Fort Beaufort Advocate 1871 1 January - March

Saturday, January 7, 1871

WARRANT OF APPREHENSION.
P. A. MADER Esq., Acting Resident Magistrate for the district of Victoria East.
To the Field-cornets, Police Officers, and other Officers of the Law proper to the execution of Criminal Warrants.
Whereas, from information taken upon oath before me, that JACOB a prisoner under commitment for trial and lately confined in the Alice gaol, did on the night of the 7th of December 1870, escaped from the said gaol.
These are, therefore, in Her Majesty’s name, to command you that immediately upon sight hereof you do apprehend and bring the said JACOB or cause him to be apprehended and brought before me to be examined, and to answer to the said information, and to be further dealt with according to Law.
Given under my hand at Alice this 15th day of December 1870.
F. A. MADER
Acting R.M.
Description of JACOB alias “GILI.”
Kafir of SANDILLI’s tribe – height 5 feet 3 inches – age about 29 years – marks scar on forehead – occupation native doctor – complexion dark – had on leg irons.

NOTICE.
Dr. ALLEN begs to inform the inhabitants of Fort Beaufort and surrounding district, thay he intends residing in Fort Beaufort, and may be consulted daily at COHEN’s Commercial Hotel, where he for the present resides.

NOTICE.
In the Intestate Estate of the late Robt. TAYLOR of Alice.
All persons having claims against this Estate, are requested to file the same within six weeks from this notice; and those indebted thereto, will please pay the same.
D. M’BRIAN,
Executive Dative.
Alice, 23rd Dec., 1870.

GOLDEN BOOT.
Take notice!
On the 1st of January, 1871, the undersigned will open in the new shop next door to his present place of business, on the same premises as HOWSE, REYNOLDS & Co., when the cash principle will be strictly adhered to – no books kept, no credit given. And in order that the public may benefit by the cash system, a reduction of ten per cent on all purchases, or two shillings on every twenty shillings, will be made.
All accounts unpaid on the 2nd January, will be handed over to an Attorney, with instructions to recover the same forthwith.
W. EWING.
Fort Beaufort, Dec. 24, 1870.

NOTICE.
The undersigned begs to inform the Public, that in future the booking office for his passenger carts will be at the Post Office.
W. S. GRAY.

NOTICE.
R. E. RUSHBY,
Watchmaker and Jeweller, Fort Beaufort, begs to inform the inhabitants of Fort Beaufort and surrounding districts, that he has opened his establishment in the premises lately occupied by Mr. EWING, next door to the Telegraph Office, Campbell-street.
Terms moderate.
Country orders attended to with despatch.

ODDFELLOWS ARMS HOTEL
By M. MEADE,
Campbell St., Fort Beaufort
Good accommodation for Travellers.
Wines of the best description always kept on the premises.

‘TRAVELLERS’ LOUNGE.’
H. D. FERGUSON begs to announce to travellers, karveyors, and the public in general, that he has taken over the above premises, formerly known as “Ebenezer West,” situate midway between Fort Beaufort and the Katberg, where extensive alterations and additions have been made, and is now prepared to accommodate travellers in general with every comfort requisite to add energy to the weary sojourner on his way.
Charges moderate.
Every attention to Man and Horse.
Outspan at 9d per team.

ADVOCATE TELEGRAM.
Arrival of the Mail St – General European War anticipated – Orleans retaken by the Army of the Loire – War spirit in England strong – New Governor arrived.
Advocate Office,
11 p.m. Saturday, 31st Dec.
“Norseman” arrived.
Sir H. BARKLEY and suite passengers for Cape Town.
Eastward – Rt Rev the Dean of Graham’s Town, Mrs WHITE, 3 children, and 2 servants;
Capt. LANGLEY, Rev. Mr. SADDLER, Mr. AYLIFF and Misses (2) BERTRAM, Messrs. MANY, ROSENBERG, BROWN, FORRESTER, SMALL, WOOD, HARDMAN, TREDGOLD, ALLEN, SCHOLTZ, LEED, COOPER, MITCHEL, HAWKINS, HAW, READ, KIRTON, HARRISON, COLEMAN (2), HULL, WEBB, WHITTINGTON, SWINTON, MACRUSKY, H. TENN, C. VENN, HEWITT, NELTON, & DARRELL.

IT IS RELATED of a certain clergyman, who was notes for his long sermons, with many divisions, that one day, when he was advancing among the teens, he searched at length a kind of resting place in his discourse, when pausing to take a breath, and asking the question, “And what shall I say more?” a voice from the congregation earnestly responded, “Say amen!”

AN OLD MISER, having listened to a very eloquent discourse on charity, remarked, “That sermon so strongly proves the necessity of almsgiving, that I’ve almost a mind to beg.”

MISCELLANEOUS.

VERY LITTLE business has been done during the Christmas and New Year weeks – the inhabitants devoting themselves to recreation and amusement of one kind or another. On Monday last there was hardly a score of people left in the town – nearly all having been engaged in picknicking, fishing, or hunting.

MR. PHILPOTT, C.C. and R.M. of Uitenhage, has been promoted to the magistracy of Graaff-Reinet. He will be succeeded at Uitenhage by Mr. van der RIET, R.M. of Colesberg.

MR. GIE has, at the last moment declined to stand for the vacant seat in the Legislative Council.

APPOINTMENTS. – The following appointments are announced in the Gazette: -
John Franks CHITTENDEN, Esq., M.R.C.S. to be District Surgeon of Namaqualand, in the room of Dr. HARE, deceased;
Mr. Charles JACKSON to be the fieldcornet of the ward Upper Blinkwater, in the division of Stockenstrom, in the room of Mr. G. K. JACKSON.

MEERSCHAUM AND ALUM, - Meerschaum is said to have been discovered in considerable quantities on the Aliwal North Commonage, close to the banks of the river. Alum is reported to exist in large quantities on the farm Rietfontein, about three hours’ ride from Aliwal North, in the ward of the Kraai River. – Observer.

ALLEGED DIAMOND DISCOVERIES IN NAMAQUALAND. – It is reported that Diamonds have been found in Namaqualand and in the vicinity of the Orange River and that a number picked up in that district have been brought to Cape Town by Captain CARSTENS, of the Knosna Beile.

AMONG THE PASSENGERS per Westenhope are two Australians of position in South Australia – Mr. BEAN, who has the honor of being the first Australian-born colonist returned to Parliament in Adelaide, and Mr. LAWRENCE, a magistrate of South Australia. Their purpose in visiting the diamond fields is to frame a report to send to Australia, and say that if all they have been told is true, that it will not be many months before we shall have a large number of miners from our sister colony arriving here – Herald.

POSTSCRIPT.

MR. VINCENT has been returned without opposition to the Legislative Council, Mr. GIE and Mr. de WET having declined at the last moment to be nominated. Mr. VINCENT is a Responsible and a Voluntary.

MR. SPRIGG has delivered a spirited political address at Hangman’s Bush. Mr. SPRIGG is an earnest and thoughtful man, but somehow too dogmatic in his political views.

THE “ZINGARI” has a monumental cartoon devoted to the memory of the late Judge CLOETE. An excellent likeness of Mr. CLOETE occupies the centre; and the column of the monument is inscribed with the names of the great jurists of whose principles Mr. CLOETE was a distinguished exponent.

THE CAPTAIN OF THE WESTENHOPE has arrived in Port Elizabeth, and brought particulars of the wreck of that vessel near the Bird Islands. The vessel was steaming between the islands and the main land when struck, five hours after leaving Port Elizabeth. The weather was not unfavourable. An enquiry of course will be made into the catastrophe. The vessel had not broken up, but it was expected that fate was inevitable.

NOTICE.
In the Estate of the late John AYTON Reitfontein district of Fort Beaufort.
All persons claiming to be Creditors in the above Estate, are hereby required to file their claims with the second undersigned at his office, Fort Beaufort, within six weeks from this date, and those indebted thereto are requested to pay the same within the said period.
John OGILVIE
Wm. MORKEL
Executors Dative
Fort Beaufort,
23rd Dec. 1870.

Saturday, January 14, 1871

GOVERNMENT GAZETTE,
NOTICE.
To all persons liable to serve as Jurors in the District of Fort Beaufort.
Notice is hereby given to all persons liable to serve as Jurors in the district of Fort Beaufort, that on the 1st day of February next a Jury list will be affixed in the Public Court Room, and a similar list of every person liable to serve in each Fieldcornetcy, will be affixed at the residence of every Fieldcornet in the district for public information.
And that on the 21st day of February next the Resident Magistrate of Fort Beaufort will hold a Court in the Public Room, in the town of Fort Beaufort, at 10 o’clock, a.m., for the purpose of hearing and determining upon any objections and reforming any errors which may have been committed by omission or otherwise, in preparing the said List by improperly marking any unqualified person, inserting the name of any person not qualified or liable, or by improperly omitting the name of any person qualified and liable to serve; and striking out of the lists the names of all persons therein inserted who shall be proved by oath or affidavit, or who on personal examination by the Magistrate shall be found to be disabled from serving on Juries by mental imbecility, or any permanent bodily infirmity or defect.
L. H. MEURANT,
Civil Commissioner.
Civil Commissioner’s Office,
Fort Beaufort,
January 13, 1871.

MISCELLANEOUS.

THE REV. MR. COFFEE, R.C. PRIEST, of Graaff-Reinet, passed through on Thursday en route to Graham’s Town.

MESSRS. SAVORY AND ARMSTRONG were elected as Auditors of the Divisional Council on Wednesday last.

INSOLVENCY. – Hugh Edward MCTAGGART, of Fort Beaufort, general agent;
Assets, £516 8s 5d;
Liabilities, £573 5s 9d;
Deficiency, £56 17s 4d. –
Second meeting January 14.

MR. CHAS. HOLLIDAY, jun., has returned from the Diamond Fields by post cart on Wednesday. We are glad to learn that Mr. H’s party, like all those from this district, have had a good measure of success.

MR. WOOD, of the Military Store Department, has been here this week for the purpose of handing over to the Police Force here, such buildings and military stores as they may require. This does not look as if there was an intention to re-occupy the barracks by a military force.

DIAMONDS. – We understand that a Mr. CHINE, of Fort Cox or Burn’s Hill, has been successful in unearthing five diamonds – three small ones, one of 5 carats, and one of 20 carats. The latter is said to be a beauty of the first water, and has been valued on the spot at £2,000. He intends to work his claim out and return next month.

THE GOOD-WILL of the Anglo African, together with the printing plant, has been purchased by Messrs. O’BRIEN and SHEFFIELD, proprietors of the Graham’s Town Advertiser, who have issued a new paper under the title of the Eastern Star, with which they have amalgamated the Anglo-African and the Advertiser. The Eastern Star, if the programme is adhered to, will be a valuable member of the fourth estate. We have no doubt under the management of its proprietors, it will be conducted with a spirit which will secure success.

A VERY GRAPHIC DESCRIPTION OF THE TOWN OF FORT BEAUFORT, appears in No. 1. of the “Halbrake School Magazine. It is by Master P. SUTHERLAND, formerly of this town, who forwarded a copy of the Magazine containing his description, to Mr. BIRKETT, whose pupil he formerly was. The account is very creditable to Master SUTHERLAND, and we have no doubt Mr. BIRKETT will allow a perusal to those who may feel interested.
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DURING THE THUNDERSTORM on Tuesday night, Mrs. BIRKETT while attending service int e Wesleyan Chapel, was rendered insensible by a terrific shock which occurred about 9 p.m. It was some time before she was restored, and she had not recovered entirely the next day. Mr. MALLETT, who was also in Chapel, at the moment of the thunderclap, was also slightly affected by the passage of the electric fluid in contiguity to where he sat. It was certainly a fearful shock, and to a certain extent electrified the whole town.

MESSRS. J. ATHERSTONE and WHITE’s party have returned to Grahamstown from the Diamond-fields, with 26 Diamonds, valued at from £1,500 to £2,000.

THE COLESBERG ADVERTISER reports that Mr. D. S. BARRABLE, of the Free Press, and Mr. SMITH, of DEARE and DIETS of Port Elizabeth, visited the various stations at the Diamond Fields (all but one), and estimate the total population of the fields at 6,500 – no more

FITZGERALD’S MONEY. – The man apprehended on suspicion of stealing this money has confessed to the theft and pointed out the spot where the money was secreted. The entire amount we believe, has been recovered. – Free Press.

AN 80 CARAT DIAMOND. – By Port Elizabeth papers we notice that Messrs. Adolph MOSENTHAL & Co., of Port Elizabeth, were to offer for public competition at the Port Elizabeth public market on the 29th December ;ast, an 80 carat diamond. - £350 was the highest offer, at which price it was reserved.

THE GAOLER and constables of Graaff-Reine seek exemption from the house tax because they are obliged by order of Government to live in the gaol for the security of the prisoners. The Magistrate promised to forward the representation of their case to Government, as he had no power to exempt them from payment.

MR. DAVID DALE BUCHANAN AND THE BASUTOS. – BY the Aliwal Observer we notice that a son of Mr. David Dale BUCHANAN is at present in Basutoland, endeavouring to enforce his father’s claim for payment for his trip to England on their (?) behalf. We must confess that unless such a claim could be very clearly proved, we should be extremely sorry to see the unfortunate Basutos made the prey of an unscrupulous demagogue. Most people viewed Mr. BUCHANAN’s trip, at the time it was made, as a development of monomania; and the subsequent publication of some correspondence did not tend to remove an impression as to a slate or so loose. We should be sorry to see a lot of ignorant natives bled to pay for Mr. David Dale BUCHANAN’s vagaries. – Representative.

DIAMOND AT THE KOWIE. – In the opinion of geologists, the Kowie mouth is one of the most unlikely positions in the colony for the discovery of diamonds , in situ. And yet, strange as it may appear, we have to records the discovery of a diamond, of veritable character. A European convict named William WILLIAMS who for goof conduct had received a reward in the shape of tobacco, sat down, at an interval of labour, to indulge in a hardly earned smoke. Searching with his fingers amongst the sand for a rough stone upon which to strike a match he observed a very small glittering stone, which he picked up, and placed in his pocket. It was a quarter carat diamond. Mr. MACKAY, Messenger of the Albany Court, has it now in his possession, having received it from his son at Alexandria, who bought it of the convict. – Journal.

