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TRELAWNY AND PUBLIC ADVERTISER
(Items that duplicated the news in the Falmouth Post for 1875 have not been included)
St. Ann's Bay, 27 August, 1874
FOR SALE OR LEASE
Those desirable properties in the parish of St. Mary known as, Green Castle, and Mount Pleasant, containing 1280 acres and Nutfield 1655, with the wharf at Robin's Bay. These properties are nearly covered with guinea grass. There are cocoanuts and pimento walks on each property.
Apply to Bravo Bro & Co.
a Pharmaceutical and Dispensing Chemist
At Porkville, Missouri America on the 2nd December 1874, Edward Harman Galbraith, eldest son of the late Revd. Edward Galbraith, Rector of Hanover. He was in his 37th year. He has left a sorrowing wife and 3 young children to mourn their loss.
At his residence on Stewart Castle Pen Trelawny, on the 15th instant; James Higgin Esquire, late of Cave Valley Estate in the Parish of St. Ann.
FALMOUTH COURT OF PETTY SESSIONS
(Before Justices Vine and Sievewright)
Richard Milbourne guilty of disorderly conduct.
Edward Wisdom, charged by Henry J. D'Souza with misconduct while employed as a sailor on board the Sloop Dart. Guilty.
Henry J. DeSouza charged by Mr. Duncan Passmore, the wharfinger on Union Wharf, with trespassing on the Wharf, at an unseemly hour of the night. Guilty.
Isabella Campbell guilty of making use of obscene language in the streets of the town.
Cameron & Co. has commenced business as Importers and General Merchants.
Temporary Office No. 131 Duke Street, adjoining the residence of Mr. Cameron.
PORT OF FALMOUTH
January 22 - British Barque William Naizby, Defries, from London, via Kingston.
Ulster Spring, Trelawny
January 25, 1875
My wife Mary Harrison, having left my protection for the last 8 months without any reasonable cause, I will not be responsible for any debt she may contract.
The following is a list of Estates in the parish of Trelawny which have produced sugar and rum during the past year:
Total production: 3845 Hogsheads of Sugar; 3658 Puncheons of Rum.
PORT OF FALMOUTH
January 29 - H. M. S. Bullfinch, Commander Rodney, on a cruise.
This gunboat arrived in two days from Kingston. In the afternoon, a Cricket Match was played on the Grass Piece between the Falmouth Club, and eleven men from on board the "Bullfinch," which resulted in a victory for the Falmouth Club.
On the 16th February, at Brown's Town, by the Revd. George Hall, James Alfred Vine, Esq., to Sarah Jane, third daughter of the late Revd. James Milne.
On the 11th February, after a protracted illness, Mr. Alex. Imlah Calles, in the 47th year of his age, leaving a disconsolate widow, an only son, and several relatives and friends.
At Goshen Estate in the Parish of St. Mary, on the 16th inst., Samuel Lunn Gregory, the eldest son of Joseph Houston and Mary Jane Gregory, in the 37th year of his age, deeply regretted by his relatives and friends.
There are 39 cases of this loathsome disease in the Ulster Spring district of Trelawny, and that prompt measures are being resorted to, to curb the spread of it.
An Inquest was held at the Court House in Falmouth on Friday last, respecting the death of a man named Deckett, whose body (before life became extinct) was found under a coconut tree at a place, called Cold Spring. When found his skull was fractured from the effects of which he died soon after. After hearing the evidence of Dr. Rogers, who was ordered by Inspector Alexander to proceed to the place for the purpose of ascertaining the cause of death, and who had the body exhumed, the jury returned a verdict of accidental death, caused by two fractures of the skull.
Port of Falmouth
February 21 - British Barque Blanche, Bosdet, 46 days from the Downs.
Port of Montego Bay
February 18 - British Barque, A. B. Mulhall, last from Kingston
February 19 - British Barque Florence Louise, last from Lucea, to load
February 20 - North-German Brig Carl August, last from Kingston, to load.
At Osbourne Dry Harbour, St. Ann, the residence of his step father, B. Beverland Esqre, on the 19th February, of consumption, Mr. Thomas J. Nash, a fine steady young man, aged 22 years 6 months.
FALMOUTH PETTY SESSIONS
(Before Justice Bruford)
Queen vs William Williams, guilty of having unjust weights in his possession while in the market selling bread-kind.
John R. Young, guilty of having unjust weights in one of his shops.
Rosy Kerr, guilty of negligent use of fire on Hague Estate, the property of Mr. H. B. Gardiner.
Port of Falmouth
February 26 - Schooner Alice Hodges, Skinner, from Port Antonio, to fill up with Fruits.
February 26 - North-German Brig Apollo, from St Lucia, Ballast, to Nunes Bro.
In Port: 5 British Barques, 1 Scotch Brigantine, and 1 Brigantine United States.
Port of Falmouth
March 5 - British Barque Dundee, Stevens, in 35 days, from the Downs.
