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OTTB AUSTRALIAN COLONIES. — The latest number of the Australian Star to band contains an in- teresting statistical review of our Australasian Colonies, the total area of which is represented at 3,114,501, the population being estimated at about two and a half millions. Victoria—the smallest colony but one in size-heads the list with a population of 855,362; while Western Australia, with the largest area—a million square miles-baa a population of but 27,321. The males would aeem to preponderate in that part of the globe, only 100 of the fair sex being born to 123'19 males. The average birth-rate for the Colonies is given at 36 04, the marriage rate at 7'15, while the "leakage/' for thus the Star facetiously terms the death-rate, is stated to be 16*37. The immigration returns for 1876 show a total of 26,404 assisted and free passenger?, of whom over 10,000 were females. The total immigra- tiou for that year, however, appears to have been double that, or about 50,000, the immigration pre- ponderating, as it ought to de, over the emigration, although, not so appreciably as might have been expected to have been the can. The Public Revenue and Expenditure Returns do not, un- fortunately, teN us how mueh it costs to govern eaoikColony, although the Star hopes, and so do we, that especial attention will in future be devoted to this point. The total revenue for 1876, however, is pat at £ 16,012,208, the expenditure being £737.635 in excess. £.5,606,003 of the revenue is raised by taxation. The total taxation throughout the colonies --excluding New Zealand, whose population is not as- certained—averages X2 2s. per bead. The public debt for the same year approached £60,000,000. and the total value of the exports and imports is estimated at £ 88,599,000, the former being valued at.£46.505,û8:J, and the latter at £ 43,093,920. TUBNXB'S PICTURES AND DBA. WINGs.-In connection with the tale of the Munro collection, it may be interesting to reeall some other of the highest prices which have been paid at auction for the wonM of Turner. In the we of the Bick- nell collection, April, 1863, at Christie's, The Palestrina" sold for 1900 guineas; "Port Buys- dael"—1900 guineas; II Bhrenbreitltein" 1800 guineas; "Venice, the Campo Santo"— £ 2000; "Venice, the Giudecca"—1650 guineas; "The "Wreckers "—1890 guineac Antwerp "—510 gui- neas; Helvoetaluys "—1600 guineas;" Ivybridge, Devon"—880 guineas; u Oalder Bridge "—500 gui- neae. Water Colour Drawings.—The most important were Lakeof Lucerne"— £ 714, for which Turnerwa. paid B-zberough, 1809,"— £ 5 >6 Mowbray todge, Bipon — £ 535 10s.; "Grouse Shooting," with portrait or Turner, and dogs, by Stubbs— £ 451 10s.; Woodcock Shooting "— £ 535 10s. In the Gillott collection, sold 1872.—"Going to the Ball, Venice" -1700 guineas; "Returning from the Ball, Venice"—1500 guineas; "CalaisSands"—1700 guineas; Bosen&u-1850 guineas. Water Colour Drawings.—" Heidelberg," 13i by 20— £ 2782 10s.; Ehrenbreitstein," 11A by 17 £ — £ 278210* 11 Bam- borough Castle," 20 by 28— £ 3307 10s.; Winder- mere," lli by 18— £ 2047 10s. In the sale of Mr. Greenwood's collection, March, 1876, among many drawings of minor importance were the "Lake of Lucerne," which sold for 800 guineas, and "Grenoble," for 1600 guineas. In the same year the collection of Mr. Quilter was sold, when the Tomb of Cecilia Metetim," from the Munro collection, sold for 836 guineas; the "Malvern"—840 guineas; Heidel- berg "— £ 1522 10s.; Oberwesel "— £ 1627 10s. It was in this sale that the fine drawing by Copley Field- ing of the "Mull of Galloway sold for .£1732 10s., and the SouthaU, Notts," by De Wint, for the same mm, both being the highest prices ever given for these drawings, though much below those of some of the Turner drawings abovenamed. THIS WHITWORTH GUNS of the Neptune (late Independence) are to be sent to Woolwich to be examined. It is not twelve months since these guns were tested at the Woolwich butts, by request of the Brazilian Government; bo* I suppose a certain amount, of money must be spent on war preparations. A I. GRAND SORT OF MEASLM.—Dr. Goldie, in his last report upon the sanitary condition of Leeds, speaks of the extreme difficulty he has found during a recent outbreak of measles in inducing parents to isolate the children suffering from this eemplaint from the healthy children. He says that one lady on whom he spent extra time and trouble for this purpose answered all his advice and objec- tions by the remark, "Now, doctor, our bairn's measles 11 do nobody no harm, they're such a grand sort." And she consistently acted on her belief by sending another child to school while she was attending the one with the grand sort" of measles at home. She may even have thought she was conferring a favour on the other children by disseminating the disease, and so "gettingit over;" aathoee people phraae it, who believe thoir children must necessarily have scarlet fever, measles, whooping-cough, as an introduction to the troubles of this life.



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