ABDUCTION. - Patrick Power was brought up at the City Court yesterday, charged by Francis Featherstone with having ab ducted his daughter, Ellen, a child of fifteen years of age. The complainant stated that he resided near the military barracks, North Melbourne and the prisoner had been em ployed by him as a stockman at his farm on the Geelong road. On the 9th of April last his daughter left his house taking with her all her clothes and he had never been able to find her since. His wife, however, had been told by a brother in law of the prisoner that their daughter was with Power who would one day send her home in a ' pretty plight. ' The complainant not having prepared himself with witnesses of any kind whatever, the case was postponed to Thursday.
DISTRICT COURT. - The only cases brought before the District Court yesterday were those of two inebriates, who were dealt with in the usual manner.
HIRING FROM THE DEPOT UNDER MIS REPRESENTATION. - Margaret Shea was brought up at the City Court, under a charge of this nature. Sergeant Simcock stated that she kept a disreputable house in Little Collins street east, and formerly in Spring street, from whence she had been sent with other women of her class, at the time of the opening of the National Schools. The Commissioner of the Immigration Depot stated, that a short time since the prisoner applied at the depot for a servant. She gave her name as Mrs Brown,
72 FitzRo- street Collingwood, and repre sented herself as highly respectable. She was allowed, therefore, to hire a young girl named Mary Jane Crimin who went with her, but came back the next morning, and made com- plaint of the character of her mistress and re fused to return. The girl herself appeared in court and stated that she was taken to a house in Lonsdale street, where she found another young woman whom she had known at the depot. During the evening several men came to the house, and her mistress went out with one of them. She asked of her fel- low servant the character of the house, but her replies were so equivocal that she became alarmed, and resolved to leave, which she did the next morning. As no indignity or outrage had been offered to the girl, nor any endea vors made to recover her, the prisoner was discharged with a caution.
OUR STREET PAVING. - The introduction of flagged footways to our streets was hailed with delight by our perambulating fellow citizens, who formerly were only to be seen upon a winter's day with their legs so encased that any one of them, were they to walk through our London thoroughfares would soon become the " observed of all obsevers." But these were Melbourne's former days and it is to be hoped not her most palmy ones. Now that we are able to communicate more easily with each other in our locomotion, we trust that we shall the more readily catch our opportu nities, and mature more effectivally our de signs, upon true go-ahead principles. One
thing we should have liked, which is, to have seen our paving laid in a more workmanlike manner. We have walked in vain over our numerous thoroughfares lately flagged, and in not one instance have we seen a piece of well laid paving. We think it is a false economy if our City Surveyor has so tried to curtail ex penses as not to admit of the usual modes adopted in other cities by the introduction of mortar in the joints and beds of the flags. Be this as it may, it has been so done, and in the course of a few months it will be seen that it will require laying again in many places. We have usually seen, in other cities, when paving is being laid, a large trough filled with grout usually about eight feet by five, and this is poured into the space where the flags are laid, and well flushed into the joints. This is also adopted in the case of pitchers. The sand for this operation should be washed, and the lime should be used hot. This, when rightly performed, would cause the paving to present a level appearance, when it would remain so for years, until it wore away, and not as it now appears in many parts of Melbourne - one stone standing in the joints above or below the next, and which, where it occurs, will in- variably get worse instead of better, owing to its being laid dry in loam. This is perfectly natural, as the loam being moist when laid takes up a smaller space when dry by shrink ing, and the stone consequently drops irregu larly. We trust our remarks will tend to the remedying this evil. - Australian Builder.
