Eastern Province Herald 1858 - 4 - October to December
Friday 1 October 1858
MEETINGS IN ESTATES OF DECEASED PERSONS
Nov 3 – At Grahamstown, in re William PIKE, the elder, of the Grahamstown district.
ANOTHER FEARFUL FIRE – TWO LIVES LOST.
The Fire King seems to be riding rampant through the Colony from the Orange River to the Sea. Intelligence has this morning been received of another fearful, and in this instance, we regret to add fatal catastrophe by fire at Aliwal North. The letter of our correspondent from Burghersdorp will place our readers in possession of the facts. Further particulars will be given on Tuesday. Two of our fellow creatures have met with a frightful and untimely end. Both Mr. BROAD and Mrs. STEVENSON were well known on the Frontier, and we believe in this place also. Mr. BROAD has left a wife and family to mourn their irreparable loss. We deeply sympathise with the relatives and friends of the deceased, and regret that we have to record a catastrophe attended by such deplorable and fatal results.
Respecting the dreadful catastrophe at Aliwal North, a correspondent from Burghersdorp, under date 27th ult, writes:
There has happened at Aliwal North a most distressing accident, that for a time diverted the public attention from what was the all-absorbing topic – the Governor’s movements. You will probably receive a detailed account from parties present, but in case you should not I will tell you what I have heard. On Friday morning last about one o’clock a fire broke out on the premises of Mr. George BROAD of Aliwal North. The alarm was given, and many persons were soon actively engaged, endeavouring to extinguish the flames. Mr. BROAD and Mr. Wm. STEVENSON rushed into a cellar under the burning building for the purpose of rescuing some property – while they were thus engaged the roof of the building fell in, blockading the door of the cellar and preventing the exit of these unfortunate men. The endeavour to extinguish the fire was still prosecuted with vigour, and in the confusion BROAD and STEVENSON were not missed. At length someone enquired where they were, and the horrible idea suggested itself. A hole was immediately made in the back of the cellar and the two sufferers brought out in a most pitiable state. Mr. BROAD survived but a few minutes, Mr. STEVENSON about 12 hours. The voice of the preacher, the admonition of ordinary dissolution which we hear and may disregard, are like the rumbling of distant thunder, but a catastrophe like this resembles the bolt that strikes your habitation and startles even the most lethargic and careless, though it may fail to arouse.
Tuesday 5 October 1858
Practical Watchmaker and Jeweller
Begs to inform the Inhabitants of Port Elizabeth and the surrounding neighbourhood that he has opened the premises next door to the Eastern Province Herald Office, in Main-street, where he will carry on the above business in all its branches.
Having had many years experience in London, Paris and Switzerland in the Manufacturing and Repairing of the different branches, he feels confident in saying that all Orders and Repairs committed to his care will be thoroughly and punctually attended to.
He has on hand a good assortment of English and Foreign Watches and Clocks and a variety of Jewellery of every description, and he trusts to merit a share of their patronage.
Friday 8 October 1858
DEATH at Uitenhage on the 7th inst, at half past 6am, Samuel Herbert, aged 13 months, infant son of William and Mary PUCKLE, after a painful and most harassing illness.
Tuesday 12 October 1858
Another old colonist has departed this life – Mr. LEATHERN, late Mayor of the City of Maritzburg, and father of Mr. William LEATHERN, our worthy fellow townsman. Mr. LEATHERN was a man of unobtrusive character and habits but an active promoter of the local interests of the community, which marked its sense of his merits by conferring on him the highest civic distinction within its gift.
Friday 15 October 1858
Commission Merchant and General Commission Agent
All descriptions of Produce and Merchandise bought and sold.
Offices: High-street, Grahamstown.
A. MORHAM, General Jobbing Smith &c
All kinds of Smith’s work done, including Iron Works for Stores and Houses; Metal of all kinds as well as Weighing Machines, Grates and Stoves, and Carts and Carriages repaired; also Locks repaired and fitted with Keys.
