[FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT.]
THE weather for tbe last few days has been very hot, so that our roads are now quite dry again, and the meadows freed from the surplus water once more, shine forth in all their luxuriant emerald brightness.
All that is now required will be seed wheat and pota-
toes to renovate the broken hopes of the agriculturist. I also think, that tbe local committee here should provide working bullocks to those who have lost their all. This will be rendering a good chance to the ruined farmer to improve his prospect, and start him on the briary road of expec- tation. Great praise is due to "a benevolent commu- nity " for so nobly coming forward to assist their surffer- ing brothers in misfortune. Shoalhaven was ever ready with purse and voice " in a good cause," and it is a source of much gratification to the people here that such expeditious steps should be taken for their relief. Such sympathy and benevolence will ever live in the grateful recollection of a generous though unfortunate people.
The Coorang diggings, about forty-five miles from here, have turned out a complete failure, but I have no doubt, very shortly, that nearer diggings will be dis-
covered. Mr. Moss, the gentleman who discovered the- line of road to Goulburn, from Shoalhaven navigation, is prospecting in the gullies, and from the nature of the country he is exploring, I have no doubt, that a very extensive payable gold-field will be discovered. As soon as he, returns, I will inform you the full par-
I perceive several farms and town lots in Nowra are proclaimed to be sold in April, The farms are situated, near Parma, about ten miles from the river bank. Some of the lots are wall worth purchasing, and I suppose, owing to the numerous applications for land, will realise a high figure. To tradesmen and others, requiring se- cure homes above the reach of floods, this land aale offers a good inducement to purchase.
Several applications have been made for the measure- ment of land at Boogong, on the new Goulburn road. I hope no delay will be occasioned in the survey of same. If the land at Brown's Mountain was measured in fifty acre lots it would meet with ready sale. Brown's Mountain is about two miles from the Shoalhaven river, between land belonging to Mr, Berry and the Good Dog Range. The good land extends for a considerable di- stance, it skirts the new Goulburn road, and is of very superior quality. From the end of the measurements at Good Dog to Brown's Mountain there are thousands of acres of splendid land extending to the table land, and well watered. There is also an immense extent of available land between Osborne's purchase at the Kangaroo Ground, and the head of Broughton Creek, within ten and twelve miles of navigation. The Surveyor-General can find plenty to do for licensed surveyors in this dis- trict, and if the great extent of land here-the good land is measured, it would greatly add to the public treasury. I hope the Surveyor-General, who has always manifestad a desire to study the public interest, will at once oom- mence in earnest to " unlock the available lands of Shoal-
With great joy we hail the return of tbe present Ministry to power, and hope a liberal Land Bill of some kind will pass the Assembly, for the future benefit of the
This morning, Tuesday, tbe rain has again commenced and from the appearance of the surrounding atmosphere we may expect it to continue for several days. It has tbe look of a general rain throughout the colony. What a contrast to the few days previous bot weather! The climate here is very capricious.
A public meeting was held at the Royal Hotel yester- day (Monday), called pursuant to requisition, by the Mayor, who presided, for the purpose of giving the pub- lic an opportunity of expressing an opinion on the superior advantages possessed by the newly discovered line of road from Shoalhaven to Braidwood, via Sassa- fras Range, over the present old road in existence. The following resolutions were passed :
Proposed by Alderman Moss, and seconded by Mr. C. Flyn-"That this meeting is of opinion that, they, hav- ing the utmost confidence in Mr. Rowland, as a profes- sional surveyor, he could not possibly have suffcient time to thoroughly examine the existing and proposed lines of road between Shoalhaven and Braidwood, his time having been limited to three days, and therefore recommend a re-examination of the road and proposed
Proposed by Alderman MoGuire, and seconded by Mr Patrick Ryan-" That it is the opinion of this meeting that the new line of road to Braidwood, via Sassafras and New Gap, discovered by Mr. C. Flyn, is the nearest practicable route, having been approved of by Dr. Ald- corn and several other gentlemen, who accompaniad Mr C. Flyn and inspected the said road ; and that the Sur- veyor General be respectfully requested to authorise Mr. J. L. Biddulph, licensed surveyor, now in this district, accompanied by Mr. Flyn, to examine and report on said road, as from Mr, Flyn's long experience and bush knowledge of this part of the country, his assistance will be of the greatest importance in marking a direct practicable line from the Sassafras to Braid wood, and in improving, by several miles, the present
road from Nowra to the Ssssafras."
Proposed by Dr. G. U. Alley, and seoonded by Mr.
Dogherty-" That to place or leave any portion of the
public revenue in the hands of an irresponsible body, for making and repairing roads and bridges, or for any other purpose of local improvement, is in positive opposition to, and in abrogation of the spirit, meaning, and intent of the District Councils Act, and directly tends to invite, promote, and perpetuate that spirit of vexatious opposition to the law, as enacted by that Act , and to the public welfare so conspicuous in the district, besides creating that antagonism and jealousy between the nominee and the elective body so detrimental to local interests and general improvements which prominently tend to create and foster party and selfish feeling, and distrust in the wisdom and policy of
Moved by Mr. Cozer, and seconded by Mr. McMahon -"That a-copy of the resolutions be transmitted to the member for the district, accompanied by an explanatory letter, with a request that he will support the views set
forth in said resolutions."
Mr. C. Flyn then gave his opinion of the new line of
road which branches off at the Sassafras Range to Braid- wood, and stated that this line will shorten the distance from that part to Braidwood by seven miles, and that he could take 30 cwt. on a dray from the Sassafras along the new road to the top of the Gap ; and that the Gap could be made practicable for £250. He offered wil- lingly to accompany any surveyor without emolument. He stated that the present old road from the Sassafras passes through what is called " The Devil's Pinch,"
which is a terror to the bullock-driver.
The Chairman corroborated Mr. Flyn's statement as to the goodness of the new line, and the practicability of the Gap.
The meeting, after a vote of thanks to tba Chairman, then separated.