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CURRENT TOPICS. ON Monday evening the Dan Barry Dramatic Company, commence a brief season of eight nights at the Academy of Music, the initial production being a sensa- tional drama entitled "Proof, or The Hand of Fate." The drama is said to be a powerful one, containing a number of strong situations, while the pathetic and humorous incicents are judiciously brought in throughout it. It also affords scope for   startling scenic effects. Included in the list of artistes Mr Barry is bringing to Tasmania is Mr J. O'Neil, an excellent Irish comedian, who is certain to become a favourite with local audiences. The open-   ing performance will comprise, besides the drama, the well-known farce "The Lime- rick Boy," in which Mr O'Neil will sustain the title role. "LONGFORD NOTES" reports on Tuesday: —The Royal Dramatic and Musical Comedy Company appeared at the local Assembly-room last night to an appre- ciative audience, the entertainment open- ing with Buckstone's comedy, "The, Dead Shot," followed by a musical melange, Miss May Burney and Messrs W. J. Hol- man, W. Carle, G. Vivian, and T. Buckley taking part. The performance concluded with the laughable extravaganza, " Paddy in India," which sent the audience home in a good humour. The com- pany left here to-day for Evandale, and contemplate going to Mount Zeehan, paying Longford another visit some time in March.—The grand balloon ascension from the show ground, announced by Pro- fessor J. W. Price, did not come off this afternoon on account of the poor patronage accorded, only about 25 persons paying for admission, while the outsiders must have numbered close upon 150. The inflating apparatus was in readiness, but not used for the reason named, all those who had paid having their money returned. The professor announced his intention of ascending to-morrow afternoon, providing the local business people would guarantee him a substantial amount—I hear about £15. IN our report of Mr R. Hedger-Wallace's lecture at Evandale in yesterday's issue, some typographical errors occurred. In showing the substances which were added to the soil after a crop of red clover, it was stated that the amount of phosphoric acid was 7lb and potash 7lb, whereas it ought to have been—" Phosphoric acid 71lb and potash 77lb." Mr James Cox's name in one instance also appeared as "Mr James Cross." THE Telegraph-office notifies that mails for the Friendly Islands, Tahiti, and Ratanga, per Richmond, close at Auckland at 4 p m. on Friday next. Berne notifies that the Indo-European line is restored. OUR Evandale correspondent reports on January 13:—On Monday a man named Peter Tagget was arrested on suspicion of having stolen a watch at Fingal in July last, and was remanded to Fingal.—The treat in connection with the Church of England Sunday-school anniversary was held in the Pavilion on December 7, and all present thorougly enjoyed themselves. —Several horses have died within the last few days, and others are suffering from some unknown disease. It is a wonder that none of the farmers concerned would obtain the services of a veterinary surgeon in order to perhaps prevent further loss. —We have a plentiful supply of enter- tainments past and promised. On Satur- day the Indian juggler, to-night a variety company, on Wednesday the Palace Circus, and on Thursday a magic lantern enter- tainment in aid of Dr. Barnardo's London Homes. A MAN named Thomas Herd, aged 28, who was working at the Scottsdale Tunnel splitting timber, chopped off the top of one toe and split another through his adze slipping. He was con- veyed to the Hospital, where his wounds were dressed, and he was admitted as an indoor patient. Samuel Hoggett, aged 16, was taken to the Hospital yesterday with a large splinter in his thigh, which was removed and he was able to return home. AT the City Police Court yesterday morning Mr P. Barrett, J.P., presided. One drunkard for a first offence was fined 2s 6d. A DELORAINE correspondent writes:— "It is announced here that a meeting of electors will be held next sale day with a view of selecting a popular candidate to run in the forthcoming Parliamentary elections. The meeting, it is understood, is to be called upon sale day with a view of giving the farmers (who are as a rule pro- tectionists) an opportunity of killing two birds with one stone. Those whose occu- pations, however, will prevent them from attending on sale day, namely, clerks, mechanics, labourers, etc., and who, gene= rally speaking, hold opposite views, it seems are not to be considered. But let the free-traders take heart. Considering the