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Hobart Town, December 29. The annual distribution of prizes at the Queen's Orphan Asylum took place in presence of the Governor and Mrs Ducane, the Colonial Secretary, Attorney-General, Minister of Land and Works. At the adjourned Court of Revision for the city assessment, the Attorney-General's opinion was read to the effect that the roll was not in form, but was substantially correct. The citizens are dissatified, and a public meeting is talked of. The Mayor and aldermen are not to take part in the reception of the Flying Squadron. December 30. Wheat is quoted at 5s 6d to 6s. Stocks are short, and prices have an upward tendency. 5 p.m.—Seven unknown vessels in sight from Fortescue; supposed to be the Flying Squadron. Launceston, December 30. Field's composition has been disallowed. Dean's case stands adjourned. January 1. At auction, £20 gas shares, £18 paid up sold at £26. A portion of the sugar cargo ex Countess Seafield soid at the following rates :—: — Medium brown ration, £35 10s to £36 ss; good ration, £35 to £36 ; yellow counters, £37 5s to £40; fine yellow grainy counters, £39 to £40 ; fine yellow crystal, £41 to £42; fine crystals, £43 to £44. January; 3. The Flying Squadron arrived yesterday. Rear-Admiral Hornby and several of the officers dined at Government House. Today the ships were thrown open to the public, and there was something like a partial holday. The programme for the week includes two theatrical performances by Squadron amateurs, a regatta, two concerts, a colonists' ball, and a lawn party at Government House. January 3. Ellis and Millan have beeu arrested for the " great Tasmanian Reef Swindle," and remanded till next Monday. It has been oppressively hot throughout the day, but towards evening rain set in. Arrived—Agnes Jesse, from Newcastle.

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West Coast Times, West Coast Times, Issue 1347, 17 January 1870

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TASMANIA. West Coast Times, Issue 1347, 17 January 1870