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From: Trisha McLeod <>
Subject: [ZA-IB] CAPE AND NATAL NEWS 01 NOVEMBER 1859
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2012 00:53:45 -0800 (PST)


The Royal Mail steam ship Phoebe,Capt. Clarke, with the English mails of the 6th August, arrived in Table Bay on the 10th Sept.,
having made a remarkably quick passage of 34.5 days.
The Royal Mail steam ship Norman, Capt.Boxer, belonging to the Union Company, arrived at Plymouth on the 26th inst., after a rapid
passage of 36 days. Her dates are, Table Bay, Sept. 20, St. Helena, Sept 30, and Ascension, Oct 4. She brings the following passengers -
Mr. J. SHEPHERD
Miss.SHEPHERD
Mr. and Mrs. ANSDELL
Mrs. HICKS, four children and servant
Captain DEMPSTER
Dr. KONEDKA
Mrs. EASTON,
Mr. WYLIE
Mr. EADENSJOHN
Mr. MOSS for St. Helena

The Jalawar, 726 tons, Captain ROCHEFORT, chartered by the Emigration Commissioners, sailed from Birkenhead, on the 2nd Oct.
 for Table Bay, with 21 married couples, 77 single men, 65 single women, 17 boys between the ages of 1 and 12, 15 girls between
 the same ages, 5 male infants and 1 female, making a total of 222 souls, 62 of whom were English, 2 Scotch and 158 Irish under the
 charge of  Surgeon- Superintendent Alexander Cumming.


The Early Morn was loading at Natal for London and was expected to sail about the middle of October with a full cargo of produce
and several passengers.


The Maynards sailed from Downs for Algoa bay on the 21st instant, with a full cargo and the following passengers -
Mr. and Mrs. WIGGELL
Mrs. RIDSDALE
 
 
 
WESTERNPROVINCE
 
The arrival of the mail steamer Phoebe, after a quick run of 34 days, with the intelligence of Sir George Grey's recall having been
cancelled, has opened up a new topic which has occupied the attention of the public to the exclusion of almost every other subject.

In our more social and domestic affairs, the good people of the Cape have been quietly "pursuing the even tenor of their way," for
despite a long continued drought in the upper districts of the colony, from whence we draw our cattle supplies, and the consequent
dearness of provisions, the wealth and trade of the colony has been steadily increasing and the public
works of the colony carried with enhanced vigour.


Our railway is proceeding somewhat slowly, owing to want of labour. The first locomotive with a portion of the plant has arrived and
with the 300 navvies hourly expected, Messrs. Pickering, the contractors are stated to be confident that the first 21 miles will be
completed and opened within six months.
 
A successful attempt has been made to introduce English fresh water fish at the Cape, and several varieties will shortly
be added if the experiment continues successful.
 
THE MAIL STEAMERS SERVICE - The admirable manner of conducting the present line of small steamers, by the agents here, as
well as by the directors of the company and their commanders, all of whom are well up in their duty, is a matter of congratulations to
 all parties. Those who live in Cape Town, and who enjoy privileges from these mails which it is impossible to extend to other towns in
the colony, see the benefits which we derive from the working line much clearer than persons living at a greater distance.
We have on more than one occasion applauded the commanders of the steamers, who are, without exception, admirable men and
excellent sailors, and we have never yet seen occasion to remark upon the company other than approvingly. But it is the agents here
that we owe many of the conveniences which we now enjoy.  The steamers are no sooner at anchor in Table Bay than they and their
representatives are on board, and when the mails are dispatched, the agents are the last to leave the steamers. Everything
is done under their personal superintendence. Such things as mistakes are seldom or never heard of.
Last Saturday, by arrangement of the agents and attention on the part of the commander (Capt. Clarke) the Librarian of Public Library
(Mr. MASKEW) received all the English periodicals within an hour after the  steamer anchored, and Mr. ROBERTSON, the bookseller, 
was enabled to distribute his monthly parcel of periodicals long before the omnibuses left town for the country. 
Whilst upon this subject, we feel bound to acknowledge the immense improvements which have lately been effected in the General
Post Office. it was quite cheering  on Saturday to see so much life and spirit throughout the place. The growing demand for English
news shows that we are getting nearer and nearer to the civlised world. It is the old story of Sam Slick's clocks over again. Before people
knew the value of news, they never thought about it. Once let them enjoy it, and the appetite grows upon what it feeds on.
 
 
BANKRUPTCY COURT - Insolvencies declared
31 Aug - John PATRICK of Grahams Town, brewer
02 Sep - Hermanus Isaac DEMPERS of Stellenbosch, trader
02 Sep - William Sebastian DE VOS, P. son of the Paarl, tinsmith
03 Sep - James Thomas Owen LONG.
03 Sep - Alexander FERGUSON and William ARTHUR, trading under the style or firm of FERGUSON AND ARTHUR
06 Sep - Dirk DE ROCK, of the Paarl
 
BIRTHS
Sept 5, at Swellendam, Mrs. J.D.K. REITZ, of a daughter
Sept.12 at Cape Town, Mrs. E. JONES, of a daughter
Aug. 26, at Cape Town, Mrs. W.J. WILLIAMS, of a daughter
 
MARRIAGES
Sept. 7, at Cape Town, Mr. Jan C. SCHOLTZ, to Anna Elizabeth J.D., only daughter of J. ESTERHUYSEN
Aug. 15, at Cape Town, Mr. John ROWSELL, to Miss. Mary ABEL
 
DEATHS
Sept. 11, at Cape Town, Mr. James RAPPER, aged 46 years
Aug. 20, at Botelary, Mr. J.G. FISCHER, aged 62 years
Aug. 19, at Cape Town, Mr. P.A. VOSS, aged 22 years
Aug. 18, at Cape Town, Charles Jewam, infant son of C.R. EATON
Aug. 28, at Cape Town, Mrs. George BENSON, aged 27 years.
 
