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(WATER FAMINE AT REEFTON. A SERIOUS POSITION. [Br Telegraph.— Spewal to The Post.] REEFTON, This Day. Reefton, which had not been affected by bush fires, has now been visited. Bush fires last night swept down tho Inangahua Gorge on both sides, and presented a magnificent spectacle, but all the wooden fluming of the County Council water race, supplying the town, was burnt, and great damage was done. The fluming foi\the Electric Light Company's race was also burnt. The company has, however, steam power available. The town is now face to face .with a water famine. It is nearly two months since the. last fall of rain, and the want of water had already been experienced. It is now •being sorely felt. ..The utworks of the mines are also threatened, as well as the settlers and residents on Progress Mines-road and Globe Mine Bush. For miles round the country is being devastated. WELLINGTON BLURRED. To-day the eyes of Wellington people look sad, almost tearful, and their faces are not sunny, but they are not mourning about anything special oxcept the smoke which is thick enough to make tho eyes smart and cause the lungs to long for a spot away out on the high seas, where there is no grass or bush to burn. Last night tho moon was not pale ; Luna was a lovely pink, and presented one huge blushing cheek to tha people who wandered by tho sea or ~sat in cosy recesses. To-day the sun Jhas ft. sickly hue, and his smoke-tinged rays mako even healthy people look .3ar '£rom well. Adults who remember the old copybooks will recall one line— "Where there 4s much smoke the -6 must be some fire." The smoke is very present-^more present than it has ever been in the recollection of the most ancient burgess. The fumes from the burning forests and pastures/up the line" have rolled down the. Hutt Valley ' in great volume, and have blanketed the hills across the bay. Mouit Victoria is just a spectre of upland \ dimly visible through opal cur"iains. .Towards the north and east the ' harboiy seems to stretch into infinity. Grim coal-hulks loom up blackly through the. haze, and .behind them is immensity, mystery, perhaps tragedy. The smoke has made the sky ashen, and has crept among all the houses and trees .Qf the city, lending them all a weird -appearance, even at a short distance I Jroni the .observer. . Mariners have been \ obliged to keep their eyes wide open in making 'the 'port, for the smoke has obscured the entrance. Wilton's Bush, that beauty spot secured by the State for the people, was tartly destroyed a few days ago, and efore this morning was very old it was reported that another little paradise, the ferny dells of Day's Bay, were 'in " peril.' The distant shore was be- . "hind a screen of smoke, and nobody -could tell from Wellington what havoc "the flames were working over the water. was thought that the pungent clouds * migHt " have been contributed by Sil"VersWeam, but an enquiry thore at 1 o'clock brought an answer that though "the ' district was veiled in smoke, the source was further up the valley. '-'-■ ' " : UP THE MANAWATU. [Bt Telegraph. — Special to The Post ] WAIKAjnAE, This Day. -The -rumours as to a settler's dwelling -having been burned at Reikorangi are incorrect. Carter Bros, estimate their damage -*t £60u. Three' bridges were burned of the value of about £350 ; also acres of grass and native trees. „ Settlers are temporarily blinded with Bnioke.

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FOREST FIRES. MORE TALES OF DISASTER., Evening Post, Volume LXXV, Issue 44, 21 February 1908

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FOREST FIRES. MORE TALES OF DISASTER. Evening Post, Volume LXXV, Issue 44, 21 February 1908

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