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MELBOURNE NOTES

(From oub own Cobbbbpondemt.)

One of the oorolhrles of the land boom wai the "raolog boom." The banks repressed the one, and the V.R.O. !■ attempting to oheok ths other. Sport li one thlnsr, bat rsolnp, as praotlted In some of the distant suburbs of Melbourne is another and quite a different thing altogether. A race meeting should not be allowed to degenerate Into an enterprise the objeot of wbloh Is gate money, and little else besides, unless It be that it affords opportunities for the pushing, gentry who •« lay," "lay," " lay " against anything npoa legs, to ply their oalllng. One-half the courses In the viololty of Melbourne upon whloh races are ran now-a-days are little better than gambling grounds. Trns sport and the breed of horses do not enter into the speculations of the people who promote these meetings, and <ln sooner some check Is pat apon thorn the better It will be for Toang Australia,

The largest iron girder ever made m this oolony for a building was safely conveyed aoross the Yarra a few nights ago. It waa made by Johnton and Sons, of the Tyne Foundry, Yarra Bank, for premises being built for Solomon and Co., of Swanston street. It is 81 feet m length, 3 feet 9 inches m depth, 3 feet m width all over, and weighs 36 tons. The web plates are 42 inches deep, and £ inch thick. It was impossible to get this monster girder over the Falls Bridge, owing to the curves, and the makers wate afiaid to tvust it upon the newly formed embankment leading up to the south end of Prince's Bridge. So it was conveyed over the river upon a large lighter. Once across, it was safely conveyed to Swanston Btreet, 28 powerful horses being employed to draw it. This girder, with Its four supporting: columns, ia destined to cany a load of five stories of briokwork and floors weighing about 1160 tons. It was designed by Mr Woolf to bear a strain that would ODly break at 4,600 tons. Street acotdents are becoming alarm* lngly common In Melbourne. The traffio In the principal streets of London Is congested tenfold (n extent as compared with the traffio here. Yet the perocn^ige of street accidents Is flf>y pec rent less, taking ln|o account tho re»p-?c !ve popu« latlonr, In tha E»g)!ah metrrip .He thtn In Melbourne, owfng to tin stricter regulations In foroe there. For ltaa'zi, no olfcy with the same preten&lona lq so badly governed as the capital of Viotoria ; and, j wh»fc is worse, remonstrance Is worse than useless. "F*t»l street icoldent" (a tha heading one meets with In newspapers twioe and sometimes thrioe a week. And then one reads of some unfortunate "who *as knocked down by » passing vehicle while attempting to cross the street." There Is an Inquest, and— " A verdlot of accidental ' death ." Is reoorded— and there the matter ends, Now, a Urge prpportlqn of these " •coldenUl »' deaths are avoidable, Bnfc, so long as tha supine authorities permit people to dash recklessly roqnd street corners, drlvo at fall speed over street crossings, end oomm'fc a d<B3n other follies m wh'ch no rrn except an Idiot would think of ludulghg m better ordered cities, so long will these numberless "fatal Btreet aooidenta" contlnqe to find pUoo In the columns o,f qevrtpapera, One of the latest; eas*-* Is that of a poor old w*u, aged 88, who waa knocked down In Filnders utteet, His death was " accidental "—as a matter of course. The faot !■ that one half uf these io-oalled •coldents are clear oases of manslaughter; only the jar lei are afraid, or too Indifferent, to give thqm a proper nime v One evening last week Mr Varlay, the revivalist, baptised a number of adults In the sea, at Kenny's baths, Bt. Eilda Eight o'clock at night was the time chosen. The night was still, the moon resplendent, and a considerable number 1 of persons assembler* to witness ths ceremony, Mr Varley goeß m somewhat ior sensationalism m hla teaching, and it is just a question whether the oeremony at the baths was not a trifle too theatrical m Its obaraoter. j

Last week one of the Bpolety papers rnildJy ridiculed certain '• swells" who strut about Melbourne m "stays." This week the same paper denounces the use of M rouge" by some of theee exquißito dandies. Fanoy whßt wo have oorae to* From the old sheep and cattle farmers of half a century ago to the laced and painted "dado" of today ia along dis. tance to travel m co phort a time.

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MELBOURNE NOTES, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2127, 6 May 1889

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MELBOURNE NOTES Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2127, 6 May 1889

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