MINER OFFICE, 4 p.m.
THE HEAT WAVE
Effects in Victoria,
Suicide at Bendigo.
Yesterday's heat increased to 108 degrees in the shade by 3 p.m. At
5 o,clock a storm burst and there was
a heavy rainfall, but it did not cool
the atmosphere. To-day it is again exceedingly oppressive, and another storm is brewing.
The heat in the country yesterday was excessive. At Bridgewater and Donald 112 degrees in the shade was registered ; at Hopetoun, 113 ; at Ru- panyup, 114; at Swan Hill, 116; at Bendigo, 110.
At the latter place a young man named Edward Swift, hairdresser, was so overcome by the heat that he was unable to work, and in despair shot himself in the breast. It is a hopeless