31 AUGUST 1867, Page 2

A correspondent of the Times draws a horrible picture of

the labourer's lot in Queensland. A labouring man never gets more that 20s. a week and free lodging, and sometimes only the 20s., mutton is 2d. a pound, maize is 2s. a bushel, and all eatables grown in the colony are priced on the same scale. Think of it, labourers in Essex and Dorsetshire, and stay contentedly in the happy land where you have 8s. a week, bread at 8d. the loaf, and meat at 9d. a pound, are provided with a poor-house in your old age, and are kindly protected against the temptatigna of ambition !