Reward offered for arsonists

WHEREAS, two villains on horseback came to the Bald Hill station, on the Gulf-road, after dark, and requested a drink of water, which was given them. After leaving the hut about twenty yards they set fire to the grass, and if the shepherd had not heard the flames, the hut and a brush yard containing three thousand sheep would have been burnt. It is strongly suspected that they are the same who were seen driving some loose bullocks about three weeks previously, and who set fire to the grass to windward of a flock of sheep, which, if the shepherd had not been near to drive them away, would have been burnt.
The above reward will be paid to any person who will give such in formation as shall lead to the conviction of the offender.
Wakefield, February 12th, 1853. J. & E. BOWMAN