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District News.

WESTERN DISTRICT NOTES. Harvest is now in full swing in this district —in fact, a few farmers are finished cutting, and I think one can safely say that the yield will be fairly good, especially amongst the early crops. I hear that the later crops are not filling well, owing to the want of moisture, but we have had some very misty nights lately, which rhoul’d remedy things in that direction. I sec three binders at work on a very nice crop belonging - to Mr Meek, Fairfax. This is probably the finest crop in the district. I see a very good paddock of stocks belonging to Mr Sutton, Thornbury, and no doubt we will see other good crops as they get into stook. Turnips continue to do well. and no doubt we will have plenty of these to do man and beast and sec them safely through another winter. Grass seed is threshing exceptionally well, and I hear the seed is nice and “shotty”—a condition of seed much sought after. Prices are running from 4s to 4s 6d, according to distance of station from Invercargill.

Industries continue busy. Timber is always on the move, as also is lime. The Fairfax kilns seem to bo kept busy turning out this article. I notice the new proprietors of Ermedalo appreciate the value of lime, as they are busy carting a quantity at present. I also notice Air A. Roy, of Ringway, busy liming - . Air Roy appears to be a real goahead, up-to-date farmer, and has made a vast improvement on his property in the short time he has been on it.

I notice the Wallace County Council are making a step in the right direction in pushing on their roadmaking add gravelling during the summer months. I presume they intend to lie low and do nothing; in the winter, as they do more harm than good gravelling then. Rain set in on Tuesday night, and continued all day on Wednesday, which has stopped harvesting for the time being. It, however, looks settled again, and ,no doubt the rain will do a lot of good, but it is quite sufficient for the present. The Riverton district horticultural society held its show on Wednesday, at which there was a good collection of flowers and vegetables, potatoes predominating, and judging by their splendid appearance there is no sign of blight in the district. I notice a mistake a great many people make in rhowing potatoes they select the largest they can find, instead of pick-

iing even-sized and medium potatoes. Mr Eeichel, Orepuktf, showed nicelyselected samples, which took the first prize. There appeared to be a little discussion at Riverton as to whether potatoes should be washed for show purposes. Some societies say no and others yes, and I should say it does not matter, provided the society stipulated in their schedule how they were to bo shown. If this were done it would put all exhibitors on .an c-qual footing', and probably save trouble. There was also a good show of bread, scones, cakes, etc., and judging by the look of these through the wire netting, bachelors in search of a wife could do worse than turn their attention to the Western District. I3y so doing they would not only get a first rate cook but probably a good gardener combined, for the Riverton show had a very fine display of flowers. The first prize for the best collection Went to Mr G. E. Meek, of Fairfax. Harking back to the bachelors I fancy I hear someone saying that they must be a practical lot to want cooks and gardeners for partners, but I can assure all cavillers that a knowledge of cooking and gardening does much to smooth the voyage matrimonial. Wasn't it an experienced old lady who, when asked for a hint as to how to please a husband, replied “Feed the brute !” Feb. 20th.

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District News., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 50, 2 March 1907

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District News. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 50, 2 March 1907

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