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TERRIBLE OUTBREAK AT
A DOZEN HOMESTEADS DESTROYED.
AN OLD SETTLER BURNT.
Tlie most disnstroiis fire ever known in I this district broke out to-da> An ex
ceptioaally strong north wind prc\ailed ml
the morning and the fire swept across
from Ardachy Estite into Basset, which it complete]) devastated It then traversed southwards, crossed the rulvva) line, into South Branxholme Here most serious damage to piopcrt) was done, and one dreadful fatalitv occurred Hie following lost their houses, sheds, and nil effects -
Messrs D M'Lichliin, A Stoier, Crisp, Addinsill, and J M Millan, the lastmraed losing in addition £135 in cash Others suffered severely, losing all their stacks, grain, and sheds
About midday the fire swept on to the northern pare of the township, and took in its couise Mr G Miller s residence and stables Hav, stacks, sheds, and all de scriptions were consumed on every farm house foi miles
Another fire broke across the southern end of the township, and burnt to the ground Mr Quirk s residence J he whole of the tow nsliip narrow 1) escaped destruc tion, the wind, blowing with hurricane force, made it impossible to check the
flames The district foi miles lins been
dqevastated. the loss of stock being e\ ceptionall) hciv-v
Among the heav) losers are Messrs Micgugan, Storer, Read, Armstiong, and min) others
Duststorms raged all dav, and, with the smol e, ohnosct enveloped the town in dark ness Tovvirds evening i thunderstorm threatened, but onl) a little rain fell This is the "jubilee" )enr, and to day the anni versary of "Black Thursda) "
Further losses are reported to da) from outlying farms, and miles of fencing and stock have been burnt and the Brinxholme Ccraoterj fences and grave enclosures hive been destroyed Only two fitalitics re- ported as yet