THE DOG ACT.-Yesterday, not less than twenty-two persons were summoned to appear at the Police Court, to answer charges of having unregistered dogs in their possession, and were severally fined in ten shillings, with five shillings
CAPTAIN INNES. -It is reported that the Magistrates intend presenting an address to this gentleman, on his being removed from the Superintendence of the Police of Sydney. We have no doubt but the respectable portion of the inhabitants will cordially join in the same, or in getting up a similar one, for the effective manner in which he has conducted that department. One of the best evidences of his having do so is, that the canaillé of the town are rejoicing in no measured tones at the contemplated change.
CAUTION TO TICKET-OF-LEAVE HOLDERS.
Yesterday, Patrick Lynch, holding a ticket-of leave for Pittwater, having been found drunk in Sydney, his ticket was recommended to be can- celled, and himself to be returned to Hyde Park Barracks. Mr. Brenan informed him that it was his invariable practice to recommend cancellation of the tickets of every ticket-holder convicted before him of being drunk. The immense num- ber of ticket-of-leave holders who have passes from the Magistrates in the interior to come to Sydney at this season of the year is any thing but creditable to the sagacity of those who grant them, as in nine cases out of ten, although they have been applied for ostensibly for what are apparently proper purposes, the real cause of these applications have been to hold their Christmas in Sydney with their old friends, and there is little doubt but many of them will return to their districts laden with stolen pro- perty, for the purpose of being sold in the
On Friday an inquest was held on the body of a child, aged about two years, who had been accidentally drowned by falling into an old well, in the yard attached to its parents' residence, in Essex-lane, on the preceding Sunday afternoon. Surgeon M'Kellar having certified that death had been caused by drowning, a verdict in accordance with the testimony was returned.
SYDNEY GENERAL COURT OF QUARTER SESSIONS.-This Court commences its sittings to-morrow, with about forty cases for trial.
THE SYDNEY BROTHELS.-Since Monday the keepers of about half a dozen of these dens have been committed to take their trial.
KEEPING DOGS.-Parties imagine that they can get off by pretending that the dogs for which they are summoned are not theirs ; but this is a popular error, as, if an unregistered dog is found on the premises, and proved to be a frequenter of the same, they are liable for the penalty.
An old man, named Thomas Sherwin, was yesterday had up before Captains Innes and Brown, on a charge of fraud, for presenting an order, of which the subjoined is a copy, to Mr. Borton, publican :-" Pitt-street, December 29, 1840. I desire you to advance me fifteen shil- lings on account of my wages, having been upwards of six months in your service under the superintendance of Mr. James Aukins. To Mrs. Terry, ; Pitt-strect. - James S Coodan." On the back, there was the following indorsement : " This order I believe to be a complete defraud. I know of no such name as Sherwin being in the employ of Mrs. Terry. (Signed) James Garfield, Mrs. Terry's Office, Pitt-strcet, Syd- ney, December 29, 1840." The presenter, of the above note, S Coodan alias Sherwin, was dis- charged, as thc indorsement was esteemed by the Bench a proper check to the order being used for the purpose of obtaining cash or credit
WlNSTANLEY V. DAVIS.-On Saturday night last, between eleven and twelve o'clock, after the theatre had closed, the Misses Winstanley, their parents, and several friends were repairing to their residence in Clarence-street, when after
they had gone along King street a number of boys and youths, covered with cabbage tree hats, and calling themselves natives of the Colony, began annoying and insulting thc party, and carried their impertinence so far as to pull off each others' hats and fling them at the females, using such languagc as it was repeatedly sworn was unfit to be named in court ; one of their hats lighting before the younger lady, the sister, lest she should tread on it, kicked it off the path, on which an urchin named Charles Davis, a well known leader of the gang, not more than four feet and a few inches high, and who had repeatedly before insulted the complainant, walked up and coolly told the young lady he had a good mind to give her a kicking, for attempting to tread on the cabbage tree. Miss Winstanley also stated, that she had been re- peatedly insulted by the same gang. Mr. Nichols who appeared for the defence, submitted that although his client was a very ill-bred, impudent urchin, yet, as he had said when uttering the threat complained of, that if they were not women, he would kick them, that no case had been made out for binding him to keep the peace. He was not aware that cabbage tree hats and black ribbons had ever been adopted as the badge of his countrymen, but if it had, he thought it was a highly improper use they made of the ensignia of Australia; in his opinion the sooner the party who carried on such conduct as his client had been charged with, gave it up, the better for themselves and the public peace ; he thought that all the bench were legally entitled to do, was to reprimand his client, and turn him over to his parents to receive the discipline of the rod. After Captains Innes and Brown had consulted for some minutes the former stated, that the bench entirely coin- cided with the view of the case, taken by Mr. Nichols, at the same time he felt it his duty, as thc conservator of the public peace, to inform the cabbage tree, mob, consisting of not more than from thirty to forty brats, that he had given strict orders to the constables, to keep a sharp look out after them, and he promised them that so soon as any of them we're taken and a charge brought home against them, whatever