THE AFFAIR AT HEBRON.
DEATH BY DROWNING AT HEBRON. – We regret to be informed that Mr. STRECKER, formerly in the employ of MR. FORSEMAN, of Potchefstroom, and some time foreman of the Mercury printing office, Durban was lately found drowned in the Vaal near Hebron.

DIAMOND FOUND IN A SHOP. – As Mr. Reed, of Natal, went into a store on the Pniel side yesterday morning, about 9½ a.m. he saw a diamond on the floor picked it up, and handed it to the storekeeper. It was a stone of about 2 carats.

DROWNED AT PNIEL. – A white man was accidently drowned in the river on the Pniel side, on Thursday. Deceased is supposed to have fallen into the river while under the influence of a sun-stroke, as a little before he had been seen with the blood running from his nose and ears. A native was drowned on Saturday last.

LIGHTNING. – The lightning yesterday struck the hill on the north side, near the upper stores of the Klip Drift Camp. Mr. LEVEY was for some time insensible from the stroke. He has, however, we are glad to say, recovered.

DEATHS. – We regret to have two deaths in the Pniel Camp to report this week –
G. S. HIGSON, of Manchester, and Henry John CYRUS. Mr. HIGSON was about fifty years of age, and appears to have fallen into a sad state of destitution and disease. Mr. CYRUS was a young man of about nineteen, and was on the eve of returning with his party to Salem, when he was attacked with the illness which has ended thus fatally.

DEATH BY DROWNING AT SIFONELL. – A correspondent writing from Sifonell on the 26th inst., says: -“A poor fellow names GRIFFITHS was drowned in the Vaal yesterday (Christmas Day) morning, while bathing. He got out of his depth and was unable to swim. A Kafir attempted to rescue him, but without success. The body was recovered this morning, and interred close to the Vaal. I hear he has a mother dependent upon him.” From another source we are informed that he was from Cape Town or its neighbourhood.

EIGHTY-ONE CARATS. – Mr. RODTMAN, the fortunate finder of the eighty-one carat diamond which is now giving fame to CAWOOD’s Hope, had been working nearly six months without any luck, and, having worked down to the bottom of his provision supply, was thinking of quitting the Fields, when suddenly he strikes upon this beautiful stone – for it is beautiful, being of good quality, and only imperfect in shape on one side. There is a report in the Cape that this diamond has been stolen or lost.

THE DIGGERS’ GAZETTE.
Arrivals.
The following arrivals have been reported since our last: -
Dr. De MORGAN,
Captain PIXLEY, Mr. ARBOUIN,
Mr. PAGE,
Mr. and Mrs. R. AMM,
Mr. J. PALMER,
Mr. GOLDSCHMIDT,
Mr. T. LAKE,
BROOKSHAW’s party, and eight passengers by STEYTLER’s wagon.

Departures.
The following departures are reported.
Mr. P. AMM,
Mr. T. LAKE, and
HUNT’s party.

Saturday, January 21, 1871

NOTICE.
Notice is hereby given to Anthoney (or Fongey) FREE, late of Cathcart Vale, and now of Lushington in this district, than unless he pays the balance due upon a certain wagon left for repair, within six weeks from this date, the same will be sold by public auction to defray expenses.
William GRAHAM,
Wagonmaker & Blacksmith.
Eland’s Post, Stockenstrom,
January 14, 1871.

MISCELLANEOUS.

RUBIES. – We have seen some beautiful rubies brought down by Mr. SLATER. They are embedded in a matrix of rock.

LT.-COL. TILLEY, R. E., arrived here on Tuesday and left for K. W. Town on Wednesday. The object of his visit was to inspect the military buildings previous to their being leased. We believe the Artillery barracks, the piquet house, and mule train yard, have been handed over to the police force stationed here, which is shortly to be augmented.

A PIECE of quartz from the Waschbank has been received here, which is very rich in what appears to be nodules of gold. The quartz is precisely similar to that described by Mr. E. GRIFFITHS, who recently made a prospecting tour over the tract of country where VENTER says he found the nugget of gold; but Mr. GRIFFITH found no signs of gold, only sulphate of iron in abundance.

RETURNED DIGGERS. – Mr. SLATER and Mr. A McCALLUM, of this town, returned this week from the Diamond Fields. The former has met with more than the average success, and speaks highly of the prospects of the fields to which he intends to return; the latter was not only unsuccessful in finding any diamonds, but lost ten out of twelve oxen, and he is of opinion that the fields will be the ruin of hundreds. There are many there now, says McCALLUM, who have lost their all, and would be glad to return if they had the means.

A SELF-ACCUSED MURDERER. – On Saturday last a man named Charley JOHNSON, in the employ of Mr. WHEELDON, the post-contractor, was taken into custody upon his voluntary statement to a policeman that he had committed a murder in the Fish River Randt some months ago, and that his conscience had been so uneasy since, that he felt constrained to deliver himself into the hands of the law. The self-accused had only that day driven a passenger from Graham’s Town in one of his master’s carts. The policemen to whom the confession was made, obtained the aid of another force, and took the accused to prison. It appears, however, that on arriving at the gaol, JOHNSON repented of his confession, and before he was secured, “bolted” out of the door of the prison. He was pursued and recaptured about half a mile off. On Monday he was examined before the Resident-Magistrate, and remanded to prison for further examination. The self-accused says he was only joking with the policemen when he made his statement, and wished to make a slight sensation. He gave no particulars as to who his victim was, or the precise spot where or circumstances under which the alleged murder took place. JOHNSON, we believe, had for some time past driven the post cart on the Graham’s Town road between the Koonap and the City.

DIVISION OF WODEHOUSE. – James AYLIFF, Esq., is gazetted as Resident Magistrate of this new Division – hitherto known as Dordrecht.

A PLEASANT slip of the tongue is recorded by a French paragraphist. A lady was enjoying the society of her lover, when the bell rang; and the servant announced “the doctor,’ “Tell him I am ill and cannot see him,” was madame’s reply.

APPOINTMENTS (from the Government Gazette) –
Percy VEGORS, Esq., has been reappointed Sheriff of the colony for one year.
Arthur Cecil Stuart BARKLY, Esq., has been appointed Private Secretary to His Excellency the Governor.
Captain George Clayton SWINEY, of Her Majesty’s 32nd Regiment, is appointed Aide-de-Camp to His Excellency the Governor.

CHABAUD v. KNIGHT. – We have been informed that a telegram was received from Cape Town yesterday announcing that the second writ against the defendant in this case has been interdicted by the Supreme Court on account of some informality. – Telegraph.

PROSPECTING FOR GOLD. – Dr. Gaybon ATHERSTONE left Port Elizabeth by post cart last Monday morning en route to the Gouph were he will examine the country in regard to its indications of gold, and report to the Government the result of his investigations. Dr. ATHERSTONE is well known as an ardent geologist, and we shall look forward with pleasure for his report – E. P. Herald.

DORDRECHT. – Commandant BOWKER, accompanied by Sub-Inspector NESBITT, CATHERINE, von WEDELL, and O’CONNOR, paid this town a visit last Tuesday. The object of the Commandant’s visit was to select a spot on which to erect a Police Station, and that chosen is the vacant space between the cemetery and the Dutch Church. Post Catherine and Waschbank are both to be abandoned and all the men moved into Dordrecht. This town is also to be the depot of arms and ammunition for all the upcountry stations. £75 has been voted by the municipality to erect a powder magazine, in which the arms, &c., of the Police will be stored. – Aliwal Observer.

DETERMINED SUICIDE. – A case of determined suicide took place this morning at four o’clock. A man named George WHITE, a stevedore, cut his throat and threw himself over the Breakwater. A boatman named Francis DEVINE was just turning the corner of the breakwater, and saw this man rise from one of the seats and suddenly leap over the outer face of the shield. He immediately gave the alarm to the watchman and some other boatmen, who put off in a small boat and recovered the body, but life was extinct. There was a large gash in his throat, and the man foamed very much at the nose and mouth. Information of the affair was given to Mr. Edward HUGHES, fieldcornet, who immediately proceeded to examine the body and inquire into the circumstances attending this tragedy. It appears that the deceased only returned from Mossel Bay (where he had been stowing the Helen White) on Tuesday last by the R.M.S. Natal, and had not been at work since. It is said he leaves a wife and family in Scotland, of which country he is a native. The act seems to have been deliberately committed, for he left his watch and some matches on the seat where he had been sitting. No knife or weapon of any kind was discovered. – E.P. Herald.

THE DIGGERS’ GAZETTE.
Arrivals.
The following arrivals have been reported;
Mr. BLACK,
Mr. SKIRVING,
Mr. PALMER,
Mr. KING,
Mr. RYALL,
Mr. HAWKINS and son,
Mr. BROWN.
Departures.
The following departures have been reported:
Capt. PIXLEY,
Mr. T. ROWLES,
Mr. CONNOLLY.

POSTSCRIPT.

SHERIFF FOR THE EASTERN PROVINCE. – Mr. Advocate THOMPSON has published the draft of a Bill which he has drawn up to create an office of Sheriff for the Eastern Districts of the colony, and which he will submit to Parliament.

A PORTRAIT of Sir and Lady BARKLY appears in the Dutch columns of the Volksvriend, in the following terms: “Sir Henry BARKLY is tall of stature, of a stately bearing, and has a genial exterior, and a very benevolent and serious air which recommend him as at once an excellent and a popular ruler. Lady BARKLY is a lady of highly distinguished appearance and engaging manners, and as much beloved by those amongst whom she formerly resided.” The same paper states that on landing “His Excellency wore the Windsor uniform, and as a compliment to the colony, had his cocked hat decorated with ostrich feathers.”

A ROGUE BY THE PASSENGER CART. – Among the passengers last week there came from the half-way place, “Weltevreden,” a man, calling himself “GREEN,” and representing his trade to be that of a “blacksmith.” He was accompanied by his son. They lodged at the Albert Hotel, and upon “Green sen,” being presented with his receipted account for payment, he wished to be secured seats for himself and son the following morning back, promising to pay next morning. The next morning, on the contractor coming all hopeful for his fee, he found the two, father and son, “gone.” He got, however, what consolation might be derived from, the fact that “My Host” of the Albert Hotel had fared similarly with himself. – Burghersdorp Gazette.

Saturday, January 28, 1871

MISCELLANEOUS.

COMMANDANT BOWKER of the Police has been here this week, to make arrangements for the force to be stationed here. Inspector GRANT, we hear, is to be stationed at this place, and the number of men is to be raised to 50.

SUSPENDED: - The judgement of the court of enquiry into the circumstances connected with the wreck of the S.S. Westenhope has been given. The court has deprived Capt MACKAY of his certificate for three years, and has ‘severely censured” him to boot. The “negligent conduct” of the chief officer will also be brought to the notice of the Board of Trade. The Herald says this is a severe sentence, but not more severe than the culpable conduct of the officers of this ship deserved. The evidence given at this investigation, which has already been published, reveals a state of ignorance and carelessness which one could hardly believe could exist on board a steam ship like the Westenhope. It is a mercy no lives were lost.

THE DIGGERS’ GAZETTE
Finds.
The following finds have been reported this week: -
   

D.

c.

FERREIRA,

CAWOOD’s Hope

1

25

1

1

SMITH

9

 

1

CRUIKSHANKS

Du Toit’s Pan

30

 

Spes bona Company

Victoria

1

4

do

Pniel

1

2

do

3

 

TIKING

4

 

Diamond News

1

2

do

3

3

GEORGE

1

1

2

2

A. E. NELSON

5

 

NELSON and HOLLAND

1

do

1

do

1

do

1

do

 

1

1

James STRONG

Klip Drift

1

2

do

1

1

do

1

1

do

Colesberg Kop

1

4

MCDANIELS &CORNWALL

Hebron

1

do

2

3

Capt. HOWE

1

6

do

1

2

do

1

2

Mutual Party

1

5

do

1

2

do

1

2

do

1

2

RANKE

1

2

Simon’s Bay Party,

Sevonel

1

3

CORNER

1

4

JOHNSON

1

3

do

2

 

BEHRMANN

1

9

MCANTHER

1

3

do

1

3

ANDERSON

1

2

MARTIN

2

 

CORNWALL

1

1

CHILDER’s Party

2

 

BEHRMANN

1

2

do

1

 

WATSON

1

7

DU TOIT

1

2

TAINTON’s Party

1

2

do

1

 

LUCK

1

8

  • One month’s finds.

A GOOD STORY is told of a clergyman who, in the kindness of his heart, invited a footman to get in his vehicle for a lift on the road. No sooner was the man seated than the clerical gentleman, seeking to improve the occasion, asked his companion “ if he was prepared to die,” whereupon he leaped out of the chaise, and ran off at good speed, doubtless considering the question to be synonymous with “your money or your life.”

POSTSCRIPT.

ON TUESDAY the thermometer stood at 100°, the following day it fell to 70°, and a slight refreshing rain descended.

AN EXCEEDINGLY brilliant meteor swept across the sky on Tuesday evening, illuminating the whole country around for several seconds.

SEVERAL PARTIES for the Diamond Fields are preparing to leave. Mr. SHAW sent another party off this week; and Mr. S. YOUNG is just about returning to the Vaal.

A CASE which has excited some interest has been under examination during the week before the Resident Magistrate. Mr. E. GREY was apprehended upon a warrant for assaulting the Messenger’s deputy in the discharge of his duty, and lodged in gaol. Bail was refused. On Thursday the examination commenced, and occupied the whole of the day. At its close the accused was remanded to prison, bail being again refused. A bother of the prisoner was examined for the defence, and was summarily sent to prison on a charge of perjury. We have taken the evidence, and when the case is finished may publish it. The assault was no means of a grievous nature – the gravamen of the charge being contempt of court in resisting an office of the court.

