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OUR SYDNEY LETTER, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 384, 1 July 1881
OUR SYDNEY LETTER
(from our own correspondent.) Sydney, June 18.
During the past week there has nbt been much of a stir in political circles. The one event of importance during the last fortnight (and which I mentioned briefly in ray previous letter) in the political world has been the great success in floating the last New South Wales loan of 2,000,000' in the London market. The Treasurer fixed the minimum at 102, and he has obtained the highest price that has yet been paid -for a Colonial 4 per cent, loan, unguaranteed by the Imperial Government. There is no doubt he approached the market at a favorable time, and he was able to telegraph to the Agent-General that the financial prospects of the colony are much more favorable than there was reason to suppose they would be. Of course the inference from this will be, that he will not have to propose fresh taxation during the ensuing session, which, it is understood, will commence in July. All this will tend to make things easy for the Government. Of course very much will be made of the prosperity of the colony, the high price at which our securities have been proved to be valued in the money market of the world, and the utter absence of motives for a change of the “ pilots ” who are at the helm of our State ship. All that will be demanded at their hands will be progress. Two of the Ministers, Sir John Robertson and Hon. John Lackey, have gone to Grafton this week, but as our worthy Premier is conspicuous by his absence from the party, it is not likely any Cabinet secrets will leak out, although many speeches will necessarily have to be made. It has also been rendered still more clear and unmistakeable that legislation for the restriction of the Chinese must take place as soon as Parliament meets. On account of the overcrowdingofChinese in the lower part of our principal thoroughfare, George street, it is intended to urge Parliament to pass a Lodging House Act. Such a measure would drive the whole of the aliens who set sanitary laws at defiance from the city, as they would not be able to pay rent if they had to conduct themselves like other men.
Another question for Parliament to decide will be the immediate removal of the large quantities of gunpowder stored at the magazine, Goat Island, near Balmain. The City Council propose that the explosives be placed at Middle Harbor, because, were an explosion to take place at the present depot, it would lay half the city in ruins.
Her Majesty’s Opposition in the colony is as yet but a figure of speech. Mr Foster, who is the accredited leader, may have a hand to play, but he is much too wary to expose it. ,
Just as we were congratulating ourselves on the fast disappearance of the only case of small-pox known ih the city, and the almost immediate prospect of the disease being eradicated from our midst, several —-and what would appear to be still more serious—cases have broken out in two suburbs, and at different parts of the city; in' all fifteen instances of undoubted cases of small-pox have been reported. The case of a laboring man living in; Surrey Hills, is a very severe one,, and the man can only live a few days. The
all over His body, and men say it is a fully developed 'base of confluent small-pox. The patient has for the past month been working in Lower George street, near On Chong’s establishment, where, it will be remembered, small-pox first, made its appearance in Sydney. Yes-
terday afternoon quite an unusual stir took place in the city when two omnibuses went dashing through the streets laden with the unfortunate victims of the now fast-spreading disease. Mounted
police escorted the vehicles. to prevent any communication with thf occupants, who were en rente to the Quarantine
Ground, where the yellow flies. At an early hour this morning (Saturday) a couple of Chinamen*were noticed to be prowling about- the premises of Sum Kum Ling, at. Waterlpo, and a strict watch being kept, : they rjfere at last detected in passing in through a window what appeared .to be a large parcel. The parcel being bf somewhat suspicious appearance, the police hfade a raid on the house. Upon entering the store it was found empty, with ,the exception of two rooms. In'One, on the first floor, lay a Chinaman shamming to be asleep. He was aroused and examined, but no signs of small-ppx were found. Upon arousing the other, who was wrapped in blankets, Dr Caffyn found him to be covered from head to foot with the disease in its suppurating strge. Several other Mongols being found in the house they were immediately vaccinated,. and placed under strict quarantine regulations. This being done, the house was left guarded by an efficient body .of police, to prevent communication with the outer world. Now that there is a spread of the infection, Sydney VdU be treated as an infected port, and serious interruption, if not permanent injury, may be done to the export trade and general business of the city. It would have been wiser if those in authority had listened to reason before, and prevented this outbreak of loathsome disease, which has inspired our inhabitants with terror. Two cases brdea’th lvSre ■ reported this morning. ' ■ . The French transport steamship Finistere arrived on Thursday morning, and anchored off Lady Macquarrie’s Chair, the battery firing a Salute. The Finistere is a fine high wooden vessel, .. of about 3,000 tons, carrying nine guns. She will remain in this port about a . fortnight, and will then leave for France, . via Torres Straits. It will be remembered that I men- < tioned in one of my previous letters that Mr Mason resigned his position-under the New South Wales Railway Department, in consequence of a disagreement as to the length and terms ofGiis holiday. Mr Cowderpy, who has been for many years in the service,of the . department, was appointed to act in a his stead. He has now beenpcr- -I manently -appointed to-, the office at a - salary of Li,ooo per annum. The arrival of the Royal Princes in Sydney is being impatiently' looked forward to, and there is no douhtthat ; they will be made heartily -welcome when they come. In. all. .probability, if the present epidemic continues,!, to - rage, we may be destined -tp..the.disappointment of not seeing, the young . midshipmen. According to -'latest advice, they have reached Adelaide, • where they have visited several mines and objects of interest. 1; The Mayor has invited themrto a" banquet, and a ball will be given at Govemirient Ho&se.
