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Noveniber 28. — There is a kind of regeneration going on here. The latest is the breathing of the breath of life into the citizens' brass band which had become dormant for some time. At a large meeting held in the Town Hall, the Mayor presiding, a bandmaster was appointed, and a goody number of bandsmen were enrolled, most of whom have been pupils oT the former bandmaster (Mr J. Moore). Generous tributes of praise were bestowed on Mr Moore fox valuable past services, several speakers testifying as to his accomplishments as a musician and successful instructor in instrumental muaic. The weather continues to be very much too fine, and although the country looks verdent, farma and gardens would be improved by a good dawnpeur of rain. We have had a large bush fire in the ranges in the vicinity of South Riverton — it extended alon« the high country for a couple of miles. Hundreds of large pines took fire, and as the blaze ran up the great trunks and flared up in the tops of the trees the sight became, from a pyrotechnical point of view, very majestic. As darkness set in the grandeur of the spectacle increased, and illuminated the country for a great distance. Fortunately the wind was blowing from north-west, and took the burning embers away from settlement, and a kindly shower of rain set in and to a great extent subdued the flames. The ariangements for the regatta and Riverton iDorU **c cvomplete, Kid liberal pro-

grammes are in circulation, and everything points to a successful season. The usual Sheffield item is to be called the Riverton Handicap. As this place is a centre of the timber industry, considerable interest is invested, in chopping and sawing events. The logs have been donated by Traill Bros, and Smythies, and by Mr C. Bradley, manager for Massey's mills, and these represent a large sum of money. Special thanks are due to these public spirited gentlemen. The fine weather is attracting motorists and week-enders, and river parties are the order of the day. On Sunday last the Pourakino was literally alive with launches and small craft, and people enjoyed themselves^ to their, bent. Some gentlemen from Sydney" an-cl some from, Auckland were full of exclamations such as " Really this scenery ia superb." Others would declare that they had no idea of so much beauty being hidden away. " Its marvellous. "By George, there's a picfure for a photographer," and so on. The question was asked if the Government or Tourist Department knew of this river, and why was the stream, not snagged further up. Just where the logs block furthei progress, about 12 miles up, ' the scene becomes more magnificent. I

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RIVERTON, Otago Witness, Issue 2803, 4 December 1907

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RIVERTON Otago Witness, Issue 2803, 4 December 1907

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