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Timaru Herald, 16 October 1867, Page 2

AROWHENUA— Wednesday, October 9.
[Before W. C. Beswick, H. Belfield, and W. U. Slack, Esqrs., J.P.'s.]
Greenfield v. Young.

Mr Cardale appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr Doyly for defendant. In this case defendant was sued for £20, value of jewellery lost by plaintiff whilst, staying at the Royal Hotel, Temuka, kept by defendant.
    N. Greenfield, sworn, deposed : I am a jeweller. About the 20th of August I was at at defendant's hotel. Defendant, I think, knew I had the jewellery. I showed it to him and others.  I swear he knew I had them. On the 31st August I left the hotel to go into Timaru. I was away all day. On the following Monday I left again. The jewellery was stolen between Saturday and Tuesday. I left the room locked. Defendant (or Mrs Young) told me there was no other key to the door.  I missed some of the articles on Tuesday evening, and on searching missed the remainder. I afterwards found that other keys fitted the door. I have summoned defendant because he had said I had not lost any jewellery. The articles in the list handed into court were taken away.
    Cross-examined by Mr Doyly: I came to the hotel to sell the jewellery, or dispose of it by lottery. I asked for a bedroom. I was told by Mr or Mrs Young that no other key fitted my bedroom door. When I was away from defendant's hotel. I left the key of my room with defendant's servant. When I found I had lost the jewellery the police were informed of it and searched the cellar but nothing, was found. I don't know that defendant knew that I had the jewellery but my impression was he knew.
    Re-examined by Mr Cardale : I told defendant the things were there. I knew what goods I had. Defendant came into the room when I shewed the jewellery. I gave a list to the police next day.
    By the Court : I did not tell defendant to take care of the jewellery. I think it was Mrs Young told me about the key. I know the goods I lost were there on the Saturday. Sergeant Ramsay, being sworn, deposed. The list of jewellery lost by plaintiff is the same as plaintiff gave me.
     J. A. Young, sworn, deposed :  I am defendant in this action. When plaintiff left my house I did not know that he had left any jewellery. He did not ask me about the key — nor Mrs Young in my presence. Case dismissed.

Timaru Herald, 30 November 1867, Page 2
Nov. 15— Geelong, p.s., 137 tons, Hart, for Dunedin, via intermediate ports. Passengers - Rev. G. Barclay, Messrs G. G. Russell, Sibbald, Greenfield, and one in steerage.

Found twenty years later

Otago Witness, 16 July 1886, Page 6
A Curious Discovery of Lost Goods.
The Timaru Herald states that a good deal of excitement was caused in Temuka by the finding of some jewellery in a paddock at the back of the Royal Hotel. The news spread rapidly, and as rapidly magnified. Within ten minutes of the discovery it was reported, and believed, in every bar-room in the place that "gold had been found in Temuka." It appears that Mr Bertie Coira, brother of the landlord of the Wallingford Hotel to whom the paddock belongs, was walking through it when his eye caught the glittering end of a piece of gold chain. He pulled it out, and on moving the soil, found a quantity of articles of gold jewellery. The following is a complete list : — A lady's handsome black enamel and gold watch, a lady's long gold neck chain, an albert chain, a gold brooch, a cameo and gold brooch, a carved ivory and gold brooch, a garnet and gold brooch, three small gold lockets, two gold pins, a gold and carbuncle pin (broken), three pairs of gold earrings, one odd gold earring, it gold collar stud, an odd gold sleeve-link, and a silver thimble. The articles had evidently been in the ground for some time, all the steel and metal work being much corroded, and some of them show signs of having been worn. Several however, when well cleaned and washed, appear to have been new and unworn when stowed away. The paddock was formerly covered with flax, but recently the flax was burnt, and the jewellery was found in a spot where a flax plant had once stood. It is presumed that the articles were the proceeds of a robbery, and that the thief "planted " them in a flax bush, being somehow prevented from returning for them. No one seems to identify any of the articles, nor is there any record even in the mind of " the oldest inhabitant " of any such robbery. The watch, however, should lead to identification, the pattern being singularly neat yet handsome. The brooches, too, are not of ordinary design.

