[From our own Correspondent.]
Mintaro, May 18.
Since writing my last we have had some splendid showers, much to the gratification of our farmers, who are now extremely busy in putting in their crops.
A sad accident occurred to Mr. George McLeish on Saturday last. He was riding a very quiet mare, the property of Mr. Torr, when on the outskirts of the township she shied at something and threw him. His collar bone was broken. In such cases we sadly feel the want of a medical man residing near us, there being none nearer than Clare or Auburn. A friend immediately went off for Dr. Webb, who resides near Clare, about seven or eight miles from us, who was too ill himself to come. Fortunately it was ascertained that Dr. Morgan, from Auburn, was on a visit to a relative close by, and being informed of the circumstance immediately attended and rendered every assistance in his power. The man is progressing favourably.
I have this day seen the certificate awarded by the International Jury of the Great Exhibition to our worthy townsman Mr. Priest. It is of the first class; but I must certainly say it is most unsatisfactory, as it does not state for what it was awarded, though most people are aware that it was for his most splendid slate flagging. There is no doubt but it is a noble slate quarry.
Mr. Smith is hard at work endeavouring to make his hotel one of the most comfortable on this line of road, by adding all the improvements in his power, not sparing any expense in doing so.
There is talk of a public meeting being called to petition our worthy member, Mr. Kingston, to bring in a Bill to repeal certain obnoxious clauses of the Crown Lands Act, in reference to cattle depasturing on Crown lands, and which no doubt greatly affect the interests of the people in the North. Ho doubt the meeting will be most numerously attended, as almost every person holding land in this part as put to great inconvenience and loss by it.
The cutting through Cox’s Hill is completed, which will be a good job for drays passing through the township this winter.