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The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Thu 14 Sep 1865 1

    SETTING THE FIRST PILE OF THE PITNACREE BRIDGE.—Yesterday a commencement towards screwing down the first pile of the Pitnacree bridge was made. The appliances invented by Mr Frankland for this purpose acted most satisfactorily in every respect.

    WAGES CASE.—At the Morpeth police court, yesterday, a wages case, Phillip Maguire v William Eales, was postponed for a week, in consequence of the inability of the defendant to attend through illness.

    INDECENT EXPOSURE.—At the East Maitland police court on Monday, Owen Wardwas found guilty of indecently exposing his person, and he was ordered to pay a fine of £5, or be imprisoned for two months. The same defendant was found guilty of using obscene language; he was fined 10s, or seven days’ imprisonment, for the offence.

    MISCHIEVOUS CONDUCT.—On Tuesday night some evil disposed or mischievous persons removed a timber carriage from near the coal shoots, Morpeth, and it is believed wheeled it into the river in the neighbourhood. Men were engaged yesterday with grapnels trying to recover the dray.

    PLANTATION AT THE COURT HOUSE AND AOL RESERVES, EAST MAITLAND.—These reserves have been very much improved lately by fencing, &c, and we understand that upwards of 100 young trees have been planted therein, the last two of which (Norfolk Island pines, procured from Shepherd’s Nursery) were planted on Saturday last in the enclosures in front of the Court House, by Masters MW and NG Lewis, sons of MW Lewis, Jun, Esq, of this city, under whose superintendence the improvements have been effected.—Newcastle Chronicle 13th September.

    ACCIDENTS AT NEWCASTLE.—Dr Hector was called in on Sunday morning to attend a man named Hughes, at Mr Fox’s, the butcher’s, who had injured himself severely. It appears that Hughes has a wooden leg, which slipped while he was hanging some meat up, and he fell upon the hook attached to it, which entered the lower part of his stomach and inflicted a serious wound. Fortunately, Dr Hector was in immediate attendance, otherwise the accident might have terminated fatally, but by the prompt and skilful assistance the patient received, his life was saved, and he is now in a fair way of recovery.—A second accident occurred on the same day to a man named Smith, living near Cottage Bridge, who fell while crossing the Chinaman’s Bridge, at the Glebe, and severely lacerated the palm of one hand, dividing the arteries of the thumb, which bled profusely. He was taken to Dr Bowker’s, where he arrived in a very weak and exhausted state from having lost so large a quantity of blood. Dr Hector at once stitched up the wound, which is now healing rapidly.—We regret to hear that Mr WH Whyte met with an accident in Hunter-street yesterday evening, which might have been serious. Mr Whyte, who was riding a horse of Mr Beaumont’s, was thrown to the ground nearly opposite Dr Knaggs’. It appears the horse stumbled and came to the ground. Mr Whyte’s right shoulder was considerably bruised, and he received a severe shock, but the injuries, we are happy to say, are not dangerous.—Newcastle Chronicle, Sept 13.

    RUST IN WHEAT.—Our Lochinvar correspondent, as will be seen in another column, denies the existence of rust in the wheat at Harper’s Hill. We hope this statement may be true; but we have heard it reaffirmed that not very far off—on the farm of Mr Watt, of Rosebrook, and on one or two other farms at Scotch Corner, the rust has shown itself in the wheat, though we are happy to say not to any very serious extent. Mr Watt was the person to whom we alluded as having commenced to cut down his wheat for fodder, but we learn that, acting upon the advice of his neighbours, he has desisted from doing so, having determined to await a further development of the disease before again applying the sickle.

    MESSRS DODDS & CO SALES.—We are requested to call attention to the following sales by Messrs Dodds & Co, tomorrow:—At Eckford’s Family Hotel, four lots of agricultural land, on Wallis Creek, containing from 4 acres 23 perches to 8 acres 3 roods and 17 perches, there are farm houses on two of the lots. At the Campbell’s Hill sale yards, 160 head of superior fat cattle.—Communicated.


1  The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Thu 14 Sep 1865, p. 2. Emphasis added.