An Unusual Occurrence.
The ‘ Daily News 1 of the 9th September contains the following account of an unparalleled occurrence ; —“ One of the most extraordinary affairs in tho history of agriculture is reported from Hambledon, a few miles from Portsmouth. A dispute respecting the purchase of a part of the Glidden estate has taken place between Mr Higgens, tho owner, and Mr Maber, the supposed purchaser, and the dispute has been before the High Court. One result has been that for some months everything on the estate has been neglected. The hay crop was allowed to remain on the ground untouched, but people in the neighborhood resolved that this should not be tho fate of the corn. There has, accordingly, been within the laatfew days a general rush on the crops. As many as eighty persons, men, women, and children, have been counted in a wheat field alone, and all helping themselves nt pleasure. One field of about twenty-three acres had produced a splendid crop of wheat, but it has undergone such mutilation that a local correspondent, describing it, says the scene is scarcely credible. The corn has been ruthlessly torn or cut, in accordance with the fancy or whim of tho destroyers. People were coming and going inalldircctions, some with socks, others with bundles of corn, others with hand trucks, donkey carts, anything in fact that could be utilised. One day no less than fifty-one carts, all heavily laden, were seen leaving tho farm. One enterprising individual has been drawing the bags of corn, some at a penny a bag. Men have been starting from their homes as early as two o’clock in the morning ; then, after getting their bundles of corn, going to their daily work on farms, etc. ; then rushing off again in the evening, until darkness has prevented them distinguishing the corn from straw. Others have "had their wives working all day long cutting off the ears of corn and putting them in bags for their husbands to fetch away in tho evening. Every available place at their homes is being crammed with the corn. The above description (says the correspondent) applies to almost every field on the farmwheat, barley, oats, or tares—and it is more than probable that in a few days everything will be cleared away.”
Additional particulars as follow were published on the succeeding Saturday“ A correspondent states that during the week people have (locked to Glidden from all parts of the country and continued the work of destruction. There were over 200 acres of corn upon the farm. Almost everything has been cleared away, and the crops have been taken to all parts of the country for a radius of over twenty miles. The number of vehicles of every description which have passed each day through tho village of Hambledon is scarcely credible, and the loads which were piled up on the various conveyances almost always tried their carrying capabilities to the utmost. One day a large wheat field was entered about nine o’clock in the morning. By five o’clock in the afternoon the crop had been cut and carted away. There were over 100 waggons, etc., in the field at the same time, and not far short of 200 people. Farmers and their sons, tradesmen, costermongers, laborers, with their wives and children, all joined in the general scramble. Some busied themselves with cutting down the corn ; others tied it in bundles, or placed it in bags; others loaded the whole upon the carts. Those in a position to get away more than one load during the day left some of their “gang” to get the second or third load ready while the loaded carts were being taken away and disbursed of their contents. Those who cut the corn had to guard it pretty closely, or some who did not care for the trouble of cutting a load for themselves would load from tho first heap they came to and drive rapidly away. At a rough estimate the crop which has been so rushlessly torn from the land which produced it would have realised upwards of LI,OOO. Manufactured goods—hurdles, faggots, and the like—have also been taken away.”
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An Unusual Occurrence., Evening Star, Issue 8043, 21 October 1889
An Unusual Occurrence. Evening Star, Issue 8043, 21 October 1889
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