Advertisers on Page One.
- H.Logie, Postmaster.
- Messrs Wilkins and Field, Nelson, on behalf of Dalgety and Co. (Explosives)
- Wm. Davidson, Westport, on behalf of Dalgety and Co. (Explosives)
- Gallagher Bros., Reefton, on behalf of Dalgety and Co. (Explosives)
- Forsyth and Masters, Greymouth and Reefton, on behalf of Dalgety and Co. (Explosives)
- Jas Renton, Hokitika, on behalf of Dalgety and Co. (Explosives)
- Trent Bros., Christchurch (Malted Food)
- Masefield & Co., Auckland (Engines)
- W.S.Campbell, Proprietor, Albion Hotel, Greymouth
- J.W.Tatton and Son and Black, Surgeon Dentists, Westport
- Charles Downie, Proprietor, Commercial Hotel, Murchison
- Mitchell & Co., Fred M.Mitchell, Manager, Christchurch (Chemists)
- Duncan McLean, Agent, Greymouth (Engines)
- F.R.Manning, Agent, Dunedin (Engines)
Advertisers on Page Two.
- W.M.J.Hansby, Chemist, Reefton (Dental work)
- George B. Shepherd, Sharebroker, Mining & Commission Agent, Reefton
- H. Kater, Agent (Monuments)
- W. & G. Turnbull & Co., Proprietors, Empire Tea Co.
- R.Hindmarsh, Sharebroker, Mining & Commission Agent, Bridge Street, Reefton
- C.Smith, Cash Draper, Broadway, Reefton
- Mr James Rathbon, Manager, C.Smith Cash Drapers
- Free & Cottrell, Solicitors, Bridge Street, Reefton
- Jas. Wills & Co., Buller Road, Reefton
- T.W.Tymons & Co., Greymouth, Drapery
- Mr Patterson (Tea)
- Forsyth and Masters, Reefton (Cottages for sale & Furnishings)
Mr Gorman, Melbourne; Dr Scott, Kumara; Mr Bray, Mr Kilgour, Grey.
In the LOCAL AND GENERAL section:
The Buller Dredge return for the week is 28ozs 18dwts.
Mr G.Black, manager of the Progress mine, belonging to the Consolidated Goldfields of New Zealand, Limited, has handed in his resignation. This, we are given to understand, is in no way caused by the reduction of wages at the Progress, but is from altogether different arrangements.
Names mentioned in the NELSON EDUCATION BOARD section:
- Mr Colvin
- Major Franklyn
- Miss King, probationer at Black’s Point
- Mr F. Coleman, master at Capleston (new appointment)
- Constable Harris, truant office, Westport
- Mr Hursthouse
Great Fire in the Lyell.
Nearly the whole Township completely destroyed.
A wire just received from the Lyell states that both sides of the main, and only street of the township from Bennett’s store to Barkley’s residence was burnt to the ground last night at midnight. Included in the properties burnt on the we[s]t side are Messrs Ryan’s store, Messrs Barclay’s and Robert’s residence, the National Bank, Fennell’s general store, the old Commercial Hotel, Fennell’s Hotel and Bennett’s store.
On the opposite or east side are McFarlanes Hotel, Fennels drapery store, Ca[r]mini’s boot shop, a large house occupied by Mrs Brown a storeroom of Ryans and several other disused and unoccupied buildings. No further particulars are yet to hand.
The above was issued this morning as a TIMES extra. Later particulars from our own Correspondent give a full report of the catastrophe.
(By Telegraph – Own Correspondent.)
LYELL, This Day.
A disastrous fire occurred here about 11 30 o’clock last night. It appears to have occurred underneath the old Commercial Hotel, which is at present owned by Mr John Fennell and occupied by him as a store for general mechandise and as sleeping apartments for himself and his employees. The fire spread rapidly, the occupants having time only to escape with their lives through the upstairs windows on to the verandah. The buildings here are built closely together and it was only a few moments before the whole street was on fire. On the right the National Bank, James Ryan’s general store and dwelling, J.M.Robert’s dwelling, and J.Barclay’s dwelling were all completely burnt to the ground. Up the street on the other side of the starting point the flames spread equally as rapidly. Two store rooms, belonging to Mr Fennell, soon giving way to the fire fiend. Next to go was Mr Fennell’s general store containing a very large and well assorted stock, and Fennell’s Empire Hotel a large and exceedingly well furnished house, was soon in flames and was completely gutted in a few moments. The boarders were luckily able to escape with most of their belongings. Farther on again a draper’s shop and dwelling also owned by Mr Fennell and occupied by J.Bennet was completely destroyed after a considerable amount of the stock had being saved by willing hands. On the opposite side of the road Walter Atkin’s Lyell Times Office, Mrs Brown’s shop and dwelling, J.Fennell’s draper shop, O.Holman’s store, Thos. McFarlane’s draper’s shop, and McFarlane’s Cristerion Hotel were all burning at the one moment. Nothing but a heap of old twisted iron ruins is left to show that a line of buildings was once in existence.
