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The late magnificent weather has suited everybody and everything. The roads are in splendid order for carting' away bush stuffs,,and relays of staunch : teams loaded with stake's, heart posts',*'and firewood, wend their way homeward in con■'■iiii -eve- -:■.'!!. in fact, so great has been ; iic <l< -m-wi'l, i many have to wait while it is cut. Such a general deinand'has not been experienced for many years. Swaggers are, strange to say, few and far between. Can it be that the swinging of the axe, and the battering with .maul and and wedges is too much of a labor'test'for this fair country ? Or has the Midland Railway Company completely absorbed' any surplus labor which formally existed ? " La Grippe," which has visited all'the surrounding localities, now makes its j appearance here, but-no really bad cases have occurred where care has been taken not to take cold at itb'commencement. A gentleman, writing to a newspaper, states he cured himself without any doctor by shutting himself in a warm room and drinking a pint of strong beef tea, as jhot as he could take it, every hour for the first two days.,. Authorities agree it is best to get between the blankets for a couple of days and induce perspiration by every means, only avoid taking cold afterwards. When the improvement is felt quinine will greatly assist. The. school is closed for a few days this day (Thursday). Sharp "frosty nights have reduced the 1 amounts of feed considerably. Messrs, Edson and Symc were elected members of tho Mount Somers Road Board in place of the two retiring members, Mr John Hood retiring from the contest to save the trouble of a poll. Will the public smile if I venture to affirm the discovery of coal, excellent limestone and proved fire clay within three miles of Springburn railway station ? Still such is the fact, and residents of good sense and substantial means have tho •affair in hand, and are determined to go to work a,t an- early date. Diamonds are down, but bricks, mortar, and coals are always saleable. May wooden shanties soon give placn to more substantial structures,! especially as our national finances have actually improved bo much that in Wellington at least a new million loan is seriously discussed.

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ALFORD FOREST., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2425, 9 May 1890

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ALFORD FOREST. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2425, 9 May 1890

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