THE BRISBANE COURIER
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1883.
THE following paragraph, which appears in last Friday's Sydney Morning Herald, is one winch must be read with a feeling of great dissatisfaction by every Queens-
Latest telegrams indicate that Queensland im- migrants, though not positively discontented with Australia, are of opinion that then chances are better in this colony than in that to which they were imported. They are coming South, and not by driblets but it would appear in a tolerably strong stream. One hundred are said to have passed through Stanthorpe in twelve days, and more are following. It is exceedingly likely that more and more will follow, started from Queensland it may be by temporary difficulty in finding employment, and lured to that rich Northern district of ours by the result of a combination of circumstances which must make labour scarce and dear there for many months to come. Upon those Northern railway lines just now there is work for many hundreds of men at wages ranging from 8s. to 10s. per day. In all the sheds of the mountain districts shearing, with all its attendant work, is busy. A richer and more extensive harvest than New England has ever seen is ripening in all the plains and table-lands. It would lake a great deluge of men to swamp the labour market there, and the stream that flows outward from Sydney is like a wel- come all those travellers from Queensland, and yet it hardly becomes New South Wales to exult in their arrival there. They are a sort of un- earned riches, deserters from the purchased army of a neighbour enticed away by a chance of cheap prosperity.
Our neighbours can afford to treat this matter in the philosophical spirit generally displayed by those who gain by other people's losses; but we who have de- frayed the cost of bunging these people to Australia, cannot. Nor is there any need why we should thus provide a labour supply for the northern dis- tricts of New South Wales. There is, as is well known, a clause in the Immigra- tion Act of last year which imposes a penalty on immigrants who obtain free or assisted passages to Queensland with the in- tention of going elsewhere, but the pro- vision has been allotted to remain inopera- tive. It is a sufficiently stringent provision, for it says:—
Any person who arrives in the colony under the provisions of the I7th section of this Act, or as a free, assisted, or nominated immigrant, with the intention of immediately leaving the colony, shall be guilty of a misdemeanour, and shall be liable, on conviction, to a fine not exceeding £50, with or without imprisonment for any period not exceed-
ing twelve months.
For the purposes of this section, leaving or attempting to leave the colony at any time within three months after arrival shall be prima facie evidence of having arrived with the intention of immediately leaving the colony.
Other sections relieve immigrants who shall recoup the Government for the cost of their passage from this provision and also provide punishment for persons engaging or attempting to engage immigrants for service out of Queensland. There is therefore ample power given by the Act to stop the migration of immigrants, and, as the people themselves are easily identified there can be no difficulty in bringing the offence home to them. Nor need there be any scruple in acting on the clause. Every immigrant who arrives here is well aware of the fact that all or the greater part of his passage-money has been paid by the colony, and has had the penalty for leaving it carefully brought under his notice when signing the emigra- tion agreement. Leaving for the South, as a great many of them are doing, is therefore a wilful fraud on the country, and there need be no scruple in exacting the full penalty
for the offence.
It is not very evident why the Govern- ment have been so neglectful in this matter. Immigrants are crowding into our ports, and draining away by steamer, directly under the eyes of the officials, or overland across the border, and yet no attempt is made to stop them. There is no motive of policy for refusing to enforce the law. The labour market is not glutted, nor is there any difficulty in procuring immigrants in Great Britain. It is certainly true that some doubt has been expressed whether the restrictive clauses can be enforced, but, even if the Colonial Secretary does entertain such a doubt, it does not excuse, him for refrain- ing from acting on the section. There is no question as to the intention of the Legisla- ture in framing the prohibition, and it is the duty of the Government to attempt at least to give effect to it. For our part, we have very little doubt as to the efficacy of the preventive measure embodied in the Act. Let the police be ordered to arrest the next batch of immigrants shipping by a Southern steamer, and we venture to pre- dict that there will be no need for many repetitions of the action.
WE dare say that most people at this side of the globe thought that with the suppres-
sion of the Zorilla fiasco—as it seemed to be—and the escape of the mutinous sol- diery across the frontier into France, the last had been heard of the latest Spanish "revolution." Even some usually well- informed London papers reckoned it up as merely a scare in Spanish securities, created to "bear" the market, and accomplished at a very moderate cost as compared with pre- vious speculations of that kind and in the same description of stock. They assured the public that it had no real political sig- nificance, and that within a week's time it would be regarded as of no consequence whatever in Spain or out of it, except by the people who had been timid enough to "sell out" and the people who had been astutely advised to "buy in." As Spain has in proportion to its resources about the largest foreign debt of any country in Europe, and in fact has been for a long time on the verge of absolute insolvency, it is not surprising that her many creditors should be extremely sensitive, and that any symptom of another change of Government should make them anxious concerning their already ven- turesome advances to that magnificent bor- rowing power. But to whatever extent the news of the Zorilla emeute affected the market, it would now seem that those who discredited it as a mere piece of financial swindling cannot be altogether right.