Saturday, February 4, 1871

GOVERNMENT NOTICE.
Return of Licences issued by the Distributor of Stamps at Fort Beaufort during the month of January, 1871. –
Joint Stock Company licences, to expire 31st December, 1871.
Fort Beaufort and Victoria Bank, £60.
Fort Beaufort Fire Insurance Trust and Loan investment Company, £20.
Auctioneer’s licence, £10, to expire 31st December, 1871.
E. COTTERELL, Fort Beaufort.
Bakers’ licences, £3 15s, to expire 31st December, 1871.
W. WALKER, Adelaide,
J. L. FRASER, Fort Beaufort,
Adam WRAGG, do,
W. C. HENMAN, do,
W. SPARKS, Adelaide.
Butchers’ licence, £3 15s, to expire 31st December, 1871.
W. WALKER, Adelaide,
J. J. A. MULLER, Fort Beaufort.
W. CALLAGHAN, do,
W. C. HENMAN, do,
W. TAYLOR, Healdtown.
Game licences, 7s 6d, to expire 31st Dec. 1871.
Walter R. PIERS, Fort Beaufort,
William MORKEL, do.
Gunpowder licences, £3, to expire 31st December, 1871.
Charles HOLLIDAY, sen., Fort Beaufort,
Jesse SHAW & Co., do.
Retail Shop licences, £1 10s, to expire 31st December, 1871.
A. STUART, Healdtown,
E. HENNEMEYER, Adelaide,
M. MEADE, Fort Beaufort,
F. GODDARD, sen., do,
Mrs. S. MCBAIN, do,
J. RICHARDS, do,
HOWSE, REYNOLDS &Co., do,
Adam WRAGG, Campbell-st., do,
STANFORD & Co., do,
A. HEWSON, Koonap Bridge,
T. BIRCH, Fort Beaufort,
W. K. LLOYD, do,
‘A. MCGILLEWIE, do,
W. C. HENMAN, do,
W. C. HENMAN, Blinkwater,
W. TAYLOR, Healdtown,
J. LLOYD, Fort Beaufort,
C. BIRKETT, do,
W. WARREN, do,
Mrs. JEANES, do,
D. MCKAY, Blinkwater,
‘A. MOORCROFT, Thornkloof, Winterberg,
T. WARD, Fort Beaufort,
Wholesale and Retail licences £4, to expire 31st December, 1871.
R. A. WARD, fort Beaufort,
G. C. Knightly, do,
Charles HOLLIDAY, sen., do,
Adam WRAGG, D’Urban-st., do,
PAYNE & MUGGLETON, Fort Beaufort,
J. O’GARA, do,
Jesse SHAW &Co., do.
Walter R. PIERS,
Dis. of Stamps.
Stamp Office,
Fort Beaufort, 31st January, 1871.

GAZETTE.
NOTICE.
List of Licences issued by the Distributor of Stamps at Stockenstrom during January, 1871. –
Wholesale licences, £4, to expire 31st December, 1871.
Jesse SHAW &Co., Seymour,
J. INGLETHORPE, do,
W. H. BATES, do.
Bakers Licence, £3 15s, to expire 31st December, 1871.
J. INGLETHORPE, Seymour,
W. H. BATES, do,
W. STANTON, Katberg.
Butchers’ licence, £3 15s, to expire 31st December, 1871.
J. INGLETHORPE, Seymour,
W. H. BATES, do,
W. STANTON, Katberg.
Gunpowder licence, £3, to expire 31st December, 1871.
Jesse SHAW & Co., Seymour,
J. INGLETHORPE, do,
W. H. BATES, do.
Retail Shop Licence, £1 10s, to expire 31st December, 1871.
F. FABER, Hertzog,
R. W. HUNT, Seymour.
W. CADWALLADER, do,
D. SMAILES, Readsdale,
W. STANTON, Katberg,
W. STANTON, Philipton,
W. H. BATES, Katberg,
J. TAGGART, Buxton,
J. GREEN, Balfour,
J. PYE, Balfour.
Game Licence, 7s 6d, during shooting season, 1871.
J. M. GRANT,
T. ATTMORO.
Geo. Greig MEURANT.
Dis. of Stamps.
Stamp Office,
Eland’s Post, 1st February, 1871.

IN EXECUTION of the Judgement of the Eastern Districts Court, the following sale will take place, viz.,
Division of Fort Beaufort.
R. W. THOMSON, N.O. vs. William MUGGLETON, on Monday, 6th February, 1871, at 10 o’clock a.m., at Fort Beaufort, Household Furniture, Kitchen Utensils, &c.
Thomas QUIN.
Deputy Sheriff.

COTTERELL AND QUIN’S SALE.
Sale of Farm and Stock.
In the Intestate Estate of the late Hester Jacomina van de VENTER, and predeceased husband, Willem van de VENTER.
The undersigned, duly authorised by the Executer Dative in the above Estate, will sell by Auction on the farm ”Spioenkop,” Winterberg, on Wednesday, 8th February next at 12 o’clock a.m., that splendid Grazing and Agricultural Farm “Spioenkop,” in extent 1600 morgen. Situated in the Field-Cornetcy of Winterberg. There is a capital Homestead, with all the necessary Buildings and a large quantity of arable Land, well supplied with Water. Parties desirous of a first-class farm property, will not soon obtain chance to become the possessor of a farm like “Spioenkop.”

PUBLIC SALE OF LANDED PROPERTY,
In the Estate of Anthony van der BERG.
The undersigned, duly authorized by the Executor Dative in the above Estate, will sell by Public Auction, at Seymour, on Thursday, 9th Feb., 1871, the Landed Property in the above Estate, consisting of the Erf no. 4, Cathcart Vale, measuring 7 Morgen and 19 square roods.
The Auctioneer has no desire to exhaust the patience of subscribers to the “Advocate” by indulging in platitudes and plagiarisms, or by descanting unnecessarily on the glories of Cathcart Vale, - its fertile sole – salubrious air – and picturesque scenery. He may, however, be allowed the privilege of informing interested ones, that, as a residence, Cathcart Vale is unequalled – as an Agricultural location unrivalled, and as a sheep walk, unsurpassed. It may be interesting to note that the Terms of Credit will be extremely liberal, and that interest will be charged, at 6 per cent, only.
M. E. SMIY,
Auctioneer.
Seymour, Stockenstrom.

TO THE DIAMOND FIELDS!
Mr. A. BUCKLEY, intending to return to the Diamond Fields, in about a fortnight from the present date, would be willing to take up about ten passengers, upon liberal terms.
For particulars and terms, apply to Messrs. J. SHAW & Co.
Fort Beaufort, Jan. 25, 1871.

HENRIC DE HART
Enrolled Agent in the Magistrate’s Court, Land, House, and Law Agent.
Sworn Translator; the English, Dutch, French, and German Languages.
Fort Beaufort.
Office: - Late Mr. GIDDY.

MISCELLANEOUS.

WE UNDERSTAND that Mr. Percy NIGHTINGALE, magistrate of Robertson (formerly R.M. of Bedford) now in England on a visit, is to receive the appointment of R.M. and C.C. of Alice.

MR. TEMPLE NOURSE of the Queenstown district, has found an 18 carat diamond valued at from £600 to £700.

WE UNDERSTAND that Capt. LADDS will bring out the Syria, the Union Company’s new boat.

THE POSTMASTER of Porterville, in the Tulbagh district, has been committed for trial on a charge of abstracting and opening a letter left in his hands.

INDICATIONS OF DIAMONDS have been noticed not fifteen miles from here, near the Bushman’s River. We understand these indications are being followed up. – Kareiga News.

THE SOMERSET PAPER states that a letter from the fields reports that Mr. John M. DOLD, of that district, has found a good diamond of 14 carats, but that it had afterwards been stolen out of his tent, together with £23 in gold.

DESERTERS. – It is said that four or five deserters from the barracks have been arrested by the Mounted Police while on their way back to the El Dorado and brought back to King William’s Town to be dealt with according to law K. W. T. Gazette.

DUTCH NEWSPAPER – The first number of a Dutch paper, to be published weekly, under the title of Hollandsch Nieuwsblad voor de Oostelyke Proventie, will be issued in this city next week. It will be printed at the office of the Eastern Star, and promises to be well supported.

WHOLESALE MURDERERS. – At the criminal sessions lately held in Cape Town, a Dutch farmer named C. J. E. B. THIJART, and his coloured servant PANS, were sentenced to death, for the murder of eight Bushmen in Namaqualand on or about the 1st of May last. A memorial praying for a reprieve, is going round for signature.

THEFT BY A DUTCH FARMER. – A Dutch farmer and his wife named BOTHA, are now in Queenstown gaol charged with stealing a number of articles from the widow GOUWS, near Tarkastad. Among other things are two silver cups, one of which was a prize for the best rams exhibited at the Cradock Agricultural Show. – Free Press.

94 DIAMONDS. – We have this week seen 94 diamonds, the prizes of brothers VERMAAK. They have been brought down by Mr. A. VERMAAK who intends to send them to Europe. One of them is a beautifully shaped gem of about 9 or 10 carats. It is almost a perfect “brilliant” in shape and will suffer little reduction in cutting. £200 was offered and refused for it on the diggings. One diamond is still attached to the rock on which it was found, and to which it is cemented by the soil with which it seems to have been deposited. – Uitenhage Times.

DIAMONDS. – Mr. R. STEWART, Manager of the Standard Bank, has just received from the diamond fields a most interesting specimen of the rock and gravel in which diamonds are found, with a fine diamond in situ. The diamond is embedded, not in the rock, but in a deposit upon the rock, and is attached to a mass of gravel. Mr. STEWART will send this specimen home, just as it is, and we have no doubt it will be a most interesting object to geologists and scientific men. We may add here that Mr. STEWART has now in his possession diamonds valued at about £60,000, among which is the celebrated ROODTMAN diamond of 81 carat – a very fine gem indeed. – E. P. Herald.

WESLEYAN DISTRICT MEETING – The following is the list of stations as confirmed by the meeting: - Grahamstown, R. LAMPLOUGH and J. R. SAWTELL;
Salem, T. GRESSWELL;
Bathurst, G. H. GREEN;
Fort Beaufort and Seymour, J. G. MORROW and P. SMAILES;
Healdtown, W. IMPEY and R. CHUBB, B.A.;
Port Elizabeth, J. FISH;
Uitenhage, E. D. HEPBURN;
Cradock, W. SERGEANT;
Somerset, G. CHAPMAN;
Graaff Reinet, J. EDWARDS;
Peddie and Newtondale, W. HOLDORF and J. STUART;
King Williamstown, J. WILSON;
Mount Coke, J. W. APPLEYARD and J. H. SCOTT;
Annshaw, W. C. HOLDEN and G. A. ROSE.

THE DIGGERS’ GAZETTE.
Finds.
The following is the list of the finds reported this week: - 

   

D

C

MOSS,

Pniel

1

11

MILLER

1

12

WAGNER

1

8

VON BRANDIS

1

9

NOWERS & Co

1

4

1

1

CRUIHSHANK

1

2

Diamond News

1

2

ATTWELL

2

 

KEYS

1

4

FICK

1

8

PEARSON

1

Do

1

Do

1

1

Do

1

 

Strong Colesberg Kop

2

 

DONOGHUE,

Hebron

1

5

1

5

1

3

1

2

1

2

2

 

Mrs. PHILLIPS

CAWOOD’s Hope

1

12

1

5

1

1

1

2

ALLEN

1

NELSON

1

COWIE

1

9

ANDERSON

1

5

* ROBINSON’s

1

20

(FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT OF THE FRIEND.)
Parkerton, January 23, 1871.
PASSENGERS. – By the post and passenger cart of Messrs. STEIJN and HANGER, which arrived here at 10 p.m. of Tuesday, the Rev. Father BOMBART, R.C.P., and Mr. Charles BRAUN, returned from the Fields.

OBITUARY. – We deeply regret to announce the death of Mr. Advocate J. A. Baart de la FAILLE, which sad event occurred at Winburg on the 19th inst. Mr de la FAILLE was a sound scholar and an able lawyer. He had but just completed his 40th year.

DIAMONDS. – The large stone purchased by Mr. ROOS at Hebron, and which was sent home through Messrs. Blaine & Co., of Port Elizabeth, has been valued in England at £3,000, and had it but been free of color, would, it is said, have been worth £9,000. Mr. LEVISOOR, of this town, received yesterday a diamond valued at £900 from a Mr. J. SMITH, of Bloemhof, which he is to transmit for sale in England he making the usual advance thereon. The weight is 21 carats.

POSTSCRIPT.

Mr. H. NEL, of the Koonap, pleaded guilty on Monday to a contravention of the Cattle Removal Act, in refusing to give his servants a certificate of the number and description of the cattle in their possession when leaving his service, and was fined £1 and costs.

Mr. C. A. SMITH has met his constituents at K. W. Town for the first time since he has represented that division, now five years. He expanded his views on things in general, and appears to have retained the full confidence of the electors of that division.

AN INHABITANT of Fort Beaufort, writing from Klip Drift to a friend in Fort Beaufort, entreats him to dissuade any one for whom he has regard to leave for the Diamond fields. The writer has been greatly disappointed.

A NEWSPAPER will shortly be started at Fauresmith.

Mr. W. R. THOMPSON, an old and respected citizen of Graham’s Town, died at his residence in High Street on Wednesday last.

Mr. Charles BARRY has received a requisition to stand for the vacant seat in the Legislative Council, but has declined the honour.

DEATH OF MRS. BROWNLEE. – We have this day to record the death of Mrs. BROWNLEE, sen., beloved wife of the Venerable Missionary, who departed this life on Friday last. The remains of the deceased, who was sincerely esteemed by all who knew her, were interred in the New Cemetery on Saturday afternoon – the mournful procession including a large proportion of the inhabitants of the town, and the funeral service being performed by the Rev. Chas. BELL.

DEATH OF BISHOP GRIMLEY. – It is with much regret to record the death of the Right Reverend Dr. GRIMLEY, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church, Cape Town. A private telegram to the Rev. Dr. MURPHY yesterday morning brought the sad intelligence, which was received here with expressions of deep regret from all classes. Dr. GRIMLEY whose health had been failing for some time, departed this life on Sunday morning, at six o’clock. He was a zealous labourer in this colony, and was widely-known and universally respected. We but express the feeling of all classes when we say that the death of Dr. GRIMLEY is a severe loss to the Church of which he was sucj a distinguished member, and to the community generally. – E. P. Herald.

