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A Reduction.—Last year harvesters obtained in Southland 30a. a week and found. This year the rate has fallen to 255. and found. The Maori Prisoners —The Maori prisoners, numbering 149, were removed from Ripa Island to Lyttelton Gaol this morning. They were very noisy during the march through Lyttelton. A Gaelic Society.—A society is being formed in Otago which shall comprise not less than 500 gentlemen who speak the native Gaelic language of the Scotch Highlands. Four hundred names have already been received. Pedestrianism.-—The mile race between Groves, of Ashburton, and Fagan, of Christchurch, was ran off yesterday in Hagley Park, Fagan being the winner. Groves never ended, we heard the time was under five minutes. The Railway Tariff. —Last week Mr. Richardson drayed up from Christchurch the furniture of a gentleman who has lately come to reside in Southbridge. This course was adopted as it was found to be not only cheaper, but more expeditious than conveying it by rail. What an instructive commentary on the railway tariff now in force ?—Ellesmere Guardian. The Australian Cricketers. The heavy rain of Monday night made the Invercargill pitch very heavy yesterday, and scoring was slow. The Australians finished their innings, making 200 in all. The Invercargill team then took their second innings, and managed to get together 74; this, added to their previous innings’ total of 43, gave them altogether 117, and a beating by one innings and 83.

The Monthly Meeting. The Press Association correspondent at New Plymouth telegraphed yesterday : —“ At the Parihaka meeting yesterday very few natives were present. Te Whiti was very reticent, and made no allusion to the Government, or their proposed sale of lands at Parihaka. His attitude is that of sullen antagonism to the Government. He refrains from indicating any line of action, or from making a prophecy of coming events. Things look gloomy at Parihaka. A number of liberated prisoners were present, but Te Whiti took no notice of them, not even addressing a word of welcome, although they attended the meeting by his permission.”

The Native Minister. —A newspaper correspondent, telegraphing from Wellington yesterday, says : —At Mr. Bryce’s request he was finally relieved of the charge of Native and Defence Departments today by Mr. Rolleston, who took formal charge of both. The latest rumor outside is that the tenure of these offices will be permanent also/that on a new Minister being appointed, Mr. Rolleston will resign the portfolios of Lands and Minos, and that a re-allotment of portfolios will then take place. This is merely outside rumor, and is not given as on any authority at all. It has been pointed out that Mr. Rolleston formerly held the Under-Secre-taryship of the Native Department with credit, and therefore would not be altogether new to the special work. I merely give the report for what it is worth.

Elgin School. —The meeting adjourned from Wednesday last was held on Saturday evening m the school-house. Present —Messrs. J. Stanley Bruce (Chairman), J. Cochrane, S. Scott, H. Moffat, J. Keir, P. Innes, and T. Greenaway. The SubCommittee appointed to examine and report upon the books accounts brought up their report. The report having been read and considered, Mr. J. Keir proposed, Mr. T. Greenaway seconded, and it was carried —“ That Messrs. J. Cochrane and P. Innes be appointed to examine and check any statements that the schoolmaster may prepare on the books accounts, and hand the same in to the Chairman within three days from this date, in order to balance the Committee’s books for audit. Accounts being passed for payment amounting to Lll 17s. 9d., the meeting adjourned. The Walter A. Wood’s Harvester. — During the last few weeks the Wood’s harvester has been qarhing golden opinions from all sorts of people in the district, frequent trials of its powers having been made oh local farms. To show that the machine’s popularity is anything but limited to a small area of country we quote the following from the Aberdeen (Scotland) Free Press of Sept, 17, 1880 Her .. Majesty the. Queen, accompanied by Princess Beatrice and attendants, graciously attended the exhibition of Walter A. Wood’s new reaping and’binding machine, under the auspices of Ben Reid and Co., Aberdeen, at Work on a field adjoining Lochnagar Distillery on the previous afternoon. Her Majesty closely examined the binding of the sheaves and graciously expressed her admiration of the work performed. We are informed that aS; a result of the oxhition a binder has been ordered for Her Majesty’s Horae Farm at Abergeldie, for mi.

Progress. —The valuation for the year shows that Auckland has gained 200 properties during the twelvemonths. Illicit Whisky.— Tie New Plymouth police have unearthed an illicit still in the bush near Inglewood. Rams. —Messrs. Sutton Bros., Southland, send 175 Lincoln rams to the Napier ram show. Professor 13 lackie. —Professor Blackie is expected to visit New Zealand when he has “done” Canada. A La bob Tree.—A specimen of the native flowering fuschia (says an exchange) has been growing near Nelson, the stump of which measures 05 feet in circumference, and about 21£ feet across. A section was sent to the Melbourne Exhibition, and took a prize. Audit. —The following is from the Press correspondent at Wellington, and is dated yesterday :—I hear that Mr. J. E. Fitz Gerald, the Auditor-General, is preparing a very lengthy and -exhaustive report on the systems of audit in the various Australian colonies recently visited by him during his official tour. I understand that thp. different systems j are carefully compared; so'as to, exhibit in strong relief their respective merits and demerits. .The report is looked for with much interest in official and financial circles.

Something Like a Farm.— lt will interest wheat-growers in. New Zealand to learn that the crop of wheat upon the famous farm of the Messrs. Dalrymplo,' at Dakota!), United States, will this year amount to more tljau 500.000 bushels. This will,. it>is said, make, 13,500 wagon loads of forty bushels each, and will'require 2,1 GO freight cars, each carrying 250 bushels, to convey it to the eastern market. Placed in line, these wagon loads would extend a length of 120 miles, and the train of freight cars would occupy twelve miles of road. The farm upon which this Brobdingnagian crop is grown covers no less than 27,000 acres.

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 246, 19 January 1881

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