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A largo fire took place on the morning of the 11th, at Robb’s buildings, Collins street, Melbourne, in which the imdifc branch and ' 'b'ccrs’ office of the Victorian railways v....»gutted, and valuable plana destroyed. A fireman named Fox sustained a compound j fracture of one leg. I A complimentary dinner was tendered to General Edwards by tne Naval and Military Club, MeJl’onijn-, at which he stated ho hoped to a scheme (or e’'. : .fct:e. act.on a;;p , ’ )ve(i .t, lie d tdmai If gratified at the condition i.f te.e works already completed, and gave credit to the artillery for their care of the guns and batteries, A verdict was given in favor of Mrs Browne for L 4,927 damages against the National Bank on account of the loss of debentures deposited in the bank and stolen by Onjous, the security clerk. ; A warrant has been issued for the arrest ■ of James Alexander Matheson, accountant i of the Australasian Discount Company. His I supposed defalcations are about L4OO. | The first cargo of new season’s tea arrived >in Melbourne per Isman on Monday. The j wheat market is quiet, prime milling bringI ing from 5s to 5s 5Ad. Flour, Lll to Lll j 10a for stone-made and Ll2 for roller-made, I New Zealand oats sold at 4s to 4s Id for feed sorts ; market dull. Sugars : Queensland counters, L2l to L2I 15s ; greys, L 24 ; fine, L 26 15s; Mauritius ranging from L 23 1 to L 25 10a. j Dr Samuel Brierly, a well-known city ! practitioner, was charged at the City Court lon the 12th inst. with assaulting and f robbing Davidson, a sharebroker, and for- ( merly lessee of the Theatre Royal Hotel. ( At a meeting of the Presbytery it was de- | cided to urge the General Assembly to move | in the direction of the reinstatement of Bible reading in State schools. Influence is to be brought at next election to pledge candidates to this end, and that the Government should be urged to grant a capitation towards the support of Roman Catholic schools. Two bodies of men, identified as those of a carpenter named Calkett and a contractor named Freeman, have been found floating in the Yarra. A man named George Scurr attempted to commit suicide by drowning himself in the I’ Yarra, but was rescued by two men who jumped in after him. Two men named Wilks and Morgan quarrelled iu the street, when the former struck Morgan, inflicting serious injuries necessitatI ing his removal to the hospital. Wilks has I been arrested. At Clark’s Hill, Buugarce, Eliza Heaney, aged fourteen, was accidentally shot by her j brother, aged seventeen. The lad was shooting sparrows, when the girl suddenly coming round the corner received the shot in her head. No hopes are entertained of her recovery. Alfred Critcher, residing at Bellambi, near Wollongong, attempted to murder hia wife by stabbing her in the abdomen with a large clasp knife. Ho then tried to commit suicide by stabbing himself with a butcher’s knife. Both were removed to the hospital, when their wounds were found to be very serious, so much so in the case of the woman that her depositions were taken. Critcher had previously been convicted of ill-using his wife. They lived apart for some time, but were lately reunited. George Johnson and George Dignam were acquitted of shooting Constable Slater at Sydney. Two more bodies, identified as those of Dan Mason and Elder Peate, were recovered from the Glebe pit. Paul Turnbull, oversman, and two deputies made their way from the place where the rescue party are at work over a fall as far as the end of the crosscut flat, where further progress was barred by another large fall. In coming back the head of Mason v/as noticed protruding from a mass of fallen coal. While Mason’s corpse was being taken out the body of Peate was found and disinterred. Recently writs of ejectment were served upon a number of persons occupying and claiming a large area of land at North Willoughby (New South Wales). The total area exceeds 1,000 acres, and is worth fully LIIOO an acre. Thu claim is by a grandson of the original grantee, on the ground that tho property had been entailed by the will of Nioholls, and that all alienations in defiance thereof are null and void. The same person is also making claim to thirty acres of city land in Surrey Hills, the value of which is enormous, Adolph Witt, a sharebroker at Adelaide, committed suicide by shooting himself. He is supposed to have lost heavily on the share market. A shocking occurrence took place at Brampton Park, near Adelaide. A aiaglc woman named Catherine O’Brien was found lying in an outhouse with a still-hot n female child beside her. She was afterwards safely delivered of a living mule child. The neighbors bad cruelly refused to attend the woman. Bishop Webber has sent a telegram to the Vicar-Goaeral, Sydney, with reference to the appointment of Canon Smith as Primate of Australia, stating that he wrote to the Bishop of Goulhurn last week objecting to the procedure, and must now respectfully protest against Canon Smith’s appointment as invalid. Bishop Webber is of opinion that such a mode of appointment virtually deprives the Bishops of Australia and Tasmania of the right of choice. The schooner Wanganui has arrived at Cooktown from Sudest with thirty - two passengers ami 200oz gold, and with two men sick, a third haring died during tho voyage. Reports of the goldfields in New Guinea are very discouraging. The Government steamer Albatross has returned to Thursday Island from Batavia River with a boat belonging to John Williams, murdered by his crew. The boat was found twelve miles from the river high in the sand. Provisions and a dingy had been taken. It is unknown when or how Williams was murdered, but it is supposed ho was thrown overboard soon after leaving there.

“ Hollo, Oscar ! what makes you look so downcast?” “Oh, I am a little off today.” “What is the trouble?” “Had a falling out with Sue, and ” “ Recently?” “No, several weeks ago. It’s chronic by this time.” “A regular case of disappointment in love, eh?” “No; disappointment in the girl.” “Oh ! ”

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AUSTRALIAN NEWS., Issue 7989, 19 August 1889

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AUSTRALIAN NEWS. Issue 7989, 19 August 1889

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