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A HURRICANE

MUCH DAMAGE DONE AT NIUAFOU. (By Telegraph.— Press Association.— Copyright ) SUVA, This Day. ' The steamer' Tofua, from Samoa, brings a letter from Mr. Prothers, a trader, reporting a hurricane at Niuafou fom 16th to 18th Januay. It started at 4 o clock on the 16th. Previous gales had been from the north-east to the north-west, but this hurricane came from th© south, and the island was devastated. The disturbance was more ,in the nature of a tornado than a hurricane. Every house is down, also the coconut trees, as if a fire had swept the island. It is estimated that there will be no more coconuts for , eight years. There is no information regarding any lives being lost. Later. The bulk store, copra shed, and dwelling owned by Tyndall and Ross, Niuafou were wrecked by the hurricane. NATIVES HAVE SUFFICIENT FOOD AN EXAGGERATED ESTIMATE. ( (IT TBLEQRAfH— PREBS ASSOCIATION.) AUCKLAND, Tliis Day. Captain Ross, of Tyndall and Ross, states that their buildings and contents, valued at £5000, were destroyed by the hurricane. Their loss must be heavy. The natives do not depend on natural products for their food, whioh is largely supplied by trading vessels. The last cargo of provisions was landed in November, and is sufficient for the needs of the natives for some time yet. Captain Ross thinks that the estimate of eight J rears as the period during which the oss of the copra crops will be felt is somewhat exaggerated. Though the plantations have been destroyed, root crops will be coming on.

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A HURRICANE, Evening Post, Volume LXXXIX, Issue 40, 17 February 1915

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A HURRICANE Evening Post, Volume LXXXIX, Issue 40, 17 February 1915

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