Another very old colonist has passed away. I allude to Mr John Hawdon, late of Kyla Park, who dieda few days ago. Mr Hawdon was, inyears gone by, well known andf universally... respected, both in this and theneighboring colony of Victoria. -He arrived in this colony as far back-as r rß:zß| J Settling on the Momya river, then scarcely known to white men. - "With l him, we believe, passes away - the last of the brave men who did so much to open up the-' pastoral interests..oLAuslral ia, and to give her The.. .name of the first grazing country'in the world.
The ladies of Sydney have risen en masse against our Mayor, because he has instructed the Town Clerk not to put their names down on the roll He has only acted on the opinions of Mr Dailey, Q.C., and Mr Salomons, Q.C., they having advised him that ladies have no right to .vote. A grand ball may have the effect of pacifying the fair sex. ; I | . The ill-fated barque "Queen of Nations still lies on the rocks near Wollongong, where she is 'likely to remain till she goes to pieces. Several of her planks have given way, and her back is all but broken. The weather for the past few days being very favorable for discharging, the agents have had a great number of hands discharging all cargojthat can be got at, principally from ’tween decks. • Wire ropes have been run from the mizzen mist to the shore, and in this way the egrgo has been partly landed, The appliances at present in . use are not at all expeditious, as the goods are strung on a single rope and get wet-befoie ; reaching shore. No inquiry has yet been held as to the cause of the mishap, the captain being too ill to attend. ~ Mr M'Carthy, who for a number of years has been associated with-the wellknown firm of solicitors, Messrs M'Carthy, Robertson, and Co., died suddenly at his residence on Thursday
morning. The funeral was attended by an immense concourse of people. The value of land in the chief parts of Sydney is steadily on an increase. Moore’s Labor Bazaar, in Pitt, street, was sold by auction a few. days ago -for L 27,000, this being equivalent to L 450 per foof The purchassers were Messrs
Wright, Heaton, and Co., a large firm of carriers.
The Buckley alcoholic poisoning case still continues to create great excitement, and. the coroner’s. investigations has not finally ended. Buclcley was a native of Victoria, and from all accounts very strongly addicted to drink*. _He arrived here some weeks ago, ’'having with him a draft for Laoo, which he asked the landlord pf the hotel he was staying at, to bank for hint After
being only ten days in Sydney, Buckley was found one evening‘:i]nhg£db?m In the gutter, suffering, great agony. . He was removed to; thp infirmary, yfyepe he died in a few hours. Two days prior to bis death, he made a Statement ito Inspector Anderson, that he, could not get his money, back frorri 'Cocks; his ■landlord.; The unfortunate.. vietpp to drink, it’ is.' adduced .in eyjiierice,' was supplied.in the . hotel' ‘with’ :.r op . (drinks per diem, and is understood that books 'kept by Cock, show that in three weeks
: ~ '- : V'Pfulfal I •■■■.“-- '. :t v' > |f r the dcceasftdi ' atlthough off and on in L tremens, was debited with if' a,o&odrinks. |» «La grille-du Ifambour Major” one jof the latest of the opera bouffe series, f " and from the pen of the prolific Jacques £. 'Offenbach, has achieved so signal and : success in Paris, London, and „ other European capitals—retaining its place on the boards of some theatres i- for over a year—that it is scarcely L, to find that it should have had in Melbourne the unprecedented k ,-run ! of ior ; ■ nights. As the same I;'' company, finder the same management, «will - commence their season to-night, I at the Theatre Royal, with this work, ? it may be taken as strongly probable that;-a great ■ success will attend the . present; < series of representations. “JOiploinacy” and “The Woman in £ White,” have had big runs at the Gaiety. ' : Theatre, Mr Wybert Reeve being the bright particular star.
OUR SYDNEY LETTER, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 384, 1 July 1881
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