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ALLEGATIONS OF NEGLECT. AN OFFICIAL REPLY. Wadestown Bush has not escaped damage from fire. The repoit published in Tho Post on the authority of the Undersecretary for Crown Lands yesterday was written on Saturday morning, it appears. On Sunday the bush was almost wholly destroyed. Residents of tho district complain of neglect on the part of tho authorities to take due precautions for the suppression of possible outbreaks of firts but the department is ready with an answer. Mr. J. Strauchon, Cominis sioner of Crown Lands, informed a Post reporter on Saturday that he had sent a special officer to Wadestown to se* what assistance, if any, was required on Friday, and that the carelaker of the reserve had been authorised to engugs any assistance needed to cope witb fires. On the other hand, it is alleged that assistance was asked for on Saturday, but no help came. Mr. Strauchon also stated that on Friday four men weTO •watching the reserve, and that if forty men had been there they could not havfe done more. Mr. Strauchop visited the reserve yesterday, and when lie returned to town sent up half a dozen Permanent Artillerymen. Tha bush has not been totally destroyed, but the gTcater portion of ;t has been swept by fire. This is a great pity, and means an irreparable loss to the city. It is not long since the Government acquired the property as a scenic ressrvo for all time, and as it was the only' stretcb of native busb remaining within easy distance of the city its preservation was looked upon with pride by all who take an interest in the native flora. Mr. Martin Chapman says the place originally known as Wilton's bush comprises that stretcb of native timber now owned by him. The Government reserve, now almost entirelj destroyed, is, he states., quite distinct from Wilton's bush. A resident of Wadestown called at this offico this morning, nnd declared that tho { fire could have been suppressed on Saturday if assistance had been sent from the city.

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WADESTOWN BUSH. DESTROYED BY FIRE., Evening Post, Volume LXXV, Issue 41, 18 February 1908

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WADESTOWN BUSH. DESTROYED BY FIRE. Evening Post, Volume LXXV, Issue 41, 18 February 1908

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