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- — «t» BRIDGE-BUILDIXG MATERIAL BURNT. # SOEXIC RESERVE IN DANGER. LOSSES OF SAWMILLERS. [BT TELEGBAPH. — PRESS ASSOCIATION.] MASTERTON, This Day. The Poads Department has received infonnatkn that on Tuesday about four thousand feet of timber, being material for the bridge which tho contractor, Mr. M'Calmjnt, was about to erect over the Waihi River, was destroyed by fiie. Timber and ironwork for the bridge had been placed at the site, and work was just about to be started when a bush fire swept everything before it. A fine, piece of, native bush preserved for scenic purposes near Kaitoke narrowly escaped destruction recently. Jt'is believed that some dry bush was iiTed by sparks from a railway engine,! and three fine rata trees were speedily ablaze. -For tunately the bush was too' green, fpr the fire to make headway. It is suggested that th« Tourist Depatenaent might advantageously vest the care and control of this greatly-admiTed piece of bush in some local residents, who would look after it. Men working on the Opaki ballast gang have had their wages raised, after repeated representations by Mr. Hogg, M.P., from eight to nine shillings per day. The recent fires have had a paralysing effect on the sawmilling industry in the district lying between Wellington and Woodville. The ordinary monthly output of timber from the localities indicated is estimated at JDSOOO worth. This month it is estimated that the value will fall to about £500. The oidinary wages, which range between £3000 and £4000 per month, are being paid, so that t&e sawmillffs <p r e suffering a double loss — first in destruction of property, and secondly in reduction of output. The inevitable result will he a further advance in the cost, of building material.

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WAIRARAPA NEWS., Evening Post, Volume LXXV, Issue 21, 25 January 1908

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WAIRARAPA NEWS. Evening Post, Volume LXXV, Issue 21, 25 January 1908

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