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THE DUNSTAN.

CONTINUED SEVERITY OF THE WEATHEE.

GREAT-LOSS OF LIFE

DISPATCH OF RELIEF PARTIES.

(from our own correspondent.) Dunstan, 19th August. Monday's coach from Dunedin arrived all safe yesterday evening, about half-past nine, p.m. Its arrival was hailed -with delight by the inhabitants of this township, whose anxiety for Duiiedin news has been very apparent these last three or tour days. The intelligence that the road from town was open for traffic ■'■was received with manifestations of delight. On Monday evening accounts of the most distressing nature were brought in from the outlying .districts of raea and women perishing both from both cold and want in the mountains. Such doleful tales of misery and human suffering had, perhaps, never been made known amongst ths inhabitants ot a mining community before. Public feeling was excited to such a pitch that the bare thought or ideal realisation \ of one-half the horrors that were being n'dsed about became positively paiuful. People wished to render assistance to their fellow-creatures in distress, but could not tell how. Men who had mates at Campbell's or the Pomahawk rushed off to do what they could to rescue them, and a general determination to search the ranges was "mooted; but when, about nine o'clock in the evening, two men arrived from a guliy between the deep stream and Drunken Woman's Creek, about forty miles from this, representing themselves as-escaping from a small community of eighteen, including women and children, who were buried up in scow, and to whom no help could be given, the' excitement became intense, and immediate action for their relief was determined on, at all risks. A public meeting was instantly convened by the Resident Magistrate, Jackson KeddeU, Esq., at the Union Hotel; the large room was crowded with an anxious and excited auditory, and propositions for succoring the distressed were speedily discussed. Subscriptions to the amount of LSO were collected ia the room, and a party of volunteers were speedily enrolled, the leadership being entrusted to Mr Charles Rowley. Clothing, provisions, stimulants, and medicine were quickly contributed by the tradespeople the loan of horses -was freely given to those who were not possessed of those valuable animals, and by midnight the relief party, numbering six members, started on their mission of mercy> amidst the hearty cheers of the good people of the Dunstan who one and all rushed out to bid them a successful termination to their journey. Mi* Miles, the driver of the Dunedin coach,, reports as having met the party about noon yesterday, withiu ten miles of their destination, but brings the sorrowful intelligence that the unfortunate people are beyond all human help, the d»pth of snow being so great that attempts to reach the place of their captivity will be fmitlees. Only the top of one of the dwellings could be seen, and parties who have attempted their rescue were compelled to desist. There were four poor fellows waiting on the road to be conveyed to the Dunetan suffering badly from frost bite. Miles would willingly have brought them in, his passengers refusing to walk, but he wag compelled to decline, jw without the assistance of strong able-bodied men, who could assist in shoveling away the snow, or in extricating the coach from the difficulties conr Btantly besetting it, he could not reach the Dunstan, and deeniiDg.it a much wiser course to come in and send out aseistanae. An almost equally distressing account of human Buffering I send from the Nevis *.-^-In a little gully on the big range, nearly opposite Stuart's store, are two lone huts exposed to the fall fury of the snow drift; in one of these huts wore three diggers, in the other two; the inhabitants of the formerfinding^thei ■ dwelling place enveloped in the snow, escaped by means of the chimney, and had to roll themselves clown a steep declivity to escape. Of the two dwellers in the other hut, they saw rothing, and could not make them hear, and when taking a last look at the deserted dwelling, nothing more could be seen but a small portion of the top of ths chimney, not bigger than a man's head. Accounts from the Fraser Biver are anything but cheering—several par ties being snowed in towards its head, suffering great privations; a little flour mixed witi. cold water being their only means of sustaining life. ~.-■ ■.. •:,■■ ". .'-, .. :-■' ': . ; ■.. . ..'