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District News.

NIAGARA. The telephone has been extended to Waikawa Valley post office, and in t'hif* respect the Government have amply fulfilled their promise, and the settlers ought to show their appreciation by making use of it. ilt is certainly a great boon to the lower end, and at Waikawa and Niagara it must be paying well. The mills are working away, but are almost blocked with timber since the s.s. Itakiura went ashore at the Nuggets, and the Hi mu at Stewart Island. The s.s. Invercargill was the only boat available for the trade here. Petrie Bros.’ .flaxmill is now. four miles nearer Niagara, and close to where it was erected by Messrs' Templeton and Shirley some six years ago. It is not likely the second cutting will produce as much as the first, but there is a good season’s work ahead of the mill.

The Kakiura arrived here to-day apparently none the worse of her overland trip. She is at the Government jetty loading timber from Murdoch and Hoffs mill. The s.s. Invercargill came in an hour and a half later, and is at Moffett’s jetty. The Rakiura will be hero again soon to load from Currie and Mackintosh’s and Robson’s A farewell social was tendered the teacher, Mr H. A. Wild, on Feb. 28. Mr Wild, who has had charge of our school for some four years, on leaving to take charge of a school at Spar Bush, was the recipient of a very handsome writing desk from the school committee and residents of Niagara, bearing the inscription : “To H. A. Wild, by his friend® of Niagara, as a mark of their esteem. 28/2/07.” Mr Woods, of Wyndham, was elected by the Board 1 , and recommended by the Committee to succeed Mr Wild. Considerable dissatisfaction was expressed by members of the committee that only the testimonials of the candidate selected by the Board were submitted to it. Mr Gorrie has secured the contract for the erection of our church, which is to be gone on with at once.

This has been one of the best years for the farmers known hero. The oat crops arc above the average. The turnips are first-class, and feed for stock is abundant.

Two young men livirig- here had a narrow escape from drowning- on Saturday" last. They went out fishing at Wailcawa Bay and found it too rough. The tide and wind being against them, they could not get in again. They then tried for the Six Mile River, and in going over the bar the boat capsised. One of them got on the boat and divested himself of his clothing, which ho threw into the sea. and eventually both managed to get the boat ashore. Even, then their troubles were not ended, for they had only one pair of pants bet ween them, but al the same they were thankful that they were alive, trousers or no trousers. GORE NOTES. The slight showers we have been having have done a lot of good, and now that the hum of the binder is finished for another year a good drop of rain is wanted to soften the ground for ploughing. The solo topic here is the coming football season. Our different clubs held their annual meetings recently, and there is every promise of a successful season. Last year’s premier club (the Pioneer) hope to again hold the honours, and with Mr Gordon Glennie (an old Invercargill Pirate player) as coach they are likely to make things merry. Local sports : are looking forward to the promotion of the Southland Boxing Association. There are a good many followers of the noble art in Gore. Mr Ross., of the Bank of Australasia. has received notice of promotion and transference to the Dunedin office. Ho will be greatly missed, being a general favourite. Very satisfactory prices were realised at the last sheep sale.

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District News., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 23 March 1907

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District News. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 23 March 1907

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