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(By Telegraph from Our Correspondents.)
GOONDIWINDI, April 14
The first meeting this year of the Wag-<*> gamba Divisional Board was held yester-<*> day, when there was a full attendance of members. Mr. William James Hooper, of
Tallwood, was re-elected chairman for the eighth time. CUNNAMULLA. April 14. The weather is hot and dry, and the country is looking very parched. Bishop Stretch gave a successful lantern entertainment descriptive of the Diamond Jubilee on Monday night. Judge Paul opened the District Court sit tings on Tuesday. Timothy Cummins was arraigned on a charge of larceny, but no Crown witnesses appearing, the Crown Pro secutor obtained an adjournment of the case till September. The witnesses' bonds were estreated, and the prisoner was dis charged on his own recognisance. There was no other court business. GYMPIE, April 13. The Gynipie Dairy Company have let a contract for the erection of a factory build ing. The price is £695. MARLBOROUOH. April 14. A mob of 100 fat bullocks passed from Glenprairlo station for the trustees of the late Win. Pattlson's estate. Rockbampton, T. Price, drover, in charge ; 51 fat cows passed from Glenpralrie station for Mr. John Linnett, butcher. North Rockhamp ton, F. W. Hopkins in charge ; 230 fat cows from Tooloombah station for Lake's Creek passed on the Bth instant, P. Murray in charge ; 500 fat bullocks from Cother stone station for Lake's Creek passed on the 9th, Mr. J. T. Baker in charge. BUNDABERG, April 14. The Fairymead plantation will etart sugar crushing at the end of May. It ie estimated that the output of sugar this year in the Bundaberg, Isis, and Mary borough districts will exceed that of last year by 32,800 tons. COLLAROY, April 13. One hundred and fifty fat cattle are now starting from Collaroy for the St. Lawrence meat works. CLONCURRY, April 14. A large and successful meeting was held last night by the Cloncurry branch of the Guif Railway League to receive communica tions from all partß of the district in favour of presenting a petition to the Minister for Railways praying for the construction of the Normanton to Cloncurry railway by & syndicate. Two hundred and thirteen signatures have been obtained to the peti tion. Four hundred pounds worth of gold has been brought In from Top Camp in one beautiful specimen, composed of gold quartz scoria. HERBERTON, April 14. The tenth exhibition of the Herberton Mining, Pastoral, and Agricultural Associa tion was a pronounced success. Tha ex hibits were of the. average quantity and quality, and the attendance at the hall ani on the grounds was good, despite the un« propitious weather. The races yesterday were also a success, and provided good sport, the public being satisfied with the arrangements throughout. CAIRNS, April 13. The election o£ a member of the Cairns Divisional Board took place on Saturday, and the polling resulted as follows :—Hon. V Hood, 33 ; Mr. Lyons, 21. There was considerable excitement over the election. A good deal of interest is being taken over the action of the ratepayers in eu deavouring to oust Mr. Hansford, manager for Burns, Philp. and Co., from lhe Muni cipal Council. The action has been taken owing to Mr. Hansford's name not appear ing on the roll this year, though last year, when he was elected, his qualification was all right. As the voters' roll is altogether incorrect, it is thought that Aldermen Le vaux, Bardon, and Lyons, in addition to Alderman Hansford, are not entitled to tit. The reduction in the voting qualification from £120 to £60, rates not paid before the lot November, the revision notice being signed by the Mayor instead of the town clerk, and the details of the roll not being supplied according to schedule 2, are con sidered to render the election Illegal. The cane throughout the district is look *lng splendid, and there are anticipations of splendid croos at Aloomba. Mulgrave, and Hambledon. No land is now available for farmers at Hambledon. The Mulgrave farmers received 10s. per ion gross for their cane last season. It is understood here that the Hon. T. J. Byrnes will probably be a candidate for this electorate at the next election. At a meeting of the Municipal Council to night, there was again no quorum, owing to doubts being entertained as to the legality of the last election of aldermen. PORT DOUGLAS. April 13. Yesterday morning Mr. Montgomery re ported to the police that a mad Kanaka was robbing the Chinese huts at the Mowbmy RiYer. Constable Thie>fleld went out early in th» afiernoon, but b.fdre he arr.ved tl.r) news was received at lhe police-station: here that the Kar.aka had shot dead a Chinaman named Ah Say. Constable M'Car.hy. accompanied by th? Police Magis trate, immediately proceeded to the scene, where they found the body with a bullet bole from the right to the left side of the chest. When the Chinaman was shot he wm assisting a European to capture or take the arms from the murderer. The police found the tracks of the murderer leading towards Cairn*, but. cwirg to the darknese. they could not follow them up. The police vent out this morrlng in pursuit.
With regard to the telegram of our Cairna correspondent that the Hon. T. J. Byrne* would probably be a candidate for that con stituency at the next election, we have the lion, gentleman* assurance that the state ment is absolutely without foundation. His rtait to Cairns im in rekpone t» aa invita tion, and a desire to meet ol« friead*.