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OUR SYDNEY LETTER

(from our own correspondent.) Sydney, June 4. It is now announced officially that Parliament is to assemble on the sth of July for the despatch of business. The session which will be commenced on that day promises to be a lengthy and important one, and members are not likely to be relieved from their duties till Christmas, seeing that the business initiated last session for consummation in the next was very weighty. It embraces the oft-promised Local Government Bill, and a measure to provide for the better regulation of the* Civil Service. Then the licensing" question will have to be considered in all its bearings, more especially those which relate to packing of Licensing Benches. It is only a day or two ago that the correspondence referring to the Dimond license was made public. It appears that Dimond’s house was refused a license on several occasions, but a few days ago, after the last refusal, a number of magistrates appeared to preside at the Bench of the Water Police Court, out of their day, and the application was restored to the business , sheet in a most mysterious manner, whilst no opportunity was afforded the police to organise the case in opposition, and the license was granted- The Colonial Secretary ordered the house to be treated as one which had no , license, and very soon the whole matter was before the Supreme Court. Then the Chief Justice (Sir Jas. Martin) strongly deprecated the action of the. magistrates and held that their con-' duct was wholly unjustifiable and illegal. The Colonial Secretary then called upon the magistrates to explain their conduct, and the replies which he received were ■ certainly mighty piscatorial.” However, Sir Henry Parkes did not strike the Justices off the Cord- ~ mission of the Peace, but contented

himself with a rebuke scathing enough in itself to lead to the resignation of the whole of the magistrates who presided on the day ih question. Ah extraordinary controversy has sprung up between Sir- Henry Parkes, Mr Daniel O’Connor, M.L.A ? , and the, Daily telegraph, which may 'fitly' be described as a triangular ; duel The newspaper reported that Mr Oi’Gotfrior had informed a that the - Colonial Secretary, was busy buying all the public land along the new railway routes to attend to the Chinese question. Sir Henry Parkes demanded. an explanation, where Upon Mn O’Cqnfj. nor repudiated the repprt, Thegraph forthwith .proceededlo~ justify ‘ the report,: and t)ie public are 9 f glorious state..,of uncertam|;y r ' 7r the; matter is clearedit 'yrjlC ; |4qubtn j less be,found'that Sir ' Henry Has escaped damage, nnd tbat taken effect upon onejpfthejother r|wor ppriies. - ' "Slot a . little sensation has, .-been- r caused by the ruling of'Sir William Manning in ~thp libel action brought r by tl - L Mr' 'Gipp?i, ‘prompter . of Hillwater scheme,against Mr? John-i;-M'Elhone, the now. celebrated, flrbuily; of debate.” M‘Elhone tabled-dfettaiH 1 ‘ questions,/casting a reflfectionr-ifpbn f Mr Gipps’ abilities as ; a hydraulic engineer, B and k was proved that he had- written- - in the pocket-bopk of another rpetpher of parliament, Mrto the same-effect; Jiiz.—that iGippfe / had: tried to'Make water rUn iUpihilh at R the Turoq. The writing was done out-. ; , side Parliament HWse,hrid‘,;it: contended that the defendant cou|dH< easily have, satisfied .himself t>j statements were incorrect! His Honor ruled* the communication *' to ; 2 therefore directed a^hpni' LW suit ’to be entered; A filing "of grfeat hXf

uneasiness at present prevails in thepubr i. Uc mind, aftd it is felt thStUetk be; a change in the law- of libel td prevent such patent injustices ”as have been endured in the Clohtarf • libel! action against the Bulletin, and : the gift of unlimited tether ”to the ... mbst unscrupulous and violent indi-;.' vidual whd has ever sat iii a : cbloniat ~ - House of Parliament t , . On the 26th ult. two . very ; old colonials passed away— Dr Lindeman, of Cawarra, Gisford, aged 70, and the Hon. T. W. Smart, Mona, Darling Point, who was in his' 71st year: The former gentleman was well known as a vigneron in the Hunter district. Mr Smart was known to public life during the agitation of 1848, and subsequent years, against transportation to New South Wales. He held successfully the offices of Colonial Treasurer and Secretary for Public Works, In 1870 he was nominated a member of the Legislative Assembly. Modern Sydney will yet astonish the world, notwithstanding the many and almost insurmountable drawbacks. ■ against which she has to contend in the narrowness and irregularity of her streets. A new light has broken in upon us, and progress is now the watchword. As far as buildings are concerned, ours are very much superior to those of other colonies, if they could only be seen to advantage. A determination seems to exist on the part of the authorities to get rid of everything offensive to the eye. Old buildings are being pulled down, the proper alignment of the streets is progressing as fast as the rights of property will permit, irregularities are being corrected, streets paved, drainage improved, and other important changes are taking place. One thing is par- •• ticularly noticeable, and that is that the sandstone era is passing away, and most of the modern structures are being built of brick and cement, the most noticeable of these being the new L shaped arcade, from George to King streets, and the magnificent palatial drapery warehouse for Horden and Sons. This establishment far surpasses anything in our city, both in • extent and appearance, and it is said, that on an average Li,ooo per dayis taken over its counters. j. -, !;

