Reapers and binders at work near Queenstown. - Otago Witness, 25.12.1912.
During her voyage from Malden Island the barque Triton passed
Palmerston Island, a lonely speck in the Pacific, about 400
miles south of Malden Island.
Two boats were sent off from Palmerston Island to intercept
the Triton and obtain provisions as no vessel had come near
the island for over four months. Captain Nicolaison gave them
all the provisions he could spare, receiving in return a
large supply of cocoanuts, which is about the only kind of
fruit that grows on the island. Various other fruits have
been tried, but the soil, such as it is, does not favour
There are about 70 residents on the island, and they produce
about 50 tons of copra annually, for which they receive
provisions in exchange.
Many years ago a sailor named Mason settled down on the
island, and traces of his parentage are still plainly visible
in the countenances of the natives, who are of a quite
handsome type, and all speak English fluently. Taken all
round the Palmerston Islanders are a superior type, and,
although completely isolated, they appear to have no desire
to leave their lonely island habitation for the busier haunts
• To those people who are unable to take an extended sea
trip, the news that the Union Company's annual trip to Oamaru
will take place on January 1 will be very welcome. This year
the Maitai will make the trip, leaving Dunedin at 8 a.m.,
arriving at Oamaru at 12.30 p.m., leaving again on the return
journey about 3.30 p.m., and arriving in Dunedin at 8 p.m.
The Maitai is a vessel of about 3500 tons, and was, until a
month ago, regularly engaged in the intercolonial service.
She is by far the largest vessel that has yet been
commissioned for this trip to Oamaru, and, with her splendid
deck space, she will give holiday-seekers a fine opportunity
of making the trip in comfort.
• A little boy named Mulgrew was injured under the most
remarkable circumstances at Katikati, a day or two ago
(telegraphs the Waihi correspondent of the New Zealand
Herald). Hearing screams, the boy's mother ran out, and found
the little fellow lying on the ground, where he was being
savagely attacked by a white Leghorn rooster. The bird had
evidently struck the boy with a spur, as there was a deep
gash extending from the forehead to the nose. As the mother
ran forward, the rooster turned upon her, but was quickly
compelled to beat a retreat, and was afterwards killed.
• A visitor from the Gisborne district, referring to the
system of party telephones, has given the Whakatane journal
the following glowing account of Gisborne's extensive
telephone service:-''There is hardly a Maori whare, to say
nothing of the settlers' homes, for many miles from the
Gisborne township but that has telephonic communication. What
the system has done for the district is shown by its
flourishing state, and that the system is valued by the
settlers is evidenced by the fact that every new house is
considered incomplete without the telephone. There are
hundreds of miles of private wires in every direction. .''
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