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THE DUNSTAN.

(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.) Dunstan, 25th September. Yesterday morning: the weather set in very cold and boisterous, and a heavy fall of snow took place on the ranges ; even in the township itself sleec fell at intervals during the day. The dead body of h man was found on the summit of the ' Old Alan," near the Pyramid Rock, and almost close alongside the track.," It appears tbat a packer, in returning., after delivering his load at Campbell's Gully, found. his horse suddenly stop and and tnort at rather an unusuul hump in the snow. Upon examining the spot the dead body of a man was found underneath. „. It had apparently been there for some time, the shrinking of the snow caused Ly the l*te thaw showing ils whereabouts. It is supposed to be the remains of ,qne of the sufterers by the lale great snow storm in August last. On the boiy was iound a gold watch, and,.pome rings on the fingers, iNow that the snow is', melting no doubt but that the ■ remains ofjseveral that-are musing will be discovered. X^faome of the packers , state, that within the last few ffliyg^-cousideraole number of rats have been Been in places' on the great glacier and where they are not ordinarily" met .with. : ,

A man w.v missed from Pottei 's Gully, No. 2, on Satuxday week last He started in the moimng to go over to the Dunstan, but lagged behind the parties ■with whom'liiiwas in compauy. staling he would folio a- alone: s'owly by himself. He has not amce been heard of. Mr. Warden Keddell held an inquest on Saturday Jpst, on the body of a man (a German), who worked in binith s Gully, Bannockburn, and died thieugh mHHKB received, earned by the side of the paddock in v nich he was working falling in upon him, He was* covcied up for the space of half-an hour, and expired , a short lime afterwaids at the Kawauu township, wharehehad been conveyel for medical assistance. A vudict id accordance with the circumstances was , returnl: <1. I Another memest was held on the body of a man name I bulhvan, T.ho expued rather suddenly, a p^o mortem, examination was made by Dr. Moiice a.d <i veidict ot died from natural causes returned ' Ilemy Straffoid, Ksq, Clerk to tbe Ouna'tan h -iich, gave a ]>cluie at the Court House, Manuhe- ] vii, on behalf of the Alexandu Sunday School iind. The subject was "A Voyage Hound the \voiiii," winch was done ample justice to by the le fcurer, *>nd was fully appreciated by a numerous ?fid attentive audience The pioceed of the I/»ctaie adued the sum cf seven pounds, towaids tUe fuuheiauce oi the object for which it was Given. Mrsssro M'Pheiaon and Glides,, of itazt'ey street, succeeded m collecting fiom their tell«w townsmen, as Will as oy fontubuDi^ns fiom themstlves, th^ li md^,)i^e -ura of thntv pounds towaids the veiy def s a ljle obJ^ct of Hialung a good diay to.apk, ly way of Fen / t>creet, down to the eigeof the Molyneuy, so ,is the more conveniently to place the go^d* leadv ior embaiking, pievioua io being t.iken t!ie i ver. A contiact was accepted yeste.dry, a-id the i(.-ul -v ill bo pioceei'ed with foit'nvith JNow thnt th' load o i the other side of the iAer is liV-oii the c\e of bein^' complete 1 to th" Kiwjiui J v ction, the idv aitiges ot having a goo 1 <v >y roid dm nto the l<eny \\asvci\ appaient, s,otbu the l usin m p op ciusteid of numouali in"- md peti tion.ngtl.ef;o\e..ittrnttopeifoi,uthis little io > ic<*A\v\ uprn doin^ it themselves, and i , se ,i , n n ncicJible b oi t spice of time, a sum more than suih cntio complete the wcik, they \^ S c bet aJoutin earnest. t is the mtention of some paities, immediately the road is open to the Kawarau, ehoukl Cobb and Cj.

refuse to do it, to place a conveyance between it and this township, as well as between the Kawarau and th<s Gorge, which will take passengers within 27 miles of Poxe'sj from the first place it is proposed ■ to carry them on horseback to the second, thence to Quennstown, pei-forming the journfy in one day, which in the summer season as the coaches will make the distance between the Dtmstan and Divnedin a single day's stage, Queenstown ■will only be two days journey from the metropolis. Of the advantages of this route there can be no mistake, it being practicable in all seasons of the year with scarcely any interruption, in no case extending, over 24 hours at the most &. cricket, match between eleven of the Clyde Club and; eighteen outsiders, came off on Wednesday, on the Dunstan giound." The eleveu proved the victors. MOUNT IDA. A large rush s took place on Wednesday last to the Maravanuhia Pass, distance about twelve miles from the Hogburn. Tlie depth of sinking is about four . feet,- the length of the gully about 300 yards, but the best prospects were obtained near the prospecting claim. There are about fifty people getting payable gold. According to prospects obtained in one ciaim, could the ground be sluiced, it would yield £25 per week a man. At the foot of this gully'there -is'■another—a "'main gully—about five; .miles in length and called Long Gully, and leads down to the LittJe Kyebnrn. It is being prospected. Tliere is a plentiful supply of water running down its centre, but firewood is'very scarce in the iinmedi>te neighborhood. No dray can get within fourVuiiies of this place—everythiingmmt be packed.^^Thegoldobtaiued is very fine. On accountof_ the difficulties and expense inciirred in.reaching this place, a large humbtr of diggers returned aud took up their old claims again "'"on tiie Hogburn. :: There is much public dissatisfaction respecting the body of the man known as Stockings, who was ibund dead soiiie time ago in a hole, being interred without holding an inquest, it beiri^j thought by some that he did not come by Ms death through fair means. The second escort left here on Saturday last with 2500 ounces of gold. Kilgour's Concert hall was opened on Wednesday evening last, it was a great success. Some really first rate artiste* both vocal and instrumental made their appearance'one of the former beiug a Mr Chappell from the Canterbury Hall, London.

The new township is progressing rapidly, some really first-class buildings have been, and are being erected. • The building of the Government Camp is also being pushed ahead. Mr Warden Hardcastle has left for a short period, his duties being performed by the gold receiver, who acts during his absence. Flour is quoted at L 32 a ton, Adelaide at L 34. Potatoes and onions very scarce and much wanted, other articles of general consumption cheap and plentiful. Business is generally very steady. As yet there is no place of worship-on this gold field, one being very much wanted. There is now a weekly plost between this and the '. Dunstan. SAXONS. , There has been a large addition to the population here during the hst week.\ The gully which wav opened has turned out payable. All the country iround about here presents tha appearance of being 'highly auriferous, gold being obtainable more or less everywhere. One party of two obtained .Coz as the result of last week's .work; another of the same ;number 7£oz. About lOOoz was offered for sale, the produce of this ifield during .Saturday and Sunday last. All the sinking here is very shallow, the deepest places being jless than three feet, and the most of that washdirt, and considering that as yet the sluice or long-torn ihas not been in use, the returns are very handsome indeed. The population not exceeding one hundred in number.

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THE DUNSTAN., Otago Daily Times, Issue 557, 30 September 1863

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THE DUNSTAN. Otago Daily Times, Issue 557, 30 September 1863

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