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Bluff Notes.

BREVITIES. •On Monday last the s.s. Moorakl from Melbourne had a full complement of passengers, including Mr John Dievlin, M.P., the advocate, who was welcomed to New Zealand by Mr A. E. Nichol, in the unavoidable abscence of His Worship the Mayor, Master W. D. Shields, formerly of the Bluff, now in the employ of J. W. Rough, Esq., Architect, Foxton, was successful in gaining- a second prize, namely £3, in the London Big Budget’s British colonies competition for black and white sketches. This young man possesses great natural talent for caricature work, and under a capable master would make a name for himself as a cartoonist. The bowling green is looking in good condition, and quite a number have the craze. The Club are getting one of Green’s special lawn mowers, which was imported by Mr Whealler by the s.s. Matatua, at a. cost of £6 18s 3d. ' The Bluff Guards held their last parade for this year on Wednesday evening. I notice the Guards have a strong tug-of-war team taking part in the military sports at the Exhibition, and with C. Bradshaw as anchor man, it is confidently expected that the team will have a g’ood show The Guards have also entered for some of the minor events at the Exhibition. A most unfortunate fire occurred during the small hours of Sunday morning, the residence , owned by Mr W. C. Hamilton, and occupied by Mr A. McNish being totally destroyed. Mr McNish and family had just time to got out in their night clothes, The cause of the fire is unknown, but is supposed to have been the result of a defective chimney, the total loss, including books, and property of various institutions, is estimated at £IOOO. In connection with the fire, I understand that a young man by the name of Paterson put in some good work by racing to the Freezing works without boots on to sound the alarm, and is now suffering from sore feet. The Fire Brigade are also to be complimented on their smart appearance, though considerable delay was caused in getting the water on, through some defect in the tiro plug, which shows the necessity of having the fire plugs regularly inspected. The convent school held their annual break-up on Thursday. The Very Rev. Dean Burke was present, and complimented the teachers on the good work done by the children. I have not been able to get a list of the prize winners.

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Bluff Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 42, 15 December 1906, Incorrect pagination

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Bluff Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 42, 15 December 1906, Incorrect pagination