MINING LEASES. - It is notified in yester day's Government Gazette that the issue of leases is authorised under the order in Council directing the issue of licenses of lands to promote the working of mines (not being mines of gold or silver). The following regu- lations must be complied with : -1. It shall be competent for the Governor of Victoria to license any person or persons to search for mines (not being mines of gold or silver) on such waste lands of the Crown, and for such period, not exceeding twelve months, as may be specified in such license. 2. It shall be competent to the said Governor to grant to the holder of any such license, as aforesaid, a lease for mining purposes of the whole or any part of the land specified in such licence. 3. Every such lease shall be for a term not exceeding fourteen years, and shall be subject to a rent of not less than ten shillings per acre per annum, to be paid in advance, and shall be assignable under such rules as shall be pre scribed by the Governor, and shall be ipso facto fofeited if the rent shall not be paid when due : Provided that it shall be com petent to the Governor to remit such forfeiture on such terms as he shall think fit. 4. The Governor may insert in such leases such con ditions and clauses of forfeiture as he may think fit, and especially such as may seem to him necessary to secure the bona fide applica tion of the land to mining purposes. 6. The extent of land to be comprised in such leases or licenses, and the amount of rent to be re served thereon, shall be regulated from time to time by the Governor, with the advice of his Executive Council. 6. At the expiration of every such lease the land comprised there in shall be open to sale by public auction under such Government regulations as shall be then in force respecting such sales. 7. Every such lease shall declare whe ther, and under what cucumstances the lessee shall be entitled to compensation for improve ments effected by him, and shall also declare the mode of estimating and paying such com-
pensation. 8. In this order in Council the word ' Governor' shall include the Lieutenant Governor, or officer for the time being ad ministering the Government of Victoria.
THEATRE ROYAL. - The well known di ama Don Gtsai do Paran was followed last night by the excellent faiee Pcculiiu Position Ro0us, as tho lomani and poiti
inucious tradesman tinnsfuied-how he could not eoinpichuul even bj a soothing lemeui biance ol hispeisonal chaims.-into a couit, undei auestfoi hinh tie ison kept the audi ence m a loai ot laughtci Between the .highly flatteung attentions of the Countess and hu maid the lespcctful vigilance of the Mnioi the lealous obsuv ition of tho unions
|nnd(,ai i ulous Pepito (Mi LMGoiwm) the con ilicting lecollcetions ot his business and of the pcquiiuncnts of his tcmpoiaiy lank, and his fliuil lunn the lujoncts ol tho sentnes the ivvoid ot his ni ni and the liowns ot his wite ithc seit impoi tant Oioccr piesented a succeo bion ot pictuies of tho most ludicious pu plexit) Iho ovutmo was listened to, as it guiually is with deep attention, and w is loudl) applauded A Gi and Pas de Deux by Madame bticbmgor and Signoi Caiandim was vouteiouslj eneoied Tho cntcitainment clobcd with tho coaacdletta of 'Cousin Chen j in which Sm Bioughain displays
much bplnt and \nacity
TEMI'MSANO) MbtaiNO -The usual Tues- day cv cning meeting of thib society was held ¡at the lempoiance Hall, Russell street, last evening Tho chair was occupied by Mr Overton It was expec ted that the Rev Mr Townend would address tho meeting, and consequently many faends of the cause as- sembled but, as he did not present himsolf, the nioinbus, as is usual with thom, volun- teered thoir services on the platform, and the iirocccdiiiL,s passed off with great success Mr Albion who has j ust como down fiom the diggings, entertained tho audience foi a full hour, and w as followed by Mr Varley, who spoke at length on the general principles of tcmpciance Mi Burt then carno foiwaid, and, aftu upolo¿ising foi tho disappointment which he felt assuied tho mooting experienced from the non appuirunco of tho appointed bncakor ontered hugely into the objects of [theil societj, and the gi cat importance of thoir principles bung universally adopted -as lie was sure, in tho pi evidential order ot things thej would cvcntuiilly bo Mi Bints ideas w oio dcoldedl) good, but coitainly woio ho to modulate his voieo, and not bo so hu tous in his utterance of wouls.tho bonciicial ollects of his speeches would bo more salutaiy
