COLONIAL I;'X*iRACTS. CONSrANTIY complaints (says the Goulbnrnt - Herald) have been made about the conduct of carriers monopo. using and obstructing the roads with their teams, and on different occasions we have alluded to the practice, which is not alone troublesome butdangerous. On Monday at the police court a per son was fined for offending in the man' nor alluded to, the police magistrate remarking that if a similar case were brought before him he would inflict the highest penalty allowed by law; which unfortunately is not so high as could be desired in order to meet the merits of some cases. The wool season is not approaching, and-the roads are likely to be lined with teamsters, sn that it would be wise for one and all to bear the above in mind. As an in stance of real stupidity on the part of a carrier, we might mention that one day last week a dray was allowed te, stand on the approaches -to a bridg while; the driver took the horses out. and watered them. The consequence was that the mail coach had to halt on its journey until the horses were again put in and the dray drawn out of the way. In many instances the nuisance arises - through - laziness, while at other times - it, is .done- through; a spirit of rowdyism, many of the knights of the road considering they have -an hereditary Tight to.the highway. A MOST miraculous escape.. from death by- lightning has been reported to the Coomna Gazette. At Coo'amatong on Wednesday the 5th instant, Mr Pow'ell, who is staying on a visit at Mr Higgens's stationy, wwas riding over. the run in company -with another gentle man. They parted, Mr Powell riding on .at a quick pace over a ridge, and'this soon'out of sight. A turrifio peal 'of thunder instantly- occurred, and;Mr Powell's late companion on horseback' saw a hat in the air:' - Hastening over the ridge which-hid Mr Powell from him, he found that gentleman lying ona the ground unconscious,bis face down wards, and his horse dead: -- Mr Mae kenzio . speedily came to Cooina, and Dr Daniel proceeded- with- hnim to Coo-. lamatong, .under whose treatment Mr Powell regained -consciousness, and is now, in a fair was of total recovery to health. From the history of the shock, -and the appearances -presented, it ap pears that the electric fluid first struck Mr Powell's head, scorching his hair and hat, the latter byfthe violence of the shock being hurled into. tlio.air. The stroke thenýapparently divided, passing down the front and back'of the body, tearing the clothes in its courpo, going through the saddle at the gullot, making a hole as big as that which would be caused by a musket ball, and thence 'along the plate to the horse's shoulder, 'kihlling the enimal insta'itan cously. There was a hole in the saddlo cloth.- Mr Powell had a dog-chain round his waist at the time;-thecolour of the chain changed, and the clothing underneath it scorched. On Thursday he was favourably progressing. SOiiME exciteoment prevailed (snyfs the S. M. Herald) in Sydney a few months ago when Mr Q. . Caine, late British Consul at Hankow, was, arres ted on a charge of embezzling.; public funds, and was sent back to'; China, in custody. We learn from the Hankow Gazette that his trial for embezzlement' took place on the.6th August. " Theo prisoner having pleaded 'not guilty,' "Mr Robinson, for the defenco, endea voured'to impress upon the jjury the fact that fort-any misappropriation of funds to come unider the head of Mar cony there must be proof of intent to defraud, and unwillingness to make re stitutioni on the p rt of' the defaulter.; pointing out 'that the ofnly evidence against the prisoner was in his own voluntary admission as shown in.his correspondence with the Home authori ties The Judge then. summed up, and dismissed the jury to considen their verdiot. . At about a quarter to 1 they returned into court, and gave 'a general verdict on the whole indict moet (they had not been requirqd to give their verdict on separate counts) -_' We.find that the prisoner took the money without any fraudulent intan tion' - Theocounsel for the defence rose and claimed (acid naive imigine pron phyerlyzliimed) a' verdict of acquittal. The Crown counsel sat- silent and claimed riothiiig. ~Whiether the heiek :of theio'ortr entered the verdiet ait all we ciannot say, -hut as nobody direeted him to do'so,poliernps hedid not. But 'the Juidge, whose summing np was all along agani'st? the prisonel-, desiring of the-jury- to~ know * what they meants a scene of- discussion followed, unintol ligiblo aliko to counsel, jury, reporters,' and spectators; until at last the 'jury took refuge in flight; the Judge chiarg- ing thiei rafroiih, aiid anow describing to them what their verdict should ho, niid in fiio't suggesting that the verdiot should be on the several counts. -At length the jury returned and delivered & verdict of guilty., with areconumends
