Queenstown Free Press

Queenstown Free Press 1869 3 July - September

Tuesday, July 6, 1869

DIED, at Tenter Gate, Upper Zwaart Kei, on the 3rd July, 1869, Clarence William, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. M. POWELL, aged 5 months and 25 days.

Friday, July 9, 1869

DIED at Queen’s Town, of Diptheria,on the 5th July, 1869, Edith Hillaria, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. CROUCH, aged 22 months and 17days.

Tuesday, July 20, 1869

BIRTH at Queenstown, on the 13th instant, Mrs. E.PARKER of a daughter.

DEATH OF AN OLD COLONIST. – The announcement of the decease, yesterday morning, of Ewan CHRISTIAN, Esq., of St. George’s Street, will cause very sincere regret to many residents in Capetown and the country districts generally. The deceased gentleman was, perhaps, the oldest English representative of mercantile interests in theColony, having taken a leading place amongst the commercial men of Capetown from the cession of the Colony to Great Britain. Indeed, a record of Mr CHRISTIAN’s connection with the Cape would date from more than fifty years ago; and up to the day of his death he continued to take an active part in business. He first came here in 1796 as a midshipman on board the flagship of his uncle, then the Naval Commander-in-Chief on this station; and he subsequently settled in Capetown. Mr. CHRISTIAN was well known as one of the members of the elective Legislative Council before the promulgation of the Constitution Ordinance, and Cape Commissioner in administration of the Patriotic Fund raised after the Crimean War. For many years he was a director of the Colonial Bank, South African Assurance Company, and Cape of Good Hope Marine; was Vice-Chairman of the Savings Bank, and Cape Town Agent to the Eagle and Imperial Assurance Companies of London. Mr. CHRISTIAN’s death occurred quite suddenly. Last summer he suffered at times from attacks which were supposed to be caused by a tendency to apoplexy; but as the cool weather came on, he completely recovered, and was to be seen almost daily taking his accustomed walk. On Sunday last he attended at the Cathedral with Mrs CHRISTIAN, and partook of the Sacrament. Yesterday morning, at half-past nine, he went to the office to finish some letters for the steamer leaving in the afternoon; and shortly before ten repaired to his private house adjoining for breakfast, and enjoyed apparently a good meal. At about eleven he was returning to the office, and was seen by a servant to take hold of a pillar for support and faint away. The servant, who had seen him fall back, went to his assistance, lead him into the house, and seated him in a chair. In a few moments Mr. CHRISTIAN was no more. The intelligence of his death was telegraphed at once to his family connections in the Colony, and they, with Mrs. CHRISTIAN, are to be condoled with on the loss of so good and kind a husband, father, and friend. Mr. CHRISTIAN was in his eighty-sixth year. –Standard.

Friday, 23 July, 1869

BIRTH at Queenstown, (name of villa not known) on the 13th instant, the wife of Mr. Eb. PARKER, of a daughter.

DEATHS. – The European Mail of June 9 records the death of Stephen Day MANDY Esq., late of Graham’s Town; and the death of Grace, the widow of the late Hon Wm. FIELD, Esq.

APPREHENSION OF JAN BOTHA'S MURDERER. – The murderer of the unfortunate young man above named was brought into town on Sunday last bySub-Inspector CATHERINE, of the F.A.M. Police, and lodged in gaol. The circumstances attending the capture of this villain, reflects great credit on the officer named, and is another forcible illustration of the efficiency of our Frontier Police. It appears that Mr. CATHERINE, not knowing what course the murderer had taken when he fled from the scene of his crime, at once instructed his detectives (also natives) to watch closely the movements of the culprit’s wife, who was at that time still at BOTHA’s hut who he had reasonable suspicion would leave that place for Kafirland. The woman started, the detectives of course unknown – started with her. After proceeding over the boundary, we believe beyond the Kei, the women and the detectives were met by the murderer, who it seems considered himself quite safe was he expressed his satisfaction at having escaped the police, and boasted of what he could now do if they came to take him. One of the detectives returned to the officer, and the result was that at daylight on the morning of the 7th instant the murderer was in the hands of justice. The Kafir is Gaika. We believe he admits to having committed the crime laid to his charge. The prisoner has been fully committed for trial. – Frontier Mail.

Tuesday, July 27, 1869

BIRTH, at Waterfall, on 23rd July, the wife of Rev. Z. ROBINSON, of a daughter.

Tuesday, August 3, 1869

BIRTH at Dordrecht, on 30th July, Mrs. Horatio HUTCHONS of a daughter.

Friday, August 6, 1869

DIED, at Queenstown, on the 3rd August, 1869, Edward Russel BELL, Esq. Aged 71 years.

Tuesday, August 10, 1869

BIRTH at Oxton Cottage, on the 25th July, Mrs.John ?UTHERLAND, of a son.

Tuesday, August 24, 1869

BIRTH at the Mission House, T’Somo, Transkei, on the 6th August, the wife of the Rev. W.B. RAYNER, of a Son.

BIRTH at Queenstown, on the 16th instant, the wife of Mr. James HODGES, of a daughter.

Tuesday, September 14, 1869

DIED at St. Mark’s, on the 5th September, 1869, Annie Kathrine, infant daughter of the Rev. B.L. KEY.

Tuesday, September 21, 1869

BIRTH at Burghersdorp on the 13th instant, thewife of Wm. Bisset BERRY, M.D., of a daughter.

ACCIDENTAL POISONING. – Two boys, one of 10 the other of 12 years of age, named VAN DER WESTHUIZEN, residing at Modder River, near the farm of Mr F. McCABE, in this district, died last week from the effects of a posionous root eating in the veld while out herding the sheep. The poisonous plant is a kind of bulb growing abundantly in all parts of the State, and commonly known by the name of Tulp. On the return of the boys sick to the house, the parents, having no other remedy at hand to contract the poison, administered mild, which in one case acted as an emetic but to no purpose; the one died almost immediately, and the other merely lingered in great agony for a few hours. Parents should be careful to warn their children to avoid eating the Tulp. The boys, it is said, first made fire and roasted the root or bulb, and then ate it.

A MELANCHOLY accident occurred at Middelburg, on Saturday 5th inst. It appears that whilst Mr.SCHLEMER and his family, including his son-in law and some other friends, were walking on the banks of the Brak river, a woman commenced playing with a shoemaker, engaged on the farm, and tried to push him into the water. She at last succeeded, but he holding fast to her dragged her with him into the river. Mr T RUTLAND (Mr SCHLEMMER’s son-in-law) seeing the man struggling in the water, though he could not swim, jumped in to his assistance against the advice of his wife and friends who did all they could to keep him back, but in vain. No sooner was he in the water than the drowning man grappled him and both sank and were drowned. The woman who was the cause of this sad affair was saved, her clothes buoying her up. I believe the ...... er’s name was ZIMMERMANN, a German. What makes it worse there were..... the wife, father, mother, sister, and brother-in-law of Mr. RUTLAND, and also and Mr.CARTER, The bodies were recovered two hours afterwards.

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