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Local and General News.

1 BLACKALL Small DEBTS COURT.-The

only case tried this week was that of Nevile v. Desmond, claim £26 16s. for commission. Mr. Blakeney appeared for plaintiff. Plain tiff effected the lease of Mr. Desmond's hotel to Mr. E» Nock for a term of three years, tic claimed 5 per cent, commission on the rents for that term. Defendant contended ! that he never employed plaintiff as agent,

and also produced evidence to show that the charge was excessive. The Bench reserved judgment until next week.

BLACKALL HOSPITAL.-The provisional committee met on Wednesday evening. The treasurer announced that £600 was already available for expenditure on building. The plan of the Eoma Hospital was adopted as the plan for the local building, one wing and the offices to be first erected. The specifica tions for the contract were discussed and amplified, finally being adopted. It was then decided that tenders should be invited through ttie medium of the Blackall and Rockhampton papers for construction of the building. A plan of ten acres of ground selected by the committee on the plain be tween Lyiich's slaughtering yards and the cordial factory as a site for the hospital, was approved and instructions given to the honorary secretary to make application for the transfer of the land to the hospital trustees. The tenders for the building will be returnable by September 8rd, when the first general meeting of subscribers will be held,

BLACKALL POLICE COURT.-On July 16th Henry Earnest Hooper was charged with passing valueless cheques at Tambo, After bearing the evidence of Senior-Constable Feltham, prisoner was remanded to Tambo. -On July 20th, Mrs. M. E. Kewlcy charged i Mrs. Agnes Connolly with using obscene

language. Complainant stated that she was buying some meat in Lynah's butcher's shop on the 17th, when defendant made use of the language complained of. R. Pont deposed that he was in the shop on the morning in question; heard the two women quarielling, but did not know what they were quarreliiug about, and paid no attention to the words used. John Anderson deposed that be saw

plaintiff and defendant in the shop, and heard some obscene language, but wnich of the two women used it he could not say. E. Jilbert gave similar evidence, and the case was dismissed.-On July 21st, John Jones was charged with committing an aggravating assault on a female on July 20th. Robert Coyle, constable, deposed that between 4 and 6 p.m., on the 20th inst., from information received, he proceeded to the water reserve fiat on which prisoner was camped. \*ound

Srisoucr quarrelling with the womau Ellen

ones, who was lying on the ground. Saw

prisoner kick the woman twice as she lay on the ground. He arrested prisoner and took him to the lock-up. The prisoner had been , drinkiug, but was not drunk.-William Lynch

deposed : About 8 p.m. on the 20th, prisoner cainc to my house and asked if any of the police were there; he said there was a man in bis tent whom he wished togive in chargc; he loft, and shortly afterwards returned say ing he would have to find Constable Coyle; prisoner had a knife in his hand, and kept continually feeling the blados as if to find which was the sharpest; prisoner said a man was in the tent kissing his (prisoner's) wife ; about five minutes afterwords I saw prisoner trying to carry Ellen Jones away from the tent; they fell down ; prisoner then got up, caught his wife by the arm and dragged her along the ground, and when tired of dragging her, prisoner kicked her reputedly, then punched her with his fists, and on one occa

sion jumped with his knees on her as she lay

on the ground; several time?, about tun times, prisoner left the woman and went towards the town; on each occasion looking back he saw the womau trying to get up, he ran bnck, knocked her down, and dragged her farther along; I then, thinking the prisoner would kill the woman, sent for the police | 1hc row lasted about one hour and a quarter from the time it commenced until the constable arrived ; being very ill myself I was unable to interfere; the prisoner was

not drunk.-Sentenced to three months1 im prisonment with hard labor in Blackall gaol.

Cottons AND COLDS.-A great many patient mcdicincs can be obtained for the relief of the above, but none of them equal IRWIN'S COUGH MIXTURE.-[AJJVT.]

WARRIM.A WINE.-Awarded a prize medal and certificate of merit at the Philadelphia Centcnninl Exhibition, 1870; also honourable mention at the Paris Exhibition of 1878, and first prize (medal) at the Sydney Inter national Exhibition, 18721-80.-Irwin Bros., Warrilla Vineyard, Ipswich.-[ADVT.]