A PETTY THEFT. - Robert Day was brought up at the the Court yesterday, charged by Jonas Prior, of North Melbourne, with having made away with one of his chickens on Monday. The complainant stated that he saw the prisoner call his chickens into his yard and feed them, after which he seized one and took it into his house. He went immediately for it, but found he had killed it, and was preparing it for the oven. Day was fined £5, or in default one
NEGLECTING THEIE HORSES. - Boberfc Claike, a driver of an omnibus, was brought
«p at the City Court on Saturday, charged ! -with neglect of his horses. Thoy had started fiom the Bull and Mouth, Bourke-street, on Friday evening, ttbilo two females wero'in, ran up the street, and in turning into Swaa
bton-street had capsized the omnibus. No I aérions injury was done to the females, how- i ever, whom he aftciwards took to their homos
at St. Kilda. Clarke stated that tho horses started while he was lighting his lamps, and lie made every exertion to arrest thom. Ho was discharged.-John M'Kaicha confessed to having neglected his boise, and was fined 10s. THE NEW WESLEYAN CHURCH, BELFAST. On Tuesday last, the interesting ceremonial of laying the foundation-stone of this building took place on the reserve in James street. At the hour appointed a goodly number of spectators assembled to witness the proceed- ings. Shortly after two o'clock the minister, the Rev. R. Hart, commenced the service by singing, followed by prayer and reading an
appropriate portion of scripture. W. Witton, Esq., one of the oldest members in the place, then deposited in a cavity under the foun-
dation-stone a sealed bottle, containing the Belfast Gazette and Banner of the week, and an
inscription, of which the following is a copy : -"The foundation-stone of James street Wesleyan Church, Belfast, laid by William Witton, Esq., on Tuesday, August 21,1855. Minister, Rev. R. Hart; chairman of the dis- trict, Rev. D. J. Draper; president of the Con- ference; Rev. W. B. Boyce: building com- mittee, Messrs. Tillotson, McMahon, Bellett, Cole, and Scott; treasurer, W. W. Watson, Esq. ; secretary, W. N. Hosking, Esq. ; contractors, Messrs. Barnes, McGut, and Trevaskis." The stone was then laid with the usual formali- ties. Mr. Witton then delivered an address, in which he gave some very curious statistical facts, illustrating the progress and activity of the Wesleyan body. When, fifteen years since, he landed in Melbourne, the total number of that communion amounted to five ; at the present time they number 18 chapels, 31 other places of worship, 9 preachers, 109 local ditto, 1200 church members, and 12,190 regular at- tendants! The treasurer, W.W. Watson, Esq., and the secretary W. N. Hosking, Esq., then severally addressed the meeting, expres- sing their great satisfaction with the event of the day, and congratulating the society and the public on the cheering indications of pros- perity afforded by the prospect of erecting a building commodious for worship and orna- mental to the town. After singing the doxo- logy, and the benediction being pronounced, the meeting separated. We heartily add our
congratulations to our brethren in thus at last having a central point of union in the district, and trust it will be but the com- mencement of a long course of usefulness. We observe that great exertions are being made in the day and sabbath schools, the
latter numbering above seventy children.-
PETTY. THFFTS. - Samuel Walker, re- manded from Friday, at which time he was
charged with stealing a piece of beef from the shop of Eastern and Bennett, Little Collins street, was brought up at the City Court on Monday. He had stated to the Mayor that he had taken the meat from want, and inquiries were directed to be made concerning him. The constable now stated that he owned a house and land at Collingwood, and his theft could only be accounted for upon the
ground of drink, to which he had given way latterly. He was sent to gaol for one month. - John Burns, also remanded from the same day, received a similar sentence. He was charged by the barman, John Weaver, of the Yarra Hotel, Flinders-street, with robbing
one Frederick Cameron of 5s., at that house, on Thursday night last.
