November 20. — -The very severe weather that ■was experienced a few "weeks ago left its mark in th cotters' gardens, anything that was any way exposed to the blast being completely burnt. Fruit trees were turned quite brown and all blossoms destroyed, which will cause a shortage of fruit for the coming season. Other things in the garden did not suffer so much as the truit trees, and are now growing very satisfactorily under the genial weather ot last week.
Our Big Industry.— The Shale Oil Works are making rapid progress with the buildings for their plant, which is turning out to be a very extensive one. It is useless at the present time to attempt to describe what the extent of the ■work will be, as the inexperienced can*nave no idea where or of what use the many different pieces of machinery that are to be seen on the ground may be put to. The chimney attached to the boilers is decidedly an ornament to the ■works, and is undoubtedly a credit to the architect and workmen who placed it there. It is the highest brick building in Southland, and was built of bricks made on the ground.
County Council Elections. — Mr H. Hirst had a walk-over for the Orepuki Riding in the Wallace County Council, proving that the ratepayers are perfectly satisfied with him as their* representative in the County Council, as a greater favour cannot possibly, be conferred on any member of a public body than to allow him to retain his seat without opnosition. Political. — The contest for the Wallace electorate is on this occasion to b5 ciecided 92J -.its- merits, " uiere being only' two candidates seeking election, both of whom have paid tis a visit and stated their views. Mr Allen Carmichael, who comes forward in the Opposition interest, wag the first to meet us, Mr H. Hirst, ex-M.H.R., being in the chair. Mr Carmichael spoke for about an hour, denouncing the Government and their adrninistiation in the blackest terms, and practical!}' asking the audience to listen to him and never mind what they may have read or even seen, and for the salvation of the country to oust the present Government and place the Opposition en the Government benches instead. Waen I Stty that his damnatory address was not received with the usual orderly attention that Orepuki has hitherto beea noted for, it is only what might have been expected. Several questions were satisfactorily answered by the candidate, and a vote of thanks for his address was declared carried. A week afterwards Mr Giliedder, the present member, followed, Mr G. Burgess in the chair, and gave an account of his stewardship, defending the administration of the present Government at great length, and being on several occasions loudly applauded. .At tho close the candidate received a unanimous vote of thanks for his address and past services, with the addendum, "That this meeting has every confidence in him as their representative, also in the nresent Governmmt." A vote of
thanks to the chair proposed by the candidate brought to & close one of the largest political meetings ever held here.
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OREPUKI., Otago Witness, Issue 2385, 23 November 1899
OREPUKI. Otago Witness, Issue 2385, 23 November 1899
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