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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 1889. CURRENT TOPICS.

From all parts of the Provincial district, indeed from all parts of the colony, there is satisfactory news as to harvest prospects, and though the in-gathering will be somewhat later, generally speaking, than usual, the yield promises to be folly np to the average of good years both as to quantity and quality. Even where the crops are somewhat thin this deficiency will be folly compensated by the fact that the heads are well-filled and the resnlt to farmers promises to be very satisfactory. We have heard of very high figures being named m numerous instances as the expected yield per acre both of wheat and oats, and even at present f.o.b, quotations, viz., 8s 6d for wheat and 2s 3d for oats, growers will do better than they have done for several years past, Comparing the New Zealand yield which, as regards wheat, will probably average over 20 bushels to the acre throughout the colony, with the yields m the Australian colonies our farmers have reason to congratulate themselves that their lot is cast m these islands as we notice, for example that the wheat yield for South Australia is stated to be only 4 bushels per acre and the value of this season's harvest to be only half that of last year. The work performed by oar Acclimatisation Societies m stocking the rivers of New Zealand with fish has been most successful and satisfactory. There is even reason to hope that we are on the eve of the discovery that the salmonhare multiplied enormously and are now returning to the rivers m shoals, but, whether or not, what has beep aphieved m the acclimatisation of trout is more than sufficient reward for the efforts put forth. Formerly our rivers contaiped, if we except eels, no indigenous fish bigger than smelt or whitebait, and sport was an impossibility. Now all oor rivers and streams are teeming with trout which run to enormous sizes, fish of from 4lbs to 121bs being the rule rather than the exception, while }n the lakes especially they have been taken of the enormous weights of from 20 up to as high, m one instance, we believe, of 321bs. Last year we heard of one angler having taking out oi the Cpihi with rod and line nearly a ton of trout, and this year some enormous takes are also noted, a correspondent of a Christchurch paper having mentioned only a day or two ago that one angler m that district "has landed 8001 b weight of trout since the opening of the present season, with an average of over 61b per fish; while another angler has caught over 5601 b within the last three weeks, only legitimate bait having been used, and, what is infinitely more to the purpose, the whole of these fish have been caught m public streams, which are open to any person on paying the usual license fee." These are splendid results of which the Acclimatisation Societies may well be proudj but unless all their efforts are to be neutralised they will negd to be very vigilant m the detection and punishment of those unprincipled persons who are ip all directions doing their best to deplete the rivers by capturing, fish of all sorts and sizes hv Mk^fofawte methods such as netting'and spean^- Bnd ™»> ln e°me caseß, dynamiting. There u*T° been frequent complaints of late of the mischief which has been going on m this direction m the Waitaki and we are glad to see that a party ofpoaohers were caughtlast week infiagrante delicto. It appears that some members of the Oamaru Acclimatisation Society who were fishing near the mouth of the Waitaki, noticed that a man was gaffing ; fish, and drew his attention to its being a trout. The stranger said he thought ! it was a kawhai, but as he gaffed another i fish pointed out to him as a trout, a ' telegram was sent to the police at ' Waimate with the result that a constable intercepted the poachers on their return to that township and relieved them of , five large trout about 501 b weight, a lot i of flounders under regulation size, some • kawhai and mullet, a net 25 yards long, ' 20 fathoms rope, and six gaffs. The \ nets were quite wet, and appeared to i have been recently used. Everything < was seized by the police, and informa- j tion given to the Acclimatisation j Society, who are very properly deter- \ mined to prosecute. There is reason to < believe that this sort of thing is going | on m nearly all our rivers, and it is I high time that some of the offenders ] were made an example of. And while on this subject we may as well say a . word or two about hares. These are, or i have been, so plentiful m this district i that they are no longer protected, but » while it was quite necessary that their numbers should be kept down, some- t thing ought certainly to be done to f t prevent their being altogether extermi- a nated. And unless something is done l that is exactly what must happen, as \ Sunday and working-day alike not a day t passes but men and boys are out with J guns nnd lurchers shooting or capturing ? every hare they can get within shot or * reAofe of, Jiearlv all tbs doep; which »re, i

heavy with young, falling a prey to these unsportsmanlike pot hunters. A Melbourne paper —the " Herald" —reports an extraordinary case of a man living for eleven hours with his neck broken. "DrYoul (says that paper) investigated a singular fatality at the morgue on Saturday morning. A drayman, named Tusten, who was driving along Rathdowne street, Carlton, on Thursday evening, fell off his vehicle. The fall broke his neck ; and he was believed to be drunk, and was taken to the Carlton watch-house. Deceased did not seem to appreciate or betoken his injury, and simply remarked that he had to much liquor and lost his senses. He remained m the cell like an ordinary prisoner, but shortly before midnight complained of a pain m his neck, At a quarter past six m the morning he was removed m a cab to the Melbourne Hospital, but died on the way. The medical theory is that the deceased broke the Bpinal column by the fall, extravasation of blood resulted, and the motion of the cab caused a displacement of the vertebrie, which was the immediate cause of death. Nothing could have saved his life. At least, so says Dr Youl, and he ought to know." We refer to the above because we happen to be able to supply particulars of a parallel case which occurred m Beading, Berks, about forty years ago. The scholars of a Church of England Sunday School attached to the parish of which a Rev Mr Ball was at the time the incumbent—we fancy it was 8t Mary's, Butts—went out into the country with, their teachers for a holiday. Arrived at the scene of the day's outing, a number of them with a young lady teacher were amusing themselves by racing down the slope of a hillside when the latter lost her footing and fell violently to a sitting position. She was much shaken by the fall, but subsequently joined the children m their al fresco tea and returned with the merry party to town. Next morning she was found dead m her room, a surgical examination disclosing the fact that her neck had been partially dislocated by the fall of the previous evening, the dislocation being completed, with fatal result, by the simple act of bending her head forward while brushing her hair. ' , , i ( i - i I ' 1 { i * < ( } ( c < i i l , i

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 1889. CURRENT TOPICS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2048, 28 January 1889

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 1889. CURRENT TOPICS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2048, 28 January 1889