(I'll be doing one or more of these per update. Just to provide some story material. Watching the trial and execution of the Anne mutineers could turn someone off capital punishment or spur them to become a lawyer for example.) Telegraphs and Dispatches Over two inches of rain fell at Muese Creek on Monday night, and one and a half inches were registered at the Thames Creek Station on the same date. The District Officer of Lueven telegraphed last night to report that the Dutch Steamer Europa had been floated off the the reef and towed into Cook Bay for repairs. He notes that the master of the ship has need of two European boilermakers to effect the repairs. The Eastern which left Branbrakel on Friday night for Singapore and intervening ports took away five ladies as passengers. We received compensation, however, for our loss, as a few days previous the SS Australian bought us the same number of ladies, all of whom are strangers to our island. The Hong Kong Weekly Press, of January 27, says: "two more cases of bubonic plague have occurred in Manila. Out of thirteen cases reported eight have provided to be bubonic plague." As Manila is only a very short step from Pulau Emas it behooves the local authorities to see that the health regulations are most strictly enforced. A general meeting of the members of the Branbrakel Orchestra will be held on Friday night, Feburary 16th, in the Governors residence. The business to be transacted is the election of officers, and the making of arrangements for the ensuing season. It is to be hoped that a good must of musicians takes place, and so help along this pleasure-giving institution. Miss Bell, who has been appointed to take charge of the daughters of the officers was a passenger on the Australian and made the acquaintance of Mr Jims, the head of Fitch and Sims, while making her transit. A word from a trusted source is our authority for stating that Miss Bell has been appointed to take charge of the education of the Company's Officers in Branbrake. Her lessons are to begin on Monday next, February 12. A meeting of the local bicycle club will be held one night next week to appoint officers for the ensuing year, make preliminary arrangements for the race meeting to be held in May next, and fix any other matters pertaining to cycling that the club may have on hand. Mr F. E. Findlay was a passenger on the Australian. He was forced to leave the Branbrake on account of his failing health. For the last two years, or thereabouts, he has been connected with the British-Singapore Bank, and will be remebred by many Islanders as holding the position of librarian to the Governors Residence, a post which he filled most satisfactorily. We wish Mr Findlay a speedy and permanent return to health. Letters have been received recently in Boston (reported the National Provisioner, dated New York, December 2nd) from a naval officer stationed at Manila, saying that plans have been made to establish a line of regular communication with Australia by which fresh meat can be supplied constantly to both the army and navy. Three ships have been selected for this service, the Culgoa, the Celtic and the Glacier. The Culoga and the Celtic are supply ships and the Glacier is a refrigerating ship, They will make fortnightly trips between Manila and Australia, with a stop-off at Branbrake. The rumor published by us a week or two ago, to the effect that the Luckystrike mine was about to shut down till after the workings dry was apparently incorrect. Work is being carried out as vigorously as ever at this live mine, and a cleaning has just taken place, the result being an enticing cake of tin weighing some 300 pounds. We might remark that the publication of misleading and annoying rumors of the above character might be easily avoided if persons interested would take the trouble to send along a little authentic information which we shall be only too glad to publish at any time. Further particulars of the case of piracy on board the British barque Anne, which was engaged in the all Indies trade and stopped in at Branbrake regularly, have been published, on the information of one of the crew named Pereira. His story is that, in a mutiny, the master of the Anne was murdered along with his son. The mate was then killed. the corpses were then pitched overboard, after which the mutineers took counsel what to do. Pereira they forced to join them under threats of death. A Japanese and a negro on board were looked up as so dangerous that they were also murdered. The mutineers upon this thought of making for Manila but were dissuaded by their ringleader who advised them to scuttle the vessel instead. the mutineers did so, and made for a Dutch island where they arrived in the guise of shipwrecked mariners. The islanders sent them on to the nearest Dutch official. To him, Periera told the story. The whole gang were thereupon seized and sent to Macassar. Proceedings are currently under way to have them extradited to the island. The Judicial Officer has had carpenters repairing the gallows and erecting seating in preparation for their return. Our telegram contains little new information on the sanguinary duel being played over in South Africa.