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NORTHERN TERRITORY NOTES.

[From the N.T. Times of April 24 and May 1.]

Mr. Watson, travelling manager for Mr. J. A. Macartney, who is about to visit Auvergne station, on the Victoria River, arrived by the Tannadice. From that gentleman we learn

that 2,000 head of cattle for this station are expected to arrive at the Katherine very shortly, and 8,000 more are on the road behind the first mob. In addition to the cattle some 400 bead of well-bred horses fit for saddle and pack work, and 50 head of draught colts are on the road over. Most of the stock is being sent out from Yarramere and other stations belong ing to Mr. Macartney, where grass and water have been extremely scarce during the pre sent season. By the s.s. "Tannadice" a new mining manager has arrived for the Daly River Copper Wine. Captain Dnnstan, who is to take the place of Captain Wills on the mine, brings with him from South Australia the reputation of a thoroughly experienced and practical mining manager, and proceeds at once to take charge of the property. We understand tbat it is the intention of the company to take the mine into their own bands, and proceed to open up without delay. Judging from surface indications and the size and richness of the lode already opened, we rray hopefully predict the speedy development of the property aud production of large quan tities of ore. The latett news from the Western Australian goldtields has created somewhat of an excite ment among the digging community, and many men ate only waiticg a little further confir mation of the encouraging reports to turn their faces west. Fiom Mount Wells we regret to hear that the patent pumping gear forwarded from Sydney does not answer, and that it will be necessary to erect the plunger pump, now on the ground, before crashing operations can be proceeded with. By the time this york is completed the supply of water in the dam will have evaporated, so that another season will pass without the long lfoked-for export of tin. We learn from Mr. '1. Daniels, who is about to take charge of the mine in place of Mr. Baker, who has reeipned, that a good supply of. water can be obtained by sinking, and that the present well only requires deepening to give ample water for eight or ten hours work a day. Iteeeins somewhat strange that this simple and comparatively inexpensive system of obtainirg water is not more frequently re eorttd to in this country. Dams are a failure in the majority of cases, the ground not bt-icg of a good holding nature, and even when they hold water they cost thousands to construct and the water stored evaporates like magic under a tropical sun. The machi nery at the Mount is said to be in perfect work ing order, with the exception of die pumping Reai, and the mine itself is looking well, there being some '_',000 tons of ore ready for the crrater. It is very disappointing to have such a delay occur when everything else pro mises success, but the shareholders must exercise a little patience, and see that enterprise and foresight prevent the recur rence of such delays in the luture.

The annual meeting of the Goodfellow Chal lenge Cup Association, No. L, was held in the association-rooms, Hindley street, on Wednes day evening. Thete were present Mr. J. E. Goodfellow {in the chair) and the following' club delegates :—Anabal, Mr. Pettit; Blue Kiblon, Mr. A. J. Barnes; South United, Mr J. Duncan; Adelaides, SJx. H. W. Poun sett. The secretary (Mr. Pounsett) presented the annual report, which was of an encouraging oature, and stated that during the past season the club cricket had greatly im proved owing no doubt to the fast that each of the clubs played upon cocoanut matting wickets, which had proved much better than the ordinary ground pitch. The garf.es had been of mote than ordinary interest owing to the keen competition that wa? btgun for the much-coveted trophy, which had eventually been won by the Australs winning 13 matches out of 15 played. Toe bat ting displayed was of a much higher order thin that of previous seasons, as evinced from the fact that there were no lefs than 44 players in the association who had scsured double-figure averages, the Australs leading the way with the first four highest individual average?,' that of H. Haldane (r>S) being the highest. The highest score was made by H. B. Hill (129). The balance-sheet was presented, showing a credit balance in haul of £1 4s. lOd. The report and balance-sheet were favorably commented upon and adopted. The chairman, as the donor of the Challenge Cup, in an appropriate speech presented Mr. Pettit, the representative of the Austral Cricket Club, with the trophy, and in doing so said he fully believed that the beet team had won it. Mr. I'ettit thanked the chairman for the prize which the team of which he was secretary had been co successful in winning. He attributed the fact of their past success to -the great attention each member of the team had paid to the fielding department. The cup had the following inscription on it:—"Season 18S5-6. Won by Austral C.C. Matches played 15, won 13, It st 1, drawn L" A hearty vote of thanks was passed to Mr. H. W. Pounsett for bis past services as secretary to the a*sj.aa tiun, to which Mr. Pounsett suitably replied. There are two things which a man is bound to take on faith—his wife's private opinion of him, and what sausages are made from. j In our report of the revieir on the Queen's Birth daj we omitted the name of tbe Brighton Company uucDgst the lUtot the B.V.F. coiunuuM prejeat.

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