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HAWKING ON THE RIVER DARLING.

Ten days ago it was telegraphed to us from Wilcannia that a large seizure of spirits had been made on board two o! the South Aus tralian river-boats — the Jolly Miller and the

Bogan. Everybody connected with the river trade being in a rather irritable temper at thet ime, nothing less than another Border feud was anticipated. The battle of the Echuca Crossing was rehearsed from the recollections of 1864. Some deep sinister design of the Sydney Government was read in the action of the Wilcannia police. The Wentworth storekeepers had entered into an alliance with Melbourne against Goolwa. Our emblem of naval supremacy, the "goose in the cocked hat," had been insulted. A grave responsibility had devolved upon the Treasurer in demanding reparation for the Jolly Miller, and satisfaction for the wounded honour of the colony. Ten days have passed, and none of the alarming consequences which might have been apprehended have come to pass.   Peaceful relations still subsist between the Governments of Adelaide and Sydney. The second stage in the melodrama is not a diplomatic ultimatum, but a Police Court report. We announced yesterday that the case had been heard before the Magistrate at Wilcannia and two Justices, who inflicted a modified fine of fifteen pounds and a caution. More surprising still, the Jolly Miller adopted a penitent instead of a defiant tone, and pleaded igno- rance of the New South Wales Statute book in extenuation of his offence. Our reporter adds that another captain, who had been following in the footsteps of the Jolly

Miller, wheeled round in time to save him- self from the outstretched talons of offended Wilcannia justice. What can be the mean- ing of all these erratic and unprecedented proceedings? The river traders and the Darling settlers are not new acquaintances ; they are old friends. They have not been in the habit of quarreling before, but have worked together with the most perfect harmony and good wilL It is not pretended that the men of the Darling have acquired any new partiality, or that any fresh obstruc- tions have been placed on the river trade. No new law has emanated from Sydney, nor has any change been reported in the circum- stances of Wentworth. The only innovation we can observe has originated on the South Australian side. Several of the steamers have been attempting to combine hawking with their proper functions as carriers. This is nothing to their discredit, for they have done it in good faith. They might with greater ease and profit have carried on their hawking illicitly; but they preferred to be straight forward, and so took out licences. Thereby they put their foot into a trap, and the owners of the Jolly Miller are now smarting for it to the extent of the fifteen pounds aforesaid. They had not sufficient acquain- tance with the New South Wales Statute book to know that the two trades of carrying and hawking were incompatible—   or at least that the New South Wales Magistrates might take that view of them. Yet the analogy of our own Hawking Act might have put them somewhat on their guard. It (No. 3 of 1863) declares that "no   licensed hawker or his licensed servant shall carry any spirituous, malt, vinous, or fer- mented liquors; and any licensed hawker or servant who shall carry such liquors shall be deemed to be carrying such liquors about for sale, and be liable to be punished accordingly." This prohibition is, we believe, universal among the colonies, and it has a sound justi- fication in the moral as well as fiscal neces- sities of the case. It formed part of the law of New South Wales before responsible government was introduced, for the Act under which the Jolly Miller was tried is quite twenty years old (13 Victoria, 1849). The following is the 18th clause alluded to in the Magistrates' judgment : — "And be it enacted, that if any person having obtained any such licence as afore- said shall have in his possession or on his cart, dray, wagon, boat, or other convey- ance, any fermented or spirituous liquors, he shall forfeit and pay on conviction for every such offence such sum not exceeding twenty pounds as to the convicting Justices shall seem meet, to be recovered and applied as hereinafter directed." The seizure was evidently effected under the authority of the 19th clause, which we also quote: — "And be it enacted, that in case any person shall have reasonable ground for suspecting that any hawker or pedler is carrying fermented or spirituous liquors con- trary to the provisions of this Act, or other- wise offending against the same, it shall be lawful for such person to make oath before any Justice of the Peace, at his private residence or elsewhere, of the circumstances, and if it shall appear to such Justice that reasonable ground for suspicion exists, it shall be lawful for such Justice to grant a warrant authorizing such person to examine and search the person, packs, baggage, boxes, trunks, cases, carts, drays, wagons, boats, or other vehicles or conveyance of such hawker or pedler named or described, such warrant to remain in force for such time as shall be therein mentioned; and it shall also be lawful for any Justice of the Peace, constable, or other peace officer, having reasonable ground of suspicion as aforesaid, without warrant, to examine and search the person, packs, baggage, boxes, trunks, cases, carts, drays, wagons, boats, or other vehicle or conveyance of any such licensed hawker or pedler, and for any such person authorized by warrant as aforesaid, or any such Justice of the Peace, constable, or other peace officer, finding any such fermented or spirituous liquors, to seize the same ; and such hawker or pedler, upon conviction of such offence in a summary way before any two or more Justices of the Peace sitting in Petty Sessions, shall forfeit and pay a sum not exceeding thirty pounds, or be confined to hard labour in the nearest common gaol for any period not exceeding six months, at the discretion of such Justices." The right of search has been an inter- national question in its time, and a problem for jurists aa well as for statesmen, but its application is incontrovertible here. Our own municipal law assumes a corresponding control over hawkers, though it is not so strictly defined. The above Act, No. 3 of 1863, provides that "any Justice ot the Peace or person authorized in writing by any Justice of the Peace to make searches under this clause may at any time search any pack, box, trunk, case, cart, or other vehicle under the charge of a licensed hawker or his servant." This may be very tame, and also rather vague, beside the New South Wales regulation, but the two have a common principle. The New South Wales Act subjects hawkers to the most arbitrary search, and places not only their property but their personal liberty at the mercy of a Petty Sessions. Con- fiscation of contraband goods, with the choice of a thirty pound fine or six months' im- prisonment, are dangers which in most instances will counterbalance all that can be gained by holding a hawker's licence on the Darling. The practice, which as yet appears to be confined to a few traders, will doubtless be permanently checked by the recent decision at Wilcannia. Considering the law which they had to administer, the Wilcannia Magistrates really deserve the credit they assume for moderation in allow- ing the supercargo of the Jolly Miller to escape with a fine of fifteen pounds.