DRUNKARDS. - There were twenty-five persons brought up at the City Court on Mon- day, charged with drunkenness. They were fined 10s. each, with the exception of John Fidler. This person stated that on Saturday
evening he accosted a policeman in Swanston street, and asked if he had seen his son, a lad,
whom he described to him, and from whom
he had been separated but a few minutes. The constable replied he could take him to
where he was, and accordingly took him to
the watchhouse, and locked him up. He denied being drunk, and wished the keeper to be called. He was discharged.
THE OVENS DIGGINGS. - The new rush
near Dillon's restaurant, on the Three-Mile, has attracted a tolerable number of people, and a great many holes are being put down. As yet it would be premature to give any
opinion of the yield, but expectation seems to
run high. One ounce hass been taken in a prospect at this place. Near Wallace's Hotel a party obtained seventeen ounce, on Wed- nesday last, and the ground in this direction is pretty well taken up. Several miners on
the Three-Mile are dissatisfied with the size of their claims, and intend to apply to the Local Court to have the claims on the creek extended to the size of those on the Woolshed Creek. We are informed that one party have been working a claim extending 200 yards along the creek for a period of nearly two years, and that up to the present time they have not been interfered with. We hear it is no unusual thing for this party to divide one pound weight of gold per man at the close of the week's work. Nothing new has occurred at the Woolshed, although these diggings continue to maintain a renumerative yield.
A new hotel has been opened during the week, and accommodation houses are increas- ing in number. - Ovens and Murray Advertiser.
GEELONG AND BALLAARAT ELECTRIC TELE- GRAPH. - We are now in a position to an- nounce that the Government have granted the Company an eligible site of ground in Malop-street, contiguous to the Dam, for a town station ; and have guaranteed a bequest, for a similar purpose, on the township of Ballaarat. The estimated cost for the com-
pletion of the line is between five and six thousand pounds ; and there are to be 1000
shares offered to the public, at £10 per share, to raise this capital. The anticipated profits are calculated at from 20 to 30 per cent. The line will lead along the Government road from the chief town station on to Ballaarat, a dis- tance of about 60 miles ; the poles being placed at a distance of 58 yards, or thereabouts, apart
from each other, and laid down at the figure of from thirty to thirty-three to a mile. The
Government have already promised to pay for their messages, and to indemnify the share- holders in the event of monopolising the telegraph line. The length of time which will elapse in the transit of communication between Geelong and Ballaarat by this me dium will be something like fifty seconds, or a minute at the longest. We have heard some casuists question the benefits to ensue from this undertaking ; but, viewing it as a gigantic scheme of public importance rather than one open to private speculation, we pre- sume that the obvious and anticipated advan- tages to result from such a line are incalculable. In fact, one of our most wealthy merchants declared only a day or two ago that he would have almost given anything for the means of a rapid communication at the earlier part of the week with Ballaarat : and, seeing that the press already defrays the incidental expenses of the Queens- cliffe Telegraph, we opine that the rising im- portance of Ballaarat, as an inland township, - a township which, we understand, will shortly issue a daily paper, and the commer- cial and trading interests of Geelong, will merit and command for the un- dertaking a most remunerative success. In the event of any mercantile firm or business establishment negotiating for a permanent use of the line, we are authorised to state, that the same rate of discount upon all messages will be allowed by the company as is now placed to the credit of the press on contemporary routes. The amended pros pectus has been drawn up, but, owing to a de
lay in the receipt of an expected communica- tion from the Colonial Government, its pub- lication has been advisedly and prudently postponed. - Weekly Observer.
ROBBERY. - Between eleven and twelve o'clock on Monday night the constable on duty in Bourke-street was called by a man, who stated he had been robbed in a house in a right-of-way near by. On proceed ing to the house they found a girl, Catherine Johnston, whom the man at once identified as the person who had taken from him a purse containing £14 in notes. The girl denied all knowledge of the man or the money ; ne- vertheless the constable took her into cus- tody, and on the way to the lock-up she gave up both purse and money. On being brought up at the City Court yesterday, the complain- ant stated that his name was William Buck- nel, a laborer, and that he had met the pri sonor in Bourke-street. Johnston was com- mitted for trial.
