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January 1.

THE general expectation pf a lively Christ mastidc has not boen disappointed. Two' days' racing, (.ono day's cricketing, and one day's athletic sports enabled all classes to enjoy themselves moro ,or less, and all classes patronised tho outdoor entertainments pro- vided for thom, notwithstanding extreme boat and an unclouded sky, tempered, though, by strong winds dilling the days following Christ- mas and up to the close of the Sew Year's festival. At the races, J. King's ch.h. Ted- dington won the principal events and £100 for his owner. Mr. C. AV. Rowe took the major portion of the residuum of tho £200 of added money for various races. The attendance was limited, owing entirely, I think, to the great heat which prevailed. Tho height of summer is a most unseasonable time for racing, and the inevitable concomitant of tuif sport the imbibition of extravagant quantities of ardent spirits-aggravates the discomfort ex- perienced by a naturally overheated blood. Settling passed oil'very satisfactorily. A crowd of spielers-the very essence of Sydney lar rikinism- obtained a footing on the course, but their Jeremy Diddlcr tricks did not "fetch" many; in fact, I but mention them with the object of exposing their youthful vil- lainy. The cricket match resulted in the country team making a sorry exhibition of batting, only eight runs being obtained in the first innings and eighteen in the second. The bowl- ing was all round good and the fielding fair, and though the town team gained the victory over their adversaries bj' nine wickets, probably had the match been played out their total would not require a quarter of a century to record it. The athletic sports wore warmly contested, and prize money to the amount of Jl'öO was paid away. Mr. Warden Uhr acted as umpire in the cricket match (with Mr. W. A. Martin for the country) and as judge and director of the sports, and his urbanity, patience, arid careful attention to the claims of all the contestants, entailing long hours of exposure to the rays of a roasting sun, entitle him to greater en- comiums than these correspondence columns

give publicity to,

Our leading townsmen have been recently attacked by an epidemic of a typo common to the possessors of lund,, traders, well-to-do miners, &o.j thoy want to govern themselves. The initiatory step is, of course, to cut the painter from the established Carpentaria Divi- sional Board, and secondary proceedings for the erection of the flourishing mining, pastoral, and settled districts on tho Cloncurry and tributorial waters into an independent divi- sion have already progressed so far that the Gazette will soon proclaim the new boun- daries. A Progress Committee is also about to *be constituted, ostensibly for tho purpose of acting as li clothes-brush on our member by rubbing him up occasionally. >

The terrible distance wo aro from head- quarters is a drawback to the development of tile mineral riches of this region. Three teams arrived hero from Normanton last week which have absorbed four calendar months in the journey. Certainly this is an exceptionally long trip, but ten weeks ia by no means an un- usual period for ' bullock teams to take. If over a district required a railway to the sea- board, and is entitled to it, that district is the Cloncurry. Mon who have been in this locality for eighteen years, digging, mining, labouring, loading, and idling hy turns, still stick to it in

unassailable confidence of a tidal wave of pros- perity rolling over it when the iii'st sod of the Cloncurry and Hughenden, or Normanton Railway, shall bo turned.

Mining operations are s' .ck in consequence of the drought, and thor,' is but little news of interest to* chronicle ; xn fact, I think the rattling good prospects >f the Uncle Tom Com

panyi is about tho o i y item deserving of