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Brisbane Letter

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While city folk are pushing and shoving their way towards what promises to be a record

Unratmas ooom, we Bute's primary producers will also have good reason to rfmytwiyr Christmas. 1953. Following good spring rains andbumper sowings, nearly £2Sm. additional wealth is flowing into the Btate's revived land Indus ixleSb sivins many a f arooer sis best Christmas cheque for years. Only in the far north west does tragedy still stalk the land. There sheep and cattlemen are nearing the end of their second year of drought. By the end of this month, the butter returns alone to dairymen will be worth nearly £9m, and though there has been a big drop in onion and potato prices fol lowing a record crop, the re turns are still well up on pre war figures. Despite wranglmgs over prices and quality, tobacco growers have produced over 3,600 tons of leaf for a re turn of more than turn. A £10m. wheat crop is al ready more than two-thirds harvested and the wool men are expecting about £24m. for their year's efforts. A spectacular recovery in sugar crops with a near record production and a higher average sugar price wiH gross growers nearly £40m. All of this adds up to a pretty happy Christmas in any man s language and with more and more farmers adopting the new methods of production, using brains as well as brawn, the pros pects for a prosperous New Year have never been brighter. Tiny Hospital An 80-year-old grazier. Mr. W. R. ('Pop') John stone, and his 75-year-old wife, known to all as 'Mother _' are busv onerat

mg wnat is oeuevea to oe Australia's smallest hospital. The 'hospital,' a one roomed, fully-equipped building, nestles among gum trees four miles from the Brisbane GPO in the new suburb of St. John's Wood. Built by 'Pop,' he and 'Mother' are kept busy treating voluntarily the cuts and bruises and other

doubles ot the hundreds of children in the new suburb. They also treat many adults. 'Pop' has been a St. John Ambulance bearer for 53 yean and in the past eight rears the hospital has had 3.000 patients on its visiting list. There are at least 30 patients a week. The Red Cross helps, but Mr. and Mrs. Johnstone sup ply most of the equipment and medicines themselves. All treatment is free and there is always a local medi cal man on call for an emer gency case. Why do they do it? — Great grandparents them selves, they say: 'People write us the most wonderful letters of thanks, and it pays us Just to see the young ones wen again.' * + * Last stolen or strayed: Nine five-ton waggons be longing to the Queensland Railways have been posted 'missing' among the 33,000 travelling the State system. An employes have been ordered to keep a sharp look-out for them. Local humorists are sug gesting the Railway Com missioner might find them on the 'missing link' be tween the Northern Terri tory and Queensland. .

Russia has vetoed the Indian plan for Korean peace.

Russia has vetoed the Indian plan for Korean peace.