Ranfurly farm scheme

A  view of Pembroke on the shores of beautiful Lake Wanaka, Otago Central. — Otago Witness, 13.1...
A view of Pembroke on the shores of beautiful Lake Wanaka, Otago Central. — Otago Witness, 13.1.1920.
The Mount Ida Chronicle understands that Ranfurly residents are petitioning to have the contiguous property, which has just changed hands, acquired by the Government for closer settlement. This merits the careful consideration of the Lands Department.

The paper understands that Mr Law contemplated cutting up the property and offering it for sale in four or five allotments, and the astute agents, hearing of this, persuaded Mr Law to put a price on it as a whole, with the result that a purchaser was quickly found. 

The property is eminently suitable for subdivision into five or six dairy farms, which could be made payable even at a substantial increase on the price paid by the present purchaser. 

The property is a highly improved one, and is well below the snowline. Settlers would require only a few dividing fences and the necessary buildings, and would be able to make the venture payable from the commencement of their occupation. Further, there is an area of five or six hundred acres that might well be set aside as an experimental farm.

An experimental farm for Maniototo is a project well worthy of the Agricultural Department's consideration, as, owing to our climatic conditions, the conclusions arrived at in other districts might easily prove misleading here. 

As there is a valuable water right in connection with the property, the question of the payableness of irrigation for dairy farming, and for many other kinds of farming, could be economically tried.

It is only by proceeding along the lines indicated that we can hope to see closer settlement in Maniototo.

Shonky showman seen off

A travelling showman plied a very profitable trade at the Port Molyneux sports gathering on New Year's Day until his methods were objected to by a hitherto guileless public, and then his troubles commenced. 

His stock-in-trade consisted of various articles — useful and otherwise — and should the competitor succeed in "ringing" any of them they became his property. In order to induce competition a few coins, 10s and £1 notes were placed among the articles. 
One of the patrons succeeded in ringing a 10s note, which the showman refused to hand over.

The sequel quickly followed, the whole outfit being smashed and scattered broadcast.

That was the end of this portion of the day's entertainment, the showman beating a hasty and strategic retreat.

War on fruit bats

SYDNEY: Drought, rabbits, wild dogs, flying foxes — these are some of the troubles of the man on the land in Australia. Flying foxes continue to do great damage to the orchards throughout the West Maitland district, and the fruit crops, already light, are being reduced by this pest. A number of fruitgrowers turned a holiday into a raid on the pest.

They discovered the haunt of the flying fox in a deep gully in the mountains, and in three hours 18 guns accounted for over 2000 of the pest, in addition to many young ones, which the old foxes with cold parental indifference, threw out. 

The guns had not been long in action when the air was veritably black with the pest. Another raid at Budgong Creek, in the Shoalhaven district, also served to weaken the enemy.

It is estimated that fully 1000 of the pests were killed, the raiders driving them clean out of the creek for the first time on record. — ODT, 7.1.1920

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