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HOKITIKA SHIPPING.

The Hokitika correspondent of the " Lyttel- 1 ton Times" writes: — "The shipping events for the week, at Hokitika, are briefly as follows : —No attempt has been made to get off the paddle-steamer Lady of the Lake. She lies just below the flagstaff aud signal beacons very considerably in the way. The cargo of the Maria, the stranding of which vessel I related in my last, was got out in very good order. The Maria is rot injured,j ured, and although the ship i 9 very heavy, I think she mi^ht be launched over the spit into the river. Nothing will be done with her until the owners have been communicated with. The Yarra, tug, has been launched across tlie north spit, to the bank of the river. She is undergoing a thorough repair, which will cost the owners about L4OO. She will be ready for sea in about eight or nine days at the farthest. The brigantine Jane Lockhart has been washed, into the river, and is quite uninjured. The Maid of the Yarra was got off next night, and floated some distance up the river. It was found that she was making water fast, some of her plates being bilged. Her repairs will be costly. The schooner Dolphin, which was stranded several weeks ago, has' been lifted over 'the spit, and had a thorough overhaul. Her sheathing has been removed, and the entire hall recaulked. She wil) tieresheathed inDunedin,,theee being no metal in Hokitika. Oa Tuesday last a man

was killed bj fa 1 ing from the rigging of the s.s. Star of, the South, which was lying at Gibson's Quay. He struck some part of the vessel in falling, and sunk .directly. The body was recovered in about ten minutes. Oa Saturday the long- looked for tug Lioness arrived from Melbourne She is a remarkably fine iron boat of eighty hors?-puwer ; her draught of water is between five nnii six feet ; sh'j is a great acquisition to the port. The enquiry into the wreck of the Samson was brought to 'in end on Tuesday, having occupied the Resident Magistrate (our 'lays. An immenss mass of evidence was takun, the bulk cf which went to show that the Bruce, steamer, was the cause of the mishap. The fvid< nee hus been published, but not the report, w hlch has to go to the Postmaster Genei al. '! h i opinion of the outnde public is that the Harbour-master, who was in cha»ge of fie Bruce, was very much to blame. It it said that the respective owners of the two v< ssels will shortly appear in the Supreme Court as plaintiff and defendant, in an action fur the value of the Samson. I cannot vouch for the truth of the report, no do I see how the a"tion can lie, that is, admitting 1 the hiubor-nrcaster, who is also a pilot, was in charge. The harbor-misrer himself is not worth powder and shot, and the Government are not, I imagine, come-at-able. The wreck of the Samson was witnessed by hundreds who crowded down on to the north spit when, the Bruce was seen rnakiug the attempt to catch her. No one who stood there that afternoon had a doubt as to whose shoulders the blame should rest on. It was not known till afterwards th-u Mr Keeley, the harbormaster, was in charge of theßuee. It is difficult to understand how a man in such a, responsible position, and p< s-essing so good a knowhdge of the dangers of Hokitika, could have sanctione-d anything like a race over the bar. And yet it looks very much. like it A melancholy accident occurred in the harbor to day. by which two lives were lost. A boai belonging to the Twnbo, a small vessel lying at present in the lasoon, attempted this morning to reach the shore. Two of the crtw of the Tambo were pulling her. 0 i crossing above the entrance the current provrd t< o strong /or them, and, in. a few seconds, hurled the boat into the breakers on the outside. She at once upset, and the unfortunate men were drowned. One of the bodies Ins been recovered.

The expedition to the Auckland Islands, while probably confirmiiig the circumstances of the loss of the lavercauH and her crew, may throw ligt t upon the fate of several other ships, the Fiery Star, Jack Fr st, Comet, and Citizen. In the case of the three lastmentioned, it is not at all impiobable thafc survivors of their crows are upon the Auckland or Campbell Islinds. The Crnvt and Citizen, it will be remember* d, s died from Melbourne tor Otago aud never arrived. The Jack Frost s tiled from Melbourne, on November 25, 1863, for Bluff Harbor, with the following as a crew : — C. G. Smith, G. Lawson. J. lliley, A. Finhiy, E. Lawson, J. M'KeJ.zie, H. Peterson, E. Jones. F. Bungay, J. Turner, Win. Jackson, J. Hanser, W. Brownlow, J. Wilkinson, W. Manton, A. Stevens, W. A. Smith, J. M'Can'., J.Taylor, 11. Jones, W. Dutcwins, L. Runs, J. Emery, S. M. King, J. WasscJj, W. Thomas, J. Torukins, J. Emerson, J. Roberts, J. Williams. The Invercauld, whose captain, with two others, ha>l arrived home, had on board us a crew : — Andrew Smith, Alex. Henderson, Ri' hard Peenbo, W. Bonner, Juan Lagos, Wm. Goble, W. Cowan, Jacob T. Turner, John Peter»on, James Laneefield, John Wilson, Wm. Mi idleton, George Liddie, John Maloney, Robert Holding, W. Hip well, John W. Tait, Thomas Page. Wm. Hervey, James Southerland, John Teasen, Aug. Bruns, Fiitz Hawser aud A. Burns. The "Tasmanian Morninff Herald," in commenting upon the Jarvey case, says :— " The second trial of Captain Jarvey, at Duneilin, for the murder of his wife, has terminated in the conviction of the prisoner, and his sentence to death without hope of mercy. Independently of the atrocity and heartless cruelty of the crime itself, which formed the subject of this last judicial iuvestigatioH, Jarvey's trial has excited unusual attention in the Australian Colonies, from the, circuiastances that it was held, in the first instance, before a judge whosa name is equally familiar to a Tasmanian and Vicroriau public — Mr H. S. Chapman ; and that it has cost Victoria the life of one of her most eminent medical men, Dr Macadam, the Government Analytical Chemist, who died on his passage to New Zealand us a witness for the Crown. This case possesses a special interest for Tasmania. Jarvey was well known in thisColony ; occupied for some years a farm oa the Huon; ana was at one time a pawnbroker in this city. There has always been a suspicion of foul play in connection, with the deaths of Jarvey's children at the Huon farm ; and the circumstances disclosed in the trials, which have at laßt, fortunately for the interests of humanity, placed the miscreant'a life at the mercy of the law, are quite sufficient to justify the belief that iv his case the cruel. and cold-blooded murder of his helpless wife was only the sequel to the dastardly destruction Of his infant offspring. Thanks to the firmness of the Otago Provincial Executive, the zeal of the CrowuLawjer, the intelligence of the jury, and, above all, to the rigid impartiality and judicial acuruen of, his Honor Mr Justice Richmond, a conviction has been. attained "upon the clearest and mast convincing testimony, which leaves no doubt whatever upon the public mind of the .prisoner* guilt. The world is thus in a fair way, let v* hope, to be ri 1 of a scoundrel as designing, as unrelenting, and as unprincipled as Dr Pritchard, th Glasgow wife-poisoner."

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HOKITIKA SHIPPING., Otago Witness, Issue 726, 28 October 1865

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