Knowledge and timber should not be too much used until they are seasoned. Floods on the West Coatt.—Telegrams from the West Coast speak of heavy floods having occurred on Monday. At Charleston the fearful floods in the Kile Valley submerged one family, and live persons were rescued by boats from Mr. Poole’s farm. At Ross there had been continual heavy rain for two days, and the rivers were flooded. The mail-coach could not leave for Hokitika on account of the floods, and the Bishop of Christchurch was detained by the same cause. At Hokitika the heaviest flood ever known occurred, and did great damage to the land, crops, and public works in Westland. The Arahura bridge, on the main Kumara road, was almost destroyed. The north end for 200 ft. was swept away, and it will take about L4OOO to repair the damage done. It is believed that there has been great destruction in the southern part of the country, as acres of valuable land on the Christchurch road have been carried away. The town of Hokitika was inundated on Tuesday, and most of the streets were covered with a sheet of water for several hours. The flood has now subsided.
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