PASSENGERS ARRIVED in Barque Dundee
Mr. Cecil H. T. Holdyard; Mr. John William Holt; Captain John Reid, R N. and wife; Miss Frances Henderson.
At his residence, St. Ann's Bay, on Tuesday the 9th instant, the wife of Mr. William Richard Phillips, of a daughter.
Falmouth, 15th March, 1875
Mr. A. C. Henriques, being desirous of leaving this Town has placed in my hands for disposal nearly all his Household Furniture, to which will be added a large lot, the property of a Gentleman off the Island, the whole will be sold at Auction on Saturday 27th instant.
In Spanish Town, on Tuesday the 9th March 1875, of Puerperal Fever, Elizabeth Norris, the wife of A. C. Sinclair of the Constabulary Department. Aged 44 years and 6 months.
At Wilton, in the Parish of St. Ann, on the night of Wednesday, the 10th March, inst. John Anderson, Esq., M. D., in the 84th year of his age.
FALMOUTH DISTRICT COURT
This Court was opened at Brown's Town on Friday last, 12th March, before the Hon. Findlater Roper, Acting Judge. Before the business of the Court, the Judge said that the last Mail brought news of the death of Mr. Jeffery, the late Judge of this Court, and expressed the sympathies of the community to his family.
Port of Falmouth
March 20 - British Schooner Cronan, from Halifax with Fish-stuff.
March 19 - British Brigantine Lenore, for Glasgow
In Spanish Town, on Monday 15th March, 1875, Elizabeth Augusta, the infant child of Elizabeth Norris (deceased), and A. C. Sinclair. Aged 15 days.
FALMOUTH PETTY SESSIONS
Cath. Ricketts guilty of abusive language, having had several previous convictions.
Frances Grizzle guilty of using a short measure.
INTELLIGENCE FROM ST. ANN'S
A new chapel, in connection with the Wesleyan Society, was opened at Hoolebury on the 18th instant. Sermons were preached by the Rev. George Sargeant, Chairman of the District.
At Maxfield, on the morning of March 27, the wife of Mr. George Thomas Cooper of a son.
In this Town, at the Residence of his brother Joseph Malabre, on Thursday evening the 25th March, Louis M. Malabre, at the age of 73 years; he was a long time afflicted.
Port of Falmouth
April 2 - American Schooner Hannah Coomer, in 14 days from New York, with Bread-stuffs
April 3 - British Schooner Barbadian, Allen, from Lock port, with Fish-stuffs
In port, 2 brigs and 1 schooner.
FALMOUTH DISTRICT COURT
This Court was opened on Monday 5th April in Falmouth.
Henry Barrett guilty of assault on William Owen Dunbar.
Port of Falmouth
April 10 - British Brigantine Daisy, with Fish-stuffs
April 10 - British Brigantine H. M. Morris, with Fish-stuffs
April 12 - American three-masted Schooner Parepa with Bread-stuffs
April 15 - British schooner Matilda M., with Fish-stuffs
On April 6 for London, British Barques James Duncan, William Maizby, Blanche Guatemala Packet, and North-German Brig Carl August.
MEETING OF MAGISTRATES
A meeting of the Magistrates of Trelawny was held at the Court House on Saturday 17th April, to arrange a reception for His Excellency Sir William Grey, who is expected to arrive on the 24th. Those present were Robert Nunes (Custos), Hon. William Kerr (Custos of St. James), other magistrates: James W. Fisher, David Galloway, James A. Vine, C. R. Seivwright, George Robertson, F. H. Anderson, George Dewar, and H. M. Purchas, Esqrs.
Port of Falmouth
April 22 - British Barque Port Royal, Johnson, in 45 days, from London
A Coroner's Inquest was held at the Court House in Falmouth on Thursday 22nd April concerning the death of George King who died on Friday 9th April. King was discovered on the morning of the 9th, in one of the Stables at Mr. Robey's Tavern, in an insensible state. From thence he was conveyed to the Lock-Up at the Court House, where he remained for several hours before he was taken to the Parochial Hospital, where he subsequently died. A post mortem examination was performed by Dr. Hume, the Government Medial Officer, who gave it as his opinion that the deceased died from acute inflammation of the membranes of the brain. The Jury returned a verdict "that the man King died from natural causes."
Brown's Town, 22 April 1875
25 Dollars Reward
Will be paid by me to any one who will prove the writer of an advertisement with my name attached, appearing in a paper, styled 'The Falmouth Post' the same being a Forgery, the sole object if discovered is to punish the hang-dog scoundrel with a "Cowhide Whip," he can he nothing better than a Villain of the deepest die.
At his father's residence Albert Town, on the 1st instant, Benjamin the infant son of Henry & Frances Walcott. Aged 23 months.
At Holland Estate in Trelawny on the 26th April, Mr. Robert McCririe Neilson, in the 28th year of his age.
On Monday the 26th April, at Whittingham Pen, in the parish of Hanover, Mrs. Jane Petgrave Sawyers, wife of the late John A. Sawyers, Esquire. Aged 80 years.