-.. ' Swags and loads from off the backs of pack-horses are described as strewing the hills in all directions - their owners having been compelled to abandon them to save their lives. Everything in the reach of man is being done to Save life, The authorities are doing all in their power to relieve the distress; their efforts being ably seconded by the people of the district; and all that is within the ranee of human beings to accomplish will be dine, and when help i 3 not given you may depend it has not been for the want of trying. A farewell dinner was given on Tuesday evening last, thel llth inst, at the Dunstan Hptel by the brother officers and friends of Joseph Jackson, E?q, lats manager of the Bank of New Zealand in this township."W. C. Roberts, Esq, Inspector of Branches, occupied the chair; on his right hand sat the guest of the evening — the vice-chair being occupind by Jackson Keddell, . Esq., E.M. The Chairman proposed the Queen. TheYicei hair the Prinoe .and Princess of Wales, and the rest of the Royal Family. S. Hickson, Esq., R.M., at Manuherikia, the Army, Navy, and Volunteers, which was respondei to by Mr Henry Stratford (Clerk to the Duastan Bench) on behalf of the Army and Navy, and that of the Volunteers by Mr D. K. Campbell. The toast of the eveulng.by the Chair, was the health of the gw at, JYtr Joseph Jackson. The Chairman said:—That the ftpeseut opportunity afforded him' pleasure of no'" or(Unary nature r he hat} known.Mr Jackson, both in liis private and public capacity, and from his knowledge of that gentleman wts certain that he conveyed with him both the well wishes and rearets of hk friends and brother officers, and felt; certain tb it in hfm the Dunstan was losing a valuable public mail •wtyo had always taken a lively interest in any institution for its welfare. He said that it was the intention f>fth3 friends and brother officers of their guest to present him with an address, but, in "conseauenee of the non-arriv.al of the coach, it could not be dqne, as it was busy WriWpn in Duhedin. He hail plenty in, ore'to say r'espgetinsMv Jaekaon ; hut as'that gentleman was so well kcowu to all present, he would call upon them to fill and drink a bumper to he whom they were assembled to honor that evening. This was done with full Highland honors, accompanied with an appropriate song by the whole company. Mr Jackson respo.ded, said, he could hardly find words to express his sense, of the honor conferred upon him this evening, and would always remember •with pleasure the many friends he had left upon the Dunstan, and felt perfectly certain that good days wefce in store', for it yet. ■ After several toast, comprising the " Banking Interests," "The Press," ."'Toe Wardens," and the members for the 'gold fields." The company separated at rather a late ijoiir, aft.er spending one of the'1 most pleasant . |iy.qnn}gg, it has .been the good fortune of. many to enjoyl "upon this gojd field. I"have another dinner to !ep.or.t,'"thqugh, perhaps not of "'so, si-ristoQratie a ohaiacter, bub nevertheless very interesting fGr all that (it was given to a well proved public servant, and to whose energy and daring I we owe not a little—viz: Mr W. H. Shepherd, one of the drivers of (Jobb and Co.'s coaches on the Dunedin and Dunstan roads, and whose enterprise and experience in his profession made manifest, that the present track was a practicable one between the i??e|ropolis and this township. The entertainment took'pkes ia 6ne. of ttie wildest and roost exposed marts; -of the Province,-viz*. Serpentine Valley, Taien Hill, and on a wild night, such as is'hoped will neveroccur a*ain ; for although hilarity reigned round the festive board aiul in tha building in which this banquet took place, death, in its most horrible, form, Bulked without. ( i; t tha same time' tM suifeV Ipjfi'of tbe pooi- creatures at' the'Deap'Streani were nop known) • The particulars are as follows :-" v • A public dinner Was given to Mr Vf. H. Shepherd, the"well-known coach driver, by the draymen and travellers frequenting the'road, at tl-e new Hotel of MrM-Honaldj a* Serpentine' l{a%, ''£aien Hi'l, at whigli over IUO people sH down/ after which Mr &bephepf was presented with a handsome gold watch.. end brequet chain of curious colonjal inanuf-icturel! valued 50gumeas. Tha chain was manufacturedinDunedjn, and is composed of leather, thickly studded with gold, theproduceof theDunstan, andreflect thagreatest credit upon the artist who designed it This I'oW supplies a want long felt, and, is the nwretobeap".