Sand Licences and the PabkRastgkb.— A state ment read by Mr. Raphael, at a recent meeting of the City Council, on the subject of the profits arising from sand licences, showed the receipts to have been during the four years from 1865, when Mr. Burt became Park Ranger, to the end of last year £1,431 9s. 4d., or an average of £357 per year, while the proceeds of the preceding four yean, from 1861 to 1864, amounted to £502 14s., or an average of £126 per year. The Council have virtually decided to farm these revenues for £198 per annum, having referred two tenders at that amount to the Finance Committee for them to decide between them. Colonial Iron Works.— We observe from a notice in our advertising columns that the business of engineers and ironfounders originally esta blished by the late Mr. Joel Horwood has passed into the hands of Mr. J. A. Whitfield, although we believe he will still be represented by the mem- bers of the late firm, Messrs. Ellis & Chittle- borough. We understand that Mr. Whitfield, who is a member of the Society of Engineers, has recently arrived from England, and no doubt his claim for a share of the public patronage will be cheerfully conceded. The Local and Insolvency Courts.— The lease of* the rooms in the Town Hall Buildings, occupied for the Local Court and Insolvency busi ness, expires in a week or two. The Government have written to the Corporation requesting to be allowed to remain in occupation as monthly tenants, pending arrangements with regard to the Supreme Court Buildings, but have not yet received a reply. It is, we hear, not improbable that the new building south of Victoria-square will be used for the Local and Insolvency Courts. Lectube os Pubgatobt.— On Friday evening, May 14, the Rev. J. Henderson, of Port Adelaide, delivered a lecture on 'Purgatory,' m the Pres byterian Church, Flinders-street, in connection with the Young Men's Society. There was a large attendance, the church being full, and the pastor (the Rev. James Lyall) presided. The Chairman, in opening the proceedings, remarked that the lecture was to be on the Roman Catholic doctrine of purgatory. It was of great importance that the minds of all, especially of young people, should be acquainted with the difference of doctrine between Roman Cathol ics and Protestants. Mr. Henderson then in an able lecture discussed the theological points of the Roman Catholic doctrine of Purgatory, his remarks being perfectly free from all animosity or attempt to inflame the minds of bis hearers. A hearty vote of thanks was pawed to Mr. Henderson, and the meeting doted in the nimal m»nn-rr

Theatre Rotal.— The house which honoured Mr. BeUair's benefit was like a return to the fashionable assemblies with which the season ! opened. It was not bo great numerically as the ': occasion deserved; but it made up in warmth what , it Jacked in bulk. The performance was some- ? thing to excite more than ordinary interest even under the most common circumstances. Bulwer i Lytton's comedy, of 'Money' is one which :- the most indifferent company could not murder, and which average acting may make enjoyable. The cast on Friday night had several strong points and no positively bad ones. Mr. Bellair himself portrayed Evelyn respectably in his ovra fashion, which is not the purest style of comedy but something not far off. He was most successful in his representation of the eccentric secretary and family dependent of Sir John Yesey. His fashionable Evelyn waa spirited, and sometimes rather more. In a few passages it was ' loud,' and once or twice it quite overstepped the drawing-room line. In Clara Douglas Miss Juno had to act a generous noble-minded girl, whose love is ever fighting against cross purposes. She exhibited the serious side of the character most faithfully and impressively; but the short flirtation with Sir Frederick BlounL intended to relieve the dark shading of Clara's life, she did not enter into very heartily. Mr. Hill was bound to produce fun out of Mr. Graves and Sainted Maria, but he held him self clear of excess. He will not have to be pilloried among those who have in their time burlesqued this amphibious rGle, for if there was anything overdone, it was the gravity, not the humour. Miss George made an agreeable though not very strong-minded flirt of Miss Vesey, and the widower, hunting Lady FranKlin could not fail of iis due prominence in the hands of Mrs. Stone ham. The secondary parts were all satisfactorily distributed-Mr. Lawrence taking Captain Dudley Snooth, Mr. Musgrave Sir John Vesey, Mr. An drews Mr. Stout, and Mr. Reeves Lord Glossmore. Sir Frederick Blount is a piece of Lord Dundreary ism to which Mr. Batson has a prescriptive right. The Dundreary business is improving iu his hands, and Mr. Batson is, under the stimulus of an