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Few captains on the active list of the Royal Navy (Bays the Argus) eau show so long a record of war and meritorious services as Commodore J. C. Wilson, who is now on the eve of relinquishing his command of tho Australian station, after having accomplished the allotted period of scrvico, which is limited to three years. Commodore Wilson joined the navy as a cadet in 1847. As mate of the Algiers ho was present at the operations in thoBaltio in 1854, and subsequently in the Sea of Azoftj where in the attack on Taganrog he commanded the first launch of the Algiers. For his gallant conduct on this ocoosion he was mentioned iu the despatches. As acting lieutenant of the Spiteful, he was prosent at the attack and capturo of Kinburn, and received the Crimean and Turkish medals with clasps. As acting gunnery lieutenant of tho Chesapeake in 1859, he was engaged in blcnvihg up and cutting the booms under tho Peiho foils, aud was also iu the Opossum during tho action with the forts and subsequent landing, and was soveral times honour- ably mentioned iu despatches. As actiug-com mander of the Fury, ho took part in tho China war of 18G0, and for his services on that occasion received the China medal and clasp. For thrco yoars Captain Wilson was employed as commander of tho Gorgon, in tho suppression of tho slavo trade
on tho cast coast of Africa. Ho was commander of
the Bombay when she was destroyed by Gre, in Decombcr, 1864, and was specially promoted for his gallant conduct on that occasion, Ho served for three years asllagcaptaiu to Admiral Lord Dalhousie, andlS months as flag-captain to Admiral tho Hon. 0. G. B. Elliot. Captain Wilson then served for thrco years as iaspoctor of training ships, and was severely scalded when on duty on board the Thunderer, when a boiler burst and caused the deaths of 45
officers and men, in July, 1S7G. In 1878 Captain Wilson was appointed commodore on the Australian station, and W13 nominated as aide-de-camp to the Queen. The Australian command furnishes very little ecopo for distinguished service, but the position is ono which has always been filled by an officer who has previously mado his mark in the service, and among tho list of Commodore Wilson's predecessors aro tho names of Admiral Sir William Lorim»; Vice-Admiral Sir Fred. Beau- champ Seymour, Coramandor-in-Clnef iu tho Mediterranean ; Rca'-Admiral Frederick Stirling, commauder-in-chief in tho Pacifia ; Rear-Admiral Anthony lilley Hoskins, a Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty. In addition may be men- tioned tho names of the deceased offioers ¡ Rear Admiral Sir Wm. Wiseman, who commanded the Australian squadron during the period of the New Zealand war, and who rendered signal service with his bluo jackets ashore ; Vice-Admiral Rowloy Lambert, Commodore Burnett, who was lost in the Orpheus when that vessel was wrecked atManakau Heads 20 years ago ; and last, though not least, Commodore Goodenough, who was killed by the natives at the Ialaud of Santa Cruz, and whose honoured remains now lie buried not far from the shores of Port Jackson. Commodore Wilson is so near to attaining flag rank that his promotion as Rear-Admiral will probably bo received beforo the time arrives for him to haul down his broad pennant on board the Wolverene.
Tho Melbourne correspondent of the Bendigo Independent Bays :-Midwinter keeps up his reputa- tion as a good cricketer at home, as is seen by tho appearance of his name in the matches in which the County of Gloucestershire is engaged. In the match of Lancashire v. Gloucestershire he failed to score in thefirstinnings, but got 5Gin the second, the highest score made by anyone on his side. He bowled successfully too, viz , 25 maidens, 37 runs, 3 wickets, and counted Hornby, who was caught off bim, amongst his victims. In this match W. G. Grace, whoso old brilliancy seems to have departed, made 14 and one. It would appear as if the champion's love of tho game had proved stronger than his resolve, which we heard about a season or two
It is an evidcnoe (says the Insurance and Banting Record) of tho abundance of money seeking invest- ment, that a considerable proportion of the increase in deposits of the Melbourne Savings Bank is in sums of £200 eaoh or over. The total amount in» creased (30th June, 1881) waa £287,054, and of thia