NEWS OF THE WEEK.
Arthur Payne, the victim, of .the reported case of bubonic , plague, has practically; regained, his
Mr. Wise, the Attorney-General, contradicts the statement, that he is likely to be appointed to the position of Agent-General.
The Right Hon; G. H. Reid returned to Sydney on Saturday by the Mararoa, after an extended holiday trip through Tasmania and New Zealand. The ex-Premier was accompanied, by Mrs. Reid.
The treatment of boys at Sydney Hospital for slight bullet wounds is now a matter of almost daily occurrence, and attracts but little attention. In most instances the cases are the result of the careless fondness which boys at the present time entertain for firearms, owing to the military spi- rit prevailing among them.
A butcher employed at Glebe Island was gather- ing bushes near Joubert-road, Hunter's Hill, on
February 1, when he came across the body of a man. In the hand a revolver was clasped, and there was a bullet wound in the
head, the missile having penetrated the roof of
the mouth and entered the skull. The police removed the body, which was subsequently iden- tified as that of George Hember, who was lately manager of a station near Brewarrina. He was
last seen alive by some residents of the district at 5 a.m on February 1.
I The? revenue ;returns'r for ; january; were . issued on Feb. "If They totalled £826,835 for the month, be ing^ net increase .of '£122)957 on January, 1899." The principar1 increases are - as, foliow:,\ .Customs, £13,866; excise, £3'493; I stamps; *10'40; « land; tax, £15,740; land ; revenue,. £34,971; railways, £38,485; postage, ; £3252;'': elíctíia.vtelegraph,.': £4500,;. tele phone, . , - £986; ;- Metropolitan' .Water 1 arid Sewerage, £6094," The decreases only amount tc about £2500. - The Treasurer (Mr. Lyne) is very pleased at the buoyant state of che revenue. The total revenue for the seven months pf the yeai now stands at £5,590,543, being-an increase on the corresponding portion of the previous year oi £209¡684.
. An elderly man named Andrew - Dunn, who was run over by the electric tram in Harris-street on- January 20, died-at the Sydney Hospital on Saturday ,from the effects cf the injuries he. re ceived. Dunn, it will, no doubt, be remembered, staggered in front of a.city-bound tram from Pyrmont, and before the tram could be brought to a standstill, the wheels had passed over him. The injured-, man was at once conveyed to Syd ney Hospital, where an exam i átion-showed that he had .been badly cut about the head and face, and that his left leg, fro:-i the knee' down, 'and the foot, had been sp severely' crushed that it h^d to".tpei amputated.' Deceased resided at Caro .'line-strèèt,' neçir the Eveleigh Railway Station. "'
." ! A labbrer..named...Tho"ma's- Mulcahy, ? aged. about 36, was terribly injured on .Februai^, £*by * íall down, á-ilift-well- at the Darling. Harbor wpbl (stored
of Messrs. John Bridge and Company, , arid suc cumbed .to his jnj.uries. about half an hour 'after wards."- i .In order that spmp;-bàgs-.ôf- wheat:might be . thelmere, easilyvJpicked;üp,:.t¿e'. ïift..,was praised spme, threp feet''¿rpm t&é-'.flTOr/leVèl; arid/remain^ ed "there/, in 'a4 stationary... position. :;'.-It ^appears that, Mulcahy;. in. turning round to "lift one ''of- the bags* on to his báck'-féli:^!rpügh'the opening,' and to the bottom of the well, a.distance of about.56ft, falling ori: his .face: ' In his Idës'cënt the unfortu nate man struck a glass framework, which was smashed;- . The : dêceasëd rhad been employed- at Bridge's, stores during -sëvëral.-isëasoris^/and .the lást'timeT Jíad been 'in that/ëmploynièrit -f dr some ? five' month's* '
The report of the Railway Commissioners for the quarter ended December last.'shows an in crease in .the.passenger traffic of £22,737... In the goods department there .;was an. increase, in gene ral lines, but on wool, there was a decrease of £15,841, on live stock £21,984, and on fodder £4928.... On the net earnings for the ...quarter
.there vwas a net 'decreaseA-of' £9570, buí.for the past half-year-the net decrease is»\ over :£60-,000: In * conséquence, of an unusual, amount of repairs and-renewals, .the expenditureincreased by £15,671. T The. tramway earnings for the quartér increased by £8459 .and; .the expenditure' .». by £7083, the net increase behjg £1376. Thé George
and Harris streets electric tram, a distance of
3 miles 19 chains, was/ opened "ori December 8. buring the 24 days of the month 1.136,852 pas sengers were'carried. : The traffic still continues to bo of a very gratifying character, -the earn ings to date being about £10,000. .. . . ..
