We can but regard it as a pleasing feature in our colo nial advancement that scholastic institutions are rising into existence of a character answerable to the wants of the population ; so that gentlemen of capital and others
n competent estate need no longer be deterred from emigrating to our highly favoured countiy, by the consideration of its affording no adequate means of sducating their families in a manner suitable to their josition in society. Nor are our leading families, or o«ir numerous thriving men of business now driven to the supposed necessity of expatriating their children for several years, in order to secure for them those sound \nd liberal educational advantages which are equally essential to their individual well-being, and the main tenance of their social and public relations. We lately reported the opening of the Pulteney street School, which offers the elements of a plain useful education to ill such are placed in circumstances that render economy mdispensable. Last wtek we gave a highly satisfactory report of the examination of the scholars in the Church af England Collegiate School, in which the high charac ter and standing of that institution are sufficiently indi cated. Private schools also of a highly respectable charac teraie rising into being with a fair prospect of stable existence, and though, in the educational as well as every other department, we deprecate that maddening spirit of competition which almost annihilates profits, and causes those energies intended to be expended in free thinking and in calm andpleasuiablethough.it may be, laborious exertion, to be consumed in the struggle for little more than mere animal existence, we can but think that a moderate portion of wholesome competition, even among teachers of high moral princi ple will be found advantageous to the public. The scholars at Hill House School, Montefiore, North Ade laide, conducted by Mr E. W. Wickes, many years master of Hill House School, Thrapston, Northampton shire, were not, on this occasion of breaking up, sub mitted to a public examination, but (as we are informed by a gentleman who was present ) on the day previous to the close of the session, last Friday afternoon, they held a recitation, at which a considerable number of their patents and friends were present. The principal piece recited was 'Joseph,' a sacred drama of three thousand lines, in which the principal characters were personated by Masters A. O'Hea, Wakeling, Giles, J. O'Hea, Sanders. Peacock, Fooks, Tennanr, Turner, Randall, and Hall ; some of the first-mentioned recited several hundred lines, which were in most instances spoken with a degree of spirit, a distinctness of enun ciation, and a propriety of emphasis and intonation, which indicate opening intelligence and afford encour aging promise of the future, and clearly shew the effec tive character of the training process to which the youths oi this establishment are subjected ; though, in the opinion of our informant, for a first attempt of this kind, the selection of a shorter piece would have been advisable. Several lighter pieces, moral and humorous, by Masters Fleming, J. Richardson, G. Richardson, Auld, Stevens, Grover, and others were also recited, which, taking into account the extreme juvenility of some of the speakers, were considered equally creditable. The whole was closed by singing ' God save the Queen,'' in which the company joined ; when, after a slight regalement of cake and wine, and a round of hearty
enters, we snaues or evening inreaiemng to encompass them, the pupils separated. On the 20th inst. tht pupils receiving instruction at the North Adelaide Academy of Messrs Berjew and Barford, numbering, with the young ladies of M rs Ber jew's establishment, no fewer than one hundred and eighteen, separated for the Midwinter holidays. Pre vious to their dismissal, they assembled in the school room, where they were regaled with a bountiful supply of tea and cake in the presence of many visitors. Peter Cumming, Esq., who kindly presided, addressed the children of both sexes in appropriate terms, and spe cially commended the proper familiarity and kindly feeling which evidently subsisted between them and their assiduous and talented instructors. He then as sured them of the benefits and advantages which they might hope to derive in after life from a diligent atten tion to their studies and exercises whilst at school. The word 'exercises' puts us in mind of numerous copy books whicn we saw, subscribed by the names of some of the young learners now in vacation; and we are bound to say we never remember to have seen such spe cimens of penmanship from hands so juvenile. The performance of one little boy, scarcely beyond seven years of age, whose name we do not happen to remem ber, was indeed most surprising. After the kind and complimentary address of Mr Cumming had been suitably acknowledged by Mr Berjew, that gentleman requested the children to sing the ' Evening Hymn,' which they did in ' cheerful and melodious strain,' and were then permitted to retire to the playground, where the ' breaking-up' was completed amidst squibs