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The long spoil of fine weather we have experienced here far a considerable time came 'to an end on Empire Day, when rain set in, and continued until Monday, with more or less severity. Jn fact, everybody was going about saying—" Winter has come now," and no doubt it has . The Snow is well down on the hills, trees are bare, stock is on the turnips, the plough is going ahead in all q/uaiders, and everything is wearing a decidedly wintery appearance. The Drummond ploughing match comes oh shortly. This gathering generally attracts a crowd, and is now nearly as much a horse show as a ploughing match. There have been. a considerable number of clearing sales in practically all quarters of the Western district lately, so it is very evident farms are changing hands, and in many cases to Northern buyers, who are evidently wakening up to the possibilities of the West. In fact', , I heard a North Island gentleman who has recently settled in those quartersl, declare that the Western district. has absolutely the finest and cheapest land in New Zealand, and I don't think he was far wrong, as it always produces sufficient for man and beast, as well as providing for a considerable export business. Slock of all kinds are doing well, and no doubt anything fat will command A ery good prices for some time to come. Stores, on the other hand, are not so keenly sought after at present, hut no doubt they will bo wanted in two or three months' time. Horses are very dull of sale at present, no doubt due to the high price of feed ami the forward condition of farm work. It is not likely they will improve much Indore the spring. I noticed a traction engine going through last week to the order of W. Rodgers, of Birehwood. who evidently means to improAv things in his quarter. Speaking of Birchwood reminds; me that the Dirchwood hounds are again in evidence, hut the following does not appear to be what it originally was. '

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WESTERN DISTRICT NOTES., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 8, 1 June 1907

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WESTERN DISTRICT NOTES. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 8, 1 June 1907