WESTERN DISTRICT NOTES.,
The distinct has been very quiet for some time, nothing of a startling nature having occurred for some time, excepting of course the recent lamentable disasters at Nightcaps and Otautau, and these of course are so generally known that I need not write of them. We have now got past the shortest day, and the winter has been exceptionally fine. In fact, I don’t think the plough has been stopped any more than one day by frost or rain, consequently farm work is well ahead, but as the great bulk of solving is done in the spring it makes farmers in this part rather inclined to take things easy until that time. This appears to bt a record year for the farmer as far as oats and chaff are concerned, but as far as I can hear potatoes are stored in fairly large quantities, waiting for the rise, which is doubtful. The turnip crop is standing ont well, and it is just possible that the recent fall in the mutton market will have the effect of bringing these clown in value. One hears of inquiry for turnips for cattle, but the bulk of farmers object to cattle on account of the way they pack the soil, and make it very difficult to work in the spring. Despite the fact that grain is at such a good price, it is very questionable if much grain will go in this season. Most farmers say that they are just going to do what they can manage themselves. They have got so disgusted with the state of the labour market. There is no doubt good farm labour is scarce. The farmer with a good family, or rather, a family of good boys, is the man who is bound to do well at present. Debating societies are at work in various parts of the district, but as far as I can hear the leading one is in the rising town of Fairfax, where I understand they threshed out the land question recently, and decided in favour of the freehold ; but now that we have Sir Joseph back again we shall probably hoar ore long what Parliament will do in the matter. Meantime the Legislature will do well to remember that Fairfax has decided for the freehold.
A very successful entertainment, promoted by the Koromiko school committee, was held in Mrs Alderson’s spacious barn on Friday evening. 21st June. There was a large attendance, and the company were highly delighted with the programme submitted, and with the way in which the children acquitted themselves in the parts allotted to them, reflecting credit on themselves and on the head teacher, Mrs Cochran. A very enjoyable dance followed, for which music of the best was discoursed by Messrs Thos. Young, Edwards, and Thos. Howard, the lastnamed being a host in himself, and with more than local fame as 1 a violinist. Mr R. Stuck gave every satisfaction as M.C.
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District News., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 11, 29 June 1907
District News. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 11, 29 June 1907
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