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An extraordinarily hot day has been experienced throughout the colony of New South Wales. Yesterday was the hottest day which has occurred in the month of September for thirty years. Two armed men near Orange captured seven travellers, and having bound them, stole all their money and valuables. After a detention of two hours the travellers were released, One of the men has been arrested.

The farewell banquet to Admiral Fairfax at Sydney on Tuesday waa a brilliant success. In referring to the defences of the colonies Admiral Fairfax said those of Victoria were most complete. New Zealand had accomplished much, and what had been done was done well. New South Wales, he thought, was behindhand with defences, while Queensland had done little or nothing. He paid a high tribute of praise to the naval and military forces, In wishing them fare? well, the Admiral expressed regret at his departure from Australia. In the New South Wales House of Assembly last night the Bill to aholish flogging was rejected.

A tender has been accepted for raising the steamer Centennial.

The inquest on the cook of the Centennial, who was drowned when the vessel sank, has lasted eight days—the result being a verdict of manslaughter against Captain Leasing, who was committed for trial. He has been allowed out on bail.

A deputation waited on Admiral Fairfax yesterday to urge the establishment of a branch of the Roya} Naval Reserve in Sydney. It was stated that there are 12,000 men in the colonies who were willing to join. The admiral promised to bring the matter under the notice of the Admiralty. The first shipment of Queensland coal was sent to New Zealand yesterday. It is expected if the experiment is successful the colliers will affor4 a good opportunity of pbtaining direct supplies of Jfew Zealand produce.

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Australian., Issue 8010, 12 September 1889

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Australian. Issue 8010, 12 September 1889

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