(from our own correspondent.) The inquest on the body of Langham, . who was shot by the 2>olice in liis daring attempt to escape from gaol, was held on Monday, before Coroner Hoeken, and one of the most respectable jm'ies that, was ever empanelled in Dimedin, comprising members of the chief mercantile firms. A. number ',of witnesses were examined, and it came r out that the . deceased was shot by Warder Maciiamara. The verdict, given, of course, amouiited^to "justifiable homicide." The other prisoner, Robson., is getting better of his wound, as -also the warden Birt, and the constable Baxter, who were assaulted or fired at by the convicts in the course of the affar. The Dunedin . butchers, a very hardworking body, had a holiday on Tuesday, which they had previously arranged to spend in a truly characteristic way, by getting up a series of horse races on the Ocean Beach. There 'weref-fourr races advertised,' all the horses,- of course, to be those regularlyiised in the way of trade. Had the- day been fine there Avould no doubt have been a large gathering, but it unfortun; t ;ly turned out both wet, cold, and windy-, and the committee in apipoiiitingi;lie clay also iinfortunately forgot that which waits for no man — tlie tide, which covered- all the hard sand, and left only, the loose drift on the upper beach for the miming, Much was, in consequence, of rather a peculiar nature, and partaking quite as much of -the nature of fun as of sport. Tliree races were run in a A r ery creditable manner, considering the difficulties of the "course;"' The fourth race, a hurdle one, could not be. run, on. account of the wind always blowing them down. So it was postponed to a day to be afterwards fixed, wiien it is to be hoped better luck will be met with. The City Council held a meeting on . Wednesday, at which, the usual amount of business was got through, ancl th,e usual reports presented. Of these latter, only one elicited any discusson — the Reserves which was recommitted with the exception of one item, that of the siuYeyof the Town Belt, which was ordered to ' be tendered for. Since their meeting, a telegram has been received from Wellington, intimatingthat the Empowering Ordinance is in danger. This Act is one. of considerable importance, as affecting all the Otago municipalities, defining their powders and privileges, and generally giving power to do a number of tilings not clear in the original Act. One of the most important clauses is one giving power to apply all fees, fines, &c.j to ' municipal purposes, thereby adding considerably to the revenue of the various, towns. This, on the motion of Mr Hall, the new PostmasterGeneral, it is proposed to repeal, and a motion to that effect was' carried in the' House by a considerable majority,' including, strange to say, three Otago members. It is hoped, that .this will be like .the last straw in the proverb, and that it will stir up our apathetic population to instant action against the centralizingpolicy of the General Government. Accounts from the gold fields are now of a much more cheering nature. From all quarters the same story is heard "of renewed activity^ brighter prospects, and . increased returns. "Winter may. now be said to be over, . and with longer and. warmer days, the miners generally will be in more comfortable circumstances. Since the storm on Tuesday we have- enjoyed 'beautiful weather. On that evening, a slight shock of an euiihquake was felt in town. :
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DUNEDIN., Grey River Argus, Issue 105, 13 September 1866
DUNEDIN. Grey River Argus, Issue 105, 13 September 1866
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