COUNT a Y MAILS.
IFROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.]
The weather has bren tory changeable lately. On the 7th we had a heavy thunder- storm and a pretty gi neraltain thioughout the district, on the night of 'ho 13th June we hada severo frost and westerly wind ; on the following doy the wind went back to the south east, and wo have had lain ever since, about 2im , and etert indication of more.
The Caboolture Farmers' Association held
their usual meeting l¡.st Monday, but the at- tendance was small, tho piomoters Beem to lack the ideas of how to mako the meotings of inteiest to farmcis, or how to keep an associa- tion together, and it stems not unlikely that the affair will collapse.
Mr Mat Battersby, chairman of the Divi- sional Board, met with a Bomowhat serious acci dt nt on Thursday evening last between the lioith and South Pine Rivers, Mr Battersby, accompanied by Mr. George Gibbons, the Crown ranger,was driving home from Brisbane on the evening in ques- tion, and aftei having upset their trap on the Brisbane road, in the Nundah district, neither gentleman being at ail hurt, Mr. Battersby, whilst trying to evade the bad part of the road neal the North Pinn, drove the trap over a stump , both Mr Batte r«bv and Mr. Gibbons wero thrown out. The former gentleman's leg, however, got caught between the step and the3haft, and he hat leceived injuries that will lay him up for somo time to come. Mr. Gibbons escaped with a severe shaking. Tbß present rainy reason is the worst that we have had since the Divisionul Boards Act was passed. The bo«.d» l,ikte been singularly lucky, but, now wo have bad weather, the roads are simply awful, and in the opinion of most poople the local government 13 a dead failuio, and we were better off before. They havo gone on the old lines of filling up hole, and patching the roads with dirt and sand, and the least wet weather wo got makes et erj thing bad again. The fact is, nine moroberj havo of course their nine little axes to grind, jud a good deal of the money coes that way. I may except, I think,
somo of the members foi No 1 subdivision in
the axe grinding bus.neo-, but it would be just as well to let the members know, we should, at any rate, far sooner see our money on the roads than in the bank. The board has some
£1500 in tho Queensland National bank a* Po- sent, and a great many ratepayers are of the opinion it would bo better to spend it.
' (From Local Papers to 17th July.)
' THE moyor (Captain Ferguson) has received . a telegram from the member for Gympie (says
the Gympie Times) conveying the _ welcome intelligence that in the course of an interview that Mr. Mollor and ho had with the Minister fer Works that morning, they were informed that the Parliamentary plans for the Gympie section of tho railway would bo tabled about the 17th August, that is in a month's time.
His Excellency Sir Arthur Palmer has con- sented to open the Agricultural, Mining, and Pastoral Society's Show at Gympie early next month, unions unforeseen emergencies arise to prevent it. The Times suggests that his Ex- cellency should embrace the opportunity to hold aii impromptu review of the Wide Bay
Mr. W. T. Chippendall and Mr. W. Fergu- son, chairman and ex-chairman of tho Widgee Board, waited upon the board's solicitor on Saturday with a view to determining what was to be done in the matter of the recent action .of the Works Department in severing a, large portion of the Widgee Division in order to form the lately proclaimed Kilkivan Division. Mr. Tozer pointed out to them that according te tho Act tho Department hod power to amend the boundaries of any division, and to abolish, ?construct, or reconstruct divisional boards. By tho action taken with reference to the severance referred to, he considered it very questionaBle-wtetnor tho Widgeo Board had not practically been abolished without any attempt at reconstructing it ; at all events, the board had been placed in an anomalous posi- tion as to its executive functions, and financial complications would bo inevitable. Tho out- come of the interview was that Mr. Tozer was instructed to write a comprehensive letter to the head of the department, stating the whole case as affecting tho board, and requesting ad-
vice as to the board's procedure îolative to the crop of difficulties which has unexpectedly sprung up, and, consequently, for which no
provision had been made.
The ImbU-roid correspondent of tho Gympie Times writes under date 13th iiutant :-"It is six years since the country leoked as well and the land was in similarly favourable condition for tho prospects of early spring aa at tho pre- sent time. It was in April, 18S0, when we had heavy rain throughout the month, and on the 27th and 28'h of that month when the Imbil mail was stuck up for two days at Bunya Creek, and the water was over tho Normanby Bridge at Gympie. Since that year there has been no general rain in our district, the showers being light and limited to favoured localities, and when a heavy shower did fall, the length of dry periods between left the subsoil dry. Every year became drier still, until at last it gave rise, undoubtedly, to the ' maize blight' of the past two years. Having carefully . considered tho matter from every point, and
tho almost inexplicable circumstance that all kinds of lond, the good rich land, new scrub, and land under cultivation for sixteen years, are affected, I think it will be found that the entire obsenco of moisture in tbo subsoil will givo tho koy to the solution of tho somewhat serious aspect of the maize blight. Now that the land has got into its former favourable con- dition wo shall not havo to wait long for tho proof of tho above statement."
