MR. JACOB MONTEFIORE.
MR JACOB MONTEFIORE, one of the late Board of Commissioners for South Australia, arrived at Port Adelaide, by the Emma, on Sunday last, and
has, we understand, expressed himself highly pleased with all he has yet seen of the colony. Before he leaves, it is, we hear, Mr Montefiore's intention to visit the country districts, and in form himself from personal observa tion of the progress actnally made in the developmeut of our great capabili ties. As one of those engaged in (lie early struggles of our history, (he colonists, we feel persuaded, will not allow Mr Montefioue thus to come among them without tendering him some public mark of their esteem.
The Times of the 15th December, con tains a paragraph stating that Colonel Gawler and Mr John Montagu had inter views with Lord Stanley at the Colonial office.
We understand that George Fife Angas, Esq., has abandoned all intentions of visit ing South Australia for the present, but some part of his family, it is said, will probably come out in] the Caleb Angas's next trip.
A droll paragraph or two appears in the Australasian Record o( September 29th, in reference to Port Grey, and its fortunate discoverer, but we have now left ourselves no room for their insertion. Suffice it to say, that Captain Grey's " book of fiction," as it is called, comes in for its share of re mark, and that parties in quest of " Port Grey," which is said to have been laid down by the aid of *' Kater's compass and King's chart," with " trigonometrical ac curacy," are still advised to " keep their weather eye out lest they should be caught on a lee-shore."
Our Colonial papers by the Dorset and Emma are of late dates, but they contain no very pressing news, not already given in former numbers of this journal. Under these circumstances we have excluded much of their contents, previously pre pared, and already in type, with the view of enablihg us to find more room for the Da vidson's news. Our latest from Sydney is April 29th, from Hobart Town April 16th, and from Launceston April the Bth. Our lee-way, in this respect, shall be brought up in our next.
The Hank arrived at Launceston from the Mauritius on the sth of April, and brought intelligence of the high price of grain and flour, as well as of sugar. When the Hawk reached the Mauritius there was no grain in the market, and some of the best flour sent thither from Launces ton realized 3£ dollars per 1091b. An American, with flour, called before the Hawk left, and the Deborah, from Laun ceston, with flour, &c, was entering Port Louis when the Hawk sailed on her return.
The ship Hooghly, Captain Bayly, sailed from Calcutta, early in December, for this port, having on board several passengers and a miscellaneous cargo of Indian goods. She arrived at Australind and Swan River early in March, sailed thence to Hobart Town, which place she reached on the 12th of April, whence she was bound for Port Adelaide, via Port Phillip, so that she may be looked for daily.
On Sunday, the captain of tbe St Croim having been warned at Port Lincoln of our heavy Port-chages, took the pre caution of anchoring off Kangaroo Island, and came up to the Port in his own boat for tbe purpose of procuring a few tons of potatoes. j
We have authority to state that, in future, whalers will be allowed to anchor at the Light Ship, and barter for pro visions free of all charges; bnt in tbe event of any 6hip's landing passengers, or cargo, such vessel will be liable to half tbe Port-charges.
Amidst the gaities and festivities of this evening on the celebration of the Queen's birthday we hope tbe soberer portion of the public will not forget that the Ade laide Teetotallers intend to have a tea drinking soiree in Mr Drummond's chapel; after which a public meeting will be held. The chairman, Mr John Stephens, is to deliver an address on Total Abstinence; and we hear he has in course of prepa- ration a series of Lectures on Hydro- pathy ; or, the Cold Water Cure, which he intends to inflict upon the public during the rainy season.
It is said that, formerly, the Chinese turf the art, now lost, of painting porcelain with fishes &c, in such a manner that the figures only became visible as the vases were filled with water. M. Duelas a French philosopher, has toe!; . pablitlted ? 4 7Vuiu( /or distkatina I a?mar De think* it witt bemrf briJitnai