NORTHERN MAIL NEWS.
The Norman Chronicle has received a lengthy letter from a correspondent at the Buchanan River, in the Northern Territory of South Australia, from which it appears stock are being sent to the south for sale. The writer says :-" Mr. John J. Roberts, of Brunette Downs Station, has started over 1200 bullocks to the Southern markets. They go to Boulia for orders, and travel in two mobs-400 of them being prime fats. This is the third mob that has left this district, two having been drafted from a neighbouring station lost year. Cresswell Downs and Corella Downs are about to muster bullocks for tho south.-A wonderful-looking crater of a burning mountain has been discovered on Cresswell Downs, but as it is on a level plain, and has a little creek running into it, you cannot call it a mountain. It covers an acre or two, and is over 60 ft. deep (perpendicular)."
Some idea of the force of the cyclone which recently visited Burketown may be gathered from the fact that by ten o'clock at night (or
nine hours after the wind commenced to blow strongly) every house in the town was either blown down or unroofed excepting the resi- dence of the Custom House Officer and the Barracks.
A telegram of the 28th of March says : " A fatal fighting affray occurred at Welcome Creek, forty miles up the railway line, on Saturday night. Two young men Robert Antliff, aged 21, and Benjamin Milton, 19, hod a dispute and started to fight. After several rounds Antliff said he had hurt his thumb and gave Milton best. He sat down to rest, but in five minutes was suddenly taken ill and expired immediately. The police at the Laura, twenty miles away, were communicated with, and a constable went over, discovered the nature of the proceedings and arrested Milton. The body was rapidly decomposing, and the constable buried lt at Welcome Creek. Milton was subsequently brought into town."
Since the flood of 1882 there has been no sacb rain in the district of Townsville as that which fell during Sunday night and early yesterday morniug, soys the Ila/letm of the 29th ultimo. The official gauge registered 5'30 in. for the twenty-four hours ending at 9 a.m. yesterday. All the gullies in the neighbourhood were converted into turbulent streams, while both the river and the creek were flooded.
Mr. Cholmondeley, honorary A.D.C. to the Hon. John Douglas, Commissioner foi British New Guinea, yesterday, the Standard of the 28th of March reports, took over from Mr. Wallace, the local Immigration Agent, sixty four Lousiade Islanders, who are to be re- turned to their homes. These islanders are f>art of the number whose engagements were nquired into by the late Royal Commission, but who declined to go home by the Victoria. They have, now, however, completed their term of service, and Mr. Cholmondelly i charged, on the part of the Government of the protectorate, to see them returned to their islands. They will be put on board the Truganini at Thursday Island, and taken straight on to the Louisiades. lt is probable that Mr. Douglas will accompany them on the
A requisition to the Mayor is in preparation, asking him to call a public meeting at an early date for the purpose of considering the question of the establishment of a School of Mines on Charters Towers.