(From Local Papers to 13th July.)
The Mail quotes figures showing how pal- pable was tho misconception that tho retire- ment of Sir Thomas MTUyraith alienated the bulk of the poople in Bundaberg from their Conservativo principles.
. [Front Local Papers to 13th July. )
In consequence of flour having advanced in value the Central Queensland Co-operative Bakery Company hove raised tho price of tho 21b. loaf from 3Jd. to 4d.
The attendance of Volunteers at parades in Rockhampton is said to be anything but cheer- ing to the two drill-instructors.
The incomo of the Farmers and Graziers' Society for tho half-year was stated at the last general mooting to bo £236, and tho outlay £12S. A poultry show in connection with the society is in contemplation.
The Provincial Council lioagnc Committee havo appointed a finance, an intelligence, and a correspondence committee. The petition it is proposed to send to Parliament is already drawn up.
Many.complaints arc being modo that the residents at Port Alma, Sea Hill, only get their mails once a week, although steamers ply backwards and forwards almost daily.
Tho Hibernian Band, which has lately been in a disorganised condition, has been token over by tho St. Joseph's Catholic Young Men's ' Society. «
A number of plants of various kinds from Singapore have arrived for the local botanic gardens.
[From Local Papers to 13th July.)
The Metcury, in a leader advocating free trade, says it is evident that the greatpr tho excess of imports over exports the greater is tho profit to the country importing. ?
With tho cessation of tho rain cold nights have been experienced in Mackay, causing greatj anxiety to tho farmers and planters of the district, who dread the appearance of frost.
, ? BOWEN.
(From Local Papers to 10th July.)
Discussing tho proposed extension of tho Warwick line, the Port Donison Times says, referring to the opposition of Toowoomba, that the latter town imagines itself a barrel -when in reality it is only a bunghole, through which
tho trade of the Southern and Western dis- trict's finds its way to porf.. Contrasting the happy'position of Warwick with Bowen, the paper thou refers pathetically tu the Houghton Gap'Railway.
The publican's booth and grand-stand for the forthcoming races were sold for £G 10s.
(From Local Papers to 12th July.)
It is utterly absurd to bring forward that thero is to bo serious rivalry between tho two ports (Townsville and Normanton) says tho bulletin, when tho interests of each, though similar in kind, aro so inevitably separated.
Among the extra prizes ot tho last Townsville show was one of £1010s. for the best constructed and filled silo in the Townsville district. It was won hy Mr. Peterson, who has a selection on the other side of Ross Uiver, with about 70 tons of ensilage made in a mud and cement silo with green corn. The ensilage is of excellent
quality and eaten by cattle in preference to any
During the last day of the show Mr. J. N. Parkes, tho secretary, obtained from visitors in cash and promises about £250 towards estab- lishing a special prize fund for next year.
' ' CAIRNS.
(From Local Pa})trs lo IGlh Jilly.)
THE dtroniclr announces ' ila attention of shortly coming out as a bi-weekly.
Mr. R. F. Walker is about to erect a rice mill on his selection at Beana Creek, which will turn out löcwt. of rice a day.
According to the Post-, Captain Wright, the senior naval officer, Btatcd when in Cairns that that town had undoubtedly tho finest harbour in Queensland.
(From Local Papers to 10th July.)
If Messrs. Griffith, Scout,' and Gillies desire to immortalise tk«ñr names in Australian his- tory (says the Independent) they will, at next sitting of the Federation Council, boldly pro- claim the Federated Republic of the Southern Cross under the protcctiou of, and in alliance with, Great Britain.
According to the last published balance sheet the liabiliHss of the Municipal Council amount to £20,671.
During the laut fortnight (jays the Indepen- dent of 10th July) an alligator, which evi- dently got out of its beat, has been prowling about the mouth of the harbour, and has on several occasions taken a siesta on the rocks near Mr. Palmer's cottage. .Oa Wednesday the errant male was di-eovercd by his mate from the Endeavour, and they wero seen in loving company on Thursday morning.
The tonnage cn*eri d inwards at the port of .Cooktown during Juno wm 21,039 tons.
_ THE following paragraph is from an article »n o recent issue of tnc Fortnightly Review :
To the average elector Lord Hartington is only a name, and Mr. Chamberlain still a vestryman. In these mat tern the London daily aournalslive in un atmo«phere of their own beyond which they ¡.te- little or nothing. The agricultural labourer looms up os a figure in the mist. The thought is that of the city and the club. It hardly penetrates to what is pass- ing in the brain of the buoy workers in mill and colliery. It has no touch with the agricultural labourer, »ho eats his crust of bread and cheese in the hedgerow, and has never read a line of print in his life. Over »hese men-the collier, the factory hund, and the hind-the name of Gladstone, and that alone, has power,
differing widely in other respects they agree