Timaru, July 7. With regard to the curious discovery of jewellery at Temuka I have now gleaned the following facts :— Some 20 years ago the Royal Hotel, Temuka, was owned and managed by J. A. Young, now of the Wolseley Hotel, Winchester. Among his regular patrons was A. Greenfield, of the firm Greenfield and Lowenthal, once jewellers in Timaru, but at that time travelling retail dealers in jewellery and fancy articles. Greenfield made the Royal Hotel his headquarters for weeks at a time, making short excursions from Temuka to the surrounding allotments and selling goods in the hotel in the evening. One evening both Mr and Mrs Young were in Timaru and did not return until next morning, and the same evening Greenfield was also out late, returning home about midnight. Immediately after he returned he called one of the men employed about the house and told him that he had been robbed. The curious part of the story is that Greenfield had his case of jewellery in his bedroom, of which the door was locked, and he only had the key ; nevertheless, he maintained that a number of articles had been removed, the small Morocco case being left behind. On Young's return the police were communicated with, but no trace of the robbers or spoil could be found. Subsequently Greenfield attempted to recover £80, the value he set upon the missing articles, but failed, the goods never having been placed in Young's care. At the time the general impression was that the story of the robbery was a myth, as it seemed remarkably improbable under the circumstances. However, the old settlers are beginning to recollect the affair, and one lady who had seen Greenfield's stock at once recalled the enamelled watch. She gave a description of the watch which coincided closely with that of the one discovered, and on seeing the other articles identified some of them as well. The whereabouts of Greenfield and Lowenthal is at present unknown, but there can be little doubt that the treasure trove is their missing property could they be found to identify it.

Timaru Herald, 10 July 1886, Page 3 THE TREASURE TROVE AT TEMUKA.
The police records correspond with the result of our reporter's investigations. The robbery, exactly as described, took place on the night of 2nd September, 1867, from Isidore Greenfield. A list corresponding exactly with the articles found, but containing several other items yet unfound, appeared in the Police Gazette on September 16th, 1867. The number of the watch and a full description were given.

 "Stolen, between 6 p.m. of the 2nd and 3 pm. of the 3rd September, from a bedroom in Young's Hotel, Arowhenua, the following articles of jewellery— (here follows a description which tallies almost word for word ) — the property of Isador Greenfield, hawker. Mr Greenfield left the missing jewellery looked up in his bedroom and carried the key of the door with him. It was afterwards discovered that keys belonging to some, of the other bedrooms would open the lock of his door."

Timaru Herald, 10 July 1886, Page 3 CORRESPONDENCE.
To the Editor of the Timaru Herald. Sir, — Seeing in your issue of the8th instant an account of the find at Temuka, drew to my memory the circumstances herein related. I think they happened m the year 1867, in connection with a gentleman I knew perfectly well (in fact I had many transactions with him), a Mr Greenfield, of the firm of Lowenthall and Greenfield, hawkers of jewellery and other merchandise. About the period mentioned, I was resident in Temuka, and Mr Greenfield called upon me and stated that he was about to get up a monster ruffle of gold jewellery at one of the hotels— l think Young's Royal Hotel. A few days after the conversation with me ; I think it was the day previous to that on which the raffle was to have been held, he told mo that he had neglected to lock his bedroom door, and that the whole of the jewellery had been stolen. I think he mentioned the value of the same to be about £80, but as to the sum I am not certain. Mr Greenfield searched the low flat at the back of Messrs Siegert and Fauvel's for many days afterwards, as he stated it was his impression the jewellery had been hidden in the long flax or fences which were very rank at that time. I have not the least doubt that this find is the stolen property alluded to. There should be many other residents m Temuka who will remember the transaction. You can use my name in the matter. I am, &a., J. H. Dean.

Isadore Greenfield

Daily Alta California September 26, 1888  Unearthed After Many Days
A letter was received yesterday by Chief of Police Crowley from the Commissioner of Constabulary at Wellington, New Zealand, requesting that inquiries be made about Isadore Greenfield, who came from New Zealand to this city sixteen years ago, intending to open - a jewelry store. Greenfield lived in New Zealand and was robbed of a quantity of jewelry in a hotel at Temuka, Canterbury, in 1867. In July, 1886, the property stolen was found hidden in a paddock near Temuka. Now the finder lays claim to the articles, claiming that having waited two years and no owner for the articles having appeared, he is entitled to their possession. If Greenfield can be found the jewelry will be restored to him.

Timaru Herald, 3 July 1872, Page 4
Our Temuka correspondent says — I have been shewn a sample of rough gold, weighing one and a-half grains, which has been tested, and valued as worth £3 10s per ounce. Mr H. Pratt, of this town, on Monday morning, when cleaning the inside of a goose, found in the gizzard a number of small pieces of gold, weighing as above. The largest piece, I should say, weighs about three-quarters of a grain, and the other pieces are of various sizes ; the whole show signs of the action of water, there being no sharp edges.

Timaru Herald, 17 August 1886, Page 2
The mythical "goose with the golden eggs" whose manifold and varied adventures (Id plain and 2d coloured) used to delight our infancy, has developed into a now phase. An enterprising publican of Temuka, wishing to give his boarders a treat, bought a goose the other day, which was m due course Blain, and prepared for table. On examining the interior arrangements of the bird, some bright specks, adhering to the gizzard, attracted the attention of the cook, and upon investigation, it was found that the goose was a veritable goldmine in miniature. Several grains of pure gold : were found m the gizzard, and carefully preserved. The goose came from Milford, a coincidence which, considering the success of one or two gold hunters there, is remarkable.

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