Eastern Province Herald (later The Herald)

Eastern Province Herald 1862 - 3 - July to September

Tuesday 1 July 1862

BIRTH at Melbury (near Salem) on Sunday the 22nd inst, Mrs. W.H.D. MATTHEWS of a son.

Friday 4 July 1862

At the meeting of the Immigration Board on Wednesday last – present John CAMPBELL Esq. C.C. and R.M., and F.H. PINNEY Esq., the Secretary read a communication from the Surgeon of the Immigrant Ship ‘Adelaide’, in reply to the charges of neglect and drunkenness preferred against him, in which he stated that he had embarked with the resolution of abstaining altogether from intoxicating fluids, but that debility, engendered by sickness, necessitated the breach of this resolution: and it was just possible that the little wine he took, owing to his previous abstinence, and weakness, might have given the effect spoken of by the parties referred to. But that he was habitually intoxicated, or took more than was compatible with the position he held, or his dignity as a gentleman, he emphatically denied. With regard to the charges of neglect, he said he had always been most attentive and kind: and it was admitted in his favor, by the emigrants, that this was so. The Board decided, as in the case of the captain, to forward the evidence to his Excellency the Governor for decision, and shortly after adjourned.

DIED on the morning of the 3rd July, after a lingering illness, Mrs. Elizabeth Catherine ST.CLAIR, deeply regretted by her Husband, Relatives and Friends.
The Funeral will proceed from her late residence, the house lately occupied by Mr. CHABAUD, this afternoon at 4 o’clock. Friends are invited to attend.
July 4th 1862

The Funeral of the late Mr. C. [GOLDEAL] will proceed from the Hospital this afternoon at ¼ to 4 o’clock. Friends are invited to attend.
July 4th 1862

The Funeral of the late Mr. T. MERIDETH will proceed from the Hospital this afternoon at ¼ to 4 o’clock. Friends are invited to attend.
July 4th 1862

Tuesday 8 July 1862

Our readers will remember that a short time since we stated that a farmer named LAURENS, his son, and servant, fell victim to what in some sort would seem to have been a premeditated attack on the part of some Bushmen, in the neighbourhood of the country north of the Zak River. News has been received in Cape Town of the apprehension of the supposed murderers, and some further particulars are given of the tragic occurrence. It appears that the farmer was first shot with a ball in the back, and then with three poisoned arrows; the daughter was shot dead on the spot with poisoned arrows, the son was also shot with arrows – escaped, but died next day at the nearest werf. This tragic scene took place on a small rise near the farmer’s mat-house. The wife, with the younger of the family, escaped uninjured. On Sunday, the 8th instant, [i.e. June] six Bushmen were brought to Kenhaard by a farmer named Pieter BOOYSEN, three of whom acknowledged to be connected with the murder. BOOYZEN is a trek-farmer, and was with his bother and brother-in-law digging for water at a place called Deep Fountain, within two hours of the Orange River, and about half-way between Hartebeeste River and Hope Town, and about four days from the scene of the murder – when a party of Bushmen came and asked permission to drink water. BOOYZEN recognized some of them as the murderers, and he went quietly up to them and secured their bows and guns, and then their persons. The party of Bushmen consisted of six men, seven women and seven children. The men and one woman were conveyed at once to Kenhaard, and from thence to the village of Frazerburg. They had in their possession two guns; one of them was rifled, with a hair-trigger, and charged to the height of four fingers, and marked Wollaston & Son, Cape Town. The other was a common musket, loaded to the height of three fingers. They had, besides, five bows, and a number of arrows. About their persons they had pieces of reeds, bones, tinder-boxes, sinews, the outer covering of balls (used as tinder), a couple of knives, and tobacco pipes. The most suspicious article (says the correspondent) found on them was a lady’s bracelet: it was made of hair, with a common clasp, which contained an imitation of stone, made of green glass, the fixture of stone in the clasp was once broken and mended with soft solder – evidently the work of some country tinker. None of the prisoners had anything particularly repulsive in their appearance. Out of twenty pair of handcuffs, only two or three could be [picked] sufficiently small even for their ankles. It may not be uninteresting to give the following from actual measurement: “The average height of the six full-grown Bushmen is four foot eleven and three-eighth inches; of ankles five and six-eight inches; wrists, five and one-eight inches.” The ordinary thickness of the wrist of a European child of three years is five inches. Their reason for perpetrating so foul a deed has not as yet transpired, but there is no doubt that with Mr. ANTHLING’s ability of sifting out facts, the truth will be submitted to Government. In the meantime the story is variously told. BOOYZEN says the Bushmen stated to him that they were induced to commit the deed by a Bastard named WITBOY, who really shot the farmer with the ball. The Bastard’s story is that it was done over the water, which the Bushmen had used from time immemorial, and which the Government had let (gepacht) to LAURENS, along with the surrounding ground, for the sum of £70 per annum. Another is from a Bushman – that last “bloom tyd” the family who committed the murder predicted it, say they: “we cannot more collect eggs; we cannot more hunt the gemsbok; the farmer occupies our country &c; we shall therefore commit a crime.” Whatever be the whys and wherefores connected with this case, it cannot be otherwise than evident to those acquainted with the outs and ins of the trekveldt that Government is culpably guilty of neglect for many a dark and strange deed committed in this same trekveldt; deeds which the Government, for its own sake, may as well now pass over, and take care they will not occur for the future. The want of energy on the part of Government in itself, or through its officers, in the matter of securing TAALBOSCH, the murderer of the magistrate and fieldcornets of Victoria, is still a subject of comment. This cannot be said of the murderers of LAURENS, for our able, untiring after justice, but eccentric Civil Commissioner has taking the case in hand, and we can rest assured that the light of justice will be shown. A party was at once dispatched from Kenhaard, on the 8th instant, after “Kaalkop Willem WITBOY”, and were to follow that gentleman to the Kalsgare hunting ground if necessary.

