The Ovens and Murray Advertiser 18/1/1879 (2)

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The Mansfield correspondent of the Argus telegraphs. I have since learnt, in reference to the recent arrests of the supposed confederates of the Kelly gang, that Robert Miller was taken more for the purpose of getting a better watch on the movements of his daughter, who is said to be rendering greater aid to the outdoors than any other person. She has been known to start off from the house on horseback, frequently at night time, with the provisions and returned just after daybreak on the following morning. She is said to be a most daring horsewoman, and can leap a fence in grand style. It is reported that she has said if she had been a man she would have joined the gang. She has so far evaded the police


a nice little of program of races has been advertised to come off at Carley's Happy Valley Hotel on Friday and Saturday 14 and 15 in March


on Wednesday next Messrs J. H. Gray and Co will offer for sale at Cathcart's Alpine Bright a quantity off a valuable grazing and agricultural land, some centrally situated town allotments and dwelling houses in the estate of Mr. L. C. Kinchela.


On Thursday 30th inst., Messrs J. H. Gray and Co will sell at their yards, Beechworth, the second draft of their celebrated Omeo herd of Herefords and Durhams, including 1000 head of bullocks and heifers. These Herefords are the descendents of Messrs Wm Lyall's, Wm Robertson and George Loder's grand stock, and for breeding second to none in the colony. Being reared on mountain country they are very hardy and have never known pleuro or any other diseases; quiet feeders, gentle in temper, quick fatteners, and also most profitable, as witness thousands of the Omeo cattle sold by Mr. Montgomery, of the 'Heart'. Gippsland, generally topping the Melbourne market. The Shorthorns are equally well bred from George Milner's once famous Parrin Yallock herd, and Robert McDougall's Booth are imported bulls


The races on the second day were not altogether successful.- Mares Produce Stakes, six furlongs. Albert, 2yrs, 1; Taurus 2; Sweetbriar colt 3. Corinthian Cup, one mile and a half- Mavis, 1; Rosewood, 2. Hurdle Race, twice around the course- Prince Alfred, 1; Hickory 2. Turf Club Handicap - Albyn, 3 yrs 1; Robin Mood, 4 yrs, 2. Lanwine, 5yrs, 3. Ladies Mile Handicap - Bonnie Rose, 1; Mavis, 2; Eclipse, 3


The stud Shorthorns sales of the season have surprised most people. Prices were generally expected to rule much lower than at previous sales, but we venture to say few were prepared for such a depreciation in the value. Last year at Mr Gardner's sale, eight stud bulls realized an average of £462 each, while this season only four animals of found customers, the amounts obtained for the lot being only 440 guineas. There was not a female sold and for many of the lots no bids were made. The animals were all that could be designed by the most careful stock breeders, the herd having been formed by Mr Gardner regardless of outlay. At the Colac sale, last Friday, a similar state of affairs prevailed; and though there was a large attendance buyers were scarce. A showing the depreciation in value we may mention that last year one bull of fetched 1245 guineas, while at the last sale nine only realized 1000 guineas altogether. This is a falling of in value with a vengeance and no wonder that it has surprised many. There is no doubt but what the prices of stud stock were too high, and most people were prepared to see the fancy rates hitherto ruling give place gradually to more reasonable ones. The sudden falling off in value, however, that has occurred is a very serious matter, and must prove ruinous to many of our most energetic breeders, who have invested large sums in pure stock; and the question arises how the depreciation is to be accounted for? The season has been a very favorable one for stockowners throughout the colonies, feed being plentiful, and losses by disease few. Under ordinary circumstances we might have expected intended purchases to have been numerous, and good prices ruling, instead of the present state of affairs. The results can only be attributed to the feeling of insecurity that prevails through the action of the Government during the past 12 months. No one is certain as to what the next 'Liberal' move to may be, and but a few of our large landholders care to invest any of their cash in improving their estates or herds. Most of them prefer to rest upon their oars, and wait patiently to the tide turns Telegraph


A most disastrous fire which might have been attended by more serious results occurred in Albury on Thursday night. But scant particulars are to hand, but from what we can learn it appears that at about 10 o'clock at night flames were seen issuing from a catch a factory and blacksmiths shop adjoining the Exchange Hotel, and despite all endeavors, this together with the Exchange Assembly Rooms and a number of the outbuildings at the rear of the hotel, were burnt to the ground. Had it not been for the gallant exertions of the townspeople, the whole range of buildings must have been destroyed, but fortunately the progress of the flames was arrested in time. All the furniture of the hotel was removed into the street, and is the scene was a most busy one. It was after one o'clock before the flames were got under control. Mr Lewis Jones, the proprietor of the property estimates in his loss at a £2000, but he is insured


The mining manager, under day at the 13th in January reports:- Since my last reports December 16 I have driven a further distance of 607 ft 2in, consisting of a main drive down the lead, which is now a 619ft 1in, below the shaft, and cross drives cutting in for blocking, besides the usual blocking out faces, in which I have form seven to eight picks working. One prospecting drive on north reef looks very promising, and I believe we shall strike playable gold in that direction, which is now 200ft outside of present workings. During the past four weeks I raised no washdirt, for six days having a overhaul of machinery on top, and doing sundry repairs a below during the holidays. The drive through the bar, mentioned in my last, is now in washdirt. The yield of gold for the above period is 409oz 13dwt. All the works above and above and below are in good working order


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