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The Adbertiser WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1889

The report of the Barossa Water Com mission was laid before Parliament yester-<*> d .y. The commission was appointed as the result of a motion submitted in the

Hotue of Assembly last sesaion by Sic John Downer, who strongly advocated the carrying ont of the well-known Bsrossa scheme. The report which has now been famished, as the ontcome of an investiga tion lasting about nine months, Is unfavor able to the undertaking, and for the purpose of Increasing the Adelaide and suburban water supply lends support to an alternative scheme, with which the public Is leu familiar. It la to be regretted th?t some trouble should have arisen with regard to the manner in which the commission was composed. Sir John Downer was origin ally appointed one of its members, and in the ordinary course would have had charge of the direction of the enquiry. He resigned the position, however, for reasons which, If not entirely satisfactory, were nevertheless by no means destitute of force. The late Government un doubtedly blundered in not bestowing upon the Hon. James Martin, WLL C, the father of the Barotsa scheme, a place upon the commission at the outset. Their ides appears tj have been that Mr. Martin could assist the Investigation better as a witness than as a Commissioner. But had he bsen associated with the enquiry in the latter capacity It wonld not have been impossible for him to give the information he pos sesses on the subject, while at the same time his services In connection with the examination of witnesses would have been of considerable value. Sir John Downer resigned partly because of the slight put upon Mr. Martin, and partly because with some exceptions all the other members of the commission who had been appointed started with an assumed bias sgalnst the scheme. This was deduced from the opinions expressed in their public speeches. The exceptions were a few of the members who had not publicly declared themselves upon the question, but even these were suspected ot being unfriendly to the project. In the words of Sir John Downer, te did not feel equal to the con duct of an investigation In which he would "have to fight single handed against the rest vt the commission." We have never bten able to entirely sympathise with bis attitude in this matter, but we recognise that In some respects he had fair grxand for dissatisfaction. To have selected a | commission from those legislators only who had expressed no opinion what ever on the subject of the enquiry would have been to exclude Irom the range of choice many of the most able and intelligent members of bjth Houses. But the Government were faced with the difficulty that, where opinions had been expressed, the view that gene rally found favor was that without further information it would be unirise for the State to undertake Mr. Martin's scheme. It certainly was nob fair to gentlemen whou attitode was of this descriptiin to suppose that they would not honestly en deavor to get at the facts as members of a commission appointed expressly for that purpose, or that they would not be prepared to modify their views with the access of new light If it tended to show that their original motions were mistaken. Still In vie if of the fact that he was deprived of the aid of the author of the project, who wss in the best posi tion to dirtct attention to its most favor

able aspect*, Sit John Djwner could hardly be blamed for declining to under- { Uke the management of an enquiry In which the majority of hb colleagues, how- j ever Impartial, wore at least sceptical as to the merlti of the scheme. After the j mischief had been done the late Govern- I ment thought better of their decision, and Invited Mr. Martin to join the com- j mUslon; bat that gentleman, not un naturally aggrieved by the treatment to which he had been subjected, declined to act. He was subsequently asked, and appears to have been willing, to give cvi- j deace, bnt for some reason or other he never appeared before the ommlsalon even as a witness. It la almost certain that advocates of the Barosaa scheme wil point to these circumstances as discounting the value of j the report. Even as it is, the commis sioners were not unanimous In their find- Icg, for one of them—the Hon. J. Warren j —prefers the Barossa scheme to that which met with the approval of his j colleagues. The suggestion ia almost sore to be made that had the commission been differently constituted Mr. Warren would not have been left so severely alone. We have not the least doubt that j the other commissioners Impartially con sidered the evidence elicited by their enquiry, though we confess that their conclusion Is disappointing. The lnveatl- j gatlon wu one of large scope, and the product is a bulky volume, embodying a great mats of varied information. Without careful study of Its contents it is Impossible to decide whether tbe report it jastlfied by the evidence, but the commissioners are to be credited In any case with having made an exhaus tive enquiry, showing clearly enough their anxiety to have all the facts placed before them before deciding on the questions submitted for their consideration. Toe report fa mainly of a destructive character. It is a heavy blow aimed not merely at the Bsrossa Irrigation and water supply pro ponds, but one auffielently heavy to de molish half a dozen other schemes that have been suggested with the object of Increasing tbe