Clutha Leader, Rōrahi XX, Putanga 1009, 24 Whiringa-ā-rangi 1893, Page 6
I FROM ODE OWN COBKESPONDKNT.I ' (Unavoidably held over frpm last issue.) The heavy rain which set in on Wednesday night last week and continued without intermission until Thursday afternoon has interfered very much with the farmers who were busy getting their turnip ground worked up, and it will be some time before they can get on to the ground again, as it is thoroughly soaked, thus giving the weeds every chance to have their innings ; but if the weather would only keep fine for a few days, the weeds j would very soon be put out of sight. The crops and the pastures are looking splendid, and on the whole, the district has a very healthy appearance. * Shearing has started in the district, but is not general yet. Some of the timber is on the ground for our new church. I hear that aMr Johnston, of Gore, was the successful tenderer. The young ladies are hard at practice here at their lawn tennis, and it would not surprise me to hear of them throwing out a challenge to their Eaitangata friends. Mr A. Mitchell, who has been in ill health for some considerable time, has taken his departure for Oamaru for a change. We _wish him a safe journey and sincerely hope that he will soon be restored to his usual health. In his late meeting with the electors here, in answer to a question, Mr Allen said there was very little hope of getting any assistance from the Government in the shape of money to help the, settlers to metal their new road, as there was no Crown lands in this locality, and the Government did not help any but a newly-settled district and in making roads to a new settlement; they did not believe in assisting districts that had been settled for any length of time. Now I think Mr Allen might try and do something for the settlers over here, as they are very much handicapped for the want of good roads to get their produce to a market. We do not wish Mr Allen to sell himself over to any party Government to get a slice of the public money, as a great many members do, and then make a boast about it to their constituents; but with all fairness to the electors here, he might try and get a little public mcney to assist this outlying district. Other members get such assistance, and why not he ? The settlers here have got what they call the new road, but what good is it to them ? It is only available for traffic for about four months in the summer time, when it is least required. In the grain season it is quite impassable. This puts the settlers to a very great inconvenience, causing them to take to the old road over the hill, which is a perfect horse-killer, and a much longer way of getting to the railway station. Now, I understand the county council has not got the money to do anything to it this year — not even to surface it— -so there it stands utterly valueless to the settlers. I am led to understand that between LSOO and L6OO would go a long way towards metalling the road and then it would be a road, but the condition it is in at the present time it is not worth the name of a road.