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BUSH &GRASS FIRES. VALUABLE TIMBER DESTROYED

.; ■ FIVE MEN IN DANGER. *[•! TBtEGBAPH. — FBE33 ASSOCIATION.] GORE, 10th January. N .Word has come to. hand that the Waiksiaßush, about thirty miles above the • township of Waikaia, has been on fire for ■over a week. The fire is supposed to ]fova originated through a person carolegsly throwing a lighted match amongst 'somo^dondi manuka. The bush carries a .Jot ot fine timber, birch of particularly tlnrable- quality being plentiful, and it only- wanted railway facilities to make it extensively used. The fire has burnt "buck into,. the' heart of the bush, and unless rain- comes, which does not at preseiai -appeal' probable, the bush will be . completely' destroyed. "" : INVERCARGILL, 10th January, - r.'^Tlid, Southland Times' Otautau corres- ' nondent reports extensive fires in tho ood Five bushmen," working vZiry, Jlaningtqii's' reserVe, have been cut off- "from their huts by the burning of the bush tramways. It is hoped that ' they may make their way out by Meri?filE» but'Jhere J s a . fire in the bush on that side/wlnch may complicate matters. • ..",! A CREAMERY DESTROYED. LOSS OF~STOCK. „- [ BT TKLEGBAIH. — PBESB ASSOCIATION.] EKETAHUNA, This Day. » Log and grass fires have bedi raging for two days at Hastwell and Mangamahoe. The creamery at Hastwell, unterrahted, was burnt, besides several •whares' and outbuildings. An extensive area of grass has been burned, and miles of fencing destroyed. One settler lost 100 sheep -and 200 acres of grass. ."Other iosses are not yet ascertainable. Unless rain comes soon there is a probability of further heavy lpss. ' OUTBUILDINGS DEMOLISHED. CARTERTONj .This -Day. ••' Larg^ grass fires swept aJong the -Xtjnges yesterday in the vicinity of ;Mount Holdsworth, doing considerable / -damage. Long stretches, of fencing * were burnt, and several shedg and outbuildings demolished. The country is exceedingly dry ahd parched, and badly ip need of rain. ' . ' DEAD TROUT IN HUNDREDS. CARTERTON, This Day. The bush fire is still raging on the ranges, and considerable damage is re- - ported Hundreds of dead ' trout are ' floating on the surface of the Maungaterere stream — presumably poisoned by ashes falling into the stream. ' SAWMILL AND SEVEN HOUSES . , GONE. A ..HOMESTEAD 'IN, DANGER. TELEGRAPH.— PBKSS ASSOCIATION.] ' - ' MASTERTON, This Day. Messrs. Coradine and Whittaker's sawmill and*- seven workmen's bouses at "Mount Bruce, eighteen miles from Master,ton, were burnt on Friday afternoon. The families departed on Thursday evening and came to Masterton to-day. " They buried th& furniture or put it in grarelpits*.' „ The mill machinery was practically destroyed. The estimated loss is from £1500 to £2000. There was no insurance There is still a big fire on the sawmill land and Rait's land, threatening the homestead. A number of stock is reported to have perished through burning or suffocation in the vicinity of Hastwcll's. 1 VIEWED WITH SATISFACTION. " " GISBORNE, This Day. Gr^sa and log iires, extending over a wide area; of country inland, are proteeding. These are regarded with great satisfaction by settlers, as they will do jan of raluablo clearing. The weather continues very hot. THREE THOUSAND ACRES SWEPT. STABLES AND VALUABLE TREES BURNED. L.j/Ihe Maryborough Express of yesterday < "contains further particulars of the grass • fire -which smarted" on Bankhouse at ~a "point about three-quivrters of a mile 'west of the entrance to the- homestead. The splendid plantations that surround 1 the homestead were in danger df destruction, and before the fire had burned its course many hundreds odj young trees had been ruined, particularly 1 the belts on the hill sides of the house. A young planta-> tion on the right side of the Wairau Val- '" ley road was also destroyed;. • 'Before ade^nate assistance could be obtaited from the surrounding' stations, the " stables had become ignited^, and were soon past salvation. The fire spread in all directions before the wind, passing over the road into the reserve below the Waihopai bridge, and over the bank into the llat on. the river side .beside the accommodationhouse. Assistance was forthcoming from the Deltn, Leefield and' other stations, until abont-fifty men irere engaged in fighting the fire. This number sat down to tea at 2 o'clock . ori Friday riorning, after beating at the persistent flames for many uours -without intermission. The fire * extended up the Waihopai Valley as far as ValleyfKd, a distance of several miles from the Bankhouse home- ,. stead. The total area blackened would be _abbut' 2500 acres — more; than that burned by the fire of the previous -Friday on the Wither Run. ' So far aa car be gathered, no stock has been lost. It is believed the fire commenced as - the- result of a match carelessly applied to some gorse grubbed up by one of the 'Sons' of the owner, and away went the • "buri' '' The stables which vcre modern and substantial buildings, were covered by insurance, theie being a risk in the New Zealand office of £290 on these and small detached buildings.

"Madame, let me unfold my troubles to you. lam engage! heie— a small countrj town — as lending lady in drama and cornedj 1 My wardrobe comprises a few torn dresses, but no wedding dress, and I mvs f have a wedding dress for the play I am rehearsing, in which I appear as a bride in tho third act, and which is billed *or four days hence. I Raw one the o£he day in a chop marked at 39f, but they \vould noc let me have it pn credit. I know well enough how I might got tha dress, but T prefc not "' Thus, pathetioally, wrote a humblo French actress to Madame Yvette Guilbert. Sho not only got her wedding dress, nut moved Madame Guilbert to Mart a new and intelligent charitable enterprise. This iB to provide poor actresses with etagfe dresses. The undertaking, supported by several stars, who have agreed to help by sending , their own gowns once or twice worn, is already well under way. Throughout Ins eojourn in England tho Kaiser was guarded by some of the acutest representatives of Scotland Yard, and also by German detectives. Hi 6 Majesty lives in no dread of anarchists, however. Onco % friend remonstrated with him for walking in the streets of Potsdam. "The Czar wouldn t undergo such a risk," he i was told 'Perhaps not," answered William II > "but if I allowed my thoughts to be occupied with the possibility of my being murdered 1 should hare no time

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BUSH &GRASS FIRES. VALUABLE TIMBER DESTROYED, Evening Post, Volume LXXV, Issue 9, 11 January 1908

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BUSH &GRASS FIRES. VALUABLE TIMBER DESTROYED Evening Post, Volume LXXV, Issue 9, 11 January 1908

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