U3T£1 PURE GIFTS !-The Proprietors of WoLPG*6 AUOMATIC SCBIRDAM SCHNAPPS, to induce the destruction and prevent the im proper use of their wrappers and label*, and thus further protect the Public npainnt fraud and dcceplion,havc inclosed in the wrappers, or under the lnliol on the quart bottlef, since October 1st. 1878, and continue to inclose IN EVER? DAY'B PACKING THROUGHOUT THE

TEAR, THUEE £1 ORDERS, which are drawn upon the undesigned, nud which will bo cashed by them on presentation. To

secure these Gift*, the Public must be careful

to link for, and accept nothing but the

Uunuine UDOLPIIO WOLFK'b SCHNAPPS

willi our name upon the top laljel. M. Moss & Co., Wyuyard Lane Syduuy.-[ADVT.]

BUSINESS BEFORE PLEASURE.-Our new I

Member, judging by the first report of par liamentary proceedings, was evidently in B Lurry to commence the real business of the session, and wished to make short work of the debate on the Steel Rails Commission. But both Hides objected to this. M'llwraith wanted Members to peruse the report care fully that his innocence might the more

clearly be revealed ; Griffith, that some am-1 biguity in the construction ©f a sentence might open a loophole for political opponents

to spy out a flaw in the Commissioners' judgment.

THE LOCAL DIVISIONAL BOARDS.-It is satisfactory both far the ratepayers of the local Division and the members of the Board, to know tliat the Government has separated the third subdivision from Kargoolnab, and created it into a separate division. As the Board waB previously constituted, it made the transaction of business almost an impos sibility, owing to the difficulty of procuring the atteudance of members living at a dis tance from the cculre of operations ; and the inconvenience probably was most severely felt by those who resided iu the vicinity of Tambo. Under the ucw arrangement the

Kargoolnah Division will consist of Kos. 1 j and 2 sub-divisions, with six members on the Board, and the business of the Tarnbo divi sion will be managed also by six members. This limitation ought to render the formation of a quorum a matter of no difficulty, while local works will be more completely subject to local control,

AN KRROR,-The Peak Downs Telegram states that the late Mr. D. Mnyne in bis last illness44 was attended by Dr. Moran, who did all in his power to bring about rccoveiy." Dr. Moran, at the time referred to, was in Winton. From the obituary notice published in the same paper it seems that Mi'. Mayne was a general favorite in Clermont, an in iiumoriatn elegy concluding with this tribute to departed worth :

" lvucw ye liim well ?

Yc then can tell

How his friends loved the face

That ne'er showed the least tracc Of a thought vile or base.

Farewell, till we meet thee by God's grace."

BLACKALL MUNICIPAL COUNCIL.—The

ordinary meeting of the Council was held on Monday evening last. Present: Aldermen Irwin (in the chair), Stephens, Ahnfeldt, and Moss. The necessity for at once commencing the re-construction of the Corporation dam was fully recognised by the Council, and in committee the specifications for the proposed

work were discussed and amended. It was decided that the new by-wash should be composed of hardwood piles driven six feet eight inches below the present foundations, backed with stout timber and puddled clay, with planked overshot from the can of the by-wash to a distance of fifteen feet, and stone for the remainder of the slope. This would, it was considered, present the utmost resistance to the pressure of the water, and carry the surplus clear of the embankment and by-wash. The Council agreed to take the measurements of the work next day. The report of the Inspector of Nuisances was read and received. Correspondence was

received from the Under-Colonial Treasurer re £2000 loan ; from Divisional Clerk, Ara- mac, requesting copies of goat and dog register, carriers' licences, &c.; from C. Gantz   claiming under by-law 15 reward for being first at a fire with watercart, and from Alder- man Moss tendering his resignation as a member of the Council. The Council ordered the payment of the reward due to C. Gantz. On the following day the aldermen met at the dam, and having carefully measured the proposed works, the specifications for the new by-wash were finally decided upon, and the Clerk instructed to call for tenders returnable to the Committee by noon on August 12th.

