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The period of squally and unsettled weather reported early in the week still

continues, with the interruption only of a fine day on Saturday. Late frosts prevailed on two occasions, but did very little damage. In most respects tho spring months have been decidedly unfavorable, and go to substantiate previous predictions of tho conditions which would follow on an unusually mild winter.

A serious fire is reported to have swept over a considerable area of Messrs Scaife Bros.’ run at Glendhu, Lake Wanaka. Tho origin of the outbreak was on an adjoining run, and the fire spread quite unexpectedly. It is stated that some thousands of acres of fine grass land wore devastated and a number of sheep lost. The total loss to the owners will be on an extensive scale.

Latest reports from the Otago Central Railway works are that operations are steadily extending up the gorge. 'The first few miles of formation are well advanced, and work in the heavy rock cutting at “ Champagne Bill’s” is now in hand. "The cutting is being formed high up above the road, which at this point is close to the river. The advance camps are near Leaning Rock Creek, some six miles north of Clyde. During the last three weeks an epidemic of influenza in a very severe form has been raging in the district, and is claiming fresh victims daily with unusual suddenness. Despite an official announcement some weeks ago that Mr Joseph Stevens, of Riversdalo, was to contest the Wakatipu seat in the Liberal interest, there is --o far no signs of his taking tho field. If the campaign is to be entered upon, it is time the candidate made a start, as Wakatipu is a very wide electorate. Many in the district are now engaged shearing, and a number of pastorahsts will make‘a start within the next fortnight, but it will be a month yet before the work is general. In view of recent reports from Sydney and London sales, growers are evidently keen to get their clips in for the first sale of the Dunedin aeries.

A great deal of publicity has been given lately to the extensive damage to soft fruits by late frosts. Of course, the industry ,’s not yet on a Very extensive scale in this district, but nevertheless it call confidently be that many growers in the Cromwell district Cafi still boast splendid crops of apricots, albeit many outsiders are not willing to accept the fact. In some quarters, of course, the frost has had a marked effect.—Own correspondent. November 3.

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CROMWELL NOTES, Issue 15640, 3 November 1914

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CROMWELL NOTES Issue 15640, 3 November 1914

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