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(l-ROtt, Otfß OWN COBEESPONDINT.J The weather for tho last four 01 fire weeki hat been rory moderate and favorable for all farm work, especially threshing, whloh haa been oarrjad on with with every possible speed, and nothing more ie to be ueen of last year's orop bat itraw stacks* The oats have been well saved, and I do not think we have any frosted this season — It is generally supposed that the oats grovra m. Southland are about the best ! coming to tmirkat, bub for aoma reason, which noeds explaining, the farmers hare oannot get within fourpenoa per bushol as muoh as the Oanterbnry farmars o*n. Hitherto saoks had to be weighed as grain, but I think the merohanta are abont to give m and pay for fltcka e^tra. Ploughing has oomm.en.oed, and odd patches of wheat have already been s<Jwn on the river flats, but I expeot thut the quantity aown with wheat this vaaaon will be very limited, as farmers find oats to be canon move profitable. Things are looking

wbftt r»Bpf)ot»bie proportions and is expanding to a wonderful degree. The fl«at Industry is going ahead and bids fair to aid voty materially m lifting Neir Zealand from tbe depression nnder whloh the baa ■traggled for many yoirs past. Owing to the brisk demand prevailing . for New Zealand hemp nearly every flix bush here has bean applied for, and the bum of the fl»r mllla is to be heard on all sides* Mo3t of your readers are ft ware, no doubt, that the Maoris and half-oarii belonging to Riverion, Onlao Bay and Stewart Island, go oat mutton birdlng oa threo small Islands — Solomon's Island, Potoma or Evening .Island, and South Gape I«!and, all distant only a few mllai from the main land of Stewart Irland. Tbe expedition numbering la all about 100 men, women and children, have jut returned after a very; suooeesfal season dT two months. The steamer that Irwght them ever took the charter ont m blrda 7000 beiDg tbe number. Storekeeper! also who supplied fl >ni and other necessaries to takeout with them, take payment In birds. Tbe birds are mnoh relished by the wblte fellow as well as those who catah them. - Religious matter here are juit Hk* this : Not a ny weeks ago the Oitholioi at Winton held an art union m aid of the ohuroh funds, and as isoustomary lo««tea of the kind, the Mayor m bli official capaoity waß asked to preside, but to the surprise, I may venture to «ay, of a\l de« nominations he refused to do BO.stating that his position as deaoon m the Presbytetiau Church preo'uded him from taking aDy part In, or countenancing m any way, an art union m favor of a Oatholio Onurcn. The oonfeßiion of faith may possibly teaoh suoh nonsense, but if his worship ever read his bible, he ought to have known better, 3 hi lessons taught and. example! given tbero are very different* Your correspondent's an all round man himßelf, but with a very large proportion of the community to sensible of the fact, that the Zealous Mayor stands almost alone In his aotions. Heavy fall of snow to-day, no sign* of ' clearing up , June 12th, ,- D. Iff.

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SOUTHLAND., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2150, 17 June 1889

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SOUTHLAND. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2150, 17 June 1889