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VICTORIA.

The Customs revenue continues unsatis-

factory, and the Government are forcing special

lands into the market.

The Government will abandon the appeal to the Privy Council in Bruce v. the Queen if the plaintiffs accept- £125,000 in full.

Mr. Wardrop, M.L.C., has left the colony in a clandestine^ way, leaving considerable liabili-

ties behind him. He left a letter for the news- papers, saying that he could not, after holding the position he did in the colony, bear the thought of #oing through the Court. He hoped to return and pay 20s. in the pound to

his creditors.

J. W. Ploos van Amstel lias l'eceived his ap- pointment as Consul-General of the Nether- lands for all the British Colonies in Australia, New Zealand, and Tasmania.

Dr. Mueller has been created by the King of Prussia Knight of the Order of the Black Eagle.

John King, a survivor of the steamship London, has taken a benefit at the Princess Theatre.

At a meeting ef the Committee of the Cham- ber of Commerce it was resolved to try and induce the Government to have the English letters sorted in the mail steamer en route from

King George's Sound. The Committee is also disposed to agitate for a fortnightly mail.

An agricultural distillery has just been estab- lished by J. Levy & Sons at Footscray for the purpose of making spirits of wine I rom man- gold wurtzel and beetroot. The refuse makes splendid cattle feed.

The prospects of the harvest are very favor- able. The crops are lookiug exceedingly well.

Tenders for heavy Government contracts are being called for.

A meeting has been held to arrange for the establishment of an asylum for drunkards.

NEW SOUTH WALES.

The Treasurer has made his financial state-

ment.

The surplus on last year was £28,177.

This year's revenue is estimated at £2,023, 579. Expected surplus, £70,564.

Estimated revenue next year, £2,253,505. Expenditure, £2,013,992.

It is proposed to reduce the gold duty next year to a shilling an ounce ; also to reduce the salaries of civil servants by one-twelfth.

The total public debs of the colony is now £5,634,930.

In the Assembly the State-aid question, has been adjourned for two months. A call of the

House is then made.

Governor's Salary Reduction Bill was de- feated on the third reading.

In the Assembly the Colonial Distillation Bill has passed the third reading.

Mr. Stewart has been elected for Sydney un- opposed, and has taken his seat.

Over £4,000 has been already received for

the Wrecks Relief Fund.

The Treasurer has intimated his intention of abolishing the gold duty and adopting the Victorian plan.

Bertrand was brought before the Criminal Court and an application'' made for his dis- charge on bail, but was refused on the ground that the Privy Council's order stays all pro- ceedings, and took the case out of the juris- diction of the Colonial Courts. All the docu- ments in the case are to be forwarded to London by this mail.

The Government also proposed 10 per cent, advalorem duties, with some exceptions. Stamp duties on bills, cheques, receipts, bank- notes transfers, «fee.

The addition to the revenue by the imposi- tion of these duties is estimated at £225,000,

Treasury notes are now to be issued to the extent of £300,000, based on gold and Treasury

Bills.

The Assembly passed the additional Customs Bill, the only alteration made being in the ad- valorem duties, which had been fixed at 7\ per cent. The exceptions are to be the 6ame as in

the Sydney tariff, with the addition of machinery for steamers and sailing vessels.

The Customs House was closed one day, pend- ing the passage of the Bill.

The Assembly passed the resolution for im- posing stamp duties. The issue of Treasury Notes Bill was read a first time, and the second reading fixed for Friday next.

Great apprehensions have been felt in conse- quence of the scarcity of employment. Shops have been closed, and business suspended in anticipation of a serious outbreak. The Go- vernment arranged to dispatch a steamer to Rockhampton with men for the railway works, when several went. Attempts have been made to get up disturbances, but without effect.

The Crocodile diggings are yielding well.

TASMANIA.

The Government have been defeated on their taxation scheme by one vote.

The Parliament has been prorogued till the 1st November, with a view to a dissolution of the Lower House. The Government bave defended their policy in a long minute to the

Governor.

NEW ZEALAND.

Thei'e was a great fire at Auckland on the 28th August. Eigiit of the leading business premises were totally destroyed. Messrs. Conri & Burt's store, the offices of the Steam, Navigation Company, Messrs. Niccolls's (ship chandlers), Moore's, Messenger's (butcher), Malcolm's (sailmaker). Copland's Waitemata Hotel, and Butler & Anderson's counting hoiibe. The total loss was estimated at £20, 000. Insurance covers about £12,000, dis- tributed as follows:-New Zealand Office, £1,000; Auckland, £650; Royal, £2,650; Liverpool, London, and Globe, £1,000 ; Com- mercial Union, £700; Albert, £1,000; Queen, £500 ; London and Lancashire, £500.

William Thompson is reported to have died since returning from Wellington, but the report

has been contradicted.