Guns cleaned and repaired; Railings put up and Bells hung on the shortest notice, and Guttering fixed.
Work Shop – Rodney-street, Port Elizabeth.
Tuesday 19 October 1858
The largest and Best-Selected Stock of Ready-made Clothing is at
S.W. SMITH’s Cheap Clothing Mart
S.W.S. has just unpacked
Black, brown, blue and olive Hip Jackets
Dress and Frock Coats
Tweed, doeskin Angles and Alpacca Coats and Jackets in great variety
About 300 pairs black cloth tweed & fancy Doeskin Trowsers
Gentlemen’s Shepherds Plaid Angola Suits
Waistcoats in Silk, Satin, Doeskin, Angola Cashmere, Llama Quilting &c &c
Tan’d Cord and Moleskin Suits
YOUTHS’ AND BOYS’ CLOTHING
The largest Stock in Port Elizabeth.
Paris Silk and Felt Hats of every description
A beautiful and select stock of Gents’ and Youths’ black cloth Tweed and Doeskin Caps in Colin Campbell, Havelock, Albert, Glengary, Balmoral and other shapes.
Gents’ and Youths’ plain and colored Straw and Tuscan Hats
Boots in Wellington, Clarence, patent leather (spring sides), buff and calf
Blucher and other Boots
Shirts, Gloves, silk Neck Ties &c &c &c
Tuesday 26 October 1858
The Undersigned begs to give notice to his Customers and the Public in general that he has erected a
NEW CORN MILL
just received from Messrs. Wm. Westwood & Son of Holbeck, near Leeds, England.
This Mill, in addition to all the latest improvements, is fitted with Taylor’s Patent French Mill Stones, which enable the Undersigned to undertake the execution of any orders for Grinding with efficiency and dispatch.
His Terms for Grinding in future will be
2s 6d per Muid for clean Wheat
3s do for dirty do
3s 6d do for Indian Corn
Robert HART Junr.
Glen Avon, Somerset
FRIGHTFUL ATTEMPT AT SUICIDE
Intelligence was received here early on Saturday morning of a sad occurrence which took place on the morning of the 21st inst, about two miles from Mr. SPENCE’s Accommodation-house between Uitenhage and Graaff-Reinet. Mr. James ASHDOWN, saddler, of Port Elizabeth was returning from Graaff-Reinet to Port Elizabeth, but about 3 o’clock on Thursday morning was missed by his wagon driver. The driver proceeded to Mr. SPENCE’s and informed him of his suspicions, upon which Mr. SPENCE and the driver set out to find Mr. ASHDOWN, if possible. They went on the road about two miles, when they found a spoor, and, following it up, a sad sight presented itself. They found Mr. ASHDOWN lying on his back on the ground with his throat cut from ear to ear. Mr. SPENCE removed the unfortunate man to his cart and immediately conveyed him to his house, where, after washing the wound, it was found that the windpipe was nearly severed. He spoke a few words. A messenger was immediate despatched to Uitenhage with information to the Resident Magistrate, and for Dr. McMASTER of that place. Mrs. ASHDOWN, her brother-in-law and one of her boarders set out from the Bay at an early hour on Saturday morning for Mr. SPENCE’s. On Thursday morning Mr. ASHDOWN was still alive, but of his recovery very slight hopes were entertained. The wound was inflicted with a penknife. No footmarks but those of the unfortunate man were discovered where he was found.
Tuesday 2 November 1858
BIRTH on the 19th ultimo, Mrs. D.P. BLAINE of a son.
BIRTH at Port Elizabeth on the evening of the 1st instant, Mrs. J.S. KIRKWOOD of a daughter, still-born.
MEETINGS IN ESTATES OF DECEASED PERSONS
Nov 4 – At Graham’s Town, in re William PIKE, the elder, of the Grahamstown district.
Nov 10 – At Graham’s Town, in re Elizabeth GOWAR, born FUTTER, of the Graham’s Town district, and surviving husband Edwin Richard GOWAR.
