The Taranki Bush Fires.
EXTENSIVE DAMAGE. |Bt Telegraph. l [UNITED PBEBB ASSOCIATION. New PiiTMOOXH, 10th March. The bush fires are now moderating, but the damage is great. It is estimated that in the Egmont and Moa districts nearly half the pasture has been burnt up, which will reduce the out-put of butter by more than one half. Many email farmers will be unable to hold out during the winter months unless they receive assistance. A deputation of farmors waited on Mr. Samuel, M.H.R , in reference to the dietroes caused by tbo bush fires. They Btated that in some districts nearly the whole of the pasture was destroyed, beside fences and the dwellings of many settlere. There was no feed for their cattle, and although tho prices to be obtained were merely nominal, thero was nothing left for the settlers bnt to sell them. It was stated that a great many of th» settlers would be unable to find grass seed to re-sow their land, and that without aid from the Government the settlers would, in many oases, have to desert their holdings and come npon the Charitable Aid Board for support. The deputation urged Mr. Samuel to apply to the Government for aid. Subscriptions are being raised in New Plymouth to aid the settlers, but the sum collected will not be sufficient.
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