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(From our own Correspondent.)

Meadows, September 27.

I find I was a little in error in my last respecting the tin-kettling in this neighbourhood. I have learned since that while a number of youths were there, it was a man who was the ringleader, and

that other men were present. I think it only fair to make this statement as good behaviour cannot be expected from the youths when those old enough to be their fathers set such a bad example. The contract of Messrs. Holland & Crouch for cutting the road between this and Macclesfield is progressing. They have cut through a fine lot of beautiful freestone, which will no doubt hereafter prove of great benefit to this locality, good building stone being very scarce here. Mr. Haines, of the Finniss, has started a weekly conveyance from the Finniss to Adelaide, passing through the Meadows and Clarendon. It is a covered one, and contains ample room for 12 pas- sengers. This, coupled with the fact that Mr. Haines is a careful and experienced driver, will no doubt be hailed as a great boon by those who have to travel hence to the metropolis from time to time. The Primitive Methodists are busily preparing for their Sunday-School anniversary, which I understand is to take place early in November. I see Messrs. J. & P. Murray are selling off, owing to one of the firm (Mr. J. Murray) being about to leave this for a more extensive business at Aldinga. I see (by a plan furnished me that Mr. C. S. Keeling, of Finniss Flat has had a portion of his land surveyed into allotments (to form a township), varying from half an acre to three and a half acres, a great portion of it having water frontages to Bull's Creek. It is called Ashbourne, and the main lines from Adelaide to Goolwa and Strath- albyn to Willunga run through it. It lies about midway from Meadows to Goolwa, and conse- quently about three-fourths of the way from Ade- laide to Goolwa. There is no doubt when the main line to Goolwa (which is now in progress) is completed that it will become a flourishing town- ship. The crops are still continuing to go off, and the faces of our farmers are already visibly elongating. On the night of the 26th some cowardly person or persons entered the dwelling-house of a poor widow during her absence from home, and carried off several articles of furniture that were packed up for removal to a considerable distance from the house, throwing some of them in the creek; they also smashed the windows and pulled down a part of the chimney. We have had a few more showers, and the season is considered a very favourable one for this district.