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(From a Ncxo South Wales Curc.>pjndc.J ) Sydney, Feb. 19, 1881Parliament has returned to ils labors, 1 after the adjournment for the opening of the southern and western railways, with i fresh ardour ; and much important work e haa been accumulating during the interim. ™ . On-the 9th mst., the Colonial Treasurer, , ;Mr. Watson, made his financial ' abatement; and in doing so disclosed a state of things eminently satisfactory. * lost July, proposals for new taxations in - shape, of excise, upon beer, export duties upon wool, and coal, and stamp ‘ duties, were brought down to tho House. . The last named resource was the only one that succeeded, for the others , were only i/ saved on a, division by a majority of one, r.: and were wisely withdrawn. These proposals were > rendered necessary by the fact that the revenue for the first part of; 1 last year (1880) showed a falling off of ; L260;000; but whether from the re-ad-justment of the land laws, or the general ' prosperity of the country, the year furnished us with the actual increase of L430,d00.' The surplus to be carried forward to 1881 was L 490,510. The Hon. gentleman estimates his, revenue for the .current year at 1,6,440,000, and his expenditure at L 5.232.00 a credit balance of L 207,703. The Budget at .the time contained a promise that thb land revenue should, available for current introduce measures for genuine taxation. During the progress of -the debate the Treasurer claimed, that ; certain expenditure, such as the Registrar General’s Office, the. Police, Lauds Office Appropriation," Mid Pubhc Works, were legitimate charges against the land revenue. This statement was very sharply criticised by some .of the members, especially Mr Stuart, the representative of Illawarra, who pointed but that the departments . .above referred, to would, still benecessary, - ■ ■if we had not another acre of land to sell. The resolution that the supply be granted was agreed to without a division. Great excitement prevails in legal Circles over the proceedings in the case of Robcry Bros. v. The Mercantile In- ■ surance Co. This case has occupied the yq attention of the Supreme Court for the ’/.rlast week, and has created a great deal of -i interest; because it involves the whole of : 1 - thb circumstances of the fitting out and ‘h>fes of the’ship Susannah Godeffroy, a a vessel which for two years and a half Was lying in Sydney harbour more than half condemned. The .particulars dis-

closed .were .jinoat astonishing. In some , . instances the reports of marine surveyors 3 * f!-^«tfm v lß7B dnd in 1880, were found to i. i be, Utterly at Variance with one another. ■r.i : The ship, it will be remembered, left ■<-> - Newcastle on Sept. 19 for Yokahama, after J .bavihgßXiengine put on board to over- ■* the leakage. Owing to a storm i •' coming on, she attempted to return to the * ’ port on the 28th, but was lost in Newcastle Bight, Captain Edmondsen and :< #ox«r ©there-being drowned. The case has not yet been decided. • * ELM. steam sloop-of-war Miranda, whieb arrived this week, is one of the l '-iatest additions to the squadron on the Australian station, and is on her first -.j :i *9pißiission. TfeeMiranda, is'commanded t>y the Hon E. S. Dawson, and Amongst „..iaElist of officers is found .Lieut. James : ‘'“*w‘nrie, mu 'or the 'former' Sheriff of .Melbourne. Now the Miranda has the Dabae will shortly proceed to England.-' ■' ; : ’ *eky !graiiid ! concepts have during r thei past week-in the . .ynumnm Hall, under the management of til thatiprince of managers; Mriß. S. Smytlie. a have been very large, well £(i cepreaented -bytfae.eltteof Sydney, and twgabarbsi . Miss i Christian ;• ranks as i .principal,-s .her charming contralto voice !/:Peing ;generally admixed. Miss Annis Pi Montagu (soprano), Mr.vTunxer (tenor), i; dJMKIi) Mr Earley (basso); deserved the ,v rr tttenj.-j Miss Montagu, Mr Turner, ajid, ii .Mr Farley, are now under engagement to s.r.oMr.Bayliaa to play in. opera At' the Gaiety

;v_,.'iitnPoiing; ftil debate in the House the ■ n pother evening, those two slang champions, Messrs M'Elhone and Buchanan came in rr: ’ contact: jMf made some allu--ifjiJHOliaiOfc 7»;tery nasty character in reference to the hon member fori; Mudgee’s ' JMatcateer, 'whereupon Mr Buchanan arose, and informed the, House tliat there hinds of ‘blackguards—(h[ear, ’ ’ li h«ir) —one born into the world a blackguard, the other Becoming pna by force oil j but before him stood {t> ‘ithe.most perfect scoundrel he ever r knew s ' 7 cnee from the gallery of 1 t * ffirft pf bad,” etc.)— tand that the only him to his senses I pf fc w4hld|he,to e "5 This scene lasted . for { * °s<MhVtime until bolh members .were called ‘ ' V' . ”' T u: a Whb foc sonie time past f 5 ( l&heeii frgip aninternh),. disease, ' |,y liiteiSda leaving here bythemail stumer , rh)r Malta, iti pext, with the view- „• :th» kpnngs of Germany, for!the >■l; benefit of his health. -Bis return Mil be gladly -looked forward to, he being uhiVerywillylikedand respected by,alhsectf. | v The, additions, jto our Town Hall -have' ; ell >to ,be. pnlled to the -groundragain, owing to the rottenness ofits foundation. V: Tho fiontraclora luckily have not yet bjeen . paid, andihei Council will force the\renewal bfthe contract. One of the bon-

