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f PirTT UemITs-1sT Tr lu SaPe THn oUr sonus A TURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1882. Oua esteemed contemporary the Argus, --has lately been, with the liberality for which it is distinguished, devoting a good deal of its valuable space to the herring. Now, this fish is one that we love, being quite distinctly good eating, and in a peculiar manner the piscatorial food of the working man and his family, whose interests, as being by far the more numerous class in all communities, claims and obtains our first and chief regard. The herring is in a certain sense like rice-it feeds a larger number of the human race than any other comestible properly coming within the same category. And herrings, again like rice, multiply with great rapidity. On the northeastern coast of Scotland herrings are caught every spring and summer in millions, and distributed over the whole habitable globe as fast . as steam ships can carry them, and are anxiously awaited year by year in the countries of continental Europe, particularly in Spain and Por tugal and Italy. There can be no doubt about the value of the herring. Alto gether outside its religious signifi cance, it is important as a means of alimentation, and a cause of profitable employment, and if it were acclima tised in Australian waters not only the general Australian table would profit Sby it, but also every industrial art practised in the colony. For what is sometimes called '.the harvest of the sea" is fog the greater part cleargain to the community that garners it. There is neither ploughing nor harrowing, nor r the sowing of seed, necessary to pre- I cede the sickle, but simply a crop to be a tathered when ripe by anyone enter- fI wrising enough to go and bring it in. And this brliin us back to the point ti roin which we started. Correspon- I.

dents of our contemporary above nlamed hate been showing that herring spawn could be brought out here, and hatched, and the waters of Australasia i stocked with a most delicious fish now r, a stranger to them. We believe this I- to be quite true. By means of ice cham bers and other apparatus of refrigera tion, the vivication of fish ova can be i retarded or otherwise regulated accord ing to our requirements or desires, and herring spawn could be brought to our shores at whatever stage of develop ment we might happen to require. in Then would come the bringing to is life of the germs under conditions fa vourable to their continuance and _ growth. There is also the question of 1 expense to consider. Some reasonably 1i well-informed correspondents of the Melbourne papers think the herring could be introduced to these watets for 3a hundred pounds or so. The Argus 1 thinks the job would cost something is more like five thousand, add that the Sexpenditure should be distributed 15 among at least three of the colonies, a. inasmuch as the herring would be more likely to form a permanent home for itself, if brought hither, on the coasts t of Tasmania or New Zealand than on 6 the coast of Victoria, which last-named of coast, however, it might visit occasion 1 ally and get itself caught in nets We quite concur in the conclusion of our contemporary, but must demur to his I course of argument. That it may cost e £5,000 to establish the herring as a 1 pernearent resident of Victorian seas a, is qrite true; but is not necessarily true. SA hundred pounds, or perhaps a half or a fourth of that sum, or a tenth of it, would suffice to bring out herring roe enough to make aer experiment with- In fact a full-roed herring is to be" bought for a penny in either the Wick or the Billingsgate market, and this would comprise the pos sibilities (if our recollection does not play us false) of 37,000 ,r future herrings, and could be brought out in the iced chamber of the I Orient or Garonse for twopence. But I; the cost will arise through sue , cessive and many tentative shipments of herring roe turning, out failures. The experiment must be made over and over again until it succeeds, and about its best chance of success, we think, would lie in the imported ova being landed here (by the (Cuco, Kiedive, e or such vessel as may be chosen tobring it it out) to be hatched at the mouth of t Wattle' Oreek, and the young fry left n to spend their youth in the shallow waters of Portland Bay, where their natural enemies, whether winged or finned, would find it hard to reach them to their injury. We commend this suggestion to the best consideration of o the Argus, the Government, and the Legislature. h Wa have had to re-srrange or advertising ; lcoumn in our present issue, to create space for the Shire Council's advertised list of ratepayers in the South Riding. Our readers will please fin4 on the fourth page certain sI business announcements that usually appear in the third. s Tue a. Diwo arrived between eight and I nineo'clock last evening, and landed a large el number of pasaengers, in the presence of a p- numerous asrnimblage which the fineness of g the night and the expected arrival had 51 brought to the end of the steamboat pier. g A owa or so of Portland citiznes had a e- pleasant excursion on the bay on Thursday afternoon. When the barque Vivid was about to get under weigh, with her cargo of , bark, Mr W. T. Pile took his friends on board s of her by means of the passenger boat Pilot and r the yacht Ethel Mary. Captain George Tul lob. Immediately the party got on board the it anchor was got up and sails set, and the o ship stood across into the Narrawong Bight, r the wind being from the south east. She then wont about, and made a board on the port tack towards the Lawrence Rocks. At this time the Portland vial. tors were atill on board, the Ethel Mary o being in attendance. The barque had three tacks to make before she cleared the bay, and it was about five o'clock when she put her mointopsail to the mast to permit boats to come alongside and take her visitors t away. We understand that apleasant after. anou war spout by the merchants, bankers, reporters and others who were Captain Peterson's guests on the occasion. This handsome little ship boating to windward out of the bay, with all sails set, made quite a pretty picture. IT is only lately we found out that the gods, Cupid and Hymen have been busily engaged in the performance of the duties of their office amongst the Roman Catholic young ladies of the town and district of Port- land. A few months ago the daughter of Mr. John Smith, of Mount Richmond, the daughter of Mr. John Daffy, of Wattle Hill, and the daughter of Mrs. Grey, of Percy street, were united in the holy bonds to the lords of their hearts and affections, and are now living happily and contentedly. Within   the last month no less than four more wed- dings have taken place, but in such a quiet   manner that no one but their own im- mediate friends and acquaintances seem to   have known anything about them. Father O'Donoghue's housekeeper, Miss Lavery, was married at Heywood to our respected young townsman, Mr. John Quinlivan, who baked his own wedding cake, and who can now recommend, from practical experience, wed- ding cakes and matrimony to all his young friends. A day or two afterwards a Miss Devlin, of Ettrick, got married to Mr.   