admiring gods, developing into a comic man. In the mterlude this versatile young man Bang ' Walking in the Zoo,' and en its being encored substituted ' Up in a balloon.' The farce of 'The Phenomenon' wound up the entertainment Mr. Bellair represented that peculiar lusus natura, a thoroughly honest, truth-speaking man, and played his part in an unrestrained and natural style. Mr. Musgrave enacted the character of a misanthrope who showed no pity for those vices in others which he strongly objected to have exposed in himself. His rencounters with the honest man were most ludicrous. Miss Stoneham, as a crafty, wide awake woman of the world in the capacity of housekeeper, undertook the onerous task of converting the immaculate into a being subject to the frailties of mankind in general. The piece fell rather flat, the fault being with the author, who had made the verbiage employed terribly out of proportion to the inci dent, presenting a terribly elaborate setting for a. very insignificant jewel. The playing was fully up to the usual level, but it failed to create much im pression upon the audieace. The frequent applause which Mr. Bellair met with must be accepted by him as a substitute for a less successful benefit, financially regarded, than he deserved. The pro gramme to-night will consist of 'Under the Gaslight.' -Nobth-East Moonta MiNiua Company.— We are informed that Mr. W. T. Dalwood has entered into a contract to costeen the property held by this Company, consisting of 34 sections, situated between the Moonta and Wallaroo Mines. The workmen and appliances are to proceed to the scene of operations next trip of the Kangaroo steamer, and great results are looked for as the effect of this step in the way of developing the property. The Drainage Works.— We (Mount Gambier Standard) have been informed on good authority that the plans of .the drainage 6cheme which the Surveyor-General laid before the Government before leaving for the Northern Territory would require some hundreds of thousands of pounds to carry them out, and that upwards of £30,000 has already been expended on these works. Db.:Bebncastle's Cube fob Snakebites.— In a paper read before the Victorian Medical Association on 12th February, 1869. Dr. ferncastle said:—' I am enabled to lay it down as an axiom that no Bnake in Australia is equal to killing a man who, as soon as he is bitten, adopts the three following rules:— 1st Pull up with the fingers the part bitten, and cut out immediately a piece of the flesh as large as a sixpence with a sharp penknife. 2nd. Lie down on a sofa in the open air until quite recovered. 3rd. Get a bottle of brandy, or any other spirits immediately, and drink a wineglassful of it pure, without water, every quarter of aa hour until cured, or signs of intoxication begin to appear, which will be the proof that the poison is over come, and the cure effected.' The Waterloo Coursing.— The Secretary of the Narracoorte Coursing Club states, respecting the ball, at which the presence of the Governor is expected, that ho expense or pains will be grudged or spared to make it 'the grandest display ever seen in the South-East and the inhabitants of Narracoorte will do all in their power to ac commodate strangers who may be unable to find such in the ordinary resources of our township. The ballrom itself ia fine, the interior will be handsomely decorated, the supper first-class, and the music as good as can be bad. What more do we require to induce all to come who wish to take part in such a festive scene? Nothing, except that which all will get— a hearty welcome from the Narracoorte people, and from, yours truly, M. Conner, Secretary.' The Pbojeoted Mill at Kapunda.— Lately there was a notice in the Register with some details of a scheme for supplying Kapunda with a flour-milL The difficulty uiged whenever the subject has been previously mooted has been the inadequacy of the water supply to the town. Messrs. Rewett and Hooper have now succeeded in obtaining a fair quantity by sinking deep, and they have therefore resolved to carry out their pro ject. It certainly would strike a Btranger as an odd thing that a large town like Kapunda, sur rounded by so extensive an agricultural area, should have so long contented itself without an extensive flour-mill. Now that men of energy have taken the thing in hand substantial results may be anticipated. The Hope Vallet Reservoir.— We (Kapunda Herald) understand that Mr. R. E. Fry has gone round to Melbourne to inspect the waterworks in construction there, and to obtain some appliances needed for carrying out the Hope Valley contract. We hear it reported that, but for a mistake made in carrying out some figures by another tenderer. Messrs. Fry's would not have been the lowest tender ; and that ten minutes after their tender bad been accepted, a further tender was received from another firm, offering to do the work for about £5,000 less. Anti-Shouting.