The Governor has appointed Dr. Stanigar as Government Medical officer for the Ulster Spring District of Trelawny, in place of Dr. Lemonius.
The ship Neva which left Calcutta on the 16th January arrived in Annotto Bay, on the 21st April, making the passage in 93 days. She brought 454 coolies, namely, 266 men, 120 women, 34 boys, 26 girls and 8 infants. There were 2 births and 4 deaths on the voyage.
We are sorry to hear of the sudden death of Mr. Walcott, Chief Justice of Honduras. He was a native of this island, and practiced at the local bar for several years. He was appointed Attorney General for Western Australia, and thence promoted to the responsible office which he held at the time of his death.
Port of Falmouth
May 9 - American Barque Gen. F. Kingman, Holmes, 21 days Philadelphia, via Kingston, general cargo.
In Port: 6 Barques and 1 Brigantine
At 133 [?] Sauchiehall Street, on the 5th instant, of condition of the brain, Norman Bruce, aged 11 years, second son of the late William Scott, M.D., Falmouth, Jamaica.
The United Service Gazette remarked on the selection of Sub-Lieut. F. W. S. Grant of the 2nd West India Regiment, to act as Aide-de-Camp to Sir William Grey, the Governor of Jamaica.
My wife Elizabeth Hall having left my care and protection for some time past without just cause, I will not be responsible for any debts she may contract.
A person named Ellen Sinclair, a settler near Cross Roads, has been charged with infanticide of her new-born infant.
Port of Falmouth
May 19 - German Barque Malvina Schutt, Kroeger, to fill up.
An accident occurred on the Hartland's line on Saturday last. One of the labourers on the evening train on its arrival at that station went into a liquor shop. While there the whistle blew and the journey was resumed without him. On coming out he ran after the train and attempted to get on the car next to the engine, carrying 2 bottles of Ale under one arm. He missed his hold, stumbled and fell and in an instant the carriages wagons etc., passed over him. By the time the brakes were put on and the engine stopped, the poor man was dead, the body presenting a most sickening spectacle. Strange to say the 2 bottles remained untouched. The deceased is said to have been a hard working, civil young man of the name of Charles Johnson, and leaves a family. The body was taken to Spanish Town where an Inquest was held.
Port of Falmouth
The British Barque "Swanley", Wood Master, sailed from Rio Bueno, on the 27th May. The following are the Passengers in the above named vessel: Revd. John Kingdon (Baptist) and Family and Mrs. James Vine and Daughters.
On Wednesday 26th May the culprit Wilson, who was convicted of the murder of 2 children in a provision ground in Manchioneal, was executed within the Jail at Spanish Town for his offence.
My wife Susan Grey having become unfaithful has left my house. I will not be responsible for any debts she may contract.
Keith, St. Ann.
LOSS OF THE BRIGT. THALIA
The Brigt. Thalia, Capt. Fudge, which left Halifax, D.C., on 18th March 1st, for this port, was totally wrecked on the 2nd April, off the south side of St. Domingo. We regret to report that Capt. Fudge and Henry Todd (cook) were both drowned. Capt. Fudge was an old trader to this port [Falmouth].
Port of Falmouth
June 10 - American Schooner Hannah Coomer, King, from New York, with bread-stuff.
FALMOUTH DISTRICT COURT
This Court was opened on Monday last. Among the criminal cases was one against Abraham Steele, James Wray, George Steele and George Garvey for the larceny of 20 gallons of rum, the property of Jacob Jackson, Esq. The accused were found guilty.
Friendship and Greenwich Estates in this island, containing 2,164 acres, were sold in London on the 5th ult. for £5000. Brimmer Hall has also been sold for £8000.
DEATH OF THE REVD. S. H. COOKE
We regret to announce the almost sudden death of the Revd. S. H. Cooke, late Rector of St. Thomas in the East, in Kingston on Wednesday the 16th inst. His remains were interred in the Church yard of the Parish and City of Kingston, on Thursday morning the 17th. A large concourse of persons followed the mournful procession.
COOLIE "REBELLION" AT CONSTANT SPRING
At Constant Spring Estate, in St. Andrews, on Friday 11th June, some indentured Coolies made an assault on Mr. O'Connell, the overseer, while he was on a visit to one of the cane-field of the estate mounted on a mule. The Coolies were engaged in cutting canes, with which they made the attack, beating him severely before he contrived to extricate himself. On getting free of his assailants, Mr. O'Connell galloped to Halfway Tree, where he procured the services of several constables who, on proceeding to Constant Spring, had great difficulty in apprehending three of the ringleaders. On Mr. O'Connell's way to Halfway tree for the constables he had met Mr. Richards, the Attorney, and Mr. Ripoll the Sub-agent of Immigration, who reside on the estate, when he informed them of what had transpired. These gentlemen hurried to the estate. Arrived at the date, they met a large body of coolies, armed with sharpened machetes. Taking in the situation at once, they determined on shewing a bold front, and succeeded, though not without a great deal of difficulty in quieting the men.
