In the Clyde-Cromwell Gorge, showing Mr W. Annan's compact
little orchard about two miles from Clyde. - Otago Witness,
Dunedin was visited yesterday by something in the nature
of a heat wave.
The sky was overcast in the morning, with a low barometer in
evidence, and the heat was not particularly noticeable. About
11 o'clock, however, the clouds had lowered, and with a
blazing sun occasionally breaking through the overhead
canopy, the atmosphere became pent up, and the thermometer
quickly rose, Mr Paulin stating that his instrument recorded
90deg in the shade at 1 o'clock.
At St. Kilda the heat was at its height at about 12 o'clock,
and a few drops of rain fell there at 1 o'clock. At that hour
a heavy black cloud hung over the city, but it gradually
drifted away to the north. The weather conditions looked
threatening all the afternoon, but the rain held off, and the
heat continued quite oppressive till 5 o'clock, when a cool
breeze set in from the south-west.
Reports received from Purakanui state that several heavy
showers of rain fell there in the afternoon, the effect no
doubt of the black rain clouds which passed northwards over
the city earlier in the day.
• Timaru, January 14. The hottest day of the season was
experienced to-day. The temperature was caused by a
north-west wind, amounting at times to half a gale, and
92deg. were recorded within the Post Office, and 95deg. in
the shade out of doors. Much vegetation was withered and
scorched. Two or three grass fires were reported, but no
damage was done. One threatened the railway bridge at
Washdyke, and men were sent to the spot by rail, but found it
extinguished when they arrived.
• Australia is a large spot on the map, but Australians have
smaller ideas than the largeness of their country warrants,
writes Tom Mills. The reason for this narrowness of vision is
easy of explanation.
The great bulk of Australians are cityfied. The
Sydney-siders' horizon does not extend further than his
harbour, and the Melbournian's no further than St. Kilda. The
man in the country envies his cousin in the city, and longs
for the day when he can get a job right in the heart of
things, where every prospect pleases, and only work is vile.
The man in the city, on the other hand, gives not a thought
to his country cousin. There is no community of interest.
Over here in New Zealand the city labourite looks upon the
man in the country as a factor to be reckoned against in a
time of industrial trouble. But the city man on the other
side of the Tasman Sea has not even that respect for the man
on the land. The Australian citizen is selfishness
Sydney workers, in common with almost every section of that
pleasure-loving city, are devoted to sport, of all kinds, but
particularly horse-racing. The crowds are seen pouring out of
the big factories at noon, men and women and the youth of
both sexes, dressed in their glad rags for an outing of some
kind. Home is the last place thought of on Saturdays in the
New South Wales capital. The result of this Saturdayising is
that employers complain that workers give next to no thought
on that day to their work.
This clock-watching habit, plus the continuous efforts of
trades unions towards a shorter work-week, is having its
effect. In the printing and allied trades alone there is a
serious movement for a five-days' week. When the proposal
came in proper form before the master printers of Sydney
there was only one employer who stood in the way of a general
closing down of factories from Friday evening to Monday
morning. That employer happens to be a man of force of
character and influence. But it is considered that even he
will be worn down to acquiescence by the end of this year.
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