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LAWRENCE,

(FROM OUR OWH CORRB--POKDSST.) WAROEN'3 COUST.

(Before Bdwird Croker. E*q., Warden.) Gormlcyand party had hid Information against Gvcoyne nnd party, alias thc Weatherstones Water Company, for damage sustained through the bursting ofthe defendants' dam by the plaintiff/ in their mfn'ng claim and- working-*. On the cass! being called, cimpUinants withdrew thf ir information, by consent, the Court ordering the complainants to pay the costs. John W. Smythe and narty v. O'Leary and partv, alias the Weatherstones Water Company, claim for L3OO, damage* said to have been sustained by the plaintiff', in their c'aim on Weatherstone Flat, from the alleged burstiog of the defendants' dam, during the great fljodof 22nd December. This cs»e excited a good deil of interest among the miners and business penplea'so, as npon the issue depended several other similar ca-es, in which action has been stayed until after the hearing of the present case. Mr W. Wilson appeared on behalf of defendants. PiaintiftV ctse was conducted by Mr J. W. Smythe, without professional assistance. Numerous witnessei were examined in support of the cnnplaiot, who proved considerable damage sustained by the flooding of plain iftV claim, &c, but failed to show tothe satisfaction of the Bench that the water came from the dam in question ; not ono witness waa prepared to swear positively to that fact, whioh wss necessary to make tbe case clear ngninst the defendants. The dam is situated high up in a ravine, known as Blue Jacket GuUy; somo of the witnesses swore to thc water coming irom the mouth of the gully, but as none of them were present at tho dam on the occasion oi the accident, it was hard to prove thit the water that did the damage wai the water from the reservoir. The plaintiff* were nonsuited, with costs. Mr Wilem applied for his costs, he stated he had received £30 for coming up, and hoped the B*noh would grant his clients a part, if not the whole of the amount. The Warden ic«T-:d itis decision in the question of cost1* fov a week.. On Wednesday, another inquest was held afc Wealherjfcnnes by tho district coroner, Majir Croker. The body wns t>>at of a man nailed Wiliism Greenwood, well known in thia locality as " Yorky." who died rather suddenly on tbe day previous. It serins thstt the deceased, who was a wood-carter, went to bed in his Ufua' health on Monday night, sfte having eaten some wild he-tie*,'called by somegronndWrie*, anl by others cranberries; he was disturbed in the "night with violent purging and vomiting, and died early the following rooming. A po»t-mortem examinatisn of tho body was made by Dr Rally, who slated the causa of death lo be the ruplnra of the heart j t'ie rupture was probably caused by the vomiting, the stomach w.is emire'y empty, so lint witness was unable to speak as to the nature of tho berries the deceased was said to have eaten. Tbo verdict of the jury was "that decea«ed William Greenwood died from natural causes." A me'ting to receive the deputation appointed by the Presbytery in Dunediu to explain to the members of tho Church here the action of that body ia reference to their refusing to license Mr Forsaith, was held at the Church on Tucrd<y evening. Mr Brown, of Gabriel's Gnlly, inthe chain The proceedings were opened by the Rev. Mr Kirkland wi'h prayer and singing. The Chairman then introduced the Itevds Ales. Toidfnnd J. Kirkland, as tbe deputation from the Presbytery, nnd a«knd that a fair hearing shonld be fi.ven, and had littl 2 doubt but that much misunderstanding wonld be removed. The Rev. Alexander Todd then addressed the meeting, and stated thnt individually he had been a warra supporter of Mr Forsaith, whom he considered a vrr worthy man, and one tbat had peculiar qualifications fitting him for tbe service of the Church. So far as his own individual vote went hc hai given it in favor of Mr Forsaith, bnt he was only one, and he was in ths minority. However he had come here not to explain his own views but the views of the Presbytery as n whole, that is tlie mojority, and to rhow that the course taken by them was not an exceptional one, rut in accordance with tho established practice of tho Presbytery both in tbi-t colony and at home. He stated that so far as moral rltness went, not one word had been breathed affecting Mr Forsaith, perhaps it waa hardly necessary tbat he should make tbis statement, but he did so to disabuse the minds of all present ns to the reason of that gentleman not having been lie nsed.. He stated that tho bigh opinion formed by the people of thi? distric 1. of the character and moral fitness of Mr Forsaith, was entertained equally by all who knew him. but that the Presbytery considered that a minuter of the Gojpel should be able to read at least the New Testament in the original 'cxt, and-that waa not one of Mr Fur.-aith'u qualifications. He de sired to impress npon tbeir minds that the Presbjtery were mo<t anxiou* to do tbeir utmost ior the church at Tuapika —they considered it one of the mo t important congregations in their charge, and that arrangements had bce.t made for a temporary supply forthe pulpit at Lawrence no til the congregation nude a call npon some licensed minuter. The Kev. speaker explained at considerable length eome other matters which bad caused some misunderstanding betw.en the Presbytery and the ongregation, nnd after a very attentive hearing, gave pUre to * Tbe Rev. James Kirkland, who stated that as one of the deputation the Presbytery bad thought fit to send up on this occasion, he wonld state that when Mr Porsaith** case was under

cooperation he voted a«ain«t that gent'eman's admission as a licensed preacher, not from any doubt as to his ivortbiaeM or heartiness in the cans?, bat s>!e!y on the Rroucd tliat a minister, especially for n district like tint, should be aide to treat the New Testariicnfcrxcg^liailly, the ordinary text would do very well f,.r a thus, a minister miicbt skim tin surface of the great oceau of Scripture truths; but-thN would toon como to an t-nti, and unless he was prepare-) Us dive deep down into t!ie beautie? cf the original text, and brinjr up the bidden pearls fraia the Inttonj, lie would toon as it were run dry—lie would be exhausted. This w,ss a>p™cia!!y eecdful la a community such as he wan now addressing. He could understand that many questions mijrht be asked, many difficulties ari-te wbieb could only be answered or cleared up by a reference to 'the original Greek text. Alter concentrating the < attention of Hie audience for a considerable time, Mr Kirkland sat down amid t expression of approval from a large portion of thou: present. Itjwas then proposed by Mr Hayes, and Kcon ed by Mr tt. K. Field—-"That the explanation Riven by Messrs Todd end Kirkland be aJopted by this meeting as satisfactory." An amendment was moved by Mr Toicher, and seconded by Mr J. C.JBrOwn—•••• While this meeting deeply deplores the course taken by the Pre.*bytery in preventing Mr Foriaith being licensed, it received the of the .Presbytery co far as It was gitrea." The amendment was put to the meeting and lost. The original motion was thsDjput, and carried by a larpe majority. Mr Howard Hexbsrt then iMcel what arrangements had been -made for TpttipU supply in the meantime, and was informed that for the next few weeks Dr Copsland would piinlstrale amongat us, and further arrangements would be raude without delay. The Her. Alex. Todd then c!osed,the meeting with prayer. I h-ar that Mr Porsaitb, has joined the G«ngregationalicto, who hare glaJly welcomed him a moil them. Ho carries with him the sincere infection and esteem of a large number of residents fa this district.

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LAWRENCE,, Otago Daily Times, Issue 981, 9 February 1865

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