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Messrs Oakshott and Billiard, writing from Reading to the " Times," oall attention to a remarkable olrcumstanoe whiob occurred In their immediate locality on the ufght of Paturd&y, November 3 d : Ai a time as near eight o'clock as possible tbe tens of thousands of sheep folded m the Urge sheep breeding districts north, east] and weat of Beading were taken with a sudden fright, lumping their hurdles, eeospirg from the fields, and running hither and thither ; m fact there most hnve be »n a perfect stampede. Early on Buudty morning the shepherds fonnd the animals under hedges and m the roads, punting and frightened as if they h»3 been tbrror-strlcken. The extent .of this remarkable occurrence may be judged when we mention that ever large farmor from Wallingford on the one" hand io Twyford on the other seems to have hid his sheep thus frightened, and It Is also noteworthy that, with only two or three exceptions, the bill country notrh of the Thames seems to have been principally (fleeted. We have not heard, nor can any of the farmers give, any reasonable explanation of what we have described. The night was intensely dark, with occasional flashes of llahtnlng, but we do not think either olrcumstanoe would aooount for such an eff ot being produced over such a large aret. We woold suggest th« probability of a slight earthquake being the oauie.

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A STAMPEDE AMONG SHEEP, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2032, 9 January 1889

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A STAMPEDE AMONG SHEEP Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2032, 9 January 1889

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