NEWS & NOTES
It is now evident that the cy- clonic disturbance which spent so much of its fury upon Bathurst and Melville Islands also extended its op- erations over Croker Island and the Coburg Peninsula. At Sam Green's saw mills at Melville Island, the ketch "Maggie," which had been loaded .with 20 tons of cypress pine for Dar- win was bloAvn ashore. Ocer at Crok- er Island the auxiliary yawl "Pat," belonging to the Croker Island De- velopment Company, and their lug- ger the "Essington" were also driven ashore, but neither of them evident- ly sustained any damage, A small cutter, the Jane B, set out from Trepang Bay on the afternoon of the gale with two Kanakas and 13 natives aboard. They werc bound for the King River, and represented a trepang fisher's company and out- fit. Within an hour after leaving the harbor the wind began, and the sail was shortened. It blew harder and the boat was driven before the hur- ricane on the jib. The jib was tak- en in, and under bare poles the cutter was driven for miles. Fortunately the wind was then blowing on to the land, and the cutter made for a bay. Just at the entrance of the bay, how- ever, a tremendous converging sea was met, and, before two huge seas and a terrific wind the vessel capsized. Of the fifteen occupants only nine reached the shore. Those lost were all natives, comprising two old men, two boys and two girls. Anxiety is felt for the safety of another lug- ger, the "Harriet," belonging to Cap- tain H. C. Edwards, of Darwin. She left Bowen Straits for Port Essington six days before the cyclone with three men on board, and has not since been heard of. Reports received indicate that the hurricane was of unusual viol- ence, and the path of the storm is to be traced through the bush, where every tree or obstacle in its way has been swept down. Rain fell in torrents, the gauge at Bathurst Island registered ten inches in eight hours. Jimmy Guffaw, a kanaka, and a well known identity, is among the missing.
"No. men in the Avorld know more about intensive gardening than the Belgians, and even the Danes cannot outriA'al them in dairy farming," says Dr. C. W. Salccby. "In A'arious parts of ^Hampshire it has been de- cided to engage Belgian refugees to >^frcach"thc natives how to make ,thc best
"VÎHÎSC of their soil. The idea is an ex-
cellent one, since it Avili afford our guests an opportunity of repaying to the full the hospitality A\'hich thisi country is extending to them. The] time will *soon come Avhen England* will be forced1 to make better use of ber soil. In all probability, after! 1920 the United States Avili send no further Avheat across the Atlantic. She Avili then ha\'e a population of 100,000,000, and will require all her grain for home consumption. We can learn a valuable lesson from Bel- gium. "-Register.
Bishopric of Willochra.-Rev. W. A. Fletcher '(Rector of Christ Church, Darwin), informs us that he has re- ceived Avord from the Bishop of Car- pentaria that his Lordship docs not intend1 to leave Thursday Island fop his new Diocese until June next, and' that he hopes to visit Darwin again before going to the south. No in- formation has yet been received with regard1 to the appointment of the new Bishop of Carpentaria.
At the Darwin Police Court on
Monday, the 8th instant, before Mr, r W. G. Stretton, S.M., Albert Colley, Michael Surtecs, Fred Johnson, and Frank Tcrmansen Avcre arraigned on charges of drunkenness and were fin- ed ios each.
\ From Amsterdam it is reported that in order to prevent mistakes by. German submarines, the Holland-Am- erican steamer Rotterdam will hence- forth' show her name on the bow in large letters, and will probably have the national colors painted on her 'sides. , 1
' At the Darwin Police Court on Tuesday, the 9th instant, G. M. Dev- onport was charged with having been unlawfully on the premises of V. C. M. Presley on March 2nd, and was sentenced to two months' im- prisonment. On Wednesday morning, the 10th instant, the same individual was further charged with having been on the same premises on the 3rd in- stant, and was sentenced to one months' imprisonment. Paul Kazohas was fined £5 and costs for bringing ashore a box of cigars from the s.s. "Taiyuan" on Christmas Eve. and en- deavoring to evade payment of duty
The Licensing Court held at Dar- win on Tuesday, the 9th instant, be- fore Messrs. Stretton and Playford, S.S.M., and Linton, Dr. Howson [ina W. l-l. Huggins, J.J.P, decided to only grant extension of hotel licen- ses at Katherine and from there lo
Darwin for a period of six months. South of the Katherine the licences were extended for 12 months. This is regarded as the initial .step in the nationalisation of the liquor traffic. Billiard licenses were granted for 12
Despite the wet blanket cast upon enlistments from the Northern Terri-
tory by the Minister for Defence; (Senator G. F. Pearce) one iv.tch of volunteers left Darwin by the ~.s. "Taiyuan" on Thursday, the 4th in- stant, and five more followed by the s.s. "Aldenham" on Monday, the Sth instant. On both occasions a number of friends of the volunteers assembled on the wharf io bid them good-bye and God speed. Photo- graphic groups were taken by Messrs Rcichcnbach, the overland cyclLt, and Skil'ngton. The "Taiyuan" conting- ent consisted of Messrs. Neil Boyle, J. T. Johnson, L. P. Weatherbv, R. W. Stirling. P. C. Reaby, C. B Dickason, Jas. M. M'Donald, G. Classen, J. Buckley; J. Beattie. As the steamer left the wharf cheers and counter cheers were given, and the inevitable song "It's a long way to Tipperary" was sung. Cheers, were given for Messrs. Walter Bell and Fred Thompson, whose efforts had been of assistance in getting the party together and sent on the way. The s.s. "Aldenham" on Monday took away Messrs. J. L. Cain, J. Park, A. Borella, Frank Thompson and Scrgt. R. Butters, late of the Royal Scots Greys. A good many townspeople wished them good-bye.
At Tuesday's meeting of the Pal- merston District Council the Chair- man stated tint the lion. David Wat-
kins. M.P., had expressed his wil- lingness to ask questions from time to time on the floor of the Federal House of Representatives concerning matters affecting the Northern Terri- tory.
Mr. S. J. Ashcr, sharcbrokcr, and member of the Adelaide Stork Ex- change, wired us the following infor- mation" on Wednesday morni/zg, the 10th instant: -Wallaroos, buyers, 40s; sellers 41s. Broken Hills, buy-' crs 38s 3d; sellers 3SS gd. British, buyers 27s; sellers 27s gd. Norths, buyers 46s 6Ú; sellers 47s, Souths, contributing, buyers £6 19s; sellers £7 is. Souths, paid, buyers £14 10s; sellers £15 ios.
The Eastern Extension Telegraph .Company's cable repair steamer "Pa- trol" arrived at Darwin from Singa- pore on Saturday, the 6th instaut.
The "Patrol" was moored at the 'cable depot, Singapore, when the mutiny broke out. and there were on board '"the wifes and families of some of
the officers who preferred to be loft at Singapore until all trouble had subsided. Those on board were all in .the centre of the disturbance, but were all inclined to say little ort the maller, having evidently been cautioned not to divulge information
The s.s. "St. Albans" leaves Hong- kong on the 12th instant and it due fit Darwin on the 21st instant, at daylight. Is . :