THE BINGARA GOLD FIELDS.
(From the S. M. Herald, Aug. 27.)
Official intelligence was on Thursday received in Sdney with reference to the progress of dis- covery in this golden locale. Hundreds of per- sons were daily arriving, and about forty drays were already on the ground. The difficulty of obtaining the means of carriage had caused pro- visions to be scarce, with the exception of beef and mutton, which were plentiful, and formed almost the only kind of food at present at the commmd of the gold seekers Gold continued to be found in large quantities, it was generally heavy, and consisted chiefly of nuggets, not waterworn. Those seen by the Assistant Com- missioner weighed 1, 3, 4, 7, and 14 ounces. A party of five had sold ¿¿50 worth, and then held upwards of 30 ounces, and others were reported to have been nearly as successful. The diggings are at present confined to the table land at the head of the Bingara and Courangoura Creeks, and the researches of ths diggers have not as yet proceeded to a greater depth than two feet. The locality presents great facility for the construc- tion of dams. As many persons have been mis- led by interested parties in the vicinity of the route to Bingara, as to the most eligible line of transit, we publish on authority the following directions for the guidance of those who may make Maitland their starting point -
From Maitland to Black Creek 15
Thence to Singleton 15
" Glennie's Creek 7 " Waterford's Inn 7 " Muswell Brook 14 " Aberdeen 7 " Scone 7 " Murrurundi 11 " Cary's Inn 12
At this point the road turns off towards the
Hanging Rock, and you make towards
Nelson's Inn 12 1/2 rhenceto Went«or th'sCreek, Paddy Davis'
Creek, or Cm i ibub' i 25 Here turn by Pirillie ot Wentworths sta-
tion, Rtdout's eiting-house, or Otto Bal 1 win's station, nid y ni then come to
Dan Capel s, D'Ui ban, or Bingara . 70
Siy 202J mrks fiom Mirthnd, savrng, bv taking this toute ni place ot that of Iamwoith,
a distance of 10 miles
The utmost good order prevailed, licenses were daily applied for, and at the close of this month, by which time the prospecting parties will have chosen their claims, it may be calcu- lated that nearly a thousand licenses will be taken out for September. We are further ena- bled to add that at New England prospecting has been going on for some time past with suc- cess, and Mr Commissioner Massie has ex- pressed his belief that he will shortly be in pos- session of sufficient proof to justify him in decluing- this import nit and highly favoured region of New South Wales to be an extensive gold field In consequence of some unexplarned delays, the letters whence these memorand i have hem taken wera only delivered in Sydney on thursday, whereas their date is the 6th ot this
THE NORTHERN DIGGINGS
(¡?io i a Co esi 11 luit of tit I ; t c )
The probkm is positivelv solved tint the Burgen di.,_,nigs will become "metal exceed- ingly attnctive " lhere is gold from the roots of the glasses downwards as fur as men had dug, n rmely seien feet, at the time when the prest nt wuter lett the spot, bein., on the 28th July
With the little geological knowle Ige the wnter possesses, he entertains no doubt but that lire grid rrritnx will be \et found nr oi e continuous i mge from the Bathurst c lintrv iloirgas fir as I nig-ii i li iw fir bnon I let time test Nu, ire vuitnr s to piognosticitc tint ns gold lindon) te 1 v lias bien found on the Rod y Ruer, about 20 miles trom \rmidile,so this tnstriug se ison it will be disc p t on (ho Bun liri ¡lopei al) ut 2 j mil a > ii oin Vrnu I ile, as the indie mons there tully n in tins conclu
I ho roul b\ Arnrrdale te ngeri pirtakes nit ot th it dill tilt iiitun. some li ive rtpteseirted
is A. rm i bile is the nein st tom-lnp of anv linn jrt uko, it must become a pi ic of ton si 1er rble ti ide, when the di_gings in its nuiiiti c ino into lull 0| ei lti rr 1 loin c uld be oli
tun 1 in un «pi ur rtv tram t'io ki tilt- soil iml tuon ble dun ite ot New Incluid destined, ni ve ira to e me, lor the "i u ai \ tf I astern \us
ti illa At pipscnt, honeur, this abnnlnit, niy,thevuy best s mi ce of aciuntry's weilth, is loci ed up hy one of the Squatting Vet's re
stiKtions, which adm ts the stttlirs to grow as nindi w he it as tin v pie ise, but f u bl Is tho sale, uuleas the pro Inters sh ill buv from the Oovein
m nt at least ICO icn s, at the fixed price of one pound pu acte Here is a text to lui nish a
Hie Peel diggings have been moie productive than the publie "i neuuly are a wine of, when tho lew h irrds employe 1 ne taken into ace runt All the loi Is <t the Peel, the burnt his of Vimengi Li eel , an I the head witers of the Macdui! ild, rue iniileioiis Hie mount mrs ibout Ptvul'twiy mid vicinity of Cuiinbubli jtesent stiong n dit itiom, and specimens hive been picked up orr the "i untit Monbui langts
windi would waiuut a cu tul ex im ii mon m that quitter is a hopeful speculation 1 bia ensiling Stimmer i ill disclose main hidden (leisures in these 1 cilities scarceh as vet thought of Might not the t olonnrl S cu tu y send to the nortlmnid the Government Geologist to investirte and report on these md othet souices of minti ii weilth i run about is onii fur [.lay In lästern \ustrnlra we ceitamlv li ive not bec rme stn li Muncbausen truinpetu s as oin ^ it toi ian m i^hbouis, nor blown our horns so loudh, but (plcise punt the concluding sentence m italics) it is bete modestly, theierore confidently, afhnned, "Thal, uith un equal number of differs, at leait ni mu li (¡old uoitld be obt mied trom the Northern gold iidds as from the Southern '
Horses . ,
Unies .. .