Mr Marshall Wood, the well known, sculptor, arrived in Sydney this week, overland from Melbourne. Mr Wood is the sculptor to whose handiwork this. -.;, colony is indebted for the : statue -of the Queen, which has attracted so much attention as it has stoo4 under the dome of our Garden Palace. His stay amongst us will be short,; as he intends visiting all the colonies. Mr W. H. Traill, the author of the paragraph which brought about the action for libel Moore Bros’, v. Tht . Bulletin, has now accepted the editor* , ship of the journal named. ... Another maritime disaster has OC*

curred on coast, and, as i; > c.>c of the ill-fated Tararua, r iih n a stone’s throw of the heath. The ■ greatest excitement was created iu the city on Monday morning on its becoming known that the English barque Queen of Nations had gone ashore off Woollongong, and authenticated news was anxiously waited for, on account of the, current report that her mainmast had gone, that all hands were on board, and heavy seas were -washing over her. The captain and chief officer were on deck at the time of the mishap, and mistook the lights at Woollongong for the Head’s lights.

ine crew, extern uuc scaiuuu nnu » drowned, all got ashore safely on Monday afternoon, the captain and chief officer remaining on the ship for - several days, their conduct being most extraordinary. The second officer has made a statement to the effect that ' both the captain and chief officer, were under the influence of drink, the . greater part of the voyage, and had on more than one occasion threatened to shoot some of the crew. The cargo on board is valued at 1,27,000, but a great quantity of it lying ’tween decks will be saved without dararge if proper ap- , pliances are used. The vessel, from latest reports, stands high up on a sand beach, near Black Rock, and is quite safe from breaking up, but the chance of ever getting her afloat again is a meagre one. Great indignation has been expressed as to the blackguardly amduct of the captain and his officer, and a strict investigation will be held. [Our item from Sydney, published in last night’s Guardian, stated that the ill-fated vessel was likely to break up. —Ed. G.] An excursion on Cook’s principle is being organised for a tour among the South Seas, A doctor, a naturalist, and a taxidermist are to accompany the expedition. For years past it has been the practice with the railway authorities of this colonv to carry exhibits to aeri-

cultural societies free, so long as they are not sold during the currency of the exhibition. In the latter case the return freights are charged for them. In view of the forthcoming Intercolonial, sheep show in August, a request was made by the Secretary of the New South Wales Agricultural Society to thb Victorian railway authorities, that a similar concession .... might he ;made on the .Victorian lines, but - our sister colony declines to make any concesions. The policy of our : neighbors seems to be getting more ; mixed every day. While every facility Vjras offered by our Government to Victorian sheep breeders to -sell his stock In thiS7Colony, his own paternal ; Government*.does its utmost to keep him and.'His chattels in his own cojfhfry.;/"The. sooner Mr Berry acprosperity. ; Thftsttendance at the Intercolonial held last Monday was very large; ;and hares being numerous, laVgenumbeijS were killed. The Inter; colonial,prize and honors were won for th;& Cpldny by Mr Weir, of Pitt street, whdj'as a. thorough sportsman, and one * . hasdone muck for coursing, well deserves- his ",victory, - arid he was heartily congratulated on all sides when thtf flag went up in favor of his celver Hobbirie. 1 V,The runner-up was r the Tfori.. MjCCuUock’s Daphne. Over given away in prizes, Mr Wejr 0 receiving for Hopbine’s l victory pleaSawt of gentlemen tbe’ Press of Sydney . "the ; Metropolitan Hotel yssrdajv fpr.the purpose of taking -JeaVft q\A M? Horace W. Harris. This a reputation as a talented journalist, .. has-been appointed editor of the Jamworth Independent > AHhoqgjtelbis now more than a week since ityj£sre£brted that an infant son of ©ffftJhdßgj’ a Chinese merchant of 'medical evidence has been brought forward to the contrary. The ’ public are, getting .very uneasy on the matter, dnd correspondence is daily appearing in pur newspapers urging the authorities to set the public * r rest,. Is it small-pox or chicken-pox? The question is one of ... importance,'and in which not only the inhabitants of this city but the entire community are concerned. Owing to the continued presence of small-pox in ships arriving from that city are to be boarded by the health officer «a considerable distance from the bay, and carefully inspected. [From cablegrams published by us yesterday and to-day, it will be seen that there is now no rbom to doubt l that the disease is the dreaded small-pox.—Ed. £.] Several people suffered during the week in consequence of the carlessness f ' of dealing with deadly poison, A house in King street was badly ’ infected with rats,’ and, with. a view of exterminating s■ them .some strychnine was obtained T - frqtn'a chemist, and made up on the s/ the fftchen table, on which the meat I' „ and used for, dinner were Vafterwards placed., After partaking of £ mbal; all'the inmates, numbering

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OUR SYDNEY LETTER, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 373, 17 June 1881

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OUR SYDNEY LETTER Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 373, 17 June 1881

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