Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Hawkeye, 1887.

A goose gizzard gathering gold was dissected  at Puriri and was found to contain  40 small particles swallowed from the river there.  The goose's nest egg prompted  the Advertiser to proclaim  "the opening out of this important tract of country is of the utmost importance to the county."

Also at Puriri vigorous steps were being taken by the police to quell orchard and honey robbing which was rife in the settlement.  There was scarcely a settler who had not suffered from "nightly marauders".  Constable O'Brien, it was ominously reported, would no doubt with his usual tact run to earth the petty thieves.  The metalling and forming of the Puriri- Hikutaia road was making good progress with about 40 workmen and ten teams of horses employed on the job by the contractor, Mr J Rickets.

Boisterous weather, bad roads and hard times were reported form Paeroa. Compounding the gloom was the amount of 'naughty lingo' overheard there.  A 'burst of amusements' was anticipated though - talented musicians were to appear at the public hall and a football match at Mackay Town was scheduled.

Banging gates in the vicinity of Thames Hospital pained patients. The negligence of  some inhabitants in attending to the safe fastening of their gates, particularly during windy nights, earned them a scolding.  The hospital patients had 
 their rest seriously broken by the clanging and banging of unfastened  gates and those  who were the cause of this harassing nocturnal disturbance were advised to take the precaution of safely latching  them - if only for the sake of their own comfort.

'A case of misplaced charity' was observed when a Shortland  fisherman obtained from the Charitable Aid Board an order for food rations and was later seen in a public house  trying his utmost to exchange the order for a long beer.

"Bread stuffs falling" announced the Advertiser, catching the attention of Thames housewives  concerned about the price of bread.   A baker boy in Richmond Street,  driving his pack horse  to his customers, was nearing the  Rev Mr Neil's house when the horse bolted, upsetting the bread and sending several loaves flying.

"Mr F C Dean, Town Clerk, announces that from and after Saturday next, the water supply of the Borough will be cut off except during the hours of 7.30am and 11am.  This course is necessitated through the cleaning out of the dam, and the repairing of the water race."

© Meghan Hawkes and Dead Cert 2014

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