Reports under Wednesday’s date.
This afternoon a terrific wind blows several verandahs down, as well as half a dozen ornamental trees in the streets. The thermometer registered 120deg to-day, and in many shops and houses the temperature reached 125deg.
Almost all business was practically suspended except in hotels. Heavy clouds are now hanging about, and great hopes are entertained that good rain will fall.
Two deaths occurred in town to-day. Tom English died in the hospital from heat apoplexy after a short illness, and Mrs. W.Dray, wife of a storekeeper also succumbed. James Hogan was found dead near Yantabulla yesterday, and a man named Charles Burgess, employed at Little Cuttsburra at road work the past 12 weeks, died suddenly from heat apoplexy to-day Michael Fanning, a fettler on the railway died while returning from his days labor.
The dead body of a man name unknown, was found close to 10 mile tank on the road from Elsinora to Wanaaring.
Four deaths occurred at Gundorbooke during last week. A number of residents availed themselves of the opportunity of leaving Bourke cheaply this morning by the special excursion train, Many persons are ill and the hospital is so crowded that five extra beds have had to be ordered. Mr P. J. Foley, ex- editor of a defunct newspaper was admitted into the hospital today suffering from heat apoplexy, and is in a precarious condition.
At Bourke today 30lb of dynamite stored in Rich and Co’s magazine exploded, Fortunately no one was injured, though the magazine was wrecked. The concussion was terrific, and caused great alarm among the towns people.
Immediately after the explosion heavy rain fell for about a minute.
Sydney, Thursday Jan. 23. At Bourke today the heat reached 119 degrees in the shade. Several more deaths reported.