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Considerable anxiety was manifested yesterday inconsequence of a report that the Government proposed to allow the Victory passengers to leave quarantine and come up to town.. A question concerning it was put in the Council without notice, arid the reply it elicited was deemed anything but satisfactory. The Government admitted that the bringing thepassengers up on Monday was under consideration, and allowed further that there was so much risk in the course as to induce them to select the Military Barracks as the domicile of the immigrants, in preference to the ordinary quarters. But the feeling outside was very strong that no risk should be run, and in the course of the evening a requisition was go* up to Mr Strode, asking him to call a public meeting on the subject. This he at onct consented to do, and the meeting is to be held to-day at 2 o'clock, at the Shamrock Hotel. In consequence of the pressure of advertisements and Northern news, we are obliged to hold over until Monday, a detailed report of a portion of the Council proceedings and much other matter. The Committee appointed by the Superintendent to examine the designs submitted in competition for the proposed Hospital, Lunatic Asylum, and Gaol for Dunedin, have sent in their report to the Provincial Secretary. Twentyeight designs in all were forwarded—viz., thirteen for the Hospital, nine for the Gaol, and six for the Lunatic Asylum. In choosing between the Hospital designs, the Committee acted upon the principle that " arrangement was the primary consideration in the economy" of such an institution, and the task was therefore delegated to the Provincial Surgeon to consider the relative merits of the several plans. Dr Hulme, in codj unction with Drs. Hocken and Brown, reported in favor of the plan marked "Mercy ;"and the Committee accordingly recommended it for the first prize. They express, however, some disapproval of the style ofrchitecture adopted, and suggest that the style of the plan marked "Sanitas" would be more in keeping with the purposes of a Hospital. For that reason they recommended that the second prize be awarded to it. The author of the design marked "Mercy," is Mr. David Ross, of Dunedin ; of that marked " Sanitas,"-Mr. J. H. "Wiltson, of Hobart§Town. The Gaol designs were submitted to Mr. A. CStrode for his opinion, and that gentleman, and Mr. Stoddart, after a careful investigation, reported "that in their opinion the design • marked 'Argyle' was the best,' and the one marked 'Sketch' the next best." The prizes were awarded accordingly, but the committee add that the style of architecture adopted by " Sketch," viz., the Scotch fastilated, appears to them to be exceedingly applicable to the peculiar features of the site on which it was proposed to build the new Gaol. The plan " Argyle" is accredited to Messrs. Snow and Billing, of Melbourne ; that of " Sketch" to Mr. Eoss, of this city. The designs for the Lunatic Asylum were referred to the Provincial Surgeon on the question of arrangement. The committee agreed with Dr. Hulme in recommending that marked "IX" for the first, and that marked " Psychatry" for the second prize. "IX" is by Mr. Edward Ramsey, of Dunedin ; "Pyschatry" by Mr. F. Kaweran, of Melbourne. It; will thus be seen that of the six prizes awarded, three, viz., two first and one second by, have been carried off by Dunedin competitors, the other three being distributed between Melbourne and Hobart Town. The Waihola election of a representative to the Provincial Council, resulted on Thursday in the return of Mr Mollison, the late member, whose resignation of his seat, it will be remembered, was occasioned by a question raised as to the validity of the previous election. Great interest was felt in the proceedings, and the announcemsnt of the poll was anxiously awaited by a considerable concourse of persons. It was thought that the present contest would be conclusive of the point left somewhat doubtful at the previous election, viz., which of the two candidates, Mr Mollison or Mr Dyer, was really the choice of the electors. It will be seen that the struggle was again a close one, the numbers at the close of the poll being— Mollison, 20 ; Dyer, 18. The Returning Officer having declared the former gentleman duly elected, Mr Mollison briefly addressed the electors ; and with the customary vote of thanks, the proceedings terminated. Mr Dyer was not present. The Rev. Mr Dasent, who has been appointed to the Church of England Curate at Waikouaiti, arrived at Lyttelton by the ship Epsom, from $> London, about a month ago. We are informed that. he was advised by the Bishop's Commissary to take his passage for Dunedin via Canterbury, or he would have come direct to this port. The Rev. gentleman is at present detained at Lyttleton by the serious illness of several members of his family, but desires the fact of his arrival to be made known to his friends heie.