tion to mercy, and the Judge thereupon passed upon the prisoner the severe sentence of two years' impriso'nment." A CASE of a very peculiar nature was. heard, at the lfeatheote. Police Court, Victoria, on Friday (says the it'Ivor Times), when a woman named Johanna Johnson-was broughtup. ona charge of wearing man's attire. .-From the evidenice adduced it appears that Miss Johnson had remained as a female in the hired service of Mr. Craven, storekeeper, ;Heatb'cote;: for about five montihs, during which time her conduct was all that-couldd.be desired, she hav ing proved "herself' both steady' and hardworking. She, however, being award that the ratu'of wages fur labour ing men is .higher than tufat for female servants, and: cosiudering herbelf coin petent to 'perform the work of the steiner" sexdiscarded ' her female at tireoand donned the paints,' &e., of the male. Then slightly alteiing her name from Johanna to Joseph Johnson, hired herself'out as a labouring man to MIr J. Duff, farmer, MiaMia, where' she worked for five weeks, proving herself ooth.a willing and saart hand. When arrestod she was an the eot of putting up chock and 'log fencing. There be ing no proof that the ,male. attire was assumed for itnythiig but' a good -pur pose, Johanna wvasdischarged"female costume having first been procured for her. She pleaded hard to be'peraitted to wear the male attire, stating that she had always been accustomed to do so when a young gil, and in' her own country, Germany, she had fought as a man in .the army; . that male attire suited her better than female, and that she wished 'to earn enough money as soon as possible to take her'back to her own country. lMiss Johnson, who is an exceptionally powerful and muscular woman, and appeared much more -t home and better suited in male cos tume, was informed that the laws of the country would not permit her to wear any other than the attire of her own sex, and-in such she was sent from the court to earn her livelihood. THE following fuller particulars of the above lamentable occurrence are given in the Gundagia Times :-A sad illustration of the danger of keeping loaded firearms in a dwelling house is afforded by a fatal accident that occur- ed at the dwelling of Mr Hammond, a free-selector residing Gapspring, near Cootamundra. It seems that Mary Ham- mand daughter of the person above mentioned, and a fine young woman of 21 years of age, was on the evening of the 21st altimo, about to sweep the floor of a room in the house, and for that purpose went to remove two guns guns that were standing behind the door, one of these guns being loaded with shot to destroy crows. She took hold of both guns in one hand. when the piece which was not charged slip- ped from her grasp and struck the ham- mer of the loaded gun, which exploded and the charge was lodged in Miss Hammond's left-side, near the heart. She called out, "Oh, my," ran towards the door, turned again towards the fire- place, and fell to the ground. She was lifted up by her brother and a man named Lee, and her mother, who was about two hundred yards from the house, hurried to the spot on hearing the report of firearms ; but the poor girl never spoke again, and almost im- mediately expired. The agony and distress of her relatives at home may be imagined. .A VERY_ melancholy occurrence is reported in the Hill' End 'Observer, which' took' place'ncar 'Hargraves' on last Sunday afternoon.,1st' instant, -re sulting-in; the death 'of niother. and child. -The poor woman in iquestion, who was "the wife of a West Indian with 'fi uipronounoable name, though herself a wchiite woman, was exededing ly shortighltbd,'so much 'o as to ho al most blind,'and is supposed