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A WELL-KNOWN WINCHELSEA     CONTRACTOR DEVELOPS INSANITY, COMMOTION IN THE STREETS of BIRREGURRA. OF [FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT.]   Birregurra was stirred from its wanted sleepiness on Saturday evening last by the appearance in the streets of a mad man who caused no small consternation by his riolent manner. He was reeofnisjd dh John Farqubharson, of Winchelee, ?a on tractor well known in the d et it, and et :as seen in the. township on the 31,t ;. ,ember, then on his way to Sken-'e croak. to commence some cantracts for the Col Shire Council. He was cot ced then to be, a little exhilarated, as is commorn bali Scotchmen at New Year time, bu" no ap pearance otherwise indicated •,rnta " wrong with his mental ba!ance. A pears to have proceeded with his tea to Skene's Creek, but what happ-ned , hm after that is not clearly kno?'n uo t.l ? appeared at Ripple Vale on Satudsy ayfer noon, where he claimed the plae, a ordered Mr X. G. Campte:l, t?e "anr, to clear out, declaring he was the owner of the estate, ani had now come t the o. session. Mr Campbell, by humo, i, ,?i got him to go into Bi'regurra, where he called at MIr Clarke's Native Youth H0otelt and announced to the hLidktCrj that 1' Rai owner of the premises, and would resu?, pussession. He had nothing to drink tiher but shortly left and proceed d up the street, shouting that Blrregarra was his and that he would do what he likel witn it; in fact, he said all Victsr:a helo-,, to him, and he was going t??o oendt *'; the Queen, whence he pr::eveded to the teegraph office. Mr Lock, the posamarstr haDDened to ho ertndin at, the C:e der when he accosted him, and se?in; th, was something wrong, retired with-i, ;4. ing the door, and telling the marn to spe?a to him throu:h the window. Faqubar-o again declared the whole if -ii:orsi Was his, and he wanted charge of the oO:e. Mr Lock tried to reason with him, and finally he left the wind w. Mr Lo-?, thinking that he had gone away, open?d the doer, when Farquhar on suideoly rushed in, gripped him by the back of ti? neck, and struck bin a nu:uber of blows bhfore he could free himself. Mir Thomas Keebhan happened t, be nesr and coming to the rescue seized Farqahor. son and cinducted him out-sid, where after making a great noi=e, he sid he would go to the railway station, whence he proceeded. Mr C. D. Hall, the station mast'r. was in his offi:e when he arrived and hearing loud talking thought it muna he a drunken man and teok no no:ice. When Farquharson, with whom he was a quainted, came in and said he hid como to takt charge of the rsttin as tae rail ways w re now iund-r his control. M[r 11I', e-eing the m in was off his head, thought it best ti humor him and soid"' ll right; what are your orders," nad sI by appearing to give in to him -ot bhi qu:ct d, and finally induced hbie to walk : the township. When nearing tch ouanr gates Mr Hall saw some of Far ,ba-Eon' friends approaching, and suges eithn he had better go back and serd cff a good train then at the station, To this he re plied " Certainly," so Mr Hall ect eiear,but not without a certain amournt cf mentl anxiety, for had Farqubarson, whm is a:all powerful man, about sixty, attacked bim in the office he might have ga: serioasly maltreated, none of the porters hapnonitg to be on the station at the time. tWhen Farqubarson's friends got hold ofi hismbi rildence increased, and they t en got a straight jarket into which he was placel andconveyedto the lock-up in a war gonette, where he continued to shout and yell till he was removed to Melbourne. I: s happened that Constable Smith, rho is i: charge of the Birregurra district, - si absent on duty on Saturday and did t:o reach home till eight o'clock jou: sf:t Farquhareon had been locked up. lh watched him all night, and on Sundvy nid-i arrangements to have magisr-ataes resent .and two medical men to give esideace at the court on Monday