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NORTHERN TERRITORY. Port Darwin. December 29.
The Generaal Pel arrived on Sunday at mid night, bringing ninety-two passengers, including thirty-five from Cooktown. Several old hands have return «1.
Four batteries have commenced work at Pine Creek and the Union. The Standard crushed 100 tons, from which 200 ounces of amalgam were obtained. Payable stone near the surface is reported in large quantity. ? ' 'W. B. Hayes, the Government Gardener, has been committed for trial for injuring a native with a revolver. It is a slight case, and he has been admitted to bail. The new steam launch Palmerston performs the voyage to Southport in three hours, which is a great advantage. A railway to Pine Creek is urgently required, and Territorians are anxiously watching the action of Parliament on the question. Inspector' Foelsche has returned from Port Essington with successful photographs for the Paris Exhibition. The Cooktown arrivals are very much in about the Chinese immigration. Tarn Creek, December 19, Mr. Buchanan, who has arrived from Queens land overland, speaks well of the country gene rally for pasturage. Several diggers are prospecting on the Driflield with favourable indications of gold, but nothing certain.