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District News.

[(From Correspondents ’■& Exchanges) INDENT) AEE. It is reported that the Rev. Wm. [Ritchie, in charge of the Bdendale Rresitayterian Church parish, has tendered his resignation to the clerk of Mat aura Presbytery. MAT AURA. Marion, the eight-year-old daughter of Mr John Galt, while playing with a number of other children, fell and sustained a fracture of the left arm. GORE. Rev. J. A. Hosking, of Gore, has been invited to succeed Mr Boys, at Balclutha. The latter's term of three •years will be up in a few months. Thus a correspondent of the Southern Standard "Sir,—Seeing an advertisement in a Gore paper recently announcing a rise in bread, I would like to know, and perhaps the residents of Gore would also like to know, why one of the Gore bakers can drive bread down to Mataura, a distance of eight miles, and sell it at Id per loaf less than they do in Gore ?” WAIKAKAv The railway is rapidly progressing, and the formation is nearing completion. A start will be made laying the rails (which are at the Bluff) and ballast in about a week’s time.. It is anticipated that another ten months should see the train steaming up the iValley. HEDGEIIOPE.

On Saturday last a music teacher named G. F. Edwai'ds, .aged 62, was found dead in his room in the residence of Mr Stenhouse. Death was due to heart disease. FORTROSE.

Most of the dairy factories are open, hut the milk received at some is very limited. The Otara Dairy Factory Company have sold the season’s output at 6d —Tokonui a shade less. Mr Geo. Morton, of Waimahaka, lost a valuable cow through the pearifle fiend.

It is reported that Mr Elliot’s oldestablished grocery business is to be taken over by two of his employes, Messrs A. McEwan and A.. T. Elliot. The latter is having a large 9-room-ed residence erected adjacent to the store.

Since it was announced that Mr Raymond intended leaving for Home, thi'ee aspirants have been named for County Council honours. RIVERS DALE.

The present railway station has proved quite inadequate fox 1 the needs of the district, and is to be replaced by a larger building a chain or two above the present site. The stationmaster’s residence is also undergoing much-needed innovation.

Mr Geo. Watt is busy re-painting and improving the Catholic Church building. He has also on hand the erection of a large stable for Mr McKenzie, and of a five-roomed dwelling house for Mr W. Muir. Mr Herbert Delaurie, teacher of the Pyramid Siding school, who is now on sick leave, has unfortunately been compelled to resign his appointment. The newly-opened branch of the Farmers’ Co-operative is now in full swing, and is making a bid for a share of the trade by sending a cart round the country districts. The price of the 41b loaf has been steadily rising here, until it has now reached Bd. Flour has also attained the unusual price of 30s per bag', and paterfamilias is becoming ruefully conscious that everything is going up except his wages.

The dear loaf has apparently caused a greater demand for the cheap potato. A representative of a Gore firm has been round buying up all the potatoes he could get. CLINTON.

Bread is at 8d a loaf, with ©very possibility of a further rise. A good many housewives are halving their own bread.

At the last meeting of the school committee it was decided to try the method in vogue in Timaru school in connection with school-cleaning — viz., to sprinkle saw dust saturated with sheep dip on the floor previous l to sweeping it. There has been no epidemic in the Timaru school for the last ten years, arp it is contended that the above treatment is responsible for the healthiness of the pupils.

KELSO. There is little doubt oats will further advance in price, and when the new crop comes in it is quite possible 4s 6d or 5s may be reached.

Farms are being sold daily, the latest being the sale to Mr Palmer (Waikoikoi) of about 3000 acres of

Mr Edie’s Edievale Estate at a highly remunerative priceMr Chas. Todd (Todd Bros. Co.) has lately sold several large sections of the famous Ardmore property, and informs me his firm are having - inquiries from all over the Dominion for farming properties. A few years ago rabbits were sent from here by the thousand, but now bunny seems to be a thing of the past. An owner of a 200-acre property here was a few days ago showing a prospective buyer over a farm. '‘How about rabbits ?” said the buyer. “Well, for every rabbit you see on this property I’ll give you a sovereign,” said the owner. And the owner hadn’t to part with a single sovei’eign.

Considerable quantities of lime are arriving along the line now for farmers, and the wonder is there is not more on many kinds of soil. Eime quite as valuable (and costs but a few shillings a ton) as plenty of brands of highly-priced manures. MIDDLEMARCH.

We are now getting good growing weather. The framework of the A., and P. Society’s new hall is now up. The opening of the hall is looked forward to on Boxing Night. Turnip sowing is now in full swing. Cereal crops are all backward.

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District News., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 27, 26 October 1907

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District News. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 27, 26 October 1907

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