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(from our own correspondent. ) Sydney, May 14 i The census returns are nearly all pub- - lished, and there no longer remains any . doubt that the colony has a population of three quarters of a million. What will ! Mr Berry do now ? Only last week when : called upon to explain why Victoria was 70.000 short of her estimated population'' 1 he said that Hew South Wales would just be as far out when the returns ware declared. There were a good many sanguine individuals in the colony who thought the result would be 100,000, but ■ the Registrar-General never expected more than his own annual computation. One remarkable feature in the census is the disclosures that the population of ~; Sydney and suburbs was increased from 137.000 in 1871 to 222,000 in 1881. This ; betrays a growth at the rate of 98 pet cent., and if we go on at this rate for another decade, than which nothing is more probable, we shall likely have a round half million within the metropolitan district. The difficulty which threatened in connection with the landing on our shores of the unfortunate victims of the Marquis de Ray’s ill-fated expedition, has been happily overcome. The last family has now been provided for, and there only remains one, a strong able-bodied man of middle age, to engage. Besides him there are at present in the hall two families, one of whom is engaged by a Sydney resident, whilst the other’s future has been arranged for by an Italian gentleman. . The only obstacle in the way now is, what can we do with the three officers. They have no trade, have not been used to manual labor, and cannot speak a word of English., Their case is really a pitiable one, and they seem to feel their position keenly. I mentioned in one of my previous letters that a subscription had been started for these three gentlemen, but no one took the matter up, and it ended almost where it began. The latest suggestion made is that all three might find good field work in connection with our, . permanent force, and although they hare held commissions, it is thought probable that they will consent to serve. They • are known by repute to bo thorough soldiers, and are educated and respectable , men.

The "Union Steamship Company i» in trouble again. A somewhat important and interesting case was beard yesterday at the District Court. Dr R. EL Tarrant

brought an action against Mr P. W. Jackson, agent of the company, to recover L2OO for professional services. rendered on board the hulk Faraway, at the quarantine ground last year. It appeared that the steamer Java came into port, with a lot of Chinese on board, some of whom

bad small poz. Mr Jackson Wrote a letter to Dr Tarrant, requesting him to visit the hulk and attend to the patients ata fee of .1. .f

went accordingly, but to bis surprise and disgust, was detained there against his will for nearly six months, at the end of which time ho was released, but his health had suffered so much during the incarceration that he was unable to attend to his business. The defendant paid into Court LIOO as sufficient compensation, but his Honor Judge Dowling de- ' cided to award the plaintiff the full amount. A great change will soon be made on the block opposite the Government office, in Pitt street, on the north side of that edifice, and western side of Pitt street. The buildings now occupied by Messrs Schurff, Eve, Poulton, and Camper, are to be pulled down, the lease of the block having been purchased by Messrs Hoffhung and Co., our largest wholesale jewellers. The lease is for 90 years, and the purchasers have paid for their right a sum of L 10,000; and the new tenants will immediately commence the erection of splendid warehouses on the site. The erection of these buildings in the place of the present small business places, will be an ornament to a street which boasts of some of the handsomest structures in the city. * A most disastrous fire broke out early on Thursday morning, in the produce stores of Mr William Harris, at the Haymarket. Owing to the infiamable nature of the produce, the store was speedily in flames, while the fire also communicated with the front building. The building in which the fire broke out was completely destroyed. The lower portion of the Exchange buildings consisted of shops, while the upper part consisted of offices. All these were damaged more or less by water, but in nearly every case the loss is covered by insurance. Mr Harris is insured in the National and New Zealand for L 2,000. Strangely contrasting with the surroundings was to be seen a portrait of the late Earl of Beaconsfield, which, although the walls were blackened all round, stood out comparatively unscathed. Mr J. D. Fitzgerald, solicitor, has instituted proceedings for slander against that wellrknown politician, Mr John M'Elhone, M.L.A., in connection with certain statements alleged to have been made by the latter gentleman at a public meeting in Sydney, a few nights ago. It is generally understood that another action is pending against Mr M‘Elhone, at the instance of another suitor. The

bon. gentleman has been tolerated so long - now in the House of Assembly, that it is pleasing to note that he may suffer for his objectionable ways. Among other novelties, a railway pass ' of a very pretty kind has been issued to each member of the Legislature. It is made of gold, in shape round, and about . the size of a sovereign, although thicker than that coin. The centre is a moulded representation of the Boyal arms, and around these is a strong rim of metal, and having on each side “New South Wales Railway Pass,” and on the other “ The ' member for Durham,” as the case may be. The only drawback in connection with [.this ticket is that the member to whom issued must return it to the Railway