Friday 11 July 1862

The remains of the late R.W. EATON Esq. were accompanied to their last resting place on Thursday afternoon by a very large number of the inhabitants of Cape Town. There is no man in this community held in higher respect than Mr. EATON was. He had resided in this city upwards of forty years, and had arrived at the good old age of eighty-one. Throughout the whole of his life here he devoted a very large share of his time to public business, and although in times of political difficulty and agitation he never held back from giving his opinion and taking that part in public life which he considered it his duty to do, he in no single instance lost the respect or provoked the hostility of any portion of his fellow-citizens. When he considered that the liberty of the press was at staked loyalty to the Crown of England doubtful, he was foremost amongst those who came forward in support of both, and none but himself knew the sacrifices he was called upon to make. True to his nationality and his creed, a true colonist in the best sense of the word, he was an example among men. – Argus

The murderer of the unfortunate woman, Mrs. FREER, of Blaney, has been discovered and caught. It appears that on investigation it was discovered that the unfortunate woman met her death by gunshot wounds and not by a kerrie as was first supposed. Dr. EAGAN returned to the spot and made a further investigation into the circumstances of the case. The surgeon on examining the wound in the neck discovered several shot, and also found the bed clothes perforated and loose shot lying in the bed, the clothes being also singed, which precluded all doubt as to the means used in the destruction of the poor woman. From the statement of the little girl, it appears that both the children were in bed with their mother, when they were awakened by the noise, but being young and most probably very sleepy, again lay down and dropped off to sleep, and it was not until morning that they became aware of their mother’s death. A Hottentot, who had slept in the house that night, at the deceased’s request, for protection, helped to dress the children and then made off as fast as he could. Superintendent BIRCH, after considerable search and enquiry, managed to come up with the murderer, Klaas DAVIS, at the Keiskamma, where he had hired himself to a wagoner. The culprit, on being apprehended, confirmed, we understand, to having shot Mrs. FREER, but said it was by accident: that he and others had been making and drinking coffee together, and that seeing the gun he had merely taken it up to look at it, when it went off and killed the woman. This, of course, is a very lame story.

