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Tuesday 8 May 1866, The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser

(From the Armidale Express, May 5.)

With the exception of a few drops of rain, the weather remains dry. Some frosts in the beginning of the week were followed by fogs, and for several days the heat has been unusual for the lime of the year. As for appearances threatening rain, they happen some half a dozen times in each 24 hours. Some farmers are turning over their old land, but it is hard work, and a little wheat has been sown. – Last evening there was a shower, with more promised.

In a well which Alderman Mulligan is getting sunk, through rotten trap rock, on his selection fronting the Northern Road, the roots of a tree, darkened and hardened by the action of water, and in an excellent state of preservation, have been found at the depth of 68 feet

We are informed that the wood has the appearance of myall. Of course it must have been covered subsequent to its deposit by an outflow of the trap through which the well is being sunk. Near it there was also found a light dry substance, which has the appearance of resin, and burns gradually with much smoke when thrown into a fire.

An inquest was held at Mr Gordon’s inn Armidale on Thursday, by Mr Markham and a jury of five, respecting the death of Edward Groves. It appeared from the evidence that deceased expired on Wednesday from bronchitis, accelerated by drinking and irregular habits. A verdict was returned accordingly.

On the 27th ultimo a deputation of the parishioners in connection with St Peter’s church, Armidale, waited upon their pastor, at the parsonage, and presented him with a purse containing £42 as an Easter Offering from his parishioners.

INVERELL – On Saturday last the body of an old man named James McDermott was found floating in the river, opposite Brady’s farm, a little way below the township. He was at the races on Wednesday, and was observed in the evening by several persons in town wending his way towards Mrs Campbell’s, where he had been residing latterly. As be did not reach home that night, some anxiety was felt on his account, and a search was made next day which resulted in finding his horse, with both saddle and bridle on, but it was not until Saturday that his remains were discovered as I have stated. It is a matter of some speculation what took him to the river, as the place where his body was found is a considerable distance from the road to Inverell station. He was a very old man, however, and I believe in a state of semi-dotage which taken with tho fact that he was almost blind, and perhaps a little excited too by what he had seen during the day, may sufficiently account for the accident. Deceased had been a very long time in the district, and was uncle to Mrs Anderson, of Newstead, where he was taken to he buried.

At a public meeting hold at Tyson’s hotel, Armidale, on Tuesday afternoon, for the purpose of considering the propriety of supporting a project for establishing a bone mill at Armidale, it was resolved to entertain the offer of Mr Wm. Roberts, who was willing to supply bone-dust at Armidale, at £5 per ton, if a guarantee were given that fifty tons would be ordered. A committee was appointed to obtain the guarantee. Names had been put down for thirty tons before the close of the meeting, which was attended by about twenty five persons.

Considerable interest was exhibited before and after the meeting on Tuesday afternoon relative to the model of a stump-extracting machine made by Mr Wm. Roberts, who stated it was the kind found most useful in the United States. Three pieces of timber firmly united in the form of a triangle, rest on the ground, leaving the stump to be operated upon in the centre of a space about 10 feet in diameter. From the corners of the triangular frame three strong beams rise in a slanting direction to a considerable height, when, having nearly met, they are fastened by bolts to a horizontal slab of iron weighing about 2 cwt. Through a hole in the centre of this slab a long iron screw of 3 inches diameter is worked perpendicularly When it is dropped to near the stump, a chain is passed through a ring at its end and fastened to any large root. The screw is then worked upwards by a lever attached to the screw above the iron slab, and having an iron head. The other end of the lever is bent down and far enough out to attach a horse to its end. The horse walks round in a circle, giving motion by the lever to the screw, which is represented thus to draw up any stump without difficulty. The machine may be taken asunder, except the frame on the ground for the purpose of removing it from one stump to another or a greater distance.

(From the Armidale Telegraph, May 6 )

Mr. P. Speare, during the week, killed an enormous fat pig, perhaps, and we believe it to be, the largest reared in the district. it weighed, when cleaned and ready for sale, 332 lbs.; and measured eight feet from the tip of the nose.

We learn that the handsome sum of nearly £20 has been subscribed by the Freemasons of Armidale, towards the Woolley Fund, and will be forwarded to the treasurers.

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May 21, 2010 at 8:05 pm

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