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OUR SYDNEY LETTER.

'From a New South Wales Correspondent.) Sydney, March 5

Parliament has adjourned till next Tuesday, Bth inst. When the estimates for the department of the Minister for Justice were brought forward in Committee of Supply, in the Legislative Assembly, on Wednesday night, Mr M'Elhone commenced another attack upon the Master in Equity, Mr Holroyd. The hon. member for the Upper Hunter, having made use of such expressions as “ unmitigated scoundrel ” and “ unmitigated vagabond,” and announced his intention of making his defence heard throughout the length and breadth of the country, was wisely stopped by Mr Trickett and Mr Garrett, rising to a point of orde>-. Mr M'Elhone then commenced to speak to the point of order, when the attention of the Chairman of Committees was called to the presence of strangers in the gallery. The galleries being cleared, the Committee was addressed at great length by Mr M'Elhone and Sir Henry Parkes. The Estimates for the year rBBi have been passed. The Sabbatarian party in the House is determined to test their power, and are proceeding in a legitimate manner, and one that will test the strength of the two parties. Mr Melville last night gave notice, that on Tuesday next, he will move—“ That in the opinion of the House, it is undesirable that the Museum and the Public Library should be ope non Sundays.” It is generally thought that the motion will meet with very little support. Owing to the recent scarcity of water in our city and suburbs, the streets remained for days and days unwatered, the result being very disastrous to tradespeople, the dust spoiling articles of clothing on view. Whereupon, seeing the necessity of preparing to avoid a repetition of the same annoyance, Messrs Kirwood and Sircom, engineers and surveyors, have invented a hydraulic ram for supplying the city with salt water. If the experiment proves a success, arrangements may be made during the winter for having a cheap supply in store for next summer. Mr Sircom was up to a few months ago employed on the New Zealand staff of surveyors, and will doubtless be known to some of your readers. The Mount Browne diggings are the latest talked about in speculative circles. Only a few months ago, Temora was all the “ go ” amongst the knowing ones. Mount Browne is now the spot to make our fortunes, but until more rain comes, I will put very little faith in any reports that come to hand. A party started last week for the diggings to open a road. Messrs Wright and Co., have offered a bonus of Lioo to the first four teams opening a practicable road from Bourke to the : diggings. The libel action brought by Mr. Robertson, solicitor, against the proprietors of the Bulletin, came to a close ’ on Tuesday, after having occupied the attention of the Banco Court for two full days. Mr. Darly, Q.C., Sir A. Michie, Q.C., Mr. Salamon, Q.C., appeared for the plaintiff, whilst Mr. Pitcher and Mr. G. H. Reid appeared for Mr. Heaton, one of the proprietors, and Mr. Haynes appeared for himself and Mr. Archibald. Damages were laid at Lxo,ooo. The Chief Justice (Sir James Martin) summed up dead against the paper, pointing out that a cruel and blackguardly libel had appeared in its columns. The jury, after a brief deliberation, brought in a verdict for the plaintiff, damages Lr.ooo. Great excitement was manifested throughout the trial, the Court being crowded to excess. The following is a strange incident, and worthy of mention : —A few nights ago, a (lock of some 9,000 sheep were in camp near Coolah, when a terrific thunderstorm set in, with vivid and dangerous lightning. One flash of the electric current made a lane right through the flock, killing 800 instantly, Mr. Bloxsome, one of our large squatters, is the owner, and suffers a heavy loss. What appears at present to have been a shocking accident, occurred on the suburban railway line, on Saturday night (Feb. 26th), near the Redmyre station. The victim was a Miss Charlotte Fanny Bray, aged 17 years, the daughter of Mr Thomas Bray, J.P. It appears from the evidence so faradduced, that the young lady left her home at Burwood, at three o’clock in the afternoon, with the intention of gathering wild flowers; but nothing was afterwards heard of her until her mutilated remains were found on the line near Redmyre station. The body presented such a horrible spectacle that indentifi cation was impossible ; but the father subsequently recognised some of the clothing. i The “father of coursing” in New South Wales has at last gone to his long home. I refer to Mr. A. H. Gardner, who became a victim to that dire malady, typhoid fever, a few days ago. The deceased gentleman has been one of the leading enthusiasts of the leash in both colonies, Victoria and New South I Vales. He was goodnatured and genial, and beloved by all our true sportsmen who came in contact with him. The Australian team of cricketers arrived here last Tuesday by the Arawata, from New Zealand. They apparently seem pleased with the cordial reception given them down in your islands ; and as regards cricket, they think that the Nelson men were the best they met in the tour. The late rains have apparently, judging from reports, done a great deal of good in our pastoral districts, and have helped to give everything a more cheerful aspect. Grass is in abundance everywhere, and the stock are rolling flit. Many are of opinion that there will be plenty of good grass for the winter.

James Kinvood, one of the guards of the tram cars, died last week in the infirmary from severe injuries caused by the pole of a ’bus running into him. The Intercolonial Eight has not been doing much work lately. One of those selected, Anslow, has already drawn out, whilst Finlayson is complaining of cuts from the slide, and Lord is suffering from cold in the lungs, which prevents him going out regularly. The crew is indeed at present in a very disjointed state. An extraordinary suicide took place this morning in Pitt street. A man

was observed 'to be standing on the top of Messrs Hoffming and Co.'s warehouse with a crow-bar in his hand. He threw the crow-bar over first, and almost immediately, much to the horror of the spectators, jumped from the parapet himself, falling a distance of fully 150 feet on to the pavement, and of course was dashed into pieces. The body has not yet been identified. The B jema Operatic Concert Combination Troupe will shortly treat us to a series of concert. The company corns to us with a great reputation, and comprises Mdme. Gabuella Boema, said to be the greatest dramatic soprano that has ever visited Sydney, Signora Agnest Palma, Signor Seandio Coy, and Signor Steffani, violinist. The first length of the South-western Railway, in course of construction from the Great Southern Railway, at Junee to Hay, on the Murrumbidgee, was opened during the week, but, strange to say, there was no public demonstration.

In one of my previous letters, I think 5 I mentioned that a bank called the Sydney and County Bank was about to start. It is satisfactory now to , notice that the share list is filling up so fast that it is decided to close it on the 17th. Large applications have been received from the country districts, and also other colonies, but the wish of the directors is to retain as many shares as possible in Sydney. It is generally rumored here that a new line of French steamers is to trade between France and these colonies. It is probable the steamers will leave Bordeaux and call at Mauritius, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, and Noumea.

Fatal accidents have of late been very numerous in and out of Sydney. , A most painful occurrence took plitfce’ 1 /, yesterday, resulting in the death of a well-known and highly respectedj/->{ Sydney lady. Miss Christina Lontit, daughter of Mr. Wm.. Lontit, of Surry Hills, had, with her- sister, been spending a holiday at Holmesby, and on last Wednesday they were 1 ’ returning to Sydney by way of the North shore, where they stayed at~ar> friends house. While there a pteasurfe' party was made up, and they drove in , - the direction of Sydney. A walk being proposed Miss Lontit was jumping oqfci.Htj into the road, when her dress caught some protruding portion of the vehicle : and she was thrown on to her head, fracturing her skull. Medical assistance was rendered, but the young lady died in three hours, ' i h -—f The Austrian Band performed at 1 Newcastle last Thursday and Friday* at the Victoria, to houses crowded in every part. Their reception was most enthusiastic, the conductor being recalled several times, and some .of the selections encored. To-night they perform in the Garden Palace here. ;

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OUR SYDNEY LETTER., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 295, 17 March 1881

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OUR SYDNEY LETTER. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 295, 17 March 1881

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