ACTS OF COUNCIL. - Tho following acts of Council have been confirmed : - " An Act to Make Compulsory the Practice of Vaccina- tion." "An Act for the Well-Ordering of Com- mon Lodging Houses in the Colony of Vic- toria." Private Act.-" An Act to Enable the City of Melbourne Gas and Coke Company to Increase the Capital of the said Company to the sum of One Hundred Thousand Pounds, to
be raised by the issue of Six Thousand SHARES of Ton Pounds each.
CARELESS DRIVING. - John Purcell was fined 20s. for this offence at the City Court yesterday.
NORTH BOURKE ELECTION. - The follow ing localities have been proclaimed additional polling places under the act : - Bulla Bulla, East Collingwood, Gisborne, Keilor, Kinlo chewe, Pentridge, Upper Plenty, Williams
LEASE OF A SITE AT SANDHURST FOR A WEIGHBRIDGE. - It is notified in the Gazette that a lease for twelve months of the proposed site for constructing a weighbridge at Sand hurst will be put up for sale by public auc
tion, at the Criterion Hotel, Sandhurst, at eleven o'clock on Thursday, the 4th day of October next, at an upset price of £50 per acre. The conditions of sale, with a plan, may be seen at the Survey Office, Sandhurst, and at the Surveyor-Generals office, Mel-
CHARGE OF EMBEZZLEMENT. - Two so licitors of the Supreme Court, partners, ap- peared at the City Court yesterday, - one, Mr. Hoskins, charging the other, Mr. Pearson, with embezzlement in September last, at which time he was acting in the capacity of clerk to him. There were two separate charges, which were : that Pearson had trans- acted business for two clients, from one of whom be received a gold watch and chain, and from the other a cheque for £5, neither of which he had ever accounted for to his part- ner. Mr. Chapman appeared for the com plainantt, and Mr. Cope for the accused. The
hearing of the case commenced at one o'clock, and at half-past four the magistrates of the City Bench, Messrs. Sturt and Noel, declared there was no case, and the accused was dis-
EMERALD HILL PETTY SESSIONS. - The Local Court for the municipal district of Emerald Hill, was opened on Monday last, at nine o'clock. Both on that occasion and yes- terday (Tuesday) there were several cases brought before the sitting magistrate, Mr. Service, but were not of sufficient interest to be worth reporting. Mr. McCulloch has been appointed by the Government to be the Clerk of Petty Sessions for this district.
MATCH. - A match of £100 a-side was made yesterday between Mr. Stevens's b.m. I Want It," and Mr. McCandlish's g. g. "Arab," to come off on the morning of the 7th of November, the first day of the Melbourne Spring Meeting. The weights are 9st. 6lbs.,
and the distance three miles, one heat. " I Want It" was the winner of the Queen's purse at the Annual Meeting.
RULES OF THE SUPREME COURT. - The fol- lowing new rules of the Supreme Court have been allowed by her Majesty :-Rcgulse Gene rales, dated the 4th day of December, 1854, repealing Nos. 7,19, and 22 of chapter IV., and substituting other rules in lieu thereof.
NEW MUNICIPALITY. - A number of the inhabitants of Ballaarat have petitioned the Governor to establish a new municipality in that district.
GOLD-EXTRACTING MACHINE. - Mr. James Frederick Barton has applied for letters patent for a new machine for extract- ing gold from auriferous earth by a blast of air, and without water or mercury.
INQUEST. - An inquest was held yester day, before Richard Youl, Esq., coroner, upon view of the body of a man, apparently that of a laborer, aged about forty-five years, found by John Gilmore in the watercloset of his premises, Arden-street, North Melbourne, on Monday morning. The body was hanging by the neck from the rafters. Verdict - " The man, name unknown, committed suicide by hanging himself; but there is no evidence before the jury as to his state of mind when committing the act."
