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Western District.


The district has experienced a remarkably fine winter, and, as a consequence, all farm work is well advanced. Most farmers are now busy with the disc Harrows. In some cases a little sowing has been done, and a great many are just about ready for the drill. There is still a fair amount, of turnips about, despite the quantities that have been railed North. but with the exception of a few favoured sorts there is not much spring in the grass as yet, the long spell of dry weather having kept it in check.

Farms continue to change hands in all quarters, and in a great many cases to Xorthern buyers. Xo doubt the truck-loads of tine turnips railed up this season have induced a number of land hunters to inspect this quarter for themselves, and when they - find that the inhabitants of the Jail'd that flow's with milk and honey are not actually web-footed, as they supposed, they take steps to acquire a portion. While writing on this 1 might say, as one who has been over most of the Dominion, that Southland is undoubtedly - the best part of it. and the Western District the best part of .Southland. 1 hear a number of people crying out for rain, as tanks are empty - , and in some cases water-carting is Living resorted to. Industries are kept busy. Sawmilling seems to go ahead without a stop, and they evidently get rid of the output, which must be considerable, from the number of mills in the various parts of the district, in'me is evidently booming, judging from the truck-loads one sees going forward, and as far as 1 can hear, there are numbers wanting this product who have no hope of getting it for some time to come.

Dairy factories are making ready for a big season, and generally speaking, there is a 'decided air of prosperity about. The Waianiwa people opened their new brick church on Sunday last. It is a pretty little structure. ami quite an ornament- to the district.

Thornbury, Fairfax, and Springbank are revelling in their debating societies. The two former crossed swords a short time ago at ThovnTjury, when they dealt with the old time worn debate : "Pen v. Sword.’’ Thornbury toolt the "pen" and Fairfax the "sword,’’ with which they managed to quell their opponents. I hear the Fairfax people have closed their season with a very successful social and Shakespearian reading. I also hear Thornbury will hold, their closing social shortly, hut what form it will take is not quite decided. I. have not touched on stock so far, but in this respect things look decidedly bright since the recent beneficial rains in North Otago and Canterbury, sheep having advanced 2s 6d a head, which will be another help to Southland. I notice young lambs in various quarters, and no doubt lambing will soon be general. 1 notice Mr H. Couples, jnr., of Otautau is still busy draining this quarter of the pick of horseflesh, and no doubt "Bob," as he is familiarly called, is doing his share to advertise the district.

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Western District., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 20, 31 August 1907

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Western District. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 20, 31 August 1907

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