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NEWS OF THE DAY.

— ? ♦ Four letters for ' Confidential' are now lying at this office, r A concert in aid of the City Temperance Cricket Club is being arranged for Satur day night, September 3, in the Temperance Hall, Barrack-street.

A meeting of the executive committee of the Perth Working Men's Club will be held at eight o'clock this evening, for the trans action of important business. The name of — -. Hamersley has been added to the list of persons for. whom unclaimed messages are lying at the Central Telegraph Office. A meeting of the provisional committee appointed to do their best towards re organising the Canning Eace Club will be held at the United Service Hotel this evening, at eight o'clock. Ninety-two additional town lots at Derbj have recently been surveyed and are how open for purchase at the upset price of .£20 each. The contents of each lot is halfan acre.

According to advices by last mail the only passengers who stood as booked to proceed from London for Albany were — per Parramatta, leaving Sept. 23, Mrs. Grundy ; per Carthage, leaving Oct 21, Messrs. Brittain and Douglas. The Grand National circus will not open this evening, but to-morrow the circus will perform for the last time in Perth, on the grant higher up James-street than the one on which they have been playing. The change has had to be made on account of the wet weaher.

Next Tuesday evening, the 30th inst., has been fixed for the repetition of the Service of Song entitled 'Little Dot,' at the Trinity Congregational church. No charge is made for admission, but the custom prevails at these entertainments for each person entering to drop a silver coin into the plate. By this means small, though welcome, additions are made to the resources of that very important and useful auxiliary of religious education — the Sunday-school Fund. At the City Police Court this morning Mrs. Hannah Lewis summoned one of her three sons to show cause why he should not contribute 2s. a week towards her sup port. It appeared from the plaintiff's statement that her two other sons allowed her 2s. per week each, but that the defen dant had neglected to do so. In his de- J fence the alleged recalcitrant son stated 1 that he was at present earning only just enough to provide for his own maintenance ; and, accepting that view of the case, the Police Magistrate adjourned the case until the 26th September next, expressing a hope that by that time the parties might be able to arrive at some arrangement between themselves. This was the only case that occupied Mr. Leake's attention thiB morn I ing.

I Eason, Webster & Co., of Hay-street, Perth, do not make sufficient, profit out of the sale of their goods to pay for lengthy and costly advertisements. They prefer giving their customers the very best qual ity of goods at the lowest prices, thus giving them the benefit of the money otherwise spent in advertising. Note.— a trial will prove this. — Advt. With the heading the ' Eapid delivery of letters .- street door letter boxes,' the Postmaster General has issued -the follow ing circular :— It is desired to call the at tention of the public to the great assistance which, at a small cost, they can give to the Post Office, and to the advantage they themselves may gain from increased rapid ity in the delivery of letters, by the general adoption of street door letter boxes. The general use of these letter boxes ivill also tend materially to shorten the labor of the letter-carriers, who will thereby be enabled to complete their delivery without those delays at street doors which are now so frequent. . Eain is officially recorded to have fallen at the undermentioned meteorological stations, during the 24 hours preceding 9 a.m. to-day, as follows .—Northampton ?06, Geraldton '05, Dongarra-06, Greenough ?03, Carnamah -06, New Norcia -03, New castle -06, Northam -03, Guildford -15, York '03, Perth -22, Fremantle -57, Jarrah dale -07, Pinjarrah -10, Bannister #03, Bridgetown '10, Bunbury '05, Vasse '01, Kojonup f06, Albany *44, Bremer Bay *65, Esperance Bay #66, while at Israelite Bay ?50 points of an inch were registered. The weather at Eoebourne, Cossack, the Fortes cue and the Ashburton is reported to be fine; frosty at the Bannister; and cloudy, or threatening, at all the other observing

stations in the Colony. A football match willtak'e place on the new Eecreation Ground to-morrow between a team chosen from the West Australian Football Club and a team of the Victorian Football Club j play to commence at 3 p.m. The following will represent the 'Wests.':— F. McDonough (Capt.), E. Eamsay (Vice-Capt.), P. Cahill, J. Lewis, J. Hardwick, I. Vincent, S. Lawrence, J. Brown, M. Eichards, D. Baldwin, N. \valsh, B. Chapman, A. Dalziell, E. Bloomer, W. Eose, W. Delaney, W. Eowland, J. Lillias, J. Gilbert, and H. Armitage. Emergen cies :— J. Donnelly, J. Craig, F. Bogue, and T. Collett. The undersigned will represent the 'Vies.':-— H. Wilson (Capt.), H. Sadler (Vice-Capt.), J. Kneale, J. Jones, E. Ward, W. Cook, W. Shean, A. Connelly, E. Salter, P. McGann, E. Nolan, P. J.Healy, W. Eeilly, C. Hardey, — Eidley, W. Spooner, J. Neeson, S. Mead, H. Stevens, and A. Lake. Emergencies; — B. Drabble, G. Florance, W. Busby, and Munyard. There lives at the Moat Farm, Carrick, a man named Samuel Cox, one of the most remarkable men in Tasmania, on account of his great age and vigour. He says that he was born in the north of Wales on the 15th November, 1773, and if this is correct he is now nearly 1 14 years of age. He is remark ably strong considering his great age, and two or three days a week walks a distance of three or four miles. He is a most inde pendent old fellow, and will not move from Carrick. Comfortable quarters have been provided for him, both at Launceston and Longford, but he will accept of neither, and prefers living at the Moat. Cox has never been a teetotaller, nor studied his health in the least, but he has never had an hour's sickness. Some people doubt the correct ness of his assertion about his age, but no one has yet been able to say how old he really is except himself, and many people can recollect Mm knocking about for 50 years, and who say he was an old man when they first knew him, and that he has altered very little since. . . ,

To Singaporeans few forms among the the European residents of the island are more familiar than that of the Chinese pro tector, Mr. W. A. Pickering, who has late ly suffered from a murderous assault. The Straits Times of July 20 says : — ' A des perate attempt on the life of our respected Protector of Chinese, Mr. Pickering, was made about 11.15 a.m. on the 18th inst. by a Tiochow carpenter. Mr. Pickering, at the time, was engaged in. examining a number of newly-arrived female Chinese immigrants, when the would-be murderer was seen to advance to the desk and throw the head of an axe straight at him. The poll of the axe struck him in the centre of the forehead, -inflicting an ugly wound, though fortunately not a fatal one. The man was immediately seized, but he proved so violent that it took six per sons to bind his arms. At ' present it is difficult to say what motive induced him to attempt the crime; we are sure, that our readers will sympathise with Mr. Picker

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