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District News.

MIDDLEMAR CH. The Country has been drying up with sun and wind for the last two months until now, and the prospects are very poor indeed. Yesterday we had 2'B points of rain, which has done an immense amount of good. The wheat and oats are shooting, but are only about six inches long. The turnips are doing very badly, and what have germinated have, in many instances, died off again. Even some that have got into the broad leaf have died off ; also on light, shingly places. This last rain will help everything, ■but if we do not get more before long there will be very little winter feed. And as winter food is the backbone of the district, it will go very hard when there is a scarcity. A salesyard company is formed here, and they have got land, and are erecting up-to-date yards. A social and agricultural hall is also in hand, so you will see that the district is going ahead. The Sutton school gave an entertainment in Webb’s Hall here on Friday, and was well patronised. Snow fell last night on the Rock and Pillar. It reached down to about the 3000 ft. level. We had 1 deg. frost this morning .Shearing is now in full swing at Gladbrook. WAIMATUKU. The ladies of Waimatuku held a sale of work here last week. The bazaar was opened in the afternoon of 28th November by the Rev. A. D. Kirkland, who, in a complimentary speech, congratulated the ladies on the excellent display which the stalls made. The sale was continued for three nights, the total takings amounting to £ll4. The object of the undertaking was to raise money to build a church at the Waianiwa end of Mr Kirkland’s l parish, and it is very gratifying that the efforfe of the ladies should have met with such success’. The following ladies asisisted at the stalls :—Plain Goodfs: — Mesdames Ross and Hitchcock, and Misses McEeod, Catherwood, and Brown ; Fancy —Misses Fralser, Brown and Buchanan ; Christmas Tree —Misses McKenzie, Southern and Ranee ; Refreshment Rooms-—Mcfsdamesi Southern, Lobb and Ranee, and Misses Pilcher and Robbie ; Bran Tub’ —Misses Southern, Ross, and Buchanan ; Messrs W. Southern and G. McKenzie conducted the art gallery, which did good business and proved very amusing. On the opening night tha Waianiwa orchestra, under the leadership of Mr G. King, rendered some musical pieces, which were much appreciated. Messrs W. Gray and Son have been very successful in the show ring’ with their mare “Kellie Gray’’ this seasonThey have taken first at Christchurch and first and champion at Dunedin, and first and champion at the Western District Show. At the latter show the Messrs Gray also took first in the eleven stone roadsters, first in the dog-cart, and second in the over fifteen hands light harness horse classes. Miss Maggie Brown, of this district, also took first prize in salt butter. The early oat crops in the Waimatuku district are looking well, but the late sown ones are suffering much from the drought and high winds. Very little shearing has been done, most farmers being busy with their turnip-sowing. Prices for wool promise to be very high this season.

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District News., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 42, 15 December 1906, Incorrect pagination

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District News. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 42, 15 December 1906, Incorrect pagination