— Among the most prevalent of drinking habits throughout the colonies is that known as 'shouting.' Recently the Melbourne Daily Telegraph or Age announced the proposed formation of an Anti-Shouting Society, to combat with what was considered by the promoters as a bad and expensive custom. These who band themselves together are not teetotallers, Lut have got the length of agreeing not to 'shout' or allow others to do so on their behalf. It is now reported that an Association of the same character is being formed at Kapunda. We presume that each will now, ob the Yankees put it 'name' his own 'pison,' pay for, and drink it Meat Preserving.— On his recent risit to the colony Mr. G. A. Anstey inspected the Guichen Bay Boiling-Down and Meat-Preserving Works, then commencing operations, and the Manager requested his acceptance of some of the first lot of tinned meat sent from the establishment That gentleman wrote from Galle on April 21, and we subjoin his testimony, [merely premising that the slight defect referred to at the close of Mr. Anstey's note it is likely was noticeable only in the first samples, of which his supply formed a part In all probability the latest shipments from this and other works will prove, when advices come from England and other markets, to have been excellent in flavour and quality. There is room for the most sanguine expectations, judging by last mail's news :— ' I have much pleasure in telling you that some of the 6-lb. tins of your pre served mutton were tested the day before we made Ceylon by the officers of the Bhip Avoca and by the passengers. They had been kept since leaving the Sound in the hottest part of the hold next to the engine-room, and were pronounced to be in excellent preservation by all who tasted them on board, though one or two persons thought the meat rather overboiled— a fault easy to rectify.' Db. Bkbnoastlk.— Subjoined is the letter which Dr. Berncastle addressed to the Argus:— ' Sir Seeing a telegram in your paper yesterday to the effect that people at Adelaide did not expect my early departure, I may state that I had announced my stay in that colony until the 17th May, having four large towns still to visit en route for Mount Gambier, when I felt obliged by serious indisposi tion, caused by so much travelling and so many difficult cases to attend to and operate on, reluc tantly, and at a great pecuniary loss, to shorten my stay and return home overland at once, being quite exhausted and unequal to doing justice to the numerous cases I knew were awaiting me all the way from Strathalbyn to Mount Gambier, and whose disappointment at not seeing me I much regret. I never supposed that my private pro fessional visit to a neighbouring colony would be of sufficient consequence to the geueral public, it being merely a private matter between my patients and myself. I am, yours obediently, J. Bebn castle, M.D., 127, Collins-street east' New Zealand.— The Wellington Independent thus records the last exploit of TeKooti:-'Te Kooti's recent tactics in the neighbourhood ef Mohaka are illustrated by an account of his attack upon a friendly pa. The pa was obstinately de fended by its little garrison. At sundown Te Kooti said to his soldiers, 'This is the first time I have miscarried in this way. We shall not take these pas. For fighting we must use treachery.' Te Kooti then called out, '8top fightina. Let us make peace.' The firing then ceased. Ultimately, after much negotiation, Te Kooti and his men were admitted into the pa. and what followed is told as follows:— Te Kooti then greeted the people, and when he had finished he demanded the arms to be given up. Two guns were handed over. When Betas rifle wa« demanded he refused to give it up, and held it, full cock, pointed towards Te Kooti. P.utene pushed Beta's rifle on one side, but Heta brought it back pointing towards Te Kooti. Te Kooti then said, 'Friend, would you shoot mef and called out 'Fall in' to his people. Heta answered. 'I will not give up my gun: you intend murder.' Te Kooti then fired at Heta with a pistol, and missed him. Heta then fired, and Te Kooti fell -we believe dead. Te Kooti's people then fired, and killed Rutene and some others. Confusion now ensued. Six men were killed ; eight women and children and five wounded escaped, one of whom was Ripihana. who has two bullet wounds in the stomach and one in the arm.' There appears to be little doubt of Te Kooti's death. Henare, the chief who was formerly with Mr. McLean, ha3 sent the follow ing telegram to Mr. Cooper, of the Native Office :- 'The death of Te Kooti is confirmed by the Mohaka people. He waa shot dead by Rutene.— Henare Tumoana.'

