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COUNTRY NEWS. PBI e2l can. 1e-T 1 etury makes been passed on seveeral occsions this meonth the highest temperature being 1l8 on Wed nesday. Cartage of wheat is still almost at full pressure and the bin practically filled despite the large quantity railed away.-o mestic water supply is very low and cart age of water has commenced from the town well and the East Buntine tank.-0n Sun day Btuntine crcketers (155) were defeated by Pithara (249). BSSELTDON, Jan. 13.-The Busselton Bowllng Club played its second Pennant match of the season on January 7 and defeated the The Chrimasoappeal ooff the Buselton Ba Band resulted in over £21 being raised, of which £20 is to be spent on new iSatruments. --last week'a heat wave at Busselton was the longest remembered here for many De. On Wdedyon Thursday it was IOL-Rainfalll regsee d at the Bofelton post office for 1939 totalled 3.932 points, and was about live Inches greater aual meetting f the eeBusselton sub-branch of the R.S.L. was held on January 8. when the election of officers resulted:--president. Mr. F. Jones; past-president, Mr. IL. N. Wes tond vice-presidents. Messrs. A. Forster and S. Carter. scretary, Mr. Ln M.rowell; trea surer. Mr. W. H. Willmotte MDlowAr auditor. Mr. Mu. W. S. Greatorex. On January 10 the sub-branch entertained shout 40 members of the Busselton detachment of the 44th Bat talion at a social evenng.-The Loeut .- Gvrnor (Sly James Mitchell) spent last week in this district eshoying duck-shooting and fish iatg.-Cricket fixtures In the Vasse Associa tion played on Januay 7 resulted:-oallingup (first innings 77) defeated tuabon (first in ninge 61); St. Mary's (flrstdlnnings 3 wickets declared for 84. second innings 4 wickets for 35) defeated Ya-yalup (first innings 15. second Innsdefeated ~3isseltonrbro (is (first innings 7 wickets for 62) LAKNE Jan. 13.-On January 2 when Mr. C. Johnson was driving his truck carrying about five tone of wheat In bulkr the front ale brkse and the truck turnedr completely over. The owner escaped with minor bruases but Kalmani won wnas wisthi wasTAdmitte ton the East ern Distrit mee morial Hospital for treatment. Truck and wheat bin were badly damaged-During the past few days wheat is not being delivered quite so freely as some farmers have finished harvestigouter Trtheanaeting ofbyllb thed Diolaie branch of uthemWhea terower' Union on January 6. Mr. 0. Dalton was elected president and Mr. R. Dunstall accepted the secretaryship, pro tem. T local branch of the Red Cross Society ts very active. Meet ings are held fortnightly and are well at tended. Quite a lot of knitting has been dt'ne and some sewing. Firost-id classes are held weekly.-On January 11 the temperature rose to lO6deg. E SPEL&J(CE Jan. 15.-Thursday and Fri day were extremely hot, the glass rising to 108 on Frda. but a cool chsnge came on Saturdaymaking the weather ideal for the large number of visitors at present here. At the Bliou Hall on January 11, a dance was held In aid of thle Roman Catholic Church. -The Rev. W. A. Hay, chairmen of the East ern Goldfifelds District, of Wesley Church. Sal goorlie. conducted the service at the Methodist Church on January 14. GERALDTON, Jasn. 14.-The number of visi tors to the town continues to be very grati B ing. A party of 35 boys from the Mid lands and Murchison district spent a pleasant holiday here, under the auspices of the Y.A.L.. and 57 boys from the Tardun Farm School, are now holidaying In the town at the Chris tian Brothers College. The cottages at the West End Beach are all occupied, and many bookings have been made rlght up to Easter. the visitors coming from all parts of the State. There is evidence that Geraldton is growing more and more in favour as a holi day resort, and every effort is being made to provide accommodation for visitors. GOOSIALLWyG, Jan. 15.-At the January meeting of the Goomalling Read Board, the chairman moved that a letter of condolence be sent to the relatives of the late Mr. J. J. Enright. who had been a member of the board for many years. end who died on December 25 from injuries received two days previously whfen he fell backwards Off a stationary motor truck and a bag of wheat fell on him. Mem bers of the board stood in silence In remem brance of their late colleague.-Rabbits have multiplied to serious proportions through out the district in recent months. The road board, at its January meeting, ordered a rabbit destruction drive, to continue throughout the summer months. The Chief Inspector of Rabbits has been asked for the assistance of a man to lay poison on Gov ernment reserves.