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SIR ARTHUR PALMER.

The illness of Sir Arthur Palmer, Pre- sident of the Legislative Council, has, we regret to learn, taken a turn for the worse. Having been a sufferer for some time past, his strength has naturally been sapped, and an attack of the prevalent dengue fever has so much further weakened his constitution that he is now very ill. The latest bulletin issued at midnight stated that Sir Arthur's condition was very critical.

REGULATION OF TRAFFIC.

A special meeting of the Metropolitan Transit Commission was held yesterday to consider an amended draft of a by-law relating to the control of the tramways trade, and also to deal with the inspection of cabs. There were present—Commis- sioners John A. Clark (chairman), F. W. Curnow, T. Dibley, E. W. Walker, and W. H. Lane. On the motion of Mr. Curnow,

seconded byMr. Walker, the by-law was agreed to, when a special meet- ing will be held to confirm it. A large number of cabs were in- spected, and in many cases repairs which were considered necessary were ordered to be carried out. The chairman mentioned, with regard to the letter sent to the Home Secretary asking for an opinion aa to the necessity for one of the four elective com- missioners being elected in terms of clause 11 of the principal Act, that a reply had been received, in which the Home Secre- tary said an opinion should be obtained from the commissioners' solicitor. The mat- ter had accordingly been referred to Mr. Morse.

LIEUTENANT-COLONEL GARTSIDE'S

FUNERAL.

By advertisement in this issue the First Moreton Regiment are required to parade at the Exhibition corner at a quarter to 3 o'clock to-morrow afternoon in order to attend the funeral of the late Lieutenant- Colonel Gartside. A notice to members of the Naval Brigade also appears.

MR. SEYMOUR DICKER'S FAREWELL.

The last opportunities of hearing Mr. Seymour Dicker on the Exhibition organ, or, indeed, in Brisbane, will be this after- noon and to-morrow, when doubtless the musical public will rally round the depart- ing musician and give him bumper houses. The two programmes arranged are specially interesting. Mr. Dicker is down for quite a number of solos, and he will be assisted by Mr. George Sampson, F.R.C.O., Mr. S. G. Benson (organists), Mrs. Gilbert Wilson, Miss Saunders, and Messrs. W. H. Long- bottom and J. Good (vocalists), as well as by Mr. Walter Bentley and a full orchestra led by Herr Rosendorff. A special service of cars has been arranged. The full pro- grammes appear elsewhere.

FIFTY YEARS OF CHURCH WORK.

It is a fact worthy of note that to-day the venerable Canon Glennie and the Rev. J. S. Hassall, of Sherwood, will complete the fiftieth year of their ministry in the Church of England in Australia. Both gentlemen were ordained on the same day just half-a-century ago, Canon Glennie by Bishop Tyrell in Newcastle, and Mr. Has- sall by Bishop Broughton, the first Bishop of Australia, in Sydney. Canon Glennie has spent nearly the whole of his time since in what is now Queensland, and has been one of the most hard-working and conscientious ministers of the gospel the colony has ever seen. Advancing years some time ago com- pelled him to relinquish work, but there are many living in the colony who remember with the highest appreciation his labours in the cause of religion on the Downs and in the East and West Moreton districts. Mr. Hassall represents the third generation in his family of Australian clergymen. His grandfather, the Rev. Samuel Marsden, came to New South Wales as chaplain of the colony during the past century, his ap- pointment bearing the seal of George III.— a document which Mr. Hassall still has in his possession as a cherished family heir- loom. His father, the Rev. Thomas Has- sall, who married the Rev. Samuel Mars- den's daughter, was only a few years old when his father landed in Aus- tralia. Mr. J. S. Hassall was born in New South Wales in 1823, and is still remarkably active for a man who is 75 years of age. After his ordination he laboured as a clergyman for twenty-five years in the parent colony, the re- maining quarter of a century of his ministry having been spent in Queensland, the whole of it practically in the Oxley dis-

trict. He is still in harness as the in- cumbent of St. Matthew's Church, Sherwood, and his parishioners have initiated a move- ment to commemorate the completion of his half-century of ministry in the Church of England.

Q.T.C. EASTER MEETING.

Attention is directed to the Queensland Turf Club Easter Meeting, particulars of which will be found in our business columns. The dates fixed are the 9th and 11th April, the added money totalling £775, divided over eleven events. Nominations, with the necessary fees, must be in the hands of the secretary not later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday next, the 22nd instant.  

ALBION PARK RACES.

Horseowners and trainers are reminded that nominations close with the secretary, on Monday, at 5 p.m., for the Brisbane Jockey Club's meeting, to be held on Satur- day, 26th Instant. Particulars will be found in our business columns.

