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THE SUMNER CLIFFS.

I - —• Cbbistohurcu, July 9. 1 With a vies? of minimiising the ; danger of falling rock from the Sumner cliffs, the local Council re- ; Gently decided to blast away some of the more dangeroiig portions whioh have had a sinister appearance for some time, and have lately assumed a more forbidding aspect. The piece which was operated on today was about 110 yards from Shag Rock. At this point the cliff overhangs tbe road by some 15 to 20 feet. That it w#3 high time the Council attended to it wae'flyyjenced from the fact that there was a fissure, near the edge of tbe cliff about six inches wide and some fifteen feet deep. Elaborate precautions were taken to prevent any disruption of tbo tramway service, Tbe Board's employees removed the oyerjbead gear, leauag the poles to their fate, apd arrangements were made for a steam tram tp run on the sections where the current bad been oat off. As a matter of fact, the former precautions proved unnecessary. The blasting powder did not prove nearly as effective as was antici* For Chronic Chest Complaints, WoodB 1 Great Peppermint Cure, 1/6, 2/6

fated, and only some fifty or sixty fona of the cliff was displaced. The fall of. rook and rubble—a drop of 150 feet—however, was a great sight, and an immense oloud of dust rose higher than the oliff. The rock face dea Iroyed included that on which a Maori head was carved. The disoovery of this ancient piece of carving aroused 00h8iderable interest some fifty years ago.

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THE SUMNER CLIFFS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4411, 10 July 1914

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THE SUMNER CLIFFS. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4411, 10 July 1914

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