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The Advertiser SATURDAY, MAY 5,1888.

THE deputation from the Chamber of Commerce which waited on the Commis- <*> sioner of Public Works yesterday brought forward a matter of great importance to

the whole colony, though it was discussed by the speakers from a somewhat re stricted point of view. There can be no doubt that the growing trade ot the Barrier district In New South Wales naturally belongs to South Am tralia. The construction of the naxrow* gauge railway has secured the trade for us In its infancy, bat it Is developing so enormously, sad with such rapidity, that unusual efforts will be re quired to satisfactorily provide for it in the future. The inadequacy of existing rail tray arrangements i* universally admitted. The line from -Petersburg to Cockborn was projected at a time when there was hardly a thought of the extraordinary mining development which has ensued. Had the case been ?otherwise it is certain that the question of constructing the railway upon the narrow gauge, and co making Port Pirie the natural outlet of the traffic, would have been more carefully considered. As It is, however, the accommodation provided is quite unequal to the strain upon it, and it becomes a serious matter to decide what

ought to be done to remedy the deficiency. The object of the Chamber of Commerce was to spur the Government on to speedy action. Unfortunately the deputation was not in a position to recommend any definite scheme, but presented a variety of proposals of an alternative character, | leaving the authorities to choose betsreon ' them. In order to give additional rail way facilities at once It was sug gested that a third rail should be Immediately laid from Terowie t3 | Adelaide, and that differential traffic \ rates should be charged, decreasing proportionately with distance. But to make a more permanent provision for the growing trade between this colony and the Barrier the Government were urged to construct an additional railway. Either, the deputation put it, the line from Te rowie to the Barrier should be duplicated on the narrow-gauge or the broad-gauge should be extended from Terowie to the border, or a broad-gauge line Bhould be laid down from some point between Eudunda and Morgan to the Barrier to strike the New South Wales border at a point south of Cock burn. A scheme for constructing a broad-gauge line from the Borrahaa also been mentioned. The choice of routes is sufficiently embarrassing, and the question is the more complicated ie consequence of the necessity of considering the question of gauge. If the scheme of the Chamber of Commerce were agreed to three channels would be provided for the Barrier traffic to now along—an uninterrupted narrow gauge route, the shortest, from C-ick burn to Port Pirie; an uninterrupted broad-gauge route from the border, via Eudunda or other point on the Morgan line, to Port Adelaide; and if a third rail were hud down an uninterrupted narrow gauge route from Cockbura via Terowie to the chief port of the colony. AVehave Baid that the deputation looked at the question from a somewhat re stricted point of view. It is no use blinking the fact that Port Pirie and Port Adelaide are rivals for the Barrier trade; and the Chamber of Commerce particularly represents the Interests of the hitter. In the competition Port Pirie has the advantage of distance. It is about 80 miles nearer than Port Adelaide to the border, and by getting rid of some of the long curves on the line between Cdtowle and Crystal Brook this difference la its favor could be increased by 11 or 12 j miles. Even if a shorter route to Port I Adelaide were adopted by extending the broad-gauge from some point on the Morgan or North line to the border, Port Pirie would still be nearer the Barrier by at least 20 miles. On the other hind. Port Adelaide has the advantage of being the chief port of the colony. It hi the place of call for the ocean steamers, by which the greatest put of the trade between Australia sad England is now done; and it is tolerably certain that these large vessels would not go to Port Pirie. Besides, Port Adelaide Is now so deepened as to admit steamers of all but the largest size, while a very heavy expenditure would j be required at Port Pirie to enable the harbor there to give the same accommo dation. Nevertheless, so much faith is felt in the future of Port Pirie as the natural outlet of the Barrier traffic, that already a considerable amount of capital has been invested there by companies developing the silver field. Arrangements are In progress for the erection of coka blns, smelters, and ovens for coke-making; Sydney firms are establishing agencia*, and (lie laying on of a direct line of eteamea between Sydney and Port Pirie is In prospect. Adelaide merchants, are crying ont that the Barrier trade is slip ping from their hands, and it Is m?inly with the idea of diverting it to Port Adelaide that the Government am