There are about 150 indentured, and a large numbed of unindentured Coolies on Constant Spring. We are happy to say that none of the last mentioned class participated I the attack. The cause that has been assigned for it is that the overseer complained of the small amount of work performed buy 8 lazy Coolie women. Among these was the wife of the Coolie Headman. This man is said to have shammed illness and gone to the estate's hospital, where he had secret meeting with other coolies.
The following morning, the sub-agent of Immigration succeeded in inducing the man to go to work. The Coolies who were principally engaged in the attack, we may say, were a part of the last importation to the island.
Kingston, 17th June, 1875
IN THE ISLAND OF JAMAICA
Preliminary Notice of Sale
To be sold at auction in London, during the month of July next, all that Sugar Estate known as
situate in the Parish of Trelawny, containing 1504 acres or thereabouts, together with the Mountain Land called
FONTABELLE MOUNTAIN OR MOCCO MOUNTAIN
containing 550 acres or thereabouts, together with all the Buildings thereon, fixed and unfixed Machinery, live and dead Stock. About 135 acres are now in cultivation, and the Estate produces very superior Rum known by the F. W. brand.
Included in the sale will be the residue of an assigned lease of 10 years to expire on 31 July 1881 of the adjoining lands called
in Trelawny containing 800 acres or thereabouts, together with the Dwelling House thereon and land thereto called
Port of Falmouth
June 20 - British Barque Florence Louise, William, in 41 days from Glasgow
June 20 - British Brigt. Comrade, from Halifax, via Kingston, with fist-stuff
16th June 1875
ROSE HALL ESTATE
In the Parish of St. James
A freehold of 622 acres consisting of 119 acres of good level sea side land, 12 acres of plants, and 9 acres of 1st Ratoons in the hill land, making a total for crop 1876 of 140 acres.
There are 120 acres in good guinea grass, and the remaining 332 acres are interior grass common and ruinate.
The Boiling House
contains a complete iron battery.
The curing and fermenting houses with the rest of the buildings are in good repairs.
There is a large residence on the Estate about a ¾ mile from the works. There are at date 112 head of stock.
The shipping Wharf (Little River) is about 1 mile from the Works.
Partly lining on the back land of the above Estate and consisting of 1260 acres, of which 20 acres are in guinea grass, 465 in common, and the remaining acres improveable land with a number of Pimento Trees, woodland, and ruinate.
The Pen lies at a considerable elevation. There is also on the property a comfortable house.
THE COLLEGIATE SCHOOL
Midsummer Term 1875
[students receiving recognition]
In a case of murder which was tried in the Circuit Court for the Eastern District of Kingston, Jose Sanchez was found guilty of the murder of a native peasant by the name of Thomas Newton, residing on his own settlement in St. Thomas-in-the-Vale. Two man Richard Williams and Robert Fuller, passing on the road, saw Sanchez hacking the deceased with a cutlass.
THE MISSES KNIBB
Will re-open their school (D.V.) on Wednesday s1st July.
We observe by the "Singapore Daily Times" of Thursday 6th May, that Mr. J. M. B. Vermont, a native of Jamaica, took his seat at the Legislative Council of Singapore as an unofficial member.
REGINA VS MOTHERSILL
The "Gleaner" reported that the prisoner, one of the oldest Magistrates in Jamaica, was found guilty of embezzlement of money entrusted to him by Mr. Jones. He was sentenced to 12 months in the General Penitentiary.
A REMARKABLE ROBBERY
On Saturday evening last a Coolie shopkeeper from the parish of Westmoreland, named John Malcolm, came in to Kingston to buy goods with £67.12, comprised of 2 cheques drawn by Mr. Zachary Jones of Sav-la-Mar for £30 each, and some cash. On reaching the Parade, he met 2 of his countrymen, residing in Kingston. They saw him make a purchase, and invited him to their house for dinner. There they drugged him, and took his money. Some Coolies were arrested and taken into custody.
THE GERMAN PRISONER
The prisoner Helmn Kampff who was detained under the Extradition Treaty, was taken on the "Nile" by Sub-Inspector Rivett, who sill surrender him in Germany.
DESERTION FROM ABOARD SHIP
Johannes Mireba. a seaman on board the British Barque William Naizby was found guilty of desertion.
In Falmouth on Thursday 15th July, the wife of Mr. Louis Lazarus of a son.
At Brown's Town on the 21st July, by the Revd. George Hall, Frederick Rogers Fletcher, Esquire, to Isabella, fourth daughter of the late Revd. James Milne.
ST. JAMES CIRCUIT COURT
This Court opened at Montego Bay on Monday 26th July. The following prisoners were found guilty:
James Cook of Trelawny, guilty of bestiality.
John Hutton guilty of larceny of clothes.
In a civil case, Dr. Henry Hume recovered from John C. Lewis payment for his services performed as a medical man.