 
 
 
EASTERN PROVINCE
 
The quit-rents on lands are being collected by the Government with a vigourous hand, and as some of the farms have fallen 10 to 20
years in arrear, the present payment on them has become heavy. Central Road Board rates are also being collected by civil process.
 
We had no arrival of immigrants during the month, and as the drought has again set in and matters are dull, the delay is fortunate,
as after rains fall employment of all kinds will be the more easily procured.  It appears the Emigration Commissioner has engaged 300
navvies for the railway.
 
Transport is still scarce and high in all parts of the country. Hundreds of tons of goods are awaiting in this city and in Port Elizabeth
for conveyance to the inland towns.  Oxen are at present our only means of conveying loads. The plague of lung sickness has prevented
the breeding of cattle being followed, the disease has carried off many thousands, troops are killed in transport of the colony, and
others are starved to death from neglect of shelter or of winter fodder, or die from want of water because no dams are in existence.

BIRTHS
 
Aug. 22 at FortEngland, the wife of Quartermaster, J. LANDNEY, of a son
Aug. 27, at Graaff-Reinet, Mrs. G.A. WATERMEYER, of a son
Aug. 21, at Grahams Town, Mrs. J.G. WOOD, of a daughter
At Groot Vley, the wife of R. RESTALL, of a daughter
Sep. 3, at Grahams Town, Mrs. George IMPEY, jun, of a son
Aug 23, at Port Elizabeth, Mrs. H. SCRIVENOR, of a daughter
 
MARRIAGES

Sep. 3, at Grahams Town, William Dunn, to Sarah Elizabeth, second daughter of the late J. HOWIE
Aug 30, at Grahams Town, Mr. James DEVINE, to Miss. Ellen ADAMS
Aug. 31, at Grahams Town, Mr. T.P. BERRY, to Matilda Mary, eldest daughter of Mr. T. BONE
 
 
DEATHS

Sep. 7, at Graaff-Reinet, Ann, wife of Mr. Thomas COLE, aged 63 years
Aug. 29, at Bedford, Maria J. Wilhelmina, wife of H. PAVER, of Zeerust, and daughter of the late F.J.A. METLERKAMP, aged 21 years
Sep. 6, at Port Elizabeth, Lillias C.M. only daughter of Mr. J. DORWARD
July  28, at Cradock, Mary, wife of Mr. E. GARDNER
Aug. 22, at Steenkamp Flat, Frederick George, infant son of Mr. H. WEBB
Sep. 1, at Grahams Town, G. PHILLIPS, aged 84 years
Aug. 28, at Colesberg, Mr. D. ARNOTT, sen, aged 64 years
Aug. 29, at Port Elizabeth, Mr. W. BOONE, aged 56 years
Aug. 15, at Port Elizabeth, Mr. J. LEWIS, aged 22 years.
 
 
NATAL

Rumours were current of the discovery of both gold and silver in different parts of the colony. The testing experiments were said to
have been successful.
 
A steam tug has been built in England for the Government, which is intended to facilitate the shipping business and will also be
 fitted up with a rake for loosening the sand on the bar and thus assisting to deepen the channel. Two small screw steamers have
also been ordered by private parties to ply along the coast and enter some of the rivers adjacent to the larger sugar estates, thus avoiding
the difficulties of a tedious conveyance by ox waggons.
 
The plant for the railways was shortly expected, and the preparations for it were so forward that great hopes were entertained that Natal
would be the first to inaugurate a railway in South Africa.
 
An electric telegraph between D'Urban and Maritzburg is talked about.
 
An action for slander was to be tried in the Supreme Court, the Rev. W.H.C. LLOYD is the plaintiff, and the Bishop of Natal the defendant.
 
BIRTHS

July 29, at Snaresbrook, Mrs.W.H. MIDDLETON, of a daughter
July 31, at Durban, Mrs. J. RAPSON, of a son
Aug.5, at Pietermaritzburg, Mrs. R. VAUSE, of a son
Aug. 20, at Durban, the wife of the Rev. G.Y. JEFFREYS, of a son
Aug. 8, at Pietermaritzburg, Mrs. John WATLING, of a son
 
MARRIAGES

Aug. 19, at Maritzburg, A.S. WINDHAM, to Juliet Alexa, eldest daughter of Colonel M'LEAN,
Aug. 11, at Durban, John Robert, eldest son, of the late Rev. J.L. LYS, to Olivia Selina, daughter of the late Lieut. FRY
Aug. 5, at Durban, Mr. GAVIN, to Jane, eldest daughter of Mr. HILLARY
 
DEATHS

Aug. 21, at Maritzburg, Alice Emily, infant daughter of E.F. M'GILL
Aug. 21, at Pietermaritzburg, Philip, son of Mr. J. PLAYER



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