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The purpose of the conference was to consider and move in the matter of establishing hydro-electric power with or without the aid of the Government. The chairman said if Australia or America had some of the extraordinary cheap producing water-power they had in this dominion it would have been used long ago, and would not have been allowed to waste, as was the case here.
They had got over the experimental stage. They had the Waipori electric works, which had proved a profitable proposition. Lake Coleridge (Canterbury) was also linked up, and was now on a paying basis, and no doubt when other big works were linked up they would all be paying their way and would enable the people to produce more wealth.
They could produce more wealth, but what was wanted was cheaper power and more people in this country. - (Applause). The coal question seemed to be one of the great problems of the age.
They were not going to get men to go down in the pits to hew coal at the old rates. Electricity by water-power could be produced at half the rates it cost to produce coal, and another splendid thing was that water never went out on strike - it kept going. - (Hear, hear).
If they produced electricity and cut up their lands into reasonable holdings Otago would go ahead, as the land here was second to none in New Zealand. Central Otago could grow lucerne with any part of the world, and it wanted only to be put in in a practical way.
Cheap electrical power would enable them to pump water from the Molyneux, and a really good living could be made in growing fruit, lucerne, clover, and vegetable seeds on 10 or 12 acres. If electrical energy was put to its best use they would have thousands of people in Otago Central.
Constable's house bombed
Greymouth, July 24: Another dastardly bomb outrage occurred at 2 o'clock this morning, Constable Black's house in O'Grady street, Blaketown, being blown up by a charge that was placed near the front door and was fired by a fuse.
The front door was blown open, a hole was torn in the verandah, and windows were smashed, a quantity of glass falling on the bed where the constable and his wife were sleeping. No one, however, was injured. Mrs Black is suffering from severe shock.
A coincidence is that this explosion took place at the same hour and day of the week as that on Senior-sergeant Simpson's house on May 29. There is great consternation in the town at this second outrage. The Government offered a reward of 200 for information as to the perpetrators of the first outrage, but there is no clue so far.
Coulls, Culling social
The directors of Messrs Coulls, Culling, and Co. entertained their employees at an ''At Home'' in the Overseas Club rooms on Friday evening. Dancing was the principal item on the programme, and during the evening songs were rendered by Misses Benton, Collett, and Mr Johnstone, and Mr Bills danced a Sailor's Hornpipe.
One a.m. brought dancing to a close, and after the singing of ''Auld Lang Syne'', three cheers were given for the directors for their kindness in enabling the staff to meet and rejoice amongst such social surroundings.
- ODT, 25.7.1919.
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