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From Saturday's North Otago Times we m»ke the following extracts : — " Yesterday morning the wind rose to a point of riolence such has never before been experienced by the oldest resident m Oamaru. From an early hour m the morning till about noon, the dust whirled about, forming a thick barrier through which it whs impossible to see half a dozen yards. Pebbles la'ge as nuts were flying before the wind like chaff, and to walk up or down Thames-street was a feat few cared to attempt. As might have been foreseen, the damage done was great. Dv Garland's stable was lifted up m the air, and fell again m fragments, some of them rattling very unpleasantly on the roof of Mr Forrester's house, come distance aw>y to leeward, though they did not do any. terious damage. A portion of the roof on the north wing of Mr Sherman's house, m Hull-street, was, owing to its uncompleted state, blown away, and deposited m the Rectory garden, and but for the prompt . measures taken by the contractors to seomre it, would no doubt hare been followed by other portions of the roof. In lichen-street, just above its inter* section with Severn-street, the top part of the roof of a cottage was ripped off like a piece of cardboard, and went careering away before the gale like a paper kite. Fences, shrubs, and all minor obstacles to the wind's force fared badly, suffering the most complete destruction. But it is m Thames street, and its continuation into Tees street, that the gsle was felt m all its unpleasantness — all the business places whioh oould be conveniently closed immediately shut up, and the ownprs awaited the termination of the gale m trepidation. Some tradesmen who were not so fortunate as to have the means of speedily putting the shutters on the windows suffered severely , and only with the greatest exertions on their parts succeeded m preventing the entire destruction of the shop windows. Large panes m the windows of Messrs B. L. Rule, Kennedy, and J. Q. Finoh and Oo.'s establishments were blown m, and caus«d more or less damage to the articles inside. In Messrs Finch's window, especially, the damage lms been considerable, a number of cut glass articles of value having been shattered into bits. A large portion of the ornamental stone parapet on Waitaki House was carried away, and r.ow lies m the right-of-way between that building and the shop of Mr Rule. One of the upstairs windows m the Imperial Hotel was blown clean into the room, and some of the skylights m the Star and Garter Hotel were forced. No little damage has also been don* to tradesmen's goods by the dust, thick layer* of whioh were found on everything presenting sufficient surface for its lodgment. It U fortunate that, notwithstanding the fact that substantial pieces of solid material flew through the air, only one accident of a serious nature should have happened. A young man named Henry Manteil, m the employment of Mr Book, plasterer, who was engaged on the work now m progress at the Empire Hotel, was m the. act of carrying a plasterer's board mat the side door of the hotel, when the gale sweeping down the narrow passage with terrible fo cc threw him off his feet, and the board he was carrying falling on his leg caused a fracture just above the ancle joint. The force of the wind was experienced all through the district, the train fram Ngapara, when near Elderslie, having a very nairow escape from an upset. On the hill, where the full force of north-west gales are eeverely felt, considerable damage has been done- Mr Proctor's verandah has sustained some damage, and the immigrants' cottages have also suffered. Evidence of the force of the wind is also apparent m various other places m this locality."

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OAMARU., Timaru Herald, Volume XXIX, Issue 1299, 18 November 1878

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OAMARU. Timaru Herald, Volume XXIX, Issue 1299, 18 November 1878

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