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EWEBURN.

TO THB EDITOB, Sir,—All who are interested in the progresß of the Otago Central Railway will have read your leader of Tuesday (one of the many you have devoted to this matter) with pleasure, and all will, I think, agree that the credit you accord to Mr Pyke is well-deserved. Nevertheless, I think it a pity that in the midst of your jubilation you stepped aside to give poor Eweburn a slap in the face. As one who lived for a number of years in the Mount Ida district, and who knows Eweburn as well as he knows the Town Belt, will you allow me to say that Eweburn is not "a " waste," nor iB it " outlandish." As a matter of fact, there are a considerable number of farmers there, who are very decent people, and I believe they are doing well. In dry summers oropß suffer somewhat, but in all other respects it is a very nice settlement. Further, it is the natural centre of the Maniototo Plains, from a railway point of view, and is just on the fringe of the Molyneux watershed. With the rails laid to Eweburn, there can be no fear but that such further extension as may be necessary will in time be carried out, as the country lying ahead, as far as Clyde, presents no engineering difficulties. People up as far as Blacks (Ophir) will be drawn to the Eweburn terminus. I think Mr Mackenzie was happy in naming this place. It. will be a red-letter day for the people of Maniototo and East Vincent when the first train loads up at Eweburn. It will also mean a big influx of settlers to the interior; for it is to be remembered that Eweburn is no further from Dunedin than is Gore, where there has been a lot of settlement of late years.—l am, etc., W. H. Ash. Dunedin, July 4. P.S.—I do not wish you to think that I defend the word "Eweburn"; it is, I grant, indefensible. Unfortunately for Maniototo district, the titling of its burns was left to some brutish person who did not realise the lasting harm be was doing by calling them, as he did, by such names as Eweburn, Wedderburn, Bogburn, SowPigburn, Swinburn, Kyeburn, Catburn, Marlburn, Fillyburn. One thinks, with regret, that if he had had a little more rope he might have hung himself. Had there been one more burn to dishonor he might have called it Assburn. Then we could have had our revenge; and have said that he had called it after himself. W.H.A.

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EWEBURN., Evening Star, Issue 7952, 6 July 1889, Supplement

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EWEBURN. Evening Star, Issue 7952, 6 July 1889, Supplement

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