A SAD AFFAIR. – On Thursday morning a report reached town that a young German named MILLER had been shot dead on the previous evening in the vineyard of another German named BROMNITZ. The latter is a respectable, hardworking, and somewhat enterprising man, and had, it seems, lately been trouble with depredations in his fruit garden, and in consequence had resolved to watch on the evening in question. It seems that the deceased had also resolved to pay a visit to BROMNITZ vineyard about the same time, and the result was tha BROMNITZ, finding MILLER there, shot him with a revolver in the head, causing instant death. BROMNITZ underwent a preliminary examination on Fridat, and was fully committed for trial, but admitted to bail, himself in £300 amd two securities of £150 each. It would be premature to comment upon this act of the accused, but the loss of life to the one, and the loss of liberty to the other, ought to act as sufficient warning to fruit-stealers, and deter proprietors from rashly discharging firearms at their fellowmen, whom they could by other means bring to justice. – Watchman.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS.
In the Estate of the late James PANNELL.
All persons having claims against the above Estate, are requested to send the same in to the undersigned within six weeks from this date; and all parties indebted to the Estate, to pay the same within the above period.
Louisa PANNELL.
Balfour, February 3, 1871.

Saturday, February 11, 1871

MISCELLANEOUS.

FOR THE DIAMOND FIELDS. – Mrs. CAWOOD’s party, from Graham’s Town, with five wagons, passed through this place on Wednesday for the Fields. Every member of the party was in good health. Mr. VICKERS, with a printing plant for the Fields also starts this week. Mr. Sydney YOUNG left on Thursday, with his family. Mr. W. AINSLIE leaves in a few days. Also Messrs. THOMSON and ELLIS, with their families.

ONLY ONE German newspaper announced to the world that Herren BEBEL and LIEBKNEET were arrested on a charge of high treason, but the guilty print was instantly suppressed.

THE PROSECUTION OF CHARLES ROBINSON, - On Thursday several of the friends of Mr. ROBINSON subscribed together and paid the fines for him, and he was released in the course of the afternoon. – Standard.

ASSAULT. – A white man named Francis CURLITT, was this morning sentenced by the magistrate to pay a fine of £2, or in default 14 days’ hard labour for knocking down a woman named PEARCE and breaking her collar-bone. It appears that they had both been drinking and quarrelled, and from words they came to blows. – Telegraph.

FRAUD. – A case of painful nature was before the court this morning. Mr. James VIMPANY, watchmaker, &c., who is respectably connected, having got into difficulties, left Port Elizabeth; and some parties who had entrusted watches to him to repair, obtained a warrant for his apprehension. He returned from the country yesterday, and at once surrendered himself. From the evidence taken this morning it seems that some months ago the Hon. Mr. FLEMING gave him a gold watch to repair. This, it seems, the prisoner took to Mr. EDWARDS, and not informing him whose it was, got him to advance £16 on it. Since he has been in custody, Mr. FLEMING has received his watch; but the Magistrate did not feel himself at liberty to discharge the prisoner. He stands therefore fully convicted for trial, and the case will be sent to the Solicitor-General. – Ibid.

DINNER TO J. AYLIFF, ESQ., R.M. OF WODEHOUSE. – Our Dordrecht friends, with their accustomed public spirit, had resolved upon celebrating the commencement of Mr. AYLIFF’s rule as Resident Magistrate of this new and important district, by a public dinner, at which it was expected the heads of the divisions of Aliwal North, Albert, and Queenstown, with a few of the principal inhabitants of each division would be sure to be present. Unfortunately, through press of business our Resident Magistrate will not be present, and Queenstown altogether, we are afraid, will be poorly represented. Queenstown and Dordrecht have, however, always been on the most friendly terms and will, we hope, ever remain so. – Representative.

THE GREAT NUMBER OF DEATHS that have taken place in this community during the past fortnight, and the number of adults and children still stretched on beds of sickness in utter helplessness, induce us again to comment upon the disgraceful fact that a town and community like that of Aliwal North should be left, in a time of unparalleled sickness, without a medical man! As matters now stand, those of the inhabitants who can afford the expense, are compelled to send to Burghersdorp – a distance of 35 miles – for medical aid; and we take this opportunity, on behalf of this community, of thanking Dr. W. B. BERRY, for his readiness in attending to the wants of the sick in this town whenever he was sent for. We trust that the vacancy that has occurred in the District Surgency will be speedily filled up, and that the community will soon be able to welcome a good medical gentleman. – Aliwal Observer.

A NOVEL TRIAL – NOT A WORD SPOKEN! – At the Police Court on Saturday morning an Englishman was charged with being found in the private stable of Mr THOMAS (Berkley-street) on Friday night, without leave of the owner. The accused was both deaf and dumb, but he was enabled to make the clerk understand that he wanted writing materials, and this is what he wrote in a good legible hand: “I am a stranger here. I am only a traveller. I have no place to stop last night. I only wish to rest and sleep in stable last night.” The Clerk handed him a slip of paper on which was written “What is your name?” under which accused wrote “John A. HORNSBY.” The Clerk then informed him by the same means what he was charged with, and added – “Are you guilty or not?” Accused nodded assent, and then wrote: “But I was hard up last night.” Magistrate: “If you cannot hear or speak, how did you learn to write? Accused: “I was educated at Deaf Institution in Dublin how to write and read.” Magistrate: “I will discharge you this time without any punishment, but take care you do not get into trouble again.” The poor fellow then left the dock. The questions and replies were all written. – K.W.T. Gazette [This individual has been in this town during the week, with a list soliciting aid to get to his friends at Port Elizabeth. He can read and write well, and is by trade a lithographer. – Ed. F.B.A.]

DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE.

DIAMONDS. – Mr. FERRARA of Albany passed through Aliwal North on Saturday last from the Diamond-fields, having in his possession 7 diamonds of various sizes. The largest is a black diamond of 23 carats.

A 25½ CARAT STONE has been found at Pniel.

A PARTY who went up by the Capetown transport company also found a 25⅛ carat diamond on the road.

MR. BEVAN’s diamond of 21 carats was picked up in the road about 3 hours from Pniel.

ONE OF SIXTY! – It is reported that a diamond of 60 carats has been found at Du TOIT’s Pan. It is said that Mr. UNGER as bought it.

DIAMOND FOUND ON THE ROAD. – Mr. BEVAN of Natal, has met with a remarkable piece of luck. As he, with some other gentlemen were travelling from Boshof to Pniel to-day he had the good fortune to pick up a diamond of 21 carats, in the very road. The cart outspanned at a place about three hours from Pniel, and Mr. BEVAN, saying “I wonder if I can find a diamond,” began searching in the wagon spoor, and turned out the stone to his great surprise. It is not considered to be a very valuable gem. The above was reported to us by Mr. HALL, one of the travelling party.

LIGHTNING. – Yesterday, one of Mr. CAMPBELL’s tents was struck with lightning. The canvass was slit from the top to within two feet of the ground. Mr. CAMPBELL felt a shock in his hand, and his eldest son in the finger. The younger son was thrown down as well also a black man, a servant. The injuries was slight, we are happy to say.

FINDS.
Very few finds have been reported to us this week. No statements have been received from Cawood’s Hope, Hebron, Robinson, or Sivonell: -

Union Diamond Co

Cawood’s Hope

1

21

BEVAN

   

21

Spes bona Company

Pniel

1

4

Do

Do

1

Do

Do

1

Do

Do

2

 

J. GRAHAM

Do

1

5⅓

Jno. WEBB

Do

7

 

Do

Sivonell

1

 

Diamond Mews,

Pniel

3

 

Dr. ROBINSON,

Do

1

3

CORRESPONDENCE.
Fort Beaufort, 10th Feb., 1871.
To the Editor of the “F.B. Advocate.”
Sir. – I read your leading article of last week, and I must say was surprised that in these enlightened times of ours, such acts could have been committed, even under the letter of the law, by any man or magistrate, although dressed in a little brief authority. Your remarks are quite appropriate, and I am glad to see that we have an independent man in the editor of our local paper, to watch against abuses of this sort, and to bring them before the public. If, as is stated, the magistrate made use of language to the effect that the Brothers GRAY were “Blackguards,” then, sir, I have no hesitation in saying that the magistrate had no right whatever in saying so. It was tending to create a breach of the peace, and making use of actionable language. Were I the GRAY’s, I would certainly represent in the proper quarter. To say the least, Mr. MEURANT overstepped the bounds of decorum when he made use of such language. Trusting Mr. Editor, that you will always in similar cases watch over the liberty of the subject, and expose every abuse of power by those in authority. If we are not to lose our rights, we must look after them sharply. There are many matters in this place which require exposure, and I trust there will be no shirking.
I remain, &c., Y.Z.

MEETINGS IN INSOLVENT ESTATES.
February 18. – At Fort Beaufort, in re Solomon Ignatius POTGIETER alias Samuel Ignatius POTGIETER, formerly of Adelaide, division of Fort Beaufort, third. – J. QUIN, trustee.
INTESTATE ESTATES.
February 10. – At Eland’s Post, next of kin and creditors of Jan KLAASSEN, of the Stockenstrom district, and surviving spouse, Elizabeth KLEYNVELD, to appoint Executors Dative, &c.
February 10. – At Eland’s Post, next of kin and creditors of William KOOPMAN, of the Stockenstrom district, and pre-deceased spouse, Anet POKER, to appoint Executors Dative, &c.
February 10. – At Eland’s Post, next of kin and creditors of Nicolass BANTAM, of the Stockenstrom district, and surviving spouse, Rachel LOTTERING, to appoint Executors Dative, &c.

POSTSCRIPT.

A MODEST REQUEST. – In the Legislative Council, Natal, Mr. TURNBULL moved that application should be made to the Imperial Government for credit of £500,000. Not so bad that!

INSOLVENCY – Jan. 31 – Maria STEBBING, lately of Bellevale, now of Eland’s Post, shopkeeper; assets £21 18s; liabilities, £85 10s; deficiency, £54.

IN MEMORIAM. – We have again to chronicle the death of another well-known and highly respected colonist – Mr. Petrus Borchardus BORCHERDS. He was born in Cape Town, spent 55 years of his life in the Civil service, and ever took a lively interest in the welfare of his country. Having fulfilled his duty on earth, he died at Stellenbosch on Wednesday last, in the eighty-fourth year of his age.

EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCE. – We are informed on good authority of a remarkable occurrence which happened at Tarkastad a short time ago. A Hottentot names Moses de WAL, who had been ailing for some time, died. Just before his death he was seized with a fit of coughing, which brought up a snake, about a half a foot in length, a lizard, and another reptile. This event has caused quite a sensation in Tarkastad. The friends of the deceased accuse another Hottentot man of having bewitched him. – Cradock Express.

ADVERTISEMENT.
Fort Beaufort, 10th Feb., 1871.
To the Editor of the “F.B. Advocate.”
Sir, - Knowing that you are a lover of fair play, perhaps you will kindly insert a line or two in your valuable paper. Wednesday last being a half-holiday, a few of the sporting public got up a race or two, not for the purpose of making money, but merely for sport; and thinking that everything would go off straightforward, I entered my horse in a race for heats. The first heat, my horse bolted, and MR. KNIGHTLY’s horse came in the winner; the second heat, my horse got a good start, and came in the winner. Consequently, another heat had to be run, when my horse got a good start, and Mr. KNIGHTLEY’s jockey, to make up for the bad start, cut across a corner of the course, and by that means won the race. Now, Mr. Editor, would you have thought that any one would have claimed the race and taken the paltry money under these circumstances? What I here state, I can corroborate by three respectable, disinterested witnesses, who were on the spot, and saw it, and who offered to take any gentleman present and show him the spoor where the horse had cut off a corner of the course. Now, Mr. Editor, I am open to run my horse against Mr. KNIGHTLY’s, mile heats, for the sum of Five Pounds, in one week from this date; providing gentlemen are appointed to see that the race is ran fairly and honestly.
William FINNAUGHTY.

KENNISGEVING AAN CREDITEUREN EN DEBITEUREN.
In den Boedel van wylen Adriaan Christoffel ACKERMAN, en nagelatene vrouw Anna Maria ACKERMAN (geboren PETZER), van Waterval, distrikt Fort Beaufort.
Alle Personen die its te vorderen hebben van voorzegde Boedel, gelieve hunne vooreringen intezenden aan het Kantoor van den heer Henri C. de HART, Fort Beaufort, binnen zs weken van deze datum; eu al degenen die verschuligd zyn moeten zulks binnen denzelfden tyd vereffenen,
A.M. ACKERMAN,
Executrix Testamentair.
Fort Beaufort, 7th February, 1871.

Saturday, February 18, 1871

COURT OF THE EASTERN DISTRICTS
SALE AT ALICE.
On Monday, 6th March, 1871, will be sold in front of the Magistrate’s Office, peremptorily to the highest Bidder, in the suit of the Divisional Council of Graaff-Reinet vs. William T. BROWN:
Certain six erven, nos. 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, and 73, situate in the Chumie, Alice.
Terms of Credit 3, 6, and 9 months – Purchaser to pay all fees, &c.
Sydney CARLISLE,
Deputy Sheriff of Albany.
Deputy Sheriff’s Office, Grahamstown.

“ADVOCATE” TELEGRAMS
Advocate Office,
Monday, 12th Feb., 1871.
Celt arrived last night.
Passengers Eastward: - Mr. S. HOLMES,
Mr. and Mrs. BAILEY and four children,
Messrs. MAYS,
MAY, and
MACKAY,
W. DETCHBURN,
BEALBY,
WILSON,
COOPER,
ANDERSON,
A. JACOB,
P. S. BENJAMIN,
CRESPIN,
P. HERMAN,
R. VOSS,
J. VANBROOK,
J. ISAACS,
Keith HENESSY,
ROSINSKY,
EVERSON,
GOODMAN,
VIALL, and
KIRKLAND.

