A late Dalby paper states that " a singular accident happened on Saturday evening to a little gul the daughter of Mr Robinson, the Court bailiff of this town The ohild, aged about eleven years, was smelling some flowers of the trumpet flower, which she bad picked, when her sight became confused, and on bar mother looking at her eyes, she found the pupil of one eye oontract d nearly to a point, whilst that of the other was so dilated as to oover nearly the whole of the iris The eyes were m this oondition when we ssw them, and the obild's vision was very indistinct By the advice of Mr Merrett, tbe li tie girl was kept as much as possible from the light, and she had quite re- covered in two or three days "
ACCIDENT AT THE PjBABODY MlNE -A man named W Watson was admitted into the Orange Hospital on Saturday last, suffering from an acoident sustained whilst working at the Pea body Copper Mining Co's works From the nature of the accident it appears marvellous ihe man escaped with his life From what we can learn Wat-sou bad fastened a boulder to the rope at the bottom of the shaft, and not choosing to risk remaining bel iw during its ascent, com- menced to ohmb tbe rope When some feet from the top be found be could not aooomplish his desire, and called to the topman, who told him to hold on and he would haul both up When doing so the rope began to twirl. Watson lost bis hold and slid down the rope to the boulder, falling from that (wbioh was some feet on its way up) to the bottom of the shaft He was considerably shaken, and sustained severe injuries to his leg, whioh though considerably crushed, was not broken - Orange Western Examiner, Dec 21
DESTUÜCTIVENESS OP THE LOCUST-The
Melbourne Argus of the 24th says .-Au ex- tract from a private letter shows that the locusts are doing mischief at Glenelg.-" I rogret to say the locusts have destroyed the station for this season The early part of last week the country looked splendid, but now there is not a blade of green grass to be seen You would require to have seen the plaoe be- fore, and now, to be able to form an idea of the damage they have done They are innumer- able , the country looks like a perpetual snow-
DEATH OF THE RACEHORSE ARCHER-The "Braidwood Dispatch" of Dec 24 states that Messrs. Hassall and Roberts have sustained a great loss by the death of Archer, which took place at Exeter Farm on Monday morning. He was taken ill on Saturday, and appeared to suf-
fer great pain. He was bled, and eight quarts taken from him , but he never rallied, and died, as is supposed, from inflammation of the kidneys Archer was (we believe) sixteen years of age, and was foaled at Ballalaba, and was by the im- ported William Tell out of the Maid of the Oaks, by Old Vagabond (imported). Maid of the Oaks was bred by the late Mr. Charles Smith, while William Tell was bred by the late Earl of Derby, and was by Touchstone, winner of the Doncaster Great St Leger, out of Miss Bowe by Catton. While on the Turf Archer won the Melbourne Cup two years in succession, carrying the top weight, and was handicapped for it the third time at over 11 st, and would have ran for it had his acceptance reached Mel-
bourne in time.
" On Wednesday evening, at about 9 o'olook," the Bendigo Advtitiser reports, " a dreadful ac- cident happened io the Kent Company's claim, Garden Gully Reef A*mincr named Archibald Bowman wjs-working in one of the drives with -evcrol other men, and a hole was drilled in the wall and charged and fired, but it did not ex plode, and the tamping was picked out, and a second obarge of common blasting powder was put in Bowman was leaning over the mouth of the holo, in the act of tamping it, when sud- denly, without the slightest warning, it Went off with a loud report, and he reoeived all the violcnoe of the shot in his faoe, bands, and breast He was knocked down insensible, his face was burned frightfully, his eyelashes «ero scorched to tbe t>kin, but the pupils wore not lujured at all, DB fortunately he had bis eyes closed at the moment, he sustained no material injury to his sight Both his arms wera lace- rated with the stones wbioh flew about, and the skin burnt off In addition to all this, his right leg was broken He was raiBed to tbe Burfaoe, where bo was attended to V>y Dr J Boyd, who was tent for, and promptly arrived The wounds and injuries from which the man Buf I fered were so extensivo and serious that it took I the dootor three hours to dress them "