Nov 12 – At Bathurst, in re Jane FORBES, of the Bathurst district, and surviving husband John BUCKLEY.
Nov 26 - At Fort Beaufort, in re Peter VALENTINE, of the Fort Beaufort district.
Friday 5 November 1858
BIRTH at Graaff-Reinet 1st November 1858, Mrs. Edward NATHAN of a son.
DEATH OF MR. O’REILLY
Intelligence has just been received of the death of Mr. James O’REILLY, the much esteemed Civil Commissioner of Middelburg. Mr. O’REILLY had been suffering for some time, and expired on Thursday the 28th ult. The funeral took place on Saturday last. No further particulars have reached us.
Tuesday 9 November 1858
MARRIED in St.Mary’s Church, Port Elizabeth, on Tuesday the 9th inst, by the Re. Mr. Fowle: Robert Leckie PHELPS Esq., to Josepha PETLEY, youngest daughter of the late Col. PETLEY R.A.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS & DEBTORS
In the Joint Estate of the late Petrus Johannes HEUGH and surviving widow Catherina Cornelia FISCHER
All Persons having any Claims on the above Estate are requested to file the same at the Office of the last undersigned in Port Elizabeth within six weeks of this date, and those indebted thereto to pay their debts within the same period.
C.C. HEUGH, Executrix
C. ANDREWS q.q. for E, HEUGH
Port Elizabeth, 3rd November 1858
DEATH FROM THE BITE OF A POISONOUS REPTILE
A little boy, about five years, son of Mr. H. VOS of Calabas Kraal, near Malmesbury, while playing outside not far from the house, complained that a “thing with four legs” had bitten his finger. This occurred about 9am, and at 11 o’clock, in the short space of two hours, the poor child was dead. No one could find out what it was that had inflicted the wound, the deadly effect of which in such a short space of time shows what dangers children are exposed to in running about wild instead of being at school. At the next farm, Borgendaal, about two days ago, a fine little boy of Mr. LAMBRECHTS, while taking out a bird’s nest from a hole in the wall of the stable, was bitten in the finger by a snake, and died the same afternoon. It is astonishing that more accidents of the kind do not occur, as snakes feed on birds’ eggs, and are frequently in the nests. A young lady had a narrow escape the other day in attempting to take out the contents of a bird’s nest; when her finger was bitten she did not stay to look what it was that had done it, but from the touch and pain of the bite had no doubt of its being a snake, and instantly sucked out the poison, and continued so doing until the burning pain was entirely relieved, and no further mischief followed. – Monitor
MELANCHOLY BOAT ACCIDENT AT THE KOWIE – TWO LIVES LOST
Early on Wednesday morning as the whale-boat, with her usual crew of six men and two or three volunteers under the charge of Mr. SLOWLEY, was proceeding to the fishing ground, she was capsized, and two persons drowned. It appears that in crossing the surf the velocity of the effluent tide rendered the boat unmanageable, and ducking under a heavy roller, she shipped a large quantity of water. On this the crew endeavoured to pull back into the river, but the ebb was too powerful and the boat continued to drift seaward, where the surf again struck her and she capsized, floating bottom upwards. One of the crew is supposed to have been under the boat and to have received a blow when she capsized, as he was never seen afterwards. A fine young man about eighteen, a son of Mr. WHITTLE of Glenfillan, who had accompanied the party for pleasure, was swept away and drowned. Another, an expert swimmer, reached the beach on the eastward of the river’s mouth, after a desperate struggle, and saved his life by divesting himself of his clothes whilst swimming. The rest found refuge on the bottom of the boat, which they reached in turn, in a state of great exhaustion, after being whirled to and fro by the flood. Fortunately, most of them were good swimmers, and laudably assisted each other. The accident having been seen from the shore, Mr. BODLEY and three men put off in a ferry boat, and at the imminent risk of their lives, rescued the men from the whale-boat, to which they had clung for nearly an hour. The ferry-boat was nearly lost, with all hands, in returning, as the thowl pin broke short off, and on reaching the river she was filled up to the seats with water. Great praise is due to Mr. BODLEY and the men who accompanied him for their coolness and intrepidity in the rescue. It is also gratifying to notice the ready aid that the unfortunates rendered each other in the hour of danger, but we are of opinion that none but practised seamen should be permitted to enter upon this dangerous occupation; certainly not any boys or other volunteers. The boat ought also to be provided with cork fenders, and each man with a life-buoy. If we had coroner’s inquests here, these necessary precautions for the safety of human life would be enforced. Neither of the bodies have been found. The father and sister of young WHITTLE were on the beach on the day following the accident, in melancholy waiting for the “sea to give up its dead”.
