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DUNSTAN.

[from the dailt times correspondent.] Monday, 2nd November. The Fscort left on Saturday morning last, conveying to town the f jllowing quantities i f gold :— Dunstan, 6708 cz: Teviot, 50; the Lakes ahout 3700 ; malii.ig 10,453 oz in all. The smallness of the amount from tne J.akes is accounted for by the fact that none of the banks have sent down by this escort, also, that of the Teviot through the competition of buyers from Tunpeka, where the price at present rangea ra her high.

The news from the Taieri dieginps has caused quite a stir among the miners of this district, especially with those who are not in profitable claims or unable to work through floods, or other causes beyond their control. A lavge number of these are leaving. On Thursday evening when the Dunedin coach arrived, numbers rushed to the newspaper offices to procure a copy of the "Daily Tides "''when to their chngrin and dismay they were informed none had arrived. Many of the diggers gave, vent to their feelinss, (an/1 taking into consideration the smallness of the supply of daily papers lately) in comments not over nattering to the proprietors ; some went so far as .0 charge them with suppressing the news so as to enable Dunedin people to occupy all ths ground, but this- foolish charge was soon dispelled by the production of Cobb and Co.'s way bill, to which was appended the foot note. "No papers or parcels in consequence nf the bnd state of the roads." One copy of the Daily Times of Wednesday, was in the possession of Mr Rutherford, Cobb and Co.'s driver. There was great competition for it ; thegsu'ms of five shillings, seven Fand sixpence, and at list ten shillings were offered and refu«ed. At last Mr Samuels, 0? Samuels' Express, became the luc^y possessor. A subscription of five shillings was at once made by the parties anxious to hear the news, which being tendered fo the owner he was called upon to read the paper, aloud, which he did in a very satisfactory manner to a large auditory The newspaper afterwards drew & considerable number of customers 1 to that gentleman's readirg room. In fact it becamo a very precious document and ' required sharp eyes to prevent its being surreptitiously removed. A iv agistprial enquiry was made- at the Cou't House, Manherikia. on Tuesday, last, touching the death of Nicholas Henry Cordts, who was found dead on the range at the head of Potter's , Gullev, No, 2, Campbell's diggings, some few. days past ; the particulars of which wpre rpported in tW, Daily Times. Two witnesses, Nicholas Henry Syme Jenkinson, and Georsre Scandreth. both of them residents of Potter's Gulley, deposed as to the finding of the body, and that the deceased's name was Nicholas Henry Cordts, alias " Nicholas the Russian," who perished in the snow storm of August last The remains of the deceased were interred at Potters Gulley by the Police, with tiie assistance, of a few miners who kindly lent their aid.

There has been some comment lately on the body of the man Thompson, who was found dead on the Old Man, being buried without an inquest. The reasons for not doing so were obvious. In the first place the body of the man was fully identified, and the manner of his death soßatisfactorily accounted for. that there was not the shadow of a qoubt as to howhe came by his end. Next the distance was so preat from the Dunstan that an inquest would have very expensive, nnd inconvenient, besides resulting in no good whatever. The body was brought in by order of the police authorities at Chamounf, there coffined, and submitted to a Christian burial. A remarkable case of sudden death occurred oa Friday eveniDg last at Ryan's Bendigo Hotel, Mnnunenkia. A miner mimed Patrick Ryder had come in on the previous day from Campbell's diggings, where he had been for some time working:. On the evening in question he went into the hotel and called for . something to drink. Upon being supplied, he ssated himself down on a form near the fire in the bw. Observing for some r time that he remained very quiet, the landlord went to him, thinking he had fallen asleep, or was unwell, when it was discovered he was quite dead. A very important decision was piven in the Police Court on Friday last, by Mr H. W. Robinson, Resident Magistrate, which, is well worth the' attention, of many parties in business on the goldfields engaged in selling wine or spirits wholesale} without being duly licensed to do so, or evading payment of the license fee, and securing immunity from the consequences of an illicit sale by the ordinary practice of apply for a license and failing to take it up. Two parties storekeepers, were summoned by Mr Buchanan, Inspector of Licenses for selling spirits without a license. It appeared in both case 9 that applications for licenses had been made, but they were not taken up ; at the same time both parties continued sellins although repeatedly warned by the summoniDjr officer against so doing. Finding: tbat the said licenses which had arrived from town vrou'd not be taken up unless extreme niensuws wera resorted to, he at last procured summonses. Both defendants upon receiving invitations to appear before the Magistrate at once took up their licenses and pWlecl guilty to the eharsre. In oue case as there was no proof of sale, the charge was withdrawn. In the other, as the defendant acknowledged his guilt anil had since taken out hi- license, which he produced in Court, His Worship, at the requist of Mr Buchanan, allowed the same coarse to be adopted as in the previous case, both defendants paying the costs of court and witnesses

