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FRIDAY, JAN. 31st, 1896. School children's matinee at Princess Theatre, Saturday afternoon. Owner for a red and white milch cow found wandering. Curlew Moonlight Bay Excursion postponed till next Thursday. The Fitzroy Council invites applica- tions for a collector of dog fees. Fitzroy annual school excursion to   take place at Mordialloc, on the 20th February. Tickets now ready. Pennant cricket match, Fitzroy v. North Melbourne, continued Saturday on the Fitzroy Cricket Ground. King's College, Clifton Hill, re- opened yesterday, at reduced fees. Their announcement will be found in our advertising columns. Mr. T. S. Rowe will offer by public auction, on Saturday, at 3 o clock, a five-roomed brick villa, situate at 58 Victoria-street, near Johnston-street, Fitz- roy. The usual weekly sale of furniture, etc., will take place at the rooms, 110 Brunswlck-street, next Tuesday at 2.30 p.m. Captain of the Tyrian fined for over- crowding. This step is taken apparently none too soon, for complaints from passengers to and from West Aus- tralia are becoming both loud and deep. The Turner Government has, it is alleged, given the colony at large a turn--for the better. The retrenched think there has been a good many turns of the screw. Supervision over fruit dealers, the last demand of the fruit consuming public. The Board of Health will, it is assumed, supervise the consumption, "A grandmotherly age this." Com-   plains some of the supervised. The return of the Sunbeam to Vic- toria heralded the departure of many sunbeams here, for cloud, storm and rain have relieved the sunbaked in- habitants of this southern sphere since. Victorian humanity has revived a little, and grumbled not even when their pro- jects to over-ride the waters, under the light of the moon, ended in the waters from above over-riding them. The Australian native, who is so generally credited with knowing little and doing less, evidently knows enough of compatriots to make big ventures a big success. The attendance alone at

the Exhibition Building is proof positive   of this. Such a scene as that seen there on Monday night last, was never witnessed before, though some big   attendances at the Exhibition have   been recorded. The Victorian national holiday prom ses to become the most, instead of the least, popular of holi- days observed here; but the hope of   profit has evidently more to do with it than patriotism.   If the "engagement" bicycle is to   take the place of the engagement ring,   "cyclistes" aver that it must be dis- tinguished from the ordinary bicycle in some way. "Who is to know," asks   the cyclistes fayre who cannot very well wear a wheel on their fingers   when out cycling, and as half the de-   light of engagements to most of the fayre, comes from the fact of its being well and widely known, it is just pro-   bable that the "engagement bike " is not yet to be. Women are advanced   'tis true, but not quite as far as that.   Victorian names for West Aus- tralians, "Sandgropers," "Sore-eyes"   and "Wait-awhile." W.A.'s think   Victorians are gropers too, and think they might grope in their own soil a   little more, instead of rushing in such numbers to secure West Australian treasure. "T'othersiders" and "The Eastern Colonies" are the names with which Victorians are most generally   favoured on the West Australian side. Messrs. Henry Ackman and Co. of Smith-street, are now displaying some wonderful bargains. Their gigantic sale which lasts one month only, has been a great success, the stock how- ever, is of such magnitude that there remain goods of every variety for purchasers to choose from, and the value in furniture, furnishings, crockery, etc., requires to be seen to be fully appreciated. "'The Roll of the Drum," with its grand spectacular effects and war   scenes, which has evidently hit the public taste--judging from the large and appreciative audiences that have witnessed this magnificent production at the Alexandra Theatre--must be posi- tively withdrawn after Saturday night, the management not seeing their way clear to meet the extortionate terms of the proprietor of the copyright for its continuation. On Monday evening an entirely new production entitled, "Eileen   Oge," will be presented at Mr. Barry's popular prices.   A much needed movement towards   providing shelters for cabmen, at last   made. It is one in which the residents of all suburbs should aid, and the   W.C.T.U. would help their cause well forward by taking up such a movement.   No class are so unprovided with guards against temptation to drink, and few at the present time are in such imminent danger of coming to poverty, which must intensify all the troubles caused by constant exposure to all sorts and conditions of weather. There are few who would not care for the shelterless cabman when dead, why can they not interest themselves a little in his wel- fare when alive.   The need of police protection in that portion of North Fitzroy, between   the railway station and Brunswick, was evidenced by a mean theft from the   shop of a Mrs. Moss, who keeps a   small store at the upper end of Rae-   street. The thieves got in at the back,   and appropriated some fifteen or eighteen shillings in cash. Small as the sum was, it is a large one to the owner, and the robbery has caused quite a feeling of uneasiness in the neighbourhood. It took place during the afternoon of Wednesday, and as a number of youths have got into the habit of assembling nightly on the pavement of this position of Rae-street, there will be little ease until they are dispersed. One policeman would most probably be sufficient to accomplish this, and a guard of one is not much to ask even in these days of economy   of police energies as well as most other things.