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TOPICS OF THE DAY.

Owing to the pressure on our space this morning, caused by the English mail news, we have been compelled to hold over the report of the Town Hall meeting and various other local matters.

By the Aldinga we have Melbourne papers to the Gth September. No news has been received from the Northern Territory by this mail, as was anticipated. An advertisement appears in another column appointing drills for No. 4 troop or Cavalry on this and the following afternoon. Hie annual series of meetings in connection with the London Missionary Society will be hell during the present mouth. The Rev. Mr. Jefferis preached in. aid of the Society at the Hindinarsli-squaie Congrega tional Church on Sunday morning. We are requested to call attention to an advertisement in another colnwn announcing that the annual dinner of the Old Scholars of Mr. J. L. Young's Educational Institution will be held, at the Town. Ball Buildings on Friday, September 14. On Saturday morning, His Honor the Chief Justice sentenced the prisoners who bad been tried and found guilty during the sessions. There were about 36 to sentence. All those who had been found guilty of highway robbery were sentenced to 14 years' imprisonment with hard labor; James Young was sentenced to two years', William Leaver to four years',   and K. T. Wildman to two years' imprisonment with hard labor. On Sunday last the remains of the late Sergeant Sullivan, of the Metropolitan Police Force were   interred in the Roman Catholic portion of the West terrace Cemetery. Mr. Sullivan had for many years been connected with the Force, and was greatly respected, and his loss will be much felt. He had not been ill more than a week, the cause of bis demise being bronchitis. Sixty privates of the force, together with the officers, followed his body to the grave. On Saturday evening Mr. David Kerney, of Hindmarsh-square, was stuck-up by two men in Hyde street. They were both armed, and one presented a pistol to his breast and said "I'm Captain Thunderbolt,"   and demanded his money. They took from Mr.   Kerney four or five shillings in silver and some coppers. His description of one of the men exactly coincides with that of the man who recently stuck up several people near Prospect Village, and he thinks if he saw the men again he should know them. A meeting of electors was held on Saturday evening, in the Town Hall, to consider the question of the vacancies in the Legislative Council. His Worship the Mayor presided over die meeting, which was not so large as the importance of the question demanded, but. doubtless, this was owing to the very short notice given of the meeting. Messrs. J. T. Bagot, J. C. Verco. and A. Stow addressed the meeting, and were severally pro posed and seconded. An amendment, however, wax afterwards carried, that until more candidates were in the field the meeting would decline to support any one. The Aldinga arrived on Sunday at Port Ade laide, betwen land 2 p.m., having on board the Bight Bey. Dr. Shiel, the newly consecrated Bishop of Ade laide, and the Rev. Julian Woods. On arrival at Hie wharf His Lordship proceeded to tile Boman Catholic Chapel, and remained there till the train started for the city. On reaching Adelaide His Lordship and party drove to the Cathedral, where a TeDeum was sung; after which His Lordship pronounced the benediction. In die evening it was expected the Bishop would he at the Cathedral, which, was densely crowded, many being unable to obtain admission. To the disappointment of many His Lordship did not appear, being too much fatigued by his voyage. We understand pon tifical ltigb mass will be performed nest Sun day, when the installation will be solemnised. His Lordship was in 1837 (having completed his theolo gical course) elected simultaneously to the chair of theo logy and philosophy, at St. Isadora's, Borne. He elected to teach the latter, and was professor at that University for two years. Removing to Ireland subse quently, on account of his health, he was a Superior of his Order (Franciscan) up to the year 185:2, when he consented to accompany Dr. Goold to Melbourne, as President of a college then in course of foundation. In Melbourne, he professed both philosophy and theology for six yean, and became in due course President of St. Patrick's College. Owing to this, many of the younger priests of the diocese of Victoria have been under bis charge, and his kind and gentle demeanor has endeared him to them all, and made him one of the generally popular and beloved priests of Victoria. In June, 1859, His Lordship was appointed Archdeacon of Ballarat, and after seven years labors in that district, was called to the See of