The cause of the fire is unknown it having originated underneath the house. John Fennell is the principal loser, no less than six of his buildings and contents being totally destroyed. He is without any insurance and estimates his loss at between seven and eight thousand pounds. The other insurances are £200 on W.Atkin’s building and plant £500, on J.Ryan’s stock and dwelling, £150 on the Criterion Hotel, and £150 on the National Bank, £200 on Carmine’s shop. In all there are 20 buildings destroyed, and families that can ill afford the loss are completely homeless.
Additional insurance Carmini, £200. Mrs Dollomore’s house, Edge’s butcher’s shop, and Downes’ carpenter’s shop were also destroyed. Nothing of any value was saved owing to the inability to get down the street. There was no wind blowing and this saved the rest of the town, or the telegraph office and Government buildings, Post Office Hotel, etc., must have gone. In three hours everything was down. The Bank and Lyell Times safes are standing in the debris.
Names mentioned in THE MONTAGUE FREDO COMPANY section:
- Madame Fredo
- Bubbles Fredo
- Lar Fredo
- Harry Crawford
- Miss Polly Robinson
- Miss Dora Busch
- Messrs Busch and Lelliott (2)
- Professor Montague
In the TELEGRAMS section:
Wellington, this day.
Arrived at 1 p.m., Gothic from London via way ports. Her dates are:- Plymouth, April 18th, Teneriffe 23, Cape, May 8, Hobart 5 p.m. on the 27th. The vessel encountered fine weather throughout and the voyage was uneventful. The Gothic brings 77 passengers, and she landed ten passengers at Teneriffe. 217 at the Cape, and 40 at Hobert, She has 3,200 tons of general cargo. Sir Maurice O’Rorke is among the passengers.
James King, the well known watchmaker and jeweller, of Cuba Street, is dead.
Auckland, this day.
H.R.Aubrey, one of the pioneer settlers of the north, died suddenly at Devonport. He was for some time Resident Magistrate for the Whangarei District.
Wellington, this day.
A reward of £250 is offered for information as to the whereabouts of Detective Kirby.
Albany, this day.
Arrived-Massilia; passenger for New Zealand, Capt.Webster.
Advertisers on Page Three.
- Ed. B. Garnen, County Engineer (Road Tenders)
- T.Hubert Lee, Manager, Hercules Quartz Mining Company Ltd.
- Isaac Lewis, Certified Assayer, Metallurgist & Practical Chemist, Mining Agent
- Alexander McCloy, miner, Application for Special Claim
- Henry Lucas, Pro Warden
- J.E.Petherick (Theatre Royal)
- E.J.Scantlebury, Hon.Sec., Reefton Hospital (independent of his business advts)
- J.Hannigan, Boatman’s coach
- Margaret McAuley, Grocers
- W.M.J.Hansby, Chemist and Druggist
- Mrs Noy, Dressmaker
- A.Harris, Saddler and Harness maker
- W.B.Barkley (Fabrics and millinery)
- E.J.Knowsley, manager, Hallenstein Bros
- Forsyth and Masters, Hardware & Iron merchants
- H.Carter, Watchmaker and Jeweller
- Miss Crabb, Dress and Mantle maker
- Mrs J. Bray, Draper
- Edward Conway, Baker
- Hayward Bros, Christchurch
- Pisettele, Tailor
- Amelia Brandt, Proprietress, Matiri House
- David Ziman, Attorney
- Harold Brothers, Tea
- T.J.Malloy, Boot Importer
- W.P.Walson, General Manager, Kaitangata Railway and Coal Co.
- John Chambers & Son, Auckland (Pumps & irrigation)
Advertisers on Page Four.
- W.G.Collings (Music)
- Parkinson & Co., Chemists
- H.Griffiths, Proprietor, Wharf Hotel, Greymouth
- Mr Hathaway M.P.S., Christchurch
- Sydney Black, Surgeon Dentist, Westport
- R.A.Sutherland, Hairdressing Saloon
- Stanislaus Muller, Manager, Ohoutahi Station
- Chas. Begg & Co., Dunedin, Music Sellers
- Joseph Godber, Christchurch (Disinfectant)
- R.Chattock, Land, Estate and Commission Agent
- Mrs Williams, Clothing
- Mr S. Chipchase, Dyer and Scourer (ex-Melbourne)
- J.E.Hounsell & Co., Bookseller, Nelson
- Cobb & Co.
- W.J.Hunt & Co., Wellington, Stock, Share and Mineral Brokers and Mining Investment Agents
- Henry Cooper, Mining, Commission and Insurance Agent, Reefton
- J.Malloy, Painter & Paperhanger, Reefton
- Mrs Bray, Clothing
- Thomas Jones, ex-proprietor, Post Office Hotel, Greymouth
- Mr H.C.Fricker, proprietor, Post Office Hotel, Greymouth