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f LIFE IN NORTH QUEENSLAND.

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f LIFE IN NORTH QUEENSLAND. I Old Ledbuiy Boy's Impreoeions. [By Geo. T. Smitb, of Charters, Towers, N órtb "Qø.eensland'.]: (Continued from July 251 One morning on glancing throwgh our daily paper here I ivas surprised: to read in the Cablegrams "School teachers' strike in Herefordshire." There was a still greater shock in store fofr me a few days later. In a paper (the- Northern Mimer "),, there was a more detailed' account of the strike, where it memtioaed Girls at Ledbury take possession of school. A pandemonium reigns." fiittl did the children or the people of Ledbury, at that time, think that the news of the strike would have been flashed to almost every corner of the globe, and it is surprising to thiak that Ledburians liting 15¡000 milea away woold, be able to read in their daily paper, eTents which only! happened the day before at their old native town clt Ledbury. Yiet such is the case, and it even mentioned-the names of the ringleaders of the strike, and- the ctergy who intervened. About six weeks afterwards I received a Repottel-containing.- the news of the occurence in detail, and when B received my mail I was just about to start oma fishing expedition, so I took, the Rtpprttn with me and read it that night by the light of the camp fire. Since commencing this letter things on the Goid Field have been taking rapid Fft ides downhill. Several more mines have i»"iQ forced to auspel-d, operations owing tu the companies' inability to, get the calls in. The firm by whom ,Dam, employed are shortening hands, so Ii suppose. I shall Tie looking round for a new place to obtain work soon. I have been thinking that up in the Northern Tafrritory, the plaos of magnifi- eent distances-and unchartered lands,, woiald be &n ideal plaee for pioneering. Land ought to be bought for a mere song now,, whereas in a few years time it willi be valu- able. Th'e TrMs-continental Railway which has just been oommenced will run due North from Adelaide through this vast stretch of country. So 2ar as I have been able to ascer- tain the miniag iadustrys is going ahead on sound developmental lines, but, there are difficulties in the way of rapid progress. To name some of them, bad roads and lack of inter-communication" is the first,, but the failures of the past have frightened the investors so that capital is hard to- obtain. The advent of the new railway will do much to develope the mines. It will enable the speedy acquisition of miaers from the dis- tricts of Queensland and other States to open up the enormous tracts of mineral country in the Macdonnel Ranges, and between Barrows-Creek, Torreae. Creek, aad Tanami. The new tin neldat.a place called Maranboy is going ahead. Copper lodes are opening up well, and there is an increasing production of silver-lead. People are using strong terms against the pig rooting methods of mining adopted by the Chinese. They say that if strong companies systematically: worked some of the mines they wouid become profitable, and pay- white men good wages. To-day they only keep a horde oft" Chinese miners in a condition of abject poverty. Don't believe the romou rs of digeoveries of Oil, Coal and Oil Shale in the Northern Territory, as I have never heard of any true fields being dis- covered yet. Ii don't think I have much imore news to write at present,, as I shall be j'fatrly busy during-the next few weeks prior fto my departure*. As I have no definite idea Jas to where my next move will be I would thank any of my friends with whom I corres- pond to address all communications to me, care of my parents at Kelvin Grove," Hyde Park, Townsville, North Queensland, until further notice. I am very pleased to note from time to time in your paper, the progress of affairs in Ledbury and district, which shows that your worthy Councillors are keeping fairly up-to-date. I see that yju have at last got the Electric Light installed in the town, and I notice that some of your energetic Cbuncillors are rapidly pushing forward the Swimming Baths and Recreation Ground schemes, so I suppose if I could have a look at the old place in a few years time I should' see marked improvements. We have the Electric Light in Charters Towers, which costs 1/3 per unit while Gas costs 12/6 per thousand cubic feet for lighting purposes, and lW per thousand cubic feet for power. Coal is very expensive, costing from 35/- to 40/- ppr ton, but very little of it is used for domestic purposes, wood being used as fuel. We also have a public park which is used as a recreation ground. There is a nice Band Stand where a local band plays selections on a Sunday evening, a photo of it is enclosed herewith. There is a Kiosk where afternoon tea may be obtained at town prices, a minia- ture lake, and an aviary. In the city we now have five motor cars running for hire, but the life of a car here is very short owing*; to the very rough roads. To give you an idea of the rough usage they get I will telfl you what happened a few weeks ago. The Ambulance Brigade here received a telephone message about seven o'clock one evening from an out-station, thirty-five mile9 distant, to the effect that a man had just been brought in there dying from an accident caused at the Tin Mines some fifty miles further out,. and from whence be had been conveyed by a buggy and pair. To save time in getting the unfortunate fellow into the Charters Towers Hospital, the Brigade obtained the services of a big 45 H.P. Cadilac Car and left immediately. Although the car was epuippad with powerful electric lamps, progress was slow, and it was not until about 10 o'clock the following morning that they returned with the injured man. It appears that the punctures were so numerous that they had to take out the tubes and pack the outer covers bard with grass in order to reach home. I shall always be pleased to hear from any old friends who care to write, or to answer any questions in my power as regards prosp-ctfi here. Wishing the Reporter every success. With kind regards, Yours faithfullv. I GEO. T. SMITH.

I _Ledbury Produce Market.

ILedbury Corn Market.

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