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The Queensland Parliament was] opened yesterday by the Governor in person. Sir Henry Norman said he had been greatly impressed since his arrival in the colony with the evidence everywhere visible of the progress and prosperity of the country. He next referred to the disastrous drought which the colony had experienced, but expressed a hope that with the assistance derived from the recent bountiful rains the colony was entering on a season of renewed prosperity. Tasmaniaa agricultural statistics iust published show an increase of 107,000 bushels of wheat over the preceding season, and a general increase in other grains. Potatoes show an increase of 23,000 tons. In consequence of heavy arrivals of wheat, the market in Sydney is dull and unsettled, but prices remain at last quotations. Six thousand bags of wheat have been sold in Melbourne at 5s 7d to 53 Bd. New Zealand oats, to arrive, have been sold at 3s 9d (ex wharf). At Adelaide wheat is firmer at 5s Id. . It is reported that when the Melbourne police paraded at the barracks yesterday morning the men were warned to be on the alert, as it was believed that "Jack the Ripper," alleged to be the author of the recent Whitechapel horrors, had arrived in the colony, the police having received information that he had been seen in Melbourne. Rumors of the warning were afloat in the city during the day, and caused a great sensation.

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Australian., Issue 7913, 22 May 1889

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Australian. Issue 7913, 22 May 1889

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