FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENTS.]
BEENLEIGH. September 10.
The animal show of the Agricultural and Pastoral Society of Southern Queensland, which opens here on Wednesday, promises to be, on the whole, very successful. A greater number of horses have been entered than in any previous year, and the exhibits of stock are expected to be first-class. It is feared, however, that the dry weather will seriously interfere with the exhibits of agricultural produce. Sir Thomas Mcllwraith and several friends are expected to be present at the show.
ROCKHAMPTON, September 10.
A nine-stalled stable, the property of Mr. Joseph Marshall, at the rear of the Freemasons' Arms Hotel, William-street, caught fire on Saturday night, and the building was nearly destroyed before the fire brigade could quench the flames. Fortunately there was no wind blowing at the time, or the fire would probably have extended further. The building was in-
sured for £50.
Bush fires are raging all over the district towards the coast, and many cattle are dying from the effects of the drought. Prayers for
rain were offered at St. Paul's Church on Sun- day.
The wool from the Ranelagh, which struck on a rock in the Fitzroy River, has been brought up to town. Fifty-eight bales for Sydney and seventy for Brisbane are dry, but the remainder has been damaged by the water. A quantity of preserved meat which was on board the Ranelagh has been taken by the Leichhardt to Lake's Creek. The Ranelagh has from 4ft. to 5ft. of water in her forehold at low tide.
The annual regatta of the Central Queens- land Rowing Club was very successful, and the
races were well contested.
The steamer Keilawarra, while coming up the river this morning, stuck in the centre of the channel in the new cutting at Brown's Cross- ing. The mails and passengers were brought up to town, pilot Birrell attributes the grounding of the steamer to the silt from the dredge deposited at the upper side gradually closing the channel up. The Keilawarra is ex- pected to float off this evening.
The steamers Yaralla and Leichhardt sailed
this afternoon, and will have to navigate the
The Keilawarra has been floated off, and arrived here this evening. The Ranelagh is still in the same position. A diver has been engaged fixing gear all day. All the preserved meat which formed part of the Ranelagh's cargo will be landed at Lake's Creek by the morning.
TOWNSVILLE, September 10.
The Queensland Steam Shipping Company's steamer Gympie arrived yesterday from Lon- don, and came into Ross Creek. She will be placed in the Johnstone River trade, for which she is excellently adapted.
CHARTERS TOWERS, September 10.
Messrs. Rutledge and Stublcy addressed a crowd of not less than 1000 electors at Charters Towers on Saturday evening. Mr. Rutledge spoke at length on the subjects of land grants and coolie and Chinese immigration, fully exposing the misrepresentations of Macros- san and others respecting the policy of the Opposition on the immigration question, and showing the insincerity of the argu- ments of the Government respecting Chinese and Malays. He accused the Government of conniving at the introduction of Chinese by planters for the purpose of frightening white workmen into acceptance of coolie immigration. Mr. Rutledge was accorded a patient hearing, and a vote of confidence was unanimously carried amid cheers. Mr. Stubloy followed, rebutting charges of inconsistency, and reserv- ing a fuller addrcss till the next meeting. He was also heartily cheered, and a unanimous vote of confidence in him was carried.
COOKTOWN, September 10.
Inspector Fitzgerald, with ten troopers, has gone to the Bloomfield sugar plantation to restore order there. A disturbance took place on the plantation lately between the Chinese and Malays employed there, in which several were wounded.
There has been great excitement here to-day in connection with the nominations for the Cook electorate. Messrs. F. A. Cooper, J. Hamilton, T. Campbell, and C. Lumley Hill are in the field. Mr. G. Bashford has also re- quested his friends to nominate him, but they are waiting until the last moment. The lead- ing residents here are going for Cooper and
Mr. F. A. Cooper addressed a large and orderly meeting at the Town Hall this even- ing, the mayor occupying the chair. The can- didate was well received, and had a good hear- ing. Mr. Power proposed a vote of confidence in Mr. Cooper, which was seconded by Mr. J. C. Band. Mr. R. Baird proposed as an amendment a vote of want of confidence, but the original motion was carried by a large majority. Messrs. Cooper and Hamilton will poll a large majority here.
Mr. Bashford was among the candidates nominated to-day.
SURAT, September 10.
About sixty persons turned out yesterday to meet Mr. Jacob Low, late member for Balonne, who was a passenger by coach from St. George to Yeulbah. The cavalcade met the coach five miles from Surat, when Mr. Low was accom- modated with a seat in a buggy, and driven to town. Three ringing cheers were given in honour of the late member, who proceeds to
Mr. Morehead is shortly expected to visit the electorate, and will receive hearty receptions at St. George, Surat, and Goondiwindi.
The country all round is looking very bare, and the cattle and sheep are dying from want of grass. Rain is urgently needed every-
ISISFORD, September 10.
Four hundred fat bullocks, the property of. the Darling Downs Pastoral Company, of Cork, passed down yesterday, bound south, via Thargomindah, S. H. E. Leigh in charge.