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GEELONG.

(FROM OUR OWN COIIRESPONDKNT.)

Wednesday, 17th Fept, 1831.

Tho petition to the Government for an escoit to the mails is being numerously and respectably signed! ami the town is placarded for a publie meeting this afternoon, to take mcui-nres to pre- vent the possibility of any moro mails nrriviii" here direct from England Leing eui ried on to Melbourne to be oponed.

Geelong is mad, stark, staring, gold-mad) If all who ate now goinj- to the diggings make their fortunes, they will be lucky fellows indeed ; the host of discohsolttto wives, or as they ore hero culled " grass widows," and their families, ¡» astonishing. In Moornbool-street, to-day, I .nw two bullock dniya being loaded for the dig- gings, and I should think there were not less than 120 people about them, although not all going with them at that time ; there wore five or six cradles, two or three wheel barrows, a couple of d ¡cn tin dishes, and uliout the same number of beds mid boxes on each ; besides nipps, fryingpans, uvens, stretchers, tar- paulins, quint and pint pots, bucket«, guns, steves, picks, crowburs, spades, Ac, Ac, &o., but while looking »t them ami admirin<r the uuxiely each displayed to get the drays loaded, the wind came swooping round the corner, enough io cut one in two, and I left them, thanking"my sturs that I was not so foolish aB to f ma the road to the mints during the present weither. I verily believe it »ill be the death of some of them,

Mr. Reed, the ironmonger, of Mooniboul-xtreet, has the finest sample of liunmyo >g gold 1 lm\e yet seen or lu ard ut ; it is imbedded ni a quartz pebble, ab.iut tho size of a pullet's vgs, bt.t the metal runs out beyond the stone at. one end, about half an inch ; both the metal und stone show that tbey luve beon subjected to much attrition by wutW ; the solid gold on the pebble is gom-r.illy supposed to wWgh about a Quarter of a pound ! Certuinly not leas, I should say, judging trom the weight.

Mr Reed has also s other fine vpcoimen, a nusget, weighing above lulf un ounce

f The emigrant-, per Stutcs:nau,w|io have landed at Geelong. ap|ienr to i.e « decent, Iwa thy ki 11 of people ; tbey .s| ck in hii;h temi-, of th Captain, and do nut ap| car to have sunvred any inconvenicuco li oin the ship having run into so high a degree of MIUIII latitude.

At the Police Olli, e this morning, Mr George Scott, publican, was fined i.5 for us.-ault ; .uni .afterwards bound tiver in two eurcties of £50 each, and one of £ li) ), at the instance of dipt. Kyana, to keep the. p?uca for twelve months. Mr Scott apologised, mid said be WHS very surry that he had so far forgot himself, and Imped as it was electioneering matters that, hidronsod bim, and he had not tasted any spirits for f.mr months previous to last Saturday, ibu tit'.-bench would (¡cal leniently with him ; but Captain fyans pressed the charge iigninst him closoly, nnd requested tho magistrates to make an example of bim.

The Leuguo meeting that to k pluo,oho:c last evening was but thinly attended, owing to many causes, among which the goltl excitement may rank first, the tu.u-.iml severity of tho weather second, the electioneering excitement, third, nnd the numerous public tucotiti'S tli.it li ivo I tjly been held fourth TI.e people aie getting tired of hearing th.- simo speakers SM o 'ten, and their patience requires somothing .' >tum.iiig" now-u days to provoke the exercise of it.

Alderman Cowie was in the chair, over which hung the graceful ».inner of tilt) Luigu*, and introduced Captain Harrison to tho meeting, who suid he lind come before the n that night to explain the objects, and advocate tho cause ot the Longue. He might do us physiciai.s some- times do, refer them to a book ; but everything requisite would not be found in such took; ho was sorry nut losco a larger attendance, and ho thought ho knew one reason why many people bud not come ; it was this, tho placaros, announcing the meeting had boen gener.iily turn down, wi.hin a short time ol' their being pasted up, and he believed that this was principilly done by OLD HANDS, who were under a fal-e ¡mpression thut some palt ot the1 Leugne decoration prevented parties from hiring tbem. He Pegged to assure them nothing of this kind was intended, thd grand object uf the League was to prevent the continuance or resumption of transportation to this or any of the other Australian Colonies. As for the old hands, be had hail many of them, and ho would say this mindi for them th'ut ho could not wish lor bvtu-r si-rvmits than most of them were; it was not right, now Uuttheso men had expiated their ci iines, and undergone their sentences, to outlaw them from tho community li. canso they bud onco o mmitled a fault. No'; it was to pievo|it the introduction of that class of men knnwn as Pciituiiullains, to prevent us bein¿ middled «itli the maiitteiiaiiiw of tho future crime of England. An fur' the Penton gems, he had f .und ihem generally a Dad lol ; he bad li.ul u gj;d many of tlicm, too, in hit employment: one of the last mob he had, wulkrtl oil" with his dtiuUo barrel gun, a pair of pistols, and a supply of powder and thut, intending to set up busbrunging on hi.» own account. He was well anare that very many of the old hands were men who had been "transported (or pulttioil offences, especially Iront Ireland-men, who perhaps hardly know »hat dishorn sty was 'Un.ii, there WdS allot er class, punchers-tuen who wero transported, it tui/lit bj tor shooting a hnro that was eating their own cabbages. A third oltisi »vre men, lie might say gentlemen-men of o lu cation anti tiih'tit, who lind billen welims to what ho lulled the G.igging Act, bul thank God that Gagging Act did not extend to thesu colonies, if it dill, ho should have bien gagged long ago. There wai an opinion pr. valent that the British Government wi.ud never send con-