,, bundi« s
Horns . . .
I) ililli-1 ill 6 ..
,, p itk ices .
Exports from mt District during the
Wem-Hie following is nu ihstract, compiled from the Shipping Gazette, of thepiincipal pio tluce (exclusive of wool and tallow) received coastwise, in Svdrrev, from the Hnntei Ilivei District duimg the week ending Au0ust 27 -
linn-bigs . .
,, torr . Flour-ba_'s
Hiiy-tru».«-« . Pumpkin*
» b iga ..
Flood on the Peel.-We have seen some letters which came down by the last mail from Tamworth, which state that on Wednesday, the 25th, or Thursday, the 26th (there is some con- dusion in the dates), the Peel overflowed its banks from the continued rains, and inundated the adjacent country, forcing many persons to abandon their houses, and take refuge on the higher grounds One unfortunate man, Charles Berenger, a brickmaker, lost his life, being car- ried away by the torrent, and drowned, in the attempt to swim one of the gullies. Prepara- tions appear to have been made on the 26th to swim over the mails and the escort boxes, but the men refused to venture with the latter, although the former appears to have been crossed over. So much rain had not fallen in that quarter since the year 1846. Another letter states that the water at the highest was six inches deep in the kitchen of Mr. Levy's
Ruvaway Sailors -On Sunday five men were apprehended near Morpeth by chief con- stable Wood and others of the police, on suspi
cion of being hie runaway sailors from the buque Woodlark, lying at Port S ephens On Monday they were brought before the bench, and ,rave their names as John fhemp on, lospph Woodtcnl, Charles Parsons, William Murcoyne, and Robert Smith The nipn ad mitted that thev had left the Woodlark, mid were onWed to bo torwarded to Newcastle to be dealt with.
Swearing Witnesses with Gloves on. Yesterday, in the coarse of swearing a witness, a little girl, m one of the trials m the Circuit Court, the officer who was administering the oath asked the witness to take off her glove befoie being sworn. His Honor Mr Justice Dickinson called the attention of the Attorney General to the matter, remirking tint some time since he noticed in a Sydney uewspaper a report of proceedings in some court of justice, he did not remember what one, in which it appeared that it was held or allowed that the piactice of requiring witnesses to take off their glove was not justifiable Now he (Mr Justice Dickinson) could only say th it in the course of his expenerrce ni England, he had always seen it the invariable piactice in the Court of King's Bench, and other courts, thit the officer of the court, acting under the eye of the Judge, re- quited the witness to take olF his 01 her glove before being sworn, if they wore one, and he (Mr Justice Dickinson) presumed th it what was the invariable practice allowed by the Judges in the courts of London must have a good founda- tion in law, and he therefore held that the othcer had now acted conectly in following that pnictue. He piesumed the custom had its origin in a deslíe to secure the binding sacied neas of the oath over all minds, inasmuch as it waa tiurte possrble some persons might suppose their making false statements was allowable rt they had not ictually taken the book into their unovered hand-The Vttoiney General, in reply, said that he had ulwiys seen that pi ict ce followed, dunn«, his experience
Attempts at Self Destruction -On Sunday the unfortunate woman Lhzabeth Johnson, com- mitted for trial, on the verdict of the coi oner's Itiry, on the charge of the manslaughter of Janiea lush, attempted twrce to tlestroy heiself "she hist threw herself into the river, but wu3 saved by the humane efforts of the spectators, is she still threatened to make away with her- self, constables were directed to he on the look- out, but she m maged to elude their vigilance, ind got ronrrd by the paddocks to a house at the other end of West Maitland, whete she took a strong dose ot oxalic acid An alai m was soon given, and meJical iid sent tor, when the liberal uae of the stomach pump and other measures s iv ed her life She w is apprehended for piotection (being out on bail), and lodged in the lockup, and on Mondiy appealed little the
Building Stone -We are informed thit a quarry ot excellent building stone (sandatone) b is been lound about foui miles and a h rlf fiom \ewcastle, and the same d>stancefiom the rim It has been known tor some time that an iv niable quart y of fair stone existed about a mile and a half ti oin the inver in the same direction but the present qu irry wus known to few persons Blocks of stone of any required dimensions can be quarried from the new quarry, we are told.