now requested to take action by the Chamber of Commerce. Of course it Is open for Adelaide firms to establish branch agen cies at Port Pirie to compete with their Sidney rivals, but somehow this idea does not meet with their approval. Hence the proposal to lay a third rail from Terowie to Adelaide, and to charge differential rates, decreasing according to distance. To both of these plans there are patent objections. The third rail system has nowhere, we balieve, proved to be a success from the point of view either of economy or safety, and ex perience of it is hardly likely to be diflerent In South. Australia. The Idea of Imposing differential rates Is clearly de signed to divert the trade to Port Ade laide, and is an expedient that on the face of it seems scarcely fair to Port Pirie. Though the deputation professed to regard the question solely in its national aspect, we are afraid that many of the arguments used took into consideration mainly the interests of one port. How, neither Adelaide nor Pott Adelaide can claim to be South Australia. The policy of Dsirg special efforts to centralise all trade and industry abont the chief town and port of a young country Is hardly one to be commended on patriotic grounds. Port Pirie, by virtue of its geographical position, must command a large share of the Barrier traffic unless extraordinary measures are adopted to divert It from its natural channel. It cannot secure the whole trade, because as a harbor it lacks the advantages secured to Port Adelaide by a large expenditure of public and pri vate money, and its position as the port of the metropolis; but it ought not to be tobbfed of its fait proportion. The reply of the Commissioner to the deputation was unfavorable. It seems that Ministers are disinclined to modify their scheme for making the necessary additional provision for the railway traffic from the Barrier. There Is to be an increased supply of rolling-stock for the existing line, and the harbor at Port Pirie Ib to be further deepened 2h feet, at a cc?t of £10,000, in addition to the un expended balance of the deepening vote. The Government are evidently un willing to take aides in a fight between two ports. So long as the trade is kept in South Australia they do not care to what port It may go, or at all events will do nothing to divert it from one port to another. They will treat all alike, "leaving our traders and mer chants and the Broken Hill people to decide where and how they will send their staff, and where they will get their supplies from." Mr. Catt Is perfectly satisfied that the department will be able to grapple with the traffic, even should It be quadrupled, on the existing line. Orders for new rolling - stock are being completed as rapidly as possible, and although many vexatious delays have occurred in the transmission of goods In the past, these wilt be avoided aa j soon as the appliances for working the j traffic are fully provided. The Govern- , ment, it was stated, have made ample ax- j rangemente to successfully cope with a

railway traffic much larger than that re specting which the deputation presented some statistics. We hope Mr.Catt has not arrived at this conclusion without giving the question his most careful attention; Though Ministers are not called upon to favor one port at the expense of another, it is undoubtedly their duty to provide soon facilities as will enable South Australia to retain the trade. The development of the Barrier district is proceeding by leaps and bounds. Bail ways, it must be borne in mind, cannot be built In a day ; and if there is a prospect that in s year or two the present line will be insufficient for requirements, the sooner the construction cf another line is begun the better it will be. There is ao ranch, to be decided la xegard to route and gauge that time should not be lost in formulating a scheme which will be ready to be pat in operation as ? oon as the necessity for it arises. The election of two member* to repress* tbeCentral district of the cdony in the Legis lative Council will take place to-day. Toe candidates are:—Masts. W. C. Bulk, P B. V?& li?L£- W- Cotton, S. J. Mwr^/ftLD . J. Z. Sellar, asd W. Starrie. The following are tbe divisions in the Central dis trict, asd the polling-places in each:— Hait Adelaide — Town Hau, Adelaide ' VVett Adelaide — General Post - Office : North Adelaide—Ttmperanoe Hall Pens' pect, and Waikervilie; Pott Adelaide- Town Hall, Port Adelaide, Woodrilla, lefevres Peninsula, and Alberton; West Torrens — Hindmarsh, Grand Junction, Penrhyn,Tbebarton, and York; Start—Unley. Mitcham, South-road, Glenelg, Goodwood! Brighton, Belair, and Parkside. The hoots of golfing are from 8 a.m. to 6 pan. (Che Minister of Education has bsen busy daring the last few days considering the ques tion of the ocean mail contract, and the uma of departure of the mails from Australia. He has had consultations with the Premier and. Cozunisiioner of Public Works on the subject, and a communication will be sent to the Post masters-General of Victoria and Mew South Wales at an eatly date. Tbe position of Eesident Engineer of the great northern system of railways, rendered vacant by the appointment of Mr. A. B. Mon criteas Wmeerin-Chiet. has beenbartomd on Air. J. G. Craig, an official of over 10 years standing. Mr. Craig was recently Assistant Engineer in the construction department of the Mount Gambia and Narraooorte cailway. The Hon. A. Catt (Oommissioner of Pablio Works) will leave for Melbourne on Monday or Tuesday next to take put in the General Conference of the Wesleyan Church, to be held £"¥?: a*^?