Australian Town and Country Journal at KellyGang 1/5/1875 (3)

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We are not flooded out yet, nor do I think we are going to be, although we are in an insular or peninsular condition. On the low grounds some of the shanties have been gradually disappearing day by day till, in some cases, only the roof is visible. The Edwards has risen l0ft 9in since my last, and is now rising about 12 ½ in in 24 hours; three days at this rate would give us a very fair notion of Venice. In 1870 it was about five feet higher than now, and boats were plying to the Eight-mile.

At Wahgunyah the Murray is falling, and we may expect an ebb here in a day or two, unless we have a considerable rainfall. There is some appearance of this; the frost has broken up, and Tuesday was showery all day. The weather is cold and damp, little or no sun, and no growth in anything. The cabbages I reported as somewhat stationary two months ago, have attained a height of three inches, and regarding them from a rule-of-three point of view, I should commence to fatten some bacon to keep them company about Christmas '82. Talking of fat, the mutton is all fat, und one had need be an Esquimaux to eat it. There is plenty of it, too; the crossings mentioned below will keep our Victorian friends in dripping for a week or two, and in every direction from the interior they are swarming this way, like ants to an old bone.

A diversion will probably soon occur in favour of Adelaide, which, reckoning from the junction of the Darling, is only about half the distance of Melbourne as the crow flies. If distance were the only consideration, South Australia would inevitably be the market for the new country round Copper's Creek.

The following is the report of Gordon and Co., of Adelaide, June 23: -"Supply quite inadequate to trade requirements, and prices fully equal to last week's extreme rates. We have sold 1500 merino wethers at 90s all round, and say for best beet 40s to 50s per 1001b. Store stock.-There are numerous inquiries for good lots of both sheep and cattle, but the market is very bare of suitable lots."

In Melbourne fat cattle are worth from £7 to £15 17s 6d. Wethers, 10s to 16s 6d. Cross-breds, 18s to 30s. Lambs, 5s to 13s 6d, stores.-Best bullocks, £6 to £7; best cows, £4 to £4 10s: mixed lots, £3 to £3 10s. Young breeding ewes, 10s to 12s 6d; good framed wethers, 7s 6d to 8s 6d, in good demand.

The local agents in Riverina are negotiating a very large amount of business in stock of all kinds. Large sales of rams and balls are also taking place, and the prices realised are a good assurance that it they are not pure-bred, they are next door to it.

Mr. John Cox of Mongoplah has purchased Taloogrin Station, on the Lachlan, from Mr Rand, with sheep and working plant. On the 16th inst Mount Monaro Station, with 9000 sheep, is to be submitted for sale by auction, in Melbourne. Mr. W. H. Suttor is advertising for private sale, Borambil, Wallaroy, and Outer Borambil Stations, on the Lachlan, with 4500 nearly pure Durhams.  

On the 30th ult. Mr Manton sold, at Jerilderie, 3453 acres to Messrs. J. and H. Osborne, 9311 1/2 acres to Mr. Samuel Wilson, all at upset price.

Another land sale takes place here on the 14th, at Hay on the 14th and 23rd, at Meninsie on the 19th, and at Moulamein and Corowa the same day, Forty-one acres have been reserved for the Deniliquin railway station. 698 acres were selected.

At the next Supreme Court another case, Squatter v. Selector, trespass, will be tried

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