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1875, Peter White - Unfit For Publication
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The Burrowa News masthead. Image: The Burrowa News, (NSW), Fri 20 Nov 1875, p. 1. Reproduction: Peter de Waal
The Burrowa News masthead. Image: The Burrowa News, (NSW), Fri 20 Nov 1875, p. 1. Reproduction: Peter de Waal


The Burrowa News, Sat 20 Nov 1875 1

Reuter’s Telegrams
To Australian Associated Press.

London, November 6.

November 9.

    At a banquet given by the Lord Mayor, at the Mansion House, the Right Hon B Disraeli made a speech, in which he said that war with China, which some time ago seemed to be imminent, had been happily averted. He also remarked that England desired, as far as possible, to strengthen its relations with the Chinese Government. He regretted that the affairs of Turkey were in a less satisfactory condition. It could not be denied that the circumstances were critical, but he was convinced that more favourable results would be attained by measures consistent with peace, and which would also satisfy public opinion. The Ministry were deeply conscious of the magnitude of the interests of the Empire in regard to its Eastern policy, and they were resolved to guard those interests to the best of their ability. He alluded to the enthusiastic reception which had been accorded to his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales on the occasion of his arrival in India, and anticipated that his visit would be followed by beneficial results in reference to British rule.

    ACCIDENT.—A serious accident befel one of our townsmen, William Keating, on Sunday last; having ridden a little way out of town his horse shied at some object, and he was thrown violently and remained unconscious for some time. His companion quickly returned to town and procured the advice of Dr Heeley on the scene of the accident, and assistance to remove him home, where he gradually recovered so far as to allow of the Doctor returning to Young, and leaving his patient in charge of Mr Rowe. He is, we understand, daily improving.

    BURROWA POLICE COURT.—On Monday last Peter White was brought up, on remand, before Messrs. PH Scott, W[illiam] J[ohn] E Wotton, and George Eason, charged by one Cullen with the commission of an unnatural offence [bestiality].

    Mr Scarval, of Young, defended the prisoner.

    The case was heard with closed doors. After hearing all the witnesses for the prosecution and for the defence, the Bench were unanimously of opinion that the evidence adduced had failed to establish the charge, and therefore discharged the prisoner.

    On the same day, AS Holmes pleaded guilty to a charge of drunkenness, and, as an old offender, was fined £1.

    The Attorney-General, in his opening address to the jury empannelled [sic] at Darlinghurst, is the case for the prosecution of Treeve for forgery, stated that the signatures on the promissory note were so much like those of the persons mentioned that they were unable to state positively that the signatures were not theirs. The names mentioned on the forged note were not, however, those of the directors of the Phoenix Building Society; only three of them were the names of the directors of that society, but the names were those of the whole of the directors in another society of which Treeve was secretary and on behalf of which promissory notes for small amounts were occasionally issued. Well those names, the Crown averred, were cut out from a document issued by the latter society, and pasted very cleverly upon the promissory note issued as coming from the Phoenix Building Society. The ends of the paper were completely hidden by duty stamps placed very cleverly on either sides of the signatures, but a powerful magnifying glass, produced by the Attorney-General, revealed the operation, and the touch showed that the document was much thicker where the names were pasted on than elsewhere. The document was so perfect that it passed through the bank without being called into question, and when presented to the view of the persons whose signatures it born they were only able to say the signatures were not theirs from surrounding circumstances. The signatures were evidently theirs, or faultless imitations, and the finding of them on such a document completely mystified them.


1     The Burrowa News, (NSW), Fri 20 Nov 1875, p. 2. Emphasis added.