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THE BUSH FIRES. DESTRUCTION IN HAWKES BAY

SAWMILLS AND HOUSES BURNT. FIRE STILL^ RAGING. [fir TELEGIUWT. — PBES3 ASSOCIATION.] NAPIER, 23rd, January. News was received in toy. n this afternoon that the bush fires .at, Pohui had destroyed tho Fairburn Timber Company's' null, together with about £3000 worth of stacked timber. There were also Durncd down three cottages occupied by Messrs. Williams. Colvey, and bimonsen. The fire is still raginjrThe mill, timber, and cottages weTe insured, in tho Phoenix office for £3955, and the engine in the United for £300. THE MATAMAU MILLS. FIGHTING FIRE FOR A WEEK. ALL HAWKES BAY PRACTICALLY ON FIRE. , [B^* TELEGHArn.— Special to The Post.] FEILDING, 23rd January. Mr. George Bartholomew returned to Fcilding yesterday from Dannevi^ke, where he has bean engaged for some days in fighting tho bush lares. Ho says that practically the whole of tho Hawkes Bay district is on fire, and unless rain cornea very soon tho damage will bo so great that the harm, at present done will be quite a small matter. At hia firm's mill at Mataraau the men, had been busy eince Tuesday of last week fighting th© fires and keeping the buildings in safety, consequently no regular work had been done. On Thursday night about a dozen of tho men had a narrow escape, being completely hemmed in. by fires. Every fresh wind makes the fires worse, but tlio m'i\]a are now safer than they were, as the fires have been all round them. Fire appliances have been secured, and hose fixed at the mills, to keep the- fires back, and with the arlargoments for pumping water thoy ara ao!p, say} ~\h." Bartholomew, to get a i>r 'insure almost equal to that of the ;'ci!diug water supply. Some miles of tramway and several bridges have been destroyed by the fires, but the big bridges were saved by stripping the decking. Tho people residing in th-s vicinity of the mill buried their valuables, and got their furniture on trucks Teady to make a hasty exit in car© of pmergency. Mr. Bartholomew returned to the bush this afternoon. BURNT-OUT SETTLERS. AN APPEAL FOR AID. MASTERTON, 23id January. Tho Wairarapa Age says: — "The condition of settlers to-day in this and oHior fire-ravaged districts in the North Island will command the sympathy of the people of the Dominion. What is required is that the administrators of tlie State should give expression to the plate's sympathy in concrete form. In other words, the Government should coir.c forward, with a practical proposal to assist the victims of the fires to reinstnt« themselves. The form which' that assistance should take we loavo to tho fertile -resources of Ministers, who are nc-ver nt a. lo^s to devise ways and n:eans in matters upon which th«ir hearts are set. 'Tf only upon grounds of political economy, it behoves the Government to com© to the rescue of the victims of the fires. ■ It is obvious thoti ttavßtate, should not allow a. body of "industrious settlers to 'sink under a calamity which is none of their making, and which it was impossible for them to nvert. Homeless and houseless, as many of them have been rendered by the fires, with holdings stripped of fencing, their grass crops consumed, their outbuildings in ashes, and their stock, left fodderless, many of the struggling settlers are left^ in a hopclfc,«s condition, while others will have to start do novo under a terrible handicap. We trust the Government will view the position from a humanitarian, as well ns a atrtcsnißiilitp, aspect, and it will be found that either or both aspect? comblnd amply warrant the Stitoir helping to place tho mined or embarrassed settlers once more upc> the path, of progress and prosperity. POVERTY BAY AFFECTED. GISBORNE, This Day. Bush fire 3at Motu this week spread across country for miles. Mr. H. Richmond's house- was destroyed. Rakaura settlers had to fight the flames for days, and to bury their clothing. SHEDS AND STACKS BURNED. ' CAETERTON, This Day. jijwo sheds and two haystacks, owned by Mr. James Jones, were idestroyed by a grass firo this morning. I The fire commenced in a paddock oi grass about one acre in extent, and spreau up to the stacks, thence- to tne sheds. Thero was no insurance on the buildings or stacks. The loss is estimated at £50.

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THE BUSH FIRES. DESTRUCTION IN HAWKES BAY, Evening Post, Volume LXXV, Issue 20, 24 January 1908

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THE BUSH FIRES. DESTRUCTION IN HAWKES BAY Evening Post, Volume LXXV, Issue 20, 24 January 1908

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