Volonteeb Class ass Prize FiBisa.-The annual volunteer class firing fox the prizes for 1868 was commenced by So. 1 Company (West Ade laide Rifles), under Captain Scott on Saturday afternoon, April 21. The weather was squally, and a strong brewe from the south-west, accompanied at intervals by a shower of nun, together with the fact that for some months there has been a total cessation ot practice at the Butts (a remark which applies to the whole of the companies), accounts for many oi the scores by the crack shots not teaching the minimum which is generally obtainable by some in fine weather, viz., ti0. The firing was at the third-clas3 ranges, 150, 300, 250, and 3U0; five rounds at each in the Hythe position, 3ti points being the minimum score to make a second-class shot. Out ef twenty-seven present —about half the company— nineteen passed into the second class: the highest scores being made by Private Helleur, i-'j; Captain Scott, 58; and nivate Dalton, 57. X'hese tired in the second (iass on Saturday afternoon. May 1, at the distances of m, 600. 55U, antl 600 yards-30 poinu to be made to qualify tor the tirst class— and the weather being remarkably line, some good scoring was the result. Out of 22 competing, li became first class shots, the best shots being Captain Scott, 57; Bandsman Pappin, 52; Privates J. Hicks, 48; and Leonard, 48. rhe first-class ranges— 650, 700, 750, and 800 yards— were shot through by 11 members on Monday momipK, May 11), and the bad shooting made by the majority on that occasion is to be attributed to the variable light which prevailed, the target being alternately in light and shade, rendering it impossible to keep the same sighting, whilst a Dreeze blew across and down the range. Ihe marksman's prize was taken by Captain Scott, who, although nut yet entirely recovered from his accident, made splendid shooting all through, and finished with an aggregate of 154. The following are the scores of those who passed through in the third class, and fired in the second and first :— Class— 3rd. 2nd. 1st. TtL Captain Scott ? 58 57 39 154 Bandsman Pappia ... 48 52 37 137 Private Reid ? 52 44 35 131 Dalton. ? 57 39 22 118 Leonard ? 50 4tf 21 117 J. Hicks ? 51 48 17 116 Morcom ? 51 45 17 113 Helleur ? 59 3d 9 104 Blinman ? 44 41 19 104 A-fLiScarfe ... 4tS 40 17 103 A.Hayexland ... 37 45 13 95 Sergeant fine ? 53 41 — — Corporal Read ? 39 iO - - Private Hotham ... 36 15 — — Munt ? 38 13 ? — — Newell ? 48 - - -. Allen ? 49 24 — — Woodrufle ? 3t5 22 - - Grosser ? 48 27 — — Ihefour highest competefor the Government prizes, rhe No. 2 Scotch Company (Duke of Edinburgh's Uwn) commenced class-firing on Thursday morn ing, April 2% and on that and succeeding occasions bad very fine weather. On the above date nine members, including Captain Saunders, shot through the third-class ranges, when some very good shooting was made by the leading shots of the company, and six passed into the second class. On May 1 the Becond period was fired through, when eight competed and three got into the first class. These shot through on May 6, and all became marksmen, and entitled to fire for the Government prizes, the marksman's prize being taken by Corporal Chapman, who was the winner the previous year. Subjoined are the principal scores in each class :— Class-3rd. 2nd. 1st ' TU. Corporal Chapman... 56 44 43 143 Private Watson ... 61 3S 34 133 Captain Saunders ... 56 32 23 111 Private Kerr ? 45 20 — - Corporal Dobbie ... 40 20 — — Sergeant Muirhead ... 36 13 — — Private Lynch ... 35 21 - - Sergeant McDonald.. 33 — — — Private T. Miller ... 32 27 - The No. 4 (South Adelaide) concluded their firing on Wednesday, May 12. The marksman's prize was won by Sergeant Robjohns with an aggregate of 145. The principal scores made during the classification are as follows :— Class— 3rd. 2nd. 1st TtL Sergeant Robjohns... 58 42 45 145 Corporal Cottrell ... 56 41 28 125 Chesson ? 53 27 — — Private Dobbie ... 58 29 — — Mann ? 55 £6 — — Sexton ? 53 23 — - Venables ? - 42 19 - Combe ? — 3L 15 — Beare ? — 37 31 - Sergeant Gray ... — 31 15 — Xitt ? — 11 — — Private Hubble ... - 17 - - The North Adelaide Company fired through the third and second classes on Monday, May 10. Their want of practice told against the shooting, but some good individual scores were made. The members were present under Captain Babbage, and the following fired sufficiently well to get into the second class : — Privates Fry. 56: Bryant, 54; Foster, 53; Newman, 40; Ensign Harrington, 38; and Sergeant Bohm, 36. In the Becond-class shooting Privates Bryant and Fry were the only ones who succeeded in making the required number of points— the former scoring 3S, and the latter 31. The fired in the first class on Friday morning, 14th May, when Bryant made 34 and Fry 20, making the total score of the former 126 and the latter 107. The value of the prizes which have been shot for has not yet been decided, but it is understood that the amount for each company will be very trilling compared to the sums apportioned last year. This fact, which was not known by the members of the force until after the shooting had commenced, has created a great deal of dissatisfaction. As soon as the country companies and troops have completed then: classification, the usual competition for the Government prizes will take place. Admiralty Charts.