NORTH PINE NEWS.

Our Pine correspondent, writing under yesterday's date, says:—The majority of the ratepayers in the Pine Division are very pleased at the action taken by the Pine Board in reappointing Mr. C. Spode as clerk and overseer. Quite a number of Mr. Spode's friends assembled at the hall on Monday last, as a deputation to the board, and through their leader, Mr. W. C. Joyner, of Samson Vale, petitioned that august body to retain the services of their present clerk,

which was eventually done. Owing to the splendid season for fodder, the average supply of milk to the creamsries at the Upper North Pine is keeping up splendidly. The supplies are as follow:—Lacey's Creek, nearly 600 gallons per day; Terrors Creek, 700; and at the main factory, Samson Vale,

900. The amount of butter sent away from   the latter place last month from the 1st to the 25th was nearly nine tons. During the past few months several young fellows have annoyed the Salvation Army meetings,

the result being that they have been fined , at the North Pine Police Court to the ex- tent of almost £5 each. Sergeant Leslie, seems determined to keep order here amongst all classes.

TATTERSALL'S CLUB RACES.

The chief outside attraction this after- noon will be the Tattersalls Club Autumn Race Meeting at Eagle Farm. The first race is timed to start at 2 30 o'clock, and the special express train, leaving the Cen- tral Station at 1.55, is timed to arrive in

time for visitors to witness the first of the ,

five events. Owing to a regimental order,   the Naval Headquarters Band will not be present, having to attend the funeral of the late Lieutenant-Colonel Gartside, but the City String Band will perform during the afternoon in the grandstand. Full par- ticulars of the times of starting, &c,. will be found in another column.  

"THE MERCHANT OF VENICE."  

The last rehearsal for the production of the "Merchant of Venice" took place at   Mr. Bentley's rooms yesterday evening, and was most successful. On Monday the students move to the Opera House, and the rehearsals will be from that evening conducted there with the new scenery. Shakspeare is an ambitious venture for   amateurs, but Mr. Bentley speaks most enthusiastically of good work done, and promises an excellent representation.

A sad drowning case occurred near the Bald Hills on Friday (says our Sandgate correspondent). Between 11 a m. and noon a young girl 11 years of age, named Alice Walden, daughter of Mr. Francis Walden, went with three of her brothers, one being two years her senior and the other younger, to the South Pine River to bathe. All went into the water together. Suddenly the brothers saw their sister slip into a deeper hole, of which there are several, and be- came frightened. One little fellow ran for the assistance of Mr. Dunlea, who at once went in and found the body of the girl in about 5ft. of water. On taking the body out life was found to be extinct. Sergeant Primrose was telegraphed for. Dr. Paul later on gave a certificate of death.

To-night is announced as the last night of the steeplechase at Harmston's Circus, and the season is to close on Saturday next. A matinee performance is to be given to- day, and for Monday a change of programme is billed.

A special general meeting of the share- holders of the First Queensland Bowkett Benefit Building Society was held last even- ing. There was a large attendance of shareholders, all the members of the board being present. Mr. John A. Clark, chair- man of directors, was in the chair. The chairman stated that the business before the meeting was the reconsideration of a resolution passed at the annual meeting, increasing the secretary's salary. The chairman gave his views, which were not favourable to the increase, and moved the resolution,—" That this meeting reconsider the increase of the secretary's salary." This was seconded by Mr. Gallagher. After discussion, in which Messrs. Fifoot, McMinn, Becket, Pope, Hutchison, and Tuddenham, supported the action of the annual general meeting in increasing the secretary's sal- ary, the question was put, the voting being eight for and twenty-three against. Messrs. Inglis and Lang acted as scrutineers. A ballot having been demanded by five mem- bers, Messrs. Lang and Spink were ap- pointed scrutineers, which the chairman announced as follows :—For the resolution,

30 ; against, 55. The motion therefore being lost, the secretary's salary would remain at £100. A vote of thanks to the chairman was carried by acclamation.

