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The Morning Herald of Saturday says : — "A gale raged for. many hoars yesterday with great severity, and muit hare dope immense damage to the gardens. At Logan's Point during the. forenoon .the Harbor Board stable -was blown into the bay. The building was 'first unroof ad, and then the boards went flying before the wind. The horsefeed disappeared as effectively as if it bad been carefully swept away wilh a broom. The horses m the stable were nob hurt. . The roof of Mr Lee's furniture shop m George-street was blown off. A fire burned furiously at Pine Hill, and covered miles of ground. The rain last night must hare laid it thoroughly, but the damage^ must have been very, destructive. At the Rattray-street Jetty, the rare spectacle was seen of a vessel being blown away from her moorings. At about a quarter past 10 a.m., m the height of the gale, the stern warp of " the ' Countess 1 of Errol broke j then the chain spring oarried away her after hawsepipe.' "She had to slip the spring, and was hanginp by 'a rope,' which also gave way.- She then drifted on a soft mud bank clear of the channel, and' dropped anohor. During the afternoon - a very large number of hat boxes were blown away from a drapery establishment m Princes street, and the pursuit of them caused great amusement. . The bat boxes travelled.. long distances; getting under the hones' Teei i the hats were blown out of the boxes, and the toft paper m the boxes wait carried high m the air, and twirled round »n d-roundr— ■ CEb.e>-plan-adopted- of- stopping 'the boxes by putting the foot on thes did not improve the boxes or their contents Strong N.W. winds, with warm dry weather, .occasioned ' numerous hush fires m, the 'Vioinitg of Port Chalmers. Yesterday tbe hot wind drove the smoke from the' bush into the bay, aad *rfi^almo.t oUcored the land, &

8 MansforJ Bay the scrub burnt with great - ] rapidity, and on Thursday night destroyed . ' two small houses, one of which was occupied r;by a Mrs Gray. Having timely irxroing, ehe J I removed her furniture and effects. In the . j bush at the back of lawyer's Bay there - exU'ed a large body of fire, but the only i damage done there that we could hear of was r the burning of an unoccupied hous« near the sawmill. Throughout the day the wind was very high, the squalls being terribly heavy. In i one of theae a waterman* skiff moored m the I bay was completely turned over, and another boat at St. Leonard's was served m a similar way. The stables used at Logan's Point were completely gutted by a violent squall. At [ rhe Port, windows were smashed m, slates i and theets of iron torn bwav, and fences blown ! down, but fo far as c luld be ascertained no boat accidents have occurred."

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DUNEDIN AND PORT CHALMERS., Timaru Herald, Volume XXIX, Issue 1299, 18 November 1878

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DUNEDIN AND PORT CHALMERS. Timaru Herald, Volume XXIX, Issue 1299, 18 November 1878