BETTER FARMING TRAIN.
Visits Too Brief,
BAIRNSDALE, Saturday. - The Better Farming Train arrived at Bairnsdale this morning. Those on board were welcomed by the president of the shire (Councillor T. W. Murphy).
Dr. Richardson, replying, said that deep interest had been taken in the train every- where. It had aroused a response from the public which far exceeded the most sanguine expectations of those who had planned it. The lecture car intended to ac- commodate about 100 people bad proved much too small, and overflow gatherings had had to be held. It had not been with any idea of teaching the farmer how to man- age his business that the plan had been inaugurated, but to help him to increase his output by a better understanding of the scientific side of his work.
Mr. C. Mullany responded on behalf of the Railways Commissioners.
At 11 o'clock a special lecture on domestic economy was given. Children were then taken through the train. Particular in- terest was taken in the cattle and pig exhibition, and dairymen were enthusiastic over the herd-testing demonstrations. The domestic science car was well patronised, and was not nearly large enough to accom- modate all the women present.
A special train from Orbost was well patronised. Many people came 60 and
80 miles, and it was estimated that be- tween 600 and 700 people attended the lectures. Residents consider that great good will result. It is thought that the increased production which will follow the visit will fully justify the experiment. The stoppages, however, are too short. They do not afford the farmer sufficient time to grasp all that the train bas to teach.
The train leaves for Kilmany on Monday morning.