water supply of the metropolis. For various reasons the commission are unable to recommend any plan for adding to the supply from the Bivet Torrena or the Sixth Greek. These sources of supply are those which have been .most persistently put forward In opposition to the Barossa scheme, re garded apart from the question of Irriga tion ; but the commltsioners consider that the balance of advantage lies on the aide of a scheme for a reservoir on the Onkaparlnga at Happy Valley, to cost £413,000. It may be remembered that the Victorian engineer, Mr. Culcheth, condemned the irrigation features of the Barossa scheme, bat approved of it with Important modifica tions as an addition to the existing system of water supply for Adelaide and the enbnrba. Sir John Downer, on the other hand, proposed to spend tome £700,000, lncludlog the purchase of 50,000 acres of land, fcr the establishment of a State irrigation colony in the Biroasa dis trict, and he made out what seemed at the time to be a very good case. The commissioners arrived at a condcsion unfavorable to the construe tion of a reservoir at Barossa for purposes of Irrigation at present, and this left them for consideration the question simply of the beat site for additional storage of water to meet the growing demands of the city and its suburbs. Placing the Barms*. and Happy Valley schemes in comparison, they find that the latter is the more suit able. The matter of cost was not the cole determining factor, for such paints as the purity of the water, the liability of the Government for Injury to riparian rights, and other questions, were also taken Into account. Bat' on the ground of cost alone the Unkapatinga scheme was preferred ; and probably, If no part of the 7,000 millions of gallons of water that can be annually stored at Barossa is to be made use of for Irrigation purposes, the smaller scheme Is the better of the t«ro. In connection with the Barossa scheme prominence has always been given to its aspect as an irrigation un dertaking. If the irrigation proposals ate Impracticable, as the commission declares, there is an end of the matter; and so far as increased water supply is concerned, it Is doubtful whether Parliament will not consider even the Onkapatinga scheme one of much greater magnitude and expense than the circum stances warrant. The commissioners tell us that irriga tion from large storage reservoirs such as that proposed at Biro3sa most always be very costly. Really the question is one of capital cost, and that in its turn la determined by the natural conditions. Where these are highly favorable, Irrigation from storage reservoirs need not be costly at all. In Bear Valley, In California, 8,000 millions of gallons of water are preserved by a masonry wall 300 feet long and 60 feet high at a cost of £12,000. If at Birossa the works must be so expensive that water cannot be supplied for irrigation at a low rate —at the outside not more than a penny per thousand gallons—lt would be folly to construct them. The revised esti mate is £510,000 for a complete scheme to bring 6,000,000 gallons of water dally from Barossa to Hope Valley. After this drain on its resources the reservoir would still have 4,000 million gallons left as a year's supply for irrigation, sufficient to Irrigate 7,700 acres to a depth of 24 inches annually. The commission bad under consideration a scheme to bring this water to Smlthfield, where a proposed. Irrigation settlement had been planned, and for this the additional provision required Is esti mated at £112,000. 'When It is borne In mud that the -Lake Banney scheme provides for the irrigation of 0,000 acres with the same depth of water per annum for a total cost of £30,000, Including 34 miles of water channels and 40 miles of rabbit-proof fencing, it will be seen that the Smlthfield scheme softens greatly in comparison. Local feeling appears to be against it, and the evidence as a whole is unfavorable to it But the report makes no reference to the larger project which- Sir John Downer had In view, and the Baroaea echeme does not appear to have been considered Independently of the question of the Adelaide water supply. This at any rate ia the conclusion to be drawn from the report. In place of (pending £510,000 to conserve 7,000 million gallons at Barossa the commis sioners advise an outlay of £413.000 to conserve 2,760 million gallons at Happy Valley. This does not look like economy, but if Adelaide only takes six millions of gallons of waUr daily from a new source of supply, the cost calculated on the capital expenditure would be £234 per million gallons for Biroaaa against £198 foe Happy Valley. Wnenthecalculationdoesnotcon template theutilieation of all the water that can be conserved at Barossa, the figures tell against that scheme. The Hon. Mr. Warren in his dissent from the report was Influenced by the consideration that the additional cost of storing double the quan tity of water is proportionately so small that the Barossa scheme In this respect possesses a great advantage over the other. He says—**lf the extra water is sold at Is. 4d. per 1,000 gallons It will more than pay interest on the extea outlay." The commission do not propose that the whole community should be saddled with the coat of extending the Adelaide water supply. The area to be benefited is, of course, to pay the interest and working expenses, and this fact Is sufficient of itself to exdte opposition to any scheme that may be considered unnecessarily large for the object held In view.