The news we published yesterday that a regiment of Spanish troops, to whom the care of the public buildings of Madrid had been confided had been disarmed, has a very serious aspect, and looks as it something real in the way of Spanish revolutions was impending. If it was thought necessary to employ soldiers in large numbers for the protection of the public buildings, they
would probably have been selected by the late Ministry, which could not determine to what extent France should apologise to the King for the insults of the Parisian mob, and would now be disarmed by the new Minsitry because of some information gained by them since coming into office. At any late, the taking of such measures denotes impending trouble of a very serious nature, and will warn Europe that a stable Govern- ment in Spain is no more to be reckoned upon now than at any time during the last thirty years. Within the last fifteen years there have been several changes of rulers, and as Alphonso XII. has now been nearly nine years the nominal ruler of Spain, it would seem that, according to Spanish ideas, he has held the position in unreasonable length of time, and that he should make way for a Dictator, or a Republic, or for some other gentleman to play the part of king.
Spanish revolutions have certain traits peculiar, we think, to that country. They do not begin, as in France, or as m "'48" in some of the German cities, with excited gatherings of students or workers (ouvriers). There is no parading of processions with flags and nondescript weapons. Hymns are not chanted, except in the churches by trembling monks, and nobody is told, in Marseillaise fashion, to "March on! march on! for the day of glory has arrived," The whole affair is conducted on established principles. As for instance: a decision is arrived at that Spain requires a new ruler, or a new constitution, or that somebody wants to liberate Spain. Then the business is taken in hand in the military fashion befitting a once great military nation. A pronunciamiento, which seems to be the Spanish for "gazette extra," is issued by the malcontents, and it is signed by a Serrano or a Prim, a Narvez or an O'Donnel, or, it may to-morrow be, by an Hernandez or a Sigasta, and presto! there is a revolution. It may be that the new revolution will not revolve sufficiently, and that the former revolutionists, now the Government de jure, manage to hold their position. This does not frequently happen, but when it does it involves some shooting, some deportation to the Philippines, several new taxes, and, if possible, a new loan. Then things go on pretty much as usual, but as a rule, revolu- tions are in Spain what newspaper re- porters describe is "great successes." They do not begin with the populace, but they rapidly become popular, and the average Spaniard will join with Espartero in "vivas"
for Amadeo with all his heart, and will be quite ready to perform a similar duty for Alphonso, when the Marshal invites him to take Amadeo's place. But there is besides all this perpetual intrigue—this con- dition of dissatisfaction with things as they are—a thoughtful, hopeful number of men who aim at one final, and, is they believe, effectual change for the better, and who firmly believe in a Spanish Republic, which shall not be trampled out by some ambi- tious general, and shall really become the permanent Government of the country.
They exercise a large amount of influence, and in many cases most influence amongst the classes by whom their real aims are least understood. But because of that, per- haps, they seem to get no nearer to their goal, and the military and the ecclesiastics manage to guide affairs pretty much after the old fashion. There is as yet no distinct evidence of any Republican movement in the recent disturbances, and even were they to take such a shape it would be tolerably safe to come to the conclusion that they would once more eventuate in the appoint- ment of some "strong man,"—probably a soldier as dictator—and in due time another pronunciamiento.
WE are informed by memorandum from the Electric Telegraph Office that telegraphic com- munication with Bangkok, Siam, was restored
on the 23rd instant.
The Hon. S. W. Griffith, the Hon. J. P. Garrick, and Mr. Macdonald-Paterson left town on Saturday last for Humpybong, with a four-in-hand team. They put up at Walsh's Bay View Hotel, and returned to town on Sunday evening. While at the seaside the site of the proposed jetty at Redcliffe was pointed out to the party, and they visited O'Leary's and other popular places along the coast. Mr. Garrick was re- ceived everywhere with the warmest cordi-
ality, and a few of the residents were not slow to bring under his notice the wants of the district, particularly as re- gards a post and telegraph office in some central position. Mr. Garrick admitted that in such a populous and fast-growing watering place it was very necessary to have the conveniences mentioned. Some of the people in Humpy- bong were somewhat disappointed at not having received notice of the visit, as they were desirous of giving their member a cordial public reception.
