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Canterbury v. Southland.

Tho Land Compared.

A letter recently appeared in our columns signed " Ex-Canfcorburyite," and contradicting tho statements of those who made out that the settlers who went south from Canterbury were fatisfiod with the land down there. The Gore " Southern Standard " reprinted the letter, together with the following comments and the appended letter:— In regard to the complaints of" Exj Canterburyite," we may state that a reprei sentative of this paper was acquainted, in course of conversation with various settlers, of facts which totally contradict the statement that the settlers who have taken up land in the Waimumu are dissatisfied with their choice. One gentleman stated to our reporter that, after experiencing the first harvest, he is, as time goes on, getting more and more satisfied with his section. He is a practical farmer of 30 years' experience, and knows the value of land. Other settlers likewise expressed their opinion that the land, when properly worked, would be found to be of a quality equal to that whioh realises £20 an acre in Ashburton. Another gentleman, a visitor from Ashburton, who has just been visiting a number of his friends who have taken up some of the sections in question, expressed himself as delighted with the land and the general appearance of the holdings. He did not meet with a single settler that did not express himself as entirely satisfied with his choice. He could not understand that statements should be circulated to the effect that the land was stony and would not grow sufficient to feed a sparrow. He had seen ample signs of future prosperity. He felt sure that persons who made a song about the poorness of the land had some ulterior motive for doing so.—Editor " Southern Standard."

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6569, 13 May 1905

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Canterbury v. Southland. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6569, 13 May 1905

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