South Australia Is now In the Federal Council, end though objections h*va not yet been wholly silenced, the force of public opinion should be strong enough to keep her In it. If this colony b firm In her adhesion It cannot be long before Ke«r Sooth Wales will be eompfeUed by

self-interest, If by no worthier motive, to abandon hat present position of laoUfetatu Toe proposed inonaae of the membership of the Council will tend to a great en largement of its Infinenoe. The Queens land and Taamanlan Parliaments hire already carried the necessary resolution*. Victoria will shortly follow suit, and South Australian legislators were yesterday asked by the Government to Uke similar aotlon. In both Houses the debates hare been adjourned, but It is to be hoped that this does not indicate the unwilliogneas of more than tbe Irreconcilable few to carry the motions submitted. As the South Australian representatives were primarily responsible fur the suggestion to increase the membership of the Council, it will be little to the credit of this colony if it should prove to be the only one whose Parliament refuses to endorse the scheme. Under the proposed plan South Australia will distinctly benefit. Her delegation to tbe Conncil will be increased from two to five members ; and Victoria, with more than three times the population, will have only one more—six being the maximum for a single colony. Population, with certain rettrictions, is a fair enough basis of representation for the federal body that now exists. The maximum is placed low enough to prevent a,t.y colony obtaining an inordinate share of the limited powers the Council Is entitled to exercise. A more completefederatlon would, of course, require a different arrangement. In Canada representation according to popu lation is applied strictly only to the lower Bouse of the Dominion Parliament. The principle is that Qaebec shall always have 65 members, and the other prortneas a proportional number accordlog to the population. In the nominated Senate Untarlo and Qaebec have each 24 members, Nova Scotia and New Bruns wick each 12, Manitoba and British Colombia each 3, and Prince Edward's Island 4 In the United States only the Lower House is constituted on the bids of population. The Benate represents tbe Btates, each of which, whatever Its population, has two and only two mem bers. Whenever there ia an Australian Federal Parliament the colonies as such will have to be represented in one of the two Homes, and only in the other will tbe principle of representation according to population be more folly acted on. Meanwhile the Federal Cjuncil may fairly be enlarged on the proposed lines. The population principle is recognised, but it is not pushed too far.

His Fxcellency the Governor prooeedi to Kapunda to morrow to visit the annual show of th« Kapunda and Light Agricultural and Horticultural Society. Hu Excellency will anive mt Kapunda at 1 o'clock and remain there for about three hours. The Chief Secretary did not oaenpy very much time in the House of Assembly on Tuesday in moving the adoption of an address to the Qaeen praying that the number of South Australian representatives to the Federal Council may be increased fron two to five. He was followed by Mr. blynn, who enjoined ciution in dealing with the Fader*! Council, as otherwise they would postpone the establishment of a true system of federation. Tee debate was adjourned, on the motion of Mr. Jenkins until Thursday. The disssssion on tte Crown lands Bill wn continued by Mr. fiasedow and Mr. Duncan, and no one eke being inclined to speak the Commissioner of Crown Lands replied, and the second reading of the Bill was agreed to. In committee dames I and 2 were passed. After some debate the second reading of the Electoral Districts Bill was curried, and in committee alterations were made in the boon daiies of other dutrieta than those originally contemplated. After this the House proceeded to deal with the Estimates. Mr. Moale ai a bind of preliminary venturing the euggestion that it would be a good thing to send the Civil Service Commission to the Northern Territory to make enquiries into the service there. The Ertunates for the Attorney- General* Department were agreed to withojt amendment, although there was*ome can eiderable talk respecting the redaction of the ralsries of Mr. Beddome and Mr. Fenn. The Premier was anxious that farther votes ehoald be taken, but turn, numbers generally were duinclined for work, and at twenty minatej to 11 o'clock the House adjourned. In the legislative Council on Tuesday toe Minister of Education moved fjr an address to be pretested to the Qaeen, asking h«r Msjesty to increase the nnmber of Sonth Aus tralian members to the Federal Council from two to five. Considerable opposition was shewn to the proposition, ana the debite was afjinrned "for • week. The Glenelg Railway Bin was read * third time and pateed, and the debate on toe Agent General Bill was concluded by the recommittal of the measure. In committee. Dr. Magarey endea vored to have the proviso stipulating that Sir Arthur Biyth ehonld have the first term of office under the Act struck out, bat the Council was against him. The term, however, was again reduced from five to three yean, after which the BUI was reported. The Minister of Education then moved the second reading of the Northern Territory Lands BUI, giving an able statement of the present position of oar to called "white elephant." Mr. Scott fol lowed, alter which the debate was adjourn 3d till to-day*! when the Council aits again, Messrs. Nash and Gould, M.P.'s. waited o tip chairman of the Bail way Commissioners on Tuesday morning to a*k that all the trains on the Port line ahooU * top at Croyden. The Commissioner promised to give the matter due consideration. We received on Tuesday ss. from F. J. Oram, Pencla, for the .London dock laborers' fund, making the total amount that has been forwarded to ns £2,012 7a. 9d. Elsewhere the mayor (Mr. J. Shaw) announces that he is desirous of dosing the fund on the 30th inst., and kquests that outstanding lists may be for warded to him on or before that date, Mr. W. A. Horn, M.P.,haa been induced by the other directors of the Broken Hill mine to withdraw the resignation of his seat on the board. The directors, who have gone to Broken Hill for their half-yearly inspection of the mine, have promised, if they return in time, to meet the Adelaide shareholders on Friday next. The Minuter of Education has approved of the following appointments: — Alfred Wil liams, headmaster. Wallaroo, from Port Victor; Emile S. Masson, head teacher, Aneaston, from Naime; Thos. Roger*, head master,. Port Victor, from E4ithbnrgh; Edmund Kennedy, headmaster, Nairne, from Bnowtown; Stephen Carter, headmaster, Edithbncgb, from Warookt i John Jones, headmaster, Snowtown, from (assistant) North Adelaide; Eli Denton, headmaster, Warooka, from (aseuUnt) Parkside. News was received in Port Adelaide on Man day of the death at Port Louis of Captain J. J. Klair. formerly commander of the Hannah Nicholson, trading between Port Adelaide and Mauritius. The rtenwnrt gentlemen, who was a nephew of Captain Bickers, arrived in this colony in 1861, and on completing his edoca tioD entered the merchant service, InlB79hewM appointed to the command of the Hannah Nicholson, and after making several voyages in her settled at Port Louis. Deceased was a brother of Mr. J. B. Blair, of Port Adelaide, who on Monday received intelligence that Captain Blaixhaddiedon August 30 of typhoid fever, at the early age of 30, leaving a widow and two children. The forty-ninth half yearly meeting of the Imperial Permanent Building and Investment Society was held at die secretary's office, Waymonth'Street, on Tuesday evening. Tae chairman (Mr. A. S. Devenitb) presided over • moderate attendance. The report and balscce-eheet were, on the motion of Mr. O. J. Webb, read and adopted. The objurman congratulated the shareholders on the fact that notwithstanding the prevailing dulness in the building bade the society had been enabled to declare a profit of 3s. per share for each share ?iz months old and cany forward £396 13*. lld. to provide for possible losses, as against 2s. Sd, profit per share for the previous half year. The retiring directors, Messrs. A. P. Jones and W. H. Holmes, were unanimously te circled, acd a vote of thanks to the direc tors and the eecreUry closed the meeting. Mr. Giles presented a petition to the House of Aeseicbly on Tuesday afternoon from 69 residents of Mannanarie, aekmg that a sum might be put on the Estimates tor the parpace of repairing their road running in the direction of Jamestown. The petition showed that the main road for about four miles was in rash a bad condition that it was positively unsafe for travelling. The flow of water had cat in numerable channels in it, tome being three feet in depth, and vehicles had often been cap sized in broad daylight, the drivers being unable to avoid the bad places. The local district council bad informed the petitioners that they had not sufficient funds at their command to put the road in proper repair, and the petitioners therefore asked that an amount might be granted to 6U np the obannels and construct a proper flow for the water with an outflow into the Mannanarie Creek. Messrs. T. H. Murray, of Mount Beebor, and W. A. Murray, of Cappeedee, the well known sheepbreeders, when at Melbourne at the national show purchased seven head of polled Angas cattle, namely, one bull and six

