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GOLD NBWS.-Wo havo been politely favored by Messrs. E, Rottman and <'o., of Sydiioy, with tho following extinct of a letter from George G-. Dickinson, dated Meroo, 2Iit February ¡-" The placo from whence caine the 51 ozs. I sent to you last week is called Merinda, and is at present likely to become the chief gold-field in the colony ; it is on the Meroo, and about thirty' milos from here downwards. Within, this last neck nearly one thousand diggers have located themselves there, and tho piuco is without one exception said to bo surpassing rich. A man passed through hero to-day, who said he lind seen a digger there who had literally a hatful of nuggets. Peoplo are flocking in hundreds from Stoney Creek and Louisa, nnd this place (Riohaidson'd Point) is nearly deserted The gold is found in beautiful nuggets of from i to 1 oz. weight. Stores mid public houses aro'starting up in arcat numbers. As these are real facts you jan publish the abovo in some newspaper if you like. It might, per- haps stop some of tho'Victorian diggers who aro returning with disgust from hereto their more favoured colony.-S. .1/. Herald, Feb. 20.

METKORIO I'IJESOMENON.-As Wr. Inspector Black was passing tho Haymarket, at twenty minutes past ono o'clock yesterday morning, ho obsorved a largo body of firo, of the shape of a water-melon, pass overhead in the direction of Pyrmont, at a height of about 150 feet from the

earth. It was of a violot colour, and was followed by a luminous streak of about 100 leot in length. Its nassago through the air was quite slow and its direction was horizontal.- Empire, Feb. 28.

THE ELECTIVE PRINCIPLE IN CONNECTION WITH ME LEGISLATURE.-As will bo seen by tho report of tho pioccedings in the Legislative Assembly, elsewhere given, Mr. Robertson's motion affirming tlio elective principal in the constitution of deli- berate bodies, entrusted willi legislativo functions, in this colony, was carried yesterday without divi- sion ._ A division, however, took place on the previoiH question, « hioli WHS moved by Mr. Macar- thur, and this in effect amounts to a division on

the original motion. The motion, it will bo seen, was /jflii-incd by a majority of 27 to 11. We *'ive fccpn requested to state that owing to the

?'»««s fffiif tho division look place earlier circumi.. ' «.Huatsii, J.1V0 honorablo gentlemen than W..3 aiiiiv »t.Idwffiojj) who would have (Mr. Ir-vrng andJIr. .. M ' "ocidentlv

voted ni support of tlio mov.. ( t , ,? t) ¡' absentât the time. Tho majority, ,, _ accident, would therefore have stood 29 to . . Empire, Fob. 25. ' '

' Tns GRAND GIFT ENTERPRISE.-With roier enco to the announcement .under this hoad, wo have received the subjoined copy of a letter which has boen addressed by the Attorney-General to Mr. Thomas Taylor, tho proprietor of tho Victoria Theatre, and to Mr. Crosby, the mana- ger :-" Attornev-General's Office, Sydney, 27th February, 1857," Sir,-In reference to advertise- ments and notices appearing in the Sydney Morning Herald, and Empire, nnd other news- papers of this aity, undor the heading "The Sydney Grand Gifc Enterprise," I haye the honor to inform you that I consider the enterprise to be a lottery, and to bo illegal, and that if It be not abandoned, I shall deem it my duty to take such proceedings as the law will alloir .against the per- sons who shall ha connected with it, either by selling or disposing of tickets in such enterprise or by drawing for prizes. I havo the honor to be, Sir, your obedient servant, W. M. MANNING, Attornoy-Goner«!,"- Empire, Feb. 28.

¿URANGARA .COPPER JI/KB,- The prospects of copper-mining in this distriot begin to look some- thing brighter than of late. Return» of the pro- ceeds of Bale of a quantity of ero from the Calan- gara Mine shipped to England have heen received, «hewing rhat £20 p<!r ton has been realized. The total cost, carriage, and freight included, wes £ J3, leaving therefore £7 per ton net profit. So well satisfied is tlio directory with this result that it has been determined to add 10O to tho number of working hands. May the promises thui giv^n }n every sense bo realised.- Bathurst Free Press,

Feb. 25.

AUSTRALIAN HojmcpivruRAL AND AGRICUL- TURAL SOCIETY.-From the Emnve wo learn

that tho first exhibition of this society-which it will be remembered was recently formod hy an

i pranlgflWOt¡OH of the AijstrajMJan Bosnia Society

and the Horticultural Improvement Society-was held in the Botanic Gardens on Thursday, and Friday, 26th and 27th inst. The show ot flowers and fruits was much inferior to that of former exhibitions, a fact attributable to three causes a lack of competition, to the recent inolement weather, and the advanced period of the season. On the first day the attendance of visitors was numerous and brilliant, a very large proportion consisting of Indies, whom the favorable change in the weather permitted to sally forth in all the elegance of fashionable and seasonable attire. The exhibits were as usual disposed in a large marquee, the framework of which was decorated with foliage and flowers. The military band was in attendance to enliven the procpodings, and a small tent wns fitted up as a refectory at a little distance from the show The princip ii feature of the exhibition was a collection of twenty plants remarkable for their commercial products, by Mr. J. Baptist, to whom a Grit prize gold medal was awarded. In this collection, the snrsaparilla wai exhibited, we bolievi», for the first time. TI.e com- petition in colonial wines was, porhaps, in a com- mercial sense, tho mo<t important feature of the exhibitio.i. T io sample! exhibited aro pronouncod to be excellent. The first pr'ue gold metal wns awarded for three bottles of Cawarra white wino to J. E. Blake, Esq., who was also recommended by tho judges for a second prize for threo bottles of red nine. There were a few exhibits in poultry. Tho first prize was nwnrded to the Governor Genernl for the best cock and two hens, iji-ey Dorkings. A mngnificent cock aid five hens of the Cochin China breed, wero shown by I. D. Nichols, Esq., and won tho first prize. Tho attendance of visitors on Friday was ifoad, although not quite so numerous as on Thurs- day. There «ere a few additional exhibitors: but there was, of coirso, no competition, and