Hawkes Bay advices state that a ¡body of hostile natives had assembled at Litakura to attack those friendly to the Europeans.

In the Maungatapu Gap murder case9 a verdict of guilty had been returned against the prisoners, who have been sentenced to death. Some of them protested their innocence, and there was an affecting scene in the Court.

The rush to the Hokitika still continues.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA.

Adelaide, September 29, 1866.

Messrs. P. Levi & Co have made an assign- ment of their estate to the Hon. H. Ayers, Messrs. R. B. Smith, W. S. Douglas, and W. Townsend. The stoppage of the firm created great consternation and has dieted a large

amount of sympathy.

The Treasurer has made his financial statement, in which he took rather a gloomy view of the present state of the colony, but he anticipates a return of our usual prosperity in

a few months.

A Bill for the punishment by flogging of persons convicted of highway robberies under arms has been introduced to the Assembly by Mr. Strangways, and passed. Mr. Strangways has since received a threatening letter   from "Captain Thunderbolt" and others of

his gang.

Mr. McKinlay, and Messrs, Edmunds, Glen, and Mayo have returned from the Northern Territory by the Beatrice. Hardly anything has been done in the way of exploration. Mc- Kinlay and his party were swamped on the Alligator River where they remained for seve- ral months, subsisting on their horses They subsequently escaped by a raft made from branches and the skins of the horses. Their voyage down the river was a perilous one. The accounts of the settlement are most discouraging, and the general impression ia

that it must be adandoned.

The citizens of Adelaide have determined by a poll that the city shall be lighted with gas. The Corporation will take steps forthwith to carry their wishes into effect.

A large quantity of rain has fallen during the present month, and the appearence of the crops is magnificent. A larger harvest than has ever been reaped in the colony is anticipated.

Henry Ayers and William Milne have been authorised to use the title of "Honorable" within the colony in recognition of legislative services rendered to the province.

The Darling has been opened for traffic, and a considerable quantity of wool has been brought down by the steamers. .

A commission has been appointed to enquire into the state of the police force. Highway robberies still continue, and great dissatisfac- tion has been expressed in the Parliament with the condition of the police. Hence the Com- mission, which consists of the Crown Solicitor, Mr. Beddome, the Mayor of Adelaide, and

Messrs. Fuller and Tomkinson.

Several failures are reported during the month. The depression which exists in busi- ness matters is believed to be only temporary though while it lasts it is doing considerable

mischief.

Wildman, the Government defaulter, pleaded guilty, and has been sentenced to two years*

imprisonment.

Mr. W. P. Auld has been acquitted on the charge of murdering " Dombey." an aboriginal native, at the Northern Territory. The Crown Prosecutor offered no evidence. The late accounts from Escape Cliff state that Bombey, who was supposed to be murdered, is alive.

Mr. Osmond Gilles, the first treasurer of the colony, died at Glen Osmond at the age of 79. He has been in a feeble state for some years.

The Right Rev. Dr Shiel, R C Bishop of Adelaide, has arrived in the colony, and been installed with imposing ceremonies at the ca- thedral. The Rev. J. E. Tennison Woods, of Penola, author of several works on Australia, accompanies the Bishop as Secretary and will

be settled in Adelaide.

Mr D C. Daly, the eldest son and Private Secretary of the Governor, has been married to a daughter of the late Hon. W Younghusband.

Mr. Van Delden, of Batavia, is here endea- voring to promote steam communication be-

tween Australia and Java.

Major Warburton, who is exploring in the Far North, found a considerable river to the eastward of Mount Margaret, which he followed to the 14-0 meridian, and which he supposed to be the Barcoo or Cooper's Creek. He was about to start north-west from Mount Mar- garet.

The total quantity of land sold to September 20 was, 181,6231/2 acres, yielding £283,516 12s.

"Prices of produce have continued to decline all the month, and in spite of the very small quantities of wheat brought in for sale, it is worth I s. a bushel less than it was a month since. Of flour the sales have been few and far between, notwithstanding that sellers are dis- posed to submit to a considerable reduction on its previous value. The very small trade that has been done has been principally confined to retail and local demand, hardly any export orders having coming to hand.

FLOUR could be bought at about £12 to ¿13 per ton, but there is very little disposition to operate at these low figures.

Holloway's Ointment and Pills.-Inuncontro vertible Principles.-All ulcers^require for their cure a free supply of pure blood and power in the local nerves and vessels to build up the de- sired new flesh. That Holloway's remedies can effect both these objects is now an un« questioned fact, which has been proved beyond all doubt in both hemispheres, by the afflicted of both sexes. When a sore appears on anv other part of the body except the leg it is al« ways constitutional and will need the united influence of Ointment and Pills to heaHt upj when the ulcération is on the leg it may ttt merely a local ailment which the Ointment unaided, well and diligently applied, ii eompè- - tent to cure. - S^:^^."

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