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TELEPHONIST STAYS ON Long Shift In Flood.
Ray Borger, telephonist at Kempsey Post Office, stayed at his switchboard for 36 hours in three feet of water during the flood.
He was relieved at 10 o’clock yesterday morning, after the water had receded.
Girls who took over stood ankle deep in mud, while volunteer workers cleaned out the exchange.
Geoff McKay, telegraph supervisor, stood to his task and did not leave duty until 10 o’clock yesterday morning.
He came on duty again at 2 p.m.
The Deputy Director of Posts and Telegraphs, Mr. S. F. Kellock, said in Sydney last night that only 100 of the 600 lines connected with Kempsey telephone exchange were working.
Among the 100 lines operating were those of several doctors, the police station, the hospital, and the ambulance.
Mr. Kellock said he had received information that there was no lighting in the town and the service was not expected to be restored for a week.
The department, he said, had lines operating between Kempsey and Coffs Harbour, Kempsey and Taree, Kempsey and Grafton, Kempsey and Lismore, Kempsey and Port Macquarie, and two lines with Sydney.
South of Kempsey communications were cut off with Fredericktown, Smithtown, Summer Island, Pelican Island, Jerseyville, South West Rocks, Gladstone, Kinchela, Hathead, Clydewolla, Bellinboppina.
Mr. Kellock said that five lines were working with Brisbane, excluding one between Melbourne and Brisbane. One line was operating via Lismore and another via Moree.
Extensive damage had been caused to the telephone lines between Armidale and Glen Innes.
A number of places, including Dumaresq, Exmouth, Black Mountain, Guyra, Llangothlin, Ben Lomond, Glencoe, and Stonehenge were isolated.
At the Guyra Police Court, before Messrs. C. S. White and T. E. Eggleston, Js.P., Roland John Rooney, 44, charged with stealing an axe, an enamel dish, a teapot, and a hurricane. lamp, the property of L. Mott, of Llangothlin, was fined £1, with 18/9 costs, in default four days’ hard labour.
GUYRA, Wednesday. Surprise is expressed here at the action of the Education Department transferring the teachers from Tubbamurra, and Llangoth- lin Public Schools, and the closing of the schools. The former has been closed over a month, and the latter has been closed several months. It is proposed to convene a pub- lic meeting in protest, and to ask the shire council and progress committee of the dis- trict to urge that the schools be re-opened.
MAIZE IN NEW ENGLAND.
TRIALS AT LLANGOTHLIN.
An interesting trial of five varieties of maize was conducted last season by Mr. T. J. Williams at Llangothlin, and he has forwarded the results to the Department of Agriculture through the secretary of the Ben Lomond branch of the Agricultural Bureau.
The plots were planted on October 19 on red volcanic soil. The weather conditions continued good until Christmas, but were very dry from then onwards. The acre yields were:- Wellingrove, 49 bushels; Early Morn. 46½ bushels; Bailey, 44½ bushels; Golden Glow and Sundown, 42 bushels each. These matured, or at least were safe from frost, in the following order:- Sundown, 4 months; Early Morn, 4¼ months, Golden Glow, 4¾ months; Bailey, 5¼ months, while Wellingrove, although it made the highest yield, did not mature properly, and only yielded well because autumn frosts were much longer delayed than usual.
The yields, Mr. H. Wenholz, B.Sc. (Agrl.), Special Agricultural Instructor, considers, undoubtedly place maize as a useful change crop from the ubiquitous potato in the colder parts of New England, and hundreds of acres are likely to be sown next season in the Llangothlin and Ben Lomond districts as the result of this and other experiments.