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In connection with the pioposed inter- national exhibition, Mi Joubert has re- ceived the following letter from the Principal Under Secretary :-" Sir,-I have the honour, by direction, to ac- knowledge the receipt ot your letter of the 13 th instant, with enclosure, inti- mating that it has been decided to hold an international exhibition in Brisbane in 1896, and requesting that the pro- moters of the enterprise may have the officiai patronage of the Government. With regard to this matter I am desired to state that the Government are pre- pared to assist tha-tindertakmg to the extent of allowing free return convey- ance of exhibits which aie accompanied by a certificate that they have not been sold, and exemption from postage of all official correspondence in connection with exhibition matters posted through the General Post Office, Brisbane, to Great Britain and the Australasian colonies, and distinguished by an exhi- bition frank stamp ; and also to allow schedules and other documents relating to the exhibition to be piinted free at the Government Printing Office, up to a cost not exceeding the sum of £500." In another column will be found' letters on the subject of the exhibition j by M, Joubert and Mr. L, G. Corrie.


News has been received In Brisbane that a sad accident has happened at the

Cosine Settlement in Paraguay. Mr, Lafïe's eldest son, a böyJabOut'lO yeais

of age, during a game of cricket was hit by the ball on the legion of the heait, and died instantaneously. Great sym- pathy is felt both with Mr. and Mrs. Lane, the latter of whom had only ar- rived at the settlement from her long stay In Sydney about three weeks when the fatal accident- happened. *



Mr. Jason Bofes, M.L.A, writing from

Parliament House under date of Satur- day, says :-My attention has. been called to your issue of to-day, re the opinion of Mr. H. E. Bond, who (had recently visited Port Curtis, on the question of distress. Let me state at once, that it has never been asserted in Parliament, or even by any stretch of Imagination set forth, that the people of that district were at any time in dis- tress. On the other hand, they are a thrifty, well-to-do people, and it would be'dlrftcult to find a single genuine case of distress ; thanks only to their own individual exertions and" the great in- dustry of gold-mining, which for many years has been the backbone of the dis- trict. What has been íeferred to in Parliament was the abnoimal numbers of unemployed that were drawn to Gladstone by the advent of meat works during: the months of November and December of last year and up to March of this, which was positively appalling ;

but owing to the generosity of the people

and the action of the Mayor, Mr. C. C. Breslin, this was promptly met, and a calamity possibly bordering on a revolu- tion averted.


The pulpit of All Saints Church, Wickham-terrace, was occupied last evening by the Rev. Haskett Smith, M.A., the well-known lecturer and au- thority on the Holy Land. Basing his remarks on 2nd Samuel, x11., 23-" Can I bring him back again ?" he preached a very impressive sermon. This gentle- man, who has just completed a success- ful course of lectures In Melbourne, will make his first apearance In Brisbane this evening at the Theatte Royal. The subject will be, " The Crescent and the Cross, or the Cradle of Christianity," il- lustrated by sixty illuminations. The Bight Rev. the Bishop of Brisbane has kindly consented to preside. The rev. lecturer Is a very poweu'ul orator, and ha* ^received the highest commendation as a delineator of sacred history. To- morrow evening Mr. Smith will' deliver the beautiful lecture, entitled, "The ¿and of the Pharaohs."


The growing importance of Queens- land In th¿ trading world has of late years been strikingly demonstrated. No better evidence of this is to be found than in the increase, both in number and in si/.e, of the vessels which now visit Brisbane and the less important ports of the colony. By degrees great ocean-going steamers are taking the place of the vessels of smaller dimen- sions which have acted as pioneers in the way of bringing our products under the notice of the world. The already laige number of vessels which visit our port will probably be added to ere long by the magnificent fleet of the Nord deutscher-Lloyd-the Imperial German line. At any rate, Queensland Is just now under the favourable consideration of the authorities. During the past week or so Herr J. Mergell, Austrian Gonsul and Agent-Geneial for the Nord dcutscher-Lloyd, has been in Brisbane, on^a mission which It Is felt will ulti- mately prove advantageous to this c.olony. The details of»the object of his visit have not been allowed to transpire, 'but his business is believed to have boen intimately connected with making Brisbane a port of call for the Imperial German line of steamers. While here Herr Mergell Interviewed the Premier, who we understand was favourably in- clined to the proposals he had to make. Herr Mergell has taken away with him data ns to the depth'of water in the river, and other information likely to assist' his company in coming to a final decision. Herr Mergell himself was much impressed' with what he saw here,



and is prepared rto tayourably report to hits principals, who liad, even for some time prior to their representative's visit, been seriously thinking of including Queensland in the. round tour of their vessels. Apart from the advantages to be derived by the colony from the open- ing up of new markets for its products