— Some months ago we were able, through the courtesy of Captain Hutchison, R.N., whose promotion has lately been announced, to lay before our readers par ticulars of the work accomplished by the Beatrice during the previous season. This included the minute survey of the coast of Spencer's Gulf and of St. Vincent's Gulf as far as Glenelg, the whole being carefully delineated upon charts prepared for the Admiralty Office at home. These charts were immediately afterwards sent to England for the information of the authorities. They have there been beautifully engraved, and advance copies have been forwarded to the Chief Secretary, to whom we are indebted for an inspection of them. In a short time a further supply of copies will be received in the colony, and will unquestion ably be found of the greatest advantage to navigators. During the present season Captain Hutchison, assisted by Naval Lieutenants Howard and Guy, has been engaged in continuing the survey along the coast-line, and their chart starting from Glenelg already embraces Ports Noarlunga, Willunga, Aldinga, Second Valley, Rapid Bay, CapeJervig, Victor Harbour. Port Elliot and on to the Murray-mouth. It likewise takes in Backstairs Passage, including Cape Willoughby. Antechamber Bay, East Cove, and Nepean Bay. An immense number of soundings have been taken, and the result of the Burvey has been to prove the existence of several inaccuracies in the present chart, which have been notified to mariners through the customary channels. When published the chart will be a most valuable addi tion to our maritime literature. It will be recol lected that the service is partially maintained at the cost of the Home Government the Imperial subsidy (one moiety of the whole expenditure) being £1,750. It is difficult to over-estimate the value of this survey in rendering the navigation of these seas safe and facile. To show the pro gress already made, we quote the description of seventeen charts of South and ten of Northern Australia, prepared by the Surveyors:— Port Augusta, scale to a geographical mile, 9 inches ; Estuary, head of Spencer's Gulf, from Point Lowly, 3 inches ; Coast-line from Ward Point on east Bide to Point Biley, on west side from Point lowly to Plank Point, 1 inch; Wallaroo Bay, 6 inches; Coast-line from Point Riley to Cape Elizabeth, 1 inch ; Thistle Island, 2 inches ; Gambier Islands, 2 inches; Thorny Passage, 2 inches; Neptune Islands, 2 inches; Semaphore Spit 6 inches; Port Victoria, 3 inches; Coast-line from Cape Elizabeth to Corny Point including Hardwicke Bay, 1 inch; Coast-line from Corny Point to Cape Spencer, including Althorpe Islands and Marion Bay, 1 inch ; Port Wakefield, H inches; Coast line from Marion Bay to Troubridge, 1 inch ; Coast-line from Trou bridge to Mangrove Point Port Wakefield, 1 inch; Coast-line from Sandy Point, Port Wakefield. to Glenelg, including Port Adelaide, linen.— Northern Territory of South Australia. No. 2 -List of charts prepared by the Admiralty Surveyors during years 1861. 1865, and 1866 :-Adam Bay and entrance to Adelaide River, 3 inches; Adelaide River, for the whole of its course, 1 inch;Vernon Islands and Channels leading into Adam Bay, 1 inch; Coast line from Cape Croker to Point Brogden, including islands in Mountnorris Bay, J inch ; Coast-line from Point Brogden to Liverpool River, J inch; Entrance and course of Liverpool River as far as navigable by boats, 1 inch; Coast-line from Liverpool River to (tope Stewart i inch ; Limmen Bight and Maria Island, Gulf of Carpentaria, linch; Coast line from Blaze Bay to Anson Bay, Jinch; Coast-line fiom AnBon Bay to Point Pierce. Victoria Biver, 1 inch. Wellington Febbt.— There are at length Bome symptoms of the repairs to the large punt at Wel lington Ferry being finished. The pontoons are again afloat and the platform thereon is being kid. Mr. Dalton is doing his work well and thoroughly, but in\iewof the inconvenience that has arisen by the stoppage of the traffic for so long a time, it is hoped by residents that on similar occasions, should it arise, the Central Road Board will see the advisability of having the work done by tender in a specified time, instead of by a more tedious system. Dr. Davies, of Clare.— From the Lancet we notice that Mr. Augustus E. Davies, the farewell complimentary dinner to whom was reported in the Register on the occasion of his leaving for England, passed his final examination for a diploma, and was admitted a member of the Royal College of Surgeons on January 21 The Town op Koobinga and the Bubba Company..— At the conclusion of the meeting on Wednesday evening, held to consider the project of erecting a flour mill, another was formed to con. sider the action of the Mining Company with respect to the renewal of the present leases. It was finally decided that the Chairman of the meeting (Mr. T. Moody), and Mr. W. West write to the Company, asking whether they would sell the freeholds, and upon what conditions new tenancies could be created. Accident.— A son of Mr. C. Von Bertouch was thrown out of a buggy on the Sandy Creek-road in such a position that one of the wheels passed over his face. His father was present, and at once attended to tte lad, who has not suffered severely. Singular Accident.— A blacksmith named Skurry, while striking a bar of iron with the hammer (reports the Gawler Time*), struck his forefinger on the iron, completely cutting through the bone, and severing the finger with the excep tion of little more than the skin. Dr. Popham replaced the top half, which has fortunately united, though more time will be necessary for the cem plete junction of the bone. Accident to Mb. Pattebson, Sen., Gawleb Plains.— When returning from the Light on Saturday evening in a spring-cart, leading a heavy horse by a rope, the led horse suddenly fell, and dragged Mr. Patterson's hand with great violence against the back of the cart-seat tearing off the first joint of the middle finger of the right hand. Being several miles from home, he got to his resi dence, and afterwards came iuto Gawler to get his wound looked to. Dr. Nott amputated the finger. and the old gentleman returned the same night— Gawler Times.

