20 January 1888 The Gundagai Times and Tumut, Adelong and Murrumbidgee District Advertiser
The storms with which we have been recently favoured have apparently done little in the way of lowering tho temperature. Throughout the past week the heat has been intense during the day, and night has brought little relief.
On Sunday last various readings of the thermometer were recorded:- At Rosevale, Bombowlee, Mr. W. Bridle's residence, the glass stood at 95 deg. in the shade, at Alderman Weeden's, in Richmond Place, it was 100 deg., and in the verandah at the Commercial Hotel the mercury rose to 103.
At Mr. C. Dean's residence the record was 100 degrees at mid night.
Mr. R. D. French of Brungle, informs us that he has obtained 78 bags of wheat of really splendid quality, off between 12 and 13 acres of land. This wheat was sown early.
We trust Mr. French will forward a sample to the Centennial Show.
Mr. George Hibbons brought into town, on Saturday, from his Bombowlee garden, a cabbage which weighed 38lbs.
The great heat of the weather has caused several equine fatalities during the past week.
Messrs Cobb and Co, whose coaches on this line travel a distance of 22 miles, have lost four horses, one horse having dropped dead Adelong, two in Gundagai and one in Tumut.
On Sunday last the mailman, after having made the trip from Gundagai to Tumut via the Marked tree route, was taking his steeds to the river to refresh them with a bath, when, one of the animals dropped by the way.
The mailman unharnessed the horse and tried to lead it to the shade trees in Richmond Park.
The animal was promptly bled, but at died overcome by the effects of the journey in such dense heat.
Only recently two of of Mr. M. H. Simpson's horses dropped down on the road near Adelong Crossing, but their owner at once gave each horse some cooling medicine he happened to have with him and they recovered.
A couple of Mr. J. McInerney'e horses also narrowly escaped falling victims to the heat.
Matters are looking very satisfactorily at the Shaking Bog.
The mine was started by a company of 11 shareholders, the number has now been increased to 23, and it seems a foregone conclusion that in the near future very handsome dividends will be returned.
Mr. Travers Jones, M.P., accompanied by Messrs. McSharry and McMurdo, arrived at the Shaking Bog on Monday last, and stayed until Wednesday.
They were met at the claim by Messrs. R. Dear and E. Perkins, of Tumut, and we learn that the visitors, who have an interest in the mine, were well pleased with all they witnessed.
The manager, Mr. H. Murphy has made splendid progress with the work, and sluicing operations commenced on Thursday.
Mr. Perkins has shown us a sample of the gold, which is clean and bright, and should fetch the highest market value.
The miners working at McPherson's swamp, 15 miles distant from the Bog, have a good prospect before them. They were about completing their tail-race on Saturday last, and expected to open out work yesterday.
Jan. 16. [From The Tumut Times.]