-for the Norddeutscher - Lloyd call at several ports not touched by other Unes -it is possible that an impetus will be given to the efforts now being set forth in other quarters' to give to Queensland an increase of population. It is well known that Genoa is the very centre of rural co-operation, and that the people of this place, as well as of Bremen, Ant- werp, and other countries which the vessels touch, make admirable colonists. It is thought by many, therefore, that the -bringing of this colony under the notice of such people, -and the opening up of this new service, must have bene- ficial results in several ways. < It may be- mentioned that the Norddeutscher Lloyd is heavily subsidised by thb Ger- man Government, and that the agree- ment enteied into leaves the calling of the ships at Queensland ports within the discretion of the company. This agree- ment was entered into on the 3rd July,

1S85, the contract running for flftten years from that date.. The contract thus terminates at "the end of t\o century. '


The steamer Beaver was well patron- ised on Saturday afternoon on the occa- sion of her trio to H.M.S. Orlando, which was also the first of her after- noon trips to the Bay for this season. The run down the river was very en-

joyable, and shortly after passing Lyt- ton a cool sea-breeze was met, proving a great treat after the smolçy and dust , laden atmosphere of the city. Some delay was experienced in getting safely berthed alongside the great man-of-war ; but at length all the excursionists found themselves on board tho Orlando. The mechanism of the great 9.21n. breach loading- guns with which she is armed at bow and stern was explained to them ; they were shown also the Gin. broadside guns, the Nordenfeldts, and other ma- chine guns, as well as the search light apparatus, the torpedoes, and other im- plements of destruction. Some of the visitors penetrated to the lower regions, and wondered at the economy of space which could allow of between Ave and Blx hundred men finding a home in this floating fortress, in spite of all the space required for her machinery and arma- ment. Yet every man has his place and his duties, and it is safe to say there are but few idle moments for any on board. The Orlando Is evidently being prepared for her return to Port Jack- son, -where her appearance will give no indication o£ her somewhat long voyage to New Guinea and the Islands. The painters had been at work all over the ship, and the watch on deck were busy with the ship's boats. After a good half-hour spent in a most interesting way the visitors bade farewell to their naval friends and returned to the Beaver. Favoured by a strong flood tide, the steamer made a rapid run home, and Howard Smith's whaif was reached at about a-quarter past 7 o'clock.


The residence of Mr. Edward Moore, on the "Mogglll-rond, near the Witton Estate, Indooroopilly, was burnt to the ground during yesterday forenoon. The fire originated, from some unknown cause,, underneath the house. Mr. Moore and* his eldest. son' Were away from home at the time, and Mrs. Moore, who was In the house with her younger children, was quite unable to do any- thing to stay the flames when she dis- covered them. The house burned very rapidly, and although neighbours has- tened to the spot as quickly as possible they could do nothing, and the building and all its contents, including some title deeds, were completely destroyed in an Incredibly short space of time. The house was a neatly-built six-roomed cot-

tage,* well furnished," and as' neither the» building nor its contents were insured Mr. Moore's loss will be a very heavy one. Some time ago Mr. Moore 'had destroyed by fire an outbuilding contain- ing a quantity of fodder.


The fortnightly meeting of the Coor- paroo Shire Council was held at the chambers, Cavendish-road,, on Friday, The members present* were-Councillors G. H. BlopkHidse (president), M'Deripott, King, Miller, Lade, Winterbottom, and Bardsley! Amongst the-correspondence were the following letters :-From T. W. Thomason, claiming compensation for alteration of levels on Logan-road. Re- ferred to a committee. From Jas. Hip wood and others in the form of a. peti- tion, expressing the hope that the affairs of the shire would be economically ad- ministered. Held over till next meeting. The Finance Committee's report recom- mending payments to the amount of £39 13s. lOd. was adopted. The statement showed that the expenditure in the various wards for the month was-No. 1, ii A 35s. 6d.; No. 2, f3 9s.; No. 3, £1 4s. The Finance Committee referred to' the whole council the matter of taking ad- vantage of the Loans Suspension Act. It was pointed out that the amount to be saved was £130 a year, and if this were applied to the reduction of the overdraft it might be a slight savin? to tlie council The motion was agreed to. This concluded the business.


