -Mr Briggs in defence contended that when complainant was coming between Maitland and Stoney Creek he was not on the business of the commissioners, and was therefore liable to toll-tees He also quoted from the 8th seo ofnvicNo 10 and stated that as defendant did not rent the toll bar from the commissioners but from the Government, they could not olalm any exemption -Their worships thought, howey ei, ti nt they were exempt from payment, and lined the defendant the sum ol 6s with 9s costa ofcourt
Cattm- Straiinc -Richard Penlold pleaded guilty nt tho West Maitland police court yesterday, to allowing a horse to stray and waB fined Cb , willi -'s Gd costs
Drunkenness -rrnncis Butwright pleaded guilty to this offence and was discharged, alter being reprimanded
Drunk and Disorderly -James rogarty was charged with the above, and pleaded guilty It being his llrBt offence, he waB admonished by the bencli and discharged
Police Business -There were Uve casea disposed of yester- day, at the West Maitland police court-tho presiding magiB trates being-Messrs E D Day, aud George Wyudham, jun