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MELBOURNE TOWN TALK

(FKOM OUB OWN CORRESPONDENT.} Although the foundation of the Gordon memorfal, which is to be ereoted m the Fountain Reserve, Spring street, near Parliament House, has for a considerable tima pant been complete, the etatae itself has not as yet put m an appearunoe. Tr c delay is, it is understood, due to an acoldent to the lofty and mtsitve otonn pedoatal upon whioh the statue is to rest. A replloa of the worm, voted by the English Parllomant to the memory of the " Hero of Khartoum," and ereoted m Trafalgar Square—" the fioest site m Europe"—was recently unvolled. The statue ia of bropza and of heroio proporttoDs. Gordon is represenied m a fieldoffioet'a undress uniform ; he stands with the lefc arm across the chest, holding a Bible, on whioh the right elbow reats, while the right hand supports the ohm m a meditative attitude. The work (a by Mr Hamo Thomeyoroft, R.A., and is said to be a sucoeesfal essay m what is, per* haps, one of the sculptor's most dlffioult talks—viz, to make a satisfactory portrait statue out cf oar modern faoes and costamei. The death of the Rev. Dr. Mao Donald removes from the scene a gentlemen who for upwards of the pact thirty years has been a prominent figure of the Presbyterian Ohuroh of Viotoria. The ranks nf that denomination did not possess a more devoted or energetic member. He was In every respect a wise counsellor, and bis kind and forbearing spirit, his tsot for amtoably arranging diepntes or differences among his brethren, were features that Bndaared him to every one, and earned for him respect and admiration on all tides. As a man of broad and liberal views, and possessed of a tender sympathy, he became Invaluable at meetings of either Assembly or Presbytery, and his great experience and largeness of heart inabled him to Hggest conciliatory measures on many a troublous and trying ocoaslon. Dr. Mao Donald was born m 1820. He graduated at the Aberdeen Qolversity In 1841, and osme to Victoria In 1852 In 1834 he was placed m charge of the Dorass street Presbyterian Ohurob, Soath Melbourne, and continued there nntil December, 1887, when he resigned dd aooount of failing health. No one seriously regards the meetings of the Federal Council as having greater I'gnlfioanoe than famishing an exoose for i visit of Cabinet Minletars to Hobart, during a season when a trip to T«smania Is to be mcc. enjoyed. The Council Is m irresponsible body, and at present aonstltuted, I*9 deliberations and resolutions oan carry rio weight amongst the oomman ties whioh it ii supposed to severally represent. Hitherto represent tat lon at the sUttogt was coifioed to VldtorU, Q teensland and Tasmania. New South Wales and South Australia sternly held aloof from the meeting*, and deolined to recognise them m any way. Indeed the Goonpil as an Institution seemed threatened with extinction nntil new Interest was this year given to. it by the determination of the South Australian Government to permit two of Its members to take part In the proceedings. The prospeots of the Oouioll, therefore, seem brightening, and all that Is now wanting is for New Routh Wales to join the oonciave. This will, In all probability, be an accomplished fact next year, especially if, as Ie not unlikely, a protectionist government will then be m power In the sister colony. When Parliament is not In ression thrre Is, as a matter of oonrse, little news of a politioal nature to report. All * yes, bowever, are strained, and all ears are open upon the proceedings of the Government, beoiuß3 Mr Gillies and bis colleagues wllljhave to formulate the policies which shall influence the forthcoming general election. Last week the Lady Looh, con' veylng a majority of mincers, went on a cruise around the Glppsland coast, and through some fortuitous circumstance dropped anchor la Mftllssoota Inlet, where, much to the surprise of the visitor*, a very fertile »nd valuable traot of country was discovered. There were, it is a true, a few fishermen there and 1 some old set 1 rs, but virtually the locality was unknown, except, 1 regret to say, i to a Melbourne syndicate, the members of | whlob had reoently taken a large area of land. Consequently the Ministers returned tn town and did the very best | thing imaginable for preventing further settlement on this ooveted and lovely ipot, viz., by withdrawing it temporarily from ■election. The hog gantlemen are perhaps perfectly disinterested In their to! ion, but I should not be surprised to learn at some future time that some of them are the fortunate possessors of the best sltea about the Inlbt. In view of future developments I shall remember this trip of the Lady Looh. In all sincerity I sympathise with that ve'y misguided young lady who case was related to me the other day. It seems that at a time when there was nothing to break the monotony of sand from the Tarra to the beaob but a few fishermen's huts, a man collecting all the old tin oans and galvanised iron be could find, built himself under the shelter of a hummock, a primitive dwelling of a most mongrel order of architecture. He amassed wealth—bow, or In what way, is not known—but he did principally, I believe, by reason of his miserly hadlts whioh were not even relaxed when the oomfcrt and eduoatlon of hli only son were m question. Qalte reoently, however, a change oame pyar him —he began to dress decently, and even spent an occasional sixpence on a whisky; Suddenly he packed himself off to Eugland, and some months afterwards returned with a brand new bride, whom he had induced to marry him on the pretence that he was the wealthy possessor of a Toorak mansion and occupied a position In V.ctorlan society that opened to him the gates of Government house. With feelings that oan be better Imagined than described he, Lord Burleigh like, led the bluihlng young thing to his tin shed on the Sandridge wastes. Denouement Fifteen minutes of vituperative Indignation, ten of tears and bewailing her unhappy lot, and then a determined resolution to be revenged on the villainous pauper who claimed her as his wife She ran away with his ion, and next day a couple of thieves broke Into the shinty and marched off with £7000. whioh they found concealed under the old man'i bedstead, Oh ! If she hsd only known!

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MELBOURNE TOWN TALK, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2057, 7 February 1889

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MELBOURNE TOWN TALK Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2057, 7 February 1889

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