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Melbourne.

[fbom our own correspondent. J

April 15.

The balloon accident yesterday was caused by the inexperience of the aeronaut in not allowing for the great expansion of gas in the balloon which naturally takes place at a great altitude. He had already clutched the valve-rope, upon seeing his danger, when he heard the explosion.

His first thought was to jump from the car, but ¡. finding that the parachute came into play, he remained. The parachute doubtless saved his

life.

A formal invitation to the Prince of Wales to ~ open the Melbourne Exhibition next year will be despatched by the outgoing mau.

At a meeting of the Society of Amalgamated i Engineers held on Saturday, the Minister for Riilways, in the course of an address, stated that he intended shortly to invite tenders for the construction of other locomotives in addition to those already built in the colony. Since he had been in office the department had had its work doue in the colony as far as possible, instead of sending home ; aud during that period no lew than £724,375 had been spent in the colony for the construction of rolling stock.

A Scotch agricultural paper, in noticing the death of Sir St. George Gore, remarks :-" Ho has been known in the north of Scotland for many years. Thirty years ago he-rented Tulloch shootings in Rosa-shire, and afterwards the shoot» inga of the late Sir George Mackenzie, of Gair- loch. He also held shootings in. America, where he is believed to have killed more big game than any man living. Recently he returued to thi» country, and took a lease of Brahau shootings."

In a thoughtful article upon the future pros- pects of farming in Queenaland, the Toowoomba Chroniett Bays :-"The question ia a serious one. What can be grewn to prolüably export, for it nvust be clear to all that agriculture will make but little advance in Queensland, and occupy « very limited position, if its operations ore entirely confined to supplying our own markets. They must look to a far wider acd more unrestricted field ; and though there are many things, which can only be grown with profit for a local market, there are others which will pay for exportation to countries which require them and canaot pro* duce them. There coa be no question, that our formers will have to devise new plans for tho future, and not confia« their attention solely to growing corn, for which the market is always uncertain from its tendency to be oterdone. It seems rather an anomaly to be importing corn» flour from America when corn ia 30 cheap and abundant here. We are also of opinion thatfartoo little maize and its preparations is uBed in this country for food, for nothing can be more wholesoase and nutritious. Ground fine> and used as fsod for infants, iit is inhnitely pro» ferable to tlte imported " cornflour." What a, farmer can aare should be as. seriously considered as what ha- eon male, and we are certain that farmers lose largely by not taking full advaniage of their own resources. Besides boots, and clothes, they should want to buy very few other personal requirements. We have occasionally the pleasure of visiting homesteads in this dis- trict» at which nearly all the articles of consump- tion are home-produced-hams, bacon, jams, eggs, butter, cheese, flour, bread, pickles, sauce, vegetables, and fruit, and in such homes the expenditure ia trifling, all saved being really direct gain and income. If there were more co operation among our farmers, more uxiity and interchange of ideas and experience, eithar by means of the Press or ' Granges ' on the Amen. can principle, the resulta would most certainly

be beneficial io all,"

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