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The Kermadec Islands.

RETURNING SETTLERS. „ ■ The steamer Hinemoa arrived at Auckland on Monday, - .bringing back thirteen of the settlers -who' left New Zealand a short timp ago to,take up their abode on Sunday Island.' One of the settlers states that Sunday Island is extremely rugged and mountainous. The flat at Denliam Bay was of poor land, consisting for the greater part of sand and pumice, and it was impossible to cultivate the slopes of the mountains. Vegetables of all kinds suffered severely from the successive attacks of four or five different species of caterpillar-:, v.-liilsl, in the bosjinning of .'Jai-siarv r::ts show ml theuwlvo-i, and de-' stroyed everything within reach. .What had escaped the caterpillars was taken by the racs, ,who devoured the unripe cobs of the maize and the pods of peas and beans, and even burrowed in the ground to kumeras and potatoes. A few patches of vegetables near the houses were saved but the returns were unsatisfactory, and the maize cobs and potatoes were small. Beans and kumeras gave the best returns. There are on the island groves of bananas which, however, are stunted! The climate seems very moist. The settlers say that not been for the timely arrival of the Hinemoa they would have been on short allowance before the winter was over. : „ ■ ;■''.'. The leaders of the abandoned > Kerm,adec settlement, Messrs Hovel and Came, still remain on Sunday. Island. The former was desirous of leaving, but was obliged to stay because; of the-deli-cate state of Mrs Hovel's health. In addition to their scanty. crops of pumpkins, kumeras and beans, the settlers had laid in a large supply of mutton birds for winter. Fish are plentiful during the summer, but the dangerous high sea prevents any being cauglat during winter. Three of the settlers, Mr and Mrs Bacon and Son, having found that Denham Bay was quite unsuitable for cultivation, have leased a portion of land from Mr Bell, whose run is at the other end of the island. It is good rich land, with a sunny aspect. Three others, Messrs Taylor, Lord and Andrew, ajso shifted their abode from the bay to the centre of the mountain, where there is some good soil. When it -was - found that the supplies were running short, in fact only about 1 cwt of flour and a small quantity of tea and sugar was remaining at the time of the Hinemoa's arrival, Mr John Bell most generously placed the contents of his plantation at the disposal of the settlers. The returned settlers say they are heartily sorry they ever went to Sunday Island.

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The Kermadec Islands., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2414, 30 April 1890

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The Kermadec Islands. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2414, 30 April 1890