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PRINCE ALFRED IN VICTORIA.
. ^ ? THE VISIT TO HOPKINS-HILL, GHATSWORTH.
'Wo condonse the following from the report of' the Hamilton Spectator's special corre spondent : — .'The very short notice
given to Mr Moffatt as to the day on ' which the Prince wonld arrive' at Hop kins-hill, ren dered it impos sible for him to make ? such pre parations for the out e r t a i nment and amusement of his distin guished visitor and his own pri vate friends as ho would otherwise have done; but only those who biew what those intentions were «6uld miss any thing in the arrangements, which, so far .as the ' reception and comfort of the Prince is con cerned, were, I -can' assure yon, not only' magni- ficent; but posi tively princely. It must indeed have been a sub ject for wonder on the part of bis Royal High ness that a squat ter, who but a few years ago took np the keen blade of indus try and perse verance to carve out ?' his fortune, should at this day: possess not; only the means bnt the taste also to surround him self, with all the . comfort and ele gances of British life, on his own freehold in 'the ' bush of so young a colony as this. Although, ef «ourse,thePrince has' been accus tomed to hand some houses and costly appurten- ? ances, 'he cer tainly could not have been pre pared to find a Victorian settlor living in such a splendid house as that whick Mr Moffatt has pro vided for him self. So far as the mansion it self is concerned, It will not be necessary for me toy describe its architectural merits, . seeing thai your readers have . already been, made ac quainted with those in alengthy article of descrip tion published
some time since. The enclosed ground : round the house is planted out with clamps of valuable exotic and native trees, which in due time will . be transplanted in suoh a way as to render the landscape pic turesque in the extreme. There are about 5000 of these 'young lords of the forest and the park, while the nursery contains hundreds
of very rare and valuable specimens of abori culture that in time will be called on to assist nature in beautifying the house lands. Of course a gentleman whose rent-roll, if report speaks truthfully, exceeds £20,000 per annum, can afford to indulge his' proclivities to a mag nificent extent; but it is not every wealthy squatter in Victoria who has done as Mr'
Moffatt in the laying out of his supeifluou8 cash, and he certainly does credit to the colony, and to the Western district especially, by the example he sets to those who have won their independence by hard work and thrifti ness in the opening np of the resources of this embryo empire. The splendid range of blue stone buildings, situated a few hundred yards
from the house, is of itself a pic ture worth look ing at: These buildings ore de voted to the ac commodation of the working men and . their fami lies. They in clude extensive store accommo dation, and last, but not least, a spacious school for the children of those who are employed on the station. As from motives of deli cacy I refrained from taking notes, I may be . excused if I omit the names of some of those gentlemen whom I found on the verandah, await ing the arrival of the Prince. But I noticed among others, Mr R. Hood, Mr Routledge, Mr M'Knight.MrE. Henty, Mr P. Henty, Mr Rich mond Henty, Mr Onslow (mid shipman of the Galatea), Mr Ib betson, Mr Ohas. Larnach (mana ger of the Bank of New South Wales, Geelong), Mr Sanderson, Mr Bree, and Mr Fox. The time originally fixed for the arrival of the Duke was 6 p.m., but it was thought by some that he might reaoh the station on hour or two earlier and Mr Moffatt was fully prepared for his reoeption by four o'clock. Expec tation of course ran high as we were waiting in the verandah watohing for a signal of the ap proaoh. of the royal party. A scout, mounted., on a splendid, horse belonging to Mr R. Hood, was sent out, and eyes were strain ed in the direc tion of the gate to catoh a glimpse of his return; of course, as ia usual in suoh oases, there trete several false alarms. . Men were stationed on the root as a look-out, and charged with the duty of hoisting
the royal standard as soon as tho Prince hacl entered the house. Crowds of per sons on ?horseback, on foot and in vehicles, ?Who had assembled froin all quarters, were rid ing down the road, anxious to obtain aiviow of the Prince ; and everything waa bustle and ex citement outside tho house-paddoek.. .. It was not, however, till abont seven o'clock thaitho mounted scout returned at racirigi speed, con veying the intelligence that .the', carriages ? of his Royal. Highness and party were, in sights and would reach tho house in about a quarter x-t\ an hour. The first vohiole that drove up was.
