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FORTY-FOUR YEARS AGO TO-DAY

(From the ‘ Evening Star.’ October J] 1870 )

At a meeting of the Oamaru Dock Trust, in tho local Council Chambers, the representatives of the Press were ordered from the room. Both reporters protested, and not till the order was peremptorily repeated did they leave Great indignation is felt at the action of the trust. It is said that tho latter have recommended the Government to construct 14,000 ft of a sea wall, ar a cost of £28,000. * *■ » # * * •» Shortly before noon to-day a fire broke out. in Jago’s flax and wool store, situate close to tho Stuart street jetty, which was toally destroyed. Tho total loss was estimated at £5,200, and the insurances wore distributed thus: Guthrie and Asher (owners of the store), £4OO in tho New Zealand; Bates, Sise, and Co., flax, £SOO in the New Zealand ; R. P. Hay, flour, £235 in the New Zealand ; M‘Landress, Hepburn, and Co., flax—£soo in the Pacific, £SOO in the Australian Alliance, £SOO in the London and Lancashire, and £9OO in the Victoria. * * * * * * » During the height of the fire considerable excitement was caused by it becoming known that a man was in the flames. Thomas Homan, said to be a carpenter, was observed by a portion of the crowd in front of tho Stuart street entrance of tho building to walk deliberately through the door into the flames. Air Joseph Mills was the first to attempt his rescue. He rushed forward and seized him by one heel, but his hold slipped, the wind blew a sheet of flame in his face, and he was obliged to retire. The hose was then turned on. After considerable trouble Homan was got out by Mr Hughes, of the City Fire Brigade, The man’s appearance was truly horrible, his _ legs, back, hands, and the side of his face being frightfully burnt, while the skin had peeled off in several places. That the man was not sober there is every reason to believe. His statement to the constables in whose charge he was taken to the Hospital was that he intended to destroy himself, and his act would seem to give weight to his statement. [He died in the Hospital three, days later.] j

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FORTY-FOUR YEARS AGO TO-DAY, Issue 15638, 31 October 1914

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FORTY-FOUR YEARS AGO TO-DAY Issue 15638, 31 October 1914

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