no prizes wore awarded. Only ono flower was j

added to tho show ; but that wns a most valuable

acquisition. It «as a splendid specimen of the i nympho gigantic, a species of water lily, sent by

Mr. Walter Hill, from the botanic gaidcns ut ' Moreton Bay, per favour of R. R. Maokenzie.Esq. The petals ¿f this delionte flower aro white tinged with lilac, deepsnina: towards tho edges which are tipped with violet. The flo.ver rests on a large deep green leaf of almost circular form Its general appeaiunce was strikingly beautiful.

DEATH OF Mn. EVELYN.-It is with feelings of peculiar pnin that wo announce the death of Mr. A. J. Evelyn, the gentleman whoso name was 'before the public, a short time &so, in a prosecution

for an i assault on tho Colonial Secretary. Mr. Evelyn arrived in the colony three or four years airo, and was engnçed as editor of a weekU paper, the Illustrated Sydney News, durinir the liest .'ays of that publication. In that capacity lie boc «ne nqnainted with a few gentlemen of literary tastes who discóvereil beneath a cold reserve fi> character many excellent qualities of mind and heart which attached them to bim in ties of en- during friendship. After the publication of the illustrated News ceased, Mr. Evelyn obtained employment in tho Survey Office, which appear« to have been most unsiiitcd to his habits and cha- racter« Oppressed by tho feeling that he had been sorely ngLrrifved in connection willi that department ho unhappily cimni'tted the assault for which he was tried at tho Central Criminal Court, and sontonoed to six months' imprisonment Persons, who knew his proud spirit and fragil» constitution, feared for iho result of this confine- ment; and in nbout a fortnight from his convict ion tho generous sv mpathios of the present At tomoy General were enlisted on his bell ni I', and ho was liberated. 'Iho mischief, however, wis done ; Mr. Evelyn never rallied in spirit nrrnin, and towards the close of January ho took to his bed «hero yes torday he died. Mr. Evelyn w-s n fiua poet; many of his bursts of tVeling in this way wo e of i he most delicito beauty. We give one oï the last--some lines written*' in Darlinghurst Gaol, nnd placed in our hands a short time after-

wards :


Ono Crock struck down ten Persiana hero,

Upon this narrow son-washed plain Well ! why Itoflp wondering, and fear

The like will ne'er bo done ngnin '

Whoso, whene'er the invader's cry ¿

Holts Inndwnrd with the rolling foam, Is flxed to be it him bick or die,

May make a Marathon at home.

Whon Moses on the snored Jill!

Behold the living lice on fire,

Tho miracle was gi oat-but pill!,

Wc, too, to wonders niny asplio.

?Whoso, as Nature's piiest, doth stand

With reverent mind and feet unshod, To hiin the world is holy innd,

And every bush burns with tho God.

-The young poet lind no friends in the colony, but, though d^ing of n wounded spirit nnion'q: ûtrnngeis, ho was afTeciionntoly attended in his last moment-, hy Mr. Stpnliotise, Dr. Woolley, Mr. T. G. Rusden, MP., Mr. Dyer of the School of Arts, and some other gentlemen. Mr. Evelyn was twonty»nineyears of age. - Empire, Feb. 2 0.

NOVEL MODE OF ADVERTISING -Our attention hns_ been called to a. new system of advertising which has lately boen adopted by a few of tho business people of the district-viz! by stamp- ing the addiess, occupation, &o. upon the face of bank notesin ciidilation. In reference to this practice it in argued, and no doubt very correctly that to do business on equal terms with these innovators, other storekeepers must ndopt the snmo custom, and that bv the time soma fifteen or twenty stamps are dabbled on a note it will bo difficult to distinguish £ I from £5 notes. It cannot be denied that what is correct for one to

do, it is right for nil to do, and It BÎmply becomes a question whether what by common consent, has become the circulating medium, "ought to be de- faced to suit individual purposes. Clearly the custom is ono n Iiich ought to bo discontinued. Bathurst Free Press, Feb. 25.

ELECTORAL REFORM.-A public meeting, numer- ously attended, wns held at tho Lyceum"Theatre, Sydney, on the evening of Monday, the 23rd February. Robert Campbell, M.L.Â., occupied the chair. Mr. John Campbell, Mr. Dalley, Mr. Pennington, Mr. Deniehy, Mr. Forster, and seve- ral other gentlemen, addressed the meeting, ad- vocating tlio necessity of a reform in our electoral system.

LEGISLATIVE CoUNCiL.-Roberfc M'Intosh Tsnacs, of Sidney, Esq. ; nnd Edward Wiso, of Sydney, Esq" havo been summoned by his E-ccellencv to sorvo ns members of tho Legislativo Council of

Now South Wales.