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BYADUIK. The rain during the past fort night has totalled three inches, and as it fell on every day during that period, practically every drop soaked into the ground. The grass has started to grow nicely, and with a continuance of mild temperatures there will soon be fair feed for stock. There have been a lot of losses of stock, chiefly cows and young cattle, during the rough and cold weather at the beginning of last week, and as many of the stock about are in low condition, there are. sure to be further losses before the winter is over, SThe farmers generally are getting busy with their cropping opera tions, and any crops already sown are making rapid growth. Empire Day was observed at the local State school on Monday. The usual educational programme was carried on until 11 o'clock, after which appropriate addresses were delivered to the children by Mr Harman, who is one of the old est residents, and further delighted the children by singing " Just be fore the battle, mother." A half holiday was then granted to the scholars. Mr Kosch, an old and respected resident of Byaduk, died on Thurs day, at the ripe age of 67 years.