In reply to inquiries as to the state of the labour market at Beenleigh, our correspon- dent says:—"I have spoken to some of the employers in the neighbourhood, who consider that the labour supply is sufficient. As some of the mills will soon draw to the end of this season's crushing work will be somewhat slacker in that line. In other branches things may brighten up, for we had an inch of rain to-day; but previously everything except crushing has been at a standstill owing to the drought. Being so near to Brisbane employers of labour go into Brisbane and engage labourers there, or get someone to do so for them, and thus keep up their supply."
OUR readers have already been made ac- quainted through our telegraphic columns with the strong stand made by the Townsville people against the landing of the immigrants by the barque Eastern Monarch, in consequence of the prevalence of typhoid fever and measles on board. From the Under Colonial Secretary we learn that 102 of the immigrants by this vessel, consisting of those who are ill and their attendants, have been landed at the quarintine station, Magnetic Island. It was intended to land the remainder of the passengers at the depot on Ross Island, but Dr. Ahearne, the health officer for the port, declined to give them pratique, and stated that if they ero landed without first undergoing quaran- tine, he would not be responsible for the health of the town. The Colonial Secretary has con- sequently decided that the healthy immigrants shall remain on Magnetic Island for a few days, for purposes of purification.
WE understand that a friendly game of cricket has been arranged between the Lands Department and Messrs. B. D. Morehead and Co. for next Saturday, at Kedron Park. A great amount of interest is taken in the match and both elevens are going in for steady practice, and no doubt a very exciting contest will be the result. It is, we believe, the in- tention of Messrs. Perkins, Tully, and Deshon to play for the Lands Department, and Messrs. Morehead and Stevenson will be on the oppos- ing side. There will, no doubt, be a very large gathering of visitors, and altogether a very en- joyable afternoon's sport is anticipated.
The graving dock at South Brisbane showed unmistakable signs of activity yesterday morn- ing. At an early hour the dock caisson, or gate, was opened to allow three steamers to be placed on the blocks. These were the two Government tug boats, Lucy and Brisbane, and the new steamer Gympie, belonging to the Queensland Steam Shipping Company. There was just sufficient space in the dock for the three boats, and after the gate was lowered and securely fixed on the sill, the operation of pumping out commenced. A great amount of care requires to be exercised by the superinten- dent of the dock in order to secure the proper settlement of the vessels' keels in the centre of the blocks, and this is particularly needful when there are three steamers or vessels in the dock. A light rope is passed across the dock and affixed to either side, and, hanging from this rope over the exact centre of the blocks, there is a rope with a ball attached, which sinks and forms a plumb-line to guide the superintendent and others who look after the operations as to the proper settling down of the steamers in a safe position on the blocks. The steam engines and pumping machinery continue to work well, with great speed and regularity.
The firebell rang out at 6.45 last night the alarm of a fire at North Brisbane. It proved, however, to be a chimney on fire in Ann-street, one door from Wharf-street. By the time the members of the fire brigade reached the spot all danger was past. It appears that as two men were passing along Ann-street they saw flames issuing from the chimney top. One of them instantly ran to the fire station and gave the alarm, and caused the bell to be rung, whilst the second much more sensibly ran into the house and assisted, by a judicious use of bagging, to put out the fire. The fact of a goodly number of firemen being brought to- gether for a "chimney" that was not on fire was of course the subject of a good deal of
chaff from the assembled crowd.
A special general meeting of the share- holders of the South Brisbane and Suburban Permanent Building and Investment Society was held yesterday evening at the South Brisbane
Mechanics' Institute, Mr. A. F. Luya in the chair. Mr. John Hardgrave proposed, and Mr. P. Nott seconded, that the rules as pro- posed be adopted. Mr. E. Thorne proposed a few verbal amendments, and suggested that clause 32 should be altered so that one director instead of all should retire annually. After some discussion the rules as proposed were
unanimously adopted. Mr. Lynan proposed Messrs. John Hardgrave, John Potts, and A. F. Luya as trustees of the society, and there being no other candidates proposed these gentlemen were elected. On the motion of Mr. S. Fraser, M.L.A., Messrs. G. T. C. Lang, P. Nott, A. Overend, and J. Forsyth were elected directors. For the post of auditors there were seven nominations—Messrs. C. W. Copeland, J. W. Hill, J. B. Nicholson, Robert Dalby, Wm. Macandie, J. A. Kenion, and Arthur Morris. A ballot was consequently taken, with
the following result:—Hill, 96; Copeland, 70; Morris, 36; Dalby, 27; Nicholson, 25; Mac- andie, 25; Kenion, 23. Messrs. Hill and Cope- land were therefore declared elected, and Mr. Hill returned thanks in a short speech. While the scrutineers (Messrs. Fraser and Rüthning) were counting the votes, the chairman an- nounced that already 2200 shares had been taken up, amounting to £44,000. A vote of thanks to the chairman, proposed by Mr. S. Fraser, M.L.A., was carried by acclamation, and closed the proceedings.