SACRILEGE. - On Friday night last, and on Monday night again, the charity boxes of the St. Francis's Cathedral, Lonsdale-street, were stolen from near the altar. Both boxes contained contributions deposited for cha- ritable purposes.
NEW APPOINTMENTS. - The following gen- tlemen have received appointments: - Septi-
mus Martin, Esq., Deputy Returning Officer for the Electoral District of North Bourke ; Mr. James Coffin, Clerk of Petty Sessions for the Electoral District of Castlemaine ; Brice Frederick Bunny, Barrister-at-Law, to be the Certifying Barrister of Friendly Societies, under the act of Council, 5 Victoiaa, 41 ; John Lascelles, Esq., to be the Registrar of Friendly Societies ; Christopher George Plunkett, Esq., to be Registrar of the County Court for the District of Sandhurst, and Mr. Alfred Denham to bo Poundkeepor at the Leigh.
BALLAARAT. - Mining operations are carried on with great spirit of late, and gene rally with good results. The rush towards Magpie has rather fallen off, though good yields are far from rare ; it is expected that when some of those who lately went there get down there will be a new rush. Several minor rushes are reported to all parts of this field, and, from all that l can gather, with tolerable success. There is a great disposition of late to secure extended claims on the
old lines ; the area of a claim on such places is always double that on maiden ground, and not limited to any number of men, as some of the claims are, - say 100 to 50 feet, and as the reefs in the olden time were not worked, many are now doing fully as well as when the gutter only was looked after. The Chinese Protector is looking after his "subjects" here very attentively; he is enforcing cleanliness, gathering them into villages, &c. He estimates that there are 4000 of them in this district, including Cres- wick, Smyth's Creek, &c. I understand that there is to be a grand gathering of resident wardens and Chinese protec- tors at Castlemaine immediately, to compare notes and make suggestions " for the better management of the gold-fields." Another fire has quickly followed on the heels of the one on Bakery Hill, which an evening or two ago terminated so fatally. About eight o'clock last night a refreshment tent or boarding house, kept by a Welshman, on the main road, was reported to be in flames : fortunately the night was remarkably calm, else the damage would have been more serious. As it was the light breeze proved sufficient to carry the flames to the two stores to the westward of the Welshman's tent, and in a few minutes the three places were a heap of ruins. The second and third stores were the A 1 (Pole's), and the Original Bee-Hive. The loss must have been considerable, but I have not been able to hear the amount. Various accounts are in circu- lation as to the origin of the fire, some attri- buting it to the overthrow of a naptha lamp, others to the contact of a stove pipe with the canvass roof, but nothing definite is yet known. The late fires should lead to greater caution in future among the dwellers in tents, for if such things happen when the wind is high, or during the summer months, there would be a fearful sacrifice of property. As it is, it is nearly time that there was some step taken to get a fire-engine, for in the late case it was lamentable to see the misdirected energy which was brought into play to pro- cure a few buckets of water. I did not hear of any accident to those engaged in extin- guishing the fire. - Correspondent Geelong Ad-
THE MOUNT ALEXANDER DIGGINGS. The following are items of intelligence to the 29th ult. :-At Mount Franklyn the heavy rains here have in some degree retarded mining operations. About 400 persons have left for Kangaroo Hill. At Wombat, several parties have been successful. The quartz-reefs, both there and at Yandoit, are paying very well. The engine at Wombat is at work. At the Bald Hill, and about Egan's Station, the miners are doing well, and fresh ground con- stantly opening out. Several parties are now sinking on the race-course. Population, 2800, healthy . - At Fryer's Creek the population has increased 400 mon. The yield of gold con- tinues good from Kangaroo Hill. Some of the holes bottomed on the crown of the hill have not struck the lead ; this has caused a slight reaction, but many are still arriving. Another part of the hill, soft sinking, has been rushed, the yield from which has been very great. The hill opposite Kangaroo has been opened, and gold to satisfy the miners found. The hills in the direction of Jim Crow are being prospected by numbers. A police station is very much required at Kangaroo. Very little is doing just now at Golden Point. - On my visit there this weak I looked at the quartz claims which have been granted to those parties who applied to the Local Court. - On Barker's Creek the population at the new rush has increased to upwards of 1000, and the ground continues to yield satis- factorily, especially the surfacing. - At Tarrengower quartz-crushing appears prin- cipally to occupy the attention of the miners, the principal gullies being too wet for working. - The diggings at Muckle- ford are nearly deserted, the inhabitants numbering barely 200. - There is not much going on in the neighborhood of Castlemaine, with the exception of a slight rush in the upper part of Moonlight Gully. -Mount
