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The Tuapeka Times. SATURDAY, JUNE 27,. 1868. "Measures, not Men."

Early on Monday morning the back part of Mr. Henry's Washington Hotel, Wetherstones, was discovered to be broken into ; also the back part of Mr. Murray's house. Both buildings are situated in the same street, and, it is surmised, have been broken into by the same person. We are glad to state that the loss sustained by Mr. Henry and, Mr. Murray was veiy trifling, the robber, not having succeeding in fulfilling his expectations. Sergeant Smith and Constable Baxter have been most indefatigable in their endeavors to trace the robbers. Finding footprints close by, they procured the boots, of some suspected individuals and compared them with the footprints, but found none of them so small, as the extreme length of 'the foot was ten inches, an unusually small foot for a man, This robbery was succeeded by another in the house of Mr. Downie, Hospital Flat. The means by which this house was entered was by a sod chimney, which was only partly built. Gaining admittance this way the thief opened a large chest which contained a writing desk and clothing ; he then took desk to the back of the house, where he extracted two nuggets and ss. in cash from it, and although there were other valuables in the box, such as gold trinkets, &c, he left these, fearing we suppose such things might lead to his identification. All this was done while the inmates of the house were asleep. In this case too the police have been very energetic, but as yet we believe they have been unsuccessful. There is one fellow suspected who was a few weeks since set free from Bell Hill, after serving some twenty months for similar offences to those we have now detailed. This discharged felon was seen in the district a few days ago, and it is supposed he has already commenced his old practices. One circumstance which seems to point to him is that nearly every theft he used to commit he made it a point to take as much food as would serve him for some days by which means he did not require to show himself at any store to purcha.se provisions. "We hope for the good of society, those wretches who have lately been committing so many depredations in our peaceful community, will be speedily brought to justice. The English mail via Panama closes at the Lawrence Post Office on the evening of the 3rd, and the mail via Suez on the 9th July. We would remind our readers of Mr. Bradley's sale of fiist class draught, harness, and saddle horses, which takes place at noon to-day. A similar opportunity for the purchase of horses that can be depended upon, may not be afforded the inhabitants of this district for some [ time hence. Mr. M'Coll, of Tapanui, will act as auctioneer at the sale. THE installation of officers for the ensuing sitting of the Loyal Waipori Lodge, M.U.1.0.0.F., took place in the Oddfellow's Hall, Waipori, on Friday evening, the 19th instant. The following Brothers were duly elected : — Bro. James Ritchie, N.G. ; Bro. Richard Pilling, V.G. ; Bro. J. Cox. E.S. ; Bro. William Farrant, permanent Secretary. A very pleasant evening was spent, and great satisfaction was expressed with the manner in which the retiring officers had discharged their duties for the past year. On Tuesday evening a grand entertainment will be given in the Sportsman's Arms Hotel, Wetheistones, on behalf of the Wetherstqnes School. The Tuapeka Dramatic Club will perform one of their best pieces. The company which has been performing in the Sportsman's Arms for some weeks, have also kindly volunteered their services, so that judging from the variety of talent to be engaged on the occasion, we fully anticipate a bumper house. Mr. Johnson we understand, Has generously given the use of his large and commodious Hall. On Wednesday afternoon, the 17th inst., Joseph Bell, of Bell and party's claim, Waipori, met with an accident, by which his leg was broken just above the ankle. Dr. M'Lachlan set the leg shortly afterwards, and we are glad to say that Bell is progressing favorably. ON Friday, the 19th inst., Mounted Constable r>unne, of "Waipori, captured five men at the back of the AVaitahuna Ranges, who had been sheep-stealing for some time. They were carrying on mining and living together, and as they required mutton they supplied themselves with that requisite from Messrs. Cable and Drummond's run, and also from Mr. Oum- ! mings, of Horse Shoe Bush. The place where they were at work and lived was situated in a very lonely locality seventeen miles from Waipori, where they have carried on thair nefarious ; practices for some time. At last, however, they fell into the hands of Mr. Dunne, who arrested them, and marched them to Waipori at the dead' of night, through a rough country covered with snow. The prisoners were brought iftto Lawrence under a strong escort, on Mon- ! day, the 22nd instant, and brought before the Magistrate, Qn. examination a very strong case was found against them. With great difficulty some of the skins of the stolen sheep were found 12 ft. under water, and weighed down with stones. This extraordinary capture of Mr. Dunne's may be .placed 6ide by side with his 400 miles ride, and successful capture of Devine, the horsestealer. The Tuapeka Athenaeum Brass Band at their meeting on Tuesday evening, received a deputation from the Athenaeum Committee to receive the instiuments of the Band in trust. The deputation consisted of Messrs. Tolcher, Jamison, a,nd Hay. Mr. Morrison occupied the chair. It a was proposed by Mr. Boulton, and seconded by Mr. Ford, "That the instruments of the Band be handed over to the Athenaeum Committee to act as trastees for them to the public." Carried. Mr. Bouiton read a statement of the accounts, which is published as an advertisement in another column. The various instruments were then handed over one by one to the deputation, after which Messrs. Tolcher, Jamison, and Hay made a few remarks, congratulating the Band upon their success. Mr. •Tolcher, the' Secretary,* hoped that arrangements would be made by which the Band would be able to practice in the new building, as loon as it was finished..

The Tuapeka Athenaeum held its usual meeting last Saturday. Present : — MessrsNicholson, Stenhouse, Morrison, Jamison, and Secretary ; M: Hay, Esq., in the chair. Minutes were read and confirmed. A letter from Key. R. L. Standford was received, and the Secretary directed to acknowledge the same. <The Secretary brought under notice the subject of plastering the new building. Proposed — " That this matter be kept in the hands of the Building Committee." Proposed — "That J. Herbert, Esq., be requested to take the chair on the occasion of Mr. Stanford's lecture." It waa also proposed -" That Mr. Morrison take the ohair." Mr. Stenhouse agreed to have the school-room ready for the occasion ; Secretary to order fifty bills for Lecture. Proposed- -" That this Committee meet the members of the Athenaeum Brass Baud on Tuesday night, for the purpose of taking possession of the instruments to be held in trust by the Atheneeum Committee." The Secretary brought under notice the subject of the development qf the Mining Institute branch of this institution, showing the advisability of securing the services of a competent corresponding Secretary, whose duties should be the collecting and arranging mining statistics, obtaining and furnishing information on all matters connected with mining, as also the establishment of a Mining Museum, and the securing of maps, models, »nd other materials that may be in possession of the Government, together with geological cases and specimens. The question was noticed as to the possibility of obtaining assistance from the Government towards the salary of such Secretary. The matter was allowed to stand over until a future meeting. We regret that we have been compelled to hold over till our next issue our usual leader, also a lengthened report of a speech delivered J by Mr. Hay, M.P.C., at Waipori ; our Moa Flat correspondent's letter, the liawrence Town Council report, and several items of local intelligence.

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The Tuapeka Times. SATURDAY, JUNE 27,. 1868. "Measures, not Men.", Tuapeka Times, Volume I, Issue 20, 27 June 1868

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The Tuapeka Times. SATURDAY, JUNE 27,. 1868. "Measures, not Men." Tuapeka Times, Volume I, Issue 20, 27 June 1868

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