ON the 25th August, says our (Argus) Lon- don correspondent, writing on the 7th Septem- ber, the steamship Cape Clear left Plymouth for Hobart direct with 372 emigrants for Tas- mania. The Cape Clear is the pioneer vessel of a direct steam service to Tasmania, and she took out the first batch of emigrants for that colony. They were despatched by Mr. Frede- rick Humphries, the Government emigration agent, and were admitted to be a superior class. A second steamer, with emigrants for Tasmania, will be despatched from Plymouth direct in November. Mr. Humphries is about to commence a second lecturing tour in Kent, after which he will place himself in communica- tion with the Scotch crofters, and with a number of persons in Norway, who express a wish to emigrate. He experiences no difficulty in select-
ing first-class emigrants.
A CORRESPONDENT writes as follows:— "Having recently visited Southport, after an absence of over eighteen months, I was greatly struck with the rapid progress that seaside resort has made during that period. Southport proper appears to have almost doubled in size, and the buildings erected are of a substantial character. Lenneberg's hotel is now a fine, commodious place, and all around this neighbourhood signs of improvement are ob- servable. The jetty off Hanlon's is now nearly completed to the deep water near the black buoy at which the steamers used to stop to land passengers for this part of Southport, and the structure is being built in a most substantial manner. Near Deepwater Point, about midway between Hanlon's and Labrador, now stands quite a cluster of houses which I had not seen before, while several new places have made then appearance in the neighbourhood of Labrador. Last, but not least, is Beetham's fine two-story boarding house—the "Woodlands—erected since my previous visit. This stands near the mouth of Loder's Creek, a short distance to the north of Labrador, and in front of it a first-rate jetty runs out into deep water. In every direction are to be seen indications of progress, and if Southport increases in size in the future as rapidly as it has done in the past it will not be long ere the whole of the water frontage from Loder's Creek to Lenneberg's, at the mouth of Nerang Creek, will be built upon. All of this frontage is admirably adapted for the pur- pose, and is within easy reach of the shores of
BACHELDER'S Minstrels opened at the Theatre Royal last night for a short season. There was a good audience, and the entertainment was generally a success. The first part consisted of the usual selection of comic songs by Messrs. Moynham and Keenan, and senti- mental ballads by Messrs. Fredericks, Shannon, and Ball. The concluding sketch, "A Moon- light Serenade," was, if anything, more stupid than its kind usually are. The Guard act, by Messrs. Moynham and Keenan, was a won- derful exhibition of contortions and unnatural postures, and, with the clog-dancing of three children, was loudly applauded. The usual farces concluded the programme.
IN chambers yesterday, before the Acting Chief Justice, in the matter of Regina v. Walsh, on the application of Mr. Brown, Walsh was admitted to bail, himself in £500 and two sureties of £250. Mr. Keane, for the Crown, consenting, subject to the bail being approved by the police-magistrate at Rock- hampton. William Archibald Robinson, clerk, of Ravenswood, was yesterday adjudicated in- solvent on his on petition. The first meeting
of creditors is fixed for 15th November.
THE October number of the Australasian Sketcher is an unusually good one. Two large engravings are given with it, both devoted to racing topics. One, "Saddling the Favourite," is good, but marred by the usual defect in this publication of blurred lights. The other, a sheet of small woodcuts, giving the adventures of two country visitors to "the Cup," is unreservedly good, full of humour, and quite equal to the comic sheets published occasionally by the Graphic. There are also the usual number of smaller
OUR Upper Brisbane correspondent, writing on Saturday, says: We are in great need of rain, and the country is looking wretched. The cows are suffering and there is little water to be had. Several deaths have occurred among the stock, owing to their extreme weakness.