and crackers, and a mirth somewhat more boislerous than ' wreathed smiles.' The friends of the temperance movement will be pleased to learn that a ' tent' of the Independant order of Recha bites, has been established here under favorable circum stances. On Monday last, a meeting took place at Brother Clutterbuck's Coffee rooms, Light-square, when the Delegate from Van Diemen's Land produced his credentials, and proceeded to establish the ' Southern Star Tent,' initiating thirteen Brothers, and it is ex pected that the majority of the members of the Adelaide Total Abstinence Society will join the praiseworthy fra ternity which takes the abstemious Jonadab the son of Rechab for its model. The weekly Meeting of the Committee of the Library and Mechanic's Institute took place last night, whereat twenty new members were admitted, It was stated that the enlarged Library is now classified, the volumes ar ranged and numbered in consonance with the Catalogue, and that the reissue of the books adapted for circulation will commence to-morrow. The building fund was re presented to be in a decidedly flourishing state. Four bushrangers, who murdered a policeman sent to apprehend them, and who are supposed to have taken
reiuge on our souin Western coast, effected their escape from the Van Diemen's Land dependencies through the instrumentality of Captain Mann of the American whaler Barclay, which left Hobart Town on the 15th May. On touching at an Island in Bass's Straits, where the desperadoes awaited the means of final escape from the sphere of their atrocities, the Captain went on shore and had some conversation with the marauders, and not withstanding he was informed by others that the men were runaway convicts, he took them on board his vessel, and started, as was thought, for Kangaroo Island. The Van Diemen's Land authorities lost no time in despatch ing officers to this colony in pursuit, who are addition ally armed with power from the American Consul in Hobart Town to arrest the Captain of the vessel also, should they fall in with him. Every assistance has been given by our police and we hope shortly to be able to announce the capture of the murderers, and the punish ment of one who has guiltily assisted them to elude the pursuit of justice. The Commissioner of Police returned from Kangaroo Island, last week, but the police who accompanied him have been sent on to Port Lincoln, where it is thought they may succeed in making the intended capture. A private match came off on Thursday morning last, on the Race-course, for £25 a-side, distance one mile, between Mr Broadstock's ' Russell,' and Mr Roberts's grey colt, by 'Van Tromp.' The grey took the lead, and maintained it throughout, winning by about two lengths. Both horses were severely punished. A meeting of the butchers of Adelaide was held last night, at the ' White Horse,' Currie-street, to take into consideration the propriety of petitioning the Legislative Council for permission to continue, as heretofore, the slaughtering of sheep, pigs, calves, &c, on their own premises, subject to ths supervision of the police. Mr Wear in the Chair. The Chairman read the Memorial lately ptesented to the Council against the slaughtering of sheep, pigs, &c, &c. within the bounds of the city, and commented on certain false statements in the Memoral alluded to. He went on to say that the pro posed measure would not only entail considerable an noyance to the trade, but would materially enhance the
price of animal food to the consumers. In summer time in particular, the meat killed at a distance would not be marketable on its arrival in town. To the small traders especially, it would be ruinous to compel them to slaughter the lesser animals at a distance Beef, it was well known to the trade, could be removed with safety in carts or by other means, but every man in the trade must confess that veal and some other meats would not bear removal. In fact the greatest care was necessary to convey the meat to customers direct from the place at which it is killed during the hot weather. Mr Fiveash said he had no doubt that a Memorial addressed to the Council, containing a fair representa tion of the possibility of remedying the grievance com plained of, by acting under the existing law, and also setting forth the oppressive operation of the proposed measure, would have the desired effect. He recom mended the adoption of covered carts for the removal of the solid matter, and the construction of cess-pools to carry off the fluids from the slaughter-houses Mr Foster would be glad if he was a member of a society of butchers, but as it was, he rose as one of the trade, to make a few observations. He agreed with the Chair man as to the impossibility of bringing meat from a distance during hot weather, and proposed that a com mittee be appointed to prepare a petition to be pre sented to the Council on the subject. The motion was seconded by Mr McBean, and carried unanimously. The following volunteer committee men, namely, Wil liam Wear, Thomas Chalk, James Corney, Robert Fos ter, Charles Wadey, John Sanders, and Richard Saun ders were appointed.