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OUR AUSTRALIAN LETTER.

[From Our Melbourne Correspondent.]

Wednesday, June 5, FATAL RAILWAY ACCIDENT.

The dead and horribly mangled body of an engiue driver named Patrick Cassidy was found ou the railway lino near the intersection of the.Sandhurst and Williamatown lines. It would appear from the position of the body, which was lying right across the footway, a 8 though Cassidy had laid down to sleep on the line. It iB stated, however, that, though not a total abstainer, he so'dom or never drank to excess, A X.UUIOW ESCAPE. A strange accident took place at Hawthorn last Friday by whi«h a workman, named David Bennett, narrowly escaped with his life. He was leading a horse and dray over a makeshift bridge across a cutting some 30ft in depth. Just as they were over tho centre of the excavation the horse swerved, und horse, dray, and man fell to the bottom. By a fortunato chance Bennett fell on the horse, and though badly hurt and stunned by the fall, escaped with Ins life. For two hours lie lay helpless in the drain, but at last recovered strength enough to drag himself to the local police station. He was sent to the hospital, where it was found that several ribs had been fractured and that he had sustained severe injuries to his head. VIOLENT ATTACK ON' THK POLICE. A desperate encounter between three police officers and a great crowd of street roughs and degraded women took place in a lane off Little Bourke street, the Whitechapel of Melbourne, last Sunday night. Two detectives noticed a drunken man closely attended by another man, of whose motives the detectives had misgivings, in Flinders street, going by a circuitous route to Boogan's lane, one of the most disreputable haunts in the city. Immediately the lane was reached the man who had the druuken one in charge was joined by several others of his class, and suddenly the lot turned upon the "incapable," threw him to the ground, and proceeded to rob him. The detectives then disclosed themselves, and each secured one of the robbers. The prisoners resisted the police, and fought desperately. Presently the police were surrounded by about 150 of the lowest characters, men and women of the disreputable locality, who violently attacked them with lists, sticks, stones, knives, and other weapons. The police called loudly for assistance, and a citizen camo to their aid, but received a terrific blow from ono of the crowd, which at once placed him hoy de combat. A constable, who was in uniform, also responded to tho detective's cry, and shared the ill Usage which was bestowed upon his comrades. In the meantime the drunken man was hurried away by some of the mob, and placod beyond the control of the police. One of the detectives received a violent blow on the head from the knob of an umbrella, handled by a woman, and on his trying to wrench it from her the Amazon struck at him with an open knife, which, however, only penetrated his clothes. After a. desperate fight of a quarter of an hour two of the mob were taken to the watch house and locked up. The police were very severely handled, being bruised badly, and having their uniforms torn from their backs. MUSICAL AND THEATRICAL. Mr Charles Santley, the eminent baritone singer, has mado two appearances in ' Elijah' in Melbourne. Concerning his firstappearance in the oratorio the ' Argus'says : —"The largest individual share of the work falls to the titular character, which, in Mr Santley's hands, became invested with an entirely new interest. Mr Santley's reading is distinct from any to which the Melbourne public is accustomed in its much greater dramatic fervor and in the depth of pas sionatc devotion with which he invests it. The whole of the great scene-for such it really is—with tho priests of Baal upon Mount Carmel was delivered in a mastorly manner, worthy of the singer's reputation. The aria 'Lord God of Abraham' was admirably rendered, and in striking contrast of stylo to tho previous recitative, ' Call him louder.' Both intonation and execution of the aria 'ls not His word like a fire?' were of the most perfect description, and the rendering was followed by loud applause. An equally forcible demonstrat:on followed the fine and touching aria 'lt is enough.' Mr Santley's singing of the part will probably form a standard of comparison here for a long time to come." At tho Melbourne popular concert last week Herr Scherek was the solo pianist, and played the cavatina and march from RalFs suito, op. 91. He also took part with Mr Max Klein in Schumann's sonata for pianoforte and violin in D minor, op. 121. A case of considerable interest in theatrical circles camo before Mr Justico Owen in Chambers at Sydney on Friday last, when an application was made on behalf of Mr George Rignold for tho reconsideration of the decision of the Master in Equity with regard to the Balary to be allowed to Mr Rignold as an actor at Her Majesty's Theatre. It was explained that Mr Rignold had been appointed receiver and manager of the partnership funds during the windingup of tho affairs of the firm of Messrs Riguold and Allison, and the question now was tho right of Mr Riguold to charge the partnership funds with L4O per week as star actor in 'Romany Rye,' now being successfully performed at the theatre. The master had decided that Mr Rignold was not entitled to charge for his services as an actor, as he had not received a salary daring the partnership. Tho value of Mr Rignold'B services in ' Romany Rye' was estimated by Messrs Brough, Boucicault, and others at L4O to LSO per week, and the Judge said tho principlo contended for by tho master governed the cases of ordinary trustees or receivers, but the peculiar circumstances of this case lifted it beyond the ordinary rule of the Court, and Mr Rignold was entitled to the salary claimed. Messrs Brough and Boucicault's company opened their Sydney season at tho Criterion Theatre on Saturday night, and met with a cordial reception. Tho comedy performed was 'On 'Change.'

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OUR AUSTRALIAN LETTER., Issue 7932, 13 June 1889

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OUR AUSTRALIAN LETTER. Issue 7932, 13 June 1889

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