victs hete when tlu-y luurd that it was a gold countiy ¡ but thnt'ophiiou was a falsa one, at least theio was nu authority for liiniitiy it. Wo might dopend uit the Government sundin {.toii viuts its long as any of the culi-uie* chnse to take them. People *>uppo*o that it would be

ridiculous to sutnl mun fur punishment, to n country H biro they cm obtain gold by looking for it iii the earth, add so it wou'd, bul what «ill the Guvernmint cuit', so long «sit gets lid ul them. Hw own »pinto», linwcu-r, was, thal instead of digging tor go»l themselves, if tli«v did tomo hete, the} would roll mid minder thoso who did nig it. lie might be considered a vol y inetle<:tn«l advocate for so holy a cuino ; but ho lioped, ii be was a lilli» m m, mid a cripple, that ¡io eoulJ nt least enliven them with his tongu>. Having enlisted under that ling, (pointing to tho League binnu r,) ho bad nuikd i ?. lo tho must, and°»ith tlnil Jl.ig ho »mild sink or swim. Hal England tiken wiso iileiisiirta to educate her people, und prévint tho extension of crime, theio »utild have been no necessity for deluding Tasmania with such u Hood of cuiuhtisin ; but this sim has not done. It wa« till very well lo boait uf the Jirttisli constitution, but it hud it« delicts; it was liko tho constitution of an old ! luán-u.d John Hull 11 quired repairing ; the lu tv

require to be altered and simplified ; We want laws that we can understand, or st least laws that the lawj er« can understand ; he Ixdieved the lawyers to be in most instances an illus'd set of men, thoy wem blamed for misl.ud'ng their clients, but tlf*.i were misled themselves. We require a modified system of l.iws, adapted to our own peculiar Wants ; it i.s impossible at pre- sent to under.stur.il ti e laws-they aro a per fect^ mockery, or why should law and justice b? so ilianietricnlly oppose 1 to each other? Ho hore explained what would have been the pernicious working of the old system of District Councils had they been tolerated, show- ing that it would have been necessary for the colony to raise something like I'] 0,000 before they would be able to pay the salaries of the officers connected with tiie'm, and passed a high

compliment on Mr Moor for his conduct in con- nection with the one for tho Countv of Bourke.

Ho often thought there must Le something

different in the verv air we breathe in this colony from home ; lie knew many people who caine out here ultra Tories, in a short time they smoothed down into Conservatives, and ulti- mately became ultra radicals. Ho had iiothiiitr to say against the Queen , ho believed hera good woman, and he thought thnt next his God, a rrian ought to worship a woman ; hut is the reign of Henry tho 8th to be oompared to hers î A tyrant who burnt Protestants because they refused to acknowledge tho supre- macy of the Pope, and then again burnt Catho- lics because they would not acknowledge his supremacy T Ho declared himself a domoctnt, and gloried in the name. He had now said nil he

had to say in connection with the League, and as there wore other speakers to follow bim, he would just briefly revert to the coming crisis, oioasiuiied hy the recent gold discoveries. Ho bogged of them all to be prepared to meet the emergency, and to cull a public meeting imme- diately, to consider tho best steps to be taken tor the general good. Such things had.been at- tempted in Sydney and Melbourne, but they cither failed, or were not taken in time, and so his friends should look out for their own welfare before it bo too late. He said hi reoolleoted

when he, about seven or eight years ago, un- furled a flag on Batman's Hill; some people called it a ti.vtor flag, but said the speaker, turning and pointing to the League Banner, no one cm cull that a traitor flag ; there is the emblem of Union in tho corner ; the four stars represent the constellation of the Southern Cross, or the fuir colonies, if you choose ; and I unhesitatingly maintain, that it

will be the fault of the British Government j alone, if «v>-r tho stripes are added te the stars.

.The Captain resumed his seat amidst much applause.

Pile meeting was then oildressed by Doctor

Mingay Syder, and Messrs Trotinan anil Boolvy, '

when Dr. Baylie,moved Alderman Cowie out of | t'ió chair, and J. G. M-Milliiu, Esq. J.P., into it. A vote of thanks was given te the chair- man, three cheers, mid one cheer more, for Cup tain I!airison, and the meeting then broko up.

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