A huge kauri log harvested near Hokianga Harbour, North
Auckland. - Otago Witness, 1.1.1913. Copies of picture
available from ODT front office, lower Stuart St, or
Mr W Furness, workshops foreman to the Post and Telegraph
Department, left Wellington by the Himitangi on Friday for the
Chatham Islands to make preliminary arrangements in connection
with the erection of a wireless station.
A gang of workmen and material for the buildings will be sent
down later. The building, which is to be of wood, will be
framed at Wellington, and all the parts will be sent down
It is hoped that the buildings of the station will be
completed by the middle of the year, but it is impossible as
yet to say how long it will take to install the wireless
equipment. The Chathams station will be of 2 kilowatts, so
that it will be graded as a low-power station. It is intended
primarily for the benefit of shipping. The wireless masts
will stand on an eminence 150ft above sea level, and will
rise above this another 150ft.
• An elephant belonging to Wirth's Circus, which
is at present at Christchurch, attacked a circus hand named
Andrews on Sunday afternoon, and caused injuries which
necessitated his removal to the Hospital. By some means the
elephant came loose and commenced to wander around the
grounds. As soon as the animal's freedom was observed,
several of the circus hands set out to secure it and return
it to captivity.
However, the elephant resented so rapid a termination of its
liberty, and when approached it commenced to ''play up''.
Andrews was one of the number in pursuit, and when he was
close to the elephant it suddenly turned on him, and with a
ferocious plunge drove one of its tusks into his body, the
blow striking him on the chest and inflicting a painful and
• There was a marked shortage of wharf labour
yesterday, which was one of the busiest days ever experienced
in this port. At Dunedin the steamers Aparima, Nairnshire,
and Mamari were discharging Calcutta, Liverpool, and London
cargo; the Paparoa was loading large quantities of wool,
butter, cheese, and other cargo at Port Chalmers; and a
number of coastal steamers were working cargo and undergoing
survey and overhaul.
The Union Company could have found work for at least 60 more
men yesterday morning, and Mr John Mill could have found
employment for a similar number, but they were not
forthcoming. The demand was, of course, rather exceptional.
At present a large amount of casual labour is finding
profitable employment in shearing and harvesting pursuits.
• Visitors to Stewart Island at present are so
numerous that the boarding-houses are quite inadequate to
provide them with accommodation, and many are living in tents
and private residences. The boarding-houses are capable of
coping with close on 400, and it is estimated that on
Thursday there was an overflow of about 150. Steam launches
are placed at the disposal of the holiday-seekers, and have
been largely taken advantage of, and, the weather being
ideal, the experience could not be more pleasant.
- ODT, 7.1.1913.