MISCELLANEOUS.

A NEAT TRICK. – One day this week a native farmer from the Peddie district brought a load of oathay to the market – the whole of which was knocked down in one lot to Mr. O’GARA. A short time after delivery, the native procured his market note, which he took to the purchaser, stating that the Markey-master had told him to ask Mr. O’GARA to pay the man for the hay, in order to let him get away without delay. Mr. O’GARA, suspecting to guile, complied with what he believed the Market-master’s request, and the man at once started homeward. Shortly after about the usual settling time, Mr. O’GARA was surprised to find the bill for the oathay sent over by the Market-master’s messenger. Explanations followed, when it came out that the Market master had paid the native for the same forage that he had demanded and obtained the money for from MR. O’GARA. Of course the man was sent for, but we have not heard whether he has been found.

INSOLVENCY. – Jan. 32. James BOUCHER of Winterberg, division of Fort Beaufort, agriculturist: assets, £2,332 10s; liabilities, £2,688 7s 6d; deficiency, £3557s 6d. [Transcribers’ note – Jan. 32 is as it was printed, so could either be 23 or 31.]

FRAUD. – The Magistrate has been engaged during the greater part of the morning in enquiring into a charge brought by Mr. W. H. WELLS, of Grahamstown, against Mr. J. B. PORTER, broker, of this town. It appears that PORTER, acting as the agent of Mr. WELLS, had sold some cases of hats by private sale and at auction in this town, but has not accounted to his principal for the proceeds. A MR. COHEN, a partner of Mr. PORTER, who is also mixed up in these transactions, has left Port Elizabeth. – Telegraph.

TOLL AT ALIWAL DRIFT. – The tender of Mr. H. C. HALSE for the hire of toll at the above drift has been accepted for two years from 1st February, 1871, for £120 a year. The person whose tender was previously accepted by Government failed, it seems, to comply with the conditions as to sureties. – Friend.

OBITUARY. – It is our painful duty this week to record the death of Mr. Charles COLLIER, late of King William’s Town, which sad event occurred at Boshof, in this State, on the 31st ult. Deceased spent several months of the past year in this town, but had left it for a time and rejoined his family in King William’s Town, till a few weeks since, when he once more passed through here or the Diamond-fields, as it now turns out, never more to return. – Ibid.

“MURDER WILL OUT.” – A case has been under inbestigation this week before the Resident Magistrate, in connection with a murder which took place in this district about 14 years ago. Some time in 1857, a native living on Mr. NILAND’s farm “Mount Prospect,” in a fit of jealousy murdered his wife, by cleaving her head open with an axe. The man was apprehended and handcuffed, but somehow managed to make his escape from custody; and nothing has been heard of him, until recently a native detective obtained some clue to the murder, and got an old Hottentot who identified the man in custody – who had only lately returned to the district from somewhere inland – as the man who had murdered his wife. The identity has not yet been satisfactorily established, but the evidence is sufficiently strong to detain the suspected man in custody for further enquiry. The remains of the murdered woman are to be disinterred.

THE CLANWILLIAM MURDER CASE. – A telegram published in the Eastern Star states that THYART is not to be hung. His case having been brought under review in the Supreme Court, it was decided that he had not received a fair trial. – The sentence of death passed upon Pans, it was expected, would be commuted. Through a gentleman who has arrived by the Natal we learn that THYART had been released, and that a special messenger has been sent off to the Governor to obtain a cancellation of the death warrant. The vagaries of some of the judges are fast bringing so call justice in this colony into contempt.

MR. J. J. BARRY, in accepting a requisition desiring him to become a candidate for the vacant seat in the Legislative Council, says: - “I have always felt convinced that we should not have had a Parliament without Parliamentary or Responsible Government.”

DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE.
A MAN named BARKE has been drowned in the Vaal at Hebron.
ANOTHER MAN named BROOKS also met his death in trying to cross the River at the Hebron Upper Camp.
THE DEATH of Patrick DOWDLE is also announced.
FINDS FOR FEBRUARY.
The finds of the past week have been unusually large and valuable. At Pniel diamonds of 40 and 25 carats have been found at Cawood’s Hope one of 69. At Sivonell there have been a great number found, but none of them reach quite 8 carats. At Victoria there have been two found of over 12 carats. The weight of diamonds gazetted this week is 174 carats.
Mr. CAMPBELL jun., was picking out some bits of gravel from the stone-wall round the camp of the Special Magistrate, and amongst other pickings out fell a diamond of 1½ carats.
The wife of a storekeeper living near saw something glittering in the gravel, on the ground near where she was sitting, and picked it up, found it to be a diamond of two carats.
Mr. J. C. HEALY, the chemist, Pniel, when sitting on his stoep one day last week saw something looking very much like a diamond on the ground before him, and found it to be really a diamond of 1½ carats.
The WILD family of King Williamstown has been especially fortunate. On Christmas Day Mr. W. WILD’s youngest son picked up a diamond of ¾ carats by the margin of the Vaal. On New Year’s Day the eldest son picked up a gem of about the same size. Another son, a lade of about ten years of age made for himself a model cradle of about 8 inches square, and has gone to work with it. On Tuesday before last this precious young gentleman, whilst playing at washing on the Pniel bank of the river, found a diamond of nearly 3 carats.
MR. H. PEARSON, brother of Mr. I. PEARSON of this town, is also said to have found a diamond of 4 carats and one of ½ a carat.
Mr. JAMES HALL, late of King Williamstown, has been fined £2 for maltreating two young men lately from England.
ACCIDENTS AT HEBRON.
(From the Diamond News, February 4.)
On Thursday last two melancholy accidents occurred at the Upper and Lower Hebron camps. It appears from information received by us that at the former place a man named BARKE suddenly rose from the sorting-table, and in the presence of a great many other, undressed himself, with the exception of his shirt, and plunging into the river, swam down the current for some three hundred yards and suddenly sank. He leaves a wife and large family.
At the Upper Camp another man of the name of BROOKS also met his death, while trying to cross the river. Up to the time of our going to press the bodies had not been recovered.

MEETINGS IN INSOLVENT ESTATES.
February 18. – At Fort Beaufort, in re James BOUCHER, of Winterberg, division of Fort Beaufort, agriculturist, first.
February 20. – At Eland’s Post, in re Maria STEBBING, lately of Belle Vale, now of Eland’s Post, division of Stockenstrom, shopkeeper, first and final.
February 22. – At Graham’s Town, in re John DICKS, of New England, division of Aliwal North, farmer, third. – John CROXFORD, trustee.
February 22. – At Graham’s Town, in re Colin Turing CAMPBELL, of Graham’s Town, publisher and stationer, third. – John CROCFORD and Ben. B. ATTWELL, trustees.
February 25. – At Fort Beaufort, in re James BOUCHER, of Winterberg, division of Fort Beaufort, agriculturist, second.
February 27. – At Bedford, in re J. J. RADEMEYER, of Bedford Division, special. – C. W. HUTTON, trustee.
March 1. – At Graham’s Town, in re WILLOWS and ELSE, third. – Thos. HOLLAND, trustee.
March 1. – At Graham’s Town, in re James WEATHERBOAD, third. – Thos. HOLLAND, trustee.
March 16. – At Burghersdorp, in re Adolphus HOLM, of Nooigedacht, division of Albert, third. – G. SICHEL and Henry J. C. WOLLHEIM, trustees.
March 16. – At Burghersdorp, in re Stephanus Johannes Petrus SMIT, of Tweefontein, division of Albert, third. – G. SICHEL, trustee.

Saturday, February 25, 1871

DIAMONDS. – Mr. GOUS, of Queenstown, arrived by passenger cart on Wednesday evening, en route to Europe. Mr. GOUS had with him a casket containing 300 diamonds, of various sizes from 20 carats downwards; with an inspection of which he favored us and others. The lot is estimated to be worth £7,500. Some of them were beautiful gems, and a sight of them was more effective than the most vivid imagination in giving one an idea of the immense mineral wealth of South Africa.

MONSTER DIAMOND. – Mr. A. MULLER, from Burghersdorp arrived at WOOD’s Hotel yesterday. He is on his way to England, in charge of the famous 102 carat diamond – the largest gem yet found in the South African diamond fields. It was unearthed close to the surface at Gong-gong, and is pure white, without flaw or speck. Four companies, mustering some thirty-six persons, are the owners. Its value is supposed to be about £100,000. Lucky fellows; we wish them all they expect. Mr. MULLER has also in his possession thirty-seven other diamonds, ranging from five to shirty-six carats. – Eastern Star.

THE NEWS of THYART’s impending release was communicated to him on Tuesday morning by the Rev. M. STEGMANN, his religious instructor, in the prison. The till recently doomed man had been for some time before in an utterly dejected state, but firmly convinced that his death was inevitable. The wonderful change in his fate was broken to him very gradually. For a time he wouldn’t or couldn’t believe it possible. When, however, his mind fully opened to the reality he burst into tears, and said, “He felt as if his body were dead already, but for the sake of his wife and children, he rejoiced in this restoration to life again. We may further add that before the reprieve and when the execution seemed inevitable, he repeatedly pressed upon Mr. STEGMAN to try after it would be all over to get a fresh inquiry into his case and see whether the story he told of the whole tragedy was not the true one. – Argus.

THE DIGGERS’ GAZETTE.
Arrivals.
The passengers by the Westenhope Roman and Cambrian are beginning to arrive in pretty large numbers and more are coming. Some of them are already at work. Some have, on sight of the diggings, turned back and left for home. Amongst the new comers are Capt. MCINTYRE,
Mr. KELLY,
Capt. POLLARD,
Mr. HUMPHRIES,
Mr. THOMSON,
Mr. FITCH,
Mr. LITTLER,
Mr. VENN,
Mr. FRISBY of Dagga Boer’s,
Mr. Jas. SCOTT of Fort Beaufort,
Mr. SMAILES,
Mr. DRIVER,
Mr. W. SHAW,
Mr. and Mrs. QUINN,
Messrs. SMITH (2),
Messrs. J. H. and
W. MORRIS, from Capetown,
Mr. Chas. J. LITTLE and
Mr. T. B. LEDIARD, from England.
Departures.
Messrs. SMITH (2),
Mr. and Mrs. QUIN,
Mr. FRANCIS,
Mr. CLARKE,
Mr. ESTMENT,
Mr. WHITEHORN.

Finds:-

FOSTER & de LOOPER,

Cawood’s Hope

1

93

SPALDLUG

do

1

16

Do

do

1

W. R. ELLIS

do

1

TUNBRIDGE

do

1

8

Do

do

1

7

Do

do

1

TROLLIP

do

1

3

Do

do

1

1

MIDDLETON

do

1

9

Do

do

1

WRIGHT

do

1

*

do

1

WOOD

do

1

ARMSTRONG

do

1

Do

do

1

 

Dr. ROBERTSON

do

1

3

do

do

1

1

Diamond News,

Pniel

1

4

Do

do

1

 

Do (F)

do

1

2

Do (F)

do

1

 

ROWLEY & PETTIT

do

1

5

Do

do

3

 

H. PAXTON

do

1

3

Do

do

2

 

NOWERS and Co

do

1

2

HUMPHRIES Colesberg

do

1

1⅓

HUMPHRIES (England)

do

1

1⅓

Spes bona Company

do

1

1

Do

do

1

 

Do

Victoria

1

Do

do

1

2

Do

do

1

 

RAAFF,

Hebron

1

2

Swellendam Company,

Hebron

1

2

Do

do

1

GUMPERT and Co

do

1

32

J. H. PARKIN

do

1

4

W. D. CACNEL

do

1

3

S. COPE

do

1

R. DICK

do

1

1

Do

do

1

7⅝

MANHIER

do

1

1

M. RYAN

do

1

1

Do

do

1

1

Do

do

1

2

Do

do

1

3

Do

do

1

Do

do

1

7

BOWLES and DELL

do

1

W. E. ACHSE

do

1

Do

do

1

2

W. MATTHEWS

do

1

6

Do

do

1

1

W. LANSDEN

do

1

1

H. LEEVIS

do

1

1⅞

P. T. CRAWFORD

do

1

SIMS and RYAN

do

1

7

Do

do

1

2

Do

do

1

1

Do

do

1

Do

do

1

HAMMAR

do

1

4

MAYNESSON

do

1

Do

do

1

Do

do

1

Van der HOOFF

do

1

4

BROOKS

do

1

3

POSTSCRIPT.

THE GAOL now contains so many prisoners, that authority has been received to employ three additional constables to take charge of them.

MR. JAMES SCOTT returned from the Diamond Fields by the post cart on Wednesday. He left Pniel on the previous Thursday. HE has only been absent three or four weeks.

MESSRS. THOMPSON AND ELLIS leave for the Fields to-day, with their families.
MR. VAN DER VYVER has brought down a nice lot of about 31 diamonds, collected by his party; which he intends to ship through Messrs. SHAW & Co.

THE MURDER CASE. – Additional evidence has been forthcoming against the Kafir accused of murdering his wife 14 years ago; and more evidence we hear is to be adduced against the prisoner.

APPOINTMENT. – We hear that the Rev. G. W. STEGMANN, of Adelaide, has been appointed by the Dutch Church to proceed to the Diamond Fields to hold Sabbath services for the large Dutch population now gathered there.

THE CASE OF JOHN BULL. – Mr. W. C. HUTCHONS, agent for Mr. BULL, charge with uttering false coin, his received official notice that the Solicitor-General declines to prosecute.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS.
In the Insolvent Estate of Stephen Westbrook HAYCRAFT (deceased), late Fort Beaufort.
All Persons claiming to be Creditors under this Estate are required to take notice that a Special Meeting of Creditors will be held before the Resident Magistrate of Fort Beaufort, at his Office at Fort Beaufort on Saturday, the 4th day of March, 1871, at 10 o’clock precisely, for the proof of Debts, and for the purpose of electing a Trustee, or Trustees who shall administer the said Estate.
J. STEUART, Master of the Supreme Court,
Master’s Office, Cape Town,
16th February, 1871.