EHTmAUOiEST at NoftwooD.-A concert in ud of the building fund of St Matthew'* Church, KenBington, was given in the Town Hall. Norwood, on Friday evening, May 14. Local vocal talent had the invaluable assistance of Madame Bishop. Mr. Lascelles, and Mr. Wilkie. The programiat comprised seventeen musical compositions, and' the inevitable encores that professional skill was sure to extort could be safely relied upon for making up an entertainment of more than ordinary length and variety. The amateurs, several of whom have appeared to advantage on numerous occasions before an Adelaide audience, had to contend against the drawback of being contrasted with the Brilliant performers who were assisting them; and although the idea of competition might be dismissed from the mind, they could not but suffer by the comparison, and they seemed to b* sensible of this, for they lacked the spirit theyK usually infuse into their performances. The gentleman amateur who sang the bass jolo 'The King of the Sea' was honoured trith a redemand. when he substituted the popular air 'The Bonnie Hills of Scotland.' Viadame BishoDsang 'Home, Sweet Home,' and 'My Bud in Heaven' in magnificent style, and had to submit to a recall. Mr. Lascelles was as Mnusinuas ever, and sang several pieces, including 'Robin Run;' 'My Julia,' and *' Taking Tea in theArbour,' which he has beenmainly instrumental of making; prodigious favourites here since his first fisit. His .thorough mastery over the pianoforte was strikingly displayed in a solo with which the second part of the programme opened, and by his exquisite accompaniments. Mr. Wilkie was in rood voice, and rendered the beautiful song, Come into the Garden, Maud.' and Blumen thal's composition, 'My Queen,' in excellent style. The entertainment closed shortly after 10 s'clock with the National Anthem after a very pleasant evening had been spent. Chbibtchurch Bazaar.— The bazaar in aid of the Christchurch Schoolroom was continued in the Town Hail on Friday, May 14. There was a fair attendance in the afternoon. It materially in creased during the evening, when a good sale was effected. The proceedings were enlivened with the musical performances of the Adelaide Regimental Band. In our notice of the opening of the bazaar we omitted to include in the lilt of stallkeepers the name of Mrs. Walters. The re* reshment-atau on Friday waa presided over by Mrs. Mclntyre. The day's proceeds amounted to £145. The bazaar will be reopened this afternoon, dosing finally this evening, when Madame Bishop md Mr. Lascelles have kindly consented to enter tain the visitors. Purchases op Babossa^ Gold.— The Oawler Times reports:— 'There can be no doubt that a large quantity of gold has been and is still being raised on the Barossa Diggings. We were sur prised and pleased lately to see at the English, Scottish, and Australian Chartered Bank a nice little parcel of 430 ounces of gold. This is in addition to about 1,500 ounces which have already been sent to England by this Bank, and irrespec tive of the purchases made by others. Amongst the finer gold were Beveral good nuggets, weighing from about 5 dwts. to nearly an ounce. Besides ;he Barossa gold, we saw several ounces from Jupiter; also some pretty specimens from Yanka ilia, the largest of which we should think weighed ' or 8 dwts., and was of a beautiful bright colour. We were also shown one or two small pieces, said to have been found in the scrub not far from Iroolwa. One of these was attached to a bit of milk-white quartz, similar to the Victorian gold luattz. We understand, even in these dull times m the diggings, the English, Scottish, and Aus tralian Chartered Bank have purchased gold at the rate of 30 or 40 ounces a week.' . Train AcciDENT.-The Gawler Times notes that on Saturday the Adelaide midday train was delayed by some accident to the engine, and the Kapunda train was dispatched first Mr. Charles Wood, an employe, crossed the line, and to save time passed over the couplings between two carriages, treading on a buffer. ThiB turned round under his foot and he was thrown forward with great violence on the platform, rebounding under the carriages, which were fortunately not in motion. He injured his head, cutting his forehead badly, but is now progressing favourably under the treat ment of Dr. Nott. Scalded.— Near Rhynie, on Tuesday, a young daughter of Mr. Ellen, a farmer, was standing near a tub of boiling water in which the carcase of a pig was about to be scalded, when she fell in, and was fearfully scalded. In taking off her clothing por tions of skin wero removed, so]that her sufferings must have been most acute. The poor little girl is, however, still alive, though in a precarious state. [From yesterday's Evening Journal.] The Military.— Our attention has been directed to the circumstance that the military were drawn up this morning for feu dejoie practice at a com paratively short distance from the City Bridge-road, by which one or two spirited horses were startled, and were hardly held in from bolting. Possibly the horses had forgotton that it is Friday, the day on which the Corporation allow the Concordia Band to perform in the streets, with the understanding that quadrupeds are not to be frightened on that day of the week. The South Australian Insubance Company. —Among the building improvements in the city which the past few months have brought forth is an extension of the block known as Insurance Chambers, along the Pirie-street frontage towards the ' warehouse of Messrs. Edelsten & Co. The design is a continuation of that upon which the corner offices were erected, and gives to the structure the solid and substantial appearance which so well befits commercial edifices. The walls are formed of Glen Osmond stone with cut stone plinth strings, door and window, and open blocking, the material for the dressings having been yielded by the Glen Ewin quarry. The entire frontage to Pirie-strcet