heifers. The bull {Urich), which was 10 rconths'old, took the seoond prize in his class at the Melbourne show, sod his sire (Solomon's Son) waa the first prizetaker at the Sydney Ce?teonial ahow in 1888 and-abo at the West Bourke show, Vtotoria. Udoh is a re roarkably well grown animal for his age, and baa never been forced or pimpered. Tae heifers were specially aelected from N«w Zealand stock, tbe progeny of imparted ff?*i- These are the first lot of polled Aogas cattle imported to South Australia, and the Messrs. Murray deserve every credit for their enterprise. In England these cattle are con-   cidered the best beef producers, and command tbe highest prices in the different meat markets. Xbu importation, tde jiint property of Mesrrs. T. H. and W. A. Hurray, ?U1 be kept at Cappeedee, near Hallett. Tbe cbeo of the liquidators of the Commercial I Bask of S-mtb Australia against ths directors was again before Mr. Justice Boucaut. etttina; in cbambt non Tuesday morning, air. J. H. Sjmon, Q C, and Mr. E If. Nesbit applied on behalf of Messrs. Rischbeith and Tarlton (late j director« of tbe bank) that paragraphs 3 and 9 of the claim of tbe liquidators should be J struck ont or amended. It was contended that paragraph 3 stated that tbe liquidator* j approved of tbe action attaint the directors, tbe inference being that the liquidators were sot actually bringing the action, and this in ference was taken exception to. Paragraph S I read that dividends bad been pud oat of " capital," and it was objected that it should | have read that dividends bad been paid ont of "subscribed oapital." His honor alloTad the oVjectionable portion of paragraph 3 to be | strode out, and the other paragraph was altered in tbe direction indicated. Sir J. W. Downer, QO, a>ked on behalf of Means. Tennant and S?Iom (tiro other directors) that the writ should be ret aside together with the writ and claim in the action. Paragraph 3 was objected to on the same grounds as in the fiat instance, acd it waa alf o contended that tbe sanction of tbe conrt had not been obtained by the liqni dators to bring lbs action. Tb'u mmmoai was not upheld, afessrs, Kingston, QC, Grandy, and Buchanan appearing for the liquid btors. A petition was presented by Mr. Jonkini to tbe Howe of Assemble on Tuesday afternoin, atkioK that compensation might be given to Mr. H. D Melville, late chief clerk of the Forest Department and warden of goldfields in tbe Northern Territory, on the ground that while employed in the latter position he con tracted a disease of the eye (cataract}, which bad to an extent incapacitated him from work The petition showed that Mr. Melville in all bit lopk connection with the public service— some 33 years—be bad never bad any" eutarue patted on Mm. His compulsory retirement in 18fc7 acd bis inability to obtain anyemploy rcentowinji to bis defective sight, bad placed him and bis femily in a very painful position, and it was shown on the opinion of the doctors th?t the malady from which he suffered would debar him from undertaking any olerioal duties, nor wonld he be able to bear exposure to the son. and in such a condition be was little able to da anything to support himself and family. The petitioners tbonght that v an old and faitbM servant who had spent all the active years of his life in the public service without a blemish on bis character, Mr. Melville deserved the Bjmpatby and support of the House; and be lieving bis cue to be very exceptional, and one of extreme hardship, they hoped that the House wonld be pleated to take the f aot into consideration, and award him such oornpansa tion as they might deem equitable and j<ut. There were 95 signatures attached to the petition. Ibe model of the StrMbnrg clock drew good houses on Tuesday afternoon and evening. Tbe OgiU Bros, pleased all who were present at Garner's Booms on Tuesday evening by their arousing entertainment, and as a minstrel company they have premier claims to pablic recognition. She farcical comedy of "Tbe Gr?>ahopp9r" was usceeMfuUy repeated at the Theatre Rival on Tuesday evening, when Miss Jennie Lse and bcr company gained tbe plaudit* of all who •t re present. The pieoe will be repeated this evening. At a meetine of shareholders in theSiutu Australian Natural Flux Oompany, held at tbe Arbitration-room, Royal Exchange, on Toes da), it was resolved that the funds in hand" after payment of all charges be. divided prj rate among the contributing shareholders. We have received a copy in pamphlet form of the paper on the " Geological Structure and Physical Features of Central Australia" real before tbe Royal Society i* April but by Mr. J. J. East. It is an interesting paper, and has bound np with it a piate showing sections of tte country described. A child named Alexander Ltnder, aged 8 year*, was no over by a tramcar, in Grenfell stnet, on Tuesday evening, and sustained a compound fracture of tbe thigh. The little fellow wm conveyed to the Adelaide Hospital, where he is progressing