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District News.

GORE NOTES. The weather is still too fine, and everyone is anxious for a good shower, but at present it looks as far off a-s ever. The Horticultural Society’s show on Friday and Saturday was a great success l . Mr H. O. Horn, the secretary, did his utmost to that end, and so did all the members of the committee. After a long stay in Gore Dr and Mrs Copland are about to leave to settle in Hawse’s Bay district : also another old resident, Mr Brown, of the firm of Brown and Campbell. He is going to the North Island, for the winter. Our Fire Brigade are taking . the ichanco of fine nights, and putting in good practice. They had. a call on Saturday night, but the fire (a thiveroomed house, had too good a hold and the place was completely gutted. A combined Friendly Societies’ church parade, headed by the Gore Brass Band, was held on Sunday, and was largely attended. There seems to be a scarcity of good harvest hands, and men are grabbed at as soon as tcy come off the trains. All the same the usual loafer doesn’t shift from the corner. Business is fairly good, ami all the shopkeepers have the. sale fever on just now. The schools have taken up again, and if the usual epidemics only leave us alone there is every chance of a successful year. WAIAU NOTES. The new T punts are now in use, and on the Bth inst. Mr and Sirs West gave an invitation dance. The piuite were all covered in, and beautifully decorated inside and out, causing people to say it was like a bit of fairyland- Large ferntrees all over the place were lighted up with fairy lights and Chinese lanterns, and as soon as the opening ceremony was over up went a rocket. Mr and Mrs West spared neither time nor money to make the affair a success and although some people predicted that n would be a drunken spree on account of the nearness of the hotel, I am glad to say there wore none out of the 165 persons who attended that was the worse for liquor. The hotel was closed at ton sharp, and not one got any after till the next morning. At one o'clock the supper occupied attention, then followed a display of fireworks. In addition to the dancing there were songs and recitations by Mr Philp, who is well known for his entertaining powers. A young lady gave a Highland fling very nicely, and the music, which was discoursed by Mr and Misses West , Macintosh, and Sneyd, was very good. Mr D. Bissett. as M.C., did his part well, and all present enjoyed themselves thoroughly, and will long remember the opening of the new punts at Drummond’s Ferry. A party of six ladies and gentlemen. went round the coast for a holiday from Sunday till Tuesday, and I believe they enjoyed themselves greatly. Two of the young ladies took a hand at the net-fishing in the surf and secured plenty of flounders. There is any quantity of fish to be got there, and as for scenery—it cannot be surpassed. The doer and wild cattle are plentiful round towards Bluecliff, and there is a good hut at the Rowallan and Bluecliff for people to stay in.

COLAC BAY. The sports held on the 15th inst. passed off very .successfully. The events for bushmen excited a good deal of interest, and resulted as under : Handicap Sawing Phillips and Laurie (scr) 1, Dawson and Hudson (3 secs) 2, W. Henry and Frew ( 3 secs) 3. Time—l 6 2-5. The scratch men had little to spare from Dawson and Hudson. Maiden Standing - Chop G. Cook 1, P. J. Ready and Pont 2. Time—--21 secs. Handicap Chop (square chop)— Hudson (scr) 1, Jno. Phillips (25 secs) and Dawson (55 secs) also started, but gave up. These being the only starters no second prize. Time—3 mins-. Hand Saw Race, Sin. by 6iu. log ; length of saw 98 in.—Jno Kilhelly 1. Dawson and Pont tied for second place. A very interesting race, but only drew the three entries. OTAUTAU. Axemen’s sports, promoted by the employes of the district mills, were held here on the 13th, and attracted a good attendance. They were ably carried out under the following management : Judges, Messrs T. 10’Byrne, G. Clark, and E. Harrington ; starter, W. Hamil ; handicappor's, Messrs E. Sullivan, A. Harrington, and W. Hamil ; secretary. Mr R. Porter. Results :—Standing Chop Boulter 1, A. Denniston 2 ; eight entries. Double-handed Sawing —Poultney and Robertson 1, Gould and Denniston 2. Only entries. T'nderhand Chop—R. Robertson 1, W. Bentley 2, J. Boulter 3 ; fifteen entries. ’ Tradesman’s Chop—A. Miller 1, A. Rasmussen 2.

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District News., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 50, 23 February 1907

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District News. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 50, 23 February 1907

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