Australian Town and Country Journal at KellyGang 1/5/1875 (4)

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Messrs. Louis Morash and James Mahood have been appointed members et the Public School Board, at Jerilderie. A fatal accident occurred at this place last week. Mr. Richard Brennan, on his return home, was drowned in swimming his horse over the Billabong.

A revolting tale of murder and suicide comes from Balranald. A man, named George Adams, was employed as cook, and a Chinaman as gardener, at Wyndomal Station. They quarrelled and the cook was killed through eating some eaboage, into which strychnine had been put, and the Mongolian was arrested for the murder. At the lock-up he was found hanging by his belt to the bars of his cell-dead.

A public meeting, for the purpose of re-establishing the Mechanics' Institute, was held in the Court-house on Monday, In the absence of Mr. Jennings, the president, Mr. Broughton took the chair as vice-president. The P.M. excused himself from taking an active part with the movement, as he was a new comer, and also that the establishment of such an institute being looked on with disfavour by some members of the community, it might probably pave the way to contention. Mr. Hunter after commenting on the various advantages of a Mechanics' Institution was followed by Mr Miller, who related the early history of the Deniliquin Institution down to December, 1866 At this time there was £36 to its credit, and he invited any gentleman in the room to continue the history, if possible. Mr. Gillott, solicitor, spoke of some arable block of fenced land, with 150,600 bricks. that had gradually melted away by flood and filching, till like the baseless fabric of a vision, not a brick was left. He wished to know if the trustees on the silent watches of the night had not brick upon the brain. About 50 members were enrolled at 3s per quarter, and a meeting called for the 19th to elect office-bearers.

Five hundred pounds was placed on the estimates, some years ago, for the purpose of building the Institute, and Sir Alfred Stephen laid the foundation stone. Whether the dignity of the ceremony, and its performer, saved this from melting with the rest I cannot say, but l can hardly think any one would be so devoid of literary feeling, as to have the audacity or curiosity to life it, even for the sake of the pecuniary deposit. Some one has told me that the greatest literary talent of the age is to be seen in the newspapers, and to have the run of them for 3d a week decides me (to use the phrase of all the speakers) to give the movement my cordial support, by handing over 3s as soon as I can raise the amount.

At the Council meeting on Monday, among other correspondence, a letter was read from the General Post Office, to the Mayor, informing him that the Post and Telegraph offices would be separated on the 1st of August; that Mr. Booty was appointed Postmaster, and that until the removal of the telegraph office into its old quartets (now occupied by the Joint Stook Bank) the two offices were to be separated by a partition, A. letter from Messrs Hunter and bon appealing ad misericordium, as they could not get leave cut the timber for the bridges, and asking an extension of time. A letter from Mr. Wooldridge expressing surprise at the Council applying for section 50 to be reserved as a market place, when it was understood to be the site of the railway terminus. £162 9s 3d was voted on account of contracts, salaries, &c. £40 was voted for repairs on the Albury road. In reply to Alderman Roseafeid, the Council Clerk stated that the bank account was over drawn £815 all to the debit of the bridge; and that the bridge owed about £600 besides to the rate fund. Alderman Roseafeid claimed to see the account books, but the Mayor ruled that it was not a reasonable time, and that in future he would not allow any questions to be put without notice. The subject of damming back the river from running into the lagoon, the park reserves, the Council seal, and some other unimportant matters, were discussed, and the meeting closed with a notice of motion from Alderman Rosenfeld for a return of receipts and disbursements of the Council for the past six months.

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