WESTERN NEWS ITRMS. CALIFORNIA. The ship Commodore, which arrived recently from Nanaimo, reports that on December l'Jth a seaman named Oliver Thompson fell from the mizz.cn-topsail mizz.cn-topsail yard to the deck, and was so badly injured that he died two d:iys afterward. The Australian line of steamers has been the means of opening a new trade that may in time become of some importance im-portance to the Pacific Coast. The last arrival brought aome four hundred boxes of lemons to San Francisco. Hitherto the supply of this fruit has been drawn from Bos Angeles and from Sicily, and recently the latter have been carried overland. The Australian lemous are larger and much Gner flavor than either of tho others, and could they be delivered at as low a pi ice, would undoubtedly take their Slace. The Australian lemons are eld at four dollars per hundred, those from Sicily at eight to ten dollars per box of three hundred, while the Los Angeles variety command twenty dollars dol-lars per thousand. The value of direct importation of dry goods to the Pacific coast is estimated esti-mated at more than $H0,QiJ0, 000 annually. annu-ally. D. II. Dunn shot and killed a large and very fat brown bear within a quarter of a mile of tho Shasta court house Wednesday afternoon, December Decem-ber 2U. On the ISth inst the town reservoir at Downieville, which was built during tho past summer at an expense of about $1,000, gave way with a crash, tilling the ravine below with a Hood of water mingled with the material of which the structure was composed. The debris atruck the little bridge with terrible force, shattering or tearing off the braces and several of the stringers and splintering the planking considerably. considera-bly. The Sacramento Cnum says that D. 1C. Tennoy, the Chicago lawyer who oamo out to prosecute suits against Sau Francisco insurance companies for money mo-ney which Bhould havo boon paid in consequence of the destruction of property prop-erty in Chicago upon which they had taken risks, returned home by yesterday's yester-day's (rain, lie did not commence Ihe suits, deeming another and more liberal libe-ral policy the best. A pile-driver has been sent out to the break on the California Pacific railroad to drive a foundation upon which to rebuild the track. The Alia says that tho damage done to the various lines of railroads by the recent storm will be repaired in a few days and regular travel renewed. Barge gang3 of men have been put on, and the rain having ceased, the work will go on uninterrupted until completed. complet-ed. Trains on the North Pacific road went through yesterday. The second storm caused much additional ad-ditional damage to tho now embankments embank-ments of the California railroads. Since the construction of the major part of the roads there have been no heavy rains, and consequently they have suffered more than might be otherwise expected. The rain storm seems to have prevailed pre-vailed all over the State, and in many places the land is covered with standing stand-ing water. The farmers and miners are rejoicing at the prospect of good crops and good washings. A general improvement in business of all kinds ia expected as a consequence. NEVADA, The Citizens' mill, says the Austin Reveille, of the 2d inst., was sold to day by tho sheriff, on the foreclosure of a mortgage in favor of James K Hooker, et ai Tho property was bid in by tho plaintiff for the sum of $27,660. J.P.Jones, of Gold Hill, has purchased pur-chased a paying mine in Yankee Blade canon, near Austin, Nevada. A few days since about sii inches ol snow fell at Austin, Nevada. A woman at Carson lately predicted that a great storm would flood that city on Christmas day, and, indeed, tho whole valley. The Newark, on the Black ledge, about 300 feet cast of tha Light ner shaft. Piwiho fty, Nnvadn, liavG struck fine ore at the depth of 120 feet. At Oareon city, December 21st, Dan Harkins was delivered at the State prison by sheriff Bollen of Douglas county. lie is under sentence for twenty-five years, at the expiration oi which term he will be fifty-seven years old. lie leaves a young wife and infant in-fant child, he having been married to the then reigning belle of Empire city last spring. The Virginia and Truckee railroad company are actively engaged in the work ol-repairing the damage dono on the line of their road between Virginia city and .Carson. Three locomotivet have been damaged, but two of llicm are not injured in such a manner as tc 1 prevent their being used. One locomotive loco-motive is at work upon tho track be tween Carson and ilmpiro, and men are employed at all points where dam age was done to the track. The Gold Hill Nncs, of the 2U., Bays : An extension of tho big storm prevailed a portion of last night in tlu shape of rain, but changed to snow to' wards morning, and three or Ibui inches fell. This forenoon the sue peeped out from between occasiona snow squalls, and it is doing the same this afternoon. The Territorial Enterprise of Dec. 23rd, speaking of the late storm says: Owing to the flood nearly all the mills on Carson river have been temporarily tem-porarily shut down. Sonio mills have lost portions of the ilumcs leading water to their wheels, the dams of some are damaged and a few arc out of ore, owing to the railroad not being in operation, op-eration, lu a few days the water will have subsided, when the indomitable energy of our mill-men will soon repair their damaged dams, Humes and ditches. The freezing weather will also bind up the earth and prevent further slides on the railroad, so that by the time that the milk are ready for business the railroad will bring them all the ore they can reduce. The Kock Point dam, at Dayton, fears for the stability of which were entertained day before yesterday, passed through the Hood unscathed. The Ophir dam, and in fact all the dams on the river, except the Mexican, arc about as good and strong as ever. The Merrimac and Vivian were slightly damaged, but will easily bo repaired. The new Kureka dam was not even shaken. The only damage done there was the washing away of about 100 feet of the trcstlcwork for the flume between the dam and the mill. Wc learn that the whole of the Mcx-ican Mcx-ican dam was not swept out, as was reported, re-ported, but the west end of the dam is gone. It is said that it can bo repaired re-paired by floating cribs into the gap (which is about seventy feet wide) and sinking them by tilling them up with rock. Below the dam about half a mile of the ditch leading to the mill has been washed away. The Carson R' fistu of the 22ud, says: "The Vivian Cut looks like a i rocky gorge in the Sierra, both walls having caved from one end to tho other. All the men who can work to advantage in the narrow space arc gouging awuy at both ends of the cut day and night, and still, at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon, more than one hundred foot of the track was covered from ten to twelve feet deep with this refractory debris. It is scarcely possible pos-sible that the Vivian Cut can be open for trains before Sunday next. Land and rock slides have occurred on tlic track all along for a mile and a half beyond the Santiago mill, but these j can bo easily cleared away. The most ! serious break is in a deep rock cut just this side of the long tunnel, where tho : track is covered for sixty feet and to a 1 d.'pth often feet. The track leading ' to the wood Humes west of this city is 1 a so badly damaged ior a considerable j d stance, the road-bed being washed ! away."