NEW PUIILICATION.-A Medical Journal
is about to bo established, under tho dirootlon of the A'ietoria Medical Society, to be called the ' Australian Medical Quarterly Journal." It is expected that the project will receive also the support of the profession in Um other colonies. A spc-ciul meeting of Uni so- ciety wil b« hold at tho Hospital to-morrow,
to couwdor tho subject. . ? }
VICTORIA VOLUNTEER EIPLE BEGU MENT. - The Emerald "Hill Company. No. 4, of this regiment, hold an enrol- ment supper at the Marco Polo Hotel, Emerald Hill, this evening, at nina o'clock precisely. "" It' is .confidentlyfijcpeotci "thatrtne company, will bo nearly ulled, from
theinterest that is generally manifested ia ' this locality. Lieutr-Colonçl Andcrsoti, Major Hodgson, Captain Holland, and the Chairman of the Emerald Hill municipality, are tha guests of the evening.
" TUE ILLUSTRATED MELBOURNE FAKILÏ NEWS."-The first number of a new hebdoina-< dal bearing this title has appeared. The prin- cipal illustration ropicsents the uniform of the Victoria Volunteer Rifle Regiment, as it appeal's on two stalwart volunteers. Tha other illustrations are few in number, though, as specimens of art, highly creditable. There is not much reading matter as yet, but ^should the experiment succeed, the proprietors will doubtless bo more liberal.
WELSEVAN' SOCIETY, CASTLEMAINE.-A public tea meeting was held in the Wcsloyau chapel on Monday evening, the original ob- ject of which was to gather funds for clearing off a debt of £200 on the mission-house, but it was subsequently determined to devote tho proceeds to the erection of anew placo of wor bhip, the piesent building being altogether: inadequate for the purposes of the congrega- tion. Alex. S. Palmer, Esq., in opening tha business of the meeting, expressed his approval of tea meetings, as a form of association which exercised a valuable social influence, enabling members of the community to become ac -quaintcd with each other, and promoting among them a spirit of cordiality and Chris- tian fellowship. He had great faith |in tho prosperity of Castlemaine, and nothing would contribute to it moie effectual!)' than a kindly co-operation of the inhabitants in- works of a religious and benevolent character. (Hear.) The main object of the meeting ori- ginally was to pay off the debt of the mission house, but it had been thought advisable to modify that intention, and undertake a largec work-namely, the erection of a new chapel. (Hear.) He hoped the effort would be success- ful. So far'as his experience had gone/he liai never found the Wcsleyans behind other reli- gious bodies in their work of evangelisation. At Bendigo their chapel was the handsomest; structure on the gold-fields, and the debt upon it was merely nominal. At the Oven« they were the only body who had a place of worship of their own; and the building", which was far superior to the chupel in this township, had been got up without- nuioU effort. He sincerely trusted they -' might bo equally successful here. (Applause.) 'The meeting was then addressed by tho ltevds. W. P. Wells, Boots, Dyson and Young', and Messrs. Mendhnm and Britton, each of? whom made a lew pertinent observations. The Rev. D. J. Draper eloquently enlarged on topics arising out of the special object of the meeting, ancf concluded a highly interesting speech by mentioning that his desire was ta . see erected a neat and substantial structure,,
in the Gothic style, callable of holding about 300 persons, the probable cost of which would be about £1200. A large proportion of that sum, he believed, might bo raised by. extra- neous aid, and ho appealed to the meeting to como toward and assist in furthering tho completion of the proposed building. -A sub- scription was then entered into for £1 shares, and we believe nearly £200 was in this maii ' nor seemed-one gentleman promising a sow . and litter of seven pigs, at the end of three or
six months, as the committee might deter- mine.-Abridged from Mount Alexander Mail.