SERIOUS CASE OF HOMICIDE
A report from the Shrewsbury district in Portland states that on the night of July 22, a house had taken fire (there are suggestions that the owner, one George Brown, had himself caused the fire). A man named John Gayle armed himself with a revolver, and proceeded, with no legal power, to arrest George Brown. A scuffle ensued, and Brown was tied to a tree by Gayle and others. During the row Gayle had discharged his revolver, and the bullet lodged in Brown's abdomen. Brown died on July 24th. A coroner's inquest which sat at Hope Bay on the case on Monday, determined that Brown died due to the wound caused by a pistol shot by John Gayle. The post mortem examination was made by Dr. Keech. Brown's dying declaration was taken by Duncan Campbell, Esq., J. P., and he also made a deposition before the Custos. Gayle and five others are in custody, but one of them, William Donovall, will probably be put in the witness box instead.
Port of Falmouth
August 8 - American Schooner, Hannah Coomer, in 20 days from New York with Bread-stuffs.
At Barnstaple, on the 4th August, William Gascoigne, second son of the late George Arguimbau Esqre., of this parish of a painful illness which he bore with resignation. Aged 32 years.
In Falmouth on Saturday 7th August, a woman by the name of Mary James, who had been complaining for some time past, had been ironing clothes from an early hour in the morning until about 4 p.m. when she completed her labours, prepared her dinner, and having eaten it, complained of a lump in her stomach, and soon after expectorated blood. This was followed by a freer discharge of the life-sustaining substance, and within 5 minutes she had passed into eternity. The rupture of a blood-vessel, it is said, was the cause of death.
A CONSTABLE SENT TO PRISON
On Friday last, August 6th, a Constable named Louis Robinson, of the Kingston division, was sentenced to pay a fine of £5 or undergo imprisonment for 3 months for being drunk and assaulting his superior officer. The fine not being forthcoming, he was escorted to the General Penitentiary by his comrades.
At St. Mark's, Rio Bueno, on the 18th August, by the Revd. E. A. Stewart, brother-in-law of the bride, assisted by the Revd. F. L. King, Avis Catherine, fifth daughter of Utten T. Todd Esqre., of the Ridge, St. Ann, to John Wilson, Esqre., Georgia Estate, Trelawny.
We learn that Mr. Barclay, an Englishman who has recently been employed as a Clerk by Messrs. Nunes Bros., of Falmouth, was arrested on Thursday night last by Inspector Black of Kingston. The charge against him is said to be mis-appropriation of money belonging to his former employers in England. Little is known of the case.
TO BE SOLD BY PUBLIC AUCTION
At an early date in London
Unless previously disposed of by private contract
CINNAMON HILL AND CORNWALL ESTATES
IN THE PARISH OF SAINT JAMES
These properties are now worked together as one Estate, and comprise a Freehold of 1,436 acres or thereabouts.
Acres in canes for 1876 crop - 200
Land available for cane cultivation - about 100 acres
Land in Guinea Grass - 525 acres
Common pasture - 300 acres
Wood and ruinate - 311 acres
The livestock consists of 127 working cattle and 32 mules.
has a very healthy and commodious residence and
CINNAMON HILL GREAT HOUSE
is one of the largest and most convenient in the Island.
There is a PUBLIC WHARF called LITTLE RIVER
forming part of the Freehold and situate 1 ½ miles from the works.
THE FAMILY CEMETERY
covering about 1 acre will be exempted from the sale and no right of way to is reserved by the vendor.
PLEASANT VALLEY PEN
ALSO IN St. James, closer about 2 miles from the boundary of Cornwall and containing about 410 acres of which more than half are in fine Guinea Grass. . .
In the parish of Trelawny, containing 965 acres, in cane, guinea grass, and common pasture.
The livestock consists of 139 cattle and 22 mules.
The buildings comprising Great House, Overseer's House, Barracks, Boiling, Curing and Still House are in fine order.
For terms of payment apply to C. J. Moulton Barrett Esq., the Retreat, Brown's Town P.O., or to Messrs S. C. Shirley and H. M. Purchas, Clarke's Town P.O.
A serious accident occurred to a man named Thomas Selby on Tuesday evening last. While standing in the street he was knocked down and run over by a vehicle of Mr. A. Nathan in which that gentleman was then riding. His injuries are said to be serious, and he was immediately removed to the hospital.
We regret to learn that the Boat "Planter" recently imported went down at Sea in heavy weather off Port Antonio on Sunday last. The captain was lost. The rest of the crew were saved by the "Sisters" a boat belonging to Mr. A. DaCosta.
FALMOUTH DISTRICT COURT
Four defendants were found guilty of criminal offences:
Richard Thompson, for larceny as Bailee.
Peter Waugh McTaggart for embezzlement of £11.2. of the monies of his master R. G. Bobey.
Julius Foster for unlawfully wounding one Emily Ricketts with a bottle.
At the Police Court yesterday, William Guthrie was found guilty of larceny of soap and blue the property of Frederick Bullock. The prisoner had requested credit and was refused. He then called for the items, and refused to pay for the articles or to return them.