it might be, they should have the heaviest penalty indicted that the law allowed. It was not to be tolerated that a parcel of brats were to be allowed to annoy the theatre or any other place of public amusement in that manner which the same gang had for a considerable time been making a practice of. It also came within his knowledge that respectable females such as the complainant in the present case were not the only individuals who had been in- sulted by them in thc public streets, as it was but the other day, that a party of these cabbage tree blackguards had threatened to send one of the inspectors of the police home with his head under his arm. He coincided with Mr. Nichols as to their not going to the theatre, it they were not pleased with the actors, and would go farther and say, that the parents of these boys were not doing their duty by allowing them to go there at all; he thought they had better chastise them and turn them to bed without supper every night they misbehaved themselves. He then cautioned the defendant as to his future conduct, and hoped that the lesson he had read him would be a warning to him and his impertinent ill-bred associates, and dismissed the case having previously intimated that he should in future have a force sufficiently strong in the theatre, to apprehend the whole gang if ever
they again were guilty of creating any disturb-
NEW ZEAKAND THIEVES.-Some time since a person named Thomas Nowlan, residing in New Zealand, had occasion to visit Sydney for the purpose of purchasing a vessel, and left his house in the charge of his barmaid, named Elisabeth M'Gee, alias Mackie, alias Johnson, alias Jackson, and his lodger, John Smith. During his absence the barmaid and lodger decamped, taking with them £100 in sovereigns, besides whatever else was of value in the house. On his- return to New Zealand, having had information that the parties had come to Sydney, Nowlan returned hither. The first sight he got of Smith was after he had been brought ashore from the Harliqueen, in which he had taken his passage to New Zealand, by Hayes the Hyde Park runner, who apprehended him as a run
away from the Derwent, having been absent six or seven years. When taken, Smith denied having any property on board; on his being lodged in Hyde Park, Police runner Brodie was despatched on board the vessel to bring the female ashore, and after repeated inquiries ascertained that there was a box on board, belonging to Smith, together with some boxes, bedding, &c., alleged by the female to be hers. On the boxes being opened there was found in them about fifty silver coins of various kinds, which arc similar to a number of coins taken from Nowlan's house in New Zealand ; there was also a gold anchor brooch which he has identified, together with a great number of other articles, all of which Nowlan has claimed as his property. Smith accounted for his posses- sion of the articles by stating that he got them from the female, but asserted that he was free. He has been remanded to Hyde Park Barracks in order to be identified, and will, with the female, be brought up for examination to-day.
Died, on the 12th June, at New York, in Ame- rica, aged 68, Daniel Wheeler, formerly of Shef- field, and late of Petersberg, in Russia, a highly valued member, .and for many years a devoted minister, of the religious body of Friends. Dur- ing the interval of 1834 and 1838, with the concurrence of his friends in Europe, he per- formed a religious mission to many of the islands in the South Pacific Ocean, where his labours were found to be highly satisfactory and useful to both the missionaries and many of the natives there ; and on the late occasion he was about to close a visit of similar pious benevolence to some parts of the United States.-[This gentle man was in this Colony in 1837, being owner of
the schooner Henry Freeling, the first temperance ship we believe that sailed in the South Pacific. Mr. Wheeler was in company with Messrs. Backhouse and Walker, the deputation from the Society of Friends, who remained in this and the ncigbouring Colonies for nearly three years.]
INTERESTING TO THE SCIENTIFIC-In the ab- stract of the Meteorological Observation taken at Port Phillip and at Port Macquarie, during the Month of November last, as published in yesterday's Herald, under the head of " Com- parative Statement of the prevalent winds &c.," it will be found that precisely the same winds happened at the same time in both places, and of a somewhat singular order. The month be- gan with the wind at north, and by regular de- grees eastward passed all round the compass, settling on the thirtieth day at the commencing point. The latitude of Port Phillip is about 30° south, longitude 145 E. The latitude of Port Macquarie is about 31° 30 S. Longitude
COOK'S RIVER.-On Saturday last, the Lord
Bishop 0f Australia consecrated the new burial ground, attached to St. Peter's Church, on the New Town Road. (The site forming part of the original donation from Robert Campbell, Esq., M.C.) Divine service was performed at 4 p.m., by the Rev. Thomas Steel, B. A., assisted by the Rev. M. M. Simpson, Acting Chancellor ; after which the congregation assembled in the church yard, when the ceremony took place according to the appointed form. An impressive extempora- neous address was delivered by the Right Rev. Prelate, who very appositely adverted to the circumstance of the day being that of St. Ste- phen, the first martyr, and also within but a few of the close of the year; reminding his hearers of the possibility of some who were then pre- sent (mostly residents of the district), being interred in that spot-before the next anniversary of that day, and therefore exhorting them to the practice of piety and holiness. The weather was very propitious, and the proceedings conducted with the greatest solemnity.
CRICKET MATCH.-Should the weather prove at all favourable to-morrow (New Year's day) the Cricket match, between eleven members of the Australian and eleven members of the Victoria Clubs, will be played on the Hyde Park Cricket ground.
MORPETH.-The Lord Bishop of Australia proceeded by the Victoria steamer, on Monday evenings to Morpeth, to consecrate the new Church lately erected by E. C. Close, Esq., to
be called St. James's. The ceremony will take place this day (Thursday) at .! e. M. This edi- fice has cost about £U>00, besides which Mr. Close has given land for a parsonage" and burial ground, most valuably situated, making this gentleman's gift to the Church equal to at lenst £301)0. Such instances of munificence rarely arc recorded. The Bishop, during bis present visit lo the district, will also lay thc foundation stone of n Church nt Hexham, to be denomi- nated St. Paul's, at which place a parsonage lins already been built, and n clergyman (Rev. II. T.
. Thc principal drapers of Sydney have deter- mined lo close their establishments from thc 1st of January nt the hour of seven in summer and six in winter j and we understand also that a public meeting will bc held on friday for thc purpose of forming a library nnd reading-room connected with that body.