Tuesday 16 November 1858
In our obituary we have to notice the death of Mr. James O’REILLY, the late Civil Commissioner and Resident Magistrate of Middelburg, who died after a short illness on 28th ult. He was son of Colonel O’REILLY, as well known on the Frontier, and was greatly respected by a large circle of sorrowing friends. As a case of sudden death, too, we may mention that of Mr. B.D. BELL, of Fort Beaufort, who suddenly expired on Tuesday last, the 9th int, in a fit of apoplexy.
Friday 19 November 1858
On Tuesday morning Goliath, a coloured man in the employ of Mr. Henry BOARD, milkman, of Port Elizabeth, was found lying in the ditch in White’s Road in a state of insensibility. He was immediately removed to the hospital at the gaol, where some simple medicines were given to him by the Surgeon in attendance; but he only lingered for an hour. In the absence of the District Surgeon (Dr. DAVIES), Dr. RUBIDGE made a post mortem examination of the body. We understand that death – accelerated by drinking – was the result of strangury, and water on the brain.
Tuesday 23 November 1858
At Trinity Church, Port Elizabeth on the 22nd instant, by the Rev. W. Robinson:-
A son of G.B. MARSHALL Esq., baptized William Francis.
A daughter of C.W. HEUGH Esq., baptized Susannah Josephine.
FARMS IN BRITISH KAFFRARIA
FURTHER LIST OF APPROVED APPLICANTS
In the Gazette of the 16th instant the following further list is published of applicants from the Eastern Province of the Colony who, in the absence of approved applicants from the Western Province, have been selected by lottery for grants of farms in British Kaffraria:
DIVISION OF ALBANY
Charles BAGOT SMITH
Cornelis Johannes VAN DE WENTER
Edward Charles BILLET
Andries Francois NEL
George Henry CARNEY
Petrus Wilhelmus OOSTHUISEN
John David WHEALDON
Johannes Hendrik Adrian NEL J.son
Jan Tobias NEL
Jan Jacobus Petrus Reuben VAN DER MERWE
Gert Christian VAN DER MERWE
Hans Jury NEL
Stephanus Jacobus Dan. NEL junior
Frederick Rudolph GODDARD
DIVISION OF BATHURST
George Sanderson CLAYTON
James WITTLE and two sons
William George Augustus Fitzroy SMITH
James Henry HOBBS
William Aaron WIGGELL
Thomas Moses WIGGELL
Thomas PAGE and son Thomas PAGE junior
William George FEATHERSTONE
DIVISION OF PEDDIE
Richard William FORRESTER
John Davidson WILSON
DIVISION OF VICTORIA
Jan Hendrik DELPORT
Frans Jacobus BEZUIDENHOUDT
Jacobus Johannes SCHEPPERS
Gert Lodwyk COETZER
Andries Hendrik HARTMAN
Gert J. ELS
Johan Robert Francis HALL
DIVISION OF FORT BEAUFORT
Henry Thomas LLOYD
Barend Christian KLOPPER
William Richard JAMES
DIVISION OF STOCKENSTROM
Jan Hendrik DE LANGE
Daniel VAN EYK
DIVISION OF QUEEN’S TOWN
DIVISION OF BEDFORD
Abram Lodewikus BOTHA Cs.son
DIVISION OF SOMERSET (EAST)
Gerhardus Petrus KEMP
DIVISION OF CRADOCK
Johannes Fredrik BOTHA
Johannes Hendrik Benjamin HATTING & sons
Anthony Christoffel LOMBARD
Thomas Ignatius MULLER
Barend Johannes VORSTER
DIVISION OF UITENHAGE
Phillipus Jacobus FERREIRA
Hendrik F. KROMHOUT
DIVISION OF PORT ELIZABETH
William J. READ
Daniel P. FERREIRA
DIVISION OF ALBERT
Philip McCASKILL Sen. and son
Friday 26 November 1858
DEATH OF MR. WATSON
We regret to learn by the Cape papers just received of the death of Mr. WATSON, who had been appointed Postmaster of Port Elizabeth.
