Our Southland correspondent states that the past three months have been the finest and most pleasant on record. Little, or no rain has fallen. The rivers are very low, and with the exception of the hill country, the land has been quite clear of snow, and, m consequence, the stock everywhere are m capital condition. The amount of wheat sown this season is very limited, but what there is looks well. Farmers arebusy ploughing,butthelargest proportion will be sown down with grass and turnips, as oats do not pay at Is Id per bushel. The yield was good last season, i and full one-half is yet held by farmers.; but so soon as the days lengthen a Uttle i 11 qre they will no doubt give m, and sell at best prices obtainable. Diphtheria has been very bad here for some time past, resulting m the death of a great number of children &« well as adults—and
at the present moment there are upwards of a dozen children laid up m the Invereargill Hospital. With reference to the coming election we have quite a uunibcr of aspirants for Wallace. The .Doctor, ex-member Hurst, J. Mackintosh, the State Bank champion, A. Baldy, (J. Oowen, who has lost his ship (Hokonurs), and J. W. Hamilton; but beyond all the others, J. W. is the most unlikely bird. However, we should be satisfied to put the whole six m a sack and accept the one that came out first.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2501, 26 August 1890
SOUTHLAND. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2501, 26 August 1890
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