Weather, Wool, Movements of
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The grand change, considerable details of which were given in our last, has now extended very nearly all :over the country. There aro places still which have not had all the rain that could be desired ; but they aro exceptional, and, from appearances, it would seem that all will have enough before tho weather dears up again for a dry spell. The western districts have had exceptionally heavy rains, de veloping into what have proved destructive floods out Wilcannia and Silvorton way, also on the Paroo. Up to 7, 8, 9, and 10 inches of rain are reported from various points-such rain, in fact, as was never before seen in that part of the country. The north west has not had it so heavy, nor the northern dis tricts, coming coastways. The southern districts havë got considerable, but could stand more, and tho southern coastal districts are' in much the same posi tion. The Riverina country, via Deniliquin, Bal ranald, Hay, has not got much we add with regret. As a whole, however, the change is one of tho most efectivo the country has ovor been blessed with, and is doing incalculable good.
Tho news from the London wool sales is better.
At the last sales of last_ week, sound merinos, in grease, had recovered their value, and were selling up to the closing ratos of tho November sales. Scoured were not insuch demand, and aro mentioned as id to ld lower. Crossbreds still hold their own. Some 120,000 bales have been catalogued to date ; tho withdrawals reaching somo 20,000 bales, which is above tho average, and indicates disappointment at tho rates offering.
The effect of the cable nows from London is likely to improvo the selling rates here. Tho first messages . had conveyed a lull in business, and a disposition
towards lower rates. The lots now being offered are principally low and medium greasy and fleece and soourod wools. The best lots of tho latter descrip tions maintain, their position bettor than other sorts; but the lower' grades show a decline in value. Very few lots of washed fleece of average quality and condition, are offering, the bulk being of low quality and badly got up. These are very difficult to quit at oven low ratos. We may quote-greasy from 6d to 10d, scoured fleece from 16d to 19d, do pieces from 8dto 14d, fleece from lOJd to 16d per lb.
Regarding tho wool oxports, the ARGUS gives the following table showing tho shipment of wool from tho four colonies to tho latest dates received, com pared with the shipments to tho samo dates'last year
and in 1882:
18S4-5. I 18834. I Increase.! 1882-8.
New South Wales ... Victoria ..; South Aus
Jan. 24 Jan. 29 Jan. 26 Jan. 13
223,153 282,261 138,415 43,368
2,295 11,178 85,616 Decrease.
157,834 213,208 113,346 27,741 687,197
Shippped from four colonies from July 1, 1883, to ?.???..
June 30,1884 ... . ... ... ... ; ... 8-15,075 Do. do. from July l; 1884, to dato ... ... 687,197
To he shipped before last year's figures will bo
reached ... . .... v ¿..157,878 The increase to dato is thus about 42,000 halos, but it will still bo necessary to ship 157,000 bales between now and the end of June next before last year's figures will be reaohod. Compared with two years ago, the increase amounts to 145,000 bales;
Mr. J. Brown, of Coaldale, who has a small flock of sheep about 100, inf orms the Clarence EXAMINER that his clip this season averaged 6ijlb. : Thoy have been crossed with a half-bred Lincoln ram, and altogether do very well. As tho majority of them are ewes, the yield of wool is very good. Some of tho wethers havo out as muoh as 10 and 111b of wool. These faots show that Bheep can bo profitably kept in the district. ; ?. ;
. Elsewhere, wo give the questions put to candidates in examinations for employment under: tho stock laws., Tho questions are certainly framed with much skill. .; ? ...
. Stock movements aro still quiet, scarcely anything being done beyond the supply of butchers' lots. But grass is growing very rapidly now, and moro active times may bo expected soon.
Wagga records fully 5in of rain, and immense im provement in tho prospects in that quarter. , The movements reported are : January 30-4000 wethers (Robert Beit) from« Pomingalarna for Winderadoen, T. P. Archer in charge,
At Albury the following ihavo passed : 550 morino wethers (John M'Lennan),??from Waterview for Sydr ney ; 630 mixed sheep (Henry Giesoke), from Albury for Glenroy; 3000 merino ewes (A. C. S. Fraser), from Boomanoomana for Nimitybelle ; 150 fat cattle (P. J; M'Alister), from Tarcutta to Melbourne ; 3000 Bheep (M'Lelland and Co.), from Hay for Victoria.
The Corowa crossings, via Wahgunyah bridge are : January 26, 500 fat wethers (M.. O'Dwyer), from Kilmyara; 300 fat wethers (G. Leopard),, from Lowesdale for Melbourne. January 27: 20 fat cattle from Corowa (C.-H. Morras), trucked for Melbourne. January 29 : 2366 store sheep (T. C. Jamieson), from Deniliquin for Doodoroug, W. Holden -in charge.
