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OUR SYDNEY LETTER.

(From a New South Wales Correspondent.) Sydney, Jan. 27. The Conference is sitting to-day for the last time, and its proceedings so far have not been fraught with any real good for Australasia. The only points upon which there has been any unanimity wore—The adoption of a Bill to restrict the immigration of Chinese, the adoption of a memorial to the Queen on the subject of the South Seas’ outrages, and the Bill to establish an Intercolonial Court of Appeal. The minor legal points, such as the arrest of deserters of wives and children, and reciprocity in the admission of barristers —which, by the way, were initiated by the Melbourne Conference—have now assumed tangible forms. An intercolonial tariff, upon the basis of that of New South Wales, was proposed by South Australia, upon which Victoria moved an amendment—“ That no tariff be considered satisfactory unless it recognised the various interests and surroundings of each and every colony.” The amendment met with no other support, and the motion was postponed. Subsequently, there was a proposal for the appointment of a commission to frame a common tariff. This also was postponed—a very convenient mode of shelving it. At a later period of the proceedings, Mr. Mann, one of the South Australian representatives, proposed that there be intercolonial free trade in wine, whereupon Mr. Watson (N. S. W.) moved the addition of the words—“ and of their products.” Mx - . Berry would not be satisfied unless it included manufactures, thereby completing intercolonial Free Trade. It may appear surprising, but nevertheless true, that Sir Henry Parkes and his colleague opposed the proposal, although it was in keeping with their much-vaunted policy of Free Trade, and did not in any way interfere with the revenue derived through the Custom House Queensland alone supported Victoria, so that Mr. Berry’s motion, as well as the other two propositions, was negatived. No reference has yet been made, nor is likely to be, to the Border Duties difficulty between New South Wales and Victoria. The question of Defences did not provide a subject for agreement. South Australia wanted a fleet supported by the Australasian colonies, with a Federal Defence organisation ; but the rest of the colonies supported the motion of Mr. Giblin (Tasmania) — lf That in view of the great interests Great Britain has in the shipping of these colonies, she should still continue to bear the whole cost of the Australian squadron.” The character of the vessels comprising the squadron was referred to, and the general opinion expressed w'as that a much more formidable class of ship was required. The Conference completes its business to-day, and the Southern delegates return overland to Melbourhe by special train to-night. Anniversary Day came round again yesterday, and found us with no abatement of our prosperity, and with no diminution of our prospects. In some of tl\e neighboring colonies the great holiday of the year is Separation Day. Our great holiday is Foundation Day. It is to be hoped that the day is not far distant when amongst our neighbors *f Separation f)ay ” >yilj po p be Iflojced upoij as an eternal Rational memorial, but that “ Reunion Day ” will tujfo its plac.e as jitter to be remembered and celebrated.

TJie hot weather has again set in. The temperature in Sydney during the last few days has been very high, making all outdoor exercise very disagreeable. The thermometer at the Government Observatory showed the temperature to have been at its highest, 89 deg. in the shade. The highest point reached in the sun was J. 44 deg. Large and devastatory fires have been raging up in our country districts, the loss from which can only be computed by thousands. Mr. Rutherford, owner of the Grogan and Mystery run, near Young, has suffered, his fences and grass being burnt for miles. This visitation as a climax to the drought will prove a severe test to stationholders. During the past month Mr. M. H. Stevens, Mr. G. C. Davies, Mr. Owen, and other eminent men have left the colony on a visit to Europe. At least one elevation to the Bench is now necessary, perhaps two, ip view of the anticipated retirement qf Mr- .Justice Hargraves. There is consequently a considerable stir in legal circles. Torday Mr. justice Tancett leaves by the Hydaspes on leave of absence. Other new talent is daily arriving here, encouraged by the rapidly increasing business of the legal profession in the colony. The Austrian Band, after finishing a most successful season in Tasmania, arrived here last week, and advertised themselves to hold their first performance in the old Exhibition Building on Anniversary Day (26th), but owing to a misunderstanding arising with the entrepreneurs respecting the contract under which they came to the colonies, their opening concert has been postponed. The Boomerang Club has lately been formed here by members of the press. The club will onty consist of members of the literary, musical, dramatic, and other liberal professions. The rules of the Savage Club, London, are to be adopted. Respecting the illness of Bishop Barker, it is pleasing to note that he is speedily progressing toward recovery, and 1 his medical advisers are of the opinion that lus lordship will he able to attend his diocese in about a month', Mr. Samuel Howard, of the Opera House, King street, has filed his schedule, failing for the sum of L7BO, letting the company in tor L 240. The Anniversary Regatta, which took place yesterday, was a great success. The weather was fine, the company on board the flagship was very large and fashionable, while the sport was good. The harbor was enfetc with the bright bunting displayed by all the shipping, including the A.S.N. Company’s vessels, and by men-bf-war, both English and French, at anchor neap Fort Denison!' jhe Intercolonial Delegates, accompanied by Sir Henry Parkes and Sir John Robertson, honored the regatta with their patronage.

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OUR SYDNEY LETTER., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 266, 11 February 1881

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OUR SYDNEY LETTER. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 266, 11 February 1881

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