The "Illustrated London News", of 12th   February gives particulars of the will of the late Mr. John Stone-Wigg, J.P., D.L., of Estcourt, Tunbridge Wells (father of the Right Rev. M. J. Stone-Wigg, Bishop of New Guinea), who died on 22nd December. The will was proved by Clement Stone Wigg, the son, and Robert Erskine Pollock, Q.C, the nephew, the executors, the value of the personal estate being £153,205. The testator gives his house, Estcourt, with the furniture therein, and £4000 to his wife, Mrs. Isabella Elizabeth Stone-Wigg ; £500 to his daughter, Helen Elizabeth Stone-Wigg ; such a sum as, with the funds of his marriage settlement and of those of the will of Jacob Clements, will make up portions of £10,000 each for his children. Ernest George, Montague John, Alfred James, and Mary Josephine, he having settled on his marriage a like amount on

his son Clement ; and £300 to his executor, Mr. Pollock. He devises a piece of land in Woodbury Park road, Tunbridge Wells, to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, as the site for a rectory or parsonage for the minister of St. Barnabas. The residue of his property he leaves to the five children of his former marriage.

Mr. W. Mazlin, who returned last week. from the scene of the late gold discovery between Herberton and Geraldton, informs us (Herberton " Times") that it is situated, on the head of one of the branches of Hen- rietta Creek, and that the gully is not more than 100 yards off one of Christy Palmer- ston's old tracks. The country is for the most part granite, and is, in Mr. Mazlin's opinion, well worthy of thorough prospect-

ing. When Mr. Mazlin and his party arrived at the rush no work was being done by the prospectors, whose Protection Area takes in nearly the whole of the available ground, as the creek below their ground is filled with large boulders. Strong colours are ob- tainable for several miles down the creek, both in the banks and on the beaches, and where it opens out several men were en- gaged in working a large beach. Nothing new was discovered during Mr. Mazlin's stay in the way of alluvial, but he states that the prospectors had opened a reef at

the head of the gully, carrying gold. Mr.   Mazlin is of opinion that he can strike the

rush in about seventeen miles from his   farm, by going in a direct line.  

There was a good attendance at the Town Band promenade concert in Moora Park, Sandgate, last night. The band played really well. They selected several num- bers in which solo parts for cornet, eupho- nium, and trombone occurred, and these were all much appreciated. A side-drum was introduced, which added much to the efficiency of the band. They had to per- form under a great difficulty, as the mantles of the incandescent lamps are broken, caus- ing the light to be so bad that they could scarcely see the music. There was no excursion train to-night, but I hear that there are to be trains run on the 1st and 8th of next month, the latter day being Good Friday. Some think the night could with advantage be changed. Speaking of excursion trains, I am informed that one is to run from Killarney and Warwick to Sandgate on this day week.

The Rev. J. Spence, an old Queensland resident, is revisiting this colony, and will preach in the Albert-street Wesleyan Church on Sunday morning. A special people's service will be held in the church

on Sunday night, when the Rev. J. Bowes, will deliver an address on "Frances Wil- lard, a Burning and a Shining Light"

By advertisement in this issue the First

Moreton Regiment are required to parade, at the Exhibition corner at a quarter to 3 o'clock this afternoon in order to attend the funeral of the late Lieutenant-Colonel

Gartside.

Mr. S. B. J. Skertchly delivers a second lecture on "Heat" at the Technical College   on Monday evening.

Rev. Hugh Jones is advertised to preach to-morrow evening in the Wharf-street Con-

gregational Church on "Two Modern Philanthropists — Frances Willard and George Muller," who have just passed away.            

THE STOCK BOARD.  

The Stock Board and the delegates from

the Southern colonies were due at Banana yesterday. The Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. J. V. Chataway, will leave Mackay to-day by the Leura, and will meet the members of the Stock Board and the Central district inspectors at Rockhampton on Mon- day next.

RETURN OF THE PREMIER.  

Sir Hugh Nelson returned to Brisbane on   Thursday night, and was present at the Chief Secretary's office yesterday. Mr. H. S. Dutton, secretary to the Prime Minister, has also returned.

THE HOLIDAY AT. SANDGATE.

The St. Patrick's holiday passed off quiet-   ly at Sandgate (writes our correspondent). On Wednesday night a poorly attended con- cert in aid of the funds of St. Nicolas's Church was given at the Town Hall. Thurs- day morning was beautifully fine, with a light refreshing breeze blowing. Several fishing parties were early on the creek, and were mostly rewarded with good catches. The excursion trains brought a fair number of visitors, but not so many as is usual on public holidays. A greater number of the Sandgate people left for Brisbane to attend the Exhibition sports, and the races, than

