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PLEASANT POINT.

[FROM OUR OORRKSPOXDEVTI Pleasant Point, as the name imn !•„ , pe.ua.uiy situated on the Ti _ Fa.rlie Creek railway, about from the former. 1 l.re the raihy_ v m ™l' Cs a alight bend under the Lev_ B ffi« something in the form o£ an elbow * similar turn also takes place at the ell* hence the name Point. There are il*" good stone hotels, immelv, the P„u? Hotel and the Railway Hotel, inuuedS-* opposite each other, two places of wotshfr" Lpiscopaiian and Presbyterian, two general stores, two harness makers tan bootmakers, two bakers, two butA»i-. and two blacksmiths It is 80tt ? e ' what remarkable that nearly nil the business and trades are "remsentcd by two" of each kind. Alki.fi half a mile from the railway station the* is a large public park, wnichis surrounded by a belt of trees, and here thev youth, oi the town enjoy the no„e g_,,,! of cricket. Near the English Ch u 'h stands the public school, which ouTif ■tifty-three schools in South Canterhmv ranks sixth in point of »iT •"' being 182 on the roll. This* it£_ t fe , S give some idea of the size of the tnwT ship. From this school several pupils hav,gamed scholarships, which are lor year y in the south CauterburyTuct tion district. J *-*'■*"- , '

.Not far from the school, on the road leading to the river Te Nga-vai, a(e situated the public saleyards, at which monthly sales are held on the first "Monday in the iiio.ith. For the past three years these sales have been well patronised, and it is now looked upon as one of the best markets in South Canterbury. It has been a great advantage to the farmers and dealers. At the side on Monday there was a large supply of cattle and a moderate supply ot -beep. In consequence of theabundance of grass there was a good demand for stores, while fat bullocks fetched about ls's per lUOlb. The highest price wc heard given for fat sheep was 1)3 lid. Pigs were scarce, and weaners brought 14s each. I counted 103 horses tied up to the fences, which will give soma idea of the attendance. Comparing the prices with this month hist year, I think sheep have advanced fully" Is I'd to "isa head. Unless lam greatly mistaken, beef will be cheap next autumn, and at the present price of stores, it is doubtful whether buyers will make much protit. In consequence of the low price of butter there was not much demand for milch cows. It is a matter of regret and surprise that the farmers in this district have not taken any steps to erect a cheese factory here. The matter has been often mooted, ic was even spoken of at the last sale day. Some mouths ago a house to house visit was made with the object of ascertaining how many milch cows there were within a radius of three miles from the Point and it was found that there were "-111, ana if a factory were established there would be at least another lUO.' It would cost about -fcIKJO to erect a factory for -00 cows, and surely this amount could Le easily raised in the district. I notice that the Geraldine factory paid last .month ££M for milk; the circulation of a similar amount here would be very acceptable to our farmers. I sincerely hope that some energetic persons will take the matter up. I am sure ic only wants a leading spirit to move in it.

Resuming my description of the public places and buildings, I notice that the nearest Hour mill is near the Temuka road, three miles from the Poiut, known as the Walton Flour Mill, worked by waterpower, " and supplied with rollers and modern improvements. It turns out flour of a superior kind. Not far from the Presbyterian Church, on a gentle eminence, stands the cemetery, which is nicely laid out and planted. Oathc occasion of my' visit to 10, which was to attend the funeral of an old and respected resident, I found tire approach overgrown with long u;rass. I suppose there is a Board to manage it; if so, they ought to see that the walks are properly kept. From here there is a most com-' •-landing view of. the township and surrounding district. 1 counted ninety-three houses in the Valley, many of them having nice trim gardens attached, well stocked with fruit trees. Looking to the north a splendid view meets tiie eye. On the other, side of the Opihi there are gentle rising downs, with a small native bush known as .the Guily Bush, a charming and oft-frequented spot for picnics. At u distance behind rises the 1' our Peaks, clad in snow. Turning to the west and northwest are the hills behind Albury, also covercil with snow; while, to crown all, Four Peak, clad in white from top to bottom, stands prominently out. Then turning to the east a glimpse of the mighty Pacific is caught, and between it and tho Point, Temuka, with the white splreof the Koman Catholic Church shining in the mid-day sun; while on all siues are luxuriant crops ot wheat, oats and gross.