Friday 18 July 1862

An Earthquake similar to that experienced in Cape Town and district, on the 23rd ult, was felt on the 16th ult at Natal. The Mercury, of the 17th, says:- Two shocks of an earthquake, in instant succession, were very distinctly felt in town and all along the Berea yesterday morning, about 4 o’clock, accompanied by a sound something like the reverberation of a thunder-clap. or gun-fire in a clear atmosphere. The peculiar wave-like motion and rocking to and fro were very marked, and, in some cases, buildings were so violently shaken as temporarily to alarm the inmates so much as to cause them to rush out, though no harm resulted, and all was at rest again in a few seconds.

MARRIED by Special Licence at Uitenhage, on the 17th instant, by the Rev. Mr. Smith, Alfred EDWARDS to Mary Louisa DIESEL

DIED at Middelburg on the 7th July 1862, John PRINGLE Esq. of Scotland. Deceased resided at Beaufort West for several years before settling at Middelburg; his death was very sudden, and is deeply felt by his relatives and numerous friends. Those friends who were present, and so kindly assisted his widow at the time of her irreparable loss, are sincerely thanked.
Middelburg, July 10 1862

begs to inform the public of Port Elizabeth that he is always prepared to undertake the Sweeping of Chimneys and Removal of Night Soil.
Note the address, next door to Messrs, SAVAGE & HILL.

Tuesday 22 July 1862

BIRTH at Port Elizabeth on the 18th July, Mrs. James RICHARDS of a son.

DIED on the 19th inst, Henry BROPHY, infant son of Mr. P. BROPHY of H.M. Customs. Aged 1 years and 3 months.
Timothy LEE, Undertaker
Port Elizabeth, July 21st 1862

Tuesday 29 July 1862

DIED on the 25th inst at the residence of Mr. STUART, Victoria Quay, aged 45 years, Mr. George Mitchell LAING MD, son of Robert LAING Esq. of Edinburgh.
Timothy LEE
July 26th 1862

DIED at Groot Vley, Alexandria, on the 25th inst, William Osborn, son of R. RESTALL Esq. J.P., aged 11 years.

Friday 1 August 1862

A young farmer named Frederick Solomon TERBLANS, residing in the Zwart Ruggens, charged with shooting a Kafir, has after a lengthy examination been committed by the Resident Magistrate of Graaff-Reinet to take his trial for culpable homicide, and bound him over to appear, himself in £500 and two sureties for £250 each.

The G.R. Herald of the 26th ult reports the following gunpowder accident:- An unfortunate accident occurred last Saturday, by which two youths, Alphonso MEINTJES and a son of Mr. NORDEN, were much injured. The boys were making preparations for shooting: and whilst in the wagonmaker’s shop of Mr. C. CRAWFORD, were engaged in filling a powder flask. It is supposed that a spark from the fire or the forge ignited the stream of loose powder and the whole exploded. Both the boys were burned on their hands and face, but are now doing well. NORDEN was also cut on the arm by a portion of the flask.

BIRTH on the 29th ultimo, the wife of Mr. George STREET of a daughter.

Tuesday 5 August 1862

DIED at Somerset on Saturday the 26th instant, after a painful and lingering illness, Jane Jackson, the beloved wife of James McMASTER, of Somerset, aged 55 years and 8 months, deeply regretted by her bereaved husband and mourning family.

The body of a certain Edward MINNAHAN, an immigrant, who arrived by the Edward Oliver, was found near the [pont] on the Breede River, at Worcester, last week

Friday 8 August 1862

DIED at his residence at Port Elizabeth, on Thursday the 7th August 1862, George DYASON Esq, late Civil Commissioner and Resident Magistrate of Graaff-Reinet, and formerly Magistrate of Bathurst, aged 71 years.

