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Tlie meeting of .householders called by W. C. Walker Esq., for Friday evening, though perfectly satisfactory in point of numbers, was not so well attended as it would-have been had the weather' proved more favorable. The hon. gentleman's explanation of the business done during the past sesion was listened to with great attention, arid twas-necessarily a recapitu-. lation of his Ashburton address. He concluded by" stating- emphatically that two things required Immediate, attention, viz., greater facilities lot encouraging the settlers on the land^ jcndl immediate improvement in railway, mrnagement. 1 He then linvited questions, and Mr H. Knight, asked if ;he was in .favor- of the : Village Settlements becoming eventually:, the freehold property of the: .settlers.""' He replied" that ordinary %,perpetual leases could be terminated on payment^'of^tha cash value under present' circumstances, and he would be of making these special settlements fcpmiliuideV the same arrangement. ",Mr Hj^Muufhead asked if a petition were prepared to' this effect would he prevent it. Hisreply. wasthat-he would assist inrevery way possible'towards obtaining the- sanction, of the. House of Representatives. Mr A., McFarlane irir quired if it, was right' to discontinue' the special market tickets to Ashburton because farmers availed themselves of that opportunity to "attend the Tinwald sales 1 Mr Walker replied the matter should receive his prompt attention. Mr T. Chapman complained that large "landed proprietors. acquired many blocks of Government land J which had been intended for bona fide 'settlers wanting a home of their ow^-and" landto_support it. Mr Walker repliett"thac-was riot'eonconsistent with j>r,omjsea'made, and he objected to "such albose.jsyst^m. • A' vote of thanks was passed unanimously, and one to the Ghainnany-MxW.T. Chapman, for officiating. "Birch, beep, and-ijouWers'.".may now be read " cleared land, sheep and potatoes," and apparentlyrwifehbtit&hy injury to the thrifty settlers, who rejoice in comfortable, well furnished houses, pleasant gardens and orchards, daily mails, school accomodation^ "easy access-to railway, rivers spanned "by. capital. bridges, and many advantages,'.totajly.unknownjßay ten years ago. A thoughtful provision for the comfort of every pedestrian is the new hand-bridge in course of erection over Bowyer's Stream (Mr.John Hutchison being the successful tenderer) and the work is proceeding rapidly towards completion. But speaking of Erin's glory, " the spud," great has been the competition. Mr H. Bates grew some on his new section If lbs, Mr W. T. Chapman beat him with 2£lbs, and now Mr W. Fawcett brings down the house with a specimen 31bs weight. Who says bush land is no good? I could tell'of-many who have made nice little sums by the sale of their lambs this year, and by the persistent attention which is being given to this recently introduced subjecj. Cleared land has a ,decidoi' v.ihio. Wo, have to go farther back for timber, but every acre won by the sweat of the laborer is utilised. As an instance of the mildness of 'the season, Mr R. Boulton has a large second growth of Irish 'Petfeh apples really well developed. Mr E. Cooper's new traction chaff machine is having a busy season, the difficulty being to find sacks sufficient to hold the very heavy yield.

La Grippe has paid us a. flying visit, but no serious cases have ensued.

Mr Charles Smith, of Springburn, had Jjie leg broken at the augjesome tiwe »go,

and a meeting of his friends will be held this (Saturday) evening at the schoolroom. Alford Forest, June 7, 1890.

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ALFORD FOREST., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2436, 9 June 1890

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ALFORD FOREST. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2436, 9 June 1890

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