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Our own correspondent at Waimale wrote on Saturday afternoon as follows : — Mr Potts, I am *orry to a iy, is far more severely burnt than was at firot thought. He is suffering very much, this morning, but the doctors say that there is no immediate danger, , which it is hoped will prove true. It seems , that m the smoke and tire Mr Studholme was , missed, and Mr Potts, m spite of all re- , monstrance*, would go back, and suffered for . his humanity and pluck, while Mr Studholme, through knowing the bush well, got out an- , other way with only tUe loss of his eyet lashes, and some few scorches. In fact, lam i told that Mr Potts and Yining, who was wilh t him, had to lift the trap over a burning white , pine tree that had fallen across the traok. . The damage done will be, I am afraid, . something enormous. The losses are, as far B as* I can find out :— ' 9 - Mr Studholme, £40,000. r Messrs Hunt and Jeffrey, amount ' hot s known, but they are clean burnt out; mill*, c machinery, houses for workmen, &0., &0. Q They are,. I believe, insured. ... a Mr Michael O'Btien, bush badly burned, g but house still standing. , - 0 Mr H. Gascoyne, bush burnt. , q~ Mr A. Hnyes, mill and all machinery c burnt ; I don't know if insured. His bush r is very badly burnt, although some of the green portion, I dare say, may yet be used, c His loss is enormous. » Mr Bickman, bush and out-buildings ; loss, 1 £4000. It is wonderful how his blouse (late t- Mr Bruoe's) was saved. A little office that a he had moved to within 30 feet . of the house f was burnt, and all the out-buildings. Q ■ Mr Price estimates his loss at £1000. Mr Barrett's mill and machinery, £800. * ( The engine, I believe, belonged to Messrs ' QiM£ n »Bro fc her«> : a n c * was not insured. . . : . sSr,Thebbald's bush and houses were com-} i pletely destroyed^ and it leavei him and his n wife and children 1 with nothing. . g: The' following,' although , some of their ;. losses are small, are left houseless and rj penniless;— -Mr liUck," Mr Dandy, Mr T. ' Butcher, Mr James James, Mr Dish, Mrs l' White. Mr John. Bartiss.'Mr; Everett, Mr Slee, . Mr B: Lane, Mr Bat«inan r - Mr Ei. Williams, a Mr Chlvert, Mr Obas. Childs, Mr FpthergM, aMr liillia, Mr B. Nixon, Mr Blake,. Mr 3. BUen, Mr Jilet, Mr- Hamilton, Jir t Martin a (heaityilofsl m busb and timber),,.Mr.,B,,P, d WillUmt, Mr D. Cunningham, Mr ?.t Avv4?t n Mr Neighbours, and Mr John '. oung. These i- are all inirnt out, and each lon averaged frott) la £100 upward* What makes it worse U that

the most of the»e are laboring m j n, and havf lost their all. l"ie insurances I shall cay no thing about until I can do so more definitely In J iles' case (this was at Hayes' mill) thej took their furniture, clothes, &c, oat of the house, and put them under abridge for safety When Mr Jiles went up this morning the furniture, &c, was burnt, but the house was not injured, and I believe that this is the only house that is still standing. 5 p.m. The fire is still raging fiercely, and more buildings will be burnt yet. £60,000 will nothing like cover the loss.

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THE BUSH FIRE AT WAMATE., Timaru Herald, Volume XXIX, Issue 1299, 18 November 1878

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THE BUSH FIRE AT WAMATE. Timaru Herald, Volume XXIX, Issue 1299, 18 November 1878

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