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Issue 1—November 2007





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Charlie Causer
and Dancer

A Missing Bank Clerk!!
AUCKLAND, 17th December.
No further light has been thrown on the
mysterious disappearance of Mr David
Dufaur, the bank clerk who was found to be
missing after the fatal accident that overtook
his friend Mr. Samuel Henry Sayers, on
Saturday night near Pahi, on the Kaipara
Further particulars in connection with the
affair indicate that the two men rode over
from Paparoa to Pahi on Saturday afternoon,
and left on the return journey at 8.45. Mr
Dufaur was a particularly good horseman,
but Mr Sayers was only learning to ride, and
was warned by Mr Skelton that he should
avoid fast riding. A few minutes after their
departure from the hotel, the galloping of
horses was heard along the road leading
towards Paparoa, but it was not until Sunday morning that an accident had happened.
The body of Mr Sayers was then found by Mr
Skelton, lying on the side of the road. Mr
Sayer’s neck was broken, and his sweater
was torn open at the front, indicating the
possibility of someone having examined the
The fact that Mr Dufaur’s keys were found
nearby on the wharf is the only reason for
assuming that he committed suicide by
jumping into the water. All his books are in
good order. Both men were stated to be
perfectly sober when they left the Pahi Hotel.
Mr Sayers was only 33 years of age. He was
expecting his wife and two young children to
come out from the Old Country to join him,
and it is understood that they are now on
their way to New Zealand. He had only been
in the Dominion about six months. He was a


Charlie had lost one foot and lower leg in the
Second World War, but when he got his
artificial leg, it never stopped him running his
farm, shearing or doing most anything, even
riding a show horse of which he had at least
over two over the years. One called Dancer,
which he had before the war, and later on,

The Pahi Hotel. Site of many a happening
and events. Image 2007—Back Roads Editor

“The fact that Mr Dufaur’s keys were found

nearby on the wharf is the only reason for
assuming that he committed suicide by
jumping into the water”

Dancer seemed to be well named, as he
always looked light on his feet, and in all his
movements. Charlie won many show jumping
awards with him. Dancer often amused
himself by jumping out of his paddock and
galloping around the farm, always going back
to his own paddock. He didn’t just jump over
anything; he sailed over with a long take off.
One day Charlie rode him over to our place,
and when he set off home, went by a different
route, which was slightly uphill and over a
boundary fence. What he didn’t realise was,
that there was a hot electric fence wire at
least two metres out from the fence on the
other side. However, Dancer sailed clean over
the lot safely. He is also reputed to have
jumped out of the Paparoa Railway yards,
which had rails about two metres high.

The Pahi Hotel, of which Mr. E.
Moriarty is licensee, was burned
down yesterday. The cause of the fire
is unknown. The building was
Dancer’s eventual fate is uncertain, but it is
thought that when Charlie went to the war,
insured in the South British office
- Evening Post 8 September 1897 P5
- Sourced National Library of
New Zealand

Evening Post 18 December 1912
Sourced National Library of New

he sold Dancer, but the new owners couldn’t
keep him in anywhere. They had put a collar
and chain on him, and somehow Dancer must
have tried to jump out. The chain
apparently caught on something, and he
broke his neck.
Story by Alan Flower written 2003 excerpt from
Image & Story Reproduced by kind permission
of the Author.

To accomplish great things, we must not
only act, but also dream; not only plan, but
also believe.
Anatole France

Charlie Causer on
his horse Dancer

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