We learn from the "Journal" that the last mail from England brought a photograph of Barclay alias Barry, who was arrested a few weeks ago while holding a confidential situation with Messrs. Nunes Bros. of Falmouth. The prisoner is charged with having embezzled £5000. He escaped to this island, and during the few weeks of his sojourn here ingratiated himself with the Constabulary, attended public sales of furniture, etc., and disported himself largely with the non-commissioned officers of the army. His arrest is attributable to the fact of Major Prenderville, Inspector General of the Jamaica Constabulary having seen the prisoner's photograph, with a reward of £100 offered in England, when recollecting that he had seen such a person attending his sale before leaving Jamaica, he telegraphed to have the man arrested, as he was easily recognized by a glass eye and certain peculiarities of manner.
It is reported that Dr. Wethered, Superintendant Government Medical Officer of the island, who is now in England, has resigned his appointment.
The Governor has transferred J. Gibson Starke, Esqre. from the District Court of Port Antonio to Falmouth.
FIRE IN VERE
At about 3 o'clock on Sunday morning the 13th instant, the wharfinger at Upper Wharf, Salt River, in Vere, was aroused by hearing the watchman at the wharf crying out "Fire!" He hurried down from his house to the wharf, a distance of about 100 yards, and found the large store which was a building of wood with iron roof on fire, and the doors of the portion which held some 60 to 70 puncheons of rum, wide open. The boards all around the building appear to have been smeared with kerosene oil and were burning brightly, but no fire was then inside the store. In a few minutes the fire had got inside the store and near to the rum, so that no one dared to go very close to the building. The fire soon burned through the puncheons, and as each puncheon exploded, the fire was thrown in immense sheets all over the various buildings, and in about an hour and a half every building was consumed; also a great deal of sugar, rum, and other stores of the value of about £2000. The wharf is owned by Col. Dawkins, Lord Penrhyn and Mr. Morant, and is now under lease to Mr. J. R. Latrille. The principal losers are James Harvey Esq., to the extent of about £600, Colonel Dawkins to about the same amount, Mr. Morant about £300, Lord Penryhn £200, and Mr. McCormack has losts some hundreds of pounds, with flour, provisions, etc. It is feared there was very little of the property insured. Some nine men have been arrested and are now in the lock-up in Alley awaiting a magisterial investigation.
TRELAWNY PAROCHIAL BOARD COMMISSIONERS
At the meeting held on Saturday, the Clerk read a letter from Mrs. E. A. Davis of Litchfield Penn, refusing to accept the sum of £8 per acre for land required to reconstruct Road No. 28. After a short discussion the Clerk was directed to inform Mrs. Davis that the matter will be submitted to the Judge of the District Court for adjucation.
Mr. Maxwell of the Liverpool detective department arrived in Kingston by the steamer "Alps" for the purpose of taking over Captain Barclay, who was lately arrested at Falmouth, on the charge of embezzlement in England. Mr. Maxwell and his charge will leave for Liverpool by the first steamer offering.
At the District Court holden at Brown's Town on the 10th instant, before F. Roper Esq., acting Judge, Mr. George Lannaman of that District was fined £10 for using false measures.
Port of Falmouth
September 19 - French Brig Jack Cartia, Peritte, from Black River, to fill up.
September 21 - American Schooner Bendett Hart, Fargo, Norfolk via Sav-la-Mar.
In Port: 1 barque, 3 brigantines, 1 schooner.
A woman named Rebecca Reid has been murdered in Kingston and by her paramour Isaiah Mitchell had been living together for some time and had a child. During that time, they frequently quarreled and fought, and, it would seem, lately separated. They lived in the same street but in different houses, and on Thursday last night at about seven o'clock, during the rain, another young woman passed the deceased as she was buying a bread at the corner of Rose Lane and one of the cross streets in that direction. On going a little further up she saw Mitchell standing under a tree and passed him also. She had hardly got any distance when she heard the voice of the deceased crying out "Lord's Ziah Mitchell you will kill me" and before looking around she heard as if a person had fallen. She turned and saw Mitchell going down the lane, as also the deceased a short distance off. The poor woman was still alive, but by the time two other persons came out and apply to some rum and see a camphor, the girl was dead. Dr. Ross was quickly on the spot, but he arrived there too late. The jury brought in a verdict of willful murder.
We learn from a correspondent that the town of Port Maria was visited on Sunday between 5 and 10 p.m. by a tidal wave which did great damage. The sloop "Brothers" was dashed ashore and much injured; the wreck of the "Lizzie Verden", the brig that went ashore on the first November last was lifted from her sandy bed and deposited a few feet more inland and the masts tossed out of her. A smithy close to the beach, was swept away, and a great many out-houses in several yards, were demolished. Several canoes were washed into the middle of the street, and the sea was several feet high in many parts of it. There was very little breeze at the time, but the sea was fearfully high.
SALE OF LANDED PROPERTY
We learn that Rose Hall Estate in the parish of St. James, has been sold to George Robertson Esq. of Green Park, for £5800. Palmyra Pen has also been sold to Mr. Dyer for £2000.
