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A BAILOR'S IMPRESSIONS. '" I've been coming here fcr the past 4f years, though not s-j often of Irte," a venei able sea captain observe! this morning. Thj was interesting, to the reporter gent pretscd for an expression of impressions. TL veteran seaman responded .in terse tern without resorting to any bilge-tainted adja tive to vivify tho perspective of tho years " Your harbor," hu said, " has more light now than any other harbor in the Dominion A man with any gumption could find hi way about at night time fairly easy. Bu the bar at the Heads—skippers will pcrsis in misnaming that sandbank—ha 6 made ai ugly shift to the westward. .The over-straigh. course, oui or in. Is now crooked, with nc prospect of its straightening out into ,hj direct run it used to be" And +hen thw captain worked hi» obeerva tiona up the barber. Beaching Port Chalmers, be referred to the day 3 when -there wa' less wharf and more craft. The lowor harbor had a bare look now as compared to the days when the captain remembered the iplace packed with wool ships, schooners, and small steamers. But Port Chalmers seemed to thrive, nevertheless. The town had a nice, cleau appearance of comfort, and he was struck with the neat, well-kqpt gardens. The Port always kept itself nice, it was true, but there was none of the out-of-datoness observable to-day that one noticed et the other seaports which pioneered New Zealand's shippins industries. The Victoria Channel? Yes, the captain was on the first st.Tamer that navigated tho Victoria channel—the Penguin. Captain Edits sort of relinquished active charge in the vicinity of the islands, where the pilot took nutters ir.to his own hands. Tho Penguin steamed along right enough, but presently she ttttvek. But it was not a serious delay. The Penguin reached the steamer basin at Dunedin, steamed round, and returned to the Port. Hero the captain recalled the setting of his recall picture. Port Chalm-rs people scowled when the Penguin tackled the pioneer trip mp the Victoria channel, but what a welcome smile greeted the vessel's arrival at Dunedin. And the captain smiled tho inscrutable #mile of the wave-toseed veteran in reminiscent mood. Then he said something about E-cmcdin. Some of that something was nice and smc not so nic 3. but it was candid, with the charm of a, swish of thft briny. "The women of Dunedin are the most healthy-looking, women in New Zealand." The captain was candid, but also appreciative adding that the young: women" required no artificial complexion-raisers, and he saw no indications of such artificial aids to attractiveness except in a very, very few instances in which a pa'.e powder was slightly apparent. The gallant sea captain proceeded to review his impressions of tn* City. After instancing | the c.iije of a chemist's shop which had -ivi- \ drntly not experienced the gentle persuasiveness of a. duster for many decades, he referred to the hotels as thriving on a by-gone reputation for up-to-dateness. Changing somewhat the theme, he said ho saw an clement of Americanising creeping in, to the City's distinct advantage. Dunedin was right up to date in the matter of modern tea rocitis, which provided patrons with a delightful lounga and even the extreme luxury of a picturesque roof garden. Dnnedin's progress was strikingly apparent in the matter of its publie bath* and its public lihrary and reading rooms. But to see Dunedin at its best, perhaps, we had to climb the hill a bit. The ' captain was pleased with his few day*' stay in Dunedin. and he recognised good reasons fcr his pleasure in the pleasing j CMy of the. South.
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AS VISITORS SEE US, Evening Star, Issue 15671, 9 December 1914