(from our own correspondent.)
The frightful gale with which this month commenced has done an incalculable amount of damage to the -crops in this district. Whole : fields of grain have been left in such a condition M to he scarcely worth the labor of cutting, and In many instances, where it was too green to shake the stalks of wheat, have been fairly decapitated. The pecuniary loss to the agricultural community, in consequence of the wind, will be - very great, and coupled with the probability of oats realising but a very low figure this season, the j ear 1864 will, I fear, be for some time remembered as a most disastrous one for the farmers. In addition to the damage done to the crops. Monday's gale brought numerous chimneys and outbuildings to gvief. Several houes w,ere partially disroofed, and the Presbyterian Church got a serious shaking, and was. canted several inches out of the perpendicular. At the Woolahed there was a wholesale destruction of tonte, and 'many of Ihe miners were rendered homeless for a time. Several families were glad to find a temporary refuge in the Sehool-hou c. The Waitahuna Cricket Club have recently challenged the Tokomairiro Club, and the match is arranged' to take place on the Tokomairiro ground, on Saturday next, the 13th inst. The match is to be a one day's match, the wickets being pitched at half-past ten o'clock a.m. I:i the evening the T. C. C. will entertain their opponents at dinner, in the White Horse Hotel. The Woolshed Club is, I believe, progressing satisfactorily, and practises regularly. A new club, called "The Prb.ce of Wales," has recently been formed at the Molvneux; and lam informed that a match between it and the Kaitangata Club is likely to be played ere long. The tokomairiro Agricultural Societies' Hhow is to take place on Wednesday, 10th instant; but as the efforts of the committee have not met with the support which they deserved, and had a right to expect from the public, I fear that the show will not be a very great success. < # The new bridge over the Tokomairiro is now nearly completed, and will be a great convenience
to the public, as it will very much shorten the road. The contract for tlife other bridge ou the Coal foad has been, taken and the work commenceil.. Speaking of roads, a number of settlers in the' Akatore district have recently employed several laborers in opening up that district. As a considerable quantity of laud will shortly be oprn for sale in that district, the Government should be exceedingly obliged to the gentlemen who •■ t their own expense have enhanced the value of the land by opening up a road to it. The contract far telegraph posts having been taken, active measures are being adopted to obtain and prepare them for erection. Considerable alarm has been occasioned here by a report that the telegraph station is to be erected at the junction of the Woolshed and Molyneux roads. As this would render the telegraph of little use to this district, it is to be hoped that the Government .will erect it in the township instead of at suck a remote place as that mentioned.
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TOKOMAIRIRO., Otago Daily Times, Issue 670, 10 February 1864
TOKOMAIRIRO. Otago Daily Times, Issue 670, 10 February 1864
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