THE Commissioner of Police has received a telegram from Port Douglas under date 27th instant stating that a man named McGuinness, who was in charge of Crowley's cattle station, was speared last Friday by the Mount Mulli- gan blacks ten miles below Union Camp. The wound it is hoped, will not prove fatal. The police were to leave on Saturday for the scene of
THE Albert and Queensland National Bank Cricket Clubs began a two days' match at the Hamilton on Saturday. Messrs. E. Baines and A. Forbes were the respective skippers, and the latter winning the toss elected to take the creases.The pitch was in an awfully neglected condition but the rain softened it a good deal and made it less dangerous. The Bank innings realised 92 the best contributors being Cleeve 22, Tucker 21, and Wearne 11, all by hard play. McGill bowled well, and he and Baines bagged all the wickets. At call of time two Alberts were out with 46 up, Silvester 10, J. Fisher 15, E. Baines 10 not out, and Laing 5, not out. The fielding was busy and good all
It is intended (says the News) to form a limited company in Maryborough with a small capital for the purpose of starting a co-opera- tive bakery, as it is considered such a scheme, if well managed, would return a good percent- age to shareholders.
ON Tuesday last the first load of sugar from the Pioneer mill arrived in town (says the Bowen Times of 20th instant) and was delivered at Messrs. J. Palmer and Co.'s store. A larger quantity in all seven or eight tons has been brought in to the various stores during the week and as we anticipated it commands a ready sale at the price asked for it—namely,
3½d per lb.
MR. HAMILTON has not been unmindful of this goldfield even in the midst of a political campaign (says the Palmer Chronicle). He has been successful in securing the services of Mr. White as geological surveyor for the Palmer. Mr, White, we are advised will arrive soon. Sometime ago the Minister for Works was in- terviewed by Messrs. Gibson and Hamilton in Brisbane relative to the appointment of a surveyor, and the Minister promised to send one when one qualified could be secured. Since Mr. Hamilton's departure from May- town he has been in communication with the
department, with the above satisfactory
A SALE of Government land was held at the courthouse Geraldton, on the river John- stone on Tuesday last, 16th instant (says the Cairns Post). The land offered consisted of allotments situated in the towns of Geraldton and Musgrave and was put up principally in quarter-acre allotments. The attendance num-
bered about fifty and the bidding was spirited, the prices realised being higher than was anti-
cipated. All the Geraldton lots offered were sold at prices ranging from the upset price (£50 per acre) to £63 per allotment.
THE Bowen jetty is now quite finished (says the Times), and the coasting steamers can come alongside at any time. The T end is suffiently long to enable vessels to discharge at both hatches, which of course saves much time. A comfortable little room has been fitted
up at the end of the shed for the Customs officers. The shed itself is a very substantial building, and will be most useful for the recep- tion of cargo at night or during bad weather.
All that is now wanted is a powerful dredge for a few months, and then the British-India and other ocean going steamers will be able to berth alongside. We trust the new Government will not overlook this very important matter.
The following "mining mems." appear in the Palmer Chronicle of 13th instant:—Some very good stone showing a fair amount of gold has been raised from the Queen Company's claim during the week. About 60 tons will be put through the Queen p.c. battery. Arrange- ments are pending whereby 50ft may be sunk, when it is expected the prospects of the mine will be better than ever. A crushing of 4 tons from the Try Again yielded 20oz. of gold. McAuslan's lot of about 15 tons went a trifle under an ounce and a half. No 1 St. Patrick, which now rejoices in the giandiloquent name of No 1 Extended Liberal, is being worked by a party of four.
Some good crushings were taken from this reef, and if systematically worked should pay well. Splendid ore is reported as having been taken from Woods Bros.' show at Granite Range. Twelve holes sunk on the lode con- tained first class bagging ore. The Woods' talk about a silver lode not very far away.