We learn that a very serious accident occurred on board her Majesty's steamer "Dryad" on Saturday last. She was at Pedro Cays rendering assistance in saving some portion of the wreck "Shannon", when one of her steam pipes burst. Four persons were killed and two others are in a dangerous state.
Port of Falmouth
October 2 - British Brigt. Montrose, Flaven, in 24 days from Halifax with fish stuffs. October 2 - American schooner, Hattie Haskell, Hewitt, in 16 days from New York.
October 2 - British barque, Sorata, Price, for Annotto Bay
October 2 - French Brig. Jack Curtin, Piretto, for Montego Bay.
In distress - Brigantine Chillian
In distress - Brigantine Empress
On the first September, the remains of an infant child were discovered in a clump of bushes near the Moneague, St. Ann. It appears that Letitia Green, the mother of the child, was returning from St. Mary, where she had been on a visit to her brother, but from the long journey and heavy load, the pangs of childbirth came on, and she gave birth to a male child in the bush, which the crows brought to light. At the inquest the coroner charged the jury, and they found that the said child came to its death from foul means by the mother.
At Maxfield, in this parish, on Friday 8th instant, Erasmus Maximilian, infant son of George and Ann Cooper, aged six months and 14 days.
Five men named Charles Campbell, William Miller, Augustus Davis, Samuel Christie and Samuel Miller were arrested within the precincts of the Falmouth District prison on Sunday last on a charge of gambling. Two of them are officers of the prison.
A brutal assault was committed upon a man named Richard Milburn on Monday night last. It is stated that having gone to some room in this town, he was way laid by four men from St. Ann, who lurked outside the premises and on his emerging therefrom the four set upon him simultaneously and one dealt him a blow in the face with a stick which it is to be feared will cause the loss of his eye.
THE LATE STORM
There is a curious coincidence in date in all the storms that have been recorded of the month of October, in which we may here notice.
1744 October 20 -- hurricane.
1780 October 3 -- storm and earthquake, which laid waste Savanna-la-Mar, and destroyed a great portion of the county of Cornwall.
1786 October 20 -- storm.
1812 October 12 -- severe storm.
1815 October 18 and 19 -- several storms which proved particularly destructive in the county of Surrey.
1844 October 5 -- hurricane at Havana. Destructive swell of the sea at Montego Bay.
1846 October 10 and 11 hurricane at Havana. Destructive swell of the sea at the east end of Jamaica on the 10th, and at the west end on the 11th, and an overwhelming flood on the intermediate Islands of the Caymanas.
Port of Falmouth
October 17 -- British barque Swanley, Wood, 57 days from London.
Passengers arrived on the Swanley. The Misses Stewart.
At Dry Harbor, on Tuesday 28th of September, after a long and painful illness Eliza, second daughter of the late William Knox Esquire.
Isaiah Mitchell, for the manslaughter of the woman with whom he lived, has been sentenced to five years penal servitude. A Kingston contemporary complains that the sentence is inadequate to the offense.
We notice from the report of the proceedings in the Council that the registration of birth, marriages and deaths will soon be made the subject of legislation. So at least we are led to infer from Mr. Westmorland's remarks on the subject. While discussing the salaries of schoolmasters, he stated that their incomes would soon be augmented, as it would not be long before a registration act would be passed and the schoolmasters would be the best persons to act as registrars in their respective districts.
Barry alias Barclay escaped from Maxwell the detective, at Plymouth. The account of his escape points either to great carelessness or to collusion.
INTELLIGENCE FROM MONTEGO BAY
Mrs. Elizabeth Ramsay was fined £5 last Friday in the district court, before Judge P. A. Smith for retailing a bottle of brandy, at the court house at a lecture.
A daring robbery was committed on Sunday the seventh instant, between the hours of 7 and 8:00 p.m. One of Mr. John Watt's liquor shops in the town was entered by some thief or thieves. The distance of the shop from the constabulary guard room, which is kept in the court house, is about 20 yards. What were the constables about that they did not hear the noise? The amount missed is said to be £18 in cash besides liquors and cigars etc.
Port of Falmouth
November 19 -- American three-masted schooner Charles Dow, with a cargo of flour.
Coolie murders are becoming frequent and alarming occurrences in our present state of society. A very short time ago a coolie was sentenced to death and executed for having killed his companion, with whom he had some trifling quarrel about 1 1/2d . Week before last one died in the parochial hospital of this town, who was then awaiting his trial for having murdered his wife and subsequently attempted to commit suicide -- jealousy, in his case, having been the motive. At the Mandeville Circuit Court on the 10th instant, another coolie, named Norane, was arraigned, charged with the murder of his wife Samoa in the parish of Vere, by chopping off her head. It appears that the deceased was a young woman, who, according to coolie custom had been married to the prisoner -- the question of love not being at all considered -- and as she did not evince any very violent affection for him, he lived in perpetual jealousy of her, and several times attempted her life. Having chopped off her head, he then cut his own throat. The doctor however, took him in hand, and kept him alive. He was sentenced to be hanged.
