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The annual time . of. making meets ua this year under somewhat happier auspices than it did in lo<o. xne crops ,of that year ware a bitter disappointment to all engaged in the labors of the farm, and the County of Ashburtop especially suffered. .This year, though WS I are still, some l< ‘the itterry harvest time,” and though the old adage that there is many a slip;’twixt cup and lip ” is not yet effete',- -our hopes of a fair veturn for the year’s labor are particularly brie I '** and sanguine men cherish a belief 1 tw'Vhe thrashing machines will beat out heavy a yisld as ever was taken from “e S of the county. . Whatever be the actual state of the crop*, there can doubt that the prospects are peculiarly bright, and the customary salutation, “ A Merry Christmas and » Happy New Yea*, vail not be a cold, dead conventionality, uttered ™ >t™*« often last year by the bps while the heart knew there was,little reason for merriment, and much to cause unhappiness.

Wo have passed in 1879 a' year of hard trial-—trial of a kind, however, not uncommon in the history of the world, and -we most take the ebb and flow.of life’s tide as it comes—-take adversity with a stiff tipper lip and a stout • heart, and prosperity with a‘ soul grateful to that Almighty ■ Giver, the birth of, ■ whose blessed Son we leave labor to-day to celebrate. . His birth was heralded by the grand old anthem, “ Peace on earth, goodwill towards men,” and as it recurs to our memory to-day, let us forget our past troubles, and look forward to a better future. Our lot may have been hard in 1 the immediate past, but Hhat of our countrymen in the land we left behind us tiM been harder still, and to many thousands of them there Christmas wiU dawn dark and dreary, on hearts desolate and sorrow-stricken. *

There are times in a man’s life when he eares not to say all he would.' A journalist le called- upon all through the year, and on every passing subject, to, utter his thoughts; but at a time like this, when • has more to do with his own heart •bd his own life, it is better to leave unwritten the many, thoughts that crowd Upon the writer. To us who now write ’tiie people of this county have been especially kind. In our short career We have been conscious of many shortbut these have been borne with forbearance.' For this leniency we are grateful,'and in the general resolve that every man will make for amendment inthe year whose birth chimes'will soon ring ■ upon us wo merge our own, and we reiterate to our readers, with earnestness and hope, the happy salutations of the season, A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Ye ar.

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The Ashburton Guardian, COUNTY AGRICULTURAL & SPORTING RECORDER. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1879. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 39, 25 December 1879

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