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NEWS OF THE DAY. . — ? + --??y--v.- —

Webb's Marionettes will appear fer the last time oil the present -season at the Odd fellows' Hall, Fr'omantle, this evening. The Corporation labourers are now en gaged in pknting Iha side-walk3 of Russell-sqva 'e with blue-gum saplings. What about planting the grass-seed ?

The following shows the rainfall regis tered for the '.twenty-four hqiu-s previous to nine a'.m; on Thursday last:'-!- York,' -32 ; Perth, -94; Fremantle, '81 j Bunbury, 1-20 j and Albany '14. ..,,-.....? The description of lands (about ninety acres in all) required to be resuaied for the purpose of the Spencer's Brook— to Noithnm Railway appears in the Govern ment Gazette. ..'. The sentence -of death passed on (he native Charlie Walebin has- been com muted by His Excellency the Governor, who has ordered the prisoner to undergo a term of imprisonment at- Rpttnest Island. The following notice was posted at the Central Telegraph Office this morning :— ' Berne notifies that the Siberian line is interrupted. Shanghai notifies that the line to Tientsin is interrupted.' During tho half y?ar ended June 30, 1886, we imported from Victoria 100 bags of wheat aud 423 bags of flcur. For the same period of last year wa imported from the same colony l,0S0 bags of flour, but no wheat. - The Tichborne Claimant (Arthur Orton), who arrived at New York early in last month from Eaglalid, has informed a press reporter that ho is in hopes of making money by lecturing in the States in order to assist him when his case is reopened., Tho present high, prices of meat at present ruling . in' the centres of population in this Colony have induced a number of gentlemen at the Noithto forina. Co operative Butchering Company, with a view to better equalising the supply of meat with the demand. We have been requested to direct the special attention of our readers to Mr. John McCleery's sale of produce, &c, ex s.s. South Australian, notified in our business columns to take place at the South Jetty, Fremantle, at 11 a.m. next Monday. We have been requested by the Secretary, Mr. J. Mansfield, u- draw the attention of members of the ' West Australian Foot ball Club' to a Special Meeting that will be held at the Criterion Hotel on Monday evening, July 19th, at 8 o'clock. Ratty up, ',Wests.' '?'?.??'

We note yet another advance in the value of . Westi rn Australian . public securities in the London market. On May 28, as previously reported, our four per cents, had risen in the fortnight from 104 to 105 ; the closing price on June 11 stood at 107. ? Tenderers are reminded of the notice from the City Council, now appearing, calling for offers for -.carrying out several works. Among these are the erection* of a new office in the basement of the Townhall, the im provement of Bulwer and other streets, and the clearing of the drain in Water-street. At, the City Police Court the following cases were dealt with this morning : — Joseph Clayton and Louis Fischkard, charged with drunkenness, were cautioned and discharged. And Job Todd, -charged with wandering about while ; being of unSound mind ; was also discharged, but 'with being cautioned not to sin in the same manner again. Miss Marian Willis, supported by several of the most popular and talented gentlemen members of Macallum's (late) Dramatic Company, - will g.'v ; an ratertainment at the Mechanics' Hall this evening, when the interesting comedy of ' Who Killed Cock Robin' and the laughable farce of 'A Dead Shot ' will be presented— a bill of fare which, supposing the weather, be fine, should , attract a full house. On Monday evening the Company will appear in 'The Geneva Cross,' another piece quite new to most West Australians. The debate upou the proposed new Land Regulations will be brought to a close next Monday evening, when the Commissioner of Crown Lands (the Hon. J. Forrest, C.M.G.) will reply to the adverse criticisms hon. members have passed upon them. Taken as a whole the debate (considering the importance of the' subject) has been of

the most miserably poor description, lack ing, as it has done, in energy, interest, and eloquence. Hon. members seem to be re serving tlieir strength until jfche draft Regulations be committed, when a perfect deluge of proposed amendments will be poured in from both side3 of the House. At the Fremanta- Police Court this morn ing, before Mr. Fain.' urn, Win. Lalnb, a sailor belonging to the barque Spirit of the South, was charged witi; desertion from the vessel on the 23rd Jtt .o. The captain said the accused left. the ship during the' night. Oh the prisoner being asked what he had to say in defence, he replied ' Nothing,' and ? was then sentenced to six weeks' imprisonment with hard labor.— P. Smith, also a sailor (from the Otago), was charged vith desertion on the 7th instant.' On being asked if he had anything to say, he replied that he had been badly treated by the mate. He also was sentenced to six weeks' with hard labor, and informed by the Bench that should the vessel sail before the expiration of the term he would be placed on board. He replied although he had nothing to say against the captain he would prefer being hanged to going on board the vessel again.

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