Tuesday 30 November 1858
BIRTH – Mr. William FLEMING Jr. of a son
Port Elizabeth [28th] Nov 1858
SUSPECTED MURDER IN THE BEAUFORT PRECINCT
A cattle-farmer of the [Niew…ld] is now in Beaufort Gaol, on the charge of murdering his wife. His name is Louis Hendrik Marthinus FOURIE. It appears that Mrs. FOURIE died at the place Twee Fontein on the 7th of last month. The symptoms before death were like those caused by strychnia. FOURIE, it appears, had bought, a few days before, a phial of that poison, which after the wife’s death was found partially emptied. It is stated that he spoke of having given his wife some opening medicine on the night she died. Grave suspicions being excited, the body was exhumed, and the stomach and intestines sent down in a jar by Mr. KINNEAR, the Clerk of the Peace at Beaufort, to Mr. LYNAR the Clerk of the Peace at Cape Town. The contents of the jar were immediately subjected by Mr. SCHMIETERLOEW, the chemist, to the necessary analysis; and on Saturday last he reported that strychnia existed in the stomach and intestines and was, no doubt, the cause of death. It is believed that FOURIE had, for some time before his wife’s death, kept up an improper intimacy with a young woman in his neighbourhood, who was pregnant by him. A preparatory examination will of course be instituted, but time, we believe, will not allow that a trial could take place at the ensuing Circuit Court.
THE LATE MR. WATSON
On Tuesday afternoon the remains of the late Mr. WATSON were followed to the grave by a large concourse, composed of the members of the Volunteer Artillery, Rifle and Cavalry Corps and a number of private gentlemen. – Argus
A JEWISH WEDDING
On Sunday last the interesting ceremony of a Jewish wedding was performed in the presence of a large [group] of friends by Mr. RUDOLF, at the residence of the bridegroom, M. PREUSS Esq, in the […..]. The bride […..], Miss Minna LEVISON, was accompanied by her father, Dr. J. [L.] LEVISON, who is an eminent physician from the [East End] of London, and who arrived with his daughter by the last mail steamer. Dr. LEVISON is, of course, of the Jewish persuasion, and has ever been one of its most [consistent] members, as he has also been an ornament to the medical profession, by whom his skill and efficiency are greatly admired. – Monitor.
Friday 3 December 1858
We understand that Dr. FITZGERALD has, within the past few days, gone on an extensive vaccination tour. He first proceeds to Middle Drift; then to Fort Cox, Keiskamma Hoek and back by the Windvogelberg and Dohne. By the time this trip has been accomplished it is expected that the whole of the people within the Province will have been operated upon. – Kin William’s Town Gazette
We should be glad to learn whether amongst other Instructions, our Immigration Commissioners were instructed to see that every intending emigrant has been duly vaccinated, and whether the surgeon in charge is always duly supplied with vaccine virus. We would ask whether provision has been made for obtaining supplies of good vaccine matter by every monthly Packet. We suspect there was a fault somewhere in admitting Smallpox without warning the people of their danger, and without making due provision for vaccination. This will no doubt be enquired into next session. – Advertiser and Mail.
