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P>y a fire at Wanganui to-day Collier's music warehouse was destroyed. Paul Siva ti, for several years gaoler at Timaru, died at Timaru this morning. Mr T. Spurgeou is announced to exhibit "John Ploughman's Pictures " next Tuesday evening m the Oddfollows* Hall. John Ploughman, ii,& almost everyone knows, is the norn dc plume under winch the RevC. H. Spurgeou lias written some of his most popular works. We understand that the "Pictures " are photographed from life, and are of the highest merit. The oxyhydrogen limelight will be used to show them. In addition to these Mr Spurgcon will exhibit portraits of his illustrous parents, and of 1 pfcher members of the family, together with views of t^e Metropolitan Tabernacle, College, Orphanage, etc. Altogether "- most interesting evening may be looked foi\ On the 10th ult. the Hokianga district was visited by a severe electric storm, which caused considerable damage to the telegraph lines and instruments. The telephone at Kohukohu was completely destroyed by lightning, and connnimicationwas completely interrupted between the head office at $aw.ei)o iu;d other stations. Two large poles at the juu-jtiiui of the omanaia and One rivprs were struck and literally shattered tq atoms, The head of one large pole, eight moino!His wjimi't), was shot off and carried to a diKtniiu! of 100 yards, Another pole, 50ft m height was splintered into matchwood, and portions were carried 30 yards away. Numbers of other poles were splintered and insulators broken. There was one long span about one-third of a mile, stretching from hiirto hill, where the line crosses the Omanaia river. The whole of the wire m this span was mplted, and fell down m little pieces, varying from one to three inches m length.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2485, 7 August 1890

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2485, 7 August 1890