POLICE -The Inspector General of Police has given notice, in last Friday's Government Gazette, that the constabulary force for all that portion of the Sydney poliee district not in- cluded in the notification of the 17th June, 1851 , and the police district of Grafton, in the squatting district of Clarence, and embracing the county of Clarence, and parts of the counties of Raleigh and Richmond, are duly organised.
A Dangerous Chiviman -On Siturday Lin Sim, a Chinaman in the employment of Mr C M Doyle, of Midlorn, was btou0ht before the bench, chaiged with assaulting him, and w i til stealing 1 rom the ey ideuce gi ven on that day and Monday by Mr Doyle, turd by two ser- vants who were present, William Pincel!, a halt-caste, and Sebastian Karl, a German, it appeared that Lin Sam, who was employed by Mr Doyle as generil servant, had shown gre it violence of temper on one or two ocursuns when refused payment of wa"es bettie his regular dais, the last of these occasions being on lhuisdiy evenrng last, Lin was told then by Mr Doyle that ho was very busy, anti that he would pn lum next nroriuntr, and let him go to the i aces .Next morning Mi Doyle gave Lui one or two sin ill tasks to do, und at eleven o'clocl wurt to lum to pay bim, when he lound tint I ni li 11 no* do.rc wn it he had t rid lum , on being lemoi strateil with, lui bocuneverv liisoluit, snrng he hid bun there Ion,, eiron^b, and it last lie threw down his hoe, uni s ml he would «lo no more worl , Mr Drvlc saul he would see that he did, md would mike him Lui then lei une still more violent, md ian otl into the room ho occupte I, nu 1 Mr I) ivle heird bun ti nmg ind bieaki ig up his (Lui s) thm_s
Mi I) vie went in aid le nonstrated with him on Ins violen e, when I in or «lend him out, aird on Mr Doyle tukm., hokl ot his wrist to rcstrun lum li oin brerlinganv more, Lui struggled to get twin, md then stiuek Mi Doyle on the tice with his fist, after some hu tim stinging Mr Dovle got lum out, but I in ian back to ¿et his b x out, still gesticulating md shouting in a violent mmner by this time Puicoll had come up, and Mr Doyle aent lum tor the der m in to help lum to put Lin's box mto the store, iMr Doyle intending to send tor tie pillee, and being dthiroiis to prevent Lui from destroying moro things, and suspecting also that I in li id stolen articlea concealed in the box Hie Ger
min nul Ptinell cune up, but Lui got bo d of a baku s peel, and ian it them so viciously, ordering them to leave lils box, that they re tieited, Mr Doyle sat down on the box, but I in carne up to lum, and struck or pushed him off on to the giound, Mr Doyle then knocked I in down, and kept gund over lum while Kui md I rrrcell "ot the box partly into the store, but I ni "ot at them, and iri0htcned them away r_, rrn Mr Doyle i0arrr ltiterlcied, when LinA Dangerous Chi i ni and got a butchet's knife, and came bick at bun Mi Doyle qnrckly letreated into the house to aim himself, but was closdy followed by Lui as tai ns a wicket-0ate, whete he made a stub at Mi Doyle'a bhouldei, the blade of the knite going within an inch or two ot him Mr Doyle aimed himself wrtlr a blunderbuss in the hotisi, and cune out, orr winch I in, who had lud down the knife, tore open Ins clothes, inviting him to shoot him, and corning close up tried to seize hold of the weapon fiom Mr Doyle Ile polico were nov sent lor, and on their arrival Lin was secured, alter a struggle, and his box was opened, md m it was found a blinket, and two bottles ot wine, belorrgrng to Mr Doyle, a neck tie, and some smaller articles, and a gold ring, bel nging to one of Mr. Dovle's sons, and which had been missed hy him Lui h id nothing to say in defence, and was committed by the bench tor ti tal on two chirges, one of larceny, and one of assault with intent to do bodily harm.