We learn that Mr. Pixley, charged with embezzlement of money from the St. James Pauper Fund, was tried and acquitted on Monday. Popular feeling ran very strongly in Pixley's favor and his acquittal unmistakably won the approval of the audience.
Munroe, charged with the theft of £8 from a letter posted at the Green Island post office, where he was employed was found guilty.
All the early risers in Falmouth were thrown into a state of excitement on Friday morning last, between the hours of six and seven, by the discovery that a burglarious entry into the bank premises had been effected. Upon examination it appeared that a circular hole about 5 inches in diameter had been made by a center bit in a panel of one of the bank windows. Through this hole the burglar put his hand and unfastened the windows. The money safes were quite impregnable to the attacks of the thieves and too bulky to be removed; but a small upright press and the desk of Mr. Nunes were broken open and ransacked. There was nothing stolen from the desk.
A frightful and murderous assault was committed on the night of the 29th November, on a man named John Gordon, by his wife Louisa L. Gordon. The pair have been married about six years, and lived unhappily together. They had a quarrel on the evening of the assault, about putting the children to bed. The woman uttered the threat that it would be the last night the man would sleep in that bed, and sprinkled it with pepper and salt. At about 12 o'clock at night while he was asleep, the woman inflicted a blow upon his head which laid it open, cuts his right ear in two and broke his jaw. After this she beat him about the body with the same weapon she had used to inflict the first wound, until some neighbors rushed in to prevent her. The man has continued comatose from the infliction of the blow until the present instant. The assault took place near Cambridge. The woman is in custody awaiting examination.
The lady of his Excellency Sir William Grey gave birth to a daughter in Kings House St. Andrews on the 30th November.
We learn from our Kingston contemporaries that a serious fire occurred in that city on Tuesday night last. The alarm was given at about nine o'clock, and shortly after an immense crowd congregated in the direction indicated. The flames were seen to issue from the Saddlery establishment of Mr. John McDonald which extends from Harbor Street to Water lane. There was no one in authority to direct, and the fire was simply left to exhaust itself. For upwards of an hour the flames were allowed unmolested play upon the building until it became evident that no human effort could avail in saving it. The establishment of Messrs. Roxburgh on the west, being a fire-proof, protected the buildings in front and rear of it, but the Morning Journal to the east and immediately adjoining MacDonald's next took fire and was nearly consumed. The establishment of Mr. Alexander Berry adjoining the Journal office was also considerably burnt, when a company of the 2nd West India Regiment, with a good engine and serviceable hose, arrived on the scene and was chiefly instrumental in putting out the fire before it could seriously damage the building occupied by Messrs. Cripps, Scott and Co. it was nearly 1 o'clock before the fire was put out and all danger overcome. The loss of property was very great, only a portion being covered by insurance.
FALMOUTH DISTRICT COURT
The above court was opened on the first December. The criminal list was disposed of as follows:
Queen versus Ellen Cook for warehouse breaking and larceny. The prisoner who is quite a young girl, pleaded guilty.
Queen versus William Green for housebreaking and larceny. This indictment was struck out -- the prisoner having died in jail.
Other accused were found not guilty.
ST. ANN'S BAY CIRCUIT COURT
The above court was opened on Monday 29th November. The following cases were tried.
Queen versus Joseph Gordon, for feloniously killing a cow, the property of William H. Foreman. Guilty.
Queen versus Robert Blake for dealing in obeah. Guilty.
Queen versus Peter Walters for bestiality. Guilty.
Queen versus Letitia Green for concealing the birth of her child. Although the evidence in this case was doubtful, the jury found the prisoner guilty, and she was sentenced to one day's confinement in the St. Ann's Bay short term prison.
The subscriber has been authorized to offer for sale that valuable sugar estate known as
In the parish of Portland, with the live and dead stock thereon, together with the abandoned estate
LENNOX, adjoining and incorporated with Low Layton. The two properties together containing 310 1/4 acres or thereabouts.
223 acres in cane. There are on the estate 126 working steers, three heifers, 27 mules.
A run of Mountain land containing 300 acres and known as
will be sold along with the estate.
For further particulars apply to Simon Thomson, Duncans P.O.
At Eagle House, London, on Wednesday 10th November 1875, Mary, the beloved wife of D. H. DeSouza, Esquire, formerly of Falmouth, Jamaica, aged 57 years
A man named Lewis was arrested on Monday night last, charged with having stolen a keg of butter from the sloop "Tichbourne" the property of Mr. Robey of this town.
Daniel Jackson a cartman was taken up on Monday for stealing canes from Roslin Castle.
Barry the defaulting Liverpool cashier, whose case becomes interesting from his having been captured in Jamaica, was, after examination before Mr. Raffles at the Dale Street police court, fully committed for trial. He total defalcations were stated to be over £22,000 most of which was gambled away the upon the Stock Exchange.
Port of Falmouth
December 20 - American brigantine John Boyd, in 10 days from New York, with flour etc.
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