* I*^ ?a ???"??*??? of tha South Australian Conference. The annual report of the GoFerament Ben dent of the Northern Territory has been re ceived by the Minister of Education. Beyond the usual matters touched upon, reference is made in the report to the Ohineae and aboriginal questions, so that its publication will be looked forward to with interest, The report will ba banned to the press very shortly. When the Minister of Education was in the Northern Territory he was waited upon by an influential deputation, who asked that Mr J G. Knight might be appointed' to take charge of the Northern Territory exhibits at the Mel bourne Centennial Exhibition. It was Mr. Knight, it will be remembered, who made the northern court at the Adelaide Exhibition tuch a success, and it was felt that if he were able to goto Melbourne he would as efficiently advertise the products of our northern pas section aB he did* when in Adelaide. Mr. Johnson did not give a decided reply to tha deputation, but promised on hi* return to Ade laide to consult the lion, J. O. Bray, who is the executive """""'winnttr for Booth Australia, in connection with the Melbourne Exhibition. This bas been done, and the wishes of the Kotthern Territory people are to be acceded to. Mr. Knight's appointment will probably be made at the next Cabinet meeting. ? The returns from the railway traffic for the wetk ending April 25, 1888. amounted to £18,559, as compared with £H,olS fur the coneeponding week last year. Mr. T. E. Pngh, agent for the Orient line of steamers, informs as that be has received a telegram stating that the R M.S. Cozso arrived at Albany at 1220 sun. on Friday, homeward bound. The births and deaths registered in Uto General Register Office during the week eaisd Saturday, April 28 numbered:—Births, 107 males, 114 females; deaths, 38 males, 30 temales; total, 221 births, 68 deaths: excess of births, 153. District of Adelaide-Births, SO males, 37 females} deaths, 14 mates, 14 females; total, 67 births, 28 deaths; exseas of births, 29. The axles manufactured by Means. Gray Brothers for the Government have been sub jected to further tests. These were carried out under the supervision of the Tiooomotiya Engineer's Department, and in the presence of the members of the contracting firm. We are enable to state the result, but we learn Oat no decision respecting tbe axles has yet bsen come to by the Commissioner of Public Works. The following paragraph from the Mel bourne Age of May 3 will be read with surprise :-Mr. H. E. Bright, MX.O., of South Australia, who, it is under stood, will represent bis colony as execu tive commissioner at the Centennial Ex hibition, visited the building yesterday. Mr. Bright was accompanied by Mr. Xiavington Gljde, who is also a member of the South Aus tralian O#?rnTrMnaifTn tor *=h^ Jfl^ih***?*! " At the monthly meeting of the E%ht Hours Celebration Union bald ak the Trades |EaU, Franklm-etreet, on Wednesday evening, Mr. A. A. Kirkpatrick in the chair, Mr. P. Stookes moved —"That this union support M— g—. Coglin and Cotton at the coming election." Carried. On the motion of Mr. P. Stockesit was decided to grant <£& to the Eight Hours Protective Association. On Friday evening the half-yearly meeting of the piw^m^wiii Jjoan, liaad, ftiai<'ng and in vestment Society was held inCsntralGhambers, Port-road, Hindmtnth. Toe secretary (Mr. J. Ashton) presented the balance-sheet of the half-year ?*iniiiy> M??A 31, which was con sidered to fee very satisfactory. The directors acnopneed that the profits would allow of m division of 2s. 10d? per share on shaves six months old, and the carrying forward of £17 4s, 3d, to credit of profit and loss. The monthly report of the Savings Bank of South Australia for April has been supplied to us by tbe accountant of that institution. It shows that the number of new depositors at Adelaide during the month was 413, and SO accounts were reopened; a total of 4*3. The number of new depositors at 108 agencies was 336, and 19 accoosts were reopened ; a total of 855, or 798 in all. The number of aownmts doted at Adelaide was 315b and at the 108 agencies 131; a total of 849. The present number of depositors is 59,872, being an in crease of 449. The- receipts from the de positors at Adelaide amounted to £56,9020*. BdL. and from the 108 agencies to £27,43919 a. 7d., or