Newmarket, May 3.—At a few minutes after 12 o'clock, just after the workmen had gone to dinner, a fire was discovered to be issuing out of the large foundry of Cane & Elvidge. The wind blowing a terrific gale from the west rendered any assistance from the fire brigade powerless, and in an hour and half the foundry and all the workmen's houses were lying a mass of debris. Great efforts were made to save the sash factory and a large saw-mill, recently erected by Messrs. Cane & Sons, which were successful. Great sympathy is manifested for Messrs. Cane & Elvidge, and for the firm of Messrs. Cane & Sons. The foundry had only changed hands the from the old firm of Sykes & Elvidge last fall. Mr. Cane had expended a large amount of capital in this town within the last nine months. His coming had augmented considerably the list of ratepayers already, as the late assessment shows that the increase entitles us to a Deputy Reeve at the next election. There will be a public meeting to take into consideration the propriety of aiding Messrs. Cane & Elvidge to again erect the foundry. Loss, fully $20,000. No insurance.
Barrie, May 3.—This morning about 7 o'clock, as a freight train with lumber coming from Orillia was approaching Barrie, one the brakesmen, named Fred. Checkley, was observed passing along the top of the cars, and very soon afterwards disappeared. Samuel Lawrence, the conductor, whistled for brakes down, and the train was stopped, when the body of the unfortunate man was discovered lying across the rail. The body was severed in two across the stomach, and the left hand was crushed. The body was removed to the Commercial Hotel, and Dr. Hamilton, coroner, having been notified?, a jury was empanelled. After evidence was heard, a verdict returned of accidental death by falling off a freight train, the train having passed over his body. The deceased was about 19 years old, a native of England and resided in Toronto.