STEALING Pisn.-John Williams, wlia has often made his appearance at the City .- Court on various charges of petty thefts, was
brought up yesterday, having been caught on Monday walking off with a uno salmon from . the shop of Mr. Coleman, Flinders-street. Ho
had come in, and inquired of the shopman, Edwaid Keilor, the prices of the fish, selected one of the best, and, while the attention of the shopman was called to another customer, seized it und ran off. The shopman, however, was too fast for bim, and captured bim beforo he was twenty yards from the place. Wil- liams was sent to gaol for fourteen days.
MELBOURNE PASTORAL PROTECTION So CIETV.-The ninth meeting of tho Pastoral Protection Society was held on the 30tlt August, at their rooms in Collins-street ; present : Messrs. nerve)', Cruikshank, Molli- son, C. Campbell, Urquhart, Goodman, W Forlonge, and Lloyd Jones. A letter from Mr. Fairbairn, from Harrow, was read, and the .Secretary was instructed to acknowledge re- ceipt of the same, and to say no copy of tha resolution said to have been passed at a moat- ing held at Harrow on the 15th instant had " been received by the committee, The trea-
surer reported that the subscriptions to tho present date amounted to £(>145, and it was; resolved that the list of subscribers be pub- lished. The solicitor was present, and tha
case foi- counsel prepared by him was care- * fully read over, and unanimously approved of; he was instructed to place the same beforo counsel forthwith. The solicitor was directed to retain Mr. Travers Adamson ns additional counsel.-JScar's Weekly Circular.
BATHER Too CLOSE.-Mrs. Mansfield, of Argyle-square, appeared at the City Court yesterday and made the following complaint : She was the owner of a piece of ground on which she had given John Francis permission to erect a tent. Last week he had fenced in his portion witli a six-feet close fence, which "shut her out from all the conveniences of hoc own house. When remonstrated with, h» refused to remove it, and she had accordingly
summoned him for the offences. Francis wa,* ordered to take it away at once.
ASSAULT.-Samuel Cutts appeared at the City Court on Monday, and mado the fol- lowing complaint :-On Saturday he went to the house of Edward Johnson, for payment of an account. Mis. Johnson asked bim in, and . Baili her husband would bo home presently.
Johnson soon after came in, and being told Cutts's business, said he would settle with him, at once. On this he took off his coat, and assaulted the complainant, pushing him out into the street. Johnson was ordered to pay the amount due, and the costs of the action.
HUSBAND AND WIFE.-John Kruco waa complained of at the City Court yesterday» by his wife, for brutally ill-treating her on Saturday last. The complainant lives with her four children at Emerald Hill. She was
manied twelve years aço, but separated from, her husband one year since. He bos allowed her £2 per week, and she now resides in n house with one Mr. Jarginson. (This Jar Íanson was sent to gaol for ouc month at hard abor, on Friday last, for assaulting Kruce, who had called to see his wife on business.) The defence was that tho charge was ii tiumped-up one, in revenge for Jarginson's punishment. The husband, it was conceded, was at the house on Saturday, but he ill treated her no further than to soundly rata her for her conduct. Tho wife, however, pro- tested she was in fear of her life, of those of her children, and insisted on Kruce's being hound to keep the peace. He was accordingly hound in tho sum of £50 so to do for tho next