Sydney, April 7. Vary active defence preparations have been made. The land force has been doubled, and measures have been taken to lay down torpedoes in the harbor at Botany and Newcastle. If necessary the ranks of the contingent at Soudan will be filled up. Ministers) have adopted energetic measures, and have had the advice of General Scratchley and Captain Ackland. The patriotic fund is being gradually increased.
For Argyle, Sic EL Parkes was only elected by a majority of 41 oyer John Gibson. Parkes received the Orange and teetotal votes. The Beach-Hanlan exc'tement is subsiding. About L 1,600 has already been subscribed for the champion, and LI,OOO for Hanlan, who leaves by the next San Francisco mail. Beach is now taking a spell. He will not row anywhere except on the Parramatta River. The crowd at the race was very dense, and some accidents happened, but none of a serious character.
At the Fernhill stud sale yesterday some good prices were obtained. The highest for yearlings was GBOgs for the chestnut colt by Grand Flaneur—Lady Chester. Darebin was passed in at L 1,500. He is said to be sold to Queensland at that tigura. The total of the sale was over ll.OOOgs. The weather continues fine and dry. Brisbane, April 7. No reply has yet been received from Mr Garrick, Agent-General, to the offer of the vacant Supreme Court Judgeship. Some fears are entertained for the safety of the new Government steamer Lacenda, which left Suez seven weeks ago, and has not yet been reported. The Customs revenue continues to show an increase. Melbourne, April 7. The death is announced of the Hod. J. M. Grant, who played a prominent part in Victorian politics for many years. The quarter's revenue shows an increase of L 40,000 over the corresponding period of last quarter.
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AUSTRALIAN NEWS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1509, 9 April 1885
AUSTRALIAN NEWS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1509, 9 April 1885
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