THE REGATTA. From tlhe very handsome prizes that are to be awarded, the number of competitors entered, and the distinguished patronage under which it is to be conducted, we have little doubt that this day's re gatta will go off with more eclat than any has hitherto done in the colony. It has been under. taken by the parties engaged in its formation with great' spirit, and the necessary arrangements have been made to prevent confusion. The steamers Maitland, ltapid, and Kangaroo, will continue plying round the harbour during the different matches, and parties may be accommodated on board theirm at a trifling expense. The first boats will start at half past ten precisely, when a hard contest is expected. Thl'e following is the list of boats entered for the dif ferent prizes, together with the distinguishing flags, owner's names, &c. First Mlatch, for W'haleboats.-Irish Beaiuty, tri. colour, Mr. Cross; Blue Norse, blue, with white star, Melville; fVictoria, blue, Riley ; Clap Match, red, Wood ; Ocean Queen, white. Doyle. Second Alratcrh, fr Gigs, pulling four oars.-Pelter, blue peter, Nicholson; Cabbage 'ree, blue, Riley; Ilover, blue with star, Underwood ; Arrow, green with an arrow, Bacon ; Favurite, union jack, Wil kinson; Lcander, green, Thompson; Harlequin, blue, yellow, and red, Adams. 'lhird ilatch, for Sailing Yachts, or Boats of all classes.- lookemr Snivey, white with red cross, Ray; Friendship, burgee withl hand and heart, Green Ariel, red. Clint; Brothers of Greenwich, blue, Summerbell ; Petrel, black, Ilill and Wyer; Trial, red with blue cross, Benton ; Star, red, white, blue, Sawyer. Fourth Alatch, f?r Skiffs oar Funnies pulling two ears.-Sarsrh, blue, IiaUrrts; Jerry Sneak, blue with white star, Iates; Butterjly, black, Howard; Spring, red, Phelps; Dolphin, green, L'Leod ; Bobtail, white, Kirchner. fif th llatch, for Suiling Boats of seventeen feet six inches and usder.-Shamroch, shamrock flag, Astler; Gaselle, green, Evans ; Fulnar, blue, Collins; Pilot, white and red, Egar; Gull, red and white, Duke; Louisa, burgee with name, Murdock. Sixth Match, fbr Gigs pulled by four oars, and manned by amateur creos.-Pelter, blue peter, Nicholson; Cabbage Tree, blue, Riley ; Leander, green, McLean ; Rover, blue with star, Underwood. For further particulars see advertisement. NEW ORGAN FOR ST. MARY'S CA- THEDRAL.—We are happy to announce that this splendid instrument has at length arrived safe in the colony, per the ship Orient, which came into port on Sunday. It occupies sixteen large packing cases, and, when fitted up, which will be as speedily as possible, will be a splendid addition to the ceremo nial of the august sacrifice. The main pipe of this powerful instrument is thirty-six feet in length. Si'. PATRICK'S SOCIETY.—A new impulse has been given to the weekly collections for this fund by the adoption of a "shilling a week" subscription, which is likely to be generally suc cessful. The srum of £14 17s. was added to the funds on Sunday last. The excavations and quar rying for St. Patrick's church are going on. This will cost the society a few thousands of pounds; though a government gang are said to be employed in quarrying gratuitously for the " wealthy and respectable" Protestant church in the same neigh. bourhood. Tihus the Church Act has become a dead letter: thus Sir George labours to establish among its that which only a few months ago he pronounced to be "the cause of all England's woe!" ANNIVERSARY OF THE COLONY.—The fifty-third anniversary of our flourishing and impor- tant colony will be celebrated this day. Measures have, we believe, been taken to render it the most splendid and attractive that has yet been witnessed; there will be no less than thirteen boat matches, the arrangements for which are acknowledged to be admirable, and we have no doubt will go off well. Thie sons and daughters of the soil intend finishing the amusements of the day by a grand an niversary ball at the Albion Inn, Sussex-street, and there can be no doubt, from the assiduity and atten tion of the stewards, the evening's amusements will be gratifying to all parties. We would say to all, whether native born or emigrant, in the words of the good old adage, " be merry and wise," and then tomorrow's atn will neither bring aching heads nor repenting hearts. THEATRE.