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(From oue owk OowREBPONDHMr.)

The shocking acoldenfc which roourred In Hobson'a Bay lest Sunday afternoon. reßultlng In the drowning of five persons, again furnishes a leaaon that hat, nnfor* tunately, beoa repeated time oat of nam« ber, The manner In which some people will raah into danger la really astounding! The man Book was employed las a stoker on board the Nelson, and It might have been supposed that he was at least able to swim. It seems, however, that not only was be entirely ignorant of that neoeeiary accomplishment, but there Is every reison to fear that he had bat the vaguest knowledge how to handle a boat. Yet,--notwlthßtandlDg all tblfl, bo, In th» faoa of a etlff brees?, hires a llflht skiff, and ' accompanied by his wife and ohild and three young ladles, ventures on a nail round the Bay. He does not even bring a male oompanion to assist In the management of the boat. What was the result ? In attempting to taok, the vessel turned over and emptied Its living freight into the Ren. Baok cluug to the keel of the boat, and, aa he could not swim, was. powerless to assist either his wife or ohild or the other ocoupanto, all of whom were drowned before his eyes. The story has Its own moral, and I need not point It oat. The enquiry now is not aa It used to be, " Where are you goiag to spend your Christmas holidays 1" bat, " flow In thunder shall I got over OheUtmas m town?" Everybody you meet is too "broke" to t-*lk of holiday-maklng whh pationoe. " O»n't do it, old fellow, really ; hit too heavily ; have to atop aY home and do the best I oan." . That !■ the general yerdlot on the situation, and Melbourne, if it won't be very lively, will be very full nt Christmas time, and with those whom ono is accustomed to meet . rusticating at Mount Maoadon oc Fern Treo Gully, enjoying a " eniff of the. briny " at Sobnupper Point or Gaps Sohank, Bight-seeing anaong the lakes cr m New Zealand, or cooling themselves m Tasmania or on the Blue Mountains. Evorvono h more or less stone broke, and to muiy to talk of land is to admiaister a

etroug emotio. Even the Exhibition euilors— (ha attendance is falling off perceptibly. Th.j raußhera can't afford to go. and the young ladies don't ccc aDy fun m parading- the p?and Avenue of Nations and tlio road to the awifchbaok ifhoir only and well-trodden beat)- only to look at oach other, and not to boo or be Been by members of tho othor box : and the new loaa will be floated too late to restore the great chow to its prißtino attraotiveness. But it will, moro than probably reaußoi. tato " the boom "

For rmny years back there has been an Inorofslng dnalre on the part of the residents of Rivorlna to sever thelc oon-, nectlon with the mother colony, and throw In their lot with Victoria. Melbourne (a deemed tho natural outlet for their, wool, and not Sidney, and no* tho grievances under which the graziers &D.3 paatoP«Heta allege they have beea laboring are said to be getting anendnrable any longer- They find In the Apathy and negleot of the Government at Sydney the reason of many of tho hardships suffered, and fere now definitely turning to Victoria for aßßlatanQQ and support. But they blam.o the New South Wales Government for the present deplorable state of the ooantry through the drought. Unfortnnately Vlotorla cannot help the rich dlatrlot of Itlvorlnu tinder naoh condition* any move than cm the other colony, and even if Rlverlna were annexed to this colony perhaps It would not be altogether an unmixed blessing. She would probably hay* the name oaaae of complaint against as. But It la likely we ooold b« induced to step Into the broach, and If we oofild do nothing more. we. could preaoh tha doctrines of irrigation, and that la a groat deal. Blahop Barry has been on thai; track, too, and if his advloo to leave off praying for rain and tenoh people how to conserve vroter instead la taken, perhspa Rlverlna may be indooed to be more oontented with her present lot. Professor Baldwin's marvellous feat of deoending from a balloon to the easth, clinging to a parachute, has, we are informed, been out-rivalled by a man In Sydney, bo that, whqn the intrepid aeronaut arrives from England, as he will shortly, he may find himself challenged by n very formidable opponent. Mr T. Williams tho individual m question when not peraulng his vocation is,a watchmaker, devotes himself to the study of aeronautics, and hta labor m tbat direction have been rewarded by tho construction of an apparatna whlqh, It is alleged, completely pula professor Baldwin's : paraohute m the shade. It is to bo hoped that tho two gentlemen Jn this singular rivalry will nob bo swayed by any petty feelings of jealousy. They mnat both be ; Rifted with iron nerve, and Australia may be exonaed for another pardonable boast of being the oaly oountry that has yet furnished an emulator of a sotenttfio and

sensational performance whloh has set

tho whole world ringing. - > : Among the novel (let In (he form of nmuaemento annonnoed for the coming festive season I« » • * Rut-kllllng Oonteat," to tike place nndec the auaplcea of the " Captive Balloon and Paraobute Company," and " under the patronage of the mnßt popular sporting gentlemen m Australia." The oonfllot Is to have its locate

In a plate glass oigo, 10ft x 10ft x 3ft, to be ercoted on a vaoant piece of land ne»r • lie Pabllo Library In SwMnston-Btro«t. It la to be hoped that the. usual aupinoaess of tho police will not prevent their, Inter-*'

venlng on this occasion and stopping the brutal pastime whloh ia projeotet) The oonamanlly has already been inffiolbntly demoralised by the numoroua prize-fights which have been permitted to come off, So debased a form of amusement oiranot fair to ho oabveralvo of pabllo morality,We English. spooking races pride outselvea on oar superiority overaaoh nations as the '

Spaniards and South Americans, who taka i Qendlah delight m witnessing the baiting of nn unfortnuate ball In the arena, 9arely, however, this la do more degrading than the proposed rat-killing oontest.

I ".Rough on Piles."— Why suffer Piles '; ;« immediate relief and complete cure guaran* teed. Ask for " Rough on Piles." Sure cure £ for itching, protruding, bleeding, or' any form v of pile , *- | 9

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MELBOURNE TOWN TALK, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2019, 21 December 1888

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MELBOURNE TOWN TALK Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2019, 21 December 1888

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