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Crumbs. -o PThe steamer Monowai is coming across to 'Sydney with 700 New Zealand sheep and 40 heal of cattle. (Oni two charges of having illicit r stills in Bourke street, Alfred Leahy was on Wed nesday fined £400. Mr Barton, master in Equity died at his home at Gladesville, on the Parram tth River, on saturday. Good gold has been struck at Tucker's-hill near Mudgee. Numerous rich, specimens have been brought in. Constable Gallaher, who.l was charged with shooting at the Johnson' brothers with intent, was committed for trial. Splendid falls of rain in.. parts of the Ailbury district have greatly iiproved the :prospects of getting some harvest; : ':Returning to Melbourne, Sir Edmund Barton provoked no enthusiasm. He was formally welcomed at 'the Town-hall. During the past week upwards of 40,000 sheep have crossed the border at Albury into Victoria, to be grazed on leased land. Aboriginals on the Tumut River say the movements of waterfowl and ants indicate that there is going to be a flood;: Showery weather is reported from the greater part of the Central and Eastern Divisions of the State Cold weather at Orangeon Friday' killed half of a mob of 23,000 shorn sheep, which were brought by train from Forbes. . Mr. Seddon recieved an enthusiastic recep tion at Auckland upon his arrival there o Saturday from his conference mission. The third match of the Australian crick. etere in South Africa resulted in a win for the •isiters. Armstrong made 159 not . out. 'A Tumut man who attempted suicide last July by cntting his throat and jumping into the river, on Friday again cut his throat asd died. The news of a satisfactory fall of rain in the Riverina has been recieved with miiuch sat isfactioi' by officers of the Railway Depart. nient. Some trneks being shunted at Cootamundra on' Friday night, over-fan 'the stop blooks, and, completely demolished the refresh ment rooms.- .. :=Hail wind'- and rain and thunder storms have occurred 'at numerous' country places and at Gundagai a' veritable tornado did much danmage. SA Waterspout passed'west of Mincha, Vic tora last Friday drowningý 100 sheep, and causing the Loddon to overflow, doing con siderable damage. e At Balranald:lest Thursday a hailstorm, loasting 12 minutes,. damaged windows and 'fruit crops. "Some of the stones measured Sanu inch across. : Commercial and shipping; circles- are in a fume of indignation at the Postmaster-Gen eral's cease ,posting the move ments of vessels on the coast. 'Mr O'Sullivan, at the.. Rifle Association luncheon, referring to the Federal Govern. '. ment, said it was untfair . to expect a new I. machine to. run as one well' oiled and in long use. . In an interview, the Premier of New Zea land absolutely` denied :the repiort that he in. tended to resign in May next. "-."I take it," said Mr. Seddon; "that what SirWilfredLurier' adSir'Edmunind Barton did was to their' ability. They have their resp'onsibility,; I have mine." 't The Premiers of .New :South Wales and. South Australia have' exprcssed to the Fed eral Government the inconvenience that will result from the proposed discontinuance of s?. Shipping telegrams. nit ?:.In the Assembly on wednesday Mr. Ben nett, on behalf of the Minister. for Lands said in answer to Mr. Rose,; that an officer of the Public Works Department had been sla instructed to report on the question of ": draining Lake George. '