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LOCAL AND GENERAL Dr Maxwell had sufficiently recovered on Tuesday from the shock sustained on Saturday through being struck by lightoing to be able to walk about town again, We have received a copy of the Year Book of Western A'stralia for 1899. The volume is replete with valuable and interesting in formation regarding the colony. Besides the man Harry May, who is re ferred to elsewhere, James McGarry, aged 87, was admitted to the uovernment Hospi tal on Tuesday. Annie Wynn, aged 9, treated for typhoid, was discharged. -, There were four admissions on Friday to the Kalgoorlie Government Hospital-Mrs A. B. Jenkins, Denis Sheehan, aged 26, B. K. Adam, 22, and John Fitzhtnry, 53. The patients discharged were - Mrs Cheney, Roderick McDonald, and William Frayne. According to Bowl nd Bees : "I have (says Sir John Forrest) ever inade it a rule to avoid having my name on the directorate of a public company. My brother Alex. is in Coolgardie, but will be back on Saturday, and if he cares to do so may go in for some." Three patients were admitted on Thursday to the ( overnment Hospital:--Charles Mould. ing, aged 35 ; Michael Garry, 26 ; and Archi. bald Opie, 51. Three were discharged Michael Collins, treated for a wounded leg ; J. F. Fahey, influen.a ; and Felix O'Connor, wounded leg. A tasteful and useful almanac, emanating from the Palatine Fire Insurance Company, has been forwarded to us by the local agents, Messrs C. H. Stewart and Co., of Solomon's Buildings. It consistes of the usual almanac and admirably drawn and colored detailed maps of the australaslan colonies. A coroner's inquest was opened on Satur day morning by Mr J. W. Kirwan, J.P., in regard to the death of James Fetzhenry, who succumbed to the effects of burns sustained through his camp catching fire. The jury sworn in consisted of Messrs 8. Wake (fore. man), James Bowell, and Hiugh Mcallum. After the body had been viewed the inquiry was adjourned till Tuesday at 10 o'clock. Even the senior Government daily in Perth cannot deny the justice of a Redistribution of Seats bill. In the course of a leading article in Wednesday's issue women suffrage is warmly advocated, and it is added " When the present Parliament. draws near its close it is reasonable to expect that a further measure dealing with redistribution of seats will be carried, hinging upon the last-named." Powell's hotel, at the old Boulder block, was burglariously entered during the early hours of Tuesday morning, the thieves reaping the benefit of £5 in silver, which had been left in the till-overnight. There is a night watchman patrolling the old block at night, but the clever ones evaded his powers of Observation apparently, as no trace of the marauders has so tar been'asce. tained by the police. Captain Shotton, of the steamer Boverie (4,000 tons register), relates a rather amusing experience which happened at Bunbury when his iMssel fret visited that port. One of the local police, who was a native of that place, remarked in all seriousness, " The Boveric is a large steamer, captain. I suppose she is nearly large enough to make 'the passage safely to S ngltnd ?" The captain, with a knowing smile, replied that he thought that she was. A metropolitan contemporary says :-On Saturday afternoon Sir :John Forrest had a fall from a horse. He was returning from 'Cotteslce, and was in the act of mounting his horse whenbthe horse fell, and Sir John was thrown over the agimal's head on to the ground, which, lortunately, is very sandy in the locality where the accident occurred., Sir John was not seriously hurt, bat he was. bruised on. the right 'leg and right aim, his right hand being also injured. Anent the efforts of newly-arrived typists to cope with the phraseology of mining re ports, a correspondent waites :--" We try to. give our English friends a fair description of our mines, but 'interviewing formations' (intervening formnations), ' discomposed ir'n atone' on a mine described as ' 6 Inchi from the nearest telegraph station' is con. fusing, whilst fire assays of l0cwt and..lc5wt to the ton can only, lead to further doubts as to the veracity of our mining reports." Shortly after 2 o'clock on Falday afternoon fire broke out in a 12ft ax 10Ift hessian camp on the Golden Pheasant lease, occupied by James Fitihenry, a miner. The place was destroyed, and Ftt.henry received seriMus burns about the legs, arms, and back, The unfortunate.man was removed to the Govern. mentl ospltal, where he died about twosand a half houra later. He was 63 years of age, . The deceased has friende living in Vctoria, the name and address of one being given as -Win. M. Carmody, Wills Glen. Mr Jogs. A. Moore, head