THE PRINCES IN AUSTRALIA.-The young midshipmen, popularly known as the " Royal Cubs," are being lioniecd to a great extent in the southern colonies. In Adelaide they were treated to a sight of the cane with which D. C. F. Moodie castigated the Hon, T. Clark for defaming the Queen ; at Ballarat they were presented with Bibles by the Suuday School children \ at Melbourne they were entertained at a ball in the Town Hall J in Sydney, probably, they will be invited to a picnic at Clontarf. Many vile portraits of the princes appear in the Victorian and New South Wales papers, and much viler poetry of welcome to Royalty appear in the same jonrnalG. The loyalty of Australians is generally a ginger-beer sort of affair, it effervesces and sparkles for a little time, and then falls flat, when the visitors depart all sorts of ill-natured comments ore made ubout them.

THE WESTERN PASTORAL SHOW AT BOM A. -The show of the Roma Society is likely this year to attract a large number of ex hibits in the sheep classes. Entries of stud rams have been received from the Heading ton Hill, Talgai, Bon Accord, Glen Gollan, and Jimbour Stations. Most of the rams thus exhibited will be offered for sale at auction, and a telegram to oar office from Mr. Joseph Carter, the well-known stock agent, informs us that 200 of these picked rams will be offered for sale. Here is an opportunity for western graziers to improve the breeding of their flocks.

TAMBO HOSPITAL.-A correspondent says the usual monthly meeting of the Committee was held in the Police Court on the 13th inst., all the local members being present. The Surgeon's report was read a6 follows

Inpatients, 7: admitted during month, 11 ; discharged, G; died, 1; remaining in Hos pital, June 80,11; in more than four weeks, 3; unfit for removal, 1. The Secretary pre sented an inventory of the movable property in the Institution on July 1st. ThiB will serve as the basis of the statement made monthly by the wardsman. The balance sheet for the quarter ended June SO was i»ub mittcd. The quarter began with a credit balance of £822 Is. 4d.in the current account, and ended with a credit balance of £101 15s. 2d. During the quarter, however, £ 1000 was taken out of this account and placed at interest for twelve months, and though it was made to appear as expenditure on the balance sheet, it pursues a highly pleasing existence of its own elsewhere. fur thcu from having retrograded, the quarter has advanced beyond its predecessors to the ex tent of about £800. The chief items of iucome

were naturally private subscriptions and Government aid on account of these, the former amounting to £64 10s, 3d., and the latter to £fiG0 18s. lOd. Police fines, or as they arc sometimes called, drunkards' fines, came to £0 3s. Tambo was credited with < life., and Blackall with £5 6s. The expendi

ture proper only amounted to £350 5s. 2d. Maintenance cost £113 18K. Id.; salaries, £120. These twoaccounls used to keep very

much together, the variations previously lielng generally in Payor of maintenance. During the early part of the quarter, how ever, there were few patients in the Hospital, and perhaps, also, the increasing su|)crvisiop of the Committee over all items of expendi

ture has kept this account under. The rival i account is a fixed figure. Drugs cost £41; j repair-, I printing, £8 13s. Gd., and | pundrics, £41 10s. Od. Of this last sum one- j half was spcut in sending incurables to Uock humpton. Accounts rendered during the month, amounting to £104 lCs. 2d., were authorised to be paid. As a deposit of £200 will be released from interest at the cud of i the month, the present current balaucc pro-j Minted no difficulty, On the 10th an emer gency meeting wus cnllcd to consider appli cations for the post of wardsman. lfacre were six applicants, out of whom Mr. Francis Walker, of Tambo, was selected.

Australia has more miles of telegraph than Great Britain. The former has 2G,000 miles; the latter some 43,000 miles.

A combat at St. Louis tlienthorday between a bnntam cock and a bull terrier, resulted in the ignoble defeat of the latter, who retired with the loss of one eye, and covered with

blood.

THE NEW MAIL SERVICE AND Iumigra- i TION.-Colonists desirous of bringing out their friends from the United Kingdom or the

