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THE 'Colonist' March 2nd, says:-On Monday evening last a portion of Mr. Haast's party returned to Nelson in con sequence of shortness of provisions again occuring. Mr. Haast intends to proceed without this portion of his assistants, they will not rejoin him. We have seen a fine specimen of gold which has been sent to the Superintendent through the hands of Mr. T. R. Berry (one of the expedition now returned,) who found it near the junction of the river Mangles and Buller. Important results are expected in con nection with this discovery.-On Mon day evening last, a public meeting was held in the court-house, Newcastle, con vened by the Mayor, for the purpose of raising subscriptions for the relief of the sufferers by the late floods in the Southern districts, The meeting, we regtet to add, considering its object, was very poorly attended. It was resolved
that collections should be made at the houses of the inhabitants.-At Hobart Town a double murder had been com mitted upon a man named George llickner, and Mary Tickner his wife. A man is in custody on suspicion.-On the 13th instant, a sum of seventy-five pounds ten shillings was paid by the Treasurer of the Kiama Floods Relief Fund into the Commercial Bank. - Another gold field, a great rush. There has been a new rush to the head of the Tumut-twelve miles from the Snowy River. All is encouragement. The rush is producing a furore on the Snowy River amongst the diggers. At Tumut and Grundagai the people are also catch ing the fever. There are already 1200 to 1500 persons on the gronnd. The sink ing is only two feet. The police camp has been robbed, and prisoner convicted and sentenced to six months'imprison ment. Other robberies were occurring, but considering all things the place is orderly. Plenty of gold being procured. Our townsmen are all doing well. Flour is £6 per bag. The police and their horses are quite knocked up.-Mr. John Inches, a well known resident in the Hunter District, has been killed by a bullock, in a stockyard. - The Shoal haven gold field. The'Illawarra Express' of Saturday last, states that a number of the inhabitants have left Shoalhaven for the new gold field, at Corang. Two men
have just arrived here from the new gold field, with a sample of gold; it is very light and solid.-At Ryde, last Sunday evening, a brutal murder was perpetrated by a man named Goodson, his wife being the victim. He has been
committed for trial at the Central
Criminal Court, by the Coroner's jury. Letters have been received by the friends of Mr. Wentworth, by the Emeu's mail, stating that he purposed leaving England for Sydney by the June mail; his arrival may, therefore, be looked for in the month of August.-Among the insolvents this week is Mr. William Bell, surgeon, of Campbelltown, who, among other causes, attributes his insolvency to the healthy state of the district in which he resides. This alone, says the insolvent,
has made a difference of over £400 in the receipts of 1859 as compared with 1858.-Dr. Beamish, of Scone, has been sentenced to one year's imprisonment in Darlinghurst, for gross neglect, as the medical attendant upon the late Bridget Taylor, whereby she lost her life. Snowy River: there appears to be as many people on their return to their homes, as there are on their way to the diggings. It is the universal opinion that in a few weeks the place will not be habitable. Some of the storekeepers have sold out. Those diggers who have claims in the bed of the river are doing well, but, there are large numbers des- titute, and begging for bread. Some parties are very fortunate, a Mr, Perry has found a nugget weighing 12 lbs. A party in the river have been for three weeks making from 60 to 90 ounces a day.