A pecuíiárly ifnpudent robbery, accompanied by violence, Was perpetrated in Pitt-street on Janu ary 31. tho victim;'being a 1 Chinese ' storey , -keeper, :Ynamed .Ch.ee/ Loy.. '"The Çhinàiritn '. was
standing, at the corner of allane'whic^Cbranbhés ?frórii"Pitt-streét ¿t" theïaidé'pf fais eno¡bj';4Np.'".40'7,' .near Goülburn-street,wheri¿v^
.'approached, and _he .Was súddenJyVset, upon:, , Vn? ..¿bt3cedi.ini;ttíeiunfrequto tl^ey threw him ;dpwn, ;bpund,'^ánd^gágged, hlm.^án^d^then^car xied him" thróu'gh 'a ' sidedpbr into" his : own - pre mises, '.where two bf them.'exploited" hisfppckëts,' while.,the'third !kej»t guard:;*!'.'lAXso^etfe^f^'.and. :fif tëèn*isliilllngs^were thûs'tàicen frpm "bim: Find
ing á* bunch of keys in his possession, one of the men tried a number of drawers, and boxes in the room, but did not (succeed, in the limited time at his disposal, in finding anything-valuable- The trio then decamped, leaving their victimo helpless, to be liberated by some of bis countrymen, who came àlouè soon afterwards.
A. deputation from the' Democratic,. League, in
troduced by Mr. J. Haynes;i^llA.^a*ndr accompan ied by Messrs.'Griffith. arid.'T. Brown/-! Ms¡L.A., waited on the Premier on.. . February 2, and urged ; the-"-, the ,,-Government should . consider!' the -* propriety ; of entirely stopping auction - sales bf- Crown lands,
wi|¿ a view to 'introducing 'the.- leasing system.
Special reference was'made to the 'proposed-sale in Martin Place. In. reply, -Mr.r;Lyne.eaid.- that there was a debt on it of £468,000'upon which Inte rest, had to. be paid, - and he wanted- t0 ,tclose the account. Although he was putting a nigher, reserve ' .V on . the land than " when, it was offered., before, he expected, " even if it were sold, that he would have to. make up a debit balance of about £300,000. In conclusion, he would bé quite prepared to lease the block!; if Mr; Háynes 'could bring forward anyone prepared to Itake it on a long lease'and pay a ground - rental
equal- to-5 per cent, upon «200,000, otherwise the
proposed sale would.go.oi^ . *.
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"'The Public Works Committee on Saturday agreed to recommend the construction ot Ute Gua, ,dagal-Tumut railway, provided that the district benefited agree to contribute* to the Railway Com missioners any. loss accruing on the construction and working of the line, but. not otherwise. The ^committee also agreed fövt'he' motion for partial réclamation works at Glebe Island, at a cost not to exceed £38,000. . '
A deputation from Te"mora, : introduced "by Mr. Watson, M.TJ.A,, . accompanied., by Mr. Hayes, M.L.A., and supported- by Mr. Dan X)'Connor, waited on the Premier on Feb. 1 and urged that special assistance should be given to the Temora School of Arts. It was stated that_.no large build ing suitable'for the public existed in the town, and that unless the Government assisted oh a large scale, owing .to the bad seasons, the people could do nothing. It was also pointed, out that the Government spent large sums of money on parks and gardens, etc., In the metropolis, arid lt was only reasonable that. something ehoujd be. done to make life in the country more agreeable. Mr. Lyne, In reply, said the Government could not make a special, case of such- a demand as this. There was no fund from which he could obtain such a sum. The Government- subsidy wa« pound for pound, and it could not'Veil be exceeded. If a sum of about £1000 was placed on the estimates for a School of Arts building - at Teinora, fifty other places would want-the same. He did not know where the - money would come from. . No
special grants''had''b;èen .made-'to^/Sçi^ols! pf "Arts since jl887.; Hofwè,yè,r,; he ^ùld^^ù^s/'âiè sub-r
jèct wi th - the' Minister for Bducatibri- 'and' see . it ;ariything"cóuld.'b*é dorie tri the matter;"'..-¡ J'.. ',.'*'
j A conference- of .freetraders, was held in the Tëmperànçe Hall, Sydney, où /February 1." 'i/lr'. Bj "Pulsford,' MfL.C.', 'presided, arid among those present were-' Mr.' W. M'Mlliári; 'Mr.-". J: Hughes, M.L.C., Mr.-A, J.,Gpuld,;M,L\C;, Messrs;,Dj- Storey»
Fl. E.; M'Leap, Affleck, .Parkes, Ms.L.A., J. - F. Burris^ J'. Thomäs r(Albury)'," Frank ' Griinley, J. T. Walker, A- G» Eager, and others. It had been arranged that a conference of the freetraders, of Australia would take place in Sydney on .February 14 and 15, and the object of this meeting was to elect the. delegates pf this, colony to that con ference. ' The. delegates "would? be elected on the basis of one representative for each 100,000 of the population, the total number of delegates being 38, of which New South Wales would have 14, Victoria 12, Queensland 6, South Australia 4, and Tasmania 2. It was proposed during the con ference to hold a public meeting in Sydney to be addressed by representative Australian freetrad ers. It was" decided that the' New' South Wales delegates be B. R. Wise, j. Ashton, "M.I».Ai.', J. H. Carruthers, M.L.A., A. Gi Eàgar,' P^Grinaley, J. Hughes, M.L.C., F. E.. M'Lean; M.liA.-, . E. Puls ford, M.L.C., V. Parkes, M.L.A:;;'Bruce Smith, J. T. Walker, F. Walsh, J. T. Hebblewalte (Goul burn), John Haynes, M.L.A., C. T; Rénshaw, W. Harding, and Geo. Pile. v