A meeting of the Toombul Divisional "Board was held in the board office, Nundah, on Saturday afternoon, when there were present-Messrs. A. Wagner (chairman), W. Widdop, J. Lancaster, J. T. Franz. G. Robert, R. Harris, J. Chap- man, J. D. Franz, and J. Elliott. The correspondence dealt with included let- ters from the Board of Waterworks, granting permission to the board to erect a stand-pipe at PInkenbar ; from the Colonial Secretary, stating that Mr. G. Robert had been appointed a con- ciliatory justice for the district of North Brisbane ; and from the auditors, stat- ing that they had audited the books and accounts of the board, and found them correct. Accounts amounting to £150 17s. Gd. were- passed for payment. The valuer reported that an Lappeal court had been'held on Tuesday, ¡57th August, when one reduction of £40. representing a loss of 3s. 4d. to the board, was made. A letter from the Warwick Municipality regarding the proposed conference of local authorities for the purpose of for- mulating and submitting to the Govern- ment a more equitable system of dis- tributing the amount voted by Parlia- ment for endowment, was read and dealt with. It was decided to reply that the board did not feel disposed to appoint representatives to attend the conference

until some scheme is submitted by the

municipality. It was decided that a letter of condolence be sent to the family of the late Judge Harding.


The pulpit, of the Ann-street Presby- terian Church, was filled yesterday by the Rev. Dr. W. S. Frackleton, of Rand- wick Presbyterian Church, Svdney. At both services there were good con- gregations In the evening the rev. gentleman addressed his remarks prin- cipally to young people, taking for his text the words of salutation uttered by Joab to Amasa : " Art thou in health, my brother?" (2nd Samuel, xx., 9). He first of all touched upon the circum- stances which occasioned Joab's ques- tion, and then went on to apply It to his hearers. He showed that men of the Joab type were to be found even in these days ; men who appeared to be over- joyed at meeting a young man from the country, yet anxious to lead him on to destruction. He explained that there were three kinds of health-bodily, intel l«-ctual and soul health. Dealing with the first, he spoke of the need for clean- liness of body and surroundings, procer nourishment, exercise, and rest. in- tellectually, he urged pure thoughts, good, healthy literature, and the break- ing down of that sentlmentaliBm which weakened the intellectual and moral power. The nourishment for the soul,

he said, was the Bible. He spoke- of the necessity for rest, both of body, intel- lect, and soul, and touched upon the evil effects of- high pressure and the de- sire for consistent steadiness and persis- tency in Christian work. The rev. gentleman carried on his discourse In a conversational style ; was epigrammatic at times, but displayed little .dramatic power. He betrayed the strong charac- teristics of the American school, and claimed a good deal of attention from

his heareis.


We have received from Mr. R. W. Synnot, of Collins-street, Melbourne, a circular fctating that ai rangements for the wholesale export of wool and skins to the manufacturers of Japan approach completion. The circular states that by a happy coincidence at the very time Mr. Synnot's overtures were under the consideration of the Japanese merchants Mr. A. Marks,,H.I.M.'s Consul to Mel- bourne, was visiting the Empire, and was called into counsel on the subject of Im- porting raw wool from ^Australia. By supplying technical information as to our commercial usages and various other data in connection with shipments from Melbourne, Mr. Marks rendered our wool growers very valuable service by point- ing out the advantages of the project, ana by demonstrating the natural pos- sibilities for the establishment of a con- siderable system of exchange between Ams-v, England of the East" and these

colonies. . .


A special meeting of Hie South Bris- bane Municipal Council was .held on Saturday. There were present Alderman Ileaslop, Fish, Sinclair, Luya, Midson, Fisher, Nott, and Hardgrave. Mr. Hill, town clerk, was voted to the 'chair, and an- nounced the receipt of the resignation of Mr. Jones as mayor, and alderman for No. 4 ward. In accordance with the provisions of the Act lie had called the meeting for the purpose of reappoint ing a mayor. Alderman Luya said that tile general impression of the aldermen present was that the meeting should ad- journ for a fortnight. He moved ac- cordingly to that effect. The motion was seconded by Alderman Haidgrave, and carried._

A correspondent telegraphs from Too- woomba ns follows :-The list of names proposed to be struck off, the Drayton and Toowoomba electoral roll are being published In to-morrow's "Darling Downs Gazette." They total 530 names, and many of the causes of disallowance are removals from one street to another, and other like technical causes, which only necessitate putting in a formal ap- plication for i e-registration.

