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(From Our Own Correspondent.)
At the monthly meeting of the Tabragalba Divisional Board held last week tenders were received for some important works for effecting improvements to the streets of Beaudesert Township, for which the follow- ing were received :-Jas. Dawson, £1875 ; John Murphy, £1880 ; F. L. Hardgrave, £1860. It was decided to hold a special meeting this day, at 2.30 p.m , to consider the above tenders, but owing to the very jheavy rain the meeting lapsed for want of a quorum. The matter will, however, be gone into next Monday. The tender of James Hunker to re-erect bridge over the Logan at Pullen Creek for the sum of £300 15s. 6d. Avas accepted. Accounts, amounting to about £145, were passed for payment, and tenders called for several much needed works. The half-yearly statement of ac- counts shows the finances to be in a satis- factory state, there being a credit balance at the bank of £618 3s. lid., whilst this year's rates have yet to come in.-At the Licensing Court held on Thursday last a provisional license was granted to Mr. P. Mulcahy for a new hotel which he is about to erect. This will make the fourth hotel in this township, and the new building pro- mises to be an ornament to the present rather crude style oí architecture existing here.-A* movement is on foot to establish a cottage hospital in Beaudesert, and every- thing points to the project being a great promised by way of subscriptions. A site for the building has already been determined upon, and before very long the builders will have the matter in hand. The existence of such an institution in our midst -will be warmly welcomed by all residents.-Largo numbers of fat cattle continue to leave this district for the metropolis every week. Last week Mr. W. G. White, on behalf of the Queensland Meat Export Company, de- spatched a very fine lot of 330 bullocks from Christmas Creek, 150 of which were the property of Messrs. Waters Bros., 130 were owned by Messrs. Cahill Bros., the balance being the property of various owners.-The local lodge of Oddfellows hold a sports'meeting here on Friday, 21st instant. ( Good entries have toeen received ¡for the different events, and as the day has been proclaimed a public holiday the gathering should be a success. On the same day a football match will be played between teams representing Beaudesert and Christ- mas Creek. ?-'Mr. W. B. Haidcastle, who has been head teacher of the State school here for a number of years, left last week to take charge of the Sherwood School. Before leaving Mr. Hardcastlo was made the recipient *oî a handsome tea and coffee ser- vice. Mr. Cummins has been appointed to .fill Mr. Hardcastle's place.-Creameries are now quite a thing of the past in this dis- trict, nearly every dairy farmer now haying his own separator. The farmers seem satis fled with results, albeit the low price of v cream this winter has set some of them
grumlbling, as they contend, with the extra labour the feeding and housing of their stock entails, prices hardly pay them. A noticeable feature at the late Beaudesert Show Tvas the great Improvement shown In the quantity and quality of the dairy . stock, exhibited.-In looking at the number
of Umber-waggons which dally come Into Beaudesert with their loads, one cannot help being struck with the large quantity of cedar logs that are brought In. Evidently this class of timber is being eagerly sought after, and it Is now some years since it has been brought here in any quantities.-The very heavy frosts experienced during the last week or two have been succeeded by a perfect deluge of rain. During Sunday night Upwards of 41n. fell. All the creeks and waterholes are now running over, but as a bitterly cold wind accompanied the rain stock look particularly miserable. At the present time It la still raining heavily.-Mr. T. Plunkett, M.L.A., has been successful in having the train service so arranged on Saturday, the 22nd instant, that those desir- ous of soeing the 'International Football Match can do so, and be able to return to their homes the same day. It is antici- pated that a, good number will go from ¡here to see the play.
'A doctor claims to have been, successful In several cases In curing excessive cigarette smoking by hypnotism. The treatment is simple, he says. I sit down beside a patient, talk to him soothingly, and then, by holding a pencil, or any object for that matter, so as to have his eyes converge on the point, hypnotise him. * It Is. after this, an easy matter talking gently, but firmly, to him, to convince him "that he is wrong, and to sug- gest à reform in his habits. Of course it is exhausting. Sevwal times I have been on the. point of abandoning the experimento.