to .have gone to aadm- close to ; her residence for a' bucket of -water -taking witha her lier little child only-eight months old, and to have fallen in, having Iherehild in; her aims. ' At all events, the bucket wps found on the bank aid nmother aind child intho-ewaiio-hole by the husband on his'return from work in-the evening. The motherwas -found floating;on the seirface--and the child -at the bottom of the dam, -both quite dead. - -A' PECULIAt chinradctei'istic Of-the -Moar' ninature' (observes' the aSouthern: Gross) evinces- itself in 'some- of tbhe 'ad dresses presented to. hais Excelleney~tho Oovcrnor by-the.Moaries of the Thamnes 'Spolog faie to face with naituro they are rac~h 'in those natural comparisons and simales which contain the germh of poetry. The address of IHoterene Tei pand was mnarked by that poetic fancy, which aibouxnds in the Maori;'aiid which even thle singrs of an old civilization wlouild allow, diplay not a little'of thoe "vision anidt faculty ~divine."- "May it be with us," (the white mnan-and the' Moa'ri)'isamd iae,~ as .with children of the samen motlher. Welcome, the sun has, been shining up to the present, come and make us the 14Ioarmea aaid Earopeans, one- oin use together in one voice and onse thought. There is beauty as well as goo washes in, the expression, anird ltu lhope that, like the namme of the chief "Tairpara" ( the tade as flowing") the tide of, peace and unity ini Neiw Zealand is flowing to ebbi no~more. SA 1NEW, ~EAtAhDjtiu rral statfes that during the last sessionh of, theo J~ himamenfr the galleries of ibo:House'of Representatives at Wellington "con tained more ladies ~ttany gentlemazn. They took thceir "w'ork"' with ethem, and,< whale listening to the debates, "tattesd" away vigorously. :If -it wvere poissible to coontrol the outbursts :of vulgararty which, too frequitaitly' occur. in legislatavo balls we thank the--Wel 'hingtonsprnaticofwould do tt. - AT the- opening' of th'e"Oirenib Comirt't; ibllathiurst .on Monday,' his IHnizomir"1Mr'Justicen H-argravo staid 'le lied eh2Aefamlly 'considered the 'several .artioles'piiblehmaied in the WcsternlInde peiddaW, -Gimaidegei Times and the Wea tern Examiner referring to the trial of Henry Vincent Jarria for murder -on the Orange raind, end lied come tn the conclusion thimt lie miaaet transmit copies of the articles in quectioni t~o the Attor vaey.Genoral, in order that lao may
take such steps as he-things proper, both as to the contempt of Court and as to the government '-eoovering from the proprietors of these newspapers the additional, expenses which will be in-i curred. by the shifting of the `tiial 'ti' Sydney through their intorferenceswith' the administration of Justiceitit the Bathurst district.. TaE Windeyer correspondent of the 1I'estern Post reports the following:. :case, heard before the benoht'of; the above town on the 30th ultiano s-`4 Thomas Whittaker, 81 years of age, an old pensioner, who served: his country for a period of sixty years, claimed pro-. teetion from the 1Government. He' made a statenen t to the be Government, 'worthy of notice, and which was eon sidered by the bench as very. cruel in deed. IHe said, "Since -I have beenw> confined in.the lockup I have had no. thing to eat only bread and cold water.'. Bench.to senior constable Breon: "Is this true 7" Senior-constable Breen-: "Yes, your worships, lie is-pot enigtled'', to any other rations before conviction:" The-bench : " He 'is not in the llekup to be convicted; he ought to have had full rations." Senior-constable-Breen: "I cannot help that, your worships; I will give him nothing but bread and, whter." The benoh : " You must give 'i him No. 2.:ratien, "whioh's consists of bread and mnat, 'and we will supply him with tea and sugar; the man is in a ,vory.wveak state; we cannot allow thae man to die in the lock-up fur want of proper nourishrneniY."- Thei lock-up keeper (constable Moran): "I .cannot; allowthe tea and sugar." The Bench; " What is the reason you will not allow the tea and sugar ?." Constable Moran: " I ivill not cook it-fur him.. I haIael nothing to cook it in." - The beoch: "Suppose the tea is cooked, as you term it,'will you allow the old man to drink it ?"