The " Daily Telegraph" (Sydney) thus concludes Its comment on the Bank of New Zealand crisis :-It is absolutely certain, therefore, thal the State has taken over the whole control of the baiik and estates, and the Security of tha depositors into their own hands, more particularly as the State will hold a Hen over the remaining fEOO.000 liability 'of the shareholders. It would, We con- sider, be far better to remove the whole of these thin disguises, and fully consti- tute the institution a State bank at once«

The old Story about the definite dis- covery of photography In colours are cropping up again in certain pseudo scientilic journals, but the sum and sub- stance, of all that-has yet been accom- plished In this direction is that an Im- pression in colours "may be made upon a sensitised plate and held there long enough for one to observe It, but it Is not possible to make enduring prints. After all is said and done, the permanent process of «production in black, which Is used for the " Beautiful Britain" Port- folio, Is the best thing of the sort that has j'et been found.

The " Panel of Azaleas," spoken of In the Art Society's notice in Saturday's Issue, Is by Mrs.- E. Tv Davenport, and not by Mrs. Weedon as stated.

A correspondent telegraphs from Na- nango, under date the 31st August, as follows :-At a meeting held here last evening a resolution was carried asking Parliament to create a new electorate for the southern end of the Burnett dis-

trict, making Nanango the centre of , the proposed new electorate. The meet ing was very enthusiastic. .

Mr. Rawlings has given'Jiotice that on Tuesday he will ask the Coloniar Secre- tary :-" (l) By whose Instructions have new electoial claim forms been issued from the Government Printing Office, containing certain additional matter, to wit, a head-line enclosing residence, household, leasehold,;or freehold, as the case may be, with printed particulars on line No. 5, in conformity with 'head- line ? (2) Have Instructions been given to electoral registrars to accept applica- tions for registration made out on such improved claim forms ? (3) Should a claim be made out on any one of these aforementioned forms, after making the necessary alterations in head-line and paragraph No. G, would such application be considered formal ? (4) What are the reasons for making the alterations ?"

A call was received at the Central Fire Station at 8 35 p.m. on Friday for a fire at the office of the Mutual Life Assur- ance Society of New York, Queen-street It appears that a man who was passing the door saw smoke and a glare In one of the rooms. A boy in the office in l'ghting the gas threw the match Into the waste-paper basket, the contents of which Instantly ignited. The whole brigade turned out, and arrived on the scene in time to find that the boy had put out the fire himself. At 8.27 a-m. on Saturday a call was recMved from the Q.N. Bank in Queen-street It is the custom of the messenger to give the brigade a false alarm every morning to insure that the alarm is working all . right On Satur- day, however,^ it was all wrong, for It could not be stopped, and rang the fire alarm instead of the usual signal. A reel was at once sent down, when the true state of matters was ascertained, and the alarm put. right.

Northumberland Hotel, Gympie. First-class accommodation for Tra- vellers and visitors ; buggy meets every train. R. A. Sim.-(Advt.)

The anniversary tea and public meet- ing in connection with the Milton Congre- gational Church took place on Thursday. There was a most gratifying attendance. About 200 persons partook of an excel- lent tea, and the building was filled for the public meeting which followed. The chair was occupied by the pastor. Rev. John W. Roberts. The Rev. J. Alexander offered the opening prayer. The deacon's report was read by Mr. J. G. Cribb. This showed that good progress had been made during the year. The revenue had increased, £60 had been paid off-the debt, £20 16s. had been raised for foreign missions, and the membership was larger, eleven having been admitted during the year.^ Touching reference was made to the great loss sustained by the death of Mrs. Cribb. As a result of the recent special services, nineteen names were be- fore the church for membership. The Kevs. Hugh Jones, M.A., J. Bayley, L. C. Jamieson, and Mr. J. G. Cribb, M.A, addressed the meeting. "During the evening the choir, under the conductor ship of Mr. D. Thomas, sang very effec- tively several anthems.

Sapsford's handy little .« Travellers' Guide" for September has reached us. It contains all the numerous alterations made in the railway time-tables up to the end of August, and will conse- quently be found of special service to residents in the suburbs reached by rall.

"You may undertake jour purchases with the comforting, thought that In every department at Chapman and Com- pany's popular prices, continue to reign supreme. Their prices are within the reach of everybody's pocket, 'although there is no change in the excellant-quality or in the tasteful variety of the novel designs specially prepared by-thls enter- prising firm for the summer season..