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OUR SYDNEY LETTER, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 337, 6 May 1881
OUR SYDNEY LETTER
(from our own correspondent. ) Sydney, April 23. Everything in the political world has •f late been quiet, owing to the prorogation of Parliament. So characteristic of the old saying, “after a storm comes a lull.” But there are signs that the ground, apparently so solid, under the feet of Ministers, returns occasionally a hollow sound. The bete noir of the Premier, Mr Forster, breaks cover at Gundagai soon, and as he has no political history of his own to touch up> and none of the disagreeableness attendant upon colonial political life to cushion over, we may expect him to go fully into the history of the Ministry, and forward his ideas on the political situation. During the recess the only department that appears to have been busy, is that of Education. Sir John Robertson, who is said to be devoting his admitted abilities to the proper administration of the Education Act, has issued his first annual report, which is highly creditable. The events of the past few weeks have shown that prompt action is required in dealing with the now steady influx of Chinese, which is rapidly assuming serious proportions. There were difficulties in the way, but these should, and must, rapidly disappear before the arrival of low-class Mongolians, at the rate of 1,000 a week. This continued influx of unsavory heathen is now beyond a joke. The Chinese merchants of this city are strongly opposed to the continued excessive immigration of their countrymen. They assert they have no work to give the men, and that the immigrants now landing are starved out of China, owing to a general depression, hence their reason lor emigrating to more plentiful shores. A very influential meeting of the Trades Union was held in Hyde Park, thousands attending, owing principally to the fact of several of our leading Chinese merchants saying that unless the immigration was stopped, 20,000 would be out in twelve months.
Public feeling has been aroused with regard to the alleged maltreatment of a patient (a youth named Sydney Bridges) in the Sydney Infirmary. He was admitted into the institution having sustained injury to his leg, through having fallen down the hold of a vessel, and being merely treated for a contusion, he was allowed to leave for his home, a distance of xoo miles, part of which the poor “ tar ” walked. There, he complained of great pain, almost becoming mad. Upon the medical attendant removing the bandage from the wound, he discovered that the leg was seriously fractured, and in all probability, through the neglect of those socalled medical men at the Infimary, the poor boy will be a cripple for life. An investigation is to be held.
Mr David Proudfoot, a New Zealand railway contractor of some note, is at present conducting the extension of the railway line from Uralla to Glen Innes, and has plenty of work on hris hands. He is adopting the sub-letting principle chiefy, and even goes so far as to have his offices, stables, etc , put up by the piece. A great impediment to the contractor is the distance that all the plant and material has to be brought, most of his appliances having to be sent from Tamworth or Grafton.
The weather in Sydney for the past few weeks has been of an uncertain character; wet and cold days alternating with hot and sultry ones. Reports from our country districts would seem to indicate that the same kind of weather has been pretty generally experienced. An improvement it the matter of rainfall would le welcomed, although in some of tie districts water appears plentiful and the pasture is promising. In Buraga it is, however, complained that fluke and foot-rot have put in an appearance, and at near Maitland a few cases of Cumberland disease among the cattle and horses have appeared.
Accidents during the past week have been frequent. r in Thursday morning an aged gentleman, named Louis Mead, of Waterloo, was knocked down by a passing train at Petersham, and, although removed at once to the Infirmary, where everything possible was done to alleviate the poor fellow’s sufferings, he never rallied. Two painful accidents occurred yesterday on the tramway at Redfern. Two aged vagrants were walking on the line, when a passing motor knocked one down and killed him instantly. His companion was knocked clear of the wheels; he lives, but will be a cripple for life. Both men were in a state of intoxication at the time. The Bathurst Sentinel is in troubleThis paper has been noted in our colony for what is familiarly terined f “hitting out straight,” but at last its 1 editorial blows have been misdirected; I allude to the arrest on last Wednesevening of Mr Dan. M'Guire, proprietor and editor of the abovementioned pape r , on a charge of wounding with intent to murder Mr T. C. Tonkins, the proprietor of Tattersall’s Hotel. The quarrel arose over a supposed libel on Mr Tonkins’ hotel. Mr Tonkins in the morning assaulted the proprietor of the hotel, and in return Mr M'Guire waited his opportunity. Meeting Mr Tonkins in the evening, he felled him with a life-preserver. The injured man is in a very low state.
The export of frozen meat is steadily progressing. The Orient Company’s s.s. Lusitania left our port for London on Thursday morning, taking with her the whole of her meat supplies for use on her voyage in the refrigerating chambers. The total quantity placed on board was 40,0001bs weight of beef, mutton, lamb, and veal, and small goods, and 15 cwt of fish. There is every prospect of a very large trade being inaugurated. The first shipments are doing good service in showing English people the good qualities of Australian meats.
The large gathering on the Randwick racecourse this week supplies another of the many proofs of the unflagging interest Australians take in old English sports. The attendance on Easter Monday was unusually large, and on Wednesday, though it was not a holiday, the assemblage must have numbered i S,ooo. As many as possible travelled by the tramway, but large numbers went by omnibuses, cabs, or private conveyances, and notwithstanding that the trams were run as frequently as possible, the vehicles on the turnpike, seemed as numerous as ever. The weather being beautifully fine, there was promenading on the lawn the whole time, and the ladies present displayed some magnificent costumes. Music was provided by the Permanent Artillery Band, who were stationed in front of the grand stand. Lord Augustus Loftus, with his suite, occupied the Vicc-regal box the whole of the afternoon. The race of the day was the Cup, and for this contest sixteen came to the post, and after a few false starts they all got away on pretty equal terms. Progress started at 2 to 1. Strathearn, in the last half-mile, came up like a flash of lightning, forcing Hales to use the whip on the favorite, who won by two clear lengths. General disappointment was felt at the non-appearance of Grand Flaneur, Mr Long being obliged to scratch the crack colt on account of lameness.
Cole’s circus left Sydney on Thursday last by the City of Sydney for California. The proprietary have netted L 24,000 during their Australian tour. Cole paid the steam agents here Lro.ooo for the transmission of his circus to America.
Mr Skuthorpe and his supposed j relics of Leichhardt have turned out to ■ be a fraud ; but the search, if possible, ' will be continued. Baron Von Mueller . is now moving in the matter, and is ; desirous that an expedition should be , fitted out to search the district where : Hume stated he found undoubted in- : dications of the remains of the 1 Leichhart party. Mr Ernest Giles is • prepared to undertake the leadership. ; Provided th e search prove unsuccess- : ful as far as finding the remains of f Leichhardt and relics are concerned, a : substantial addition would be made to ; the stock of geographical knowledge of . this colony. The rapid increase of the shipping ; trade of Sydney, especially in Darling Harbor, is significantly illustrated by the determination of the Newcastle Steamship Co., notwithstanding the threatened approach of railway competition (the line to Circular Quay), to erect new and more commodious wharves in Line street, for the better accommodation of the increased traffic under their control. The wharves will be of a most extensive and complete character, possessing every improvement, and furnishing increased facilities for expeditiously loading or unloading vessels lying alongside. The Flying Squadron, with the young Princes, left the Cape on the 9th for Melbourne, where it should arrive on the 18th May, so that it may be expected here about the first week in June. The squadron consists of the Inconstant (flagship), Bacchante (which carries the two sons of R.R.H. the Prince of Wales), Carysfort, Cleopatra, and Tourma’ine. The squadron’s stay here vill be of a fortnight’s duration. The Wolverine, in command of Commodore Wilson, will leave here in a few days on a cruise round New Zealand, returning to Sydney to meet the squadron. In muscal matters, Sydney has been somewha' fortunate of late, the departure of Ketten having been followed by the arrival of the Austrian Band and Nadame Boema, The principal feature of the performance of the latter was che production of Kowalski’s somewhat noisy opera at the Garden Pala:e. We have now the Tuner Opera Co. at the Gaiety. Mjfl Tuner is the finest tenor we have for years, and Miss Montague a scprano. The “ Pirates of a: the Royal still draws crowded Hr Williamson as the Police, and Mrs Williamson as the practical maid of all work, simply inimitable. The splendid, scenery good ; but, the music and singing is the
OUR SYDNEY LETTER, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 337, 6 May 1881
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