master Kanows?a State School, writes as follows:--" lhi he report of the recenentntertainment given by' .the pnupils of the Kanowna State School some aslight' error was made in reference to those whoassisted, The head teacher desires. to expreess his hearty thanks to all -who .so wlilingly beipd him with time, materials. and money; to &ie. Marshall, who devoted so much time and attention to the musical portion of the programme, and to Mrs Malt land for training those children who took part in, the dancinmg special thanks are.due. On the night of the entertainment the mem bert of the commi.lee of management, Mrs Oeo. Iloberts and Mr Bennett, worked most energetically-and auccessfully, To the Mayor and counoillors of Kanona, who dave the Institute for'the practice and the perform. ae-s of the aentertainment free, and Mrs

Doyle, who generously donated £. to the prize fund, the best thanks of teachers and pupils are due. The result was a net gain of £80, part of which will form the nucleus of a piano fund? which it is hoped will be com pleted by means of another entertainment on entirely new lines." The funeral A the late Mr Peter Alfred Eustice, who met with a fatal mishap at the Australia mine, on Wednesday, took place on Thursday afternbon, and was largely attended, being one of the largest held in Kalgoorlie. Over 100 fellow empolyds of the deceased at the Aus tralia mine walked in the procelsion to the cemetery in front of the hearse. The Rev C. Huddlestone (Church of England) officiated at the grave. Messrs A. and J. Kyle hid charge of the funeral arrangements. The following companies were registered in the Supreme Courtduring last week :-North Boulder East Block, Limited, 1898 (4 Han bury-street, Kalgoorlie); Golden Arrow Mines, Limited (77 Barrack-street, Perth); North Lead Alluvial Gold Mining Company, 14o Liability (Forrest street, Coolgardie); Goode, Durrant, and Company, Limited (69 William-street, Perth); Homeward Bound Gold Mining Company, Limited (Matheson's Building. Maritana-street, Kal goorlie); Dixie Gold Mine, Limited (Ex change Buildings, Bayley-street, +'oolgardie); and ajestie Gold Mines, Limited (office on the mine at Bulong). The Commissioner of Police (Colonel Phillips) received a telegram from Sergeant Stokes, of Albany, to the effect that the missing swagman had arrived at hucla on the 16th inst, having missed Eyre's Sand patch. Grave fears had been entertained as to the safety of the swaeman, for, according to a previous telegram, he left Balladonia on the 6th inst for Eyre, following the new tele-.' graph -line. He also took with him very little ra ions and only one gallon of water. Thedistance between Balladonia and Eyre is about 150 miles, the Government tanks are situate 70 miles from the former place, and as there is only this one permanent water supply along the route it was feared the man had perished. Fortunately as will be seen from the latest telegram received by the Commissioner, the man has arrived safely at Eucla. A very enjoyable evening was spent at the Boulder Presbyterian Church on Wednesday evening by tbose who attended the social to welcome the Rev. Stanley S. Reid to his new charge. Rev. Alex. Crow presided and intro duced Mr Reid to the people, and asked for him help and sympathy in his work. Mr Reid in his speech showed that he fully rea lised the difficult nature of the work before him, but that at the same time he was pre. pared to face it with determination and courage. He asked for help and sympathy fr m the people, and said he was prepared to aive to otherd what he asked for himself. A programme of songs, anthems, readings, and recitations, with refreshments before diapers. ing, made up a pleasant evening. There was a very hopeful tone in the meeting, and it is evident that the members and adherents expect a successful future for their church. A general meeting of shareholders in the Ivanhoe Venture ,Gold Mining Company was held -a~ Brennian's Commercial Hotel on Thursday. In compliance with a request from the chairman, the MINER representa tive who attended withdrew just before the proceedingsastar.ed, after having gathered that it would be necessary to adjourn the meeting for a month, as it tad been impossible to prepare a properly audited: balance-sheet on account of the impoundin a of the company's books in connection with the Royal: C.ommiselon's invesattions 'in Perth. Mr C. J. Moran, M.L.A., the chair man of directors, was prepared to inform the meeting of the cecommendatlon of the Royal Commission In regard to the com pensat0tlotp that should be paid the company for suppsoed losses over the alluvial troubles. It is a matter of common talk that the Com. mission liai advised