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THE DUNSTAN.

_ Dr. Hector arrived safe here about five p.m. yesterday afternoon, from Queenstown, after performing a safe journey overland from the West Coast. T 2 inhabitants of Queenstown gave th- intrepid explorer a public reception. He leavqs by coach for Dunedin his morning. He declines giving paiticulars of his journey, but from what I can learn, he does not consider the West, jfJoast favorable for goldmiuing. I enclose a letter from Queenstown, which will put you in possession of all information obiainab'eon the subject;

'INQUEST. , ■ An inquest was held on Saturday evening last, a the Union Hotel Hartley-street, on the body of an infant child named Ann'aEda Kilgour, which expired tt IfTi^lrl 1 ll *e r day. Previous. It appears that the child had been of rather a sickly nature from its birth, tne mure1' si»-4;h'e" last few days of its life and was under tae nieuieal treatment of Dr. Jackson a properly qualified medical practitioner of this town. Iwo days' previous tb its death Dr. Jackson prescribed some fluid magnesia, and not having any himselt advised the mother to procure some, who went to the shop, of a Dr. Westwood, who is an herbalist, and professes to cure all diseases by their use. Upon Mrs Kilgour stating, the nature of the disease under which her child was suffering, and his being shown the infant, ne advised her to administer some powders in lieu ot the magnesia, which he represented as being of a very harmless nature," and which would speedily restore the child, to health;' She accordingly purchased some and administered as prescribed, but after taking them it grew rapidly worse, and shortly afterwards expired. A post mortem examination was made on the body by Drs. Morice and Shaw, and, after a very lengthy hearing, the jury returned a verdict of "Died ot effusion of serum into the brain," with the following rider, *' That this jury, wish to add, they cannot too strictly condemn the treatment of Mr Westwood in this case, also his practising as a medical mau with- , out being duly qualified." L r- £ acksoll's (the House Surgeon) monthly report ot the Dunstan Hospital, is as follows. There have been 77 indoor patients, 36 of which have been discharged cured;-one has died, and 40 rem .in in the establishment Q£ out-door patients, 61 have received medical assistance j of these, 7, have been admitted into the establishment, 26 have been discharged cured, and 28 remain on the books" Dr." Jackson in his report, says:-The greater portion of these cases nava been "brought oh" .by cold "and exposure; the majority of the diseases being scurvy, rheumatism and frost-bite, many .of. the latter being very s^ere. Of the patient who died, the cause ot death was lock-jaw, which set in almost immediately after * his suffering amputation of both feet. He was one of the men rescued from the snow, through the efforts ofthe Dunstan Relief Committ-e, Another man who also- suffered amputation ofthe feet, is progressing most favorably. The House Surgeon in conclusion expressjs his thanks tor the prompt manner in which Dr Shaw volunteered his services, and rendered most valuable assistance in a number of.surgical operations. '. : ' Our new Warden", Mr H. W. Robinson, arrived lrom the Teviot on Monday afternoon. He did not take his seat on the Banch the following day as was generally expected. Several civil cases, which had been twice previously remanded, were remanded again, much to the loss and annoyance of the suitors. Two trivial cases of drunkenness were disposed of by a J.F., who made his appearance about an hour afttr noon.

Divme service was performed for the first time on Sunday last, by Mr ( Henry Stratford, lay reader ii the Episcopal Church, in Camp-street. Mr Stratford preached a very excellent sermon to a most nuraeroqs congregation. He took for his text the }i, GhaPter Lu|se, and part t»f the 20th verse. Ji » t? 01 ' thls niSht shall thy soul be required of thee. He also reminied his hearers of their duties as members of the Church" of Eueland, and expressed a wish that tlieir example in erecting a church of their own would be speedily followed by the residents upon other gold fields.

MANUHERIKIA. Business, matters in this'township are not quite 8 lively as they were .some few weeks ago, Tne'impossibility ot carrying on extensive mining operations in tae Ranges through the, late severe Weather has acted very prejudicially toils interests Upon a favorable change in the'elements, great things are anticipated. During the-summer months there is little doubt but that trade will he as brisk as it is now dspressed.

A fine black horse was drowned in the Molyneux between- this and the Upper Township on Tluirsdav ast. hrom appearances the unfortunate animal must have fallen down the steep bank or slipped into the river while attempting to get a drink. It was seen struggling in the watsr for some time in its endeavors to reach the wess shore, but the force of the current was such as to render its efforts useless. At last the poor animal succumbed to its fate, and disappeared beneatli the surface of the water. On [Sunday night there was a very heavy fall of snow in the neighborhood of the Carrick Ranges It is feaied some parties have been lost at the head of ths Fraser River.

On Friday lasfc^ two-bodies were found on the glacier on top of the Old Man—one was that of a man named Joseph Thompson, missed about a momh since from Potter's Gully No. 2 He was discovered by a German packer, near a rock, about a mile and a naif tom the main track, near the head of Campbells Gully. The win I had drifted the nowfoJthe lower portion of his body, exposing hh le«s To view; the other part was covered up with snow and ice to a depth of four feat, which had to be removed with a pick before the body could be extricated. Upon being searched a miner's right and a half sovereign were found upon his person; the right was as dry as if it had been kept in a box. The body was touul in the same position as most are tint perish in the smw, ymg flu upon its back, one arm extended, and one leg slightly drawn up, and presented the appeixance of that of a man who had not been 24 hours dead not being an the slighted disfigured through decomposition.. The hands had been very badly frostbitten, presenting the appearance of having been boiled The deceased was at one time engaged as a vocalist at the Aldinga Theatre.

The other is that of a man, supposed name Landregan, who was lost during the time of the great storm. Landregan was a man possessed of considerable means, and held'a share in the prospecting claim Horning Star Reef, Inglewood, Victoria Some men started on Monday morning to bring this body and placeifc alonside the "other at Chamouni, ready for the coroner's inquest. "-Ilfsftould have been brought in on Saturday last, but tn that an 1 the following day the track across the mountain was blocked, there being a very heavy drift.

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THE DUNSTAN., Otago Daily Times, Issue 565, 9 October 1863

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THE DUNSTAN. Otago Daily Times, Issue 565, 9 October 1863

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