preeiatci, as it stands in one of the most inhospitable parts of the road, tar removed from any other human habitation. It is a two-story buildicg, and contains htty bedroom^ besides a la'sc-i amount of stabling, iravdlers who have visifel the establishment speak highly of the comforts vvithn. MANUHERIKIA. A crowded public mo.tiiig was held on Monday last at the Criterion Hotel, Upper-stieet, to consider the best means of rendering- assistance to the sufftrers by the kte snow storm on the Old Man lianges. ■- Mr ilotiry Kennedy was vo*ed the chair, explained the object of the meeting was to at one* 1- relieve, as far as possible, the unfortunates snowed in at Campbell's Creek, and who, it was feared, were perishing- for want.

Mr J. Hart proposed and Mr Dorlds seconded that a committee comprising the following gentlemen be formed for the purpose of carrying into effect the objects of the meeting: - Messrs J. Jack, J Hart, Dodo's, Kennedy, C.;uue, Finlay and l>avis; and that Mr Dodds be treeasurer, and Mr Davis S?oretary.

No less a sum than L3O was collected and guaranteed in the room ; besides an additional amount ha<3 been recovere I since, as wet) as liberal donations from the storekeepers of clothing and food. A relief party ! properly equipped, has started eff to scour the ranges in the neighborhood of Campbell's. There are no Je?s than 14 men in this township suffering from fr;st bite —some of them in a very dangerous state. One man was oat on the ranges three days and four nights; he was compelled to abandon his swag, ond has temporarily lost ihe use of his limbs, bo numbed, he states, were his hands that, upon feeling- in his pocket for his knife, ho pulled out his purse~but could not replace it, and was compelled to leave it on the ground.

The dead body of a man found on the vsmgs is also lying at the " Gorge," awaiting a connier's inquest. The man who was brought to the Dunst=n Hospital from Drunken Woman'a Greek, where he had been run over by a dray, died on Friday last of the injuries.

The Ivfolyneux is still promg -down. Fresh parties are setting iti to work oa the banks daily ; some are doing remarkably well. Business oa the Dunstan is, if anything, slightly improved. nOGBTJKN. 17th. August. Sticking up at Lowe's Accommodation House- —At about half-past eleven' o'clock on Sunday night the inmates were roused by four men, who, after securing ;he landlord, tied up nine diggers who -were in the house. All the robbers were well armed • with guns and revolvers, and wore black crape on their faces. They took from Mr Woodin L3O, the landlord Ll4, and from J. S. M'Donald and Peter Barber they took L 5 12s 6J. The other men they let go. They stated they were waiting for two gentlemen from the Mogbum, meaning- the Managers of the Banks of New Zealand and New South Wales.

Sinco Monday we have had very favorable weather for mining- opsrations. Last wie'k, there were only two days, Friday and Saturday, on which out-door work could be done. The Enterprise Company's race is being proceeded with as rapidly as possible. The severe weather considerably retards operations. A great many peopte are complaining of colds, rheumatism, ane other ill effects of csld and damp. A-number of people are leaving for the rushes at Shiel's and Taieri, first rate accounts fro ji the latter place having come in. The streets are still in a very deplorable condition. The police force has been increassd, but no camp isas yet erected. Sergeaut Ryan, the police officer in charge at this gold field orders all business placDs and shanties to close at ten p.re., a desideratum much wanted, and calculated to have much effect in suppressing the horde rf thieves which infest this locality. On Friday last, two men who were in a slight state of beer, fell into one of the numerous pits or mantraps in the Main-street, and sustained severe injury. A sale of horses was held for the first time last Saturday, By Mr J. Uhadwick, but the prices rea-li-ed were not very satisfactory. Horse fead is still very scsarce. Oats 20s per bushel. Flour is very scarce and quoted at 7'i per lb. On Saturday night the Bank of New Zealand was cut into, but the manager heard them in time and called out that if they wanted anything, he could give them a ball, upon whick they decamped.

_ There is a new rush on one of the hills, 30 feet sinking, prospects are very good. Business is prety brisk, and a large quantity of gold is being offered for sale. •-■■.-. At the rush near Slriels' there are about 100 men at work. Coarse gold has been found over a space of two miles. ; THOMPSON'S. At this place there is about sixty tents, and about 20O_ diggers are at work, and parties working in .the various gullies and making wages. The gold is rather fine. This place is 21 miles from the Dunstan and twelve from Black's. Mr Sud Inspector Bayley left with a smail detachmett of police for the neighbourhood ot tlie Hogburn to endeavour to trace out the perpetrators of the outrage at Lowe's Accommodation House.

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THE DUNSTAN., Otago Daily Times, Issue 523, 24 August 1863

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