a total of £84,333 Os. 3d. Tfce repay ments to depositors at Adelaide amounted to £64,965 Bs.6d.and to depositors at agencies to £19.067 14s. Bd., or £84,023 Ss. 2d. in all. The increase of deposits at agencies was £8,372 4b. Ltd., and the deotease of deposits at Adelaide £8,063 7s. 10d., making an inoreasa of deposits of £318175. Id. Thirteen applications were reseived by the executive oommission of tbe ulelboume Cen tennial Fifhiliatinn for tie position of musical librarian, and tbe appointment has been con ferred upon Mi-, Henry Hunter, a gentleman who bas isad experience as assistant librarian in connection with tbe Holboro Orchestral Society and the St. John's Wood Phuhar moaic Society, I?ondon, This appointment (says the Argus) is made at the reiuest of Mr. Frederick B. Cowen. He is forming a library for the Exhibition, consisting of masia that is to be performed at the concerts. The balk of the music has been obtained on bin. The "facilities of hire," the agent-general stated in a recent communication, "have to a laige extent obviated file necessity of actual purchase, and have enabled Mr. Cowan to have at his disposal a splendid library of vocal and instrumental works, both from the classics and from the modem repertoires.* 1 The music for the opening rwitatn is to be printed at onoa, and will be rehearsed by the choirs* soon as possible. The first rehearsal of the choir, whichwiU be for sopranos and altos, ia to take place on Saturday afternoon next, at cue A committee meeting of the Eady Closing ABsod&tion was held a£ the office of thessore tary (Mr. W. G. Ooombs) on Thursday even ins Mr. W.B.Dormau presided over a very Luce attendance of members. The secretary reported having waited on several Urge firms whopay wages on Saturdays, and in some in stances the days were to be changwrt. and some employers thought they were consulting the in terests of their employes by still adhering to the old custom, but consented to the associa tion visiting foremen, ao that ths matter should be placed before the men, bat up to the date o the meeting no replies had been received. It was trusted that the men who enjoy short hours and Saturday afternoons would, now they have an oppor tunity, assist the early closing movement by requesting the pay-day should be changed. Several firms hadateo bsen written ** watted on because of their determination to still open after the recognised dojuw-hoursof au week days and 10 Saturday nights. Several replies have beenreoeivedfromUOiei mi geattwwu

who are wUliog to assist at the social, and Mr. K. D. Da?tes bit promised to be present Mid $ive mi address on the early-dining movement in America, and altogether the social pramuas to be ft very great moons. Several accounts were paved for payment. The twenty-eighth naif yearly meeting of the Soys! Building Society im held at the com pany* office, ISelvin Chambers, on Friday evening. There was a small attendance, and Sir. W. Shierlair occupied the chair. The directon' report was as follows:—" In report ing the fourteenth year's transactions of the eociety we nave to state that although the general business for the past 12 months has not been bo extensive as we could hare wished, or might have expected, and the demands on the society's funds in oonseqaenos of a large num ber of shares having matured have been exceptionally heavy, yet all engagements have been promptly met, and amounts paid as they became due. Qp QT^mininff th? twnritipw n? tft? society we have againf oundUneceasary to make ? farther and Bomewhat substantial auowanoe toe r??THft losses, and have also decided npon a course of action in regard to expenditure which will effect a considerable saving in current expenses. We hare declared a profi; equal to 2s. 3d. per Bhare for the half year, which, with the previous half-year, makes a total of 6s. 3d. per share for the year." Th balance-sheet showed that the interest and cents yw??t?* to £846 Bs. Bd., and the with drawals and redemptions to £9165. 9d, whilst Che current expenses were £279 17s. 6<L The report and balance-sheet were adopted, and Messrs. W. Langrford and G. W. Cole having been re-elected directors, the proceedings ter minated. A meeting of the committee of the Belair Inebriate Ketreat was held at the office of the Hon. John Cotton, Marlborough Chamber* Waymouth street, on Thursday, when there were present Mr. D. Nock (president), in the chair. Mr. O. H. Goode, the Hon. John Colton, r. Hagedorn, and the secretary (Sir. C. Williams). The secretary reported having received since the previous meetinK Go vernment subsidy amounting to £149 3d. ?Sd.; patients' fees, £76; subscriptions, £14 35.; total, £239 6s. Bd., which left a credit balance at the bank. The institution had been visited recently by the Hon. J. H. Angas, Xl.Ua. Mr. D. Nock (the president), Mr. H., Kelly, and Mrs. Bice, who expressed them selves pleased with the improving aspect of affairs. A ladies committee had also been formed to assist