Tuesday 7 December 1858
BIRTH at Port Elizabeth on Sunday December 5th, Mrs. James RICHARDS of a daughter.
A serious accident happened on Sunday last to Mr. James BURCHELL, a resident of Walmer. He was out riding when his horse “shied” and threw him violently to the ground. His arm was broken, and though assistance was obtained as soon as possible, the fractured limb was swollen to such an extent that it could not be “set” that evening. Yesterday means were taken for reducing the inflammation, and we hope a speedy recovery may be expected.
Friday 10 December 1858
NOTICE OF REMOVAL
Mr. HOUSLEY, Surgeon, begs to inform the inhabitants of Port Elizabeth that he is about removing from his present residence, on or about the last week in the month, to the House above Mr. ADCOCK’s Candle Factory, Constitution Hill.
Mr. HOUSLEY also wishes it to be understood that he still purposes to continue his attendance daily from 9 to half past 10am, at Mr. LACEY’s, Apothecary, Market Square.
December 8th 1858
Tuesday 14 December 1858
Constitution Hill – near ADCOCK’s candle Manufactory
Is hereby given that the Partnership hitherto subsisting between the Undersigned
John KEATES and Tebbutt HILL
Carrying on Business at Port Elizabeth as
Under the firm of KEATES and HILL
Is this day dissolved by mutual consent, and that the Business will be conducted in future by Tebbutt HILL, the second undersigned, solely on his own account.
Port Elizabeth, 24th Nov 1858
Witness: Samuel CARR, Accountant.
Friday 17 December 1858
BIRTH at Cradock Place, near Port Elizabeth, on Wednesday 15th instant, Mrs. E.B. HERBERT of a daughter.
17th December 1858
MARRIED by Special Licence, at Uitenhage, on the 8th instant, at the residence of J.F. BERNARD Esq, by the Rev. Thomas Paterson, A.G. BAIN Esq., Inspector of Roads, to Theodora Cornelia, widow of the late Samuel KERR Esq., of Uitenhage.
MEETINGS IN ESTATES OF DECEASED PERSONS
Dec 22 – At Grahamstown, in re Richard GUSH, of the Grahamstown district, and surviving spouse Margaret GUSH.
Dec 23 – At Burghersdorp, in re C.J.O. WARDMULLER, of Burghersdorp, special, to decide upon an offer of composition,
Dec 24 – At Fort Beaufort, in re James THOMAS, of Fort Beaufort district.
Dec 29 – At Grahamstown, in re George Vale SMITH, of the Grahamstown district.
Dec 30 – At Port Elizabeth, in re Ignatius Petrus HIPPERT, of the Port Elizabeth district, and surviving spouse Rosina Elizabeth FERREIRA.
Dec 29 – At Grahamstown, in re George PHILLIPS, of the Albany district, and surviving spouse Ann PHILLIPS.
Dec 30 – At Port Elizabeth, in re Richard Thomas ASHDOWN, of Port Elizabeth district, and surviving spouse Luc ASHDOWN.
Dec 31 – At Fort Beaufort, in re Bradshaw Daniel BELL, of Fort Beaufort.
Dec 31 – At Fort Beaufort, in re Hugh Reid Porter BARCLAY, of Fort Beaufort district.
Jan 15 – At Colesberg, in re George Abraham BROWN, of Colesberg district, and surviving spouse Margaret MEAGHER.
Tuesday 21 December 1858
MARRIED at St.Paul’s Church, Port Elizabeth on the 21st December 1858, by the Rev. E. Pickering, John BROWN of Cumnock, Scotland, to Sarah Marshall AYRE, of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (late of Buenos Ayres, South America)
Friday 31 December 1858
DIED at Colchester on 29th Dec 1858, Florence Kate, the youngest daughter of Mr. REYNOLDS of Port Elizabeth, aged 17 months.