? * ? VICTORIA. The Lady Bird arrived at the wharf as we were about going to press, on Tuesday evening. She brought to hand papers of the previous day. The Argus states that ' the shock of an earthquake was distinctly felt on Saturday morning. It occurred at thirty-five minutes past ten o'clock a.m., and was preceded and followed by a rumbling noise, like what would be produced by the passage of a car- riage over a paved street, and accompanied by a vibratory motion passing from S.W. to N.E. The last authenticated earth- quake observed in Melbourne was on 28th April, 1847, at 4.30 p.m., when the shock was even more perceptible than on Satur- day. The direction, on both occasions was the same. The only other on record was in January, 1842, when the direction of the motion was also S.W. to N.E.' Anothor fire broke out about 8 p.m. on Saturday, in the store of Messrs. Graham and Sands, Collins-street west. It was fortu nately put put before it reached any degree of strength. Some £30.000 worth of goods were on the premises, the insurance of which only amounts to £5600. Had the fire gained the ascendancy, the stores of Messrs. Rogers, Warfield and Co., and that of Hussey, Bond, and Hale, would probably have been destroyed. The fire commenced on some bedding, and spread to a quantity of paper which was in the store, and about ten bales of which were destroyed, or so damaged as to be utterly useless. The cause of the fire is a mystery, but there are certain strong reasons for supposing it to have been the work of an incendiary. An inquiry will most probably be instituted.- The locality of this fire, singular to say, is directly facing that of the late serious fire. . Chinese immigration is proceeding at a
rapid rate, and may well cause Bcnous alarm to the colonists. The ArguB of the . 4th says :— Appropriate to tho Chinese Bill, now before the. House, we perceire in our chipping columns! of to-day four-ships an nounced from Ghineao ports, conveying al together twelve hundred and three of these ainiablo foreigners. ,T,,, '' . ----- An attack was made by some of the dig gers at Bed HjU, on a party «f Chinese, with stones. One Chinaman was felled to the earth by Mie blow of a piece of quartz, and Ids nose completely smashed, -!
A proposition is about to be made to the government, which it is thought may greatly tend to check the very prevalent crime of horse-stealing. It is to a certain extent the adoption of the regulations in fore : in the mother country, by which every dealer in horses is compelled to take out a' license, for which a moderate sum is charged, and no licenses aro granted but to men of good character. -.-,.; Tha celebrated down Tom Barry is about to return to old England, . fle'taa succeeded, during a residence of a few months in the colony, in feathering bis nest to an extent which, in bis less expeasivo native laud, will make him comfortable for life. Petty larcenies are becoming very fre quent in Melbourne and its suburbs. The Herald says : — Several of the larger classes of brick buildings which were put up in tbe early days of the colony are be ginning to get 'shickery.' Tho Building Act provides that where buildings arc con sidered unsafe, they may bo removed. We witnessed an inspection of one of these buildings the other day, which no doubt at the time it was nrccted was considered quite a pattern of what a good substantial build ing ought to be. The bricks could be powdered by simply being pressed between the fingers, and wo believe a large pro portion of the old buildings are in this state. Our contemporary has an article headed ' respectable thieving,' and which is prin cipally aimed at the frequency of Insolvent Court Cases, and suggests that the Com missioner, Mr. Wilkinson, should exercise his power as J.P., by committing fraudulent Insolvents on the evidence before him as to tbo fact, which often appears, citing the circumstances that, in N.S. Wales, before the same functionary, and under the same Insolvent Act, summary committal lias often been carried out. The summary dismissal of Dr. W. H. Campbell, from his office of coroner for the territory, has caused a great amount of indignation to be entertained tnwnrd« tha
government He publishes the correspon dence which passed between himself and the government on the subject, from which it is plain that he has been very unjustly treated. Dr. Dick, of tbe 12th regiment, who was shot lately by one of tho two ruffians who fired at him while on h)B return to his quarters, and which occurred near the spot, is in so serious a state as to cause fears for his recovery. It is supposed that a second ball entered tho wound, the seat of which has not yet bpen discovered. Two men, Jackson and Moores, brickmakers, living at Prabran, are in custody relative to the deed, under rather BUBpiciouscircuinstan.ces- Lliska Hauser, by request, has consented to give a second scries of concerts in Mel bourne. m ?