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This hat winter has been the driest we have had foe mauy years past. Oar rivers are maoh lower than they were »t any time dv leg Ims sammet and light land on the river flits la almost too dry to plongh. Fftßtarea are very bare everywhore, and nook owners - omplala bitterly of the bom city of turnips. Some say tao heavy frost we had some tims ago killed them ; If that ii so, it mnat have been hard indeed, as I have never seen frost jo the old country even, that wonld injure tnrnipa, providing the turnips wece not fir«t interfered with, la some instances it is better to be born lucky than rich, and our defered payment Bottlers thouid feel more than satisfied with the revaluation of their holdings just completed. The valuation oarrles with it some sweeping reductions; Those of Southlaud at anyrate are likely to get from 50 to 60 percent wiped off. After that who oan say oar Government is not a liberal Government. In. the fink place most of oue deferred payment settlers were brought out hare at the oast of the oonntry and owing to the anotton system of allotting the land, hundreds of those emigrants, some after landing, agreed to pay far more for the land than it was really worth, and being without either moiiejr or experlenoe, they very soon required further assistance which Is about to be granted, but whether ibis sort of thlug is fair to the public or no Is another question. As for as requiring assistance Is oonoerned, scores of our bonafidt cost parohaaers are deserving sabj'Qis, Travel where you may, you oome on blooks and farms of land purchased from the Grown— -many without .homeateads, others perhtps with homesteads, but shat-np— ask who this land belongs to, you will be told to snob, and suoh a oompany, or so aad so oooupled It, bat it io nQw la the h&nda of the mort gageee. Truly the Government offet to advance them eums of money on oertsin securities, which ui*s la some oases afford temporary relief, butoaly reminds one of the old Welsh womaD, who after wearing the Iloen for n long time turned it Inside out and exalaimed what a blessing it wbb. to have a bit of olean linen.

The farmers ore atfll at a tois to k.aow how to oopo wiih the email bird* p oa tj the SouihUud County Ooanoll, however, havetuftitid theic attention o the matter, and to p«-f cara poisoned grfcla *hey ara offering £ for £. Tha Wallaoe Oounty Oonnoil procured aom3 poisoned grain from one of your loaal obemiatß, and aooording to report, It is everything that was wanted.

The Oallfornlan thlntlo is apreadlng here at an alarming rate, and already hundreds of ooroa on the river fl»ta are covered with X Hitherto, not tho Bllghtesfc effort has beon ma.i«.to oheokiti growth, bot when the Bill vow before tha HoaGe,h>v ; Qg for Its object the cradle** tloa of the noxoiua weeo, biOjmea law, aonaething no doubt wlirhiya to be done. Slooe wriiing the above there has been a, BH«hfc chaDßo m the weather, and a oouaiderable quaatity of rain ha& fallen, bob to-dßy la beautlf nl, with every appdanvno* of continuing bo. IkE.. August 30th.

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SOUTHLAND, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2218, 5 September 1889

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SOUTHLAND Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2218, 5 September 1889