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Oamaeu. Fobraary 1. An Important trial of reapers and binders took plioe to-day on Mr H Mitchell's farm at Weaton, about five miles from Oamaru. The trial was hell under the auspioss of the North Otago Agricultural acd Pastoral Association and three prfzw were offered, namely, a gold madal, value five guineas, a acoond medal, value throe gainer, and a silver medal for third prizi. Very keeu Intcre-it was oentred m the trial, and between 300 cttd 400 farmers and others were attracted to the scene of operatlone. The jadges were Qlcssra. T. Reid, Roxburgh, and Watt. Tho trial took, place m a orop of wheat that will ran about 40 bushels to the aore, and eaoh machine had to out a block of two acres, and after this follow eaoh other for an hoar through a similar condititned orop growing? on stiff hillside land. The machines present were the McOormlok, Hormby, Reid and Gray, Wood (single apron), Daerlng, Buckeye (elevator) and Maesey. Eaoh blook wis opened out and the- various machines were allowed to take one round before starting on the aotoal trial. No one bit the driver was allowed to attend the moohlnes after thay had started and the only persons allowed on the ground till after the work was fiolahed were the judges and the stewards. The several machines, each drawn by three horses, started work shortly before noon and the Hornsby was the first to finish the blook, the time being 47mins. The Reid and Gray came out next, 48imlns, then the i Massey SOmlns, the MoOormiok 62mios, the Deering 64£mins, the Wood 1 boor 15mln, and the Buckeye 1 hour 17&mlns. After this the machines took a couple of turns round the blllslde, and 'or ibis the Deering gained ten points, the MoOormiok nine, the Reid and Gray eight, ths Wood four, the Hornsby three, and the others two eaoh. The Massey gained most pointi for oleanness of cut, the Hornsby and MoOormiok ooming next. Abont five o'olook In the evening the jadges gave their decision, placing the McOormlok first with 74 points the Deering second with 67, and the Massey and Hornsby a tie with 66 points eaoh. Next m order oame the Reid and Gray with 08, the Baokeye with 55, and the Wood with 48. The decision was reoelved with pheeri.

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BEARER AND BINDER TRIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2053, 2 February 1889

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BEARER AND BINDER TRIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2053, 2 February 1889