that the company should be paid £5A00.. Our-Boulder correspondent writes :--Deep regret. was expressed on all s;des in the BoulderCity on Thuraday morning when it was made known that i highly respected resi dent in the person of -Mr Henry J. Osgood, part proprietor of the " Evening Star," had passed away to that bourne from which no traveller returns.. The deceased gent'eman, \who was only 41 years of age, was affected .with consumapion, and of late it was dis. tinctly n-oticeable :among.t his many friends thait his tirie on this eaith wase very short. Decth claimed its victim ?a-Wednesday evening, shortly after 9. o'clcelrk; the deceased breathing his last in Mrs Griwell'pprlvate hospital, where he had been rmored a few days previously so as to receive. every care and attenticon. - "he f?uneraltook place on Thursdayafternoon, the employds of the cifice and a large number of other sorrowfag friends following the de esased's remains to their last resting place in the Kalgoorlie Cemetery. The service of the Charch of Blngland was solemnised at the grve by the Rev ]J. M. Collick. there was a comfortably filled house on Christmas night at the Workers' Hall to hear bir T. H, -ath on "Two Ea'ly English Agliatora-Wat Tyler and John 1-all." 31r Bath erpresped his pleasure at the fact that on the anniversary of the birth of " the Gaptle qassre~g" it had fallen to his lot to speck to them of John Ball, " the Mad Preit of Kent," who muset be regarded as a devoted follower aad powerful spreader of the teachinge of the Great Boclailat, Jesus Christ. Mr Bath was attentively followed and frequently applanded durinog his interest ing lecture. eases W. McIlroy,A. Miller, RI. Hastie-and 8. G, Pearce followed, sipeaking to the eubject of the evenlog'. leotare and jpgaing ,oomplimgetairy reference. to b?r

Bath's conscientious care in studying up his subject. During the evening the following members of the Boulder City Glee Club reindered musical items, viz : Mr Hurst, "The Sleeping Camp "; Mr Frank Lynch, "E!sie of the Glen"; and Mr Claveness, "Twelve Months Ago" and "The Pardon Came Too Late." Mr Alfred Miller Impres sively recited Gerald Massey's "To-day and To morrow," following it, in response to clamorous demands, by a poem written by himself entitled "The Proletarian's Prayer." Mr Hugh De Largie, President of A.W.A. District Council, who filled the chAii in a happy style, anncunced that on Sunday next Mr M. J. Richardson, of Kalgoorlie, would speak on " Present Discontents," and from, that gentleman's known ability they could anticipate a pleasant and' profitable evening. s. small audience attended to enjoy the capital programme provided at the benefit concert to Mrs James White at the Boulder. Indeed it looked at 8 15 p.m, as if there was going to be no audience, and Mr Wallace Brownlow, who had come out to add the at traction of his grand voice to the bill, was fain to retu n to Kalgoorlie to attend to the many calls on his time on such a busy night -leaving it to the stage manager to make his apologies to the audience if the concert were proceeded with. However the numbers gradually increased, and despite the small attendance the programme was faithfully carried out. Where all did well it would be invidious to bestow individual praise though it must be asid that the part singing of the Boulder Star Choral Society, under the baton of Mr J. T. Mitchell, was of particular merit, and wase, as a matter of course, warmly received. Before the final Christmas carol' was rendered by this society, Mr F. C. Gilbert, the stage manager and organiser of the con cert, in thanking those who had so kindly assisted by their talents, and those who had helped by their presence or by purchasing ticket , took the opportunity of informing the audience that, though he was not able to state the cash returns from the concert, owing to all the tickets not b ring in, he had pleasure in announcing that £102 had already been raised by subscription lists for Mrs White, and with the net result of the concert and further lists to come in hehloped to see the total reach £15). On Mrs White's. behalf he thanked them and hoped in a week to publish the full returns, and Mr White's own thanks for! generosity shown on all hands. Complaints are general throughout the colony as to the administration of the RBail way Department. Even Bunbury is growl. ing dteply at the way the town and district has teen treated. The " outhern Times," Bunbury, has a leading article in a recent issue condemninethe railway service. Various charges are brought against the department, especially regarding the unsuitability of the train service between Perth -and Bunbury. The journey takes between six and seven, hours, and ."the comfort of the. passengers do:s not apparently seem to have been deemed worthy of consideration." The re sult is that the number of visitors to Bun. bury for the holidays has decreased and the residents of that favorite wateriqg place have accordingly suffered serious financial lose, Surely Bunbury is not like Esperance Albany, and Geraldton to be. sacri ficed in the interests of. centralisýtion I It appears that Busselton complains just as loudly as Bunbury. The " Times ".says that as regards the Busselton-.raliiway both the service and the rolling st ek are not suit able to the traffic, and the sooner the grievances are rectified the better. We hope that the Chambers .of Commerce in both towns will-continue to agitate in regard to an improvement in the railway service to these districts, as it is of the utmost import. anne that there should be no impediment to the progre a of the districts through a da8 cient service in this tea: ect. There is 'no doubt that an unsuitable service can in-. juriously affect the prospects of any place, and it appears from all adcounts that both towns are equally suffering in this respect." And so even Bunbury isturning against the Government! No wonder the Premier and his colleagues dread the general election that must of necessity follow the passage' of a Redistribution of Seats Bill. A very successful concert' was given on Monday evening at the Miners' Institu'e in aid of the building fund of St Mary's Roman Catholic Ohureb, As it was the only Boxing Night entertainment in Kalgoorlie there was naturally a ltrge attendance. Although three of the performe-s who were billed to appear submitted apologies, grace fully delivered by the hen. seirethry ot the concert, Mr '. A Mason, the programme was a high-class one, and of the right length for a summer's night. Mr Wallace Brown low was the chief contributor to the thoroughly appreciated bill of musical fare. He opened with singing U. Kenningbham's "Can it be love." Need less to say he was encored and he then gave "OfE to Philadelphia." Subsequently he sang" A May Morning," Sunshine Above," all gems in themselves and duly appreciated. That able and always plesinu mezzo-soprano singer, Miss Terers Maher, scored a distinct success. Her first number was " By' the Waters," which was so much liked that she had to re-appear, when she gave "Daddy, which was a most effectiveimnmber. Bubie quently she sang "Bethlehem," which was equially enjoyed. Mr H. Lind ley Perry appeared as" tenor 'sololist, and gave a finished and pleasing rendering of ' I siam content." Mr Walter Ruse displayed his full t?ch biritone voice to advantage in "The King's Minstrel," To the inevitable encore demand he responded with "Queen of the Earth,' At a later stage e .. ang !Mandslay," ad bebegor

earned the hearty.plaudits of the audience. Highly acceptable variety was.introduced by Mr W, T. Lake-Maggs. He gave a funny, clever ventriloqual 'turn, and appeared after that as a reciter, giving. "Trouble in the Amen Corner," and "The Whistler," both numbers being hugely enjoyed. Mr H. -Clare played the overtures,, and also the pianoforte accom paniments. Of course his woik was masterly throughout, and aided oery .materially to the success of thu entertainment;: ., Mr Charles A. White, Goldfields' Forest Danger, has with the authority of the Conservator of Forests sent the follow beg circular to the managers of all gold. producing mines:--" Dear Sir,-With the view of protecting existing forests from which your present supply of timber is ob. tained, and also with the view of re-estab. lishing the growth of similar or more suit able trees where such forests have necessarily been depleted, and so sustaining the natural industry of mining in all its varieties, I have the honor to ask that you will'begood qnough to supply me with the following particulars for the immediate informnation of the ConEer vator of Forests, and ultimately for the benefit of yourself and the colony at large: -1. What number of cords of wood during the year ending December 81; 1P98, you have used upon your mine andcondenser? 2. What. was the average number of: cords so used per each working month 8. What number of heads of stampers ? 4. How long in your estimation, things being equal, will the pre. sent natural timber last within a radius from your mine of, say, five miles, that is outside a proclaimed State forest ? 6. Can you offer any suggestions re the foregoing ? I will esteem it a great favor' if you will kindly let me have specific replies on or before January 10 n~xt.-I have the honor:;to be, Sir, your obedient servant, CAs,. A. WHITE, Gold fields Forest Ringer."

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