in the work generally and to visit the institution, consisting of Mesdames Knight, Evans, Nock, and Rice. It was unanimously resolved, on the motion ot Mr. Nock, seconded by Mr.Goode—" That a cordial vote of thanks be accorded to the Ron. -John Colton for the great interest taken in the institution for so many years, and also wishing Mr. and Mrs. Colton a safe and plea cant voyage to Europe." The Hon. John Colton, in reply, ti??iWfl the """"!?? of the committee for their frfafl <WBA w|i 1 *??fl begladtofnrtberSa?U?tinthegoodworkonhi? return to the colony. The present number of ?inmates was eight, vie, three mates and five females. Warrant No. 88, £118 Ob. 5d., passed for pajment. Mr. G. F. Hopkins, M.P., has received the following reply from the Treasurer in referenoe to the discharge of certain men employed at the Government dockyard at Fort Adelaide. The Premier says he has enquired into the ?natter, and is ??m* to interfere at present with the arrangement? made by the Marine Board as to the discharge of the men employed on the various dredgers. The board state that as the present deepening operations will not much longer require all the dredgers now at work at Port Adelaide, the board decided to - Tay them up in the order in which they com plete the work allotted them. This not only Appeared a fair way of settling the matter as far as the men were concerned, but it was also advantageous to the Government, because the least expensive Tends and the men accustomed to work them would be the longest at work. There is really no difference between the deepening operations at Ports Adelaide, Piria, and Augusta, and the men have occasionally been transferred from one place to another. If seniority among laboring men is, however, to be the rale, the Port Augusta and Port Pirie dredger hands and the dockyard workmen most also be considered, and endless confusion, to say toe least of it, will be the result. The board have again considered Hub matter, bat they do not feel able to alter their decision. The No. 5 dredger will, however, not finish what is required of her as soon as was antici pated, and will be at work almost, if not quite, as long as the next one, the Willonga (No. 3). A meeting of the committee of the Abori gines' Friends* Association was held on Friday, when there were present—The Rw. F. W. Cox (president). Dr. Barlow, Beva. D. Jf iton, M.A.. 8.D.. W. R. Fletcher, M.A., and R. M. Hunter, Messrs. H. Hossey, J. Hales, W. Pengi?y. G. Crate, C. N. CoUiaon (boa. see ). and Mr. F. W. Taplin (superintendent). President reported that a deputation had waited npon the Commissioner of Grown lj?nd? as to the establithment of a ration depot for natives at KuUabor Plains, and the Cjm- DiUEioner had replied to the effect that be did not see the necessity for sich action on the gross d of the fewnsss of natives and abandaaoe of native Rime, TTbeee assertions were disputed in ? letter read from Mr. T. Bro?u (Wlllu Brothers & Brown), who intimated his inten tion to persevere till the desired concession which be considered due to the natives was obtained. The further consideration of ***? matter was postponed. A treasurer's minute was read, showing cash in bank £276. Toe secretary had accounts to pass amounting to ?bout £300. The donations of the cut of cottages woe reported from Mr. Joshua Gorr and Miss Flett. The cottages were in coarse of erection, being buQt of concrete by native labor. A report was receive! from the euperintendent that the chapel aewmmoia tion at Point Madeay was insufficient. The building was often crowded to exoeu. The native congregation had taken the matter op. and promised to give baskets and other things towards raising a fond for increasing the btrildmg. It was resolved—"That the committee express its satisfaction that the necessity bat arizen for additional cbapsl accommodation, and the officers and mem bers of committee be empowered to collect funds for tbe purpose, and that the presi dent, treasurer, and secretary. Mason. Crate, Penguly. and Madge be a cab-com mittee to consider the matter and repjrt." An interesting and valuable report was real by tie superintendent on bis return from a ?visit to the aboriginal stations is Victoria and Uew Sooth Wales. It showed a very mash larger expenditure per head incurred by those Governments than in Scuth Australia, and that leu of the woik was performed by the aborigines than in South Australia. The thanks of the committee were presented to Mr. Taplin. The president was asked to consider the matter referred to ?to tbe desirability cf an Act of Parliament regulating the dealing with the natives, and Mr. Taplin was requested to prepare a digest of the report for pabuca&m in the press. The tender of Mr. James Shaw for the erec tion of new premises in King William-street for the Commercial Bank of Australia has been accepted, and the work is now fairly in band. It will be remembered that some time eince tbe bank invited competitive designs