aa well as could be expected. Mr. W. A. Davison, formerly manager of the Blackwood brickworks, has joined Mr. O. B. Jone*. of Ballarat, in partnership, and they have just been successful in securing a contract from the Victorian Railway Department for tbe maoufoctnre of 30 double bogie brake vans, which are to be completed within 14 months. Mr. A. H. Byer. Prov. G.S.. LO.OF. M.U, received a telegram from Melbonme oa Tuesday stating that Mr. J. S. Hart, the corresDondirg secretary of the soaiety in Victoria daring the last 25 years, died on Tuesday morning. The deceased was a brother of tbe late Mr. D. 8. Hart, of thii city- Mr. J. Stone, of la*kb B?y. and one of the members of tbe S A- Stevedoring Company, met with an accident at Port Victor on Mon day afternoon. He was superintending ths loadirg of the steamship Sake of Ddvoruhire, when be missed bis footing and fell doarn the bold. Be was badly hurt, but his injariea are not of a serious character. The judges (Hon. F. W. Holder, and Messrs. H. C. Evans and W. J. Sowdenl of tbe im promptu csiay written at the Town Hall daring the progress of the late literary com petition have given their decision as follow*: — First prize to Mr. E. P. Sells, of St. Imke's Literary Society; and aeoond prize to Mr. W. H. Selway. jun., of North Adelaide Young Men's Society. Mr. J. Car;on, of Port Adelaide, has shown at ror Port office a sample of butter whioh he states was made by the American system of placing tbe cream under ground. The cream was wrapped in a piece of linen and left for 21 hoars boned a short distance under th« soil. At tiie expiration of that time tbe butter was fully made. It looks well and has an ex cellent taste. Mr, Daihway. s> member of the Silban- Sttik combination, who is now in Dr. Gardner's private hospital, is suffering from an injury to tbe leg and not to the wrist, at we stated a few day* ago. The injury is the remit of an accident at Broken fitll, where one ot tbe Silbon brothers also met with a disaster and broke bis collarbone. Mr. Djsh way hopes to be able to resume iiU place in the Silbon company in four or five weeks. An entertainment waa given in the Gonjrer etreet Academy on Monday evening by the Corret Entertainment Party in aid of the Maley fond. There was a small attendance, oaring to so many other attractions. Some good toigs were rendered by Misses Frearsoa and BJley, and a prettylballad, " Barney, take me home/by Miss Harlow. Songs were also given by Messrs. Thrash and Teale. The pro gramme concluded with a laughable farce. Mr, N. Pasunore and F. Mongoven officiated as end men. The Garrick Club will this evening pla 56t« o original plays by Mr. Guy Boothby on the boards at the Albert Ball. "Memories," a one-act domestic drama, will first be presented, and this will be followed by '.'The Nabib." a farcical comedy. The members of the club have been rehearsing for tbe past couple of months and have beoome proficient in their parts, lord and Lady Kintore and suite have signified their intention of being present, and m a good many seats have been booked it is probsbje that the amateurs will be favored with a DUUIEIOIIB sMIQXOIIOC* The attendance ii daily increasing at the Exhibition Rink. On Tuesday evening every number on the programme was received with applaure, Mr. Hunt especially getting quite an ovation. The Electric Orchestra was quite complete, and tbe wonderful manner in which Herr Benier manipulated it caused considerable astonishment. liittle Eiillian did her shooting amidst considerable applause. This afternoon there is to be a special children's matinee, so as to afford those who cannot leave home in the evening an opportunity of witnessing the sorelties To-morrow night will bs a select evening, when there will be no skating until after the performance, and the programme will be commenced at 8 o'clock. The half-yearly business meeting of the Trinity Literary Society was held on Toes day evening. There was a (rood attendance, presided over by Mr. W. Eebbeck. The sea retarv's report showed that the society had done a good amount of work during the half year. The treasurer (Mr. F, Lindow) gave bis financial statement, indicating a substan tial credit balance. The following officers were elected for the earning half year:— Vice presidents, Messrs. W. Kebbeck, W. Shake pears, and J, Donnell; corresponding sec retary, Mr. J. K. Lawton; treasurer, Mr. F. Lindow; librarian, Mr. J. Marvel!; minute secretary, Mr. W. T. Dobson; and onion delegates, Messrs. W. Shakespeare and W. T. Dobcon. For the art class teachers'certificate awarded by the authorities at Bouth Kensington, the officer of examinations forwarded to Adelaide in March last tbe four works rrqiired to be submitted by the South Kensington Baenee and Art Department, from candidates (or the certificate. These were worked by Mr.