Deniliquin is one of the oentres yet in want of moro rain.. Tho rains to the west have stopped travelling, and nothing in that way. was done last week. The PASTORAL TIMES looks hopefully to the future, expecting much travelling stock at no distant date.: As showing the,largo amount of stock that has been sent , away from this district, a correspon dent lately wrote that the lanes and roads in the wes tern distriot of Victoria woro blocked up with Riverina sheep travelling for feed. * , ,
Narandera and CaTathool report. good rains and bettor prospects. - The river is abankor. Messrs. H. Manning and Go., Narandera, report having ; sold for Messrs. T. and S. Learmonth, Groongal station, 10,000 throe^years-old oivos.and 10,000 wether weaners; for Dr. Cpiyar.d, .Twyford,J.Q00"BÍX and eight; tooth, OWCB and"1200 mixed weaners ; for, J. Murray, Darlington, 1400 mixed sheep ; 4000 four and six tooth wethers on the Darling, in conjunction with a northern agent ; 34 head of store cattle for. R. Hamilton and Co., Barellan ; 21 hoad fat cattle for F. Jenkins,. Bucking bong; also, in conjitnction. with ,L. A. Foshery and Co., Waggaj. W- J- Blake's' Blakemount.proporty,
near Wagga, consisting, of 2200 acres freehold and. conditionally purchased lauds, at satisfactoryprice, together with 1400 sheep, horses,, and cattle at
valuation. .. . ". . . .;< ,
At Hay, so far, the rainfall has -been light, .but enough has fallen-to make Borne improvement. : The country around has hadí considerable. ; No stock moyemonts,..¿
A Balranald telegram reports weathor close, and se rain. "Two inohes woro rogistored at Clare, Till
Till, and Hatfield ; 160 points foll at D Block, and 310 points at Ivanhoe
; Hillston, Forbes, and Jerilderie report rain, hui riot ' heavily. The Lachlan was very high during Saturday.
At Carcoar 3566 fat sheep (Brownlow and Boyd! are reported as having passed from Corowa foi Bathurst.
Walgett, Cannonbar, and surrounding districts participated in the rain. At Welford and Albindah 4in fell ; but the violence of the tropical downpour on the Darling seems to have culminated in Wilcan nia whoro nearlylOin of rain fell during the week.
The following (says tho" NARRABRI HERALD of Wednesday) are the stock passings from January 10 to date :-320 store cattle (Dunn), from Cowbail to Mudgee, T. Dugan in oharge ; 12,000 store wethers, from J. M'Caughey's, Bourke, for Walhallow, Maguire in chargé; 198 fat cattle (DangarBros.), from Bunna Bunna, for Sydney, Gilbert in charge ; 195 store cattle (Collens and Horden), from Gundo maine, for Muswellbrook, J. Graham in charge ; 8000 store sheep (E. Fletcher), from Coonabarabran, for Gundabhue, owner in charge.
From Walgett our correspondent wires :-The only stock passings for the week, 12,000 wethers for Oreal, in charge of Mr. Loughnan.
Tho Namoi country has not yet got much of tho rain, but the water supply is good, and stock aro in fair order. Six thousand mixed (Messrs-Bacon and Co.) passed Gunnedah, Monday, for Keera, near Bingera. There is great activity in the store sheep market, on account of the demand from the districts where heavy rains have fallen.
A Gongolgon correspondent reports, January 29: We have been favoured with splendid rain since my last, over, 3in fell during tho week. Tho grass is springing splendidly, tho waterholes are full. The river has a good supply, but is not yet runniner right through. Tho roads aro of course very boggy, and travelling is difficult for loaded teams. Scrub cut ting is discontinued on all the runs about hore, and it is fervently wished that it will not be required again. Thooontractors for the Government tanks on tho roads hence to Byrock and Brewarrina have com menced work with a will, as tho recent rain has given them water for their horses sufficient to enable them to sink supply tanks. Stocking up the runs will com mence directly, and in a few weeks stock move ments will be pretty lively, as the grass will be good shortly, and water is now plentiful. Will advise first local stock movements.
