Owing to the pole of their buggy carrying away and the horses becoming unmanageable, Messrs liouchen I and Gibson, while driving into Raglan last Tuesday were upset; fortunately, however, with only trifling hurts, though the vehicle was wrecked. Considering that money is tight, business dull, and farm produce low, the Raglan County clerk may be said to have put up something in the shape of an achievement in having collected every penny of the current rates, amounting to something like £SOOO, together with the arrears brought forward from last year. Miss Blackett and Messrs Gibb, A. Smith and Oldham, passengers by the launch Nita from Waingaro to Raglan last Tuesday night, had a most unenviable experience. Mr Frank Charlton, who was in charge of the launch, while searching for a nut that he had dropped, inadvertently brought the Marne of the lantern he was holding into contact with the escaping benzine vapour. Instantly the centre of the vessel was enveloped in flames, and passengers and crew were confined in the stern powerless to extinguish the fire or reach the oil tank to cut off the supply. A tin of benzine was thrown overboard, but lively fears were entertained that the oil tank would explode, and the party hurriedly prepared for committing themselves to the mercy ot the water, when, the fire commenced to abate, and was soon after extinguished. By this time the launch had drif.ed into shallow water, and Mr Charlton, who succeeded in getting ashore, set out on foot to Raglan for assistance, which arrived in the course of three hours, in the shape of Mr Langleys’ launch, the Nita being towed back to Raglan. Mr C. King lias obtained a splendid burn of his COO acres of felled ti-tree, and lias put a gang of men on grass seed sowing. The grassing of this land, which lies, roughly speaking, within two miles of the Raglan township, will be of great advantage to Raglan, both in appearance and in effect.
A light drizzling rain fell here on Friday night, and hopes were entertained that the drought was over. However, the rain was insufficient over a great part of the district to thoroughly damp the dust, which by Saturday afternoon was as dry as ever. The weather is still rather threatening, so we may yet have a downfall, and anything less would scarcely save the situation. Turnips are not only looking very blue, but the aphis is spreading fast and working destruction where it goes. The weightguessing in connection with the recent show resulted as follows:—Actual weight of cow, 5491b5. Mr 11. G. Frew, 5441b, 1; Mr A. Tapp, 5431b, 2; Mr J. Harrow, 5551b, Actual weight of three sheep, 2551b. Mr S. Dickon, 2541b, 1; Mr T. Platt, 2571b., 2; Mr H. Whitaker, 2501b, 3.—Own Correspondent.
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Waikato Argus, Waikato Argus, Volume XXVI, Issue 4036, 16 March 1909
Raglan. Waikato Argus, Volume XXVI, Issue 4036, 16 March 1909
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