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Manawatu Mosquito Yarn.

Visitors to Shannon, on the Manawatu railway line, speak vory highly of the courage and perseverance of the mosquitoes in that picturesque locality. Nothing daunts them. Be the visitor fat or lean, soft or tough, they pay the same courteous and close attention to all. A visitor to a friend's house there recently was amazed to Beo the size of the meat safe kept in tLe house for so small a family — two bachelors. On enquiry he was told that this was on account of the mosquitos. He could nofc imagine what harm theße musical insects could do to meat. In the evening he was enlightened on being informed that he would sleep on the bottom shelf of the safe and his friend on the upper one, the safe being really a patent mosquito-proof two storey bedstead. The visitor was also handed a towel, and instructed that before he opened the door of his half of the safe he was to vigorously attack the army of mosquitoes that swarmed around it, and having beaten them off for a yard or two, " to make an active dive for the shelf, give a final whirl of the towel to beat off stragglers, slam the door to, and put his Bhoulder against it to prevent tha infuriated and disappointed mosquitoes bursting it inwards as they rushed to renew the attack. The visitor was solemnly informed that this nightly skirmish formed one of the most interesting cheerful episodes of the life of the bachelors, and as he prepared to retire the pipers of tho enemy's ar.ny struck up ' The Gathering of the Clans ' for the usual attack on thi meat safe. N.B. — This is a fact. — Evening Press.

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Poverty Bay Herald, Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XV, Issue 5142, 12 April 1888

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Manawatu Mosquito Yarn. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XV, Issue 5142, 12 April 1888