James Keane, assistant muter of tha School of. Design and master of tha Pott Adelaide Branch School of Design. By thit nuil advice baa been, received that three of thaw works have been accepted, viz.:—Stage la, Geometric problem*; stage Bb. Oatlioa from otnament in low relief; stage 6b. Drawing from ornameat in high relief, or from easts of fruit, ebaded in chalk. Stage 6a. Shadsd drawing of group of models m worked in sepia instead of in pencil or chalk, and on that aeeonnt wai rejected. "Spain and ita Moorish marvels" wai the (abject of Professor Dickinson's leetare at ttte Town Hall on Taesday evening. This is ons of the best lectures of the professor's reper toire, and it is to be regretted that the mndienea was a email one. Aided by a series of beau tiful and effective limelight views admirably sanaged and thrown upon a large cravat, the professor gave a capital idea of piotareiqa-i Spain. His narrative of the ten years' straggle between the Ghristians and Moots was excsei ingly interesting, and so was bis description of the Palace of the Alhambra and other historical buildings. He was attentively listened to throughout, and was frequently loudly applauded. This evening Professor Dickin son is announced to make bis last appear ance here, when by the wish of the Donates* of Kintore, who will be present, he will re deliver bis lecture on "Picturesque New' Zealand," admission to which will be free by ticket*, which may be obtained at Woodman's mnuc warehouse. A successful concert was given'in St. Peters Town Hall in aid of the Uollege Park Congregational Church on Taesday evening, and there was a large attendance. The pro- RTMnme opened with Pattuon's cintatt, ** Sherwood's Qaeen," a toaetol compoiitiou, the libretto of which v written by A. J. Fox welL In this the tenor >Ale of Ribin Hiod wai custained by sir. W. 9. O. Hillary, that of Allan-a-dale (tenor) by Mr. A. E tltwkes, and Little John (basso) by Mr. W. G. Cooper, while the part of Marian (soprano) was appor tioned to Miss Vandepeer, that of a widow soprano) to Miss laenhagen, and of Alice (con tralto) to Mies Dawson. The second por tion brought Mrs. Johnion James on the platform, where she rendered Curen't "The better land" in a manner which evoked an imperative encore, to'which the lady re sponded with "loan remember the old songs." Mr. W. P. C. Hillary followed with *' But of all;" while Mrs. Runny, who nest appeared, was to successful in Suoton-Dolby's "He thinks I do not love him" that she hid to re appear and give the last verse ones more before tbe audience were satisfied. Toe Adelaide Glee dab tendered " Blow, blow, than winter wind," under the condactorehip of Me A. Walmsley, subsequent to which Mrs. Johnson James aaain thoroughly pleased the audience with her rendition of two old English ditties, "A lullaby," and "Sand me a lover, St. Valentine;" and being called upon to respond to the consequent continued plaudit* she favored those present with "Oh, for a ha* band." Ijohr'a "Oat of the deep" wai tbe selection of Mr. W. G Cjoper, Mrs. R>miiy following with' "A. mother's love" (H-?p9 Temple), the last vene of which she repeated in response to an enthusiastic encore. Tha "programme was brought to a dose by the Glee dob rendering "Stan of the summar night," one of Hatton's serenades. Miss Liwrence acd Mr. A. Walmoley accompanied the singer* throughout the evening, and special praise v due to tbe latter for his energy in organising tbe concert. "Great American Preachers X have known" was the subject of a lecture delivered by the Rev. F. Hattiruts at the N. A. Congregational ltctnre ball on Tuesday evening. The Hon. J. H. Gordon (Minuter of Education) presided, and there was a large attendance. Toe lecturer, who has >is|ted America sis times; and resided there for three sears, referred in a chatty style to the striking points of tbe various famous preachers of the Great Republic, and told a cumber of anecdotes about each in a style which carried bis audience with him He re ferred to Dr. Wilkes of Montreal, Mflbam, the blind Methodist preacher and chaplain of tbe Senate. Dr. Hoge, the friend of Stonewall .