A large quantity cf gold wisbiought into this township from the mighbourhood of Campbell's and disposed of during Monday and Tuesday. Tinse diggings are rapidly improving now that the snow is ail but gone, wi.h the exception of places where the drift has been heavy, or where the rays ot the sun have not full power. When the present heavy drainage from the Glaciers has, somewhat subsided, a larga increase in the yield of the precious metal will uu oubtedly take place Parties who lefc some short time ago for the Hogburn and.other places are now returning, be sides numbers who are acquainted with that famous locality are shifting out for a summer campaign; there are also a good many parties prospecting, many of whom report very favourably of the result uf their ■exertions asyet. There is very little doubt but that this will he one of the leading gold fields during the present -ummer. .. • The dead body of a man named John Stewart, a native of Ireland, was discovered so»e few days since, floating-down the Poraahawka Creek, by some parties who were engaged prospecting in that locality. Upon information beint? sent to the Camp, police constable Webb immediately proceeded r 0 Campbell's Gully to find the mates of deceased, which, after some trouble, he succeeded in doing. They immediately, upon getting the news, constructed a <otiiu of such wood as they could procure, and taking it to where the body lay, placel it within, and making a sort of a rough lrame, conveyed it from there a distance of twelve miles to Chimouni where it was interred in the pr sence of a large concourse of people. The deceased being well knowu as the proprietor of a bullock bide farry boat, which plyed in the; g-ood old shepherding'days at the "twelve mile beach." The difficulty of c nveying the corpse was excessive; caused by the dreadfully boggy state of the mountains, together with the great weight of the coffin and fram?, which was not made of the very Jiahtest material, requiring the services of no less than eighteeaimen, the whole of one day. ■: . The particulars of the deceased's death are these : —He with his mates, five in number, left Campbell's Gully at the time of the great storm, for th=t pur ? po?e of procuring some props from the Birch Forest wherewith to secure their claim. They had eaoh severally procured their loads and had returned with them, almost within sight of their dwelling all keeping together during the j >urney. As they were so near, home, having only a short hill to desce-d, it was agreed that after taking a spell "i considering there was danger, each one should hurry homewards as quickly as possible. The deceased did not pack up his load so promptly as the others but preferred remaining behind a little longer, telling his mates that be was the strongest man in the party They accordingly went on leaving him behind, but the last man took care to see him rise and pick up his load to.follow, consequently he went on with the full assurance that nothing could go wrong. This was the last that was seen of him alive. "Finding the deceased did nol come home, his mates went about nine in the evening to search the hills but no trace, of.him could be found. The storm and drift then came on with great fury, compelling them to beat a retreat. They subsequently searched after every thaw, but no signs of him could be discovered. The timber which he was carrying was found, but not the slightest trace ot the body. After tlit} funeral a number of the residents from Campbell's Gully presented Constable Webb with a written testimonial, expressive of their esteem for the trouble he had tafceu in finding out the friends of deceased, aud :for the exertions he had used towards procuring him Christian burial. The Constable in going, out to. Campbell's very nearly met the same fate as deceased. After reaching the top of the Old Man he became very faint and sleepy, telling the mm wbq accompanied him he could, go no furthe<vaud laid himself dowu under a rock, fiord which his com- 1 nanion could not stir him. Mr Whiskey of Potter's trully, fortunately came along at the time, and with the assistance of a Mr Munroe, supported Constable Webb to a place of saiety 4n Campbell's Gully ; for had he oncegoae to sltep in the exposed situation he was in, the night's frost would have prevented him irom pver awakening again in this world.
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MANUHERIKIA., Otago Daily Times, Issue 591, 9 November 1863, Supplement
MANUHERIKIA. Otago Daily Times, Issue 591, 9 November 1863, Supplement
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