for the proposed new premises, and that prepared by Messrs. Davies & Dunn, architects, of this city, was placed first These gentlemen were accordingly instructed to prepare the necessary working drawings, and proceed with the work, The site is that formerly occupied by Messrs. Townsend & Bottine's Auction Mart, and ad joins the new building recently erected by the Australian Mutual Provident Society, near the English and Scottish Bank. It has a frontage of 40 feet to King Wil liam - street and a depth of 91 feet. The bonding is three stories in height, ex clusive of tbe basement, and is designed in the Senaissance style of architecture. The front, op to the top of the ground floor columns, ia to be built in solid granite from Victor Harbsr, and the rest in Murray Bridge freestone aud South Australian marble ; some of the carving and enrichments being in the latter material. She central portion of the front v recessed, ?od hsJcotrins are loaned at the level of the floors, supported on Corinthian and lonic column*. The bank receives the whole of the ground floor and (he basement floor for ite own use, while the two remaining floors are arranged as (offices. These are approached by a hand some marble staircase, from an entrance lobby at the northern corner of the building. The bank's entrance is placed on the southern aide. Tbe basement is occupied by messengers' rooms, clerks' luncheon room, and three large vault*. Marble stairs and a hydraulic lift connect the basement with tbe ground floor, tbe latter of which is divided into the manager's room, 18 feet x 16 feet, a banking-room, 61 feet x 37 feet and 24 feet high, an inspector's roots, and a telephone room. The bank fittings are handsomely designed in polished American walnut, and all the woodwork on tbe ground floor will be in harmony with the fittings and executed in tbe same material. The vestibules and hmHng chamber are paved with encaustic tiles, and the latter is lit by a large embossed and cathedral-glass panel in the ceiling. This is also arranged as a means for ventilation. The first and second floors contain 18 offioes to let, which are well finished in all respects. The sanitary ar rangements are of the. most approved kind, j^conad^ble attention has been givento the subject of ventilation. The greater portion of the building is constructed with fireproof flooring, and a number of strong rooms are arranged in connection with tbe offices to let. 9be safe doon and doors of vaults are being made by Messrs. Simpson ft Son, of GawJer place, Adelaide. Verity's patent air propellers ?re employed to ensure a constant supply of fresh air in the banking chamber, and a system of hot water pipes has been introduced for the purpose of heating the room. Electric belts are provided for the use of the bank, and apeakwg tubes are inserted throughout. The

contract amount for the work is £17,575, and 18 months have been allowed for the comple tion of the building. We are informed that all the shares in the lion Brewing and Malting Company have been fully subscribed in Adela..^ Mel bourne. The agents for the P. & O. Steam Naviga tion Company received information by wire that tbe K.M.& Valetta sailed from Colombo on Wednesday morning. On the Adelaide Oval to-day the first big match of the season will be played, when the Adelaides will meet South Adelaides. Both dubs have first-class teams, and an exciting struggle is anticipated. The seasonable weather we have experienced had the effect of increasing the already Luge number of patrons of the Columbia Skating Palace on Friday evening, while the attendance in the afternoon suffered no perceptible dimi nution. Owing to the inclement state of the weather there was a rather meagre attendance at Ban vatd'e Circus on Friday evening. Tonight is the last but one of the circus in the city. Early in the coming week the troupe will com rnftfuift a country tour. We are informed that Mr, V. Lawrance, of this city, has been elected a fellow of the Incorporated Institute pf Accountants, Vic toria, and has been appointed by the council of the institute their ooiresponding member in South Australia. Professor Victor, who met with an accident whilst giving a mesmeric demonstration in the Adelaide Town Hall on Monday evening last, has so far recovered as to be able to announce his reappearance. He will open at Pott Ade laide next week, commencing on Monday. The fortnightly meeting of the Brighton literary Society was held in the schoolroom of the Blind, Deaf, and Dumb Institution on Thursday evening. The president (air. S. Johnson) gave a very interesting lecture on "Tobacco/ but owing to the weather the attendance was meagre. Garner's Boom was again well patronised on Friday evening, despite the heavy rain which fell after eunseU An entire change of pro gramme v announced for to night, when a farce entitled "Fan at the Skating Rink" will be produced for the first time. Several other amneing items are billed. Tbe nnpropitiou? state of the weather no doubt accounted for the moderate attendanoe at tbe Theatre Boy al on Friday evening. To night an entire change of programme is an nounced, the performance being entitled "Spoot?." This will be the final appear ance of the "Speciality Company," ana Mr. Harry Kickaids will take a complimentary benefit. We have received from the publishers, Messrs. MscMillan & Co., the tilth book of Virgil's *' .