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0N THE HILLS.

THE TOLI> HOUSE, DYER'S PASS

Speaking to a representative of "Tho Press," Mr H. G. Ell, M.P., said he would Jike the public to understand more about the position of the Ibll House, Dyer's Pass. "Tho oosfc of the house, with furnishings," he explained, "has been provided by several publiospirited citizens in money advanced for wages, material, and for tihe furniture, china ware, etc. Somo of the articles were presented, others were provided at cost, and much at a discount, as a concession for tho • benefit of the public. All the profits on the sale of refreshments are used for payment, first of tho salary of the lady in charge, and for any extra assistance, and then _in payment of a rate of interest which does not exceed 6 per cent., tho balance towards the creation of a sinking fund to pay oif the debt on the house, furniture, etc., and, after providing for all this, towards tho payment of the cost of the 272 acres forming tho Sugar Loaf Scenic Reserve, and also for making pathways along tho faco of the cliffs of Sugar Loaf Hill. Tho public will see, therefore, that* they have a special interest in the success of the Toll House Tearooms, as such success Will enable tho honorary trustees to pay off the debt on the Toll House and I that fine public reserve, Sugar Loaf j Hill."

With the objcct of preserving tho beauty of the view from the terrace and loggia of the Toll House, Mr Ell has approached tho owners of the Cashinero Estate with a proposal to sell, but only for tho purpose of planting with every variety >of nativo trees, shrubs, and plants which can be persuaded to grow, about 10 to 20 acres at the head of Cashmere Valley, directly in front of tho Toll House and below tho Dyer's Pass and Summit road where'these two roads join at the hill top. In a few years the rough gullies and steep hill faces below tho Toll House will present a very pretty sight, and a sight which will grow into greater beauty with every passing year. Mr lull's idea is to plant in suitable situations kauris, rimus, black and white pines, yellow or silver pines, uukateas, tho different kinds of beeches, totaras, tree ferns, clematis, etc.

Through tho generosity of Mr G. Mitchell, of Governor's Bay, tho pathway along tho face of tho cliffs of Sugar Loaf Hill will he continued on until it readies tho Summit road track on tho north side of Sugar Loaf Hill. This pathway -will be known as Mitchell's track. It is also intended to make an•othiar pathijvay starting from Dyer's Pass road and running about 100 feot below Mitchell's track. Like Mitchell's track, it will pass through several patches of bush beforo it reaches the boundary of Rapaki Native Reserve. A third pathway will pass higher up and along the face of the cliff, about 150 ft above Mitchell's track. Theso paths •will mako delightful walks, sheltered from the heat of the sun in summer, and with very pretty and varied views. A pathway along the western face of Coronation Hill. Reserve, starting from the Toll House, will reach tho summit ol the hill by way of the eastern side of tho hill overlooking the harbour. From this path tho walker will find pleasure in the beautiful view of Port Cooper, with its many pretty bays, and the ocean beyond Godley and> Adderley Heads.

A MEMORIAL SHELTER. The Summit Road ' Scenic Reserves Board met on Monday, when there -were present: Mr W. H. Skinner (chairman), Dr. Chilton, Messrs Geo. Harper, H. G. Ell, M.P., Wm. Reeco, Arthur Morten, and Geo. T. Booth. A letter was received from Mr A. Anderson, asking, on his own and Mrs Anderson's behalf, permission to erect a memorial to their late son; who fell in the battle of Messines, on Witch's Hill,, an eminence to the east of tho Dyer's Pass tea-house. A sketch plan of the proposed memorial was enclosed. It showed a shelter of stone, with seating accommodation, and a brass plate, inserted in the wall of the structure, and engraved on which -will be the names of Mr and Mrg Anderson's son and of other gallant lads from the district who have fallen at the front. The shelter will be semi-circular in form, and tho site selected overlooks tho city and the plains. The Board unanimously decided to grant the request.

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0N THE HILLS. Press, Volume LIII, Issue 16036, 19 October 1917

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