Friday 15 August 1862

The King William’s |Town Gazette of the 25th ult reports the death of Colonel ARMSTRONG as follows:- We regret to record the death, at 3 o’clock this morning, at his son’s quarters, of Colonel ARMSTRONG, late Resident magistrate of Bathurst, in Lower Albany. The deceased, we believe, was on a visit to these territories for the benefit of his health: but the change does not appear to have had ant beneficial effect, and the gallant veteran gradually sank, until death put an end to his suffering, as stated above. The funeral was attended by all the military in garrison, off duty, and by the officials and several of the inhabitants. It is calculated that nearly 1,000 persons attended it, and that three or four hundred other spectators were present at the interment.

Friday 22 August 1862

BIRTH at Pietermaritzburg, Natal, Mrs. Robert RICHARDS of a daughter.

MARRIED at Port Elizabeth on Wednesday the 20th inst, by the Rev. Edward Pickering, Colonial Chaplain, Henry Rudkin VIGORS Esq, Captain in the 2nd Bat. of H.M. 10th Regt., to Mary Harriet, eldest daughter of John CAMPBELL Esq, Civil Commissioner and Resident Magistrate of Port Eliabeth.

DIED at his residence in Uitenhage, on the 17th August 1862, Mr. J.H. LANGE Senior, aged 75 years and 3 months.

DIED at Uitenhage on the 18th August 1862, Mrs. VAN REENEN, widow of the late F.W. VAN REENEN, aged 69 years and 11 months.

A gay marriage in Port Elizabeth is not a very unusual thing; but we have today to record one of the gayest of the gay. On Wednesday morning last Capt. H.R. VIGORS, of the 10th Regiment, led to the altar Mary Harriet, eldest daughter of our highly respected Civil Commissioner and Resident Magistrate, Jno. CAMPBELL Esquire. The ceremony was performed by the Colonial Chaplain, the Revd. E. PICKERING, and was an imposing one. The church was crowded to excess, and what with the lovely appearance of the bride and bridesmaids – arrayed in white and most elegantly adorned – and the bright eyes and nodding plumes of the lady spectators, the sight was one which might well attract, as we observed it did, the attention of many a brother benedick and halting bachelor. There were six bridesmaids, whose attire was much admired. The Town Hall, the Post office, the shipping and many of the buildings were decked with flags in honour of the occasion. The weather was most lovely, and if it be true that “blessed be the bride that the sun shines on” the Capt. and Mrs. VIGORS are blessed indeed. Capt. VIGORS, we believe, has obtained a twelve months’ leave of absence, and the happy pair will shortly proceed to England.

Tuesday 26 August 1862

We much regret to say that Dr. BROWN’s little child died the second day after the fire, in consequence of fright and injuries received from the accident. Dr. BROWN, we understand, has lost personal effects to a large value. Thus the calamity has been much more distressing than it first appeared.

Mr. KEANE, licensed pilot of Simon’s Bay, and two men, were drowned in this bay on Sunday morning. They had put off in a sailing boat between eight and nine o’clock, and when off Miller’s Point were caught by a fearful squall, accompanied by a species of whirlwind, in which the boat was capsized and sunk. Boats immediately put off in the hope of being able to render assistance. Nothing, however, was seen, except an oar, and after remaining out till two o’clock in the afternoon, the boats returned unsuccessful. Pilot KEANE leaves a widow and two children. – Argus

Friday 29 August 1862

DIED at Uitenhage, August 20th 1862, Frederick Thomas, youngest son of the late Mr. William HYMAN, aged 9 years and [3] months.

Friday 5 September 1862

DIED on Tuesday the 2nd instant, Samuel, only son of Samuel HAWKINS, Port Elizabeth. Aged 1 year and 7 months.

Tuesday 9 Septeber 1862

BIRTH on Monday September 8th, Mrs. A.G. WARREN of a son.

