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THE LAKE COUNTRY.

(FRO3I OUR OWN CORRESPOKI'Ein) )

Queens town, August 2G,

The lovely spring weather still ccnt'.nues, and we seem fast drifting into a settled and a pleasant spring. The ext.nt of snow upon the mountains is gradually becoming more circumscribed, being dissipated probably by alwarprion, so that we may hope that it will disappear in gocd time without any serious floccl-;-The news from the various diggings is satisfactory, though, as stated in a former letter, heavy escoits must not be looked for at piesent. A considerable quantity of gold cauic in on Satm day, principally from the Shotover, several miners disposing of parcels of -20 to 40 oz. From that river there is little doubt we shall soon hear of large finds, as many claims will in a few days now be workable, anil amongst them the grounl of the amalgamated companies, who are carrying out extensive operation j not far from Arthur's Point. Queenstown, August 26th. Since my last report 1 have visited the Arrow, and am glai to Lie able to speak favourably of the prospects ia that district. Thj river is very low au iis still fai ing, so that all parfses are busily employed iv preparing the ground for work, despite the protection they in many esses obtained- as precautionary measures iv the event of unfavourable weather ae-iin setting iv. Ko large amount of gold has vet come iv nor must we expect for some time a heavy cs-oit as hi many claims known to be very rich the nece«arv v.ork tor cleariLg tiie water aad getting at the aurifcr. ous deposits wdl occupy weeks, not days, to complete Ihe lunntl claims are, no doubt, giving the be«t re' turns at present. _ Tne terraces, though acfeelv worked, not producing heavily, owing to the delay and trouble experienced in waging out ; this, hS™r will soon be remedud, as ssveral ofthe large water races which have been constructed for sluicino are on the point of completion, and will soon be h\ full play. Amongst others, the 10 arile 0 1 from the Cardro a of .Hale Thorn and vT which I described in a former report. Two Wa wheels are at work about two miles above the town ship; aim altogether the energy and courage with which cue late disasters have beeu withstood and re medied, merits che greatest approbation, and mZt make everyone interested or not, deeply auxious for the success of this enterprising mining population. Ihe Fiat about the township is entirely unworked at present. Most cf the claimholders are waiting under piotection, the answer of the Sup rintender. t +^ the memorial toir a subsidy in aid o/fheSte Others again who hold the better ground, are del tewed irom doing anything owing to the protection eijoyPd by the large companies, who have turned the river, and there stopped, not sinking a paddock, but w! \ n. g *T for What nV ae ? POWS- As thes* companies hold the lower ground, and occupy a large snace th* adjacent claims on the higher level cannot clear thei^ water while the lower level remains unworked Several disputes on the subject are pending in the Warden's Court, ot which, when decided, you will receive full reporfe. ' J A man named John Donoughue was found dead en the Crown Range, a mountainous ridge, 7000 feet high, some six miles from the Arrow township It appeared from the evidence at the inquest held here on the 22nd before J. S. flicason, Esq., coroner, that aeeeased, who was in weak health from dysentery had left the township early on the mornin" ot-the 28thJuly, with the intention of proceeding to Bracken's' Gully, and had not been heard of until the discovery ot his body on the 21st instant. The jury found a verdict that the deceased John Donoughue died from cold and exposure on the Crown Range on or about the 28th July. JohaS. Hickson. Esq., a Coroner of the District held ?.n inquest at the Twelve Mile Creek Arrow River, on the 23th instant, on the body of a miner named Henry Hawkins, killed by tae falling in of the earth, on the 19th instant, in a claim some two miles above Twelve Mile Creek. A mate of" deceased who was working with him at the time of the accident deposed, that havin<* his" back turned he heard deceased cry out in a smothered , tone, and on rushing to the spot found that the earth must have caved in suddenly and completely buried I the unhappy man. Assistance was at once obtained but the body was not recovered for forty minuW. when ot course life was extinct. The jury returned a verdict of—That- deceased met his death accidentally by the felling of a large body of earth, by which he was suffocated. The Arrow Township Committee meet every Monday evening at the New Orleans Hotel. Cn the last occasion .the; following Kesolutious of general interest were passed: 1-" J F» at i the Secrefcar 7 be requested to write to the Chief Postmaster in reference to the' delay of the mails ma Queenstown. 