UPPER ASHBURTON ROAD BOARD.
This Board met on Tuesday the 6th inst. ' Present—Mr. Donald McLean (Chairman), M. Stitt, Isaac Sargant, and Harry Pool. ■ THE OVERSEER’S REPORT For the preceding month was read, the works mentioned therein considered, and in some cases adopted. TENDERS Were then opened and one in each case accepted. CORRESPONDENCE. Michael Mullaney, bridge-keeper at the Ashburton Bridge, wrote asking for a piece of ground at the south end of the bridge, lately granted by the Board to Mr. McDonald, for garden purposes. The Clerk was requested to see whether Mr. McDonald had abandoned the ground, and if so, Mr. Mullaney’s request be granted. Mr. Watkins (Rangitata), wrote asking payment for repairs to Rangitata ford authoiised to be done by the Upper Ashburton Road Board Overseer amounting to LI 15s. The Clerk stated that he had found the crossing dangerous in the extreme, and had asked Mi-. Watkins to find men to do it and had fixed the price to that amount. The Board granted the amount, the -Clerk to write to the County Council asking them to recoup the Board. From the Mount Somers Road Board, agreeing to pay one half of the cost of the boundary Lyndhurst Railway Station road. From W. M Taylor, complaining about the crossing at the north branch Ashburton river, on the old Timaru track at Harris’ Farm. Mr. Sargent, member for the ward, was asked to see to this, along with the overseer. From the Ashburton County Council . requesting payment of half cost of Digby’s bridge and protective works, amounting to L 2,000. The clerk was requested to hand the Council a cheque for the amount, and at the same time to write asking the Council to make a road into the Forks. Messrs. Baker and Brown had an interview with the Board re stable. It was resolved that the Board meet on the last Monday of every month, instead of the first Tuesday in the month. The clerk was requested to meet Mr. Stitt on Saturday, anent removal of the fence on cross road, known as Noah Martirfv road into the North Branch. Tie clerk was also instructed to push all contractors on with their various wbr/.s at once. Accounts were then passed, and the Board adjourned. THE WANGAREI SHOOTING CASE. Regarding the Wangarei shooting case, we have received the following sensational telegram from the Auckland agent of the • Press Association : Auckland., July 7. The Wangarei shooting case was tried yesterday in the Supreme Court. The following is the exciting feature of the mystery. The jury was locked up all night, but without agreeing. This is the story : —Three persons, two men and a woman, were sitting together after tea. One of the men was reading aloud. Without any provocation, or any previous quarrel, the other put a six-chamber revolver, loaded, close to the back of the other man and fired. Having discharged one chamber he immediately discharged . another, one bullet passing through the prosecutor’s coat and vest, and sticking fast in his leather braces. The other bullet has never been found,. The man assailed was not dangerously wounded. It must have been little short of a miracle. Which of the balls it was that made the holes in the man’s coat and waistcoat, then lodging in the braces (for these three perforations correspond, and were evidently made by the one bullet) cannot be said. Where did the other bullet go ? how was it that it made no other mark on the prosecutor’s clothes or person ? What was the motive of the act is a matter of conjecture. The only motive suggested by the evidence was repudiated by all parties alike. That the pistol was a lethal weapon appeared from the fact that the constable discharged four chambers under the Court buildings, and that the bullets went deep into the stout boards. The jury, after retiring, came into Court several times to ask the Judge for direction upon points touching on the solution of the mystery. His Honor could not give them any assistance as to the facts or what credibility to be attached to the evidence. The demeanour of the prosecutor and his wife was considered highly favorable to them. The jury will probably be discharged this morning without solving the puzzle.
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