DESCRIBING A visit to Messrs Farquhar and Co.'s plantation, the Bubdaberg Star says:— There were 500 acres ready for crushing and not 100 acres have been operated on. The capacity of the plant, which is one of the most powerful juice-mills in the district, is up to 18,500 gallons per ten hours, or 21,000 gallons of juice per ten and a half hours, equal to 10 tons of sugar which at the rate paid for juice de- livered at Millaquin of density 10° Beaumé— namely, £22 per ton of sugar—amounts to £220; not bad this for a day's work. A month's woek at that rate would yield £5280. The den- sity of juice at the time of our visit was fully 10° Beaumé from two year-old-cane rappoe variety. The yield from the whole acreage was expected to average 3 tons 15 cwt. sugar (gross) per acre; or £82 10s. per acre paid to the grower on 500 acres amounts to £41,250. From a specially good patch on the same plantation we were informed there was actually produced juice equal to 4½ tons of juice per acre. There are 120 Polynesians (male and female) and only nine whites employed on the plantation. Among those feeding the cane carriers were five Polynesian women, one of whom had her pic- caninny hanging on to the side of the carriers. There is a large engine for working the triple set of rolls, and a small engine for working the agitators and juice pumps. The ponderous machinery worked as smoothly as could be
THE effect of a war between China and France (says the Pall Mall Gazette) would natu- rally tend to cripple our business in the East. A blockade of the Chinese ports, supposing that France were to achieve that impossible under- taking, would be severely felt in Lancashire. China and Hongkong take about 9 per cent of our total exports of cotton piece goods, and about 5 per cent of those of cotton yarns. The precsence of a hostile fleet in Chinese waters would probably seriously inconvenience vessels entering or clearing from Hongkong. As re- gards imports from China, the effect of a blockade on the price of tea may be easily imagined, especially is the stocks held are much less than formerly. Indian growers of the article would no doubt, reap great advan- tage from he cutting off of supplies from China. Again, the lead exported to China, which is chiefly used for packing tea is no less than 30 per cent of our total exports of lead, and this branch of trade would consequently suffer considerably in the circumstances supposed. It is, however, simply impossible for li ance to seal up the "tieaty poits She lins ncithei the ships noi the means to blockade » coast line of 3000 miles long 'Pnde gf o on in China liottv if b .standing wai In ISoT 1S3S 18j9 and 1S0O although xve wore nctiully "t wai with China omsches, oui expo l ne,cr fell below £9,000 000, m nile um i ipoi is actually rose .fiom £2,140«) 2 m li»7 to £o"JIS03b in 1S00, theveai m which w m -th"d is(nnqucrors to the gates oi IMitn Pue Bunsil colony of Hong) ong 11 cei tam to j 1 ay an nnpoi tant pai t
an any wa 7 et n t, a " d any Eui opean» Power It is a 1ml o. Chinese Gibraltar s pin «ted from the manlmd by a nairovv 3trutonly L K wai! mtb The opposite pen n<¡ulii or Koo bnnn w«» ood*»d to England m ISOl, and also foi nu paît of Hongkong Hongkong ^as o, i csi len"- pnpul itinn of about C000 Lmop^aus and Am cr can«, 2000 Indian", and 115,000 Cuimse jniuii0 the Bnripeans ct fhe last census vteic u.ij Frenchmen lue irapoits oí Biitish p uuiin i io Hongkong xary from io.GCOüOO lo ^4 000,030 pei annum, and the c.ports to G-^.o Butam fiom £1250000 to £2000000 It is impossible to »'?-to the nutab»'- ef Cta^p":! i»s den'-s at radi or ti- t pitv j ru v> ir v ]&7(i f"» ?number of T< ui otean" Uv mg m these ports as letuined a« "?»." Of-h«.« ddin ter« Eng' °h ?40J Anie^'f-GT! J 4 f i »"n aad only 2°5 Tienen The c. mb oc a^o-«n0jinCliinc, niMivof w! o« v i' >nl> «'" fpll viet'""s to the y ol»n"e of tit rob, 13 some hat ?difhcult to siutc tlosi Or the Protestant iiussionai t-t ot 1 on nero arp paid *o he mon tn^.11 Ot, liv« 111 the niovmces on the seaboard ide n-cnVers of the China Inland Mi^un baw m ji»_.ei ate fuithei into tlii mt io. le " -v bi ii aid that both tiny and ti»11 eouvcit« arp liKely to have a liard tune oi it 11 wai should be dechued The point vvhcie loíjffl Chine » »ip snul to havo crossed ox rri-v'.ü lorn 1111 ni fien v aytoHnid qtiruong is the soap t ot îvnnkcai, situated at the cxtiiiai jutmiii JjO ut 01 the Chinese coast Must, if not all, he Ixigist French wai v os'-els ore lying off the coast of Anam Many of then gunboat3 nie in the Bed Kioei at
A VERY striking phenomenon was observcd on Sunday morning last (says the Port Douglas Chronicle of the 18th instant) in the sky, bear ing in a south-easterly direction - namely, a large waterspout, which continued discharging itself for about ten minutes. In a few hours after we had a few grateful showers of rain. Heavy showers have fallen on the Daintree and Mosman, but feed is still very scarce all through the district.