elections are over four months off, the opposition are early in the field, but when the proper time comes the proper man will be in the field to speak up for the free-trade nterests." IaRnovEMENTs in the shape of new buildings continue to progress in South Launceston. MIr J. T. Farmilo, the well known builder and contractor of this city, has now in course of erection throe eh." stantial cottages on land recently cut up into building allotments in this part of Launceston. Two of these cottages are of weatherboard and one of brick. They are to each contain .four rooms, and will have verandah fronts. The weatherboard build ings are being erected to the order re spectively of Messrs W. C. Wilson and G. Paton, and the brick to that of Mr J. Graham. As has already been announced in our columns, Mr Farmilo's tender for the' erection of the reception house for persons tinder observation for supposed mental de rangement has been accepted. He has, however, as yet received no intimation from the Government upontthe matter. As soon as tihe necessary instructionse are received the preliminary works will be started. IT is stated that the party engaged in cutting the survey track through from Lions township reserve to Mount Zeehan believe that in order to take a railway over the proposed route a tunnel through one of the hills (it is not said which) will be rendered necessary. The tunnel would require to be nearly a mile in length.. This is regarded as the only obstacle met with up to the present. The country passed through still continues to develop areas of good agriculturaland mineral lands. No appeals having been received against the assessment of land and buildings in Launceston and surrounding suburban dis tricts for 1891, there will benobusinessfor the Special Court of General Sessions which was to have sat at the Court House, Patterson-street, at 11 a.m., on Friday next. ON Monday last whilst Constable Leslie and his wife were proceeding .from Rose vear's to Launceston in a chaise cart, the horse attached to the vehicle shied, causing an upset. The constable escaped without serious injury, but Mrs Leslie was thrown heavily on the road, and sustained, besides a severe shaking, a fracture of the collar bone.

A rrTTNoe of the Court of Requests in its £60 jurisdiction was held yester day., In the.,oese of..John M'Donald v. William Beattie, claim, .14 4s, for hirei of, a cab,, the ,jury -returned ra I verdict of .2 2s for the tplaintiff. Verdicts fob thl plaintif, by consent, were given in two cases of W. Hunt (liquidator Great Leviathan G.M. Company) v. John Leslie Newbury, for £20 16s 8d and .16 Os 10d, contributions on shares, subject to certain law points being argued in Chambers, and with leave to move to set aside or reduce the verdict. TnnovoooUT yesterday the bales of hay a and straw stored in the premises of Messrs T. Edginton and Co., Cimitiere-street, where the fire took place on Monday night, continued to smoulder, despite the fact that two jets were kept continuously playing upon them during the day. The fire has destroyed the rafters and roof of the buildings, but the brick walls appear to be still good. When viewed in daylight the excellent work done by the Fire Brigade can be realised, for despite the fact that inflammable material was in close proximity: to the burning building the flames were kept to the one centre. It is estimated that the store c.ntained up wards of 70 tons of hay and about 100 tons of straw, and that £100 will cover the damage sustained. The stock and build ing are lotl amply insured, the former in the Derwent and Tamer and the latter in the Mutual Insurance Companies. A large lorry,which was near the building when the fire broke out has been con siderably charred. The bales of hay and straw not consumed, and there are many, are, of course, spoiled by the continuous streams of water poured upon them. The cause of the fire has not been ascertained. It is understood that an enquiry is to be hold. As announced in our Monday's issue, the military encampment next Easter will be held in the vicinity of Ross. How ever, Colonel Warner, Acting-Command ant of the Tasmanian forces, has given the officers of the Artillery notice to the effect that that portion of the defence force will be separated from the main body upon the occasion. Sending the Artillery into camp with the remainder of the troors in a place where no opportunities are afforded for battery instruction and practice, does not tend to show them off to advantage, so this year other measures are to be taken in regard to the corps. The Ross encamp ment will comprise the city Rifles and auxiliary