one of MeigsandAnderson'scoaches, containing; the luggage,- and the waiters having taken this.1 into the housQyvthe',\gentleinen presentsrangedi themselves on. either-side of the.flighfcof:stepsi attko chief entrance. -. Thenj . shortlyjafter,' a very unpretending-looking ; buggy, ; drawn -by. two horses, pulled-up,:andbefore:we'had:.timei to speoulate on who, tho occupants ?mightvbo(ia; handsome well-knit.young gentleman, .dressed in a brown tweed suit, -with-leather leggings, sprang; nimbly np the^stepsj-and 'was- met-\by Mr -Moffatt, who; with .the few words* ' Wel come*, your; Eoyal Highness, to Hoplrins-hill,?' accompanied hisiUustrious gdeBtinto:thofhouse^. and the. ceremony of the reception: -was. over.-; Tho Prince was accompaniedtJ-by.^.Oaptaih^ M'Makon and Mr Pagot ?(midsbipman-pf the*. Galatea). -v The rest of the party,' consisting of Mr Brierly,- Captain- Campbell, (commander ^of the Galatea), Lieutenant Haig, R.E., Mr M'Culloch (Chief Secretary), Captain Standish, Oaptaffi*-' Scott,'- Colonel A. Anderson , Mr 'W. I''. Robertson (of Colno), and Mr Manners Sutton arrived at intervals, and at eight o'clock dinner ?was served, Mr Moffatt presiding at the head 6f:tiie table. - Several of Mr ' Moffatt's friends ? woreuinvited 'to join:tho dinnerparty; and had the i honor of ;being' introduced to the Prince. Beybndpsimply stating . that ?. the; dining-room was a perfect glitter of splendor,' and that the very best of attendance had been provided,I shall J'of course, refrain from bbtrudir-g :dn tho privacy-' of the repast. . I may,' .perhaps-,-* .be allbwed-toniontion that the' prirate.apartnients ? .ofnthe-i Duke) wore fitted up in a stylo that
-would; Jnot discredit a palace, and that every convenience, both in tho bedroom' and bath room, which could possibly bo suggested, had ?beennprovided;! The bedroom, indeed, was -positively beautiful; and rich a3 wero the hangings .of :tho windows and bod, there was an airr of ; subdued; elegance in the whole which could -not fail to please tho eyo of the most fastidious ; certainly ; it could not offend tho tastes of anyone, and I am sure the Prince ?jriustchave felt that he had entered a house .in. every way -fitted for tho reception of royalty, ilt .had been intended to procure the services lOf'tho Western- Artillery, to fire a royal salute on tho arrival of tho Duke, but for some cause ?with ? which' wo are unacquainted, they were net on the ground. Under theso circumstances, ?it' was- attempted to- maks up for tho defi ciency1 by1' firing twenty-one small mines charged- with blastiug powder, and connected ??with:safety:fuse of increasing/length, in order to regulato the proper ? interval bot ween tho discharge of. tho ' guns.'. When this novel ' artillery ; was-' completed, one mine .was. fired, ' by way of experiment* but it was found that' : the grass, which is long and dry* ignited, and ' the gentleman having . charge of this arrange ment, 'not liking to take, the responsibility of 'burning the paddock, wisely drew tho charges ? and ?- abandoned the idea. In the evening, - three monster* bonfires wero. lighted- on the. 'hills' in: front of tho lioase, ? the effect being very imposing, and a number of rockots ? were fired.with complete success, and much to the delight- of a largo crowd who had. assem bled' ; to. witness tho display. I must : not forget to mention also that some beautiful colored fires, of dazzling brightness and varied hues, were lit on tho posts of the paddock f once, and that these wero prepared for the; occasion by Mr King, chemist, of Hamilton. They pro duced a- beautiful effect, and added not a little, to tho gayness of the scene. I don't, think I mentioned yet; that the Prince brought his Highland piper with him. : He is a fine-looking young man, and it ia scarcely, necessary to say that he is a proficient in the;, nse of. the Scot tish' instrument; Although not a .Scotchman.
