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STEWART ISLAND.

The fishing season has until quite lately been one of the most successful since we began to send frozen supplies to Australia, and it is noteworthy that the industry is now carried on in modernised and vastly more efficient methods. The oil motor for propulsion has come in with a rush, and is now almost general. Theie is still room for improvement, but there are indications that the direction of these improvements is

■understood, and will be followed up. During the height of the season the Dolly ran most regularly, and was a great convenience, and now we have the steamer Nile, which will be a further considerable step in the direction of improving communication with the mainland. There have_ been other strange craft. The Magic, a scow, brought a load of coal from Kaitangata, and took away a sawmill plant from Glory Harbour, and the Storm loaded a cargo of timber from the Bay mill. The other two mills are pegging- away, and send out their fair quota. A start has been made with the fiaxmill up Freshwater. These arc all good thing-s, and will no doubt be followed by a good tourist season, as the facilities for water travel are so much improved, and the various accommodation houses increase in size and popularity. We have some drawbacks, it is true. We ought to have a resident doctor. We are rich in parsons —why not a physician ? The fare by the Theresa Ward is too high. The restrictions affecting oil-driven, fishing, craft are too oppressive, stupid, arid impractical. We had a visit from the Inspector of Factories and the secretary of the Sawmill Workers’ Union. The Courthouse was not available this time for the address, and the alternative was kneeMrill in a fish-shed. How are the mighty fallen !

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STEWART ISLAND., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 23, 28 September 1907

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STEWART ISLAND. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 23, 28 September 1907

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