THE BUSH FIRES IN WAIRARAPA.
Further Details. The Masterton correspondent of thi Wellington "Evening Post" on 13th inst wired aa follows concerning the bush fire: in the Waitarapa district : — The fires are principally confined t Hastwell, Mangamahoe, [Stirling, Moun Baker, and Wangaehu. The grass in th district is withered and dry, and with tbi breeze that is blowing the flames spreat with alarming rapidity. In the Stirling blook, near ;Eketahuna several honses are reported to have beer destroyed during thu last day or two. Tin children have all been removed to Eketa bnna for safety. The fire has also spread to the Parkwell reserve, and a great losi of cattle is reported. Efforts were tin successfully made to save the beasts, wbiot were rushing about bellowing in theii frautio terror. A large block of 600 acres of felled bush belonging to Mr Eawley, o: DiUon, took fire to-day, and the settlers ir. the Wangaebu Valley are in a state o intense concern about their homes. The Masterton Central Belief Commit tee met to-night, when the Mayor pointed out that relief was immediately anc urgently required, and in was decided t< make an outside appeal for assistance. The reports to hand concerning tin fire which last week started at tin Fernridge show that Mr A. Burnett hai sustained damage amounting to ovei .£7OO above the insurance. Mr Olsen, < tenant of Mr Burnett, who is a pool man, lost all his furniture. The pro perty of Mr W. L. Falconer was damagec to the extent of .&JOO, whilst Mr B Bright, of Greytown, who has property in the same locality, lost .£250 by tht destruction of buildings and fences. Mi JR. Kibblewhite loses about .£6O, Mi Christenson .£3O, Mr C. Carlson .£26, and Mr D. Falconer about J215 by the destruction of fences and grass. Mr Berrill'j mill plant, valued ai(j£lsoo, was seriously damaged, and Captain Shaw's house and outbuildings, on whioh there was no insurance, and which were valued at £'300, were destroyed. Mr Jupp, who livee with Capt. Shaw, and is a poor man, lost all his effects. The house of Messrs T. and W. Ridgway were burned, and the owners, who are in a poor way, are heavy losers. Mr Deal lost about .£l5O ■by the destruction of fences, yards, grass, etc, and he will have to sell his sheep. Messrs B. and J. Wadliam were also sufferers. The fire on the Femridge is not yet subdued. At Mika Mika, Mr G. H. Welsh loses about .£SO by the destruction of food, hay, fences, otc. Mrs Cotter, who has lost 100 chains of fencing, 100 sheep, and a quantity of grass, estimates her loss at 4200. Mr Duckefct has sustained Berioiu damage. He is a struggling settler with a family, and as 80 or 90 sheep, the whole of his feed, and a lot of his fencing have beon destroyed, he is left with next to nothing. Messrs T. E. Chamberlain and B. Chamberlain are heavy losers, whilst Mr John Campbell estimates his loss through the destruction of. grass, shoep, and totara timber at over .£IOOO. Great damage appears to have been done to the north of Masterton. Mr A. M'Lachlan, a working man with a family at Mangamahoe, had 20 chains of fence destroyed, besides grass, and ho estimates his loss at between .£25 and .£3O. Mr Pierco Cotter has lost a number of sheep and about GO chuns of fencing, which he values at .£SO. Thirty chains of fencing, feed, etc, belonging to Mr Husband has gone, and he loses about .£IOO. The whole of Mr P. T. Homor's sheep (700) must be sold, as he has no, feed loft. His loss is estimated o,\ JJSOO. Mr Smith, a labouring man' with seven children, has lost the whole of his f urniture and clothing, which were uninsured," At Hastwell Mr Janott's loss of fencing, sheep, feed, etc-, will be over £100. Mr Peters loses fencing and grass, and Mr Bray had a shed containing hay cU>> stroyed, on which be loses £15. Mr Seymour has lost feed and fencing to the value of £25, and Mr P. Madson fencing and feed valued at £25. On the Mountßrnoe-roftd Mr G. ColHds has lost abont 60 chains of fence, besides his grass and about 30 sheep. Hia losb is put down at £300. . Mr Deadnuurs house on this rood was also destroyed. At Waiwaka, Mr Brosnan loses feed and outbuildings to tho value of £25, whilst Mr H. Stewart loses 30 chains of fencing grass, and sheep. Mr T. Gore, oarpenter, at Efee'ahuna, has lost a 1 house and effects, to the value of about £150, whilst Mr. Cameron, of the name plaoe, will lose £100 by the destruction p| a house at Parkville, occupied by Mr Tlngley. The house of o, gaDger named John Ginan., situated in the Stirling Block, is down, At Paikville, Mr Tingley, an elderly man, has lost hla.tarniture, and it is reported that the whole of Mr John Nicholl's stock has sucoumbed. A stiff breeze is. still blowing, and there seqma to, Ijp, no. hope o f subduing the flames until they are burnt out. Several parts, have be'qn visited by the fires from whicK ' authentic report are no,tye^io. hand. ' Ontheltyh'inst %e oo^re^piO^denV wked ; —Reports are 'hourly ifeaching town'concerning the Wg«a of the bush fires. A Ijeayy gaje. has,besn blowing fer the past 18, houre v and this has given the Ores fresh vigour. The flames spread from Mr Mawley'e bush along the Wangaehu Valley, and Jwt • ;
-" -' ■' "'■• *■ - *- «u,i m -ir ' - - - - - in night the Masterton Volunteer Fireßrigada was called out. With the assistance of the settlers it succeeded in saving Mr Thompson's sawmill am I Mr J, P. Perry's residence at Bidefbrri. The family of the latter have come to Maslert'on ior safety. . In the Stirling Block the homestead of Mr J. C. Nicholla was yesterday destroyed while the owner was endeavouring to muster his stock. At Mount Brueo there was a trying time yes&erday. Mr R. E. Hornblow lost a number of sheep and a quantity of grass; whiist the whares, tools, and clothing of bis workmen were destroyed. Some cooperative labourers in this district had narrow escapes, and saved their lives only by retreating to the Ruamaliunga Kiver. The latest reports from Eketahuna show that numerous sections near there were clean swept. '
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