£neid," published for use of schools, being another addition to the series of elemen tary elastics now being issued by that firm. This little book is edited by Mr. T. £. Page, M.A. (Cant.), who in a few preparatory re marks says:—" There is no need to praise the "tilth .ffW?l ;" as long as the Latin language continues to be studied it will continue to De regarded as one of the few masterpieces of literature with which every one ought to possess at any rate some acquaintance. To it Virgil chitfly owes his fame. Whatever may be the merits of other portions of his writings it is here that he exhibits in fullest measure the great poetic powers of imagination and inven tion.'' The book is beautifully printed and neatly got up, and the editing has been carried out in a most scholarly manner. The notes form a copious and exhaustive commentary on the text, while the vocabularies are full and complete, rendering the little work very valuable for scholastic purposes. The Orizaba, by which Miss yon Fiukelstein is a passenger, has not yet been telegraphed as having arrived at Albany, bat the lady's tint lecture is advertised for either Friday next or Monday, the 14th inst According to the Southern Crou " considerable interest is already manifested in the expected arrival in Melbourne of Miss Lydia yon Finkelstein, a native of Jerusalem, whose lectures on Eastern life and manners nave attracted im mense audiences in Great Britain and tbe United States during the last three years. In the unalterable East many centuries pass with hardly any change in modes of life; and re membering this Mies yon Finkelatein seeks to reproduce on the platform the Bible history in the light of the scenes with which she was so familiar in early life, which, until the was 20 years of age, was paMed in Palestine and Syria. She describes the homes and baunt? of Jesus, city life in Jerusalem, tbe BedcnTO of the desert, the wanderings of Jacob and his family, and more especially the borne life of the various raoes which inhabit tbe Holy Land. Thus the audience bee represented a morning call and the exercise of Oriental hospitality! the various rites and ceremonies attendant upon marriage are fully explained, and the arrival of tbe guests, some of whom come too late and find the door shot; the salutation by tbe way, a ceremonious affair in the £ast, sometimes oceupyng balf an boor, is described | and each panties and proverbs m tbe lost piece of silver and the camel passing through the eye of a needle are vividly illustrated. In tact the lady's lectures, which are given in Oriental costume, are an instance of what may be done by appeals to the eye as well as the ear, in exhibiting the truth of tbe Scripture narrative ; and many of tbe illustrations could only be famished by a lady, as in toe East men have no aceeia to the women's part of the house. In London Miss yon Finkelstein lectured in the Metropolitan Tabernacle, the City Temple, and Exeter Hall; while in the provinces, amongst other large ediuoes, she spoke in the Birmingham Town Hall, the Bradford Oorn Exchange, the Free Tfade Hall in Manchester, tbe Glasgow City Hau, and the Music HaU at fdinborgh." The latt day's racing In conoectioc with the Adelaide Bating Club ?ill take pUoe on the Old Crone toil afternoon. The annual meeting of the South Australian S^f^L* 1?^ 11011 *"" ** heM U (^ Crote slreet stodel School this morning. A meeting of the members ol tbe Adelaide. Sooth Adelaide, Itort, Norwood. North Adelaide, and G?wUr Football CSube i? to be held this evening at the lown Hall Exchange-room. We have been asked to state that tbe following members of the QlenelK Town Council attended the fm>?Bl of the Ute Mr. W""?- in addition to those mentioned in our report or tbe funeral:—Councillors W. B. Wigky. C. M. atuirbead. E. FMnadorf, and the town clerk Mr. j. SoaL An advertisement eteewhere calls attenttanto InriU Pens issued for a temperance herald so -Ul for Wait Monday, IUjSJ, in the Temperanoe HaU, North Adelaide, to which replies are requesM by the uth {net., as tbe number acoepdng is requited to be known that ample protiuon tn?r be made by the caterer. The celebration of the union of the Methodist Sew Connexion ana ?Bible Christian, Churches will Uke place in Frankliu-etreet Gbureh to-anmov, when tbe ciutch will be reopened after renovation. Sermons will be preached motniag and evening, and ? young people's service htld in the afternoon. Ob Tuecltr evening there vHi be tea ?nd public meeting!. Special music by the united choir will be rendexel at sil the eervicta.