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In these days the sun is a blood-red in his setting, and the pale moon blushes across the heavens by night, foi tho smoke of the forest fires has put murkiness into the air. Sensitive nostrils and lungs can easily detect the pungency, and they sigh for the rain, which is too coy to come. In the absence of the water consolation, there appears to be an extraordinary run on beer. For the week ended to-day tho excise duty collected in Wellington amounted to £601 5s 2d ; for the corresponding week last year, presumably not such a thirsty period, the total was only £372 8s Bd. The brewers are not Eharing in the fanners' and butter and milk consumers' lamentations ; the scorching sun has some friends who wish him tfell. This morning the weather chart showed "smoky" for Wellington, Nelsor., Cape Maria and Kaipara, and there were other places afflicted with a haze. Gisborne had rain at 9 a.m, Napier had a drizzle, the East Cape had passing showers, but other places had mostly to struggle along with blue skies. At 9 o'clock the thermometer was at 71 degrees in Wellington and by 1 o'clock had mounted to 79, and was threatening to ascend still further. The barometer was at 29.9, but at that point gave no promise of an immediate change to better things. The needle plays seesaw around 30 degrees In these Limes, and its little pranks cannot be regarded Bsriously. The Meteorological Office announces, however, that thero are indications, not very strong ones, for general .rain after thirty-six hours, with, a possibility that districts south of Napier and New Plymouth will be luckier than otbers. LIGHT RAINFALL. [Br Telwjbafh.— Special to Ths Post.;, MASTERTON, This Day. The sky is overcast and slight drizBling rain Is falling HASTINGS, This Day. Light rain set in this morning. NAPIER, This Day. Light rain, practically the first since Christmas, set _in during the night, ■nd gives promise of continuing.

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INDICATIONS FOR RAIN. BUT VERY SHADOWY., Evening Post, Volume LXXV, Issue 39, 15 February 1908

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INDICATIONS FOR RAIN. BUT VERY SHADOWY. Evening Post, Volume LXXV, Issue 39, 15 February 1908

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