morning. Taiscmuld not be done without the presence of JIr Lloyd, clerk of Petty Sessions, who was nt his house at Colte. The constable then determined to ride to Colac and see Ir clerical gen-'eman who was holding - vi i at B:rregurra would save him ta?etr:ubl and would deliver any letter r mesosge he had to send. - The constable vras rtthr doubt'ul, but accepting the assurasce of the rev. gentleman and his friends thn he could depend upon it being delivered, en trusted him with a letter to Dir L'rd under cover to the sergeant of police at Co!ac. Farquharson passed a very restless night and on Monda.y morning wans worse, but his violence was somewhat sabdu.d by exhaustion, want of sleep, and the excessire heat of Sunday. The dctors were in attendance, the magistrat-s were at the court, the Beeac ana Colas train a:riced, but not Mir Lloyd. They waitei for the express; still he did nt come. The case was serious; the man shal'd be fir away at all hazards. Then the c?n sable tele graphed to Mr Lloyd that Mr J. B. Fa'quharson, of Birregurra, w eagmin with a buggy to bring him do'i. Mr Lloyd was in readiness to return wit him, and stated he had not received Counsble Smith's letter, nor new nothing of r matter except that someone had tol.d hit there was a letter on the way for him, but what it was about he did not know. Mr Lloyd reached Birregurra about 2.30 p.m., and the J's.P. having obligingly re:urned to the court, the unfortunate min was brought up and duly committed on a charge of lun?cy to the Kew Asyluom, whence he sas conveyed by the 3.30 pe, trgin in charge of Constable Smith, sht duly delivered his charge at 10 p.m. It so happened that the wife of Con. stable Smith had been confined about a week before, and the Icck-up, which is seldom used, being situated near the house, was very much disturbed by the noice and violence of the unfortunate man. Onr) ,n day morning the infant child was so ill that the doctor had to be called in. It condition did not improve during roe dray, and when the constable left in the ater· noon with his charge it was se.i.uIuy ill, and died at two o'clock next morning. A telegram was sent to Melbourne, which reached Mr Smith just as he was goial for the train. He reached Birregurra in the afternoon of Tuesday, much kn-ked uop distressed by the events of the past feW days. A great deal of sympatby is felt for him. He was lately promoted, and vi ta hare gone to Geelong on the 31s: De cember, but just the day before his oifl took ill, and he was granted three weeks longer time to remove. Constable Smith, who succeeded Const.ble Healy a year aco in charge of the Birreguarra d??trir, it much e--temed for his civility asd a::et tion to duty. The district is a large onr, extending to Lorne on the one side and to Barramunga on the other. His da:ies fre quent y called him away from toe to-rr ship,'there being no other constale reid: ing between Winchelsea and Clsc. he will carry with hint the i:st wishes of the inhabitants on his promotion to the ike portant centre of Geelonsg. In Melbourne a baker failed a short tim1 ago with assets valued at £M00 to f.05 The assets realisedl £73 3s, and out of trhi sum the creditors got £10 Ids Sd, t:a balance--£62 6s 4d--going in expense. Fotwithstanding the unfavorable seasn a crop of barley belonging to Mr A. Gillin, near Glenormiston, yielded 65 bushels t the acre, and another from Mr Wallsace' land gave a return of oves 60 bushet! a: acre, aNot only did the Johannesburg ": landers send no heln to Dr Jaoes:, b' hey allowed cnrrtid?-es to toe ser cus t tie Beer soldiers during the ba-ttle in whi'C Jameson.was defeated. The Boer, a-ording to the Vitor 2 military commandant, is by no means th ioronso individual he ha;s h~ - ,,cr ot :u-' Abouta centur" behiud int hi idt-, is iinues Tai rife, children, Bible, fri ;:rd byttlei-th ]?o r enin elb.b While going dono Don Hill, bie ri.' a bicyclet-the Bon Drs Freeman Thomas was throts- atolointl y toThu groundi bc h