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The Queensland Government have appointed the following Commissioners for the railways : Chief Commissioner, John Mathieson, twenty-eight years in the service of the Glasgow and South-western Railway Company ; second Commissioner, Robert J, Gray, Under-colonial Secretary, Brisbane; third, Andrew Johnston, engineer in charge of the eastern division of the Great Eastern Railways, Mr Mathieson was strongly recommended by Mr Speight. Mr Johnston is a specialist in the construction and maintenance of railways. Amongst the passengers by the mail steamer Oceana, which reached Melbourne on the 13th inst., was the Rev. Dr Rainey, principal of the New College, Edinburgh, who is on a visit to Australia as a delegate from the Free Church of Scotland to convey greetings to the Presbyterian churches of all the colonies. For this purpose he will travel through Australia, but will return to Melbourne to attend the jubilee celebrations of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria. The celebrations are also to be attended by Dr M'Gregor and Dr Lynd, of Belfast; and possibly also by Dr Donald Fraser, of London. Dr Rainey, wto is accompanied by Mrs Rainey, had a very pleasant voyage on the whole, the weather having been very settled, except for a short period while passing through the Bay of Biscay. The Queen has authorised the prefix “Royal” to be used by the Victorian Institute of Architects. The prosecutrix in the case against the Sydney restaurant-keeper who was condemned to death for criminal assault has addressed this letter to his counselßeferring to the death sentence passed upon Ernest Buttner, I beg of you to use your influence with the Government to stay the same for the following reasons:—(l) After considering the matter well over, I am afraid I gave some encouragement, and my conduct may have been a little eccentric. (2) Having only been released a short time from a lunatic asylum, I had not felt well for a few days previous, and I believe I must have had a temporary relapse of my old enemy at the time and on the night in question. Under these circumstances I urge you to use your influence with the Executive Council. Meantime, I don’t wish to exonerate myself from blatrte.—l am, etc., Jessie H. Lennox.

The Colonial Secretary of Queensland, Mr D. Morehead, has written to the Colonial Secretary of New South Wales requesting him to make inquiry respecting the girl Lennox before carrying out the dread sentence of death upon her assailant Buttncr, and intimating that there was a girl named Jessie Lennox who was a girl of the streets in Brisbane. She had been on one occasion convicted of having robbed a Chinaman of a L 5 note, and had recently been discharged from Woogaroo Lunatic Asylum, where she had been an inmate for a period of two years. Darling Island, which has recently been purchased by the Parkes Government from a syndicate under somewhat suspicious circumstances for L135,0(30, was in the hands of Garrard and Hamilton, the wellknown firm of city auctioneers, a little while previously for L 65.000. The Mayor of Sydney declined to preside over Mr Dillon’s meeting.

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AUSTRALIAN NOTES., Issue 7912, 21 May 1889

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AUSTRALIAN NOTES. Issue 7912, 21 May 1889

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