The Australian Mortgage Land and Finance Com pany are in receipt of the following telograms: ' ' Temora station,' near Temora, January 20. 8 inches of rain have fallen here; Eckerboon station, west of Wilcannia^ 6 inches 34'points ; lake, 8ft water. Lanawirra station, 4£ inches. Gunbar station, Lach lan River,' total fall, 282 points. Everything running over." , ' \
Bourke, wo learn with regret, has not yet got.suffi oient rain, ? and the weather haB changed to clear again. No stock movements.
Frohi Molong, ' Darling River, a correspondent re ports, January 30 : " Rain falling heavily. I calcu late we have had 2 inches already. 6 p.m. : Down it is coming."
At Wilcannia, Saturday last, tho Darling was running 27ft deep. 24ft at Tilpa ; 7ft 6in at Louth, and low at the higher up stations. Tho weather has been fine and genial since Sunday, the thermometer not going beyond 90deg. The country too wet for
stock to travel.
Tho Louth rainfall registered 7|in. for the week, and at Tilpa over 4in. Tanks and dams are all over flowing in the baok blocks, and the country sub merged for miles around. Considerable fencing destroyed,' but the stupendous benefits conforrod on the district infinitely more than counterbalance tho trifling losses which have been sustained.
Tho Darling rose 18ft on Sunday last. Cobham Lake, which was nearly,dry before tho rain, has now 20ft of water in it, and out about Thargomindah, Thackaringa, and Silvorton the country was.deluged. From all sources congratulatory reports are received, and sufficient supplies are now conserved to^arry all the -Darling stations through tho summer. The earth is thoroughly saturated, and the grass, owing to the groat, warmth of tho earth previous to the rain, can almost be seen growing. . /
From the Paroo, Mr. Hunt, of the Kiroumbra Hotel, ; on the Parpo-road, writes : We had here 10. inches and 36 points, and our house was 3ft under water for two days. The females in tho höuso were perched lipon the bcd, on top of boxes, and the men were all trying to sayo goods and things about the house. I have suffered as far as I know yet to an extent of over ¿S200 worth of damage; but we are glad to say that wo are all alive after it, but suffering from sovore- cold. Tho mail coaoh, which should have loft hero on :Thursday at 3 o'clock, did not get, away till this morning, Tuesday. A horseman coming down the Paroo this morning says for 60 miles up it is as bad ; and I dare say it is the. same all the way up; Although the damage is great, it will bo a groat benefit to the country. Momba Station has suffered ; at'the homestead tho manager calculates tho damage at ¿81000. Such a flood has never been up hero.
Queensland also has had heavy rain. , Cunnamulla reports 3in. At Charleville the Warrego was running a banker. At Tambo nearly 2in of rain foll tho past woek. At Tambo station nearly 3in, and at Lans downe £in; The roads are destituto of pasture, ex cepting at Springsure, beyond the range, and Pine hill beyond Birkhéad, where fair feed is reported. 4in bf rain fell at Greendale. From Winton the reportis, nearly 5in of rain ; at Elderslie, 3in 12pts ; and at Evesham about 7in. Stock passings ai
Winton: 43 mixed'horses from Inverell to Caran dotta, Baker in charge. Wokingham Creek is run ning past Ayrshire Downs. Our Blackall correspon dent wires, February 2 :-Have had l£inrain; Lorne, 5in. Country improving visibly. ? ?? .
Adelaide telograms received from the back settle ments show that heavy rains have fallen to the north east arid north-west of Hergott Springs-tropical rains like those abouti Cootamundra. These rains generallymiss South Australia and fall in New South Walos, but this year they have taken a more direct easterly- course from the tropics, and in consequence districts in which tho average rainfall has boon 7in, have had IQin within tho weok. Tho Clayton River is running half a milo wide, and all of the lakes, orooks,-and darns are full. A lot of fencing has been washed away,- arid itis feared that there will bo heavy .losses amongst the sheep. Tho routo along the ovorland telegraph line fr ona Farinai to Mount Brown diggings, Birdsville, and Innaminoka is now'open for stook; it having been closed for' some timo through the drought.- The following telegram from Mr. W. J. Hanna; road superintendent, to tho Engineer-in Ghief for Roads and Bridge, has been kindly for warnod to us.for publication :-" Enormous floods on the Paroo.' Tho water is 30ft deep, houses swamped, and groat, damage' dono to property. Have heard that Capago dam is washed away. The water is about 6ft deep over top of embankments at Dry Lake tank, arid up to- tho ceilings of Dry Lake Hotel. -There is said to bo sufficient water there to last f our .years." -A7 station'<-dam oh Bunker- creek was earned" away, and a portion of Bunker Hotel. Shall report again when further particulars are to hand, ana in*
1 tend starting for Tibooburra immediately the road is