RESUMPTION OF TRANSPORTATION. - Our representative, Dr Dickson, has,with a degree of boldness and recklessness which we never suspected him of possessing, come forward, in his place in council, to propose a motion for an address to His Excellency the Governor, requesting him to order the Superintendent of Port Phillip to send the next batch of felons to Portland and Port Fairy, provided emigrants could not be induced to proceed thither. Why Geelong was not included we know not, unless it was owing to the circum- stance that Dr Dickson had the honor to be called to the chair at the Anti-transpor tation meeting. It is evident that the poor man is a mere cat's paw in the hands of Wentworth. If he had been in possession of his free will he would never have brought forward such a motion. Although not a free agent, however, he is capable of doing, or of being made the istrument of doing incalculable mischief; for if he persists in his motion, it will no doubt be carried, for the Sydney members will be incapable of perceiving why the convicts sent to Port Phillip should be forwarded to Sydney in- stead of Portland. It is true thata few in dividuals in Portland have petitioned for convicts, but that is no reason why Dr Dickson should turn traitor to his former faith, noris ita reason why the inhabitants of Port Fairy should be doomed to a participation in the disgrace.
CocsIsr?TEcy OF MR 0ooa.-That we are 'not rinjust in accusing Mr Mloor of an un manly flexibility in " holding a candle" to Messrs Fawkner and Duggan, there will be no diffiulty in proving froms his own void.. These in effect were;-" I'boldlysaid to Sir George Gipps-take back your corporation, ifit istobeameretaxing machine; buttoyou'"my gmenle public," I promise to support a corpora tion, no matter what it is, without even a lawyer's reservation, or without even reserv ing a discretionary right to form an opinion of smy own." Upon the whole we have a good opinion of Mr 3Zoor's ability and tact, but not of his political reettude or stability. It is a significant fact that the populace cheered his first declaration, but were mute when he cringed. SuOcnoy TeIPLINr.--We observe, that since the police magistrate intimated his intention of sending all persons found guilty of intoxication on the Sabbath, to the stocks, that this description of offence has decreased considerably. Yesterday morning, the police sheet did not exhibit one case of intoxication in the preceding day; a similar fact was observable on last Monday week. Previous to the emanation of this decision it was no uncommon occurrence to see six and eight persons brought up for the offence. Such a salutary change is much to be appreciated. The offensive spectacle of drunken men rolling and staggering about the streets during hours of public worship, was one which certainly required to be surpressed. TRE JrETTr.-Unless something be done speedily to remedy the state of the approaches to the wharf, traffic must cease. It was with thegreatest difficulty, that the passengers by the steamer, last evening, could make their way through the profound depths of mud and puddle of the jetty, and its approaches. The carters were compelled to take only half loads, and these their horses could scarcely be made to draw. GoLD.-A specimen of this valuable mineral was brought into town yesterday, having been picked up in a locality near the Wardy yallock River. Of the identity of the metal there can be no mistake ; but whether it was really taken from the spot indicated, or in tended merely as a hoaxor perhapsa swindle, it is quite impossible, at the present moment, to say. The piece exhibited, is of very small size; but, of course, as in all such instances, the lucky finder can obtain tons from the same spot by the simple mode of stooping down and picking it up. New ACCTIOr.ER.--Mr J. S. Carver, agent for the Thames Steamer, has applied for an Auctioneer's license. As a thorough manof business Mr Carveris well knownin Geelong, and we doubt not will obtain for himself a fair modicum of public favor. The late stores of Messrs Nantes & Campbell hove been leased by the new applicant, as a place wherein to carry on his business. KEw LoncE OF t Ps F.o.ows.-We have been invited to inspect the new lodge room of the Australian Supreeme G(rand Lodge of Odd Fellows, lately opened aflMIr Kiernan's, the Royal Exchange Hotel ; and certainly were surprised at ftiding tlh tasteful elegance with which it has been fitted up. WVe were not aware that a new lodge, on commencing, would have gone to sucl a liberal outlay, in furnishing and decorating their lodge as in this instance they most unquestionably have done, The number of new omembers added to this order, since its commencemnent in Gee longhan been conside:able,
THE PROJECTED HUNT-WEEK OF 1849. Having been the vehicle of sporting ar- rangements which have not been carried out, those who have been diappointed may natu- rally be expected to ask for some apology, or an explanation of the deception which has been practised upon them, and, as we are anxious to show that we are guiltless of any intention of raising alse expectations, we shall make a few remarks upon the sub- ject. From the commencement of the season we had casually mentioned upon several occa- sions that there was reason to expect that the sportsmen of this quarter would be gratified by a visit from the master of the Werribee hounds, with his pak ; and, in thus giving the signal for prepration, we were fully justified by circumtances, for it is well known that, at the meeting of the Werribee Club, previous to the commencement of the season, a sum of mney was subscribed for the importation of deer, the greater