Saturday, March 4, 1871

GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.
NOTICE.
Return of Licences issued by the Distributor of Stamps at Fort Beaufort during the month of February, 1871. –
Auctioneer’s Licence, £10.
Henry Charles LEE, Adelaide.
Wholesale and Retail Licences, £4.
W. ESTMENT, Fort Beaufort.
HOLLAND, BOTHA & Co., Adelaide.
Bakers Licence, £3 15s.
J. H. WINDELL, Fort Beaufort.
Butcher’s Licence, £3 15s.
James HEPBURN, Fort Beaufort.
Retail Shop Licences, £1 10s.
Alexander FERGUSON, Yellowwoods.
J. W. DALTON, Fort Beaufort.
Mrs. A. BREMNER, do.
John MIDGLEY, Adelaide.
William EWING, Fort Beaufort.
R. E. RUSHBY, do.
Stephen RUSSEL, do.
Jesse SHAW & Co., do.
BAKER, BAKER & Co., Adelaide.
H. S. OXFORD, Fort Beaufort.
Hawker’s Licence, £1 10s.
Frederick GARRETT, Fort Beaufort (1 vehicle).
Game Licences, 7s 6d.
Charles M. STOKES, Fort Beaufort.
J. RICHARDS, do.
William Gilbert, do.
Walter R. PIERS, Dis. Stamps.
Stamp Office, Fort Beaufort, Feb 28, 1871.

DIVISION OF STOCKENSTROM.
NOTICE.
His Excellency the Governor has been pleased to approve of the appointment of MR. F. A. HOARE, Chief Constable and Messenger, to collect outstanding House Duty in this Division; and notice is hereby given to all persons who may be in default that the Government is empowered to proceed in a summary manner for the recovery of any amounts that may be outstanding.
J. Crichton BELL.
Civil Commissioner.
Civil Commissioner’s Office,
Eland’s Post, 27th Feb., 1871.

IMPORTANT SALE OF LANDED PROPERTY, STOCK & OTHER MOVEABLES,
In the Estate of the late C. T. SCHEEPERS, sen.
The Undersigned, duly authorised by E. P. SOLOMON, Esq., assumed Executor in the above Estate, will sell by Public Auction, at the residence of the late Mr. SCHEEPERS, at Hertzog, on Thursday 16th March, 1871, at 10 o’clock a.m., the following valuable properties in the above estate.
First. – That superior farm, situate at Victoria East, numbered 113, in extent 727 morgen. The district of Victoria East is so well known, and so universally admired for its Sheep Walks and Agricultural capabilities, that the Auctioneer has no desire to expend labor for that which is no bread, by dilating unnecessarily on the advantages of a possession so universally acknowledged. Eager capitalists, possessors of stock, and agriculturists need, therefore, only be informed that this valuable property must positively be sold at Hertzog on the day in question, to ensure that attention to the fact which its importance demands.
Second. – Those valuable erven at Lower Blinkwater, Lots 82, 84, and 85. The close proximity of these Properties to the thriving and important township of Fort Beaufort, renders any recommendation of them superfluous.
Third. – Two small village erven at Hertzog, marked on General Plan C, Nos. 2 and 3.

SALE OF Farms, Livestock &c. &c. by public auction.
The undersigned has been favored with instructions by Mr. W. SCROOBY to sell by Public Auction, at his residence on the farm “Linton,” Mancazana, about 2 hours ride from Adelaide, on Wednesday 15th March, 1871.
The undermentioned Farms, Sheep, Cattle, Horses, Wheat, &c &c.
600 good Hamels
1800 Merino Ewes
300 Bastard Angora Goats
3 Angora Rams
1 Span of 12 Trek Oxen
6 Slaughter Oxen
20 Breeding Mares
400 Bags Wheat (to be delivered at Adelaide or Fort Beaufort, at the option of the purchaser)
Household Furniture.
Farming Implements, &C., &C. Also that valuable Grazing and Agricultural Farm ‘Mount Pleasant,’ better known as “Fordyce,” situate in the Winterberg, in the Division of Fort Beaufort, in extent about 900 Morgen. It is, without exaggeration, one of the best agricultural farms in the district. The capabilities of the farm are so well known that flattery or comment is unnecessary.
Terms of Credit will be liberal.
At the same time will be offer the Farm Linton, one of the best sheep and cattle walks in the Mancazana. The farm has an abundant supply of water. A comfortable house, and a magnificent garden are part of the attractive features of the farm.
Remember the day and place! viz., 15th March, 1871, on the farm Linton, Mancazana (about 2 hours ride above Adelaide.
Sale to commence at 11 o’clock a.m.
LEE & CALLAGHAN.
Auctioneers.
Adelaide, 22nd Feb., 1871.

ADVERTISEMENT.
Association for the repeal of the Contagious Diseases Act
General Committee
W. PORTER, Esq., M.L.A., Chairman.
D. TENNANT, Esq., M.L.A., Vice-Chairman.
W.E. MOORE, Esq. and P. MCLOUGHLIN, Esq., Hon. Secretaries.
D. TENNATN, Esq., M.L.A., Hon. Treasurer.
Jas. ALCOTT, Esq., MDS Bedford.
Rev. W. ALHEIT, Stellenbosch.
Rec. C. ANDERSON, Stellenbosch.
R. H. ARDENE, Esq.
J. J. BARRY, Esq., Swellendam.
Rev. J. BISSEUX, Wellington.
H. BOASS, Esq., FC. Somerset West.
R. M. BOWKER, Esq., MLA, Somerset East.
T. A. BRAND, Esq., MLA.
John M BROWN, Esq
Rev Thos BURGERS, Hanover
L BYRNE, Esq
J H Collard, Esq
W D CORNWALL, Esq
J A de WET, Esq., MLA Somerset East
H W DIEPERINK, Esq. JP, Somerset West
Rev A F du TOIT, Wellington
C R EATON, Esq
Rev L F ESSELIN, Worcester
Rev Dr P E FAURE, Wynberg
Rec Thos E FULLER
J C GIE, jun, Esq
Hon R GODLONTON, Esq M.L.C. Grahamstown
P GOOLD, Esq. MLA, King Williamstown
Rev W F GOHL
J GUSH, Esq. MD, Worcester
Rev Dr HEYNS
Rev Dr HOFMEYR, Montagu
S V HOFMEYR, Esq
Rev Profr HOFMEYER, Stellenbosch
J HOLBERRY, Esq
G S HOLMES, Esq
Hon J C HOOLE, Esq. MLC, Grahamstown
Henry HUTTON, Esq, Bedford
Frank KING, Esq, Bedford
C W KITCHING, Esq, MD
Hon G J de KORTO, Esq MLC
Rev F W KOLBE, Paarl
P J KOTZE, Esq
A D KRYNAUW, Res
Rev R G LAMB, Mowbray
P U LEIBBRANDT, Esq
Chas LEWIS, Esq
Robt LIVINGSTON, Esq
Rev A LOMAX
Rev Wm LONG, Mowbray
A J LOUW, Esq. Paarl
Rev P D LUCKHOFF, Stellenbosch
Rev A MCGREGOR, Robertson
E MALHERBE, Esq. Wellington
John MEIRING, Esq, MLA, Worcester
Rev George MORHAN
W MORKEL sr. Esq. JP, Somerset West
J. MUNTINGH, Esq., MD Wellington.
James MURISON, Esq.
Rev. Andrew MURRAY.
Rev. W. MURRAY, Worcester.
P. A. MYBURGH, Esq., Somerset West.
Rev. J. H. NEETHLING, Stellenbosch.
Henry NIXON, Esq.
Rev Jas O’HAIRE
Rev J. L. PARISIUS
A S PEABODY, Esq
P J PENTZ, Esq. MLA, Wellington
John PHILIP, Esq
Thos PHILIP, Esq
Rev W W Burton PHILIPSON, Wynberg
J T POCOCK, Esq
J QUIN, Esq. MLA, Fort Beaufort
Rev Joel RABINOWITZ
J H REDELINGHUYS Esq
F W REITZ, Esq. MLA, Swellendam
F RENNIE, Esq
Rev Richard RIDGILL, Wynberg
Rev Dr ROBERTSON, Swellendam
Rev Wm ROBERTSON, jr
J A ROOS, Esq
T J ROSS, senr, Esq. Paarl
R M ROSS, Esq
Hon P E de ROUBAIX, Esq. MLC
A N ROWAN, Esq. Worcester
Fred F RUTHERFORD, Esq
W. SAMPSON, Esq. Mowbray
G SANDWITH, Esq. MD, Somerset West
Walter SEARLE, Esq
C A SMITH, Esq. MLA, Balfour
J SMITHERS, Esq
Jan B SMITHERS, Esq
J SMUTS, Esq. MD, Paarl
Saul SOLOMON, Esq. MLA
Henry SOLOMON, Esq. MLA
Rev Edward SOLOMON, Bedford
Rev G W STEGMAN, jr.
P Gordon STEWART, Esq MD, Rondebosch
John STONIER, Esq
Hon C L STRETCH, Esq. MLC. Somerset East
Rev H SUTHERLAND, Worcester
Rev G TERLINDEN, Stellenbosch
Rev Wm THOMPSON
Rev W R THOMPSON, Balfour
Rev H TINDALL, Robertson
J P de VILLIERS, Esq
W WALTER, Esq. George
P J A WATERMEYER, Esq. MLA. Hanover
Rev. W C WEBB, Rondebosch
J WEGE, Esq. Stellenbosch
J W WESSELS, Esq. Paarl
Hon H WHITE Esq. MD MLC, Prince Albert
[With power to add to their number].

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.
Saul SOLOMON, Esq., M.L.A., Chairman
W.E. MOORE, Esq. and P. MCLOUGHLIN, Esq., Hon. Secretaries.
R H ARDERNE, Esq
Rev T E FULLER
C W KITCHING, Esq, MD
Hon G J de KORTE, Esq. MLC
C LEWIS, Esq
Rev Geo MORGAN
H NIXON, Esq
Rev Jas O’HAIRE
Rev Joel RABINOWITZ
Rev R RIDGILL
Rev W Robertson, jr
J A ROOS, Esq
J B SMITHERS, Esq
Rev W STEGMANN, jr
J STONIER, Esq
D TENNANT, Esq. MLA
Rev W THOMPSON
Rev W C WEBB
[With power to add to their number.]

PHOTOGRAPHY.
Carl BLUHM begs to inform the inhabitants of the Town and District that he intends visiting Fort Beaufort at the latter end of the present or beginning of the ensuing month, for the purpose of taking views of the surrounding country: In order to give an opportunity to those desirous of having their Portraits taken, he will remain a few days in fort Beaufort and Alice, to execute orders which may be left at the office of the “Advocate.”

MISCELLANEOUS.

MR. N. ELLA, of Queen’s Town, is about to sell off the whole of his valuable farm and town property, in the above named district, including the wool-washing establishments in the vicinity of Queen’s Town. There are some highly eligible properties, which in the hands of enterprising men of moderate means, would be certain of returning a competence. Full particulars can be obtained at this office on application.

AN EXTENSIVE SALE of the landed and other property of the late Mr. SCHEEPER’s of Stockenstrom, is to be held by Mr. M E SMIT, on the 16th inst. This will offer an excellent opportunity both for purchasers and sellers. The attendance is likely to be very large.

MR. A. L. MACDONALD, of the Control Department, formerly of King Williamstown, goes home by the outgoing mail steamer, having received an eligible promotion. – Mr. N. DEARY, well known as Clerk of Works in the Engineer Department at this place, also goes home in the next mail steamer.

THE GREAT Victoria West Diamond case has been compromised, on the offer of Mr. HANAU, as respecting the defendant. The plaintiff has received £850, and is to be paid all costs.

AN ELDERLY MAN of dissipated habits, named CONSIDINE, made an attempt to commit suicide in the Bay on Tueday last, while under the influence of liquor.

THE MAN VAN SCHALKWYK, who murdered his wife in Albania by wringing her neck, and who was handed over to the colonial authorities for punishment by the chief WATERBOER, has been committed for trial by the Magistrate of Hope Town.

WANTED. – A young man who enlisted in the Cape Mounted Rifles in 1860, under the name of Edward BARTON, is earnestly requested to communicate immediately with his friends in London or the office of Messrs. Saul SOLOMON & Co., St. George’s-street, Cape Town.

VALUE OF DIAMONDS. – It is reported in town that the highest offer in London made for the 26½ carat diamond found by Mr. INNES’ party of Bloemfontein is £450. This diamond was valued on the fields at five or six times this amount, and we are told an advance of £1,000 was made on the stone by a Port Elizabeth house.

Mr. BANNING has a very fine diamond in his possession, which is distinctly marked with the masonic signs, and is said to have been unearthed in that state. Several others, similarly markedm are said to have been found at the fields, some of which have inscriptions upon them. A large number of small diamonds, not reported in the fields, are said to be unearthed at the various camps on the Vaal, du Toits Pan, and Jagersfontein, near Fauresmith. – Watchman.

A MOST EXTRAORDINARY case was heard in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Joseph SPENCE, a shopkeeper, prosecuted a farmer named OLIVIER for possessing himself of his own goodfor, which he had issued to SPENCE, by asking to see it, and then tearing up the same, and chewing up the fragments to obliterate it. The good-for amounted to £29, which has been since paid; and the plea in extenuation is that OLIVIER was drunk at the time and did not know what he was about. OLIVIER has been committed for trial, and bail for his appearance accepted for £300. – Burghersdorp Gazette.

CAPT MACKAY OF THE S. S. WESTENHOPE. – A Capetown mercantile firm, Messrs. W. DICKSON & Co, arrested this gentlemen at Capetown, en route to England, for the value of three trunks of merchandise, valued at £36 3s., which has been consigned to them per Westenhope, but which the Captain had failed to deliver. As the bill of lading showed no port at which delivery was to be made the arrest was discharged with costs.

POSTSCRIPT.

THE REV. MR. HEPBURN, Wesleyan Minister of Uitenhage, is on a visit to this town.

