i (Pbb Punas Association.) i NEW SOUTH WALES. » Bydnky, September 11. j The inquest on the cook of the J Centennial, who was drowned when s, the vessel sank, has lasted eight days, , the result being a verdict of manl slaughter against Capt Lessing, who i was committed for trial on October 18. f He has been allowed out on bail. 1 A deputation waited on Admiral ' Fairfax to-day to urge the establishment , of a branch of the Royal Naval Reserve I In Sydney. It was stated that there are - 12,000 men m the colonies who were i willing to join, The Admiral promised | to bring the matter under the notice of : the Admirality. | The farewell banquet to Admiral , Fairfax last night was a brilliant sue* ; cess. In referring to the defences of i the colonies, Admiral Fairfax said those 1 of Victoria were most complete. New ' Zealand had accomplished much, and what had been done had been done ' well. New South Wales, he thought, was behindhand with her defences, \ while Queensland had done little or : nothing: He paid a high tribute of praise to tbe naval and military forces. In wishing them farewell, the Admiral expressed regret at his departure from Australia. In the House of Assembly last night a Bill to abolish flogging was rejected.
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