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THE LOGAN.

(FROM A CORRESPONDENT.)

January 30.

DURING the past week Mr. Arthur Pim has been round with a memorial, for signatures, to the hon. the Minister for Lands and Works, concerning the road from Baker's to Rafter's

farm, for Eden's ferry and the Login, that wm surveyed last April or May, on the suggestion of a previous petition, which represented the route to be 3 or 4 miles shorter than the old road by Mr. Markwell's. The surrey, however, did not bear out that statement; and the rapid settlement sinoe that time of the Logan further down towards California Creek and the Albert junction, has rendered it absolutely necessary that, in order to treat all the settlers somewhat equally, and at the same time to make as good and as near a road as possible for all parties, it was necessary that the old road bo adhered to. ThArG-orernment, too, seem to hare something of this in view, for Slack's bridge has been com* menced; and it is hoped that the settlers on Lower Logan and in the parish of Boyd will bestir themselves with a counter petition to the one that has been going round the upper part of the river. If the new proposed road was really so much nearer for anybody but Mr. Pirn and his pro posed town, it would bo a different thing, but it is not; and at the present time Government will do best to make the old road which can at some future time be continued from Markwell's, past California Creek to tho junction, and the people at the Logan village may hope to have a nearer road to Brisbane by Brown's Plains when the country is surveyed from there to the Logan River. 1 hen the Log.tn JlriJge road and the village road can wet at Brown's Plains, and the Albert road an;l the juiu-'i^n road moot at Markwell's. Such a. pi-hcma would answer all ends. Attached to the memorial mentioned

are the names of some of the Albert residents, who seem most unfortunately to be mixed in the matter for a further extension of the | road from Eden's ferry to the Alberton ■ ferry at Kemp'ii. Now this part evidently I Originates in the rival ferry system. Stones has j a fe#y further down the Logan than Eden's, ■ and there are not wanting parties who affirm i that route to have some advantage. Now, as ' t^ere have been five different roaas blazed be- j fween the Logan uud the Albert wi hin the last two years, it must be a matter of considerable doubt which way will yet ultimately prove the j best. For tbts petition to be looked upon in that part as anything but a rival ferry system is 'v to me totally incomprehensible. I will mention < the five routes. First, in 1863, that by Samuel Waterman, from Pimspoeket through Jimmy bark Scrub to the Albert Ford. Second, in 1864, that by the same man, from Slack's Creek «610 Jimmybark Scrub. Third, in 1864, from the i present Eden's Ferry, to meet the first route I behind Mr. Henderson's stockyard. Fourth, in i 1864, that bySnme'B, across the range to Jim- ! mybark Scrub again. Fifth, the last and bast and the most curious just now, by Mr. BcUn, for it keeps parallel to Waterman's second track, and in many places within twenty yards i of it, and then makes a turn into Stone's new j task, which is the sixth. But this last is from a part of the river. Again, that these roads ™are as yet thorough delusions may be understood j from the fact that in both Stone's nnd Eden's j jroute, purchased land is crossed, and it is not i 'Unlikely that the proprietors will fence across ■ these short cuts one of these days, and leave \ the traveller and the road in the lurch. But a good road to the Logan is an indis pensable luxury we cannot well do without, and «at via Markwell's at the present time must be j , made to meet in an impaitial manner, the wants i —not of one section or another, but the wants of every settler at present on the river. Heaping operations seem to have commenced l. vpretty generally on the lower part of tho river ; •Httpon the early maize. The corn from the scrub land, as for as can be judged, is in no way in- | ferior to last year's crop. Some Logan maize ! will be in the market in a few days, and like- | wise some from tho Albert. The maize on the i upper part of the river on the forest land seems to be an entire failure of the first crop. Several partJM of German children have gone down to j the?Pimpama cotton plantation, having been ; sent for to pick cotton as the season has already j commenced. On the Albert, Mr. Warren has i ten acres just getting ready. I think there is j not much cotton on the Logan Reserve this year. With reference to the fatal accident that oc- last week, I think that the present is a TgStting time for something to be done towards *=g«tting a professional surgeon and physician to settle on the Logon. Accidents and illness are happening rather frequently, and the expense of ■; aia from town is something enormous to the generality of settlers. I believe that £8 and £10 are the lowest charges for one journey from Brisbane to the Logan, consequently people do not fetch advice except on the most pressing and nearly hopeless occasions. Now, if the present settlers were to guarantee a subscription of 10s. or a £1 a house, according to the family, a year for three years, something worth while, a really good doctor's attention cou.d bo secured. At the end of three years these subscriptions could cease, or be continued iv a lo jver proportion, as the case might warrant and the practice of the settlement advanced. At ajy rate, this is a matter that demands the most serious attention of the settlors, and it would be well if a com mittee were to bo formed to carry the matter «nt. The agricultural returns hare been collected on the T O gan lately, nnd, no doubt, when the whole are compiled and classified the gross totals will be something startling for such a recently settled neighborhood ; but I do not think they are as complete in their arrangements for obtaining full information respecting what is actually being done as they might be They do - not show as the why and the wherefore, and by the time when such are printed for public use, they are no more an item of present dependance than an almanac for 1766. A year in such a place as the Logan is about equal to a century in an old country, as regards reclamation and Cultivation. I take it to b*>the future every jfcjjfr wants to see into from .the collection. To MJkVhat may be safely set down at any time from a former proportion is not always a sure way in new places,—some sort of column for estapation of probable increase for next year erenbody at present could have filled in, and it would be a great guide. There is a column whereby one could tell the annual value i of the Queensland gardens, but there is not a ' column from which we can tell what the whole | of Australia would like to know—the annual j value of our agriculture. The returns for stock j are not as complete as the English returns were f when they happened to be collected. There is flo place for the poultry. Neither do the . population returns say whether the people are i^Uts or children, or whether they are wholly ' H^aged in ogrioiiltureJ^r not. Like the table j ' cattle, which includes calves, and that for : sheep, including lambs, the return for the agri- M^l^irist includes the eliildren. A great many ' MWDIe that live upon other people's land are ; > wit noticed, and the returns miss very nearly I all the labor. Being taken at New Tear's Day, one-half the young men from the Logan would be in town at that time. I have my own data only as yet; but I believe that on the Logon Biver, in the Agricultural Reserves, and in the parish of Boyd, we have 160 families averaging ; about 5, which gives us 800 people. This, of • course, docs not include any of the cattle ; stations or the timber getters, nor yet any of ! tn* sagar plantations on the Albert or between j it and the Logan. I believe that, as regards the n. w road to the Logan River, the popula tion aiv about equally situated above and below , Slack's Creek, so that the road, if made on ' Slack's old route, as before stated, will fairly I suit all on the Logan, and it will also be as near I as any route yet devised for the Albert, Pirn- | pama, Coomera, and Nerang Creeks. I

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