119-CARAT DIAMOND. – Some sensation has been created here by the report of a large diamond of 119 carats having been found by a Fort Beaufort party. The name of the fortunate party is not mentioned, neither is the place named where it was found in the private letter conveying the news to Queen’s Town. Mr. SLATER, however, informed us that a Mr. AUSTIN, just from the fields, told him that the diamond was found at Du Toit’s Pan – a place where only small diamonds of inferior quality have hitherto been found. Neither the Diamond News nor Friends are to hand this week.

DR. R. B. CUMMING has been appointed district surgeon of Aliwal North.

A PATRIOTIC GERMAN at the Cape, Mr. P. JACQUET, has had a son christened recently Von Moltke Bismarck Joseph.

DR. MUCAHY, lately of the R. M. St. Celt, has been appointed district surgeon of Eland’s Post, district Stockenstrom. He left on Feb. 27 by the Grahamstown passenger cart to enter upon the duties of his office.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS.
In the Estate of the late Delia de BOER (born SYLVESTER), and surviving Spouse Kieviet de BOER, of Wellsdale, District of Stockenstrom.
All persons having Claims against the above Estate, are requested to file the same with , are requested to file the same with Mr. Peter READEN, at his office, Philipton, Stockenstrom within six weeks from this date; and those indebted thereto, to pay the same to him within the said period.
Kieviet de BOER,
Executive Dative.
27th February, 1871.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS.
In the Estate of the late Joseph VROLYK, of Philipton, District of Stockenstrom.
All persons having Claims against the above Estate, are requested to file the same with , are requested to file the same with Mr. Peter READEN, at his office, Philipton, Stockenstrom within six weeks from this date; and those indebted thereto, to pay the same to him within the same period.
Nicolas KLAASSEN,
Executor Testamentary.
27th February, 1871.

Saturday, March 11, 1871

NOTICE.
Blinkwater Hotel.
The undersigned begs to return thanks to his numerous friends and customers, for the liberal support he has received from them for a number of years past; and begs to inform them that he has disposed of his business to Mr. Mark BLAKEWAY, late of Port Elizabeth, whom he begs to introduce and recommend to his old customers, as one who has both the means and ability to supply all their requirements, as well as he could himself.
The undersigned also takes this opportunity to request those of his old customers whose accounts are not balanced, to give him a friendly call, with cash in their pockets, in order to square off, and enable him to do likewise to those to whom he is indebted.
D. MCKAY.
Blinkwater, March 7, 1871.

NOTICE.
Return of Licences issued by the Distributor of Stamps at Eland’s Post, Stockenstrom, during the month of February 1871: -
Auctioneers Licence, £10, to expire 31st December, 1871.
M. E. SMIT, of Seymour.
Geo. G. MEURANT.
Dis. of Stamps.
Stamp Office,
Eland’s Post, March 8, 1871.

NOTICE.
Unless Mr. John ARMSTRONG releases his cart (sent to trim) within six weeks from this date, the same will be sold to defray expenses.
J. W. WILLIAMS,
Blacksmith.
Eland’s Post, March 7, 1871.

MISCELLANEOUS.

MR. JAMES ATTWELL and party have left this week for the Diamond field.

MR. T. B. GLANVILLE, - This gentleman has returned to Grahamstown from the diamond fields, having passed through on Saturday last.

MESSRS. W. AYLIFF, H. SPARKS, and J. SWEETNAM, formed the deputation from the Divisional Council to meet deputations from the Queen’s Town and Stockenstrom Divisional Council, anent the Katberg road.

DISCOVERY OF GOLD. – The Era states that the Rev. T. BURGERS, of Hanover, has received a letter from a clergyman in the Transvaal, in which it is stated that gold has been discovered in paying quantities at the foot of the Leidenberg.

THE GOVERNOR’S VISIT. – We are informed that His Excellency Sir Henry BARKLY will be the guest of the Hon’ble Mr. Justice DWYER during his stay in Grahamstown, and is expected to reach this city, via King Williamstown, about the 20th inst. Sir Henry will remain two days here, and make a visit to the Kowie on the second day after his arrival. – Star.

LETTERS PATENT. – The Attorney-General has notified in the Government Gazette of the 24th February last that Samuel WILSON, of Graaff-Reinet, has given notice of his intention to proceed with his application for letters patent for an invention for “shoeing oxen and other horned cattle,” and that all objections thereto must be lodged at his office on or before the 31st inst.

DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE.
(From the “Diamond News.”)
TRIUMPHAL ARCH BURNT. – Shortly after His Excellency had passed under the middle arch at Klip Drift, yesterday evening, some youngster set fire to dried branches and leaved with which the same was decked and in a few moments the whole arch, evergreens, mottoes, flags, and other decorations were reduced to a cinder.
LUCK AT LAST! – Mr. W. H. SMITHERS, who had been previously at Pniel, for seven months, without any luck, went up to Hebron the other day, and from the first two buckets which he washed, turned out a beautiful three carat diamond. He informs us that there are no Diggers near the spot where he found this stone.
DEATH AT ROBINSON’S. – A correspondent writing to us from this place says: - “Yesterday morning about 80 Diggers attended the funeral of an old pensioner from the army, named BRENNAN, from Fort Beaufort. He had been ailing for about a fortnight. The funeral service was read by Mr. TUCKER. The deceased died of dysentery.” He adds: - “The Camp is well supplied with all we want, We had quite a Covent Garden market here a short time ago, in the shape of sweetmelons, watermelons, peaches, apples, nectarines, quinces, potatoes, carrots, onions, eggs, butter, and meal.
THE FOLLOWING ARE THE FINDS reported since our last issue: -

BEEBY,

Cawood’s Hope

1

31½

carats

*

Victoria

1

15

do

A SEARLEY,

Pniel

1

do

do

do

1

do

HUMPRIES

 

1

2

 

Diamond News

 

1

   

J. WEBB’s party

 

1

9

 

R. ARDERNE

 

1

14¼

 

ROWLEY & PETTIT

 

2

   

FRANK & LENTZ

 

1

 

RUSSELL

 

2

   

HYMAN

 

1

7

 

do

 

1

5

 

do

 

1

2

 

SINCLAIR’s party

 

1

2

 

CAWOOD

 

8

   

Spes Bona

 

1

 

Do

Victoria

1

 

W. A. SMITHERS & SCHUSSLER

Hebron

1

3

 

GILFILLAN

 

1

2

 
  • A fortnight’s finds.

HEBRON.
(From a Correspondent)
Upper Hebron, Feb. 18 1871.
I enclose you, along with the list of finds, some heads of news. I would remark that nearly every diamond I report I see and handle myself; there may sometimes be two three out of the whole list that I do not see.

W. BEST

1

10⅜

T. S. COLLEY

1

8⅝

CRAUSE & Co.

1

18⅜

P. FITZGERALD

1

2

MARRETTS

1

J. FORRESTER

1

Do

1

1

ARMSTRONG

1

DONOGHUE

1

RINODDA

1

8

W. COCROFT

1

Do

1

NICKLE

1

3

CHOLMES

1

1

DELL & BOWLES

1

STERLEY & Co

1

1⅗

Do

1

2

COMBRINK

1

12

JOECKS

1

1

A. PRINGLE

1

2

ENTEL

1

RANUEBEAZ

1

12

A. MURISON

1

2

STOCKDALE

1

1

BAMVER

1

Jno. KOP

1

4

H. HAYWARD

1

13½

GUMPERT &Co.

1

4

HEBRON FEB. 25, 1871.
There was a mistake in the find of the 50 carat diamond reported some weeks back. Mr. BAAFF was not the finder, and wishes it to be contradicted. There was a large diamond found, but I am now unable to trace it. That was almost the only find that week that I did not see. The 45 carat reported this week I have seen and handled.
The following are the finds from the 20th to the 25th inst: -

CROUCH

1

16½

BREDA

1

T. NICOLL

1

2

Calvinia Company

1

Do

1

Do

1

1

LOTTERING

1

2

MUIRHEAD Company

1

CARR

1

Jas. HAYWOOD

1

¾

CARRIE & BARNETT

1

WICKS and DANIELS

1

BEOVENAAR

1

45¼

SMITHSON

1

J. F. BRITTS

1

J. KOOP

1

4

Do

1

2

Do

1

HAYWARD

1

2

GRISBROK and FRAZER

1

do

1

1

T. MARAIS

1

3

 
SIFONELL.
(From a Correspondent)
Please publish the following, which are the finds since my last report: -

GLYNN

1

3

JAMES’s party

1

WEBSTER

1

5

Do

1

 

STYLE

1

4

Do

1

4

ANDERSON

1

1

HILGE

1

Do

1

STONE

1

Do

2

0

MARTIN

1

5

Van SCHOOR

1

2

PROCLAMATION.
The following Proclamation has just been issued by His Honour the President, and is posted up at the Public Offices: -
Proclamation.
I, John Henry BRAND, President of the Orange Free State, hereby proclaim that, with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, I have resolved, as I hereby resolve, subject to the approbation of the Volksraad, to proclaim the territory of the Mission Station called Pniel, on the Vaal River, the property of the Berlin Missionary Society, a separate district, under the name of Pniel; and consequently, the same is now separated from Jacobsdal to which it has formerly been attached. Given under my hand and Grand Seal at Bloemfontein, on this the 22nd day of Feb. 1871.
J. H. BRAND,
State’s President.
By order,
F. K. HOHNE,
Government Secretary.

GOVERNMENT NOTICE.
His Honour the State’s President has been pleased to appoint Oloff Johannes TRUTER, Esq. as Landdrost of the newly proclaimed district of Pniel.
By order,
F. K. HOHNE,
Government Secretary.
Government Office Bloemfontein, 22nd Feb. 1871.

POSTSCRIPT.

Mr. CARL BLUHM has arrived, and is now prepared to take photographs in the first style of art.

MR. JUSTICE SMITH, and the lawyers, passed through to Queen’s Town on Friday morning.

MR. JOHN QUIN’S PARTY has been more than ordinarily successful. In one month’s work 14 diamonds have been unearthed – the two last finds in the last week of February being a 4½ and a 17 carat diamond; the latter a very valuable stone.

DEPUTATIONS from the Divisional Councils of Fort Beaufort, Stockenstrom, and Queen’s Town met at the BATE’s Hotel, on the Katberg, on Tuesday evening, and on Wednesday proceeded over the mountains to inspect the road as far as Hex’s Hotel. It was agreed to draw up reports by the respective deputations to be presented to the several Councils.

A LONG WORD. – The Volksvriend says it always thought “Overaltegenwoodrdigheid” the longest word in Dutch till the other day when it found the following in a contemporary. “Kerkverdedigingsgenootschappistische.”

THE CHIEF MOROKO. – The good old Baralong Chief MOROKO, with ten wagon-loads of followers, passed through this town on Friday last en route to meet the Governor at Klipdrift, there to lay claim to the land, the ancient possession of his fathers, along the banks of the Vaal. The Rev. Mr. CRISP, Church of England, accompanied the old chief at his special request. – Friend.

MR. T. B. GLANVILLE, editor of the Journal, arrived in town per post-cart, on Sunday afternoon from the diamond-fields. He is looking remarkable well after his six months diamond-fields experience. Mr. GLANVILLE brought down several valuable parcles of diamonds from the fields, conspicuously amongst the number being those found by Mr. James WOOD’s party. Of the diamonds the property of Mr. WOOD two are valuable gems 20 and 21 carats, perfect in color, possessing great brilliancy, and being free from flaws. A number of smaller diamonds from one to four carats are amongst the lot. – Star.

Saturday, March 18, 1871

MISCELLANEOUS.

SEVERAL FORT BEAUFORT parties have returned this week from the Diamond fields. Amongst them are Mr. and Mrs. W. QUIN, Mr. W. VIGNE, and Mr. Geo. STOKES.

THE HOUSE of Gert STRYDOM, of the Waschbank has been struck by lightning and burnt to the ground, two persons were killed, and two seriously injured.

THE PARDON OF THYART arrived by post from His Excellency the Governor on Saturday and was communicated to the prisoner and to his attorney without delay. THYART was at once liberated from the condemned cell in which he had been kept since his conviction. On emerging, however, at the front gate of the prison he was immediately re-arrested on the new charge brought against him by the Attorney-General of assault with intent to commit murder. We understand that Mr. CHALMERS, the Resident Magistrate of Clanwilliam is now engaged for the third time in a thorough investigation on all the circumstances of the Flaminqueberg murders and is for this purpose travelling among the natives werfs in that direction. – Argus.

LICENSING COURT.
Wednesday, March 15, 1871.
Present: - L. H. MEURANT, Esq., R.M., Chairman;
Messrs. ASHBURNHAM, QUIN, and SWEETNAM.
All the applications, without exception were granted as follows:

F. GODDARD,

Hotel & canteen -

Granted.

Mary DORNAN,

do

do

C. HOLLIDAY,

do

do

A. WRAGG,

do

do

C.J. JEANES,

do

do

A.B. COHEN,

do

do

H. STANDFORD,

do

do

PETE & BLEWITT,

Bottle Store,

do

M. MEADE,

Hotel &canteen,

do

J. W. DALTON,

do

do

J. O’GARA,

do

do

T. HANLY,

do

do

E. HENNEMEYER,

do

do

J. MIDGLEY,

do

do

M. MATTIG,

do

do

A. FERGUSON,

do

do

A. HEWSON,

do

do

D. MCKAY,

do

do

Proposed by Mr. QUIN, seconded by Mr. SWEETNAM, - That the country licences be fixed at £10 per annum. – Carried.

DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE.
(From the “Diamond News.”)
REPORTED FINDS. – A report has reached us that Capt. FINLAYSON has unearthed a diamond each of 21 and 13 carats at Du Toit’s Pan, but we are not able to give it authentically. A 107 carat diamond is also said to be found at Hebron, where it is being exhibited at a shilling per head. We believe this is authentic.

AN ACCIDENT which might have been attended with serious consequences, occurred at Pniel on Thursday night. A Mr. TAYLOR hearing some one prowling round his tent, seized his pistol – a small one – and preceded to thrust it into his trowsers pocket, previous to sallying forth. In so doing he pulled back his hammer; the pistol went off and lodged a bullet in his groin. Dr. HALL was speedily in attendance, but has not been able to find the bullet. The sufferer, however, is progressing favourably, and does not appear to be seriously inconvenienced by its presence.

