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On Sunday last Divine Servloe was conducted by Alias Harrison of Methven. and there was a full oongragation which listened attentively to. her earnest discourse, Mrs (iood of Ashburton Forks, earig a solo with great effect, and tHo epeoiaDy seleotod hymns of Moody and bankey were eung beartilj by all. Id the evening Bey, Ms Finlayaon held Presbyterian service. A word h^re would not be out of place which applies to all evening services of all deuominatibns, namely, when service commences at 7 30, there is a generally expressed wish of all, who come a distance that it should terminate about 8.30, and this especially affects the yoang people who are supposed to be m by 9 o'olook on Sabbath evenings The Americans say with regard to preaching, "if a man carnt strise lie m ten minutes, either the ground is bad or tbe borer.' ' A word to the wise is sufficient.

Among our new governaient settlers, there is qaite a rivalry as to the produotionfe of their respeotive seotloos, and the* samples shown of potatoes grown, especially the snowflake variety, are everything that coald be desired, Mr H, Muirhead, a .very old abttler, reports bavins; had an apple tree m full blossom a fortnight ago ; and Mr Neil Uhleeo eclipses everything m the way of radian growing with one I weighed for him scaling fouc and a half pounds. Mr L. MoLeish, a new aetiler, has a magmriont crop of turnips sown 30 inohos apart, but not a sign of the ground oan be seen for ijpliage. Another new settler between he c and Methven, Mr W, Middletun Bays he sowed s*o aores m turnips, but the wind parriei awa> seven. The remaiader are, without exoeption, the fiaeat for miles around, liramulers are few, and far between on these Government sections, and many a day's work is put m at odd time* m improving their holdings, fowi pens, pig styes, stables, gardens, ,^to., ( and turnout, all keep a few sheep for killing throagh the year, beiides a cow for milk* ing. In a few years when orohardahave become productive, and more land is ploughed, for winter feed purposes, there wilt be a oaorus of praise to the Government bold enongh to introdooe this farseeing policy m a new country where land is abundant; and most produotive. '' Three aores aud a cow " have been outdone m New Zealand, On wore© ground than nine oat of ten of these 20 acre aeotions, I have inowh meohanios m the Old Country m their spare time produce sufficient vegetables for thß year round on one quarter acre section,- rent from ten shillings to one pound j Indeed, quite a tyifh , if one obanced 'to become vaoant. "' pixo land owner made' £70 por annum in;rentr;ff°m a ten acre plot. Surely men m thia country are m no way inferior to tho working class m Englanu. 'The plan is good, and it remains for them to work it out, as an additional income resulting from industry applied m spare moments and otherwise' idle days.

In the case of tbe neglected children of John Rogers it Is only fair to state that he lives six and & half miles from the

bush, at Roxburgh, and such a state ot things would never have been possible here. Being la an almost ioaooesilble

position m swampy ground by the river side,. callers were few and. far .between. .Neighbours at Springbur'n undertook the oare of the youngest, bdt onl/ after legal ptooeedlngs were threatened was the money for malntenanoe forthcoming. The land, about 100 aores, is splendid. The man is a thoroogu farmer, under* standing well the management of horses sheep and cattle, besides being a. goud muatdrer m the season. His land Is free-

hold, and though the present sad state of things originated partiy from the death of his wife two years ago, no one ban' understand the gross neglect, as destitution cannot be pleaded m his case. If any other such oases exist we trust [the watchfulness of the police will put • stop to them In this land of plenty. It was to this very case that publio attention was -pointedly called by a neighbouring lando«rtfS«^jDome few years ago. In this /district the Ohabbf+olean, aodioontented ohlidcen ate wUnesir-iiMheunelves of j parent's attention In every^ray^i think this should be said m justice to Allori Forest,

On Saturday evening last a very pleasant gathering of tbe friends of Mr T.'Jfl. Tomlinson took place at tbe fioboolrobm, Springburn. The notice being yejy short the meeting' was not' so numerously attended as it oertalnly would 'otherwise have been, bat the room was aboat half filled, and the purpose of the meeting having been stated by the JEUv, W. Finlayson to be wishing farewell to an old friend, he proceeded to enumerate some of the mauy excellent qualities of Wli T. B. Tomlluson. ■■> Painstaking as a teaoherj eaoh child would ; oarry tbroogh life some advantage from his firm teaching.. Socially be was mlwayo la tbe load, roldnteering tima and talents gladly at their numerous parties ; but (n religious matters he shone moat conspicuously, and residents all round would remember nis utter devo-, tion m that noble o»aae. Lastly as a' neighbor he nas ever ready to extend, a helping hand. Mrs Tomllnson must be included In all that had been said of him, as she kindly assisted m every good work. We wished them every prosperity and Qod's bleasing, aud handed Mr Tomlinson a haudaome purse of sovereigns. Mr Tomiinson m reply said that he felt like the school boy at the examination, who told the Inspector his head was so orsmmed: with knowledge that be could not answer a single question. He ioo was »o foil of gratitude that he could scarcely speak; ; Valuable as the pnrse might be 1 he should treasure more than that the recollection of constant forbearanoe and kindness received during the past five and half years, He was quite conscious of many fauks, but he had oause for thankfulness- that they had been so patient with him, aod he begged them to take these few words as a' lacewell instead of the ordinary hand-shaking. Mr V Eljeu then advanced and presented a very handsome walklnK-stlok of mottled blaok blroh j wbioh he had made purposely, for whiQh Mr lomUnson expreiaed sincere thankSf : '

Tea having been provided by frlenda It was handed round, after whlob a ooocert was given as under, eaoh singer belpg encored. Mr H. Knight, junr., " Xhoae Girla at the School" and "The old Bed Cradle,' Me A. McNeil "Tom Bowling " and " Bay of Blaoay," Miss Symes, Sootoh ■ong and " The Aold Hooia," R. Fagan •'Ljght GnlUr," Miss B. Johnitone .« Oboe I Loved .Thee," iktt t Jago '«• Bj(ok By-and4by" and "Duokfoofc 8oe," Mrs Ellen (' British. Soldier," Mr A, W. Smith (( Jeremiah " and " Ye Banks and Braei," Mias Bde " The Ship that Never Heturned," and <r Far AVay." : "Auld Laqg Syne," and "Foe He^s ft Jolly Good Fellow," followed by the usual thankaifco \\u Qb»U»ta »od«d » hippy mitUog,

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ALFORD FOREST., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2137, 29 May 1889

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ALFORD FOREST. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2137, 29 May 1889

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