The unusual success of the Ceara in obtain-
ing a full cargo of boys lies lies (says the Northern Standard) in the fact of her having recruited at an island hitherto almost untried - that of New Ireland. Not having experienced the elevating and refining effects of civilisation, they are not likely as yet to greet labour vessels with bullets and poisoned arrows. Apii, Erro- mango and several other islands have dis tinguished themselves, and in all probability will continue to do so until some proper estab- lished scheme for recruiting is devised.
A Resident at Thursday Island, writes to the Townsville Bulletin, of 22nd in stant, complaining that great complaints have been made by masters of steamers calling there, during the past few months, with regard to the pilot service. The pilot for the port is sent on to Cooktown by the mail steamers, and during his absence other steamers, as a matter of course, have to shift for themselves. It is as- serted that there are plenty of men fully com- petent to pilot a vessel along the coast available, and the fact that two or three are not appointed is causing considerable dissatisfaction.
lill following " miningmeius ' aie fiom the Herbu tun 4dve>limi of 11th Octobei -llieie is nothing sttu tlnig to add to oin icportof last week bet omi the disco»ei) of some nell sihci indications ni a diicchon opposite to the list di»covcij Ah eui) ipuitj of men luve been cn,.n"ed bj the on ntl s of the pi oput» it Cribbs s C imp under tin niiinugenient of Bli
H Jones Dien is no doubt that it this locnht) theie »nil soon bt a settled population Messi a. Cribbs ami put) having pin ted with the old love nie no« uixious to be on with the new, and to that end aio determined to gin all the lounhi between thin old ii um and Joxss Camp a thorough pi oapctting riieie is no bettci held foi piospcctois in the lnituoo dishict than the locabt) mtiihoued and tin loccnt magnificent hud at Fui civil Cieek (wheie it would be imagined all good thin"s would havo been found before this) is m additional encourage mont to pi ospcetoi s îv i u ci home w e li iv e to îepoit Hut the Bi milangil piopuetnrj (Col
lins Bltihei, and BIiii-]h)) no on mauuficcnt stone Infnet there an lots of mincis who assei t the claim is second to none heie, and ne heir tint the minigement aie determined to " iniike a show " shoi tit iho ram vtInch fell during tho week »»ill nnpiovc matters considei
ably, and the Mcstis Delancj, of Relui ii Creek, in i) now be enabled to get then maclii
nei ) on the gi ound 1 he Blonai cb Com] any s machino is ni full u tislnng, and that of the X1 Í Co li is stopp d this week foi the pin po-<p of aiding to the machiner) The Hei
belton lui Smcltin0 Compinj is piovmg to
be a stittess
A simons accident has occuried (savs the Can m Jet) tit Mi Suivi) ot Blmiiosciiiip, on the Russell Rivci, li) ulm li it is feniedono of his men imnicd Alni tin Ben cn, will lose his life Itiipponis fiom the particulars to h md that on the night of the lilli instant, at about 11 o clock Mm tin Bu i en had occasion to lim e the camp loi a little while and, contrary to the usuil 11 ictiei did not mention to anyone the f ict of his loa» ing tho encampment As he n as i chu lung he bcaid a ' loaimg out coming fiom the tvivt of a Chinaman, in the cm ploy of the pal tj, situated about eight yards ii om the ust of the tents Ho went to lln tent md lifted up the calico to see what was tin mattci, but the Chinaman got still moie fiightcned and cued tho loudei
Bli i'almoi, assistant to Suncjoi Bltuiio, healing the noise and thinking it was an nttiik by the blacks ltishtd out willi his íevolver and seeing i dink objeit moving behind the tent hied at it, the ballentenng the chest of Ben en and it isfeaitil passing tin ough his lung 'Hie mistake tint had oc eua ed was it once appaient, md every assis tunee was i endeied to the wounded mun Two of the pin tj immediately stai ted for Cairns to procure medical aid and by 0 o clock the next evening Bli Hill, P Bl and Dr Bjrn wcie with the sutferei liom the appcnance of tho wound the bullet must have shuck Bei ron in the chest gone i lgltt tin ough the lung and out at the buck Iho wound not having bled i\t«i nally it is foiled internal homoulmge is taking place, and little hope is held out foi his recover) The injin ed man appealed sobad that Bit Hill took Ins deposition, m which he full) exonei ites Bit Filmet from any blame »»hatciei and attubutes the »vhole cucum stanco to pine accident The wounded man will bo conveyed into town a i cailj as possible, but it is doubtful whethei he »t ill sui uve the
