Mataura Ensign , Issue 528, 5 January 1899, Page 6
* ' Sydney, isJ»nua;yj 2. The secretary of '-'the' Rugby Union! has.' received advice that arrangement bave ; ,been
, — , completed for the visit of an English team, whioh willinclude New Zealand in their tour. It is expected that two matches against Australia will be played, one at Sydney, and one at Brisbane, and two against Australasia at Sydney. Viscount Hampden, speaking at the Highland gathering, announced that tho reason he wds returning to England was that his eldest son was about to marry, and he wished to be present at tho marriage and attend to the necessary legal settlements. The bottle containing the message respecting the disaster to the Lady Albert is believed to be a hoax. ' The action of the New Zealand Government in suddenly stopped Austrian immigrants entering the colony has caused consternation in shipping circles. Mr Anderson (Orient Co.) and Mr Lohmann (North German Lloyd's) only received advice from Mr Seddon at the close of last week intimating that no more Austrians would be allowed to land without a guarantee from the shipping companies. They at once instructed their home offices not to book more, but bitterly complain that the New Zealand Government will not allow those already on the way out, and shipped in good faith, to land. In comnion fairness it is thought the Government should have given a couple of months' notice of their intention to stop the immigration. As the companies are under no obligation when the men. are landed in Sydney these unfortunates will be thrown on the hands of the New South Wales Government. The Premier,' when questioned on the subject, said he had not yet, given the matter his attention. January 3. A horse trainer named Robert Crooks was kicked to death by larrikins. Two brothers named Carroll have already been arrested on suspicion. The victim was terribly injured. Hobart, January 3. The first prize of £2250 in Tattersall'a on the Carrington Stakes was drawn by Harrison, of Petane, Napier. Melbourne, January 3. . The 'Argus,' in its trade review for the year, says the year was marked from beginning to end by a gradual imptovement in monetary conditions. Generally a sound basis has been re-established. When the conference of Ministers of Agriculture takes place this month the Victorian proposes to arrange for a trial of !Gibson's (New Zealand) process of branding cattle. . A petition is being prepared asking the Government to purchase Tyson's Heyfield Estate under the new Land Act, and to cut |t up for agricultural settlement. *. The Minister for Agriculture has received a cable from South Africa asking a quotation for. 100 tons of frozen beef and'mutton delivered at Beira, in Portuguese East Africa, every three months.