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Devil's River, 20th March, 1856.

I have frequently observed in the columns of the Argus glowing accounts of the rise and progress of various townships and places throughout the different parts of the country, and this is so far praiseworthy as, in my opinion nothing enhances more the value of a neighborhood than to place it in its proper light before the public.

Our neat little township of Mansfield seems to be treated by its inhabitants and others around with silent respect, as none have yet ventured to say a word either in favor or against it ; perhaps there are reasons for this silence. I myself feel reluctant say much of a placo so very young how [ver.aflw woids, if it do no good, can do jut little harm. It is but little more than twelve months since the Government surveyed       and sold the land here, and it is surprising the quantity of land ahendy occupied and fast lang brought under cultivation The town thip itself is not progiessing so rapidly as the tnnounding noighboihood, notwithstanding it already can boast of a first rate inn, in full deration, two blacksmiths' shops, a tailor, Bid various stoickcepers and other liihabi unfs and last though not least, thiough Iheinstiumt-itahtj, energy and perseverance of Mr. James Walker, overseer for A. Chenery,

Esq., we have the handsome sum of £300 sub-

¡mbed for the pui nose of building a public slioolhouse.tho said schoolhouse also to answer

¿o purpose of a chinch for holding Divino

fcnicc on the Lord s Day The beauty of tho Hrroundmg neighborhood of Mansfield is far kyond mj ability to describe suffice it to say tot a gentleman who had travelled a gi eat deal in Europe said he had never met with ¡ich beautiful scenery If the tiavoller bo coining from Melbourne, on passing the sta ten of Messrs Highett and Govett he then tnters fine open country, undulating and dotted heie and there with honey Bieldo trees and other shrubs Passing a little fin tlici on he comes to the íesidcnco of A. Crockett, Esq, beautifully situated on the south bank of Ford's Creek, and not far from the township The land all round hero niery good, and well adapted for agnctil

total purposes. Mr. Crockett tells me that   te has this j ear sixty live to soventy Miels of oats per acre, also the wheat groivn on different farms has produced fine samples both foi quantity and quality The ?ad nf a steam flour mill being in tho course )f erection at Benalla will, I fancy, cause three times the quantity of land to lo brought undei cultivation this on sung jeai But hcic, Sir, I must not omit to mention a grievance which is loudly complained of by the ftnmers generally, aud, Illnnk not without reason, A number of cor second class squatters and overseers on patting stations make it a piactice of grow mgpioduco on Go\ernment land to supply the market, o\eisteppmg, as it were, tho pri- vilege that was granted to the squatters somo ware ago of giowing sufficient gram, &c, to supply their respective stations, at the same limo not to sell, under a penalty of £50 Qkso gcntiy howevei, can undersell the lorn fide farmer, as they can plough with tho teams belonging to the station, and in hko manner {,o through all the farming operations with the men on the establishment, thus enabling them to sell -very low, as what they can get is nearly all profit This

piactice ought to be stopped at once \

With legaid to oui gold fields I can say hut I bille not hnv ing been at any of them myself tat as fai as repoit goes the diggers aro find ing gold but whcthci m quantities to pay I cannothivj However, it is the opinion of Inonj that it only requires numbers of diggers, and they think that a gold field will bo ulti- mately discovered

lou will see by tho aâ\ orttsoment Hat our laces aie to come off shortly G teat spoit is expected Horses, I tor «re coming fiom all quarters Thero is to be a race dinnei on a largo scale , tickets, £1 2s It is to bo hoped that they Har pits off without any of thoso accidents Which sometimes happen at lace meetings, tndit would also bo cause for thankfulness

51 none of that biutiBh exhibition so disçraco M to the performeis may be indulged in-I illude to thi poiibrmancc nt the last racc Jnteting at Melton, when all the respectable people \me obliged to retne norn tho scene

I fear I have trespassed too much on your columns already, and will reserve my further thoughts for a future correspondence.