THE DIGGERS’ GAZETTE.
FINDS.
The following are the finds reported since our last issue: -

G. SOLOMON & M. SAMUELS,

C. Hope

1

40

RAWSON & HAMILTON,

Slack Rush Gong-gong

1

17½

STRONG,

Klip Drift Rich Kopjie

1

Do

Do

1

1⅜

Do

Do

1

1

Do

Do

1

2⅞

Spes Bona,

Victoria

1

Do

Pniel

1

1

Do

Do

1

 

H. HARRIS*

Do

20

 

Capt MCINTYRE,

Pniel

1

2

JARDINE

Do

1

Capt. LENTZ

Do

1

15½

Do

Do

1

1

Do

Do

1

½

FRANK

Do

1

1

*One month’s finds.

DIAMONDIA.
(Friend.)
The above is the names given by the lessee to the diamondiferous farm of Mr. VORSTER, on the Vaal River, in the district of Boshof, lying as nearly as possible opposite to the diamond fields of Hebron. Hebron is North of the Vaal River, and Diamondia is to the South of that river, and is situated in what has been hitherto been regarded as the Orange Free State, but which has latterly become, in some measure, a field of debatable territory. To explain, Diamondia is situated within the territory claimed by Captain WATERBOER, being included in the line running from DAVID’s Graf to Platberg (see map published in the Cape Government Gazette in connection with the proclamation and correspondence of General HAY.) This farm, which is turning out one of the richest fields yet discovered is, on some weeks since stated, in the columns of this paper, leased by Mr. VORSTER, the proprietor, to Messrs. J. B. ROBINSON & Co, and by the latter relet in claims to diamond diggers. Mr. J. B. ROBINSON, the resident lessee, who arrived here on a short visit on Tuesday last, brought with him the largest diamond yet discovered in South Africa, being 107½ carats, and to which he (Mr. ROBINSON) has given the name of the “Star of Diamondia.” This magnificent stone was discovered by a poor man (name not yet made known) who has sold the same to, or consigned it through Messrs. J. B. ROBINSON & Co. The 107½ carat is apparently of the first water, but the exterior is rough, and it has many lumps or excrescences on the surface. The value of this stone has been roughly estimated at some £25,000, but what it will in reality realize, it is almost impossible to foretell. Mr. ROBINSON talks of trying both the European and Indian markets, before he finally disposes of this wonderful gem.
We are, by Mr. ROBINSON, assured that some 1500 diggers are just now working hard at Diamondia, which farm is divided in two separate camps. This number is not problematical or conjectural, but the actual number at present paying the diggers licence and the number is every day augmenting and will augment, when the find of the 107½ carat gets bruited abroad. The finds on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 27th, 28th February, and 2nd March, are reported officially by the Superintendent, as follows:

Monday.

   

Mr. de LANGE

1

23½

Messrs. FINLAY & MASSYN

1

27¼

Tuesday.

   

Mrs. Chief Justice W. HANDING

1

14½

Mr. LONGHURST

1

12

Thursday.

   

Mr. LIVERSAGE

1

37¼

Star of Diamondia

1

107½

Such unprecedented success as this cannot fail to arouse not only the energies of those at present engaged in the pursuit of diamonds, but likewise, many in England, the Continent of Europe, Australia and America who never before dreamt of diamond digging. Mr. ROBINSON is of opinion that the diamonds on his farm will certainly not be worked out at any rate, for a length of time, as only surface scratchings have up to the present been engaged in by the diggers, but deeper sinkings will now, there is little doubt, immediately be commenced.

SHOCKING ACCIDENT. – Mr. George PAKENHAM, son of the late Mr. C. W. PARKENHAM, of Port Elizabeth, unfortunately lost his life on the night of the 19th February, by falling in the dark from a kranz 35 feet high on the Platberg mountain, and thus breaking his neck, in returning with a Mr. GRIFFITHS from Ladybrand by a short cut, in the direction of “De Hoop,” a farm granted by Government to Mr. Richard CLARK, at the foot of Platberg. Further particulars of this sad affair shall be given in our next issue.

DREADFUL CALAMITY AT VICTORIA WEST.
GREAT LOSS OF LIFE AND PROPERTY.
List of lives lost.
Ellen MARNITZ and 3 daughters
Mrs. LOXTON
Mrs. Robert ARMSTRONG and child
Mr. William WALTON
Mrs. W. WALTON
Miss Johanna WALTON
Master John WALTON, Robert’s son
Miss Raine E. DODDS
Mrs. Frans HUGO
Albertus HUGO
Frans HUGI, jun
Jacobus W. HUGO, jun
Magdalina HUGO
Thomas POTTS
FRITZ, a German
Arnoldus EVANS
Michiel de HAAN
Klaas MORGENDAAL
Leentjie MORGENDAAL
Jan MORGENDAAL
Nellie MORGENDAAL
Rosa MORGENDAAL
JACOBUS
Martha WARD
Carolina WARD
Alexander WARD
Louisa BRINK
RACHEL
ANNIE
Delia ONTONG and 5 children
Jan STUKKENHUIS
Kandaso STUKKENHUIS
ANNIE, wife of FRITZ
Malagas KAFFER
Sarah de PORTE & child
BAATJE
Sarah MULDER and child
PIETER, child of Delia
Shepherd in service of A. DEVENISH, wife and 3 children
Coloured man, name unknown
2 Shepherds of F. HUGO
Gert BOOYSEN
Louisa VILLET
Sarah MORGENDAAL
Lea MADELLAN, jr
The above is a correct list of the bodies found and buried. It is presumed that some are still missing.
Of the survivors, six have met with bodily injuries, but are recovering.

LIST OF FIXED PROPERTY DESTROYED OR DAMAGED.
Cottage and wagon-house of Mr. G. du TOIT totally destroyed.
Five cottages of do. swept away.
House of do. seriously damaged, and garden destroyed.
Dwelling-house of Mr. J. FRASER much damaged; garden destroyed.
Stone garden-wall of Mr. J. HUGO, sen., swept away.
New building of Mr. G. van SCHALKWYK swept away.
Stone house occupied by Mr. W. THERON destroyed.
House of MR. W. BURGER partly destroyed.
Dwelling-house of Mr. G. du TOIT, and small building destroyed.
House of Mr. A. L. DEVENISH totally swept away.
House and out-building of Widow BOTE totally swept away.
House, brewery, and shop of S. A. Mortgage & Investment Company partly swept away.
House of Mr. HUMAN swept away.
House of Messrs. HANAU & HOFFA used as store.
House of Mr. H. BOSMAN destroyed.
House of Mr. J. ADAMS destroyed.
House of Mr. G. VERMEULEN seriously damaged.
House of Mr. Jacobus P. HUGO, jr., destroyed.
Building of Messrs. BLAINE & Co., destroyed.
Part of back store of BLAINE &Co., destroyed.
Building of Messrs. BLAINE & Co., destroyed.
Out-building of Mr. J. B. AURET destroyed.
Shop, dwelling-house and out-buildings of Mrs. DODDS destroyed.
Shop, dwelling-house and out-buildings of Mr. J. ADAMS destroyed.
Dwelling-house and out-buildings of do, do.
Butcher’s shop and dwelling-house of do, do.
Out-buildings of Mr. G. LAWA do.
House and store of do. seriously damaged and back store destroyed.
Carpenter’s shop of Mr. G. SCHONBOON swept away and dwelling house seriously damaged.
Cottage of Mr. J. FERGUSON swept away.
Two cottages of Mr. J. ADAMS destroyed.
Mission school, English Church do.
House of Mr. F. HOGAN seriously damaged.
In the above list the names of the owners merely are given. Several other buildings have also been more or less injured. There have also been serious losses around the village, viz., house, dams, stock, and other property destroyed. It is at present impossible to estimate the amount of loss in merchandise, wool, furniture, and other moveable property.
Between sixty and seventy individuals are at present receiving relief.

POSTSCRIPT.

A TOAST. – On the marriage of a Miss WHEAT, it was hope that her path would be flowery and that she might never be thrashed.

PARLIAMENTARY. – The report is that Mr. Advocate van BREDA is not to walk over the course as candidate for Caledon, but that Dr. CHRISTIE is to oppose him on Conservative principles.

TREATMENT OF MAD WOMAN IN BURGHERSDORP. – Mrs._______, wife of a farmer in this division, was brought into town three weeks ago by her parents and husband, for the purpose of having a medical opinion upon her case. The unfortunate woman is known to have been mad for a period extending over 12 years, but in the latter two or three years only had she become violent. She was possessed with the delusion that there was a conspiracy to poison her, and under this impression she would receive neither food nor drink from the hands of anybody; and the very pots and pans supplied to her in her house she would beat and break, under the belief that they were also living beings – parties to the conspiracy against her. In her moments of frenzy she had also severely assaulted her husband and parents and others about her. She was seen in town by Dr. BERRY, the District Surgeon, who, after investigating her symptoms, came to the conclusion that her case was one of confirmed madness, and advised the husband and relatives to apply to the proper authorities to have the woman declared a lunatic, and placed under proper care and treatment, which the relatives, however, declined to do, and took her back to the farm. This week we have received the following account of the treatment which the woman has undergone to be cured of her disorder, from an eye witness: A Mr. _____, an unqualified practitioner, was called in to see her, and he pronounced the woman to be possessed of the “devil of Jealousy,” which might only be taken out of her by being thrashed, for which purpose the husband was furnished with a formidable sjambok, and bid to thrash his wife until he had driven the devil out of her. The husband was greatly averse to apply such brutal usage to his wife, but under frequent and strong persuasion, supported by his own hope that she might thereby be cured, he inflicted upon her, in the presence of Mr. _______ and others, among whom was our informant, a most terrific beating, until the unfortunate woman became “flauw.” She was then drenched in the manner a dog would be, with certain medicine, and declared to be healed. On enquiry, we were told the signs of her cure were, she was now rational, for when spoken to by her husband, she trembled all over with abject fear. – Burghersdorp Gazette.

Saturday, March 25, 1871

MISCELLANEOUS.

APPOINTMENTS. – Dr. F. PAUL to be district surgeon of Aliwal North, and Dr. W. THOMPSON to be district surgeon of Peddie.

MR. G. M. COLE, recently manager of the Port Elizabeth branch of the Standard Bank, who has just returned from the diamond-fields, has sent his resignation, which has been accepted. Mr. COLE will we believe shortly return to the diamond fields.

BRIDGE OVER THE ORANGE RIVER AT ALIWAL NORTH. On dit, that an English Company is in process of formation to embark in this desirable and much required undertaking. S. STENT, Esq., Civil Engineer, paid a visit to Aliwal North last week, it is understood, in connection with the project. – Observer.

DIAMOND INTELLIGENCE.
(From the Diamond News.)
MR. H. GREEN, chairman of the Pniel Committee, has left for Colesberg, intending, we believe, to bring his family to the Fields.
DU TOIT’S PAN. – This celebrated farm has been sold to Mr. HOOD, for the sum of £2,600. We learn that the diggers here have pretty well decided that it does not pay to go deeper than five feet.
THE 107½ CARAT DIAMOND. – A Hebron correspondent writes to us as follows: - There has always been great doubt about this gem; not as to its existence, but as to where it was found. That doubt is now solved; the Coranna who found it and sold it to Mr. ROBINSON, has pointed out the spot where he found it. It is a short distance above Hebron, and not on ROBINSON’s farm, nor on the Free State side of the River as first reported but on this side. There is a rush to the spot.

EXTRAORDINARY LUCK. – Amongst our list of finds chronicled this day will be found one of 20 carats, exhumed by Messrs. SPALDING, MITCHELL, and DERSLEY, of Cawood’s Hope yesterday. We have just seen this stone, which is a perfect beauty, of excellent shape, and without a flaw or speck of any description. The owner informs us that £2,000 was offered by Mr. UNGER for it this morning, but was refused. The finding of this diamond forms another instance of extraordinary good fortune. On Friday week last the claim was purchased, on Monday last the party made their cradle, and yesterday unearthed this magnificent stone.

FINDS. – The following are the finds reported since our last issue: -

Australian Party,

Pniel,

1 diamond of

5 carats;

Do,

Do,

4 diamonds;

 

Capt. MCINTYRE,

Do,

1 diamond of

1⅜ carats;

JARDINE,

Do,

1 diamond of

2¼ carats;

POLLARD,

Do,

1 diamond of

1¼ carats;

*

Do,

1 diamond of

8 carats;

PEARSON,

Do,

1 diamond of

3¼ carats;

Do,

Do,

4 diamonds;

 

HARRIS,

Do,

4 diamonds;

 

T. R. MALAN & Co.,

Do,

1 diamond of

1¼ carats;

Spes Bona,

Victoria,

1 diamond of

1¼ carats;

SPALDING and MITCHELL,

Cawood’s Hope,

1 diamond of

3½ carats;

SPALDING, MITCHELL, and DERSLE,

Do,

1 diamond of

30 carats;

F. SCHIFFUIN,

Do,

1 diamond of

9½ carats;

WRIGHT,

Do,

1 diamond of

17½ carats;

POLICE TO THE FRONT. – We believe orders have been received by the police force here to hold itself in readiness to proceed at a moment’s notice to the Diamond fields.

ACCIDENT. – On Thursday an accident which might have been attended with serious consequences, occurred to GRAY’s passenger cart while being inspanned at COMLEY’s. It seems that one of the leaders was known to be skittish, and the driver had some doubts about being able to manage him properly. While the traces were being fastened, the driver told the passengers (five in number) to get in as the horse was in the habit if plunging at the start. Mrs. COTTERELL, one of the passengers, was already seated, and Dr. MULCAHY was in the act of getting in, when the leaders swerved round and dashed off at a mad pace, breaking the front traces with a jerk. Dr. MULCAHY had one knee slightly injured, but beyond giving Mrs. COTTERELL a fright, no further damage was done. Had the traces not broken, the consequences might have been serious, as there was no one in the cart to hold the reins and exercise a control over the horses.

 

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