forces, whilst the Artillery are to be stationed in one of the Hobart batteries, where ample opportunities pre sent themselves for exercise in heavy gun drill. This system has, it is understood, invariably been in vogue in the other colonies in regard to military encampments. A FIRE broke out at Ulverstone about 4 a.m. yesterday (reports a correspondent) in the stable of Mr Allome's Ulverstone Hotel. The groom, who was sleeping in the stable, after giving the alarm, was nearly suffocated by the smoke, but was rescued by Mr Jas. Hogben, who, with Messrs T. Counsel, J. Devlin, and C. An- derson, succeeded in saving most of the chaff, oats, grooming tools, etc. The build- ing itself, however, with the coachhouse and skittle alley adjoining, was totally de- stroyed. The premise, belonged to Messrs Johnstone and Wilmot, of Launceston, and are supposed to be insured. Mr Allome's loss is estimated at between £3 and £4, besides the inconvenience of being without the building. Fortunately the weather was calm. The fire is supposed to have started through some bagging getting alight from matches used by the groom in lighting his pipe. A youth about 16 years of age, named Timothy Boyd, in the em- ploy of Mr W. Murray, while endeavouring to jump on to a cart loaded with rails over balanced himself and fell off, the wheel passing over his heel, badly bruising his foot, though as far as known no bones were broken. He was brought to Dr. M'Call's private hospital; where Dr. Sprott attended to his injuries. AN address will be delivered at the Mechanics' Institute at eight o'clock this evening by the Rev. Alfred Yarnold, honorary secretary to the Board of Foreign Missions for the dioceses of Australia and Tasmania. A coUnT of revision will be held at the electoral roll. GAs consumers are asain reminded that in order to secure the discount for the past quarter their accoiints must be paid at tho Company's office before halfbpast four this afternoon. A cMIUNTING of the 1iaunceeton Mercantile essistanta' Association was held last even ing, Mr Holman in the chair. The question of date of Centennial Day was discussed, and the Association decided to take a neutral position. It was decided to have an excursion on, the river on the evening of January 23. Further donations from lead ing citizens were acknowledged. S. MEsusas of Tasmanian Lodge 25 of the Grand United Order of Free Gardeners are requested to attend the Lodge-room to night, at eight o'clock sharp. A FIELD trial of reapers and binders will take place under the auspices of the Ulver stone Farmers' Club, at Mr James Framp. ton's farm, at North Motton, at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, 20th inst. A CHANGI of programme took place at the Academy of Music last evening, when the Lizzie Hastings Minstrels made their third appearance in Launceston. Miss Hastings was heard to decided advantage in the first part of the programme, her rendering of the Irish song, "Rogue I Iyley," being enthusiastically applauded. In the second portion of the entertain ment Miss Hastings sang a cleverly-worded comic composition, entitled " Dickie, " written especially for her by an Adelaide author. In response to an encore she gave a descriptive song, "Behind a mask," with good effect, and in replying to a second eneore sang "I'm minding it for uncle." Mr Tom Bergin gave "Speed on my bark," in his best style, in the initial part of the programme, and "Vanity" in the second. The ventriloquiom of Mr Oscar Smith was received with due appre ciation, and Messrs Wall Rockley, Tom Sadler, and H. St. George created plenty of t merriment with their negro comicalities. The performance concluded with a farce, "The Dissecting Room," in which Mr Tom Sadler sustained the principal part. The Scompany appear again this evening. An unclaimed telegram addressed to "JohnH. Fairfield, care of Mr Howes, York-street," is lying at the Launceston Telegraph-ofitce, the messengers being unable to find an owner. NOxiwATIONs and entries for.Chudleigh races, to be held on the 28th inst., must be sent to me seoretary, Mr C. Slater, Post office, Needles, not later than Friday next, weights to be declared on the 20th, and all horses not soratched by January 24 taken as acceptors. An entertainment under the auspices of the St. John's Band of Hope was given in the school-room, Elizabeth.ahtreet, last even ing. There was a good attendance, and a programme comprising vocal selections and Srecitations was presented. Tax blalf-yeasrly meeting of the Commercial Boank will be held at the Banking House, SHobart, at noon to'day. a The s s. 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