The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 1888. THE DROUGHT IN AUSTRALIA
H1.... 1 What with floods at certain seasons and nor'westers at others — sooth to say the latter like tbo poor are nearly " always with us " — the farmer of New Zealand, espcpially of the Canterbury Plains, has troubles enough j yet when his lot is compared with that of farmers m other countries he has not a little to be thankful for. To begin with he can on an average of seasons depend upon fchrictf the yield per aero that can be obtained m Victoria, and secondly he nover experiences tho terrible visitation of drought, which periodically o.ve*takjpp the Australian Colonies generally. Tho state of things m Queensland, Victoria, K<ew S.Quth Wales and South Australia, particularly m N&w South Wales, is something terrible tg cpfttpmplate. Yesterday's cable messages open)* of fearful heat with a water famine, of bush and grass fires raging m all directions, of an almost total iailure of . crops 'm many .districts, and of famine prices for breadstuff's. Catnip and phoep aro dying m all directions by thousand;?; $wi\ a gentleman who haß just returned from a visit to Australia informs us that a friend from up-country whom he mot m Sydney told him that tho country was so thickly strewn with the carcases of (dead beasts that for a distance of thirty miles a map pould jump from carcase to carcaao. Meanwhile, ip js pprious that m New Zealand wo .a/o getting alfyioqt a super -abppd ance of rain. But tbat, and even very much nwre than wo aro getting is infinitely bettej. tfran the skies of brass and arid parched up soil of our neighbors, ond when our farmers feel disposed to grumblo at thoir lot, they may well (contrast it with that of our friends across the water, apd thank their stars that their lines hava been cast jr) so goodly a land as New Zealand, a land Cf rivers and of water-brooks, of fountains and springs innumerable.
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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 1888. THE DROUGHT IN AUSTRALIA,
Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1998, 27 November 1888