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NGAURUHOE AND RUAPEHU.

DEXSE COLUMNS OF SMOKE. Mr. J. A. Jickell, whose son, Mr. W. Jickell, is one of the party of eight that is making an assault on Ngauruhoe, returned to town this njorning after accompanying the party as far as the foot of the mountain, where he left them yesterday. Ngauruhoe, reports Mr. Jickell, ia in a particularly active mood at present, so far as dense masses of black smoke are any manifestation, and he describes the sight of the great mountain as he viewed it yesterday as being grand and awe-inspiring. "As we approached the mountains," he relates, "the cone of Ngauruhoe was belching out vast columns of dense black s/noke, which swept up some five or six hundred feet above the crater, and then billowed away in great rolling masses before the wind in the direction of Tokaanu. From where we were we could not see if much or any ash was falling-, but it seemed as if for the time the crater was confining itself to making soot on a grand scale. A dull rumbling and occasionally roaring noise came from the volcano, which, together with the issuing trunk of smoke, caused one of the party to liken the effect to 10,000 gas works blowing off at once. I was, unfortunately, obliged to return to town, but the climbing party should have a splendid opportunity of obtaining a close view of the outbreak, as the weather seemed clear and settled." According to Mr. Jickell, the party purposed doing Ruapehu to-day, Ngauruhoe on Sunday or Monday, and Tongariro on Tuesday, returning to town on Wednesday. SIGNS OF INCREASE© ACTTvTTY. (By Telegraph.—Own Correspondent.) TAUMARUNUI, Friday. Constable Maher reported today having seen Ngauruhoe in a still bigger eruption than was witnessed a fortnight ago. A thick, dense volume of black smoke poured out for several hours. Ruapehu was also emitting bigger volumes of steam than have hitherto been known. This activity will probably prevent any attempts to ascend these places for some time..

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NGAURUHOE AND RUAPEHU. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 85, 10 April 1909

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