[FROM A CORRESPONDENT.]
I am glad to have an opportunity of bringing our
"fussy little village of Mudgee" (so called by one of your Bathurst contemporaries some time back) before the public through the columns of your paper. The days aro gono by when a person writing from Sydney exclaimed, " My dear O-, where tho Q._i's Mudgee ?" Yet such was the case not vory long ago. But nevertheless, things worth notice do occur here sometimes. For instanco, tho election of a secretary and medical attendant for our hospital took placo last week, when ono individual roso and stated that " ho had sufficient proxies in his pocket to put in, in spite of any opposition, the present town clerk as secretary, and the medico he thought host suited for it."
The two municipal councils, viz., the Cudgegong and the Town, have just had their nominations, with, a great amount of fun and small talk, more parti- cularly in the Town, as the other is comparatively tabooed from the roughs.
. For police news there has been too cases of alleged forgeries, first a Mr. H. Moore is likely to bo taken caro of tor a timo, being fully committed. The other case I hear is rather doubtful at present ; it caused some amusement to many, to see threo or four of the ? tradesmen who stood a chance of being vic
timised rushing down to the public-houso
which the ingenious gentlemen designated his stopping place, and then to see them returning each with some spoil -- one a saddle and outfit, others with portions of apparel, including a pair of boots. One worthy tradesman not only gave the full amount of the cheque in change, but one pound over, and the boots into the bargain. On finding out his mistake, he endeavoured to remedy it, and then followed a general blow up, resulting in the interesting stranger being taken possession of by the bluecoats.
On looking over the Australian wine statistics in your last issue, I see no mention of Mudgee ; yet we have one licensed still, and over 100 acres under wine culture, and more being added yearly.
Some parties are trying the cultivation of the "imphee" or "planter's friend," for sugar. How it will succeed time alone will tell.
Professor Thompson and Mr. Bensusan are both here, and, no doubt, highly gratified with the quicksilver mines at Cudgegong, the diamond mines at Two- Mile Flat, and the quartz reefs of Louisa, Tamba- roora, Apple Tree Flat, &c. A large field is open for investigation in this district. There are various caves around us ; and the resources of the mineral kingdom in this district are immense.