portion of which it was propsed to hunt in the neigh- borhood of Geelong in addition to this sub- scription, several gettlemen residing at Colac and on this side of he country, contributed their quota of the expenses with the greatest promptness and librality; the particular reason for taking sun extraordinary means of providing game was, that the master of the hounds should not be brought to Geelong merely for parade, and that he and his field should not incur the ris of blank days, but, on the contrary, in case he legitimate game of he country, the pseudo-fox (if he were only possessed of the psedei qualities of the real animal, he would it no wise be esteemed an inferior quarry!) should fail, a certain run, the merits of vhich would remain to be proved,might be delended upon, by having a deer in readiness to )e uncarted. Delays are dangerous, and so we thought as the fine weather, common b the early part of the season, gradually ptssed away, and the rains of mid-winter begh to render the country heavy, though per ps to a less extent than usua. Several der, too, had arrived, in landing and removing into the country, and in taking care of wich, one and all concerned had shewn a degre of alacrity and absence of regard for persoaal trouble which charac terizes sportsmen, rerifying the great argu ment in favor of sporting, viz. the generous impulses which aie excited, and the good fellowship promotal. One and all had do.e thbir best for the iommon good. The sub scriptions were raised and paid, the deer pro vided, placed in a suitable inclosure, and carefully tended, and a deer cart was built. The game was in readiness, the hounds now alone were wanting - thus reversing the former relative position of hounds and game. After a time we inserted the appointments for the meets, which had been delivered at our office in the usual course of business, and we gladly noticed upon the probable coLsumma tion of the wishes of the expectant loner of the chase. Here we might end our tale, having suffered equal disappointment, ant being equally with our readers, the victims of a delusion. A few words, howenr, are due to those gentlemen who, during the past week, have flocked into theitown, proba bly led into error through the instrumtntality of our innocent though deluding cdumns. Several of them, subscribers for the dee:, came from a considerable distance in the btsh for a holiday, expecting to join for two or three days in that exciting recreation whidc their fellow sportsmen, who are more fortunately located, enjoy during the whole season. Day after day passed by, and the rumour tnht the hounds were not coming, which on their arrival had reached them, was confirmed. Though their disappointment was borne with equanamity, we believe they are not the less offended by the hoax which they consider to have been practised upon them. Nevertheless if it shouuld tunr out that ary unavoad able circumstances have happened to prevent the coming of the hounds, and a proper expla nation be given, we doubt not but with that generosity for which we have given credit to those who aspire to the honor of sportsmen, they will assuage their mortification and moderate their anger. We know that our resident promoters of the proposed sporting arrangements are as much concerned at the disappointment of their friends, occasioned by this "contretemps" as those: who have been vexatiously brought into town ire themselves annoyed; ind we are informed they have exerted every means in their power to prevent the failure of the ar rangements, not sparing horse or man in the service. The mention of horse and man re minds us of an anecdote which is not alto gether " mal apropos" to the subject, and as showing the good feeling of the man, and being an instance illustrative of a return of good for evil, ought not either now or at any other time to be out of season. The man, a gentleman, happening to pass within reach of a hraft horse which was standing harnessed to adray, was bitten by the animal. Upon blaming the carter for allowing a vicious horse to endanger the safety of passers-by for want of a muzzle, the latter replied with an expression of regret that he was too poor to pay one, although he was aware of the vicious propensity of the horse. The gentleman's coat had been torn by the ungentle beast, but the carter was not sued at law for the damage to the coat or the injury to the wearer-in a few days he re ceived a present of ahorse-muzzle, together with the damaged coat from the wearer, with a word of advice. The gentleman alluded to is a thorough sportsman, and is not the least vexed that any one should have suffered in convenience from the broken engagements which we have been remarking upon. It is not those alone who proposed tofollowv the hounds who have ground of complaint Preparations were made upon an extensive scale at the hotels, and stalls and loose boxes have been in general request. We shall be very glad if matters should turn out that no ultsmate loss may be sustained in this respect, and it is to be hoped that a well advised amsend, to the visitors, most of whom are re turned into the bush, may bring them hither again;' and that a few successful days with Ihe hounds may allay the, existing irritation, and restore that harmony which, from the open heartedness and generous character of sportsmen, mayprove tb be a task not very difficult of accomplishment. [Since the above was in type, we have received notice (formally announced in another column) that the hounds are on their way to Geelong; that they will meet at Greene's crossing place on the Little River, on Wednesday, at which place one of the deers will be uncarted. The hounds will come on to Geelong on the following day; when all misunderstandings will no doubt be rectified. Saturday and Tuesday next will probably be set apart for meets in this neighborhood. As the above remarks refer to the disappoint ment of last week, we do not regret having penned them; and as the best foundation for a good understanding in future, is a clearly and openly expressed declaration respecting the past, ;e trust the remarks offered will not prevent a mutual good understanding henceforth. Although the Ball which has been an nounced might possibly have been rather ' more numerously atcndsdl if assisted by the