His Worshin then remarked, that, considering tVese are the first ca^es of the sort that have appeared in this Court, or I believe in any other, I Lave taken tie most lenient view of them possible. If I had inflicted a fine, let the penalty bo ever so small, or as hitrh as LSO, it is almost a ruinous one to a trader, as_ it carries with it the i forfeiture of all spirituous liquors found on his premises, and he hoped that these cases would prove a warning to others. The defendants then left the Court, congratulating themselves on their lucky escape, and upon the very lenient manner their cases were dealt, with.

One of the many instances of success which so often reward the labour of the miner when assiduously pursued in this district, occurred to a Frenchman, an ex-Sydney digger, from Lambing plat, who at present resides near his work at the head of Conroy'a Gully. For some few weeks past he has been steadily workiug as a " hatter" in some shallow sinking. Observing, on Monday last, that a shaft, which had apparently been left for a duffer, appeared, from the nature of the surrounding workings, to be far too shallow, hejdetermined u^on investigating the cause, and at once proceeding to work he soon found that a large fiat stone covered the bottom, which had been ciistalc n by some not over energetic or observant individual for the bed rock- > Upon the removal of the stone, which was not attended with a vast amount of labour, the lucUy Frenchman obtained, oa that and th« fallowing day, twenty seven ounces of gold, and four more from a single dish full of dirt tha following morning, besides, the olaim is still continuing to turn out well at the present time. Being well acquainted With the party, and' having seen both the gold and the claim, I can to testify as to its accuracy.

Public Wokkß in Irelisd. -The thirty-first report from the Irish Board of Public Works, just issued, containa numerous statements of outstanding loans &c, made for public works in that country. it appears that ,the " total sanctions" amounted to L 11,046,037, and thatdeductingadvancesLlO.327,B49 the balancs availab'e for further advances \raa * L718.687— viz., L 405.894 for public works loan fund, and 1/312,792 for land improvement Of tho total advances to the 31st of March (L 10.327.349), L 1,246,159 were for uublic works;' relief works (9th Vie. c. 1), L 226.319; arteriardrainage, L 2.075.893; country relief works, L4,s97,77B;'X'ibouchere drainage, 1199,870; Shannon navigation, L 294.000} and drainage farm buildings, labourers' dwellings &c, L 1.687,207. The " advances',! in the year ending the 3lst of March. 1863. were L 70.789, and the remissions L 5 64'\004. The. total, payments- to her Majesty's exchequer to the Slst , March last were- ~ 14,345,031, and in the -year ending the same date, - ■ L192.76L A tabular statement -of the amount of applications for loans and the amounts issued up to the 31st of March, 1863, showß.tUat the amount ap- > plied for in the Northern distrfolJKWa9'.liß7s,s76, and - total amount issued, L 317 *549; jyiidland and Eastern' district, amount appijqd, for, £t,224 631; amount issued, L490,202;-Jlj(esteiH*^taot, amount applied for, L 1.250,51 5; amount i55ued, ; "1402,952 j M'-th* v Southern district, amount applM for, 141,451,355:$ '.. amount issiieft-Itfe.gO*: TpUl'Jimount applied for^ '. . 14,872,079/804(^81 amount iftauipd, W,687,M7. ,:/\

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DUNSTAN., Otago Witness, Issue 623, 7 November 1863

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