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Newcastle, Feb. 7.

The annual show of tho Toodyay Vine and Fruit-growing Associa tion was hold to-day on the Agri cultural Society's ground, at New castle and was a pronounced suc

cess. A banquet was held in the evening in the Freemasons' Hotel. Mr. Woodward presided, and there wero present Mossn;. Geo. Thros boII, M.L.A., E. H. Wittenoom, M.L.C., Wilson Hulen, Dr. Davis, A. Despeissis, B. D. Clarkson, M.L.A., member for tho dis trict, and Joseph Wroth (mayor of Newcastle). Tho chairman pro posed tho health of tlio Ministry. Mr. Wittenoom, in reply, said that ho recognised the responsibility vesting upon tho Ministry for the intellectual tasks of tho population of tho colony, and he referred to the -£l,000 spont upon the pictures for the museum. Yet their chief object was the development of the goldfields and tho railways, thereby giving the fruitgrowers the advantage of cheap freights and enabling the fruitgrowers of New castle to send their products as far as Woolgangie within a few weeks. The speaker also referred to the outspokenness of the The Morning Herald and the Perth Daily News with referenco to tho railways and telegraphic muddle, and ho en deavored to justify the muddlo by ascribing it to the climatic in fluences and tho unforeseen influx of population and extra freights. Ho denied tho statement in to-day's issue of Tho Morning Herald in regard to tho Commissioner for Railways and himself, as they were on the most friendly torms. Mr. Clarkson, responding on be half of tho Parliament, said that he claimed to be a supporter of the Government, belioving it to bo a thoroughly conscientious Government. Mr. Throssell said that the 17,000 acres of land around Newcastle would he gazetted next week for selection in 20 or 30 acre blocks. This was a chance for tho young men of the district. Mr. ' J. Lloyd proposed ' The Judges,' and Mr. Despcissis, in responding, spoke very highly of the wines shown to-day. He also praised tho fruits v/hich were shown Othor toasts followed. The captain of an ocean steamer in some ciujm jhuls out when his ship is Hearing an icolx'rg from the men in tho engino-room. When a steamship enters water consider ably colder than that through which it has been going, its propeller runs faster. Such water surrounds the vicinity of icebergs for many miles.

When the propeller's action, there fore, is accelerated greatly without the steam power being increased, word is sent up to the oilicer on the bridge that icebergs may be ex pected, and a close look-out is established. But the thermometer is the most useful indicator of the proximity of icebergs, of course.