Sitting magistrate for the ensuing week Captain Abbott
The assize of bread as last week.
Ship news - on Tuesday last his majesty's ship Porpoise sailed for Port Dalrymple.
The Ann, Captain Gwynne is expected to sail for the fishery this day.
We are happy to learn that Mrs. M. White
whose accident we last week had occasion unfortunately to mention is likely to recover.
The compiler of next years almanac
is sincerely thankful to the numerous subscribers who have already forwarded their names. That the circulation may be as general
as possible the lists will be kept open until Monday the 14th instant by which time the compilation will be completed and it will be put to Press. The mode of arranging the various subjects comprehended in it will be altogether new and the whole will be printed on as entire ... with so much care as to pre- vent a ... - persons residing at Hawkes- bury who wish to become subscribers are re- quested to forward their names to G Howe at Sydeny, to Mr P...pton at the Green Hills.
Mr Larra will receive and forward the Parra- matta list and all the copies will be ready for delivery by the 28th of December.
Time, the oldest inhabitant of creation; of all created beings the most useful and the most abused what various sentiments do you inspire in the breasts of men whose life and death and present all depend on you and your attend CIRCUMSTANCE ! The youthful idler who misspends today and fondly hopes tomorrow still to overtake thee with double
labour must atone for his neglect and mostly fails
in his exertion.
The conqueror who from motives of personal elevation seeks for reputation in the field by deso- lating fertile countries and laying wast to the works of art and nature by the patient hand matured; who sacrifices to ambition thousands of lives as precious as his own, violates thy great prerogative as many times as he cuts short the thread of man's existence; but even he must yield to thee at last.
Vanquished in turn his dwindling frame reminds him of mortality; the ravished sceptre grows too heavy for his feeble arm; his few grey hairs are
insufficient to defend his withered temples from the pressure of a diadem, which now, perhaps, he thinks too dearly purchased, that like Medusa's once inspired terror, dread and trepidation loses its petrifying pow- er, and all his splendid acquisitions are brought within a very narrow compass. Time, that was disregarded until now, sits heavy on his brow; and his humblest vassal would not exchange conditions with him - too late he finds that happiness and ambition must ever be at variance, and when life's giddy action is gone by, the mind employed in viewing retrospectively the business of the scene fain would he forget the part that he has taken in the universal pantomime.
The unfortunate reduced by time and chance to the humiliating necessity of supplicating the promiscuous crowd is fortune's best instructor.
There may be something in his mien, his manner or his phrase which if attended to might ot the discriminating eye convey the notion that he had seen better days - but as misfortune reduces all men to a common level, it is the business of superior discernment to distinguish between man and man among the class of mendicants - Dreadful and long perhaps had been his sufferings, before h could amount to the degrading last resort of human misery. Most of his time he spends in contempla- tion but wretchedness operating like a load stone on the mind attracts each rising thought which terminates involuntarily in his own sad condition. What pity would it be to wound the feelings of
such a one with denial, embittered with reproach, or else too palpable contempt to pass unnoticed to an eye intent on every motion of the countenance it is not enough to disappoint his hope, without inflicting on his wounded mind additional calamity
the penetrating glance of scorn, which empty the veins and harrows up a transient truth , as evidence
of a wrong, far less to be endured that the severest frowns of fortune. (not concluded).
On Monday his honour the lieutenant
governor left Sydney on a visit to Hawkesbury
and returned to town on Thursday.
By the Halcyon colonial vessel which came in from Hunter's River on Sunday evening last, we receive an account of a tragical event having taken place on the shore opposite to King's Town, on the forenoon of the preceding Monday ; which by subsequent accounts has been rendered still more afflicting. John Spillers and John Bosh, two seamen belonging to the Halcyon, crossed the river
in a small boat, in which they were accompanied by a little boy, about eleven years of age, to take a view of the remaining wreck of the Dundee; and on landing were joined by a native, who ap- peared very friendly, and to whom the child gave
a biscuit out of his bosom. After travelling to- gether to some distance along the shore, the na- tive shipped his spear, and looked intently on the water, as if designing to strike at a fish that had approached the beach; when suddenly turning his point on Bosh, he passed the weapon through his left arm; and at the same instant assaulted the more
unfortunate Spillers, who had an axe in his hand, and might have defended himself, had he been aware of the attack; but the first intimation he received of which was a perhaps deadly stroke with a nulla-nulla on the crown of the head, as be walked leisurely onwards in supposed security. Bosh was some moments extracting the spear from his arm; before he effected which, he had the mortification to see the only companion from whose
efforts he could have hoped assistance, extended on
the sand beneath the brutal violence of the as- sailant who had now possession of two dreadful weapons, while he himself was already wounded, and had nothing to defend himself but the spear with which his, wound had been inflicted, and in which he could place no possible reliance, as he was unacquainted with the manner of using it. Almost petrified with horror and astonishment he plunged into the water, and swam for the Set- tlement, but was by a rapid tide carried upwards of two miles, before he gained the shore. As soon
as the report was made to the Commandant, a boat was sent over with an armed party, when the dead body of the unfortunate man was found upon the beach in a horrible state of mutilation, occasioned by blows from the nulla-nulla and several ghastly wounds from a barbered spear.
