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“The Silver Lining.”

“ Every cloud has its silver lining,” as a certain candidate for the “ virgin constituency of Wakanui,” took occasion to inform his hearers from the platfor.nvnot many weeks ago ; and let us hope that the cloud which has been

hanging so long over our heads—the cloud of financial depression —is no exception to the rule. We do not think it is. There have been signs lately of better times coming; at any rate, we know that the colony is not yet “ hopelessly sewn up,” as so many croakers were ready to declare, but a short time ago. In spite of its debt, and the languishing state into which it has fallen in consequence of the bad times, it is not yet quite “ used up.” There has been a remarkable revival of trade in Australia during the past few months, and things are also looking up at Home. In fact there has been a great wave of depression which has rolled over the whole world, and the effects of which have been felt universally. But now the cloud is beginning to show the silver lining. With us here, in Ashburton, although still “ tight,” money is becoming more plentiful, new bnildings are daily going up, the population is increasing, not decreasing, and things have certainly taken a turn for the better. We have wisely been turning our attention to local industries, and we trust ere long that two at least of these industries will be in full swing here. Our harvest promised at one time to turn out an almost unprecedently rich one. The long drought and the nor’westers have interfered to a considerable extent with the crops, but there should, notwithstanding, be a fairly good yield. So on the whole our cloud has a bit of silver lining.

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“The Silver Lining.”, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 537, 18 January 1882

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“The Silver Lining.” Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 537, 18 January 1882