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SEVERE SNOW STORMS AND LOSS OF LIFE.

In a supplement the Otago Daily Times gives a letter from its Dunstan correspondent, dated 17th August, who after speaking of the heavy falls of snow and consequent stoppage of traffic, says :—

"Very serious apprehensions are entertainedifor the safety of the people at Campbell's ; provisions are known to be. very scarce; about-a -week's supply is all that is known to be on the ground, and communication with the people there entirely cut off, either by way of the Teviot or Dunstan. A great effort will be made to relieve them. Many parties who have their mates there; are determined to do something to succour them let the task be ever so great. The bare thought of between 500 and 1000 men without food is fearful to contemplate."

Several parties were brought into the Manuherikia Township during Saturday and Sunday, suffering from the effects of frostbite. One man who was admitted into the Dunstan Hospital, will be compelled to lose one of his legs. There is not the least doubt but that a great number of people have lost their lives An inquest was held at the Teviot Junction, by Mr. "Warden Robinson, on the body of Alexander Henry, who died from the effects of cold on the Pomahawk Ranges, It appears that the deceased and another man were employed digging'their way down the side of the Range, jyhen the cutting they had made suddenly closed in, and they were unable to extricate themselves. A verdict accordingly was returned. The 5 police have gone out to find the other body. Several packers who were on the Range on Wednesday last were compelled, when the storm came on, to throw off their loads and escape on the horses'backs. Another packer who left the Flagstaff for the Teviot on the same day has not been heard of. At the present there is a slight thaw in that direction.

Introduction of Good Stock. -—The Daily Times of August 3, says:—Mr. F. D. Rich, passenger per Airedale, from Auckland, brings to this province 100 valuable Spanish Merino Rams, and 120 Leicesters (some of which cost £25 each) selected from the best flocks in Auckland. Mr. Rich has also brought two brace of pheasants from Auckland j they are to be turned loose on Mr. Jones's estate, Goodwood, the locality being deemed very suitable. It is to be hoped the experiment will be as successful as in Auckland, where, from a similar beginning these favorite birds are now very numerous.

The Otago Daily Times, in,.a recent number, says:—" Witfi reference, to some late notices with respect to the Moa, a correspondent from Switzer's writes:—' I may as well state that not long ago, I came across some bones at a depth of about 9ft. from the surface. They were not all of a heap, but scattered over about 15 or 20 feet of ground, over and on the wash-dirt, and mixed with black sandy clay and charcoal. There are nearly two barrows full of them (besides what we left at the sides of our paddock), and they now lie on the surface.'"

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SEVERE SNOW STORMS AND LOSS OF LIFE., Colonist, Volume VI, Issue 614, 11 September 1863

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SEVERE SNOW STORMS AND LOSS OF LIFE. Colonist, Volume VI, Issue 614, 11 September 1863

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