On coming down from the cemetery, you observe a large stone building, at present only three-teet high above tho foundation, apparently deserted by workmen. It was meant for an " Orange had," but tbe " sinews of war" not being forthcoming, the work is delayed for the present. It is generally supposed it will be eventually taken up by tho public and converted into a public hail. , From this point a very excellent road leads across the Te Ngawai, over which there is a long wooden bridge, the main road to the Opihi, Kakahu, and the celebrated Totara valley. Within the last week I rode over 30 miles of district, aud everywhere the crops look well, and though they will be late, if they escape nor'westers we shall have an abundant harvest. There is a larger area under wheat and oats thia year than last. I visited several woolsheds and found them in full swing—the frequent heavy showera liave somewhat retarded operations. Duriug arecent visit to Albury I had the pleasure of seeing some of the horses that are to be run in the Mount Cook coach, a description of which recently appeared in your colums. There arc to be three teams—grey, black and mixed baysall well matched. The whole turu-out cannot be beaten in the colonies, and everything will be done by the spirited owners to make the trip enjoyaOle to tourists. A pamphlet, giving a short description of the route has been recently published, and from it we make a lev? extracts :— "Travellers arriving by the express trains at Timaru (from either north or south) start by the _ p.m. train for I'-irhe creek, arriving there at 0.15 p.m., where the choice of two comfortable hotels awaits ihetn. An early start is madene" morning by coach, which, after passing Silverstream, goes by a picture-qoel/ winding road to Burke's Pass, the aiitora" of which is 2500 feet above the level of »• sea. After descending slightly the iw takes a sharp bend and skirts the bW* till after a drive of thirteen mdes from tue Pass the tourist is rewarded with affiSß* nificent- view of Lake l ekr-po. Croft"-** substantial bridge spanning the lew*; River the hotel is reached, where a slwn break in the journey can be made, from Tekapo the journey continues to JJ«* Pukaki, a distance of thirty '»»-»• =*££ ing the shores of the lake forafewnuje* •the*-traveller arrives at his dcslinatiwiw the night, where . there is a jjow accommodation housb. An early scare » made next morning, as t-ie distant from the Ferry to Mount Cook is 3a miles, and the journey can bo ttnwh«« in time for dinner. --Strolling ogt alg dinner a stranger is, once atru-i- oj w silent grandeur of the surroundi»S nttiM* tains, the topmost pinnacles of Mouii» Cook standing out in'beautiful changing colours impossible for pen to descnoe. About seven miles from Albury, atU» foot of the Mount Nessmg range, are tne homesteads of three brothers, well kno™ sportsmen in South Canterbury. Hereto* popular master of the South "-f**£' r 3 Harriers resides, and here too, tiie ,botta£ are kept duringthi*suinmer. IhfldaWg at them lately,and followed them t*o« three times last season, and a finer'£ more evenly-matched pack never crpwW* country. Here there were a ff«*.£*£ young horses grazing in a field oUvnnr ant w-hite clover. From their appearance I should say they were got by Irojaa On this occasion I saw the sad eilccts ■*■ the high wind of last <ft°ff'W&%A trees being uprooted and laid low. •-*"■"* improvements are going •>n.a" nO -^_T t _ra series of concrete ponds, a small »»"•» mill used for pressing oats, "ffd &C and though last, not least, a new stable, second to none that we haw • seen in the colony. Wemay also ment on that a fine view of Mcmnt Opok__».----b« obtained from any of the three MHW steady ■'••'-•-'.

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PLEASANT POINT. Press, Volume XLIV, Issue 6941, 22 December 1887

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