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District News.

hedgehope. A farewell social and dance was tendered to Mr Geo. Sutton on the eve of his departure for West Africa, where he is following his occupation in the dredging industry. A large crowd of friends assembled in the Upper Hedgehope schoolhouse, and a very pleasant evening was spent. Songs were sung by Miss Bartlett, Mrs Hoare and Mrs D. M. McDonald and Messrs Giffin, D. M. McDonald, C. Mclntosh, A. McKay, A. Hoare, and Master Hoare, and a comic reading was given by Mr F. Borne, and recitations by the guest of the evening (Mr G. Sutton) and Miss Sanderson. At an interval Mr C. Mclntosh, in an appropriate speech, presented Mr Sutton with a gold-moun-ted greenstone Maltese cross pendant from his many friends. The gift was feelingly acknowdedged. A dance was afterwards held, music being discoursed by Messrs W. McDonald and M. Campbell. Mr T. G. Helm acted as M.C. The singing of “For he’s a jolly good fellow 7 ” and “Auld Lang Syne” closed the gathering. A gruesome discovery was made in the Dunsdale Gorge. While engaged in bush work Mr Chas. Mclntosh came upon the skeleton of a human being about tw y o miles in the bush, on the side of a rocky face. Constable Gough was communicated with, and the x'emains removed to Winton. So far no clue can be obtained as to who could haw; died in such a desolate spot, and as the remains must have been lying there for many years and nobody seems to recollect of anyone ever being missed from this side of the bush, the mystery wdll probably never be solved. RAKATA NOTES. (From a travelling Correspondent). This flourishing township is situated about thirty-six miles south of Christchurch, and is on the main iine from Christchurch to Dunedin. It is tne centre of a large graingrowing district, and has a branch line to Methven. It is situated on the banks of the Rakaia River, and is noted for its bridge over the river, w 7 hich is one of the longest, if not the longest, in New Zealand, being over ninety chains, and is used e.s a combined raiLvay and traffic bridge. Threshing is now complete in the neighbourhood. Most of the machine owmers report a poor season —one of the poorest for years—which has been caused by the long continued drought Wheat is the principal cereal crop grown.

There have been some slight showers of rain during the last three weeks, which have brodght the grass away in a marvellous manner. About a month ago the paddocks were a pitiful sight—scorched up—and numerous grass fires were the result. Stock suffered terribly, and wasted away to shadows. A large numbers of stockowners disposed of their flocks at ruinous prices, and since the rain have bitterly repented their haste. One can hardly credit the wonderful change a few slight showers hape made in the paddocks. Working the ground is now the order of the day, and in a few places early sown wheat is now in the ground. A large area is to be placed under crop this season.

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District News., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 16 March 1907

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District News. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 16 March 1907

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