tractors, M* ‘Hezekiah Evers, took upon : himself to use threatening language to ' ;• .Douglas Young, wbotnj he 1 ■ ‘ imp^>bned / tb meet in-Pitt street. A Warrant was issued for Evers’ arrest, ahdi on < i-yhoing-br ought Before theßench this mdrn- : - ho wtis bound- ovei to keep the peiace 1 ■•‘lMflii' inoiiths, himself in' :L3uO, and one r-; .. as ; regards wMther, it „ Isalways ejther. a feast or a famine. For the last fW days the weatherhas been

lfipe t >'Jmt exceptionally; hot, Yeaterday y. jlJi© hottest day We have: had this tW Ihermqmeter showing 91deg. •yj J This evening there are ' • strong indications pf,« r 'atom impdndingji ; -—andthe change will be gladly received by A - - have tor’nsh abopt all day; in ffiePity.' Yesterday morning, a .vhorsejnßathuret street, oh being taken from the cab, almost immediately ; died • Irem the jh*feij»ly,of,the prevailing heat. ~J\ Th§//Aestrian: Band,, having- finally ! settled some unforseen difficulties, has : treated! the, people 6f Sydney, during the ../Week, to a musical treat such as the ' . majority have never heard before. Sir .- ' Henry Parkes granted the use of the iv< buildings and its grounds, on ■ ■> 'ibe understapdifig that pnly one charge ’''should be made admission, viz., la, apd that one-tenth of the proceeds went to -y. Hthe ' A T}ie. result has i been . ’ gOodr*httbp promenade concert on Thursday evening 7,9oocedple paid for admis r *' ‘ sfoni.' V / : export of Australian meat for con'l ’ sfimption in the Home markets will sdon r , hedbme.a matter of considerable impprtance to fdlj tbe colonies. Already agents "V have been making inquiries as to reliable r - shippers, with a view of . arranging ijnjneflSatq. shipments from; Sydney. The *.^TOfMiht,;Company are fitting up some,Of jpith refrigerating appara- * jfcns; fox, the carriage of meat, as freight y, from these colonies. 1 ; . ('-''•The. return of the' eminent musician,' I if. HenryEetten-, is always.hailed with de- <•>' by Republic of "Sydney. His re ; bf people .to the , .Exhibitlo^‘ v V ' ,• -MiO, j ■ Tne possible inquiry into, the defences pf has pow taken definite shape,

,:nd Government, not a bit too soon, i have • .‘pointed a Royal Commission to j report on military affairs in New South j Wales The Commission will inquire into tho working of the laws, &c., for the establishment and maintenance of a military system in the colony. It will consist of his Honor Chief Justice Martin, Col. Anderson, 0.M.G., Melbourne ; Colonel Downes, South Australia ; Col. Richard, son; New South Wales ; Col. Scratchlcyand several others, who, included with those named, are admitted to be the best authorities within reach. : Young Evans, the Lands Office Clerk, who absconded some months ago with L7OO, the property of the N. S. W. Government, and was followed and arrested on landing at San Francisco by Detective Camphin, was committed for trial yesterday. Mr Wm„ Langford, the well-known yacht-builder of North Shore, met his death yesterday in a manner as unexpected as it was painful. It appears that, while superintending some works at Pyrmont, he fell from a scaffolding on to a circular saw in motion. Before assistance could be rendered his two legs were sawn off, and he received other injuries. He only survived a few hours. To write of Win. Langford is to recall many pleasant memories in Australian aquatic history. His name has been connected with yachtbuilding at Port Jackson for very many years, and ,his many well-fashioned models havelwon bn several occasions. M. Bechet, whose warehouse was burned to the ground about a month ago, involving a loss estimated at L 25,000, is not likely to get over the matter of insurance at all well. At the inquest the jury spoke in very harsh terms, and such facts diave been brought to light that two of the ■insurance companies refuse payment, and in all probability he will be committed for trial.

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OUR SYDNEY LETTER., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 283, 3 March 1881

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OUR SYDNEY LETTER. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 283, 3 March 1881

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