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AUSTRALIAN NEWS.

OUR INDIAN ARMY.

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THE CASE OF THE REV. MR. DODWELL…

THE NEPTUNE.

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DOTHEGIRLS' HALL:

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DOTHEGIRLS' HALL: HABBOWING STORY. Under the above title appears an article in the World, the statements in which, if true, disclose one of the most scandalous educational swindles ever heard of. Our contemporary says: There lately ap- peared in several papers an advertisement setting forth the many merits of a certain school for voung ladies. The bait tempted several to write for the pro- spectus and in one instance at least a lady was in. duced to see the proprietress, with a view to placing a daughter in the establishment as governess-student." The terms were arranged; the explanations as to the "college" not being then quite prepared for habitation, being in process ot re-decoration, were satisfactory; and 4U the 19th of February last the young lady entered on the engagement. From the prospectus we learn that tbe principal of "The College, Mount Pleasant, Sunbury-on-Thamcs," is, or rather was, Mrs. Paté. The principal is assisted by six resident English and foreign governess and an efficient staff of masters." The tprms range from forty guineas per annum for young ladies over 15 years of age to thirty, guineas for those younger. Governess students—t.e., pupils who give so many hours weekly to assist in the tuition of juniors, are charged from twenty-five guineas for the first year to fifteen for the third. A g! owing description of the situation and advantages of the college was gi"n, and "diet unlimited and of the best quality" was added. At the commencement of the term in February last the young ladies assem- bled to spend a joyous period in this scholastic para- dise at Sunbury. A few were somewhat disconcerted at its forsaken look without and barrenness within, but the principal assured them that everything would shortly be perfection, and for the purpose of completing the arrangements, the lady being tempo- rarily short of cash, borrowed from each girl's pocket money, the sundry sums ranging from 28s. to Is. A considerable number of, if not all, the term-fees of the young ladies bad been paid in advanco. The tuition re- solved itself into mutual instruction by the pupils themselves and the only foreign governess was a kitchen domestic. Now for the diet unlimited." For breakfast at 7 30 there was a thick dole of new bread, innocent of butter, and a small basin of tea- tinted fluid. Dinner, which consisted of bone scrap, ings in a mesa of potato-squash, came occasionally at two o'clock; oftener at four, five, or six o'clock, and sometimes not until the day after. Tea was a repetition of breakfast. On one occasion the whole of the forty-five young lady pupils were knocking for their tea at Mrs. Path's private sitting-room door at eleven o'clock at night I The girls had no pocket-money left to buy their own clothes, as they did at first. All theirletters passed through the principal's hands, and there re- mained. In a fortnight the girls became weak and spiritless. One fainted four times in one day, and being unable to rise from her bed on Sunday morning, Feb- ruary 24, the principal sent up a single bit of dry toast. A poor orphan girl went delirious. One youngUady risked her secretly-kept last shilling on a telegram to her parents sixty miles away. No response came. By a desperate strategy she herself crawled with a smuggled letter to the post, and by the earliest train her mother hurried to the rescue. It was 4 30 p.m. on her arrival, and the lady found the forty-five girls clamouring for their dinner, Mrs. Pat6 preserved her coolness throughout this scene. On the telegram being mentioned the shilling was reluctantly returned, but no penny of the prepaid fee for the term could be extorted, and the lady left with her daughter, whose health had been cruelly undermined. Measures were taken to communicate with the friends of the unhappy pupils, and itthen transpired that there were not a few orphan girls placed lln Mrs. Path's care, and others whose parents are abroad; these had all paid the full fees in ad- vance. Upon one parent going to demand the fees and the linen of his daughter, he learned that a day or two before the principal had coolly informed her pupils one morning that the bailiffs were in the house, and that they must get out, and that day the railway station was crowded with careworn young ladies, who were assisted by villagers to pay their fares heme. One or two friendless orphans were taken in charity by residents in the neighbourhood. A joint reward is offered to any one who will give information that will lead to the apprehension of Mrs. Pat6 and her hUlband.

CAVALRY ORGANISATION.

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THE CLEOPATRA VERDICT.

SALE OF THE NOVAR COLLECTION.

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MADAME TEIAL AND

ah fv, a FL°or)S IN LONDON.

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OUR MILITARY POSITION. ■

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CIGAR ENDS.

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