is generally the case. During the forenoon  

many picnic parties pitched their camps near the beach, and were seemingly enjoy-   ing themselves. Moora Park was largely patronised. About 1 o'clock rain began to fall, and shortly after it set in heavily for over an hour. This put a damper on the excursionists, most of whom left by the early afternoon trains. In the evening a social and fair was held in the Wesleyan Church, and was well attended. Stalls for the sale of fancy and useful articles were presided over by Mrs. Thomas Lee, Mrs. Clydesdale, the Misses Southerden (2), Clydesdale, Braun, and Murray, and a fish pond was under the supervision of Messrs. W. Joyce and P. Gee. The results of sale were very satisfactoty. Mr. Thomas Lee, on behalf of the choir and   Christian Endeavour Society in connection with the church, presented the Rev. Mr. Taylor with a very handsome travelling bag and dressing-case combined, as a wedding present. Mr. Lee, in appropriate terms, wished their pastor joy and happiness on his approaching marriage. The rev. gentle-   man, who was taken by surprise, expressed his gratification at finding such good feeling prevailing between himself and those to whom he had to minister. Mr. Taylor will leave for New South Wales on Tuesday next, and hopes to return about the 14th April, with his wife and helpmate.

Just before 10 o'clock yesterday, a

married man named Henry Mornet, aged 46, and residing at Berry-street, Spring Hill, was engaged in assisting to discharge cargo from the steamer Cintra, when he fell down the hold of the ship. Mornet was   walking a plank placed across the top of the hold, carrying a case, when he lost his balance and fell. He received injuries to one of his arms, his back, and also his face, which were immediately at- tended to by the Ambulance Brigade, who conveyed the sufferer to his residence, where he was placed under the care of Dr.   Budgett.

The committee of the Hospital for Sick Children met on Wednesday, Mrs. Cowli- shaw (vice-president) presiding. There were also present—Mrs. Oxley (vice-presi- dent), Mrs. Perry, the Misses Griffith and Roberts. The report showed 7 children admitted and 12 discharged during the week ; there had been 1 death, and 43 children remained under treatment, 5 of whom were at the Sandgate Sanatorium. Subscriptions £7 12s. 6d., and patients' payments £5 10s., were received ; accounts passed, £49 1s. 9d.

At the monthly meeting of the Queens- land Amateur Photographic Society, the president, Dr. John Thomson was in the chair. There was a large attendance of members and visitors, and one fresh nomination was received. In- cluded, in the ordinary business dealt with was that of taking steps to send a compre- hensive exhibit from the society to the ap- proaching Dunedin Photographic Exhibition

in May next. The special business for the evening was a demonstration of the acety- lene gas light by Mr. J. W. Carey, who showed the generators as patented by him- self. A full explanation was given of the method of producing the gas, and also of its capabilities and uses, in comparison with other lights. By the aid of special fittings for photographic purposes, for which Messrs. Baker and Rouse are the agents, and which they supplied for the occasion, the light was applied to the lantern, and a number of slides shown, exhibiting the great suit- ability of the light for that purpose. Some experimental photographs were subsequently taken by aid of the light. During the even- ing Mr. Mirfin gave an interesting explana- tion and demonstration of the " Lancaster triple combination objective," which has the capacity for throwing lantern pictures on the screen, 20ft. in diameter, at distances varying from 16ft. to 70ft. A most instruc- tive evening was concluded with the usual votes of thanks to Messrs. Carey and Mirfin.

The winding-up of the Albert Cricket Club is to take place at the Liedertafel Rooms on Monday evening.

It is announced in our advertising col- umns that Messrs. Cameron Bros, will offer for sale by auction this afternoon, on the ground, the Deighton Estate, Gladstone- road, together with the residence of the late Mr. Edward Deighton, known as Wahcum- bah.

No comparison exists between the Deigh- ton Estate, to be sold this afternoon at half-

past 2 o'clock, on the ground, by Cameron

Bros., Auctioneers, and any other estate unsold in or near Brisbane. The sale is genuine, prices nominal, and terms very liberal.—(Advt.)

Miss Florence Schmidt, the Queensland soprano, has definitely fixed the date of her farewell concert for the 15th April, and it will be held in the Centennial Hall. Par- ticulars of the concert will be advertised in due course.

One should consider carefully ere he makes the life provision which everyone should make. But the National Mutual

tables, -lucidly explained, afford exactly  

what he needs. They are framed for all

classes, hence their wide popularity.— (Advt.)

During the week (writes our Sandgate correspondent) five rams, branded LUE, 1896, on the horns have washed ashore here. It is supposed they were some ot those lost on the voyage from Sydney during the

storm " Luita."  

Henry Sketcher, Taringa, has been adju- dicated insolvent in forma pauperis.

The " Marienbad hat" in dark myrtle- geen, as worn by H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, is just now the rage in fashionable circles. They are being shown in Finney, Isles, and Co.'s Queen-street windows, and tleir stylish appearance is sure to bespeak   for them a brisk sale.*

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