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DAY'S BAY BUSH. DANGER OF DESTRUCTION.

DAMAGE AT YORK BAY AND LOWRY BAY. . _- _ STRENUOUS FIRE-FIGHTING. _ The smoke which has enveloped tho .city for the past two days has come largely from Day's Bay and Lowry Bay 1 where Dusb fires have Deen raging. Yesterday "and the day before the magnificent stretch of native bush at the ; back of iJay's Bay appeared to be in imminent danger of total destruction, but gangs of men were hastily organised and the fire was sternly attacked night and day. Mr. Downes, the caretaker of the Day's Bay Company's property, informed a Post reporter to-day that the " fire has gone right through the bush at the rear •of -the hills fronting the harbour from Wainui to York. Bay. The greatest destruction was done yesterday. Most of the bush destroyed belongs to Mr. Dick. It was chiefly valuable from a scenic point. Some fern gullies, which were specially prized on account of their native beauty, have been rained. Last night a dozen men were out keeping the fire off Day's Bay bush. I They" had to cut long roads through the standing -timber and clear away the undergrowth to stop the progrpss of the flames. After fighting for three days they succeeded at 1 o'clock this morning in rendering the property compara"tively safe. Other owners of property at the bays to the north, however, have fared worse. All the bush along the top of the hills at Lowry Bay as well as that to the east, Mr. Downes says, h;\s been destroyed. The York Bay syndicate, too, is reported to have lost -Vk .greater part of the bush on its land. Mr. Zohrab, who owns a very nice -stretch of timber, has had the satisfaction of seeing the fire go by without in any way damaging his -property. Dr. Fell was also fortunate in having the bush country on his land saved with the exception of a small patch to the east. Mr. H. D. Bell, who owns a fine area of bush at Lowry Bay, was less kindly treated by the • fire.- • A goodly portion of the timber . has' 'been swept ' by fire, but the area -fronting the harbour is safe at the ■ -time of writing. The greatest damage has been done at York Bay on the north-eastern end. At Lowry Bay tho damage is chiefly confined to the country to the southeast,.

The artesian wells from which the "lower Hutt Borough's new water supply is drawn are sunk to a depth of 100 ft, and are dependent upon an excellent water-bearing stratum. Unexpected contingencies involved an extra expenditure "of several hundred pounds. These included a rise of Is per day in tho rAen's wages and an increase in the duties on "Thaehinery under the Tevised tariff. Day labour under the direct control of Mr. Rix-Trott (Borough Engineer) proved eminently successful. Speaking to a Post representative to-day, Mr. Rix-Trott said the ratepayers were t6 be congratulated "upon the possession of a water supply which he believes to be one. of the finest '"and most efficient in the Dominion. \ Mr. and Mrs. Henry Fielder left to- : da£ for a trip to England, via Sydney.

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DAY'S BAY BUSH. DANGER OF DESTRUCTION., Evening Post, Volume LXXV, Issue 44, 21 February 1908

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DAY'S BAY BUSH. DANGER OF DESTRUCTION. Evening Post, Volume LXXV, Issue 44, 21 February 1908

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