The trial of Donald Kennedy on a charge of murdering his sister, Sarah M'Lennan, near Kyneton, was concluded in the Melbourne Criminal Court. The jury found accused not guilty, adding a rider expressing horror at the inhuman treat- ment of the woman M'Lennan by her father, her mother, her sister, Mrs. Mathieson, and her brother, Donald Kennedy. As a result of prevarication whilst giving her evidence, the aged mother of accused was sent to gaol for one month for con- tempt of court.
A telegram from the Bellinger states that farmers are manifesting anxiety about shipping facilities for the coming season. They urge that the North Coast Company should reduce freights at least to the rates ruling some months ago. The company recently raised freights 10 per cent., owing to the plague quarantine regulations. The freight on maize per bag here to Sydney is now 16½d, while from the Clarence, further north, it is only 9d per bag.
Mr. John See and Mrs. See placed the grounds of their residence, Urara, Randwick, at the disposal of a number of ladies, who organised a garden fete and sale of work, in aid of the funds of the Randwick and Coogee Sick and Poor Relief
Society. The grounds were decorated with flags, and in the marquees erected on the lower lawn cakes, sweets, refreshments, and flowers were sold by the ladies. An important contribution came
from the Government, and consisted of blankets.