A M vn IOUND Drow ld -On Monday a gentleman was walking along the river bank, between last View and Mr. Doyle's, Midlorn, when he obsei vid the body of a man flouting in the liver among the weeds He immediately gave information of the matter, and the police went to the spot, and got the body out. It proved to be the body of a carpenter named Henderson, who had been missing from Friday week, and who had been previously in tlie em- ploy of Mr Win Nicholson, at Ins mill. On the evening of the friday on which deceased was missed he had been dunking, and was tipsy There w is reason to believe that he fell into the river in going to a privy near the mill, and which is on the bank of the river. An inquest was held on the body yesterday, «hen a verdict ivis riturned that deceased was found drowned, but how he got into the river there was no evidence to show, but there was evi- dence to show that deceased was much in- toxicated oji the Fnday night he was last seen
Drunkenness - Yesterday Daniel English appeared before the bench, charged with drunkenness, and was convicted, and fined 10s or 24 hours in the cells.
Towns Police Act -Yesterday Edward Briant appeared before the bench, charged with a breach of the Towns Police Vet, bv driving on the wiong sitie of the road, on the 23rd August It apr eared that Mr Kelly's cart was stopping at a door when Bryant drove his cart inside it, but that Bryant as well as Kelly stopped at that
house. The bench dismissed the case.
Misconduct op Constables-Yesterday constable M irtm Long, of the Maitland police, pleaded gruUy to the chaige of drunkenness,
and was fined Os Charles Pool was also con- victed of a breach of discij line, by leaving the nice-cotitse on Thursday «ft moon last without reporting himself, he having been stationed theie, he was fined lus.
Assault Cases.-Yesterday several assault
cases came before the bench. The first was
Charles Kent v. George Geddes. Some of Geddes's goods were recently sold under an execution from the Small Debts Court; Kent attended the sale, and bought a boiler, then set in brickwork ; on the 24th August he went to the place with an axe to loosen the brickwork, intending to remove the boiler ; Geddes inter- fered and told him to desist, but Kent began to use the axe in loosening the bricks, on which Geddes seized it from him and threw it into the creek, at the same time pushing and threatening Kent. The bench, after some discussion, held that the boiler being a fixture Geddes might have doubts as to the legality of its sale, and they dismissed the case.-The second case was George M'Farlane against John Edwards for allowing his children to assault him, and the third Sophia Edwards against Robert Pigou for assaulting her children. Mr. Edwards and Mr. Pigou occupy adjoining houses, and on the 24th August the children of each establishment were amusing themselves with throwing stones at each other, or at least so it was stated ; Mr. M'Farlane, who was in Mr. Pigou's yard, was struck by some stones thrown by Mr. Edwards's children, while Mr. Pigou, to end the disturb- ance, threw some missile at one of these chil- dren, and, as Mrs. Edwards deposed, threatened to throw one at her on her coming out to re- monstrate with him. Mr. Edwards was not at home at the time. The bench dismissed the first case, and convicted the defendant in the second, fining him 1 s. and costs.- In the fourth case, Joseph Geary was convicted of assaulting his wife, Kezia Geary, in the course of some dispute as to who should have charge of the children ; he was fined 5s. and costs.
Masters and Servants Act.-Yesterday one case under this act, Robert Young v. William Allison, was brought before the bench, Mr. Green and Mr. Russell Young claimed £8 wages from Mr. Allison for driving sheep from the Cassilis district to Jerry's Plains. The bargain was not disputed by Mr, Allison, but he disputed the claim on the ground that the sheep had been so badly driven that when he overtook them at Jerry's Plains he found them in such poor condition that instead of being able to send them on to market, as he intended, he was obliged to send them back again to his station. Young maintained, on the contrary, that he hud driven the sheep in a proper rnun ner. Both parties having deposed to these opposite statements, the bench were unable to decide in the absence of other evidence, and dis-
missed the case.
Insulting Language. - Yesterday Henry Gooch appeared before the bench, charged with using insulting language to John Kelly, on the 23rd August. Mr. Kelly having deposed to the language used, the bench convicted the de- fendant, fining him ñs. and costs.