eclat which might have been added bad tie presence of the irerriby Hounds and of tie almost entire strength of the club been ascet tained, there is no reason to fear but that .t will go off in a style but little, if at all, in ferior to the most satisfactory and successful assembly of the kind which this town has wit nessed. The weather having cleared up with a prospect of being settled for some time, removes a serious obstacle to the attendance cf the ladies, whether from this neighborhood or from Melbourne; from the latter place i goodly sprinkling of fashionables is expected, amongst whom our lately elected member may be reckoned. The spirited proprietor cf " Mack's," we are informed, will leave no re quisite unemployed to gratify the taste anl to meet the comfort of his visitors; and he is devising means to facilitate the landing cf those from Melbourne, and, by providing conreyances to obviate the difficulties of an ascent from the wharf to his hospitable roof. The stewards have been active in their measures to insure complete success to the affair, and at the time of going to press we are expecting an answer to an express which they have sent for the purpose of removing all doubts as to the presence of the hounds in Geelong before the day of'the Ball, and we hear from good authority, that it is not improbable that the pack may yet arrive in sufficient time. [The express has arrived, and we trust the most sanguine expectation will be gratified.] CHARGE OF FELONY.-John Williams, a man of color, was charged at the police office, yesterday morning, with stealing a quantity of bedding, consisting of a mattress, rug and blankets. The prosecutor, an old man, named Jordan, stated that on the 13th April last, he placed the defendant into a person's house against whom he held an execution, as bailiff. He was to remain five days, and to receive five shillings a day for his trouble. On the third day, defendant left the house, at the instigation he supposed of the man against whom the execution had been issued, taking with him a mattress, blankets and rug he (prosecutor) had lent him. The defendant here rpid that he had remained the five days as hehad engaged to do, and it was impossi ble that Jordan conld prove that he was not there, as he (Jordan) was in prison at the time. Defendant was about to reply, when 1Mr Gray interposed, and said no charge of felony could be substantiated against the pri soner; there was no doubt he had been guilty of a breach of trust, but he could not entertain the case in its present form. The defendant was then discharged. DOUBTFUL CHARGE OF ROBBERY.-A rather singular charge of felony was entertained be fore .Mr Gray, at the police office, yesterday, which, after occupying a considerable time to investigate, was postponed over until this day, for the production of further witnesses. One of the constables stated, that while he was on duty in Yarra-street, on Saturday morn ing last, the prosecutor Loveridge came to him, and stated that a man was standing in Mr Fawcett's auction mart, with a waistcoat on him, which formed a portion of a large quantity of property stolen from his premises, about three weeks ago. Loveridge described the waistcoat by certain spots or stains it had on it, both inside and out. Witness went into the mart, and the prisoner being pointed out, he took him into custody. Prisoner stated at the time that he had bought the waistcoat in Melbourne. Joseph Loveridge having been called,.deposed that several days back he was robbed of a great quantity of clothing and other property, principally shawls, waist coats, shirts, scarfs, - and shirt-buttons. He gave information of the robbery at the time at the watch-house, where the descrip tion of the stolen property was taken down in writing. The prisoner asked Love ridge whether he was not in Melbourne at the time the alleged robbery had been committed. Loveridge replied that he was, and arrived in Geelong on the day the property had been taken. The information was given to him by his wife. Mr Belcher.-" I have a question, which you must answer me. Is the female you speak of lawfully married to you ?" Prosecutor.-" She is." Mr Belcher.-" Are you not aware that she has, at the present time, 'another husband living ?" Mr Gray here interposed ; the prosecutor, he said, was not bound to say anything tend ing to commit himself. Mr Belcher con sidered the question a very important one to his case. Mr Gray said the man had liberty to refuse answering such queries if he liked. Mr Belcher (to prosecutor.)-" Are you aware that your wife had been married at the time you married her ? she might have been a widow I mean." Prosecutor.-" I shall not answer that question." An appeal was made to the Bench by Mr Belcher, whether the question was a proper one. Mr Gray said it was; but he did not see that the man was compelled to answer it. Sir Belcher.--" Can you swear this waist coat you say belonged to you was stolen? Can you swear your wife, as you call her, did not sell it ? Prosecutor.