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WHERE PEOPLE UK TG FRITZ KUNZ GIVES DESCRIPTION OF TOWNSVILLE, NORTH QUEENSLAND. I Trip to Cairns Greatly Interests Free* port Young Man Who Is On Trip Around the World —His Observations, • j ti a Townsville, North Queensland: — An opportunity offers to send a letter by the "Moana," a,s she calls at Brisbane on her way to Vancouver, so I am writing an extra epistle, though my last was dispatched only a few days ago. Our voyage hither from Cairns was one of the pleasantest we have yet had. The Cintra had been delayed by bad weather on her way up the coast, so she arrived at Cairns late on Saturday night, and was not ready to sai.l until seven on Sunday morning. This delay WHS fortunate for us, as it enabled us to avoid a night on board, and gave us a most delightful day on the water, which showed, all the beautiful islands to the best advantage. We reached here at ten on Sunday night, and and were housed at th,e Great Northern hotel, at the foot of an imposing crag called Castle Hill, upon which our windows look. It is 980 feet high, and naturally We climbed it on our first walk in the neighborhood. It is decidedly steepi but the view from the summit over the town and the ocean and the surrounding country is very fine, and more than repaid us for, the trouble. We like Townsville well, for we are comfortably situated here. The surroundings are pretty, the members are pleasant, and the attendances at the lectures have been good. I mentioned that goats were a prominent feature at Cairns; here they are even more numerous, wan- dering about the picking up what town in they can groups, in the E. at ol streets, arid just outside the limits there are droves of hundreds of them. They are half wild, and seem to belong to no one in particular; biit the poor catch them and milk them, and their little children are fed prin* cipally on goat's milk. We wer£ amused to see a party of goats deliberately tearing down the advertisement bills from a board and eating them, presumably for the sake of the paste; but we felt that they ought to be encouraged in their efforts thus to improve the appearance of the town from the aesthetic point of view. /" The town is situated at the mouth of a small river, in a wide bay', across the entrance of which lies a large isi- land which was called by Captain Cook "Magnetic Island" under some mistaken idea that it contained magnetic ore which affected his compasses. We went over to it one day in a benzine launch, and spent a jolly time there. There is a hotel there, and also a few cottages, all crowded in the 'summer months, but unoccupied now. There are possibly ten or twelve persons living on the island all the year round, and, as it is roughjy an equilateral triangle, each of its sides being about twenty-one miles long, they have plenty of room and live a delightfully free and undisturbed existence. One of them is, oddly enough, the editor of a daily paper in Townsville, which place, however, he visits only about twice a year, though he writes his leading articles daily, and sends them over by his launch. He is a graduate of Dublin university, a fine-looking man, cultured and well-informed, though he dresses like a fisherman. He took us out in a punt to look at the coral reef, (of which, however, we could see but little, as the tide was not low enough) and told ''us much that was interesting about the animals, the fishes and the vegetation. He hoped to end his days there in contact with Nature, and said that he would prefer never to see a town again, which in that wild, but lovely and peaceful place, seemed readily comprehensible. One of our members has 100 acres over there, and goes over in the summer and camps, living an entirely open-air life. He calls his place Alma Bay, imd has planted many cocoaniif trees and made a garden of beautiful flowers Which seem to grow luxuriantly without any attention. We scrambled about the rocks and found old disused native tracks leading from one bay to another through the jungle and generally enjoyed ourselves greatly. We shall leave on the tenth by the steamer "Aramac," for Brisbane, where we shoujd arrive on the thirteenth. FRITZ KUNZ. Poinsons in Food. Perhaps you don't realize that many pain poisons originate in your

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  1. Freeport Journal-Standard,
  2. 30 Aug 1905, Wed,
  3. Page 4

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