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(From our own Correspondent.)

THE SEASON. The effects of the long drought «jre , being felt rather keenly in this district. . ' Feed is scarce, aud the prospects seem to : point to a great scarcity of that commodity -; this winter, and where the straw *<has usually been'burned after threshing, it is now frequently stacked as a reserve for, the winter. Some paddocks have been '■■, skimmed, and oats pub in for the sheep ;: where this has been done the contnwisto the surrounding paddocks is " „-■ marked, as already they are putting on a , . green appearance ;. L thanks .to, .the^few showers we have had. '"^r'^'*** r ' - ■■' health;-'" >H ■■■. ~ •:•■

Perhaps the worst, effect of the drought is the sickness that '-has cbmsin^&^rairi. At present there areVt^6ffamilies into which tho horrible typhoi&'has^crept, and reporthas it thai there s is.nowji third. ; It is greatly to be hop^d.'thatj.tUe 1 report is untrue, arid that^^ loathsome pest put of our/naidst^tV'j I,^; ja. grippe. ' ' . I note that Ashburtonhas; suffered from la gippefand. we arealso^troubledfrnth the same unwelcome visitor. Viny'a 3Sopy of "Truth" ■ I have by me,.wMr Labouchere, the editor,'^ relates-how.; he cured himself with quinine and antipyrate. The latter drug requires care in using as. an'over dose, would doa?lptf qjf;liann. Perhaps this remedy may be" found useful to sufterers in New Zealand. GOOD.TEMPLARY. r . . On Wednesday,night, last the'Wakanui Lodge of Good Templars held open lodge meeting, and if,one. might judge by the • way the items on the programme were en- , cored, it must be consideredagreatsuccess. The attendance was good," aha whea the , contingent of the Ashburton .Lodge arrived, it was no very easy matter to find seats for them., ' The chair was taken by the Chief of the Lodge, Mr Doak,,'. supported by Mr Leadley. Misses lkloor, Dalton, Pickford, and Bennett - contributed "to-the programme on behalf of the ladies, and Messrs Bateman, Leadley, Doak,, Grant, and Master O. Trevurza for the 1 gentlemen. Towards the close of the evening, the Chairman invited all -.who were not already members to become so\Iof» the" sake of thegood example they would set, and the influence it might have. on. others by their abstinence. He also took the opportunity, of thanking the 'Ashburton friends, who had so generously^come to their assistance, both now and in the past, and was sure of- their help in the I future. Mr Leadley having endorsed the : Chairman's remarks, the programme proceeded, and -the evening's,;-amusement ■hortly came to a close.' : , . .'y ■<-,# - it '|*

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WAKANUI., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2406, 21 April 1890

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WAKANUI. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2406, 21 April 1890

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