The Arrow rugby team, winners of the Wakatipu Sub-union's
Cup 1912. Back row (from left): F. Dunlop (referee), G.
Campbell, A. Baker, A. Rushton, R. Shaw, S. Peacock, W.
Shaw, R.A. Armstrong, T. Cosgrove (coach). Second row: J.
Fletcher, R. Heller, C. Smith, C.E. Robins (president), R.
McDowall (captain), R. Archer, F. Shirley. Front row: H.C.
Romans, J. Connor.- Otago Witness, 13.11.1912
A well-known Taieri farmer who has just returned from a
visit to the north, in conversation yesterday with a Times
reporter stated that the continued wet weather was becoming a
serious matter for the country.
He said that this was the second wet successive season, and
that the crops were suffering severely. Potatoes which had
been pointing through the ground for the last month were no
farther forward, the grass was beginning to wilt as a result
of the excessive moisture, and other vegetation was also
Twelve months ago the wet season, following a long period of
drought, was justly regarded as a great blessing in many
localities, but this year the farms were getting too much
The clay terraces were wetter and were holding the water more
than the heavy land, but, taken all round, the condition of
the soil was causing anxiety to the farmers owing to the
advanced period of the season and the impossibility of
getting on with the sowing of the crops. If the unbroken
severity of the weather continues, stock will also have a bad
time later on.
The state of the country at the present, continued the Taieri
farmer, reminded him of the comment made by an American
Congressman who was interviewed by some immigrants who had
been deceived by specious advertisements in regard to land
which they had purchased without first inspecting it.
He said: "I have bought land by the section, I have bought
land by the acre, I have bought land by the foot; but I have
never before seen land bought by the gallon!"
• The greasy pig-catching competition was to have been one of
the features of the Waikawa sports meeting. The selection had
been most carefully made by experts, and a long-nosed Captain
Cooker, of well-rounded proportions, was after mature
consideration selected. Four pounds of "anti-friction,"
better known as grease for trolley wheels, were rubbed into
the well-fledged porker. Darkness was approaching when
Captain Cook, all resplendent in the sunset glow and his suit
of anti-friction, was let loose. He got off the mark like a
running champion, slipped through the fingers of half a
hundred prospective pig-farmers, and made for the bush.
Latest reports fail to announce a capture, though it is said
the pursuit is being prosecuted still.
• The president of the Southland Acclimatisation Society has
received three petitions from farmers in the western
districts of Southland, bearing 100 signatures, stating that
opossums are harmless from a settler's point of view, and
that, considering the value of opossums as fur-bearing
animals, some restriction should be placed on their
- ODT, 15.11.1912
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