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HOW WELLINGTON IS PRO TECTED. Wellington, October 27The men at present manning the forts of Wellington harbour are cvi dently attending strictly to their duty. As the tug Karaka was proceeding down to the entrance with the harbour master on board to meet the Ruahine off the heads on Sunday evening, the searchlight of the forts were contin ually played on the vessel. When the tug was passing the examination vessel, Captain Carrock, her skipper, was fold that he would not be stopped on coming back. Thinking a verbal message from those in charge of the examination steamer would be suffi cienfc. Captain Carricb came straight up the harbour, and was not stopped by the examination steamer. Every thing was going well, wben suddenly a shot boomed from Fort Ballance. Those on tbe Karaka were greatly -vi prised, and the steamer's engines were at ouce stopped

Imiaediately the Moree lamp on the 'ixaminauon vessel, Beacon Hill, and Fort Ballanee began to blink messages. Peters, the Harbour Board watoh man, who was on board the Karaka, also "spoke" the fort per medium of Morse lamp Presently it was ob Hervel that the examination vessel sendiDg messages to Port Ballancp, explaining the circumstances, and giving tbe reasons why the Kataku was not carrying the code lights to ■how that she had, been examined. Subsequently a message followed across Fort Ballance to the Karaka to the effect that she could proceed on her journey.

The incident gave"an impsession oi the alertness of tbe men in the forts at 2 a.m.

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A STRICT VIGIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3448, 28 October 1914

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A STRICT VIGIL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3448, 28 October 1914

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