-Department if he loses his seat; this seem* hard, v , Sydney people are beginning to see the ' evil of their liberal ways, and in view of -the ever, active and increasing demand for ■’ presentation plate, testimonials, and similar practical displays of bunkum, or what is called by some “esteem”— ' whicbever .be the correct interpretation—a company is, ’tis said, forthwith to be organised in this city, to be entitled * ‘ The , Australian Mutual Buttering Association. ” The to be offered to persons becoming'members thereof are manifold ; but, amongst others, they wll consist, in return - for a small annual subscripa -tion,-the ’’right to attend all complimen:tary banquets, picnics,{and feed scrambles - given periodically to the members, also, to the right of having one’s name ' emblazoned in all testimonials* 1 bestowed

by the mutual brethren on each other, and finally an elegantly bound volume or annual containing in letters of gold a reprint of all the lovely and highly interesting things which the Mutual Brothers shall say of each other, upon all public and festive occasions Probably other colonies

'are as much in need of a company similar | "to the above, it is really to be hoped not, : as the present system of “ toadyism ”in < In New South Wales is literally rampant, i i Mr Henry Kendall, the well-known Australian poet, has heenappoiutedby the 1 Government as Inspector of Forests. The i appointment is a new one, and the duties . appertaining to the position will be those Of a head forest ranger, or of an officer ' who is required to examine the condition of the natural forests of the colony, and tb report on their present state, and for Slanting out forest trees in suitable places. [r Kendall’s appointment has given general satisfaction here, as he has entirely devoted five years to acquiring a thorough knowledge of forestry. The tedious and much prolonged suit, Cfeinpbell v. the Commercial Banking Company, for wrongful sale of a wharf in street, came to an enexpected tertffination a few days ago. Plaintiff maimed !Lip,ooo, and had obtained verdicts in the two former trials, The Chief 'Justice presided and, having the decision bf|the Privy Council, and arguments in thf full Court before him, in a most resolute manner shut out the evidence of a conversation between the plaintiff and the cletks ih the employ of the defendants, wjt|ch was relied on. The plaintiff refusing jto accept a nonsuit, and on the direction of His Honor, the jury returned a verdict for the defendants. - l%e City is still well supplied with amdiements.' The Williamson Company, iaftefc playing Gilbert and Sullivan’s “ Pirates of Penzance ” for seven weeks, relinked “ Pinafore,” with only partial success. Indeed it is plain the people have ' had enough of—“ that infernal nonsense ‘ Pinafore ’ to quote the words of the Major General in ‘The Pirates.’” Now Jfr and Mrs Williamson proceed to play “Struck Oil” for a week or two, meantrhile the Opera Company go to Melbourne where they open with “ The Pirates of Penzance.” The real attraction o£ the hour is the Montague-Turner Company. These talented opera ringers have" cherished* the popularity of the Gaiety Theatre, which was driven home by the Marshall Combination. Nothing like thbenthusiasm occasioned by “Maritana,f’wifch Mr and Mrs Turner in the rolesti Gitana and Don Caesar, has ever been seen in Sydney. Mrs Turner is perhaps too embonpoint for the assumption Of maidenly parts, but the audience forget* thb amid the marvellous precision and purity- of tone which her singing developes. Then her acting is superb. As fiOHMr Turner he simply enraptures Jus headers, his voice is very robust and not at. all of the shrill kind. He sings the raoOt tryir.g passages without changing his visage, which is a great point in an 3 *et» Artist The style of his acting one would win him merit if the house were a .comedy, and is not Wallace’s favorite opera one of the best and most humorous stories that have ever been put on the stage I Mr William Hoskins, the veteran actor, is playing with a very good company at the Queens. Last evening h&foojc his benefit, and the house was well filled. We had the pleasure of seeing Mr Hoskinses Mr Hawk in “The Game of Speculation,” and Arminadale Sleek in “The Serious Family.” In these parts he is “quite evergreen.”

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OUR SYDNEY LETTER, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 358, 31 May 1881

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OUR SYDNEY LETTER Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 358, 31 May 1881

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