is now 90 feet, and to King William-street 40 feet. There are two main entrances, the first occupying the corner place, and admitting into an office 38 feet long by 26 wide, the little cramped office of former times and the board-room having been thrown into one apartment, which is now handsomely decorated and fitted up; the second opening from Puie street on to a corridor, having at one side the new Board-room, 20 feet by 16 with strong room attached, and at the other a room of Btill larger dimensions already engaged as lawyers1 chambers. These two rooms, with the in termediate passage, take up the entire ground floor of the new building, the upper storey, which is reached by a wide staircase, being similarly divided, the apartments here being each fitted with a strong room. The entire cost of the block, with furniture and fittings complete, has been close upon £5,000, exclusive of the land, which has absorbed another £2,000. The records of the Company and progress form an interesting page in the history of Insurance in the colony. Twenty-three years ago, in the month of May, the establishment was commenced without capital by a few residents of Adelaide, who were actuated rather by a desire to protect themselves from the disastrous consequences of fire than to enter upon the enterprise of Fire Insurance, which up to this time no office in the colony had undertaken. It may be mentioned that six of the present Directors, besides several other shareholders now on the register, were amongst the earliest promoters of the Society. At the end of ten years the Associa tion was transformed into a Company with shares, the business having gradually but considerably in creased. In 1863 a marine branch was added, and in 1867 the Company was reorganized under the Companies Act with a capital of £500,000. As an evidence of the rapidity with which, this description of business has in creased in the colony, it is worthy of note that wheieas in 1857. when the Mutual Society was wound up, the policies against fire were less than 400, the Company's policies in South Australia now approach 3,000. Besides the head office in Adelaide, there are 55 country or local agents, apart altogether from the extra-colonial premises. The annual income is from £20,000 to £30,000. The Company has now taken possession of the new offices. MUBDEB OF A WE8LEYAN MINISTER IH MEL BOURNE.— It will be seen by reference to our telegraphic news that the Rev. Wm. Hill was brutally murdered at the Pentridge Labour Prison by Ritson. a convict From enquiries made immediately on the receipt of this telegram w learn that the deceased was not the Rev. William Hill who was Btationed in this colony some years ago. This Mr. Hill entered the ministry in 1849. and at the time of his death was in charge of the Second Melbourne Circuit, whereas the gentleman of the same name, who was formerly here, is at present at Kiama, in New South Wales. Our telegram affords some particulars of this fiendish act, which is all the more aggravated from the fact that the rev. gentleman had gone into Bitson's cell for the very purpose of benefiting him. The Almanda.— On Thursday, May 13, some of the Directors of the Almanda visited the mine in order to make trial of the powerful engine recently erected by Mr. G. Wyatt The trial was satisfac tory, and we believe it ia intended to start the new machinery within a week or two.' Attempt at Gaol-Breaking at Mount GAMBIER.-On Wednesday last (says the Standard) an unsuccessful attempt to escape was made by a prisoner confined in the Mount Gambier Gaol, Between 6 and 7 the turnkey let the prisoners out of the cells into the yard as usual, leaving the cells open for the purpose of cleaning them. After dis pensing the rations he went to lock the cells, and found that the blanket of Michael McNamara waa removed out of the cell. The turnkey afterwards going round the outside of the walls discovered the missing bedclothes, and Bome wearing apparel and a towel filled with sand, with two pieces of rope attached to them. The prisoner had attempted to get over the wall by those means, and in so doing the rope (which was of Braall pieces of oakum spliced together) broke, and the prisoner -finding his efforts frustrated, threw all over the wall. The turnkey reported it to Mr. Tims, the Keeper, who gave information to Mr. Browne, the Special Magistrate, and the prisoner was charged with attempting to escape, and is committed to the Supreme Court at Adelaide to take his trial. Under the gaol regulations he will get not less than four years for the attempt He will be sent to Adelaide by the next steamer, in company with John Whellar (charged with cattle-stealing), and Charles Bishop, who is to be sent to Dry Creek. Port MacDonnell Assessments.— A goodly number of appeals were successfully urged against the assessments of the new Local Court of MacDonnell Bay, and the reduc tions made by the Bench would certainly stagger older Corporations and Councils. Either the Magistrates were extremely liberal, or the valuation was very much in excess of the actual worth of the properties. Captain French had pro Serty rated at £350. reduced to £150; Messrs. lust & Co., £400, to half that gum; Messrs. Lord and Co., £300. to one third of the amount: Captain Gardiner, ££57. to £000: and other sums of lesser amount were docked mercilessly. Monster Mushrooms.— The growth of mush rooms (says the Warrnamb'jol Advertiser) in this neighbourhood is prodigious. One waa picked up on the reserve, near Mr. MaegreKor's residence, measuring 27 inches in circumference, and 9i inches in diameter, weighing 10 ounces. New Fibm.— We are informed that Mr. M. Kingsboroagh, whose withdrawal from the mer cantile firm of Edelsten, Kingsborough, & Co. was recently mentioned by us, intends carrying on business as liquidator of estates in connection with Mr. Arthur Chapman,

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