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District News.

MABEL. The Mabel people held their fourth annual picnic on January 301 h. The day proved an ideal one, and about 300 persons were present, visitors coming from Invercargill to Glencoe, and a merry lot they were. Mr S. B. McDonald as chairman and Mr Gavin Amos as secretary .wore well placed, and all the officials worked well, with the tgi ing ie~ suit that the picnic proved the bes£ yet held. After the inner man had been amply satisfied children s races were got off. The selection of prizes gave great satisfaction, they being a real good lot. The following were the principal events :

Young Married - Ladies’ Race —Mrs .Walker (3yds) 1, Mrs McLeod (scr) 2, Mrs Wilson (3yds) 3. .Young Ladies’ Race —Miss Hlslop (scr) 1, Miss McDonald (see) 2, Miss Marshall and Miss M. McDonald tied for 3rd.

Young Married Men’s Race—G. Clark (syds) 1, G. Amos (scr) 2, R. McDonald (syds) 3. Won by six inches.

Old Married Radies’ Mace — Mrs Wilson (3yds 1 ) 1, Mrs Vincent (4yds) 2, Mrs Goldsmith (scr) 4. Won easily. Radies’ Bike Race—Miss Sutton (scr) 1, Mrs Amos (12yds) 2, Miss M. McDonald (10yds) 3.

Young Men’s Race —E. Vincent (scr) 1. C. McKay (scr) 2, F. Hancock (1 yd) 3. A splendid contest. Radies’ Nail-driving Competition— Miss Campbell 1, Mrs Bridgman 2, Mrs Amos 3. An interesting event. Gents’ Bike Race (li miles)—E. Vincent (scr) 1, H. Wright (10yd») 2, 'A. Haiti day (scr) 3. Thread-the-Needie Race —T. Clark and Miss Clark 1, W. Sutton and Miss McDonald 2. Old Married Men’s Race—W. Sominerville (10 yds) 1, A. McGillivray (scr) 2, P. Greig (5 yds) 3. High Jump—W. McGillivray 1, D. McDonald 2, M. Forcle 3.

Tilting at the Ring on Bicycles— R. McGillivray 1, E. Vincent 2, T. McGillivrav 3.

Mabel Amateur Chop (loin, logs) — W. Wilson (30 secs) 1. J Wilson ClOsecs) 2. G. Amos (scr) 3, An exciting event. A grand ball, under the auspices of the Mabel Hall Committee was held in the evening, a ud a great success it was. Splendid music was discoursed by Messrs H. and J. Robertson. J. Campbell, and W. McDonald. Mr G. Amos, assisted by Mr W. Caulfield, carried out. the duties of M.C. in the usual manner. Dancing was indulged in till two o’clock, when all went home well .satisfied with the eveniri(g’’.s entertainment. WESTERN DISTRICT NOTES. Since 1 writing my last wo have had very good growing weather, and turnips continue to grow apace. Things point to those being a valuable crop this season, as stock can be acquired at prices about half that have been ruling for a considerable time past, and it is certain that those who can winter will be able to sell to advantage in the spring ; but - perhaps it is too soon to predict yet, as I hear of several who think store stock will come still lower. Grass seems to be scarce, and high prices are. the order of the day. Oats are fairly good. 1 see some very nice crops of these on the Oreti Plains. I also see the binder at work in various quarters, and no doubt cutting will he general next week. Speaking of oats, it seems to me That with ail the recent introductions of this cereal the old Sparrowhill is second to none for Southland, at. any rate. Schools have got back to work after the holidays. The annual excursion of the schools along the Nightcaps- line took place cm the 7th. Colac Bay seems to be the favourite resort. no doubt on account of its quietness, and safe beach. At all events everybody seems to enjoy the outing’ to Colac. : The sawmills arc all busy this way, and I hear Messrs Timpany Tiros, are about to start their Fairfax mill again, which has been idle for a longtime. The mills this way will no doubt have to put on extra hands since the 4 burning of so many mills in Seaward Bush. WAIMATUKD. The holidays have come and gone, and people have settled down to the usual routine of work. The school re-opened on Monday. During the vacation the school committee', in conjunction with Waianiwa and Wallace! own. arranged with the Railway Department for a sichool excursion to the Bluffi About 400 persons availed themselves of the cheap fares, and pm-,-" "voured with a fine dav. had

a pleasant outing. Through the courtesy of Mr J. E. Watson, chairman of the Bluff Harbour Board) the tug was secured at a very reasonable charge, and the visitors enjoyed a delightful cruise round the harbour. Thanks are due to Mr J. McLeod of this district, who did the greater part in• promoting the excursion. The early-sown oat crops are looking very well, but the later ones have been much affected by the drought, and are consequently light. Ha nesting should be general in a fortnight, which will be earlier than is usual in Southland,

Grass is very- scarce on account of the continued dry weather, and fat sheep and' cattle are bringing high prices, while on the other hand, through the scarcity of feed, stores ace almost unsaleable. Fat wethers are worth up to £l, ewes 15s 6d, and lambs; 15s. Mr W. Southern has secured top price locally for fat lambs, viz.. 16s per head, nett cash. Oaten chaff has risen in value lately. Mr D. Conner sold a quantity at £1 per ton. which is a very payable price. .Several local residents have paid a visit to the Christchurch Exhibition, and were well satisfied with the trip. The various sights in and about the Exhibit ion well repay a visit-. Accommodation is easily obtained, and charges are moderate.

Messrs Bird Bros., of Otatara, have recently bought part of Mr F. R. Boyd’s property, on which there is some good sawmilling timber. They have started a mill, and are now supplying rough timber of all kinds, which is a great boon to the district. The local store has changed hand's. On account of continued ill-health, Mr O. McGill decided to sell his busi-’ ness and go in for farming. I trust th-aj the change of employment will restore ' him to his former state ofc good health. Mr F. W. McGill, of Gladstone, is his successor in the store. ; ibi & I

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District News., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 50, 9 February 1907

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District News. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 50, 9 February 1907

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