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■o IN THE WAIRARAPA. A BUSH~FIRE. [Vt fnOJtORATH — PBES9 ASSOCIATION.] CARTERTON, This Day. Early last night an enormous bush fire commenced in the Waiohine Valley, a property belonging to Mr. Ordish. The liames rapidly spread, and at nine o'clock ths whole hillside v/as ablaze, and the flames were easily visible from Carterton. Two hundred acres were burnt iip, and a great deal of standing bush. The sight was very striking, a huge column of smoke of .blood-red, colour reaching to tho sky, where a vast red pall hung for many hours. The fire was still burning to-day. No great damage is reported. CLOSE SETTLEMENT. [Bt Telegrami. — Special to The Post.] MASTEKTON, This Day. It is understood here that the Government is negotiating to acquire the lea estate for closer settlement purposes. A committee of the Masterton Farmers' and Commercial Club has be^n authorised lo secure a freehold sito at tho corner of Williams and Dixonstreets in view of the association's present leasa in Perry-street terminating four years hence. MANAWATU. FEILDING, This Day. A very large entry was made for the ram fair held here all day yesterday, but a large proportion was sent back to pasture. Yesterday's average price was two guineas below the price obtained at last year*6 ram sales. Local brooders, interviewed, said the I reason for the drop was the dry season. Owing to the absence of rain and tho dearth of grass, buyers were not in a position to know their requirements, and wbre acting in the dark. "If we had 24 hours' rainfall, tho price of rams would go up, two guineas at once." The weather is still fine. The glass is high, and thero is no appearance of needed rain. The Hon. R. M'Nab, Minister of Lands, informs Mr. Lethbriclge, M.F., that he will slay in Feilding on Monday and Tuesday next.

The widow and family of the lato Mr. W. Lawson have been left in straitened circumstances, and ttepa are being taken by various friends and sympathisers to .raise funds for their supEort. A collection on their behalf has een made in the various foundries in tho city in which the deceased had bc^eji employed, anil on Sunday afternoon Jupp's Band will give a performance in Newtown Park for the benefit of .Jjrs Lawson and her young children, A collection .will be taken up..

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DISTRICT NEWS., Evening Post, Volume LXXV, Issue 32, 7 February 1908

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DISTRICT NEWS. Evening Post, Volume LXXV, Issue 32, 7 February 1908

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