- After a great deaFof hesitation" the police said they would, allow hiam`; to drink. the tea. In a case that occurred at the-Me tropolitan District Court the other day, (says the d.: l.- M era/cl) in which the plaintiff sued to recover .money bor rowed by.the wife of defendena, his Honour Mr District Court : Judge Simpson said that he desired it to be known, in consequence of such cases frequently being brought before him, that the law of the case was this :--A wife could not bind her - husband by borrowing money in his name, without his -express request., . She nmighat he be starving, and'she could bind him for-necessaries, but not--for- borrowing money. No little amount ot- excitement (says the Goulburan Herald) was oo casioned in the city on Monday through a report being circulat'ed to the effect that a~child had been found in a gin caso,,and supposed to' have been deser" tedby its mother. 'As in all such cases,' the reports were numerous'and varied; and after strict inquiries being made by the police officers, the following no count was found to form the sum and' substance of the affair. "" On Monday afternoon a manuwho had ev~idenitly been indulging in intoxicating drink, was returning to his hone at Kingsdale, and called in to see a woman wholives near the pound, about half-a-mile from' the town. On his entering the house lie found no one at liome but a child ly. ing in a case with a piece of.biead and' butter in one hand and a tin-tot in the other. After waiting unsucocssfully for' some time ini hopes of seeing the mother of the infant;'ho .became sud douly imbued with the idea thatitmust lihvc been hcartlessly'losertod, and de aided to-act the part of (as he thought) the good, Samaritan. 'Heotook the case in his hands, child and all,.and placed it sceourely:on his Ia;-hoand after seating himself in the saddle~ road into town and took the child to the police-station. On Ihis arrival he was met by two mem bers of the force, whio 'inspected the little, stranigor, ,but' declined: to, take charge of it until learning the 'actua facts in connection with its desertion, fearing no doubt- that there would;be a heavy 'responsibility. attached ;to the caring of one of such tender.age. One of the police, accompanied' by the dis cover,'. proceeded - to tlhe house where 'thelchild was found, and the officer was much surprised at.:findinglthere the poor mother almost broken-hearted Isecarching~ for'h'ie' dhild, wicih she had left for a;few, minutses previoiusly while she went to a noiglabour's place ion busticoss' The infaint was soon re stored to its parent, and the 'man "who founld at was warmily ceinsured for has officiouis and usneshled-for soniduct AnitiGISTealRIlLirnquiry was held on the 28thleotohlid (says: the WI7gga Axrcau~s) at Caiddell'creek,'necar Tarra bee, before Mr. Joseph Weir, J.P.,on the body of a man named John eKnox, a fenicer ciiiployrd ini tho e iighbour haood. Mr T homnia William 0 Drascoll, surveyor, fouaidthe body at 10 .oclock on the pret'ious 'day," about one anile 'froni Hloney's'publio-hiouse.' He plinied 'two.ofhis men iti oliaarge of itt"inah'ia t once gatve .infqormation; to tlio"Naran* dera' policq, r'otu'ning'uith senior con stab e Foloy to the~spotwhere tbo body la~y. Upon,' exaniinatib'n the' throat .was found to b~"friglitfully uid,"and~a ranzor,'sworn to-as being the, property of decenaied,, was".fainid lying near ;thae bifdyj. "Dec'eased gos,last'see'n alive at i6 o'aloek on the in~aortiingoftb t.odaylhis body was discovered. oHe land been drinkinig for sevieal days. It 'was siworn thact he left the Cuddell Creek' Hotel sober on Suindaty for 'hia csamp. Has mate, Johni Henry 'Walter, also swore that he believed him to be sober whoa lie last saw him- on the morn ing of his deathe All the witnesses' agrased; that they believed the 'wound w~as self-inflitoed, anid that he died by hlis own hand.. ONE.sof the, latest 'ideas about feacachag is to' plant trees for' posts, end ' when they' are strong enough to' string Iwires from one to another the kind of tree is urnimportant but of course, fruit trees will be more profitiable than othet' sorts of trees.: En plaoce in which they would be mueh exposed, other kinds of trees might be planted for shelter. MoNeY ORDERS. - At, Miciuhago sand liI6kakingewn Money Order Ornces will. be opened en Mondaay next, 17th lnstant.