A Motor Trip to Southern Yorke's Peninsula.
By Sid. Pearce Jun.. of Leierhton.)
Having been offered the opportunity to tour by car the southern part Df Yorke's Peninsula I glady accepted and on April 9th left in company
witn air. ft., j. wood ot Adelaide, m his car. We were to do the journey from Adelaide to Yorketown that day (about 160 miles) so pushed along etrly through Two Wells and on to Port Wakefield. We were not very much impressed with the country between these two towns and considered it very poor farming land, the district having a poor rainfall and a great amount of swampy land, and salt bush in parts, the one redeeming feature being the bituminous road which made very pleasant travelling and which continues to Kadina. We continued on from Port Wakefield through South Hummocks, which is practically all salt bush and is mostly all occupied by Brooklyn Park Estate for grazing and wondered what the sheep fed on, as some of the paddocks were quite bare of any feed. From here on we found ourselves climbing the Hummocks which are at the head of St. Vincent's Gulf and are really the beginning of the Flinders Range, and from here one can obtain a glorious view of the Gulf, and with the aid of a pair of powerful field glasses we were able to see the coastline for many miles, and spent some time admiring this wonderful sight. On resuming our journey within about a mile from the top of the Hummocks we came to Kulpara and with many regrets we left the good road, after having travelled 73 miles on the bitumen. We now found ourselves on a rough metal road considering it was a main road. We continued on through to Melton, which is the last point we saw of the railway line for the rest of the journey and made us wonder why the good bitumen road was taken on to Kadina parallel with the railway line, while the southern part of the Peninsula has neither railways nor good roads. This is typical of Government policy, and I believe is a burning question with residents who have long been agitating for a railway line to Maitland. The journey between Kulpara and Mailiand (19 miles) is a pleasant one, the country being good farming land which had been mallee country, but has mostly been cleared for many years and the road continues in one long straight stretch for about 10 miles and is lined with malice on both sides and makes a pretty view. In these parts much larger implements are used than in Burra districts and we saw quite a number of tractors in use and were also interested to see 10 furrow ploughs being used in dry soil, the ground being much lighter and friable in nature than our home districts. On reaching Arthurton we made a stop for refreshments and then continued on to Maitland (9 miles). We were now coming into some beautiful country and although we did not see the crops we saw very thick stubble in some of the paddocks, some of which we were told yielded up to 15 bags to the acre of barley which is extensively grown in this district. When we reached Maitland we stopped to look around the town which we considered a nice, clean and prosperous place, with a wide main street and composed mostly of modern buildings, shops and residences of splendid type. We were also shown a plant boring for oil but w/ere not quite so optimistic as the promoters in regard to the finding of that commo-. dity, although the town had benefitted by a. plentiful supply of goodwater being struck and which we understand is to be reticulated through the town. On leaving Maitiand we Yorke Valley district which is considered to be some of the best farming country in South Australia, very high prices having been paid for some of this land. This district is £.lso noted for its Clydesdale horses, the Louden Stud of Messrs Francis Bros, who obtained the champion prizes in Clydