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OUR SYDNEY LETTER

(FROM OT7B OWN CORRESPONDENT.) Sidney, May 28. The 62nd anniversary of Queen Victoria’s natal day passed off here with great eclat; and those having the means who did not enjoy themselves under circumstances such as surrounded our citizens, thoroughly deserve to remain miserable the rest of their existence. Loyalty is a duty which our colony, ranking senior, will not bo the first to fail in, should there ever'be a decrease in the general stock of it possessed by the Australians. The loyal festivals of the year opened and closed the holiday season, that of the heir-apparent commencing spring, and that of hex Majesty- - being the last of autumn. The day broke ; fair and bright, and a bracing - morning - breeze was prevented from imparting. chilliness by a warmer ,sun. Very early /..v in the: morning it became apparent that 4 the Suburbs were to bo deserted, as usually they are on holiday occasions; The tram-cars brought down crowds, and: private vehicles kept constantly arriving, to say nothing of the continuous stream of ’buses down George street. It was also very interesting to notice the different types of humanity to be met at any of the rendezvous of pleaure seekers, such as the Circular Quay and Tramway office ; excursion steamers, gaily decked: with bunting, plied all over our harbor, conveying thousands of pleasure seekers to various nooks ; boating parties were in- , numerable, and it i» pleasing to. note that' not a single accident occurred to mar the pleasure of the holiday. The usual Queen’s Birthday review , took place in Moore Park, and the ap- ’ pearance of the citizen soldiers was highly gratifying to the crowd of persons as--1 sembled at every point of vantage to • witness the display. At noon his Ex- , cellency Lord Augustes Loftus and suite, [ accompanied by the Hon. Sir H. Parkes, ‘ ( K.0.M.G., the Hon. John Lackey, and the Hon. W. H. Sutter, arrived on the ground, and the troops (over 1,500) re- > ceived the vice-regal party with a salute ■ as they drove down the line. The usual i feu de joie was fired, and the troops then i marched past to the lively strains of . music. The Volunteers were dismissed [ shortly after noon, and returned to town to join in the festivities “ whither they a listeth.” Fully 30,000 witnessed the 5 review.

Messrs Haynes and Archibald, the proprietors/)! the Bulletin, and defendants ; in the recent libel action, have through their counsel moved before the Full Court for a new trial. The public are very much incensed at the verdict given, and several public meetings have been called, represented by some of our, leading citizens, to collect funds to defray ,the expense of the trial. Already, to show the earnestness of the public, the sum of LBOO has been collected. The Bulletin has been the only paper in Sydney which has dared to take a firm stand against the too many glaring vices of the day winked at (or wilfully ignored) by those in authority. This case has been another instance of the greater and nobler the' truth, the greater libel. Telegraphic news received' last night : " states that a Miss Caldwell had brought an action against the Railway Board of Victoria for injuries received in a collision which took place in August last on the Melbourne and Geelong line. Damages will be laid at L 5,000. The hidy in 1 * question is a daughter of Mr C. Caldwell, manager of the Commercial Bank at Geelong. At the time of the collision Miss Caldwell was in the last carriage of • the train, accompanied by her father. She was so severely injured at the time that her life for many months was dispaired of. In February last her attorneys wrote to the Railway Department, claiming L 5,000 compensation ; but the department refused to entertain the proposal, and offered to pay LBOO, besides the costs of medical gentlemen; An action being ' : brought by Miss Caldwell v. the Board, the Board paid into Court LBOO. The jury gave a verdict for the plaintiff— ' LI,OOO damages, in addition to the sum : paid into Court. 1 •• ' With regret I have to state that Mr Hoskins. the Minister for Lands, has been; so - - ill during the past fortnight that it is doubtful whether he will be able to attend at his office for months. Gout is said to ‘ be the malady the hon. gentleman is suf- • fering from. : ■ • ; Mr James Greig, who for many years managed a branch of the Bank of Australasia on the West Coast of New Zealand, and who latterly held the position of accountant at the Dunedin office, Otago, has ■ been recalled to Sydney to taka charge of the Sussex street branch: of the abovenamed bank. The numerous friends of Mr Greig in New Zealand will be glad to hear of his rapid promotion. The Bermagui mystery is still a subject for everyday talk, and really the more it is gone into the leas chance there appears to be for solving it. It will be remembered that in October of last year Mr Lament Young, Government geologist, having left Bermagui in a boat for the purpose of making scientific investigations along the coast, was never afterwards seen or he.\rd of, although several search parties went out. He was accompanied by Mr Max Schneider and three boatmen, and the whole party mysteriously disappeared. The boat was foimd jammed on the rocks at Corunna Point, ten miles to the northward. On examining the boat several bullet marks were seen, but there was no trace of a struggle or foul play. The impression among Mr Young’s friends at' home and the London police in whose hands the matter has been placed —seems to be that the party were kidnapped, and taken away in a vessel; but, whatever their cud, this seems almost improbable. With a view of making one careful and final search, Major-General Young, the unfortunate gentleman’s father, has communicated with several residents in the colonies, and has offered LIOO reward for information leading to . the discovery of his son. This is in addition to L2OO already offered for the con’ viction of the person or persons who have been guilty of violence. New South Welshmen are determined to give no quarter to the Chinese invaders, and, with a view of preventing any farther influx of Mongols, a very successful demonstration, under the auspices of the Trades and Labor Council, was held this week, the proceedings taking the form of a procession of various trade societies and an open air meeting in the Domain. Fifteen trades were represented, and with colors flying and bands playing they marched through the principal streets of our city to the Domain, where about 15,000 persons were assembled. Three resolutions, expressive of the undesirability of free Chinese immigration, the necessity of action being taken by Parliament to restrict it, and the appointment of a deputation to represent the views of the meeting to the Governor, were passed. A fine art competition has been instituted by Sydney’s well-known stationer, Mr John Sands, which, judging frona its . initiatory success, may ultimately develop into very imposing proportions. Owing • to the lack of enterprise amongst colonial manufacturers, Christmas, New Yearj, and , birthday cards up to the present time used in the colonies have been illuminated by English or European subjects. The want was most universally felt, as for an Australian born to gravely ■ despatch to his friends and relatives a Christmas card upon which were pretty pictures representing snow scenes and ice, was an anomaly which must have struck every one. For the future there will • be an alteration, Mr Sands having offered L4O worth of prizes for a , : competition in' which designs purely Australian should be admissible. Since

- tha&mo a good deal of intere-*' i . .evidently manifested in the ail’i r, i n •ess v ’ than. 661 designs, of greuln or _ii ~cr merit, were sent in from all tie cob ~ cs. ■* Some of the paintings—for many rank - above mere sketches—are worth several times the value of the first prize—-Lls. ■ To-day it may be said that the public had a .treat when the Art Gallery in the Domain, where the collection has been arranged, was thrown open- Mrs W. Stoddard, a Sydney artist, was awarded first prize for a subject bearing the modest • title, “A Night Scene.” The second prize, was carried off by a Tasmanian artist—who is again a lady—Emma B. Mather, of Hobart. The judges were Messrs E. Ooombes, M.P., C.M.G., E.L. Montrefiore, and B. Du Faur. "An exciting scene occurred on board the;A.S.N. Co.’s steamer Governor Blackball this moniing, just as the steamer was entering the Heads .from Brisbane. Among,the. steerage passengers were three French escapees from New Caledonia, in custody of two gensd’arrtes, en route to New Caledonia. One of the prisoners being brought on deck, the eight of land was. too much for the escapee. The hope of liberty inspired him, and he suddenly sprang overboard and swam towards North Head. The constable fired several shots, but "all missed him, although one went very near his head. The captain immediately.stopped the steamer, lowered a boat and picked the man up, in a very exhausted condition. Elias o. ' tajrcock, the champion scnller of Australia, at the Grafton Regatta, held oh last Tuesday, won ihe Grand Champion Race, for all comers, in wager boats. The distance was 2£ miles. The other starters were Rush and Messenger. The race was a magnificent - one. Laycock went off with Rush at a tremendous pace, leaving Messenger all behind at once. Rush and Laycock were together from start to

finish, the latter scoring a win by half a length. A match for LSOO between Laycock and Bush has been arranged, and there is great interest manifested, many believing Rush as good a scalier as the present champion. Captain Scott, who had held the position of .Police Magistrate of the Central Court for . about a quarter of a century, died at his residence on May 17th. Mr Dayid Chaa. Frederick Scott was appointed under the Colonial Government in 1849. He was commissioned as a magistrate in 1860, and although five years have elapsed since he did active dutyy-he retained that appointment to the day of ; his death. About five years ago he was obliged to relinquish his magisterial duties in consequence of failing health. Deceased was highly respected, being a gentleman of a very benevolent and urbane disposition. Considerable uneasiness has prevailed in fha mind of the public since a supposed case of small-pox was reported in the Ohinese quarters of George street. At present there is believed to be only one case, that of a little boy, the son of On Chong, a merchant carrying on a large business in that locality. The house has been placed in strict quarantine. This is effected by a policemankeeping guard outside the. premises, suffering no one to leave or approach without authority. The medical authorities do not consider it to be a caae of imall-pox, but the case is one of sufficiently serious importance to necessitate the house being kept in quarantine. Several of the Chinese habitations have been recently visited by the Corporation officials, and seine of the worst have been condemned. The Chinese population in the -locality is very dense, and every house is crowded to excess. Owing to the stench caused by defective sanitary arrangements, the disease, should it prove to be small-pox, will most likely spread and cause great mortality in the neighborhood. On Thursday afternoon, the ship Glamis Castle hauled up at the wharf with 820 more “ slaves,” they being really little better: They presented a curious appearance as they reclined'on benches, and everything that could be converted into a seat, their loose dungaree textured garments exposing their skinny legs from the knee downwards. Only two women were onboard. A number of the Mongols left by the Arawata the same day they arrived, bound for Auckland. The long and successful season Mr and Mrs Williamson have enjoyed at the Theatre Royal came to an end last week, and the last five nights of their stay, as if anxious to leave only the pleasantest memories of themselves with the Sydney people, they revived the ever-welcome *'Struck Oil.” In. this play, it will be remembered, the Williamsons made their reputation in Australia, and laid the foundation of their popularity which is so well assured,. and it was not, therefore, Burprising:.to:Bee audiences that occupied every, seat. in the theatre assembled to witness (its revival. Miss Maggie Moore was ’.just the Lizzie Stofel of yore; Mr Williamson 1 cotild scarcely have added much to .the excellence of his study of John Stofel, and, but that the mad scene was altered a little, there is no change in the original reading first produced in Melbourne. The Theatre Royal, with such a careful and painstaking manager as Mr Garner, .is never Unoccupied. Byron’s latest comedy, “ Upper Crust,” which was written for the celebrated Mr J. L. Toole, the .London comedian, was produced'for the first time on last Monday night. The reappearance of the London Comedy ‘ Company was welcomed by a crowded bouse, from which each of the old members received a cordial reception. “ Upper Crust ” is a, comedy abounding in love-making scenes. The situations are abundantly numerous,, and a successful run is‘predicted for tbo piece. The Montague-Turner Opera Company nightly draw crowded houses to the Gaiety. “ Maritana ” has been taken off and “II Trovatore ” substituted, which is undoubtedly a goodchange.

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OUR SYDNEY LETTER, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 368, 11 June 1881

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OUR SYDNEY LETTER Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 368, 11 June 1881

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