The child was no where to be seen - it was sup- posed that the murderer had obliged him to ac- company him onward to Port Stevens to which he himself belonged. Many persons were dispatched on foot in various directions to discover, if pos- sible, and pursue his traces; the Commandant in
person headed one of the parties; but all, all was of no avail. A Coroner's Inquest was con- vened on the body of he ill-fated man; whose remains were interred with decency, and a solem- nity suitable to the awful event. On Saturday the 23d the Halcyon came away, but previous to her departure no tidings of the little unfortunate absentee had been received :-parties were still out, and hopes of his safety were not totally abandoned. On Thursday morning, however, an open boat arrived from Hunter's River, with the melancholy tidings of the body of the early de- voted victim to barbarity being yesterday se'ennight found within a few paces of the spot where Spel- lers had been killed. His brains had been dashed out by the remorseless wretch who, to conceal so foul a crime had thrown the body into the sea from whence the tide restored it. Now hope was at an end, the measure of horror was complete, and every abominable circumstance concurred to excite indignation and disgust. The only con- solation that remains, is in the possibility that the perpetrator of theic crimes may not very long es- cape the stroke of vengeance, which he has thus wantonly provoked :--his person is well known at the Settlement, where he passes by the name of Port Stevens Robert ; and his visage is recently rendered remarkable, by a cut which he recerved from Bungary that has occasioned an indentation nearly in the centre of his forehead.
This weapon is formed by affixing to the end of a club a circular piece of a very hard wood, 8 to 1o inches in diameter, with a sharp edge and of a mushroom form. It is frequently carried as a weapon of defence, but the natives seldom execute it against each other.
On Friday evening a dreadful hurricane set in at Hawkesbury, which raged for about 20 minutes with uncommon fury, and was productive of con-
sequences which it is feared will have a serious
tendency. The growing wheat upon the banks which wore a rich and promising appearance was for many miles lain flat by the irrefutable violence of the wind; and it was apprehended that very
little of the forward crop could be saved owing to the stems being broken short. An unfinished
house, the property of Mr. Lawrence May at
Bardo Narrang, was blown down and some of
the materials scattered to a considerable distance; several buildings at and about the Green Hills suf- fered much and among others, the old prison
which was used as a place of temporary confine- ment, was totally thrown down; not more than
five minutes previous to which, a person that had been confined on a warrant of execution was providentially removed from an otherwise almost
certain destiny. The storm was preceded by a violent rumbling in the air, which seemed to convey the sound of thunder too distant for the peals to be at first distinctly heard; the lightning was for about 10 minutes very vivid; and was accompanied with a bad shower, and a deluge
of rain which continued several hours after the thunder storm has passed away. We are happy to add, however, that no lives have been lost, for had it been unfortunately otherwise, accounts must
have reached us before this time .
The storm extended very little above the Green Hills; and accounts declare that Richmond has
totally escaped its ravages.
Some of the settlers at Richmond will begin to reap in about a fortnight; the wheat looks re-
markably well and is expected to yield abun- dantly.
NEW DISCOVERIES .
MADRID, AUG. 15 --The Royal Hydrographical Office of this city has published, by command of the Prince of Peace. in the Gazette of this city, the following notice relative to a discovery recently
made in the South Sea.
The frigate La Pala, belonging to the Philippine Company, and commanded by Don JOHN BAPTISTE MONTEVERDE on her voyage from Manilla to
Lima, discovered on the 18th of February, 1806,
a group of islands, the southernmost of which is situated in 3 deg. 29 min. North latitude, and 26
deg. 5 min. East longitude, from Cadiz.
These islands, 29 in number, occupy a space of 10 leagues from N. E to S. W. and are separated by channels one or two leagues in breadth. They are low, woody, and intersected with rivers. Their
inhabitants are of the most pacific disposition. They at first approached the frigate to the number of 21,
in two canoes.
When they had come within musket shot they ceased rowing and held some cocoa-nuts to- wards the Spaniards, shouting and making figns
The frigate clewed her sails and hoisted he Spanish
colours. This manoevre having apparently excited some apprehension in the islanders, the Spanish co- lours were struck, and a white flag was hoisted, the crew, at the same time calling and making signs to the canoes to approach. They accordingly came
alongside, and gave the Spaniards some cocoa-nuts,
without demanding any thing in return, but none of them could be persuaded to come on board. The crew of the frigate then distributed among
them some old knives iron rings and pieces of
red cloth; and this liberality excited such joy and gratitude in these good people, that they immedi- ately stripped their canoes to make presents to the Spaniards; their nets, fish-hooks, their cocoa-nut shells, which served them for cups their enormous hats made of the leaves of the palm-tree, were all in a moment removed on board of the frigate and they at length proceeded to strip themlelves of their only garment, fastened round their waist in order to testify their gratitude to their benefactors. Still they were not content with themselves and gave the Spaniards to understand that they would return to their Island to fetch other presents, and requesting that the frigate would wait for them.
These Indians are tall, well-made, robust, and
active. They are of an olive colour, have flat noses and black curled hair, but of coniidcrable length. In each canoe was a venerable old man, naked like the others, and who appeared to be their Chief. One
very remarkable circumstance is that these very
old men were white, and had aquiline noses. They
bad rather the air of Spaniards than of savages. Captain Monteverde adds that these islands and their aged chiefs bore a considerable resemblance in their features and conduct to the Indians of the islands of St Bartholomew and those of Cata
and Ibictai where he landed in 1800, with the
frigate La Phillipine, commanded by Don Juan