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[from our own correspondent.] Suva, September 26. . After a. stay here of nine days,; H.M.S. Powerful left at daybreak on the 12th for Sydney. She made,such a prominent and imposing figure ;in : the harbour that the place loked quite bate and empty after her departure.- The day before sailing her "soccer" team turned the tables on the Suva players, beating them by 6 to 1. A team of riflemen from the ship visited Rewa, "< and the latter scored a victory by 108 points.V ; The presence of ; such ;; a large body of navy men in port made the town very busy,/and no doubt many of our tradespeople would ; be - very glad to see the big cruiser a frequent visitor here. | The behaviour of the men ashore was cx- | cellent. H.M.S. Pegasus left or. the 9th for Vila, with Mr. : Merton King, Deputy British j Resident, as a passenger.v H.I.G.M.S. Condor, which has ; been on a futile search for the missing German j Government ; yacht Leestern,' • called in | for coal at. Suva onthe Sth, and left next day for Samoa. • There was a ; largo attendance at Holy Trinity Church on the 7th inst., when Mr. I Geo. (.turnery (of Brown and Joske's),' and I Jliss/Estelle/Larkin, sister-in-law of Mr. Harper, Town Board overseer,/ were mar- [ ried. The church was elaborately decorated, and the/ young bride; and bridesmaids were charmingly attired. ..-.;. .Mrs. Yeoward, wife of the curator of i Suva botanical gardens, with her ■: daughter, had a very narrow 'escape- from (serious injury on the Parade on the afternoon I of the 9th. ; They were driving in a sulky, when their/pony took fright and , bolted. The vehicle smashed into a verandah post ■ and .turned completely over on top of the ladies. Fortunately 'the animal broke loose at once, and the ladies were extricated ',' from their perilous: plight. They were badly bruised and scratched, arid suffered from shock. Bystanders declare the escape from a fatality was a marvellous one. - <_ i The lads of cadet corps are sticking to their!work gamely./ Their latest move isi in the matter of physical / drill with rifles and Morris tube practice. Mr. C. .Williams, of Wanganui, an enthusiast in military work; < is Tending the i staff excellent aid -in signalling instruction, etc. ' Just as, in the spring, " a young man's fancy," etc., so here the townsfolks fancy lightly; turns /to thought of paint. All over ; the town/ the local decorators are busy, houses, shops, ~ and private residences . all receiving a brightening-up. The general opinion everywhere seems to be that Suva -is going ahead. The Manapoun, from Wellington, arrived on 19th inst., en route to Melbourne. According to all accounts, there is a big falling off in our banana crop this season, and it seems to be doubtful whether the Melbourne market, this trip, will be in any way appreciably benefited ■ by the direct service. More picture shows and more to come. There must be money in the game, or we'd have had a respite ere now. This kind of exhibition takes well -.with" the coloured people, and hence, probably, the boom/ People .now want vaudeville'' or "variety" for a change. I am • sorry, to say that the deadly Malua blight has overtaken our very promising Town - Band, ■ and, ito all intents and' purposes, the organisation is now m dead as Julius Cresar. The pretty bandstand provided by /the. Warden about a year, ago has Only been used once. / News came to hand on Friday morning of the wreck of the Levuka S.S. Co.'s steamer Parua, 100 tons, Captain Beech, on the reef at Nasilai, near the lighthouse midway between here and Levuka. She left Suva at 10 o'clock the \ night before, and ran into very thick and dirty weather, and ; struck on 'the'•;.-reef, at four a.m., on Friday. After a rather perilous time "the two, passengers? and crew got safely away, with the mails. It is certain the vessel will become a total wreck, as a very heavy, sea* is, beating on,, the reef. One of the passengers, a Taviuni- store- 1 keeper, lost over £50 worth of goods he had just bought in Suva. He and his cabin mate, Mr. Glenn, had to get on deck by means of a porthole, the door being blockedi by deck cargo that shifted. . On Friday last H.M.S. Challenger arrived here to- take Sir Joseph Ward and party to New ; Zealand.:. She leaves some time to-morrow, the R.M.S. Makura being expected to-night. _ ' V Our annual Agricultural and. Industrial Show was opened by the.Governor on Friday afternon, and continued; open" tillSaturday: night. - While some sections in stock and horses showed a falling off in numbers, the quality was very good. The pig exhibits were notable, and some woolled : sheep : and specimens /of wool . from Nadrojja came in for 'much attention. The display'of women's work and art 'exhibits was /large,/varied,; and interesting," and one of our white farmers has shown the local Chinese gardeners that he , can beat them at growing vegetables. His exhibits were fit for Covent Garden. The cane and banana exhibits -were excellent, and the display of work by the white and native schoolchildren was a constant ! theme >of attention. j The Fiii, Jockey Club held a race meeting at Munikau on Saturday, and some good sport was; witnessed by a large gathering, despite the bad weather. The Challenger's band also /played/here,; and through some official neglect the; bandsmen v had to walk there and home . with their instruments, some " two miles- each way. '■'.." _

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New Zealand Herald, New Zealand Herald, Volume XLVI, Issue 14180, 1 October 1909

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FIJI NEWS. New Zealand Herald, Volume XLVI, Issue 14180, 1 October 1909