[Per s.s. Alhambra, at the Bluff.] Melbourne, Jan 14. The public interest during the past week has been centred in the cases of small-pox at the Quarantine Station. Additional
police have been sent to the station to ensure the observance of the quarantine regulations. The doctor is confident c£ being able -to prevent the spread of the disease. The patients have every comfort, and cricket and tennis materials have been sent. ■ Every possible precaution is being taken against the introduction of smallpox either by sea or overland from Sydney. An ambulance is kept ready at the barracks, and the police are ordered to report and isolate any suspicious cases immediately they are brought under notice. The Speaker of the Assembly is about to pay a visit for several weeks to New Zealand. The importation, of grapes from Europe is prohibited by an Order in Council The reason of this step is that a large quantity was recently imported by one of the Orient steamers. A seaman named Barry, of the schooner Zephyr, from Greymouth, missed his hold while aloft and fell on to the deck. Death was instantaneous. The ship Allanshaw, from London, has arrived. She reports that a seaman fell overboard. A boat was launched and proceeded, but filled and disappeared. The second officer clung to the boat, but the seamen who accompanied him were drowned. The Hon, James Henty, M.L.0., one of the pioneers of the colony, died suddenly on the morning of the 12th, of apoplexy. He rose as usual, and entered notes in a diary, and was found shortly afterwards lying across a bed quite dead. At a special meeting of the Melbourne Cricket Club, a proposal of the Hon. Ivo Bligh to bring out a mixed amateur , and professional team was unanimously adopted. The committee of the club were empowered to make all necessary arrangements. The report of the Board on storing exi plosives advises that newly invented explosives should not be permitted to enter the colony until reported on by experts. They consider glycerine compounds should be stored below the surface of the ground. ( The committee of the Melbourne Hos- . * | pital adopted the report of Dr Miller deL daring the statement of Dr Youl that the hospital was saturated with erysipelas, was much exaggerated, but nevertheless decided to hold an inquiry on the general question of the sanitary condition of the [ building. t Steps are about to be taken to deepen the South Channel, owing to the difficulty the largest sized steamers have in entering the port. The Philip Nelson was unable to visit Melbourne owing to shallow water. The two outgoing mail 1 steamers lost several hours from the same T cause.
Tha Khedive, with English mails, encountered severe weather in the Bay of Biscay, and hence arrived after contract time.
Sydney, January 14 The heat at Albury during the week has been intense, and was greater than ever before experienced. The “ Sydney Herald’s ” special reporter, who visited Hanging Bock, reports nothing further to record, the rich yield recently obtained being from a small patch about one acre in extent. Much prospecting is being carried on. The regatta under the auspices of the Russian Admiral took place on the 10th. The Russian sailors won every contest except one. The railway returns for the past year published show a net income exceeding expenses by L673,C00. The public debt incurred for all purposes is L 14,897,000.The railways yielded an excess on working expenses equal almost to the entire interest on the debt of the colony. Adelaide, January 14 The first case of small-pox which occurred on the quarantine ground, Torren’s Island, was that of Johnson, a steerage passenger. After sickening three days he developed the disease. The guard at Round Island is doubled.
Perth, January 14 It is stated that' Joubert is in treaty with the Government to construct a narrow gauge line to Albany in consideration of a land grant of two million acres.
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AUSTRALIAN NEWS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 540, 21 January 1882
AUSTRALIAN NEWS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 540, 21 January 1882
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