j om ney
lill S M Hei aid ot Satuidaj sa) s -"The two Chinese lepéis who leached Kencastle on Thm s lay on then n ly to Sydney w ill pi obably nuiio bri f> to di) Ihcj aie expected bj the Government health olhcei, Dr Alackellai, and immediately they leach Sjdnej they will be conveyed to Little Raj, »vhcic the) will be plicpd in the l>pei Hospital Theie arc three othei lepéis m this hospital at the j)i cscnt time, and they also ai c Chinese T hej are not sub jectcd io iny special medical tieahncnt with the object of eui mg them of the disease fi om winch they are suffeinig but aie simply kept in the hospital at the expense of the Govern- ment tnoi dei to scottie then isolation fiom the lest of the commutnt) When the three lepéis at piestnt in the hospital »tcie admitted theie they note specially treated, »nth a view to theil testoiation to health, but the treatment produced no good íesult, and it was discon tmucd Very little is know n bj medical mon as to the natui cot lepi osy, and no death ha» mg occtnied at the Lepet Hospital then has been no opportunity foi i ¡lost moi Um examination hythe local medical nuthoiities With íefe unco to a telegram which appealed in jcstei
di) a He aid fi om om Now castle coi lespondent i el itmg to the an iv al in that citj of the two Clunes" lepéis, and their conveyance to Sjdnej by om of the steam colliers, Captain Summer bell informs tis tint inshuchons wtto tele graphed to Newcastle to the effect that the lepéis weie not tobe bi ought hue by either
the S ixoiiio, oi Tasmania '
Tin Townsville Bullum of 22nd instant states that the material foi the whaif at DiniLoneas was taken up bj the steamet Bllen, which arrived thcioat the beginning of the week fiom Busbanc direct Mi G 1 fclliot, of the liai bom s and ltiveis Dcpai tmtiit, went up on Satuiday by tho Victoiy to sunn use the coiiimencoment of the work, which is to be donc, as oui i cadets are pi obably avvaie, by
Tup amount deposited at the AVhaif sheet Penn) Sa» ngs Banl on Saturday last was £3
Pics and unregistered goats found in the ?¡trotts of the Sliuo of Toowong aft« 12th îi ov embei w ill bo destroj ed
A »rct/riNG of all nitetested in the foi mahon of a Rugbv Football Union is to be held m the Busbanc .Exchange on Friday evening next
lill cookery class in connection with the School of Arts meets at 3 o'clock this aftci noon Iho ehennstrj class is unavoidably postponed
till Tiiisd i) next
Titi- annual meeting of the Queensland Auxilnrv of the Btihsh and Foreign Bible Societ) will be held this c»ening in the Wes liyau sihoolroom, Adelaide street
Hu School of Aits libiaiy»vill bo closed fiom Gfh to 9th Kovember inclusive foi the piupose of checking the books Blombeis aie iiqmstcd to return all books in then possession
on oi befoie Monday next
Rf» E O Spicfu lectures m the Albert Ha 1 on Ti ida) next on " Infidchtj and Chus hunt) , then Results on the Human Race Also on donday on "Geology and Genesis,
v lth lime light illustrations
BlrssRS De >i« VND Whitaker, house agents, notify that they w ill open a branch olhtc at Sandgate Mr Whitakei will pel
R,""i^ «up«unir.nd this ornee, which should .>fford much contenionce to visitors it this <?a»ouri,-p resoH during the season
llnfollowmgistliesurgeon superintendent's rei oi t of the state of the Woogaroo Lunatic Vsjluu foi the i eek ending 28th Octobei - In tue house at lost repoi' 293 males, 2jj female* , since admitted 2 males, 1 female, i emuming, 217 males, 2Ö0 females Died, at Ipswich asylum on the 23id instant, Patrick cWo», late of Brisbane, aged 40 j ears of cerebicl apoplexj This i educe» the number at I] sw nh to 101 males
Tnr » aluable properties for sa'oby auction at 11 otl-ivk to dav b) L. Hooker ivbon at their 1 cnlP ope-f) Afurt iWn Hall com prises di» ill
mt? li nisi s nt Kangaroo Point a six roomed dw eli iug at Peine tenace a ver) » aluable allotment in I oma street near railway ei minus allotment »villiriv crfrontaee at south Brisbane, wilhout tho .dichtest recorve also pair of horses, oleographs &o The above should command a lal fee atten- dance and spirited competition.