We glean the following particulars of goldfields intelligence from the Warden's Weekly Reports jast received. Waitahuna—The Warden says: The weather is much improved,and the consequence is that the miners have been steadily at work and doing well. The diggings are increasing down the river, and there can be little doubt that it is payable down to its junction with the Molyneux. At the Waipori, I believe there is an increase in the population, and a few parties are commencing to sluice some of the gullies that arc considered to be worked out, on an extended scale, ' I shall, however, be in a better position to give you an account of this portion of my district as I propose visiting it the early part of next week. Gabriel's—Population, 1700 ;of whom 1150 are miners. The Warden reports — The population has decreased during the week, several having left for the Teviot. Mount Benger—The Warden says—The past week ha« not been marked by any special incidents. The weather has been warm in the day,with occasional showers, and the snow has been very rapidly disappearing from the low ranges. The river in the meanwhile, has been steadily, although slowly falling, which would lead to the supposition that, the snow is still undisturbed on the high mountains. This agrees with information that I have received from men who have come in from Campbell's. The people represent the snow as being in tome places 20 feet deep, and quite firm, so as to make travelling easy. The population at Campbell's is stated at 250; some of whom are doing well, although the majority cannot make much more than will give them a liviDg- at the high ratei which rule there for provisions. After to snowstorm communication was for severaf days interrupted, and provisions were getting scarce there, but fortunately some packers arrived with fresh supplies before the small stock in hand was altogather exhausted. Manuherikia.—Population, 1300 miners and 700 others. The Warden reports .—With the exception that several men have been brought into the township in a helpless state from the effects of the severe weather, there is little to report. One maa who was brought in has since died, and amputations have been necessary with others. The weather now becoming more settled, the route to Campbell's Creek can now be travelled with safety, and it is to be hoped with some probability that no future cases of distress from being lost in the snow will occur this season. Dunstan— The River MoJyneux is steadily but slowly going down, and the weather in every respect resembles that of last August and September. In consequence of the experience of last season, the miners holding river beach claims still entertain hopes of being able to work them successfully. K At the Kawara, the recent high state of the river has been favorable to the prospecting of the banks, and several races are on the point of completion, and will soon be brought to bear upon-them' There is no doubt from the amount of gold obtained by stripping and tunnelling the banks, that these sluicing claims will turn out most profitable speculations to their fortunate owners. I regret to say that the Princess Alexandra shaft, the novel constructure of which I have noticed in former reports, has been abandoned. During the temporary secession from work of the enterprising prospector, on account of the water,the side s caved in, and it is justly considered unsafe to work it further. The other shaft is most properly classed as "deep sinking," for it is now sunk to the depth of 143 feet, and neither bottom nor water has been struck. This shaft is sunk entirely without timber,and is near Surface Hill,at the mouth of the Kawarau Gorge ; the owners anticipate rich dirt shouid the bottom prove dry ; if not, I. do noS think they could work to that depth* without sending for pumpiDg gear from Dunedin or elsewhere*. Wakatipu.—Population, 2830, 'of which 770 are-miners. The Warden says .—The contintinued fine weather has had the effect of lowering considerably the rivers of the district, and strenuous efforts are bei»g made by some parties to tarn the river Shotover. The terraces up the Shotover are undergoing a good trial, consequent upon the continued protection of the river claims. News from the head of the Lake still continues good, and-miners are steadily holding claims there. Many of the large claims on the Buckley River are under protection at present. In the last weekly Gold Fields Repoit from the Warden at Wakatipu, that gentleman states that "very fine specimens of copper ore have been brought in. Some from Moke Creek are decidedly the best I have seen." Our Sydney papers to hand by the Susannah Booth are to the 25th ult. Their contents are very unimportant. The Umpire of that date contains the following telegraph from Young; which is quite of the ordinary type now current: — " Monday.—This morning the bushrangers were were very busy in all directions. .Four 'diggers named Murphy, Coupland, Emanuel, and Watson' had their horses stolen from them. A number of small stores were afterwards robbed at Duffer Gully. It was generally known that last Sunday week about a dozen bushrangers were camping half a mile from a shanty in Tipperary Gully, where they got their provisions." ': By the barque Chrishna, we have Hobart town papers to the 26th ult., a week later than tho dates brought by the Gothenburg. The great " Judges Case" had for the present ended in mere smoke. The Upper House had declined to take any notice of the matter, the accusations not having been made in that chamber. Mr Gregson did much in the Assembly to explain away his offensive insinuations against Sir Francis Smith, and declined the challenge so pointedly made to him to substantiate bis charge of perjury against the puisne judge. The Assembly agreed by 18 votes to 7 in an address to the Governor, declaring in reply to his Excellency's message, that there was no record of any charges against the judges on the journals of the House, and that notwithstanding anything referred to in his Excellency's message their Honors enjoyed the undiminished confidence of the Assembly. Mr Gregsou has however, pledged himself to bring the accusations and the evidence in support of them, under the attention of the Duke of Newcastle by the next outgoing mail. There was a very good honse last night at the Princess's, on the occasion of Mr Leslie's benefit and the Bartine scene excited as usual roars of laughter as an inimitable piece of burlesque. For this evening a repetition of Thursday's programme is announced.

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