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TUJUT ENTERPRISE, An Up-to-date Motor Garage and General Engineering Works. Mr. O'Brien again to the Fore. . Perhaps one of the 'most extensive. and modern business enterprises yet; launched in these parts is the -Up-to- date garage and engineering works, which was opened '.at Tumut . on Wednesday by Mr. W. S. .Harpin.. Mr. Harpin has behind him in his venture the man who might well be termed ' the maker of Tumut '— Mr. W. D. P. O'Brien. Thanks to the kindness of Mr. Harpin, a representative of this paper was afforded an opportunity of being present at the opening. The site chosen for the garage Is Wynyard street, and in close proximity to the. sale yards. The building is a com modious iron structure, 80 feet x'40 feet, and cost something like ,£600 to erect. The building is fitted with machinery plant installed at a cost of abont .£700, and is of the most modern description, induding a dynamo and 10 h.p. Blackstone engine, 10ft. lathe capable swinging 8ft. whed, rack saw, planing machine (capable of taking a 14in. cut), boring machine, emery wheel; and an acetylene and oxygen tyre cutter. The latter apparatus is used in all classes of welding and brazing, and a demonstration given by Mr. Harpin, on a piece of ordinary waggon-tyring iron, after the opening ceremony, dearly demonstrated the efficiency of this most modern and costly appliance. Mr. O'Brien is so well-known to our readers and the public generally, as a man of great, business tact and enterprise that just here noth ing more need be said of him. Mr. W. S. Harpin, on the other hand, is new to the district, and we take this opportunity, after what we have seen and heard of him, of confidentially recommending him to the public as a man wdl versed in every branch of his profession and of the highest business principles, and the travdling public and resi dents of the district generally should consider themselves blessed by the fact that such a strong com bination of capital and skill as W. D. P. O'Brien and W. S.' Harpin, have dumped themselves at our doors, with the one. desire of placing at the public's disposal the most modern and up-to-date met hods in general engineering. We trust the venture will merit the support it deserves, and while sup plying a great public need will ex tend with a rapidity that will give the plucky proprietary a reasonable good return on the capital invested. The opening ceremony was set going by the toast of ' The King,' proposed by the chairman (Aid. W. Macdonald, Mayor of Tumut), ^who apologised for the absence at the gathering of Messrs. Taylor and J. Beale, sen. The running of the electric plant .made it extremely hard on the speakers to make them selves beard, but although the light and the noise were inseparable the glow of earnestness on the faces of the different speakers made it ap parent to those present that the occasion was one of great impor ance to the Tumut district. The toast of the evening, ' The Health of Messrs. O'Brien and Harpin,' was entrusted to Mr. Hmanuel. He said the task set him was a difficult one. It was 15 years since he had the pleasure and satisfaction of seeing Mr. O'Brien come into the district to reside at Rosebank, where he launched the dairying industry. He next entered into possession of the Commercial hotd business, and acquired other properties, all of which were being worked with distinct benefit to the Tumut district. ? He could say Mr. O'Brien was now one of the largest factory owners around the country. In his latest enterprise he had in stalled a high-class machinery plant, and with Mr.. Harpin, who had been with them a little while, as ?Engineer, the very best- of work would be carried out. He was sorry not to see more farmers present, but he felt sure that the press representatives' present would let the people know the extent of the undertaking. He would like very much to see more men of the stamp of Mr. O'J3rien and the late Mr. Grill come .into their .district. At all times Mr. O'Brien had shown great enterprise, and this place alontcan show it. He had risen from a poor man— a miner — and had opened the shaft at Gibraltar, that would always bear the name, of O'Brien. He wished the new ven ture every success. Dr. Brown, -in supporting the toast, paid a high tribute to the ability of Mr. Harpiu as a mechanic. He trusted Mr; O'Brien and Mr. Harpin would be long spared to reap the reward of their labors in this industry. ' ;? Mr; R. Dear, one of Tumut'sold est and best known figures, said he could heartily.endorse all that had been said about Mr. O'Brien. He did not know what Tumut would have done without him. ? :- Mr. Harpin, on rising to respondr was greeted with applause. He said he was content to accept the gather ing's judgment .on' his enterprise, and felt that the public could rest assured of getting, as good -a deal from him as elsewhere. He had no need to say anything on behalf of Mr. O'Brien, as they all knew him. He hoped that the work would come along as feelingly as the enthusiasm, which pervaded their gathering that night. ' Good workmanship and moderate charges will be my motto,' concluded Mr. Harpiu. ' ' Mr. O'Brien's rising was the signal for further applause. He said it was just about 15 or 16 years since he had left the Gibraltar. He could have then gone1 fcway and sat down for the remainder of his day's had he so desired. However, after travelling through the various States of the Commonwealth, he could find nothing better than to come back and invest his money in Tumut. The dairying Industry did not bene fit him personally to any extent/but the district had benefitted consider- ? ably by his effort .in that directiou The ball venture was' the only white elephant he had ever handled— it had not paid: hitu 2. per cent. He had spent j$,00p sovereigns in the district iu 15/years,' but that amount had mbre-.than d/oubled itself and the people -had. ^reaped the benefit He fdt extremely grateful to Mr' Emonuel and the other speakers for their kind remarks, and more parti cularly to Dr. Brown for the flatter ing cdmplimenHie paid Mr. Harpin, who improved on acquaintance, aud as Dr. Brown had truthfully said,' was' a ' straight goer.' It was with great gratitude and joy that he he returned thanks for the manner in which they.had toasted his health. -.'Mr. John Weeden proposed ' Suc cess to the Enterprise,' and other toasts honored' were :-^' Commer cial interests,' by Mr. Baker; 'The Visitors,' by the Rev. Davies, and responded to by Mr. Dodd, Mayor of Gundagai,. and Mr. Elworthy ? 'The Tress' was given by Mr. Downing, and responded to by Messrs. Groves, Watson, Vaughan and SuUivan ; 'The O'Brien Ten ants ' was'-given by Mr. O'Brien andresponded to by Mr. Leslie. Bid CITY BLAZE. Damage Estimated £100,000, Sydney. Thursdm A large seven storey building opposite the Central Railway Sta tion, and occupied by the Williams' Motor Agency, was totally de molished by fire at a- late hour last' night, while several smaller places near Dy were crusned by the fall ing walls and flames. Explosions of benzine and other inflammable spirits' could be heard for a considerable distance away. Over twenty thousand people viewed the spectacle. Damage is estimated at one hundred thousand pounds.- (Ref-