I confess I 'was much pleased with' his per formance, with which the Pxince indulged the guests ?'? on Saturday evening.: Mr. Chevalier, the well-known artist of Melbourne, was of tho party, and I hear that it is Mr.-Moffatt's inten tion to have throo pictures painted in comme moration of the honor done him by the. royal visit.' Tho task is in good hands, ? anil I pre dict 'that' tho; result . : of Mr .'?Chevalier's slrill ? 'will bo a handsomo - additional embellishment to tho; house i at Hdpldns'hill. Thoro. was. only one thing that damped tho en-' joymont of tho. party at Hopkins-hill,; and. that was tho aunouncoment thatstkeGDiikeis engage ments were such that, althonghi delightear.with Tiis reception, ho was unable to remain longer, than Monday morning.. .I'lthought of .' my. Hamilton friends, many'Of'whoni'iukriow'Were lookingf or word' to tho -hunt that was to have taken place on that dayi but I am quite sure , that if it had boon possible; the Duke .-would;, willinglyhavo remained .to give every ono - the1 oppprtunity and the honor.; of making his ac-. quaintanco.' As it was,- n however,' Mr i Moffatt -.i andshis .friends: wero- determined to do thoix. b'est to' indulge; tho Prince's predilection-fort sport, and accordingly it was-, arranged. that'.- on:. Saturday afternoon a battue ;of kangaroos^ona 'srnall scold should take1 ? place.-.: Hitf* -Royal; Highness, having been'. consulted, dodlared in favor of the. kangarooi being. yardedihi order .to; ondblokirn to shoot them, and- 1 aball-.presently; desoribe to you tho scono . which; was witnessed' by.', all, .who could:;' raise . : a ,. horae; or obtain a Boat tin a.buggy;.-. On'Satur-; day morning; the Duke»i went-.; out --withlhisi gun to. shoot parrots,- attended*, only; -by his; midshipman, Mr Puget, and T think some- one other of tho party. Tho good- sonso of tho people induced them to loave him.-to himself,' and lie. was not'folloivod, so that he enjoyed a good ramble over tho hills without being bored. by any impertinent curiosity. Mr Moffatt had
originally intended to have extensive yards erected on his run, for a grand battue ; but as the notice given him was too short, he was necessarily compelled to abandon the idea; As it was, howevorj-.we are suro that tho Duke fully enjoyed his -afternoon's sport, and the peojple' also wore; delighted at having an opportunity of seeing, asimuoh of him as they could desire. It was, arranged-. that -the start from Honkins ikill should takou place at 1.30 p.nii ; and I .think it is scarcely necessary :to say that in tho: .meantime horses and-, saddles and bridles were '.at a premium.i;!. was quite surprised to see the cro wd -tbfttlhad colleotodoutsido the home-padr ; I'dbokvi.waitan'githei-.approach of tke-Dake. Therei ,could;nohi'have!:-ibeen; fewer thantwo hundrod .?andiiiftyilibrsomenj.,--manyi of. them splendidly. jnountedij'iandis-I : -counted upwards'- of ; tWontyr vehicles^ Mr- from-;-..thei-,.!four-in-hand-..drag-!V.Jto.i the~':ono.i-horse!shayi'j.in. which I went to the! scenovof. th'e;shooting-.:u. The Prince was driven; by Mr.LRiclimond tHerity* and ?MriMoffattte!; ! overseer, MfVMMiityroj! showed theuway,. on -ai magnificenbi\roanih.'ors8: belongingata thoisame i igeutleman.av. Thb!.deslanirtion;ofthe,party'waa'i Mr De i Iiittla's-yardorat Cteamut^and.I^can . assure w you ^we'vha&vaLrough'idrive' of it,r-.oyer-i about H:a:-.:dozen«.niUeav-.o£-.horrible;'craDrholei; igromidiivA -Thetisighti'iihoweverf'pf allyi«ompeH?i Bated/brVtho jolting;^; Althongh- tho pace -was -- pretty strong, the. .whole cavalcade :kept -well : together ; and the.- effect of so many horsemen riding in a compact body across tho plains andv up tho hills was very pleasing, not to Bay im posing.-: Wo' came- to ? a-halt-afc-a spot-about ? two miles from tho yards, and here the Princo alighted.' fro'm tho carriage, and mounted a snlendid black horse belonainir to Mr R.
