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The other week I journeyed to Dunedin —the Otagan metropolis. The former part of the trip was rendered especially enjoyable by the lovely sunshine and almost cloudless sky, but the latter part became wearisome on account of the heavy rain which commenced soon after the Waitaki was crossed, and continued to the end of the ride. Nevertheless, there wore things to be noted in passing along contributing not a little to the interest of the travellers. Even the acrobatic monkey at one of the stations north of the ilangitata fetched a smile from a few. The immense Hocks and herds depastured in the abundant clover appeared to have arrived at perfection of sleekness and contentment; and the broad acres of wavy corn bespoke maple reward to the painstaking and patient husbandman, as also a bountiful supply of bread to invigorate the bodies of thousands. Though the Canterbury crops arc in a more forward state than those of Otago, the latter presented a much more gratifying appearance than they did a few weeks back, for they had well recovered from the soaked and draggled condition in which they formerly were. In spite of the wot summer which Otago has had, the grain will probably bo well up at the threshing day. Sundry paddocks of oats were being kindly operated upon by the reaper, but here and there was a crop so disordered that only the scythe could make a job of it. Several farmer. 3 are wisely rotating crops and fallowing, and in one field a little beyond Deborah was a splendid crop of mangolds and potatoes ; and elsewhere a wide area of turnips. One matter afforded much amusement to the passengers. Whenever the train passed a private crossing in Canterbury it noticed that on the top bar of the gates there was inscribed “ Please shut this gate;” hut at the Otago crossings it was always “ Shut this gate.” Query, has the schoolmaster been more abroad in the Episcopalian province than in the Presbyterian one I On the whole the passengers were a merry obliging company, but there were a few unpleasant exceptions, and perhaps a hint to such as uuiy be concerned will be useful. Contrary to the notification of our guard that they were not in a smoking carriage, three or four men had “cheek” enough ’ to assure theii follow' passengers that love for their pipe had so far demoralised them that they were as selfish as hogs, were wilful violators of known laws when occasion appeared to serve their purpose, and were utterly indifferent to the rights of their fellow passengers. The possession of such elements in one’s character is highly dangerous to society, and needs promptly checking. Business looked better at Port Chalmers than in the past. In addition to the wharf extension, the Bank of New Zealand is erecting a neat stone building at the corner of Grey and George street, and a vast improvement is being effected by the formation of a road around the town peninsula, just above high water mark, which will be an attractive promenade for pleasure taker’s. So Loire.”

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 58, 7 February 1880

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A TRIP TO THE SOUTH. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 58, 7 February 1880