-" I only know what she told me. She informed me, when I returned from Melbourne, that the place had been robbed." Mr Belcher contended, that from the evi dence adduced there was no proof whatever that any robbery had been committed, much less that the defendant had been guilty of it. The prosecutor's wife ought to be present. If the magistrate thought the proof sufficient as far as it had gone, he (Mr Belcher) would produce his witnesses to show the character of the woman. Mr Gray said that he should order the case to stand over until other wit nesses on the side of the prosecution could be produced. A DESIDERATUM.— The ship " Larpent" has brought out, as a passenger, a first rate practical chemist and mineralogist, his credentials for ability and qualifications in his profession being of a very high order; The same gentleman is in possession of all the apparatus for forming a complete labora- tory; a desirable acquisition at the present time, when every information is required to solve the doubts and anxieties lately called into existence respecting our mineral wealth. Dr Baylie has succeeded In obtaining the services of this gentleman for his Dispensary. Swornssran.-A short notice appeared in oneof our Issues, a fortnight since, which had reference to " Swordrsman," the crack horse of Van Diemen's Land. Thie paragraph in question, did not speak in very enconiasteic terms on the powrvers or capabilities of " Swondsman," and was as we then and have since been informed snlubstantially correct; but as the name of Mr ''hornas Arrstin was introduced into the notice, and that gentle nan had just returned from Van Diemrnen's Land, where he had seen the horse, it has beenr generally supposed that he afforded us tie information, and a feeling of illiberal jealously has been imputed to him in conse quence. We, therefore, beg to acquit MIr Austin, of any charge made against him in this respect, 'as it was not from him we ob tained our intelligence,
LocTrr Bay.--1Mr Thomas Sheppard, tMr Ilitchins, and Mr Garrardl, left Geelong on Sunday morning last, to proceed to the coal locality, at Loutit Bay. Mr Seddon, having with him his boring apparatus, had proceeded towards the-spot on the day previous, to en able him to be on the ground by the time these gelitlemen should have reached their destination. Asmny SctooL.--On Monday evening the scholars attending this school were examined in the presence of the Rev. JMr Huie and other friends of the institution. The pro gress the p!ipils had made in the several branches of their education since last exami nation was truly satisfying, and spoke very much for the abilities, energy, and persever ance of JMr Swindells, the teacher of the school. There is no doubt that the effects of Mr S.'s labors are felt in Ashby, and we con fidently look forward to the future condition of this district as demonstrative of the ameliorating power of education over the most. depraved. MIxnRAL. DIScOva?eS.--We are assured by the ironmongers in town, that for a length of time pat it has been quite impossible to keep a supply of romnahawks in anything like a ratio to tihe -e. mand. owing to bushmen of every class and degree before leaving Geelong taking wilh them two or three of there implements when they leave town for the purpose of delvinlg for and seeking oat minerals and other valuable deposits. It is rarely now that a flock of sheep is to be met gracilg on the run with the shepherd attendling to his charge. On making a searehiig sweep round the locality, the shepherd mry be seen chopping into a heap of sand, ro:k, loam, clay, or some other snhstanre of a rocky clayey, sanlldy, or earthy nature, wii tile imolt intense and abt sorbing interest. Something of the same kind occura with the hutkeeper. No sooner is the shepherd -"out" than he is " off' to some mysteri ous locality. where he has " twigged somelhiig that's precious like-" In fact, like anything but that he takes it to be. A bIllock driver nosw not onrfrequently takes a whole day to make" Red man" and "' Brindle" go a distance that "a pair o' leaders that warnt to be beat nowhere this side o' the country," would formerly do in t io houro. Not because the cattle go any worse than they were woan, but because te driver has " eed something in the bend of that there blind creek. close by o:d Joe's hut, that looked swery like some thing he once seed in town as they caaled ore." All this, and much more than this. we are. in formed daily taket place in the bush. VWhether proceedings of this nature are to be derided or not we do not offer an opinion. Something no doubt will uttimately arise out of them; the mnost likely we conceive silt be a..lasvets' and Servaniw case, int which some adven-torer will figure as d-r fendant. for neglect of da:y, lo'ing rh.ep, nit shifting yards, caprieing a dray, or some such delinquency. A CONTRAS.--There his not vet been a vingle lee'ure delivered in the Melbourne Me. ebanies' Institute this winter-the only one an oaunced laving been postponed In eon~equtence of badl weather. In connexion wit, the Gee!,nc Institution, there hatre been severn iectures de livered, not one pospnement having bhen ne cessary. Either the ",reeta in Mielbourne are worse than those in Geel.org. or the inlhabihants have ery li-tle taste for scientific research. Wi-h respect to the last lerctre delivered in Geelong. we may be allowedl to remark, that if the I. c rrer utered the" awful nonsense" imputed to him in ithe only no'ee-r which has appeared, lie deserved nrt mitira ed censure instead of the praise whirh has been betstwed upon him. The French naval station in Arrica is reduced to nine s!ips, on each of which the right of visitation of English ships is granted.