Hobd;~ 'and, -accompanied -by:'a . fow.gentle meni.,including; Mr Moffatt, sot .out at onco. to: ? .-round,-- up ' th'of kangaroo, ? it . .being, av-. ranged' that when; sufnoient^ had -been yarded, a -sigpal itrould .-/be .? given -fon ? tho .rest, of. t;ho- ? party, 'to approaon-.andr: witness :: the sport.-- 'Wo were not kdpt- waiting', very; long,. andrwhenwe roachod tho yards we found that about 35 of tho marsupials .had beenidi-awn into the snare to await certain death. The carriages and horsemen drew up on ono side of tho fence, and the Prince, attended byLiout. Haig, Oapt. Standish, Mr Pagot, Mr Onslow, Capt. Ander son, and others, commenced to show his skill with the rifle. . Tho kangaroo were driven past on the opposito side of tho yard to that on which the spectators wore ranged, and one by one fell victims to the skill of their royal exe cutioner. Several of the gentlemen surround ing the Prince tried their hands at the work of slaughter, but by far the greater number of kangaroo was knocked over by the Duke him self, who is an excellent shot. Two or three of tho beasts succeeded in jumpinsr tho fence
and getting away, but all that remained were very quickly disposed of, and then, at the Duke's command, collected - for inspection. There were no very large kangaroos in the lot, but somo few of tolerable size, and the. Duke having expressed a wish to preserve some of the siriii s and claws, Mr Moffatt himself, as sisted by one or two others, remained behind to satisfy his Royal Highness's desire. . While this skinning process was going on,' the Duke loft the yards, immediately followed- by the whole of tho party.- His intention was to ride: back to Hopkins-hill across' country, and as Mr Richmond Honty's roan. horse to whioh we have referred was regarded as the surest jumper on the ground, he was seleoted for tho honor of carrying tho .Duko.t Ono gerMeman, very well mounted, was charged with showing the way, but the Duke very scon put him out of conceit of his position by taking. the lead, and dashing his horso at. tho fences in gallant style, and at a pace which sccu loft the field behind him. He is an excellent rider, and the courago with which he led tho way, was the subject: of much admiration. It took very littlo time ? for him to got over tho ground, and ho was safely _ within tho walls ;of Mr Moffatt's house long before most of the stragglers had sighted the fence. Impromptu as this quasi -hnnt necessarily was, the sport was ex cellent, and I am gratified to loarn that Prince Alfred thoroughly enjoyed it.' As for those who accompanied him, I am suro that they will long remombor the shooting in the Caramufc yards/ It .was about, six o'clock when the Prince reached home, and in the evening the- usual dinner party-took' place, a fresh lot of .'visitors, being, invited- as guests. I have not particu larised those, who enjoyed the high distinction of dining, with tho; Prince ; but whon:Isay that all the gentlemen mentionod as being present at tho reception were, with one exception, at some time; or ether during his stay, introduced to his Eoyal iHiab'hess, I am satisfied that I havo said
onoughi'..- A'.fewblaekfollows.' colloptod- on the ? station: during- thoiday; and it was intended to have a corroboree,' but I am not awareswhether ; it;itook.placo. , I know at all levonts thut ithe; Prince.was -not present,-. and thereforeyou will-,1 ?nbt.t3are:3f ,'I': omit any further notice - of the;, mattox:- ciBttt-whilo speaking of iblackfellows I must-not-.Kforget to mention that tho Duko ex* prqBBed-a''wish,:tp-'bo ' introduced.' to-;a oer-... tain- aboriginal,- named Jim Cune, who is a , servant of- Mr;Koutledge. . Jim was of course highly .dolighted:with; tho compliment,' and will : probably; never - cease boasting of theifaot thatV he -. shook vhonds !with'ii:big;on6 Queen's .picca ninny.' Tho circumstance has vnmdo ? him as r : proud as Luoifor; and from' the timo1. of ; the!, hand- shaking,., Jim-, hasjevinced-a great, disin* * clination to ; lower-, his u dignity. by ^^perfprmingr ?anyi.kind.of .work.-*^ Having hoard. tnatf. it .was not;thooustom. of his Royal Highness to- shake ,hand8Jrt.iwithi-'anyono,'i)!andVrthat'i:only:iionei :6f K-Mii ; Moffittt'si-:. gaeBts :.i(Mr.Ni Iliohmond 'Henty).i.vhadi'.been'-: so i.honoredrvJ'Jim?B!'oon---' - ceit-;. know.- no .-bound»;w . ' Mlnovbig^ono-: f el- ? low.--, nowv'^ said U Jim ; *? ' Dukoj ; shake.v, hands i lalong^o! -mo 4;liclC'all you.',— — white follows ;. iDuke^n^.Bhake;:handr^withvBUly^Eoutlddge. ; oven ,--= only i. .'long^o me;j .- mino ; f astrate -?. chap now,1 ifco. j :: : ifco.r. I '. believe, sthatit theJ darkey: .ihtonds^to, dallfhimsolf 'iDukev Alfi'ed^for ' ther futuro I ought previously to have mentioned that 'tho 'Wurruambool Gounoil obtained per mission to present an addross to his Royal
