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(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.) Invercxhgill, September 27. The weather is still very dry, and the hot sunny days we are getting, with the mildest of weather at nights, make things very comfortable for the young lambs. The percentage of lambs are far above the average. So far everyone seems satisfied , with the present state of the. weather, but t should it continue dry for' many • weeks longer all the young crops will suffer as well as all pasture lands ; m fact the latter requires a shower m the meantime. However, it is quite possible that we may have a heavy fall of bhow yet, as 1 we did five, years ago, when ten inches covered our plain* on the first and second of October. Consumers of bread are very indignant at the united action-taken by millers who have raised the price of flour from £8 to £11, while the price of is not more than 3s per bushel. Bread is up from 6d to 7d, but I don't think this will last long, as the bakers are about to arrange with some Australian millers for a shipment of flour, which they say can be landed at the Bluff for less than £11 per ton ; and if this is done we can rely upon having good bread, as it is an admitted fact that the Australian article is much superior to that grown m Southland. As you are so well posted up m all matters having reference to the labor difficulty, I will only mention that the farmers here have had several meetings, at'which arrangements ware mode to supply free an unlimited extent, so that merchants and shipping companies at the Bluff have only to make known their wants. One evening about a week ago a telegram was sent to a little village called Thornbury for a few men, and neSt morning over fifty turned up, and proceeded to Invercargill by train; but, as it happened, they were- not; wanted, the expected ship not having arrived. The men were offered a day's pay, but nonewould accept of it. There are scores of villages here that would do the same thing on the shortest notice. ■:■■...' I have not seen the fruit trees look so promising as now since I settled here. Your correspondent has over 4<,K) apple trees m, and, although very young, most of them will bear fruit this season.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2532, 1 October 1890

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SOUTHLAND. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2532, 1 October 1890