-This night's entertain- ments at the Victoria consist of the nautical drama entitled "The Red Rover," and the farce of the "Haunted Inn," together withl various songs and dances. In the course of the evening the splendid silver cup awarded by Mir. Wyatt to the winning boat in this day's regatta will be presented to her owner. We consider that the pieces selected for the evening cannot fail to draw a crowded audience, and should therefore recommend those persons who intend visiting the theatre to be in early attendance. DRUNKARDS' SOCIETY.—The Anti- Teetotal Society seems to have received a new im- petus just now, and if the teetotallers do not come speedily to their posts, we fear that their "system," as Mr. Hook Walker would say, will retrograde. There were upwards of fifty individuals on the police lists yesterday who were confined for drunkenness on the two previous nights; some of them were very old hands, whom neither the solitary cell, nor the never ending ladder at Carters' Barracks, could prevent from indulging in their favourite beverage. Amongst the most notorious visitors at the police office on this occasion we noticed Mr. Patrick M'Carty, who had been convicted nine times, and was fined twenty-one shillings, or one hundred and eight hours to the mill. John McCann, eleventh conviction ; eleven days to the solitary cells, to be fed on bread and water. John Turner, twenty-four hours to the mill. Elizabeth Holmes, for the four- teenth conviction, was ordered to pay twenty-one shillings, or fourteen days to the cells; Elizabeth immediately paid down the fine, smiled, curtseyed very low, and walked off. Mary Powers, twenty-four hours to the cells. Susan Webb, six weeks to the factory. Edward Sweeny, for the fifth conviction, was ordered to pay twenty-one shillings, or undergo sixty hours' exercise on the treadmill. John Conners was also charged by Inspector Molloy with being drunk in George street on Saturday night, and it being his second conviction he was ordered to pay eleven shillings, or twenty-four hours to the mill; ot leaving thie dock the prisoner roared out that "it was a d___d hard case that a man should be sent to the mill when he was not drunk at all," upon which Captain Innes ordered him to be again placed in the dock, and committed him to Sydney gaol for twenty-one days for his insolence. RUNAWAYS FROM PINCHGUT.—Six convicts made their escape from this island on the night of Thursday last, aod nothing was seen or heard of them until Sunday, when four of the number were apprehended at Liverpool; thire other two are still at large. NOTHING NEW.—If we examine, aided by the light of history, the course of human events, weo shall find that every thing moves in a perpetual circle. The world turns round and all things with it. Every thing new is only the revival of somethiog forgotten; and what are called im. Irovements, discoveries, or inventions, are, for tihe most part, little else than matters that have again come uppermost by thie eternal revolutions of the whleel of fate. Mutability nay be said to constitute thie harmony of tihe universe,whoase vast and appa rent changes and varieties are produced, like those of music, by the same notes differently arranged. RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION.—A parlia- mentary paper has just been publishled, exhibiting an account of all payments from the exchequer, or out of the public revenue, to any Roman Catholic or Pro- testant institutions, or bodies of persons dissenting from the Established Church of England and Wales from 1801 to 1840, both inclusive; from vlwhich it appears that the sum of.66,131 8s. 2d. has been paid as her Majesty's free gift and bounty to tihe Protestant dissenting ministers in England, within thire period of forty years, in the way of regiumn donum, exclusive of certain sums paid to tie French Protes. tant refugee clergy. During the same period the revenues of the Established Church, taken -t four millions a year, amount to one hundred and sixty millions sterling. We may presume that thie reli gious instruction given by the Church is at least of the value paid for it, and as the Dissenters, including thie Metllodists and Roman Catholics in England and Wales, instruct about the same ntumior oh per sons as those who receive instructions from the Church, thie voluntary contributions of these bodies to tie welfare of tie state within thie present century amount in value to thie sum of £160,000,000 sterling minus only £66,131 8s. 2d., and yet these Volun aries are frequently treated, not as public benefactors, bIut as intruders into the fold of tre Chsrclh-Leeds elifrcury.