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33T the Boomerang we received' Sydney papers to tho 1st instant, and news from Victoria to the 25th November.
There was no further intelligence from Europe, but as the Jast English papers are further read, new tacts and conjec- tures come to light with reference to the
war. It is 6tated to havo been at one time seriously in contemplation to for- ward a large army to Odessa, to take that town and its defences, and to mttrch in- land, bo as to place the Russian forces between the 'English and French troops cn one side, and the bulk of the Turkish army, as well ns tho river Danube, on the «ctbei. This project, however, is said to lue benn abandoned, owing to the dif-,
flealt navigation of the port of Odessa, ' and the doubtfulness of obtaining sup- plies and waggons for the troops after landing. Nevertheless, there were still some who .believed that this was the ob- ject of the expedition from Varna ; but the prevailing impression was, that the
invasion of the Crimea and the destruc-* tion of tboN fleet and fortifications of Se- vastopol, were the objects in view.
Amongst the plans offered by Ama- teurs, for the purpose of aiding in the war against Russia, are the following : Mr. WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR proposes to block up the mouths of the Neva, by
means of old hulks and stones to be sunk there, and thus to cause the inundation of St. Petersburg. But how this is to bo effected without coming within range of the guns of Kronstadt forts, is not stated. Another gentleman proposes the use of a warmer element. He suggests that from 4000 to 5000 tons of gunpowder shall be placed in as many vessels as can carry it, and that these shall be drifted with the tide against the Kronstadt for- tresses, and then ignited'from a distance by means of a galvanic battery j but it strikes us that red hot shot from the forts would explode the ships and the scheme long before either could be brought to bear upon the walls of Kronstadt.
Mr. COPPIN, formerly a coihodian in Sydney, and subsequently long resident in Adelaide, was about to leave England for Australia again, having secured the services of Mr. BROOKE, a tragedian of note, and a competent staff. Ile intend- ed to bring out with him an iron theatre, which was being made to his order.
It was expected that the Sydney Le- gislative Council would be prorogued on Saturday last. A Bill had passed the third reading, for the purpose of amend- ing the late Act altering the duties on spirits. The Bill enacts that all con- tracts made for the sale or purchase of Spirits in Bond, before the passing of the Act, are made null and void. Only three members voted against the Bill.
On the motion of Mr. JAMES MAC-
ARTHUR, an address was adopted*, praying that a further sum of £100,000 may be raised on debentures, for immigration purposes. Dr. LANG proposed an adden- dum, praying for afurther sum of j£20,000, for the introduction of hand-loom weavers from Scotland; but this was negatived.
The Bill to'incorporate the proposed " Moreton Bay Land and Immigration Company" was rejected on the second reading, by a majority of 11 to 9. The nine members who voted for it were all
elective, but of those opposed to it only
three wer« elected members.
Tho news froi» Victoria seems to show that the Lieutortin t-Governor is desirous
of patching up present disputes with the extreme party, and postponing until some future period the ultimate settlement of those disputes. Tho third Act For the purpose of preventing the influx of crimi- nals, has received his Excellency's ascent. It purports to be a modification of the formor Acts, but still contains provisions the most monstrous, and which her Ma- jesty's advisers can never ratify. Any person who has been convicted of felony in any place but Victoria, and who shall be found thero within three years after ho becomes free, is liable, as tho viaximum punishment, to two years labour in chains on the public roads. Such an enactment sots aside the rights of the Crown and the liberty of the subject, and would be a disgrace to the penal code of Russia.
The Supreme Court of Victoria has brought to a close, for the present, the events arising out of the burning of the Eureka Hotel, and the riots at Ballaarat. JAMES FRANCIS BENTLEY, JOHN FAR- RELL, HENRY HANCE, and CATHERINE BENTLEY, wero indicted for the wilful murder of JAMES SCOBIE. After a long trial, the jury acquitted Mrs. BENTLEY, but convicted tho three men, who were each sentenced to three years' hard labour on the roads. Subsequently, THOMAS FLETCHER, ANDREW MCINTYRE, and HENRY WESTERLY, were indicted for thoir share in the riots at Ballaarat.
The jury found them guilty, but recom- mended them to mercy, and expressed an opinion that their offence would not have been committed if the authorities at Bal- laarat had performed their duty. Cer- tainly the conviction of BENTLEY seemed to show that he ought not have been dis- charged by the Ballaarat magistrates. The three prisoners were respectively sentenced to three, four, ancl six mouths' imprisonment.
The case of Mr. HARRISON, Editor of the Geelong Advertiser, and who had been adjudged to pay ¿£800 damages for a libel proved lo be true, was creating much sympathy. A further reference to this case will be found in another column.
A Mr. IRELAND, a barrister, had given great offence to the people of Geelong by having, in the course of a trial at Mel- bourne, stigmatised them as " the sweeps of Geelong." When this polite gentle- man was expected to arrive for the pur- pose of attending the Geelong Coirt, a large number of inhabitants were waiting upon tho wharf, armed with broome, for the purpose of sweeping him thoroughly j but the prudent barrister did not come that way, and a fellow member of the bar was very near receiving, by mistake, the honours intended for the real delinquent. Mr. IRELAND had since arrived, and it will b« s.eeu from the following paragraph«,
that ho met with some attention :
On Tuosdavevening- the Town Crier went round the town ¡nimming tho peoplo of Geelong, that »t 8 o'clock, on Wednesday morning, Mr. Ireland, the barristor, would address thom in tho Miirkct squnre. .Upon thin taking place» the tiolico au- thorities communicated with Mr. Iroland, who in-
formed them that ho had authorised no such state- ment to bo made. Captain Holland then spoke to tho Town Crier, and romonstrated «iib him upon the impropriety of the incorrect as:.ertioii that ho was publicly making. In reply, the Crier said, lie had been employed to do it, but refused to give «p the name of his employer. Yesterday morning some persons assembled in Uto Mnrket sr|tmre, where a figuro, intended for Mr. Ireland, dri'Rsod in a grey coat, long- boots, and n white hat, waa hung u;i to one of tho trees in the Square; but it WUK, wo bitliet«, subsequently removed by tho polioo.
The effigy of »a certain barrister was su»p?nded to a tree in the Market-square, jestorduy morn- ing, nmi(]it the execrations of a mob, «ho took this ancient method of evincing their feelings
towards an obnoxious individual.
From the Ballaarat correspondent of the Argus, it appears likely that Messrs. LANG and DRAKE, late of the Bank of New South Wales, will be exonerated from the charges of embezzlement made against, them, as it is suspected that they
haye themselves been defrauded.
By the arrival of the Palermo yesterday we received one day's later news from Sydney. A warm discussion had been created in the Legislative Council on the 1st inst., on Mr. James Macarthur moving his resolutions, which were intend- ed as the foundation of a Valedictory Address to his Excellency the Govemor Geneial, on the occasion of his departure from the colony ; they were carried by a majority of 28 to 6. On Saturday last the Governor-Gemeral was to receive the Farewell Address of the Council at Government house at 12 o'clock j and he was afterwards to go down to pro- rogue the Council at 1 o'clock.
We have no material alterations to no- tice in the Sydney markets. Pine flour was quoted at £30, and seconds at £28.