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■ (from our own oobrfspohdjsnt ) The, toush of Sydney weather experienced jast after Christmas has been anooeeded by parohlng nor'-westera, which curried away cne entire crop of hay of 15 ior*fl?| various outbuildiDgs, gatee, aid odd sheets of galvanised roofing, and almost put a temporary stop to the growth of everything green, gardens being eipeolally effected. Btlll another change the pant week, namely, dull, humid weather, with heavy night dews, by which everything seems to have improved, partloolarly the oat orops, aad on the downs land back of Mount Somera Messrs Hood, Ohriatie and Prloe rejoice m splendid orops of wheat, say from 40 to 60 bushels par sore. The strong winds oertatnly did them aoma damnge, but that may be taken as a safe average. Anyone whhing to see what Canterbury land can do when properly managed should pay a viilt to Roxburgh Station, the proparty of Messrs Friedlander Bros., eve'rythlog grown—wheat, oats, clover, and Entgltah grafts— being Incomparably superior to an? other phoe within many miles. Though email m tizi, its stock carrying oap&pliy Is enormous, , : V ..«. Complaints are made along the kills of heavy losses through the unfavorable spring, but, strange to say, the number of oaroases found (allowing for reasonable loss In inaoesslble places) does not amount to 25 per cent of the aotual loae. Qjory— [ Where are the others, nay 75 per oept 1 [ Wool has been found lighter m yield than last year's shearing, but finer m quality. Turnips may be written a failure. ; Bueh fires have been very destrootlve lately. Sprlngburn way, both to growing timber and out, one aettler lodng abou-. £20 worth of firewood. The outbreak was purely aooidental, as usual, the strong wind dtiving sparks from some husbman's fire, boiling bin billy, into the dead wood and decayed timber, from which it flies quiokly m all directions. Happily no buildings were Injured. . The rap'd f increasing population of this locality demands additional public conveniences, for instance, to "register birLhs or deaths . or for. vaooinatlon purposes a visit hss to be made to Ashburion, a distance of 25 miles. The township of AJford Forest already potseesei a money order as well as a post office, and It would be a great boda to the. hard-working residents to be able to register at the local post offioe, soeiog it makes a day's work la difference plus travelling expenses Again, Methyen rejoices In a regular court, irsuing its summonses by its own court eoua officer, Constable Bourke. Formerly every summons had to be procured from the " Hub " at a mileage of twenty-five shillings, but, us the rale says these startling documents must always be prooured at the nearest court, It seems strange to find them frequently obtained In and proceeding from Ash burton when, doubtless, had the recipient been m good olrgumstanoea there would have been no, neep] to summons, and to place the additional mileage say seventeen shillings on the top of a small account, Is oertatnly harsh m the extreme. While the Methven offiier ti strictly limited by law to hla own district, the Abo burton offioar Is allowed to deliver anywhere, even under the vary nose of his fellow servant. Is this j istioe 9 O. A, Genberg wa.s removed from hero to Obristohuroh on January 6th for medjqal examination, and from theuqe to 3unnyside, his oondoot haying caused some>larm for BQcne time past though no aotqal violence was shown. Ufa information bus oope tp hand *s to the probability of Improvement. He Is a single man, a Swede by birth, well eduosted, and haa. been respeoted In the past. Another old resident, Hurtrelle Prosper, pissed away at the Ashburton Hospital a fortnight ago. Or Tuesday evening next, January 32nd, Sfevara 0. Bay and Qo. of Ashburion, oomberlng ten or twelve performors, will give an ''Evening's Masloal and Instrumental Entertainment*' In the ■Alford Forest school. Bey J.^AUison of Methven will preside, the proodeds to bo devoted to Ohuroh purposes. Last Sunday the Salvation Army h»ld afternoon and evening service, the atteni. anoe as usual being far bettor la the evening. " G^here has been quite a rush In the matrimonial foarket lately, " several bayitrg already ' taken place, end othtva are quiokly fo follow. " The host, thijy say, are given away, not left t0 sell on market day. « >

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ALFORD FOREST, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2042, 21 January 1889

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ALFORD FOREST Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2042, 21 January 1889