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FLOODS IN THE INTERIOR, LOSS or LirB.-Wo ! deeply regret to announco that advices from the western and northern interior inform us of heavy floods having occurred, which havo caused a melancholy loss of life, even so far as is yet as- certained. On the 7th instant Charles Houghton, Esq, J.P. of tho Burnett district and Port Curtis, was accidentally drowned while attempting to ride his horse across Humphries' Creek, near Mr. Humphries's station, a few milos from Gayndah. Tho unfortunate gentleman had loft Gayndah to meet his drays, being accom- panied by a black boy. On arriving at the Creek, the blackboy, named "Billy," preceded Mr. Houghton, and passed over by a narrow ford of shallow water, whore the creek is dry, excepting in times of flood. Immediately to the right of this, however, is a lagoon, which, now that the creek was flooded, was not distinguish- able. Mr. Houghton must havo kept too much to the right of tho ford, for the black boy heard a cry of "Billy," and on turning round saw nothing but his master's whip haudlo abovo tho flooded lagoon. Ho immediately dived, and caught hold of tho brldlo of the horse, which must have been in some way entangled at tho bottom of the water. When ho pulled the bridlo round, the animal rose to tho surface, and swain ashore safely; but the body of tho un- fortunate Mr. Houghton could not then be found. It was not until the 11th, four days after, that tho corpse was found, and then the causo of the deceased's sudden death was , discovered, in B cut across the forehead, and other injuries evi- dently resulting from a kick from the horse, who in its struggles bad, no doubt, stunned it: master, and rendered him incapable of any offort to save himself, Tho body was conveyed to Mr, Humphries's station, and there interred, amidst tho doop and tearful sympathy of all who had known the deceased. W. H. Walsh, Esq., J.P. and Arthur Broun, Esq, acted as pall-bearers or the melancholy occasion, and the funeral, servie was read by Mr. Humphries, who was ' dooplj nnd painfully affected.-At tho townsb.ii of Gayndah, tho flood in the oreel rose so high that it inundated th low ground at tho back of tho town, au« threatened to swamp tho township itself. Th inhabitants, men, women, and children, remove: to the Gayndah mountain, and remained ther two days, but no serious casualty had occurred Thero had been no mail for three weeks, th mailman being unable to cross tho Baramba a Mundure. On the same day that poor Mi Houghton was drowned, two men-one a Euro penn, and the other a Eurasian-wero drowned 1 crossing a creek at Mr. Elliott's station, Aran bangs, in the same district. A constable who ha
been despatched on some special service, waa Ewimming his horse over a creek near Mr. Bou vorie's station, when he became alurmcd, andnbau doucd the animal, clinging ,to the branch of a troo in the cree k, and climbing into the tree. The horse swam ashore, but the constable, who had stripped himself beforo taking to the creek, remained in tho tree for thirty-six hours before ho was rescued. From the westward we loam that a half-caste boy, who had been sent on a messago from Coranga to Myall Creek, with Boino waybills for bullock-drivers, was seen hy the inhabitants of the village there to ride his horse into the crook, when the horse and rider immediately disappeared, and neither had boen discovered up to the date of our information. We aro also informed that three mon of Mr. T. do Lucv Moffat's wero drowned in Eraser's Creek, and that lila brother had but a narrow escupe with his life at tho Same time- Moreton Say Courier.
LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.-By a proclamation in yesterday's Gazette, we leam :that his Excel- lency the Governor-General has appointed Ed- ward Wolstenholme Ward, Esq., Deputy-Master of the Mint, to be n non-electivo member of the Legislative Council, in the room of Lieutenant Colonel Gibbes, Collector of Customs, resigned ; and James Mitchell, Esq., in the room of Edward Cox, Esq., resigned. Mr. John Rose Holden, who resigned his seat as a" non-official nominee some weeks ago, has been prevailed upon to withdraw his resignation for the present. Mr. Holden will, however, proceed to England in the course of a few months, though probably not be- fore the close of the ensuing session.-Empire.
PATRIOTIC FUND.-The subscriptions to the Patriotic Fund, already recoived by the central committee in Sydney, exceed the magnificent sura of £50,000._