2. That the state of the franchise in the district demands tne immediate attention of the Government; as not one man in 500 has now any political status and the elections consequently are merely a farce ; tbo members of the Provincial and General Assembly m no way representins the opinions of the people. Itremains still uncertain, orlockcdin the bosom of some stern o&cial, who is to be the new Warden o the Arrow. Naturally enough great curiosity and some anxiety is felt upon the subject amongst the inhabitant?. ■ The appointment is by no means a bed ot roses, and would suit no one who was not a firstrate walker and a tolerable climber. The whole course of the Arrow with its adjacent gullies, the valley of the Cardrona, the mountainous ranges between the Township and the Roaring Meg, are°all withm his jurisdiction, and may at any time urg-ntly demand his presence., To attend the'inquest before mentioned as having been he'd at the Twelve Mil:, Mr Hickson had to walk some 15 miles of heavy ground, and on his return, fortunately in company with a constable, was pounded in a swampy gully, and eventually had to pass the night in the snow on the hill side, it not being sa'e to proceed in the darkness along the dangerous sidelines of the track v ir e mre rumors of a new ™sh in the neighborhood ot the Te-Anan Lake, and the usual mythic nuggets have been found and brought into town. No doubt many miners left rather mysteriously a few days a^o via the waters of the Lake; but whatever the design it has not yet transpired, and it is next to a certainty that no strange gold has come in- From credible sources I am informed tbat the country about the Te Anan Lake does not bear the appearance of being auriferous; and it is more probable that the neighborhood of the River Dart is attracting the attention of prospecting pioneers. Mr Tom Fawcett played for the last time during his present visit, on Saturday evening, to a well attended house He leaves nest weeK for Dunedin for the purposes, as he gave notice, of bringing up a more efficient company—numerically speaking In the meantime the Theatre Itoyal is undergoing extensive alteration?, as to stage arrangements, which are to be of a first-class character. Meetings have been held at the Arrow and at Arthur's Point, for the purposs of electing members of the Permanent Committee of the District Hospital, and gentlemen have accordingly been chosen to that office. It seems hard to find fault with what has been done with so good a motive as to place the Hospital in working order with as litt'e delay as possible; but still it must be remarked that these proceedings are quite at variance with the Hospital (ordinance, which distinctly says above, " That the first pub.ie meeting of contributors shall be called by tne Super ntendent upon fourteen days' notice by puohc advertisement, for the purpose of electing the commutes and other business." Nor, indeed can the provision ofthe Ordinance be applied to'any institution until the Superintendent" with consent ot his Executive Council so applies it by proclamation in the Government Gazette. The property of the Hospital clearly, until these steps are taken by the Government, vests in the Wai den as representing the Superintendent, and any committee undertaking the administration of funds «r appointment of officers, &c, do so without authority and at their own risk. The movement has been a good one and well meant, but decidedly prematura, and one c^n only hope that no embarrassment to the affairs of the institution may result. At the meeting held in this town for the alleged purpose of electing membere of the Permanent Committee, Mr Rees with great j judgment, stepped in to the rescue and proposed'that I the meeting _ should confine itself to forming ail I interim working committee. His suggestion was j.adopted, and the following gentlemen were nominated :- Messrs Rees, Croft, Cassius, Brown, Harr s, IW. Bruce, Bracken, Grummitt. Mr Bradshaw has been nominated by the Shotover miners; and the Arrow townsmen have selected Mr Hickson, R.M. Messr." Richmond, Douglas, Melody, andSpensely. The various committees meet to-day in the Hospital at Frankton for the despatch of business. A MoßJiojr "Miracle." — The Spectator says that at Cardiff a husband urged his wife, who was not a Mormon, to go to a meeting, and promised her that she should see there ■' the angels of the Lord » She went, and during the service the lights were turned out, and she saw figures in white moving about. Close by her feet she discerned strange small figures moving slowly, and rustling as they moved, bhe was probably expected to faint here: but she seized one ofthe figures at her feet instead, and put it m her pocket. When she got home she found that it consisted of a few frogs in a white paper bag. The elders declared that these were miracles, and their l dupes beheved them.

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THE LAKE COUNTRY., Otago Daily Times, Issue 531, 2 September 1863, Supplement

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THE LAKE COUNTRY. Otago Daily Times, Issue 531, 2 September 1863, Supplement

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