Fahey, of the same place. Last week, Midls Cunning, daughter of Mr. Warder Conning, of this town, comnmittel matrimony with chr Ifollowood, of this town, and are now living at Hlamilton. And on Wednesday last Miss Minoguo, daoghter of the late Mr. Simon Min'Jgue. of Wattle Iil, changed her nsme to that of Mrs. George Jennings. & There are two or throo young ladies of t this towu on the evo of taking this impor- i tant step, but we are forbidden to mention names until the proper time arrive. We congratulnto Father O'Donoghue on the great increase cf busirnes which has taken place In his church, sao we trust that the good example given by the Catholic young tulles will be followed by thoso of other den.minatint,. (VWe have receivedt the above fr in an steemed ol cncioulnt contributor. Arxcrsrn l is rcqueoted to tcudora from u hie Ioo-iole:t Asylum. 'Particulars will beo feud iu our advertisiog columns. . ci

THu second annual meeting of the share holders of the United Australian Mutual Fire and Marine Insurance Company was held at the oompany's offices in Melbourne. The Hon. Dr. Hearn, M.L C., presiding. The manager, Mr. Weister, read the report, and the accounts for the year were presented. The chairman, in moving the adoption of the report and financial statement, congratu lated the shareholders on the satisfactory nature of the business dons during the past year, as the accounts showed a balance of over £1500 to be carried forward to the next year, after writing off £3000 for preliminary expenses, add paying the usual dividend of 8 per cent. per annum. Also, he had much pleasure in recommending a bonus of 10 per ceot. to the employde in the company's oific on the amount of their salaries, in conse quence of the success which has attended the operations of the company during the past year. the motion was seconded by Mr. Joseph Ellis, and carried. Mesrs. Wilson and Lumsden were reelected directors, and Messrs. Galt and Wilkinson were appointed auditors, the proceedings terminated with a vote of thanks to the directors and offcials of the company. THs Argus has the fotlowing --The deci sion of the Steam Navigation Board with re ference to the collisiot which occurred be tween the steamers Nelssu and Julia Percy on the 25th December last. came under re view before His Honour Mr. Justice it il liams, sitting in chambers on Thurs lay morning. The board had suspended the cer tificate of Mr. T. W. Seith the multer of the Nulson,:for six months and an application was made to his tiHonr for a prohibition to restrain the board from enforcing thir de cisioe. Mr. Hodges appeared for Mr. Smith. and Mr. Webb. Q.C. iLt th'e board. The grounds on which tib aepplication was based were that two members of the board, who had not heard the whole of the evidence, o.ok part in the adjudication, and that the board had no jurisdiction, as the c.,llisiou occurred outside the limits of the Victorian territory. His Honour, after hearing. argu ments,. overruled the objections and dis missed the application, but without costs. Tae Argus states that a petition from resi dents in the district of Merino. praying that the site fr the local railway station adopted by the department be not adhered to, was on Thursday presented to Mr. Beat by Mr. Gardiner. M.L.A.. in the absence of Mr. Shielr, M.LA. The objection to the site was that it was placed on laud reserved for recreation purposes. Mr. Bent promised to t tke the petition into consideration. Tne ship Parthenope loaded for the Feb. ruary wot"l sales. which left Melbourne on the 13th November, has arrived in London, and consequently made the passage in about 75 days She is the first sailing ship to arrive fronm Victoria with toe new season's wool for the above sales. Tnr Victoria Yacht Club have in contem plation to set up a regatta during the stay of the Russian squadron in Hobson's Bay. It is proposed (says the Argsu) to arrange matches between the Naval Brigale and the men-of-wars men, and also contests to be c nfioed to the members of the brigade. The date has not yet been decided on, but it will probably be about the 18th inst. Finos the sanitary station, Di. Bulmer rep erts that everything is progreosing favor ably. There have been no additional cases of sickness, and there has been no further de velopment upon the steward Harris, of the btireapore, who was auspected of having been ettacked with small-pox. Mn. MacIAr Ssrra, has asoented the Agent-Generalship, but will not leave Mel bourne before the 30th March next. The present state of the London m.,ney market (the A rgnse ays) nut being favourable to the floating of a four per cent. loan, there is no occasion for gazottmgthe appointment imme diately. The prospect of a vacancy being shortly created io the representation of Bo roondora has already induced a considerable number of gentlemen to make known their willingnaoe to become candidates. Mr. Henry Lawes, Mr. Edward Langton, Mr. W. P. Walker, and Mt. Iobert Harper, all of whom contested seats in the Constitu. tional interest at the elections in 1880, are to be severally regarded as probable candi dates, and two or more of them have even announced that they intend to stand. Mm. Lanxoro has issued his address to the electors of Boroondara. He intimates that his views on the principal p litical ques tions have undergone no change, eave in so far as they have bees affected by time and enpeaience. As to the existing Ministry, Mr. Langton says, " In the present state of politics it appeors to me that it is the duty of all well-wishers to the colony to snpport the present GOvernment. We are indebted to them for relief front that wretched thing called Berryism, which not only injured us materially, and morally, but which made us a by-word and reproach throughout the world. So long as the G ,vernment adhere to their programme of ' Peace. Pr.gresa. and Prosperity," they should, in my judgment, receire generous and hearty support." T-uE Orient Steam Navigation C-mpany'u steamship Orient, which left M-lbonrne on January 5. arrived at Sues on Thursday.