Adelaide. On leaving Ballarat, His Lordship carried with him the esteem and affection of all classes and creeds. As a proof of tiie latter, it may lie mentioned that one of the deputations to hid him farewell was headed by a leading Congre gational minister. Dr. Shiel's arrival in Adelaide will be most welcome to the members of his Church, and will supply a want which they hava felt for years. His Lordship will receive the addresses of his clergy and of the laity on Wednesday, the 12th instant, at noon. We have received the following through Greville & Co., Melbourne:—" The Bight Bey. Bishop Shiel, the newly-consecrated Boman Catholic Bishop of Adelaide, left on Thursday by the Aldinga to take charge of his diocese. He was accompanied by the Bey. Julian Woods, of Penola. A number of the clergy and laity of his own Church, among whom we noticed the Very Rev. Vi-.-m Havvs (•Sandhurst), Very Bey. Mat. Downing, Bey. K. If. Power (Ballarat). Bey. Dr. Bleasdale, Bey. Dr. Backbaus, audOXJrady, came down to sec him off and wish him God speed. On board of the Aldinga a valedictory address was delivered by the Very Bey. Dean Hayes to the right rev. gentleman, which was suitably responded to by His] Lordship. A very valuable chalice in gold was presented to the Bishop at the same time. The Boman Catholic body was ou the occasion represented from almost every part of the colony, all of whom appeared distressed at the separation with one who had lived and labored so long with them in the Christian vine yard, and only separated from him at the last mo ment." The Mali; Lane Express, of the 23rd July says :—" Fine and for the most part forcing weather having lasted another week, more harvest work has been getting forward ; though with a lower temperature at thechracwemayseeachangetorain. Thefeweatherings yet secured in spring corn have been in (be finest possible order. In the South of France and other hot countries the crops have been harvested, as well as in parts of America. The French accounts as yet do not speak well of the quality, but as all will be about over in a fortnight or less in France, fine weather permitting, we shall soon heve more definite accounts. As the idea of a speedy peace had much to do with the recent heavy decline, and as this has since become more doubtful and distant, there baa bean less disposition on the part of many to sell, and prices have not un dergone much further change. Indeed, some markets have rather hardened, as it is well known that old stocks are pretty well exhausted, and much will be wanted for admixture with this year's produce. The London trade, however, more influenced by politics and the weather, has tended downwards, more especially for English qualities, and to have sold foreign freely would have required some reduction on previous rates. But there has been no pressing, as many things may happen to delay or injure the harvest, and it is ertremelydoubt ful, even with the help of the late splendid weather, that we shall have an average crop. No foreign country has yet spoken plainly but France; and if American accounts respecting (he autumn wheat be true, that country will have little for export through the coming season, as Ac effects of the late disastrous war are everywhere apparent, both as regards the growth of cotton and corn. The pending strife in Germany has yet much to do with corn prospects, and for the sake of humanity as well as commerce it is to be hoped short work will be made of it Other countries, as Belgium and Holland, are waiting npon events, and show a slow trade without marked difference in prices, but the United States cannot make any shipments to advantage, excepting maize." The following were the current prices of British grain and flour in Mark Lane: Wheat, Essex and Kent, white, new, 435. to 55a. per quarter; do., do., do., red, new, 425. to 495.; Norfolk, Lincoln, and Yorkshire, red, 42a. to 49b. Flour, per sack of 280 lbs., town, households, 475. to 505.; country, on shore, 365. to 375. ; town, households, 39b. to 43a.; Norfolk and Suffolk, on shore, 355. to 365. Foreign grains-Wheat, Dantzic, mixed, 535. to 55*. ; old, extra, 58s. to 61s. ( Eonigsberg, 50a. to 555.; extra, SCa. to 575. ; Bostock, 51s. to 555. ; fine, 565. to 575.; Silesian, red, 48s. to 525.; white, Sis. to 555. • Pomera., Meckberg., and Uckermrk., red, old, 50s. to 53b. ; Russian, hard, 435. to 475.; St. Petersburg and Riga, 455. to 47a. ; Danish and Holstein, red, 45a. to 4Gs.; French, none; Rhine and Belgium, 50s. to 535.; American, red winter, 50a. to 565.; flour, per sack, French, 375. to 405.; Spanish, per sack, 375. to 405.; American, per barrel, 24a, to 265.; extra and doubU. 28* to 305.,

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