Highness on Saturday morning. ' I was not present, and only heard of the- fact after the ceremony was concluded. ^ The gentlemen on trnstod with this responsibility.! wero Captain Cramer; Captain.. Hclpman, MriBroinfield, and ono or two others; whoso nameaidid not tran spire... Of ..coursoTyour;roaders:!will not care ?to have the addi-ess- : inw eictenso ; ^ I need: only say thatit-waB. graciously ;-.reoeived and; suitably -acknowledged by jhis'fRoyal Highsessri Sunday- .-.vrasi', naturallyiienQughv-.ra dull ..'dayjr Theroc-was service in tnoljJohuTch,'ias usuaV.buijr ? the Duko-wasijnot presentiiannahitb thoujnor&K (ficatiomof several :ladica,i and-,. gontlomon' .who - ?iiadhbped-to; indulga.isui.ia:-good-dong':lpok..at, tthoiyoung-.TPrince.- Pb'sBibljl'i''.a.tdisuiiQnndtiQni ; to be so ;-gazed tat jnayabavo-Jreptriiini- at homo);-. i% butithatiiia-ionlyioonjepturefjon Tnyipart.-.'.-, AlLIi 'iknow.r.iB.;rtthafc,iyous.t..correspondent---found:itho-. ?heat- of r.'thoft weather- 'so .-oppressivej thatvnofa ;.oyen- thetprospect ; ol joining: a:Princerin public :.;wbrship'.ncould:l'linduoo3»:himiiuto--iattend'i.the }Churchj:i;- Perhaps, - also,^. a .;.dislikei i-to, on -courage!8ightiseeing\iu,:«u,pkiceof- worship: may have -hadi; something'* to, do .with.' keeping him' :'away.-;.'Ai considerable number of. Mr Moffatt's: friends understoodjithatyitho ,-Dukoi .would not vbecipresentaiit ii;bhawh;-iandt'Lniosti of theSBivat-;-. itdnded-ua's-a-matteait'iof idutya'.andsof ivceuraei': ?At -two ^o'clock^ ldncheo'n?Mvas - servedrti^andi: several Mladics i-and;^gentlemen who had- nob; been; invitednto dine-onjoyed the privilege of ; sitting -down at table with the Duke on this occasion. Mr and Mrs Gray, of Naroob Nareebynear neighbors, of Mr .Moffatt, were present by command of his Royal Highness, and, -.after, sponding a short time in his com pany, took their departure. The dinner party on -Sunday.' .? was -more' .: numerously^ attended than. on the, previous occasions, and, during the eyoaing,,. sjsverai. gentlemen were introduced. After* dark,, the,- Mayor ' of HamiltQn (Mr Alex-. andef.-IiGarnionth) , and. ?the .ex-Mayor ,^Dr.-. Go vett, arrived,. and, r, on isending.. up. their tc'ards, wero atones, invited 'to... join.the tparty, and' in- troduced .by,. Mr j Moffatt to the. Prince.-. It-is gratifying -to . know, that, althoiign Hamilton is . among the few towns that have not pr'esonted' royal addresses, the borough has been, to a certain oxtent, officially represented during the Duke's visit, in the person of tho Mayor. After midnight, and when, in fact,- Monday had.oomT . inenced, Mr Moffatt spent a short -time 'with ; his friends, -in thoirquarters.-whioh were, fixed in the school-house. . Several toasts r wererpro posed, and appropriately ^responded to,, Mr ISdward Honty replying. ,to' the: health of the. early pioneersj in a speech which was very, well-; roceivod. But we were getting deep into.-. the small hours, and as the departure of the Duko had been fixed for six. o'clock, lights were.- ox tinguishod, and ''.Morpheus ruled supreme. ? Shortly af tor /daylight- everything was bustlo in the stables (which, by the way,: I ought *° have mentionod are about tbo host of their kind ?, I havo seen in -.the; country), and active pre- ? parations / .were:- made for the. start ? towards. Ballarat. It .was past sevon,v o'clock before everything was ready, and when the Duke and his party, had- portakon, of breakfast. the car-1 riages di-ew up at the door. The Prince having graciously accorded a request preferred by -Mr ? Moffatt,- planted a tree directly in front of the, .house. There was very little ceremony/ ob- served in tho performance of this act, andj- in deed, few were, aware what, was intended, until after, the planting had boon- completed; ? ,Mr Moffatt had' tho honor of -driving: his -Royal
Highness. as far (is Iiake Bolac, in a.handsome drag .belonging to Mr liarnach. The Prince,, who ?: occupied tho box seat besido his host,'; seemed-. -in excellent 'health and ^spirits,!, and in'- 1. great measures:- 'personally Buperr intended', tjio arrangements £?': for, tho do-, parture.-. Mr Paget and i Captain Standish. rode in the royal ? carriage, and the party .was increased by the presence of Messrs. Edward and Francis Hentyj':wko had been in- ? vited to proceed to Ballarat; ?? When everything .'was ready, a start was effected, and the spec 'tators gave throe hearty .oheersifor the Duke, which^he acknowledged by '-taking off his hat and bowing. In a f ew minuteb ithe procession of carriages was out of sight, - and Hopkins kill had lost its chief attraction.;. An excellent breakfast - was served in the ' diningroom, to whioh tho assembled guests -did full justice ; arid in the course of , a few hours most of them ordered their buggies and' sot out on their 're- turn home.' ?