> nekton. Dr. Oayler, Talmage, Dr. John Hall, Dr. W. M. Taylor, Dr. Phillip Brookes the millionaire preacher. Dr. Olopin, Henry Ward Eetcher, Moody tbe evangelitt, and Albert Barnes'the venerable commentator, who at one time preached for Mr Hastings; Dr. Hall, the Chancellor of the New York Univeraitr. known as the " millionaire preacher," besaute fee was supposed to be worth a millijo of money; bis marriage fees were esti mated to total 30.0C0 dollars a year. Ward Beecher, was in the lecturer's estimation tbe greatest American preacher he htd met, acd he was probablj the greatest preacher of the century. He did not consider that he wis luperiorto Sogeoe Bertie*, tbe great Frensh (teacher, in culture of utterance, but in all ether points he was bis tuonrior. He also ra temd to the Re?. W. Warren, who hid become celebrated as the "contract ?barer," as bis church had to pay 1,000 dolUn for bringing him from England under engagement contrary to the statute passed for the parp->s3 cf preventing laborers being introduce 1 under contract. He was sot a great prea&er. bat the friendly action which bad arisen, in onae quence of bis arrival, made him at one time we moet'talfced of preacher in the States. Mr. Huliccs also deteribed some of the ma?cis cent churches of America, costing £i0J,090. and at tbe close of bis discourse was asc&ded a hearty vote of thanks. A collection was trade in aid of the church renovation fund. The fourth annual banquet in connection with tiie Christian Brothers' Old Collegians' Association was held in the Caledonian Hall, Victoria-square, on Tuesday evening. There were about fcO gentlemen present, and Principal O'Brien, in the absence of bis Grace Archhuhop Reynolds, who was unavoidably prevented from being present, occupied the chair. As excellent repast having beendonefoll justice to, and the toasts of "His Holiness the Popp," and '-' The tjieen" honored, the Hon. J. V. O'Loghlin. MX C. propwvl "The association and officers" He briefly refeired to the objects of tbe association, and expressed the hope that it would continue to grow in strength, and that each succeeding annual gathering would be even more enejess ful than the preceding one. Mr. Austin Hewitt (secretary), in replying, mentioned that the association was in a thoroughly sound financial position, and showed an increasing membership. The meetings of old collegians bad been well attended daring the past year, and the elocution debates and prepared papers bad been fully up to those of previom years. Mr. 3. J, Supple (treasurer), abo reipwded, Mr. J. P. Lynch gave " Our alii-.t mater." He allndcd to the incests which had attended put fchclars of the Christian Brothers' College, and spoke in eulogistic terms of the work bring earned on there under the able adminis tration of Principal O'Brien. The toast was received with great enthusiasm, and Principal O'Brien, in responding, said it was nearly 11 years since he came out to take charge of tbe school. Since then not a single thing had occurred to mike him think that the affection he felt for bis pupils had been misplaced. (Applause.) It sac bis proud boast that there was not one of bis former pnpiU in Adelaide and South Ans faalia, who had not grown np respecting them selves and respected by otnere, and who did not owe in a Rreat measure the noble principles which governed their conduct to the lessons they had received within the walls of their alma mater. (Applause) Mr. A, Lynch submitted the toast of "Our native land," to which Mr, D. A. Murphy responded. The company then tang with great .enthusiasm "The Song of Australia." Mr, H. Divis proposed ''3910 Parliament." The Hon. J. V. O-Loghlin, M.L.C. replied on behalf of tbe Upper Home, and Mr. P. Me M. Glynn, M.P.. and Mr. a Nash, M P., for the House of Assembly. Other toasts, including "The Patron" and "The Visitors" were honored, and the eiening, which was enlivened with j eoDgs and recitation?, was passed in a most enjoyable manner. The adrertlse-nents with reference to amusement! appear on the second page. Ptcfeecor Ires will give an organ recital in the Xo wa Ball this evening. The Melbourne-street UUtion School Church, .North Adelaide, will be dedicated by Bishop Kenoion this J suing. The saend cantata "The building ot the Tern Die' •111 be gireo tonight to the ToebKtOD Town Hallbv I it Franklin-street literary Society.

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