-Following the break oc casioned by the holidays, cricket fixtures were resumed on January 7. when Dowerin (62) defeated Goomalling Wanderers (48) at Dowerin. Bowling for Wannerers, Neville McKenna secured all the Dowerin wickets. his figures being 10 for 23. On January 14 Goonialling Federals were at home to Dowermn and the result was a win for the visitors by 128 to 94.- during the recent oppressive weather the lakes in the vicinity of Oak Park have been largely availed or for bathing. canoeing and shooting. Wild ducks and other water fowl are plentiful on the lakes. KALAI~NNIE. Jan. 15.-A thunderstorm broke over the district last night, but only a light shower fell and the weather is still very hot=-The bulk handling bin is to be closed on January 25. Wheat is being trucked away.-Mr. R. Sudson. of Goodlands, lost about 100 acres of standing crop and about 40 bags of wheat by fire on Thursday last. Further serious damage was averted by the Prompt assistance of wheat carters and share farmers.--In the Ninchan Cricket Association. Zantippe defeated Kulia in a match played at Italannie on Sunday last. RATANNING. Jan. 12.-At their last meet ing members of the Katanning Junior Far mers' Club arranged a motor tour of the South-West, commencing on February 11 and including visits to Bridgetown. Manhimup. Donnybrook. Bunburr and Waroona. with tours of the surrounding districts.-The Great Southern Trotting Derby will be held at Katanning on January 20. when in addi lion to the main event there will be five other races. Stakes for the meeting will aggregate £300. and excellent nominations have been received for all events.-Yester day was Katanning's hottest day of the year. the maximum temperature being lO6deg.

LEONORA and GWALIA. Jan. 14.-The northern goldflelds experienced most oppres sive weather last week. The shade tempera ture here on January 11 was 112, on Janu ary 12 it was 117. and yesterday 113. Late last night a south-easterly breeze lowered the temperature somewhat; but this afternoon was again hot.-Fire Brigade and Leonora cricket teams met this afternoon, the totals being Fire Brigade, 86; Leonora, 128.-The Gwalia branch * of the Australian Labour Party is interested in the advocacy of the claim made by Mr. S. Seddon. M.L.C., for an improved passenger train service to ope rate between Kalgoorlie and Leonora. and taking in Laverton, That body has invited Mr. Seddon to explain the proposal at a public meeting to be held at Gwalia, on a date suitahle to himself. PINGELLY. Jan. IL-At the January meet Ing of the Pingelly Road Board arrange ments were finalised for the annual vermin drive in the board area. The spread of rab bits throughout the district following the last breeding season bas been rapid, so the .posi tion is somewhat alarming.-Arrangements have been made with the Pingelly telephone exchange for a seilsystem of calls to give the alarm throughout the district in the ease of a bushfre outbreak.-A well known farmer of the East Pingelly district, John Edward Jones. died in the District Hos pital on December 18 and was buried at Pingelly on the following day. Deceased, who leaves a widow and one son, was 76 years old, and bad been farming in this district for 35 years. TLAYNING, Jan. 15.-At the meeting of the Kununoppin-Trayning Road Board held on January 8, it was resolved to obtain sig natures of farmers on petition forms for pre sentation to the Government to introduce legislation for the compulsory registration of wool and wheat growers in accordance with the Morawa scheme.-It was agreed to accept the conditions of the Department of Agri culture in relation to the destruction of rab bits on abandoned Agricultural Bank farms. The board is enforcing strict measures for the destruction of rabbits on all properties during the intensive poisoning period.-Bar vestina has been practically completed and yields have been good. There is still a fair euantity of wheat to be delivered. The per manent bulk-silo is filed and there is a large quanti inmt emergency bin which is rapidly WANNAMAL and OGUMBEE., Jan. 14. A successful dance in aid of Mogumber Cricket Club was held at Mogumber on December 23. the club funds benefiting to the extent of £4 -Several parties of duckahootera visited the Wanna19al lakes during the holidays. There is more water shout this year than has been the case for six years or more. There is a large number of swans on the lakes, and although legally Protected these birds seem to be regarded as fair game by some people. Several months ago the shot-mutilated, body of a female bird was found on a nest of eggs. WIALKL. Jan. 12.-Very hot weather is being experienced.' the temperature having exceeded lO9deg. for each if the last five days. A second bulk wheat bin is nearing completion, as the first is almost full.