The winner of the 1912 New Zealand Galloping Cup at
Riccarton, Mr E. J. Watt's Midnight Sun. - Otago Witness,
A press Association message from Christchurch states that
the Rev H. Mason, the water diviner, who last week, at the
instance of the Fields and Experimental Division of the
Department of Agriculture, went to the Division's experimental
area at Morven Hills, Central Otago, for the purpose of
locating water, has returned after successfully locating water
at nine points on 200 acres of the area.
His success is of great importance, as on other portions of
the arid area in Central Otago water may be similarly
located, thus obviating the extensive irrigation schemes. Mr
Mason left last night for Wellington, and intends leaving the
dominion this week.
• It is said that what is termed as a "gold divining company"
has been floated in the Alexandra district, with a capital of
some £5000. The statement is made that a well-known South
Otago gentleman claims to be able to locate gold in the same
manner as a water diviner discovers water. The question
naturally occurs why the "gold diviner" does not keep his
secret to himself, when all the gold of Goloonda would be as
nothing compared to the wealth lying to his hands. This query
is explained away, however, by the reply that the "gold
diviner" has not sufficient capital at his disposal to
exploit his discovery.
Whether the present value of gold stands a risk of being
greatly depreciated remains, of course, to be seen; but if
what we are informed be correct, some of the shareholders in
the company evidently appear to consider it an imminent
possibility, seeing that their faith in the venture is such
that the shares are today quoted at a premium.
• We desire to congratulate our vigorous contemporary, the
Southland Times, upon the completion yesterday of 50 years of
its existence. The jubilee issue is one that is entirely
worthy of the important event which it celebrates. It
supplies a valuable record of the history of Southland,
furnished not merely in a carefully-prepared review, but also
in interesting interviews with representative settlers of
long standing, and an attractive feature of the issue
consists in the reproduction of a varied selection of
comments, reports, and advertisements that have been gleaned
from the files of the paper. Congratulatory messages are
published from prominent politicians, members of the
judiciary, leading pressmen, ministers of religion, mayors
and chairmen of public bodies, and from the editors of a
large number of New Zealand journals.
With these felicitations the readers of the Southland Times
will associate themselves the more readily because the
honourable traditions of the paper in the past are being
faithfully maintained at the present time.
• The handsome, commodious, and extensive buildings in Moray
Place, recently completed for the Young Men's Christian
Association of Dunedin, were opened last night by his
Excellency the Governor in the presence of an attendance that
crowded the spacious gymnasium hall in the buildings. His
Excellency the Governor was received at the entrance by Mr G.
M. Thomson, M.P., representing the board of directors.
The chair was occupied by Mr G. M. Thomson, and seats on the
platform were also occupied by the Mayor of Dunedin (Mr John
Wilson), Hon J. T. Paul, M.L.C., Messrs G. Fenwick, A. S.
Adams, J. B. Mason, N. Paterson, Rev Canon Curzon-Siggers,
Rev W. Saunders, and others.- ODT, 13.11.1912.
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