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QUEENSLAND NEWS.

IVnOM OUR OWN COIUiBSl-ONDUNTB.]

BEENLEIGH. Sentcmbcr 10.

Tlie animal show of the Agricultural and Pastoral Society of Southern Queensland, which opens here on Wednesday, promises to he, on tlie whole, very successful. A greater number of horses have been entered thon in any previous year, and tho exhibits of stock arc expected to be first-class. It ia feared, however, that the elry weather will seriously interfere with the exhibits of agricultural produce. Sir Thomas M'llwrnith and several friends arc expected to bo 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 firo on Saturday night, and the buileling waa nearly destroyed before the fire brigade could quench the flames. Fortunately there was no wind blowing at the time, or tho firo woulel probably havo extended further. The building was in-

sured for £50.

Bush fires aro raging all over tho district towards the coast, and many cattle aro dying from the effects of the drought. Prayers for

rain were offered at St. Paul's Church on Sun- day.

Tho 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 Brisbano ure dry, but tho remainder has been damaged by the water. A quantity of preserved meat which was on board the Ranelagh has boon taken by the Leichhardt to Lake's Creek. Tho Ranelagh has from 'I ft. to 5ft. of water in her forohold at low tide.

Tho annual regatta of the Contrai Queens- land Rowing Club was very successful, and the

races wore well contested.

Tho steamer Kcilavvnrra, while coming up the river this morning, stuck in the centro of the channel in the now cutting at Brown's Cross- ing. The mails and passengers were brought np to town, rilot Birroll attributes tho grounding of the sicamor to the silt from the dredge deposited at tho upper side gradually closing the channel tip, Tho Koilawarra is ex- pect ed to float off this evening.

The steamers Yaralla and Leichhardt sailed

this afternoon, and will have to navigate the

old channel.

Later.

The Koilawarra has boen floated off, and arrived hero tliiH evening. The Ranelagh is still in the same position. A diver has been engaged fixing gear all day. All tho preserved meat which formed part of tho Ranelagh's cargo will bo landed at Lake's Crook by the morning.

TOWNSVILLE, September 10.

The Queensland Steam Shipping Company's steamer Gympie arrived yesterday from Lon- don, awl carne into Ross Creek. She will be placed in the Johnstone River trade, for which nile is excellently adapted.

CHARTERS TOWERS, September 10.

Messrs. Rutledge and Sttiblcy 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 Chiucso 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. Rutlcelgc was accorded a patient hearing, and a vote of confidence was unanimously carried amiel cheers. Mr. Stubloy followed, rebutting charges of inconsistency, and reserv- ing a fuller adelrcss till the next meeting. Ho was also heartily cheered, and a unanimous voto 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 placo on the plantation lately between the Chinese and Malays employed there, in which several were wounded.

There has been great excitement hero 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 residonts hore are going for Cooper and

Hamilton.

Later.

Mr. F. A. Cooper addresseel 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 voto 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. JacobLow, late member for Balonne, who was a passenger by coach from St. George to Yeulbah. Tho cavalcade met the coach five miles from Surat, when Mr. Low was accom- modated with a scat in a buggy, and driven to town. Three ringing cheers were given in honour of the late member, who proceeds to

Brisbane.

Mr. Morehead is shortly expected to visit the electorate, and will receive hearty rcceptionsat St. George, Surat, anel Goondiwindi.

The country all round is looking very bare, and the cattle anel sheep aro dying from want of grass. Rain is urgently needed every-

where.

ISISFORD, September 10.

Four hundred fat bullocks, tnc property of. the Darling Downs Pastoral Company, of Cork, passed down yesterelay, bound south, uteî Thargomindah, S. H. E. Leigh in charge.

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