Continent of Europe will be glad to learn i from an official notice in another column that | the advantages of the remittance system of immigration have been extended to the new mail steamers. Passage warrants available for twelve months will be issued by the Immigration Agent, Brisbane, at the rate of £1 to £4 each, according to the age and sex of the person whom it is desired to introduce. This opportunity will, we have no doubt, be largely availed of, and we shall be surprised if a considerable stream of remittance immigrants do not soon set in to the colony by the mail boats. The steamship Mcrlcara, wc notice, despite several delays in the Northern Ports, rcacbed London in fifty-five days from Brisbane. No doubt equally good

time will as a rule be made in the outward

passage also, as soon as preliminary obstacles , have been surmounted. We have always { regarded the stimulus the mail service would j give to the introduction of population as one j of its greatest recommendations, and we trust; soon to learn that all our future immigrants will be brought oat by steamship.-Exchange. KXT&AOBDtNART DISAPPEARANCE.-There arc certain circumstances in connection with

the disappearance of a young man named Walter Bradburn which may be termed singular. On the 30th May (says thtMary borough Chronicle), under engagement to Mr. Powers to reside on a selection at Tahiti, to the eastward of Tisro, Bradburn left Mary borough, and apparently reached his destina tion. Subsequently, the residence was visited by several persons, who 6aw no trace of Bradburn. On Monday last, Mr. Pitt, of Owanyilla, found Bradburn's swag near a watcrhole nbout a mile from the Tahiti resi dence. Two of the missing man's relatives examined the locality on Tuesday, and found that, of the rations taken by him from Maiy borough, only enough for one day's consump tion had disappeared. Mounted constables Pickering, Dawsen, some black trackers, nnd private friends of Bradburn started on a search expedition, but up to last night had made no report. It is a remarkable coincid ence that about sixteen years ago a brother of this same Bradburn disappeared in a like manner somewhere in the Burnett district, and was found dead, while another brother, about three years ago, was missed from Mondurau station, ana never more heard of, either alive or dead. It is hoped, for the sake of the young man now missing, and for the comfort of hi6 many friends in this town, that we Bhall not have to record the triple calamity in this ill-fated family.

The CURATIVE Pbopebtibs OF Gun LEAVES.-A correspondent of the Bendigo Independent thus testifies to the curative pro))crtics of gum-leaves :-" I will relate something respecting the curative properties of the gum-leaves. I am acquainted with three |«rsons who have been thoroughly cured of rheumatism by sleeping on beds made entirely of these leaves. Those used were of a round shape and of & sticky nature, growing on young plants, and the nearest to the ground. It is also well known that a dozen of these leaves made into a decoction of tea

are good for a cold or for inflamed eyes. Further, if a few of the leaves are rubbed smArtly between the palms of the hands and immediately held to the nostrils, taking a lengthy hard miff, a most refreshing sensation

will be the result."

A New PnASE op Dummtibm.-The agri cultural reporter of the Leader, now in New Zealand, writes to that journal as follows ; " Gridironing" is one of the worst forms of defeating the object of the Land Act which were resorted to by the monopolists. The act specified that no less than twenty acres could be taken up in one allotment, and this clause was Kciecd upon by some of the wealthy and intclligeut class, who wished to have "a stake in the country," and a bigger stake thau the country allowed them. The runs were " gridironed," that is, every alternate twenty acre allotment was selected, leaving an intervening 19J acre block. As no one could take up the 19£ acre allotments, the squatter secured the use of his whole run at about £1 per acre, for be had purchased about half of it at £2 per acre, getting the other half for nothing. The next step was to get an act passed (after possession had given a claim) to moke legal the fraud which had been perpetrated, and the result was that the squatters were allowed to purchase the inter vening blocks. There are land owners in Canterbury, and Rome of them high in politi cal power, who might vciy appropriately adopt a gridiron for a crest.

An AMUSING Scene AT MOUNT POOLE. -At '.he end of last month after the diggers had been without flour for a week or two, there was a grand rush to the store of Mr. Ottnway where some teams had arrived from here with that indespensablc article. Tftc

store was completely ueseiged by about 600

men all elbowing and crushing in a manner only to be seen equalled on some grand night at the door of a theatre. Each had his own

bag and as it was held forward the storcman poured six pounds of flour into it, receiving 4s. in return. It was arranged that the flour should be dealt out in 61b lota at 8d per lb. Of course the strongest got served first One poor old fellow who appeared to have reached the allotted span of three score and ten years called out from the middle of the crowd in good broad scotch. "A ken that poke, its been ser'd three times aready,11 with that the poke was thrown back in the face of its owner, and the old man requested to send up bis poke and money. The man who had been takiug advantage of the others, had a bag with him in which he emptied each six poutids as he got them. The utmost good humour and hilarity prevailed, but it was several hours

before all could be served.

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