DIED on the 8th inst at Mr. TITTERTOBN’s Cottage, Main-street, Elizabeth, the beloved wife of John FLEETWOOD, aged 57 years.
The Funeral will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, afternoon at 4 o’clock. Relatives and Friends are most respectfully invited to attend.
Timothy LEE
Port Elizabeth

Friday 12 September 1862

Sept 23, Uitenhage, James DEVINE, and subsequently deceased spouse Bridget O’NEAL, remarried to William McGEER, now deceased, of Graham’s Town district;
Oct 1, Bathurst, Sarah FIELD, widow of the late Thomas HARTLEY;
Oct 3, Stockenstrom Jan RUITERS and subsequently deceased wife Sarah HARTMAN;
Oct 14, Uitenhage, Susanna Hermina HEUGH, widow of the late Frederick William VAN REENEN;
Oct 16, Cradock, Johannes Marthinus VAN ROOYEN and surviving spouse Susanna Maria VAN HEERDEN.

Friday 19 September 1862

All persons having claims against the late William DAY are requested to file their accounts in detail with Mr. HEWITTT, at the office of Messrs. CHABAUD and WORMALD.

Tuesday 23 September 1862

MARRIED at Uitenhage on the 18th instant by the Rev. Mr. Sargeant, William Edwin PADDON Esq, of Port Elizabeth, to Marianne Isabella, only daughter of George UPPLEBY Esq, of Uitenhage.

The following appears in the obituary of the Evening Standard of July 8:
“WILLSON – on the 1st instant, at Acton, Middlesex, the exemplary and beloved wife of Thomas WILLSON Esq, architect, after long and painful suffering. She zealously shared all the perils of her husband’s arduous enterprise to South Africa, 1820, taking out 100 families, and colonising the Kaffir frontier at the Cape of Good Hope.”
In connection with the foregoing, the following appears in the same journal in its issue of the 12th July:
“Mr. Thomas WILLSON senior’s case – Mrs. Thomas WILLSON (formerly Miss INCE of Crouch Hall, Hornsey), whose death we have before recorded, heroically faced all dangers and endured all difficulties, induced by the Government offer of a freehold estate for their inheritance, at the rate of 100 acres per man whom they might take out. She exemplarily and zealously accompanied her husband in his arduous enterprise in South Africa, 1820; they took out 100 able-bodied men, with their families, and colonized the Cape of Good Hope frontier, in the district of Albany, bordering upon Kaffraria, with agriculture, trades, commerce and physical science; inducted the National Church and schools; also British industry and capital. They achieved the prize (10,030 acres), which afterwards they were obliged to yield up to the Governor (Sir Rufane DONKIN) to pay for the Commissariat stores issued to the colonists. Surely the sacrifice of their prize (10,000 acres) ought to be enough without detaining and keeping the cash which they left in the hand of the Treasury. After their long anxious voyage there and back again, and years of their prime, their precious time, their zealous labour, and consuming expenditure – upwards of £3,000 – they obtained positively nothing but oppression. A great and good statesman said “This is too bad”. King William the Fourth proposed indemnity, and wrote, by Sir Herbert TAYLOR, to Earl ABERDEEN, by whom Mr. WILLSON’s name was entered for a stipendiary negotiate; it was delayed until he was declared too old. But the non payment of their balance (two thirds of their deposit money), which if placed at interest would be nearly £2,500, plunged them into dire calamity and distress, which preyed upon the wife’s heart until she died, and renders her bereaved husband in his old age destitute of funds and unequal to obtain a livelihood, which the rev. rector and the Rev W. BALMER, of Acton, can attest. (Advertisement)

Tuesday 30 September 1862

Tailor and Clothes Cleaner, Speedwell Cottage, at the back of Mr. CAWOOD’s residence, Queen-street, Port Elizabeth.
Ladies’ Silk Dresses, Riding Habits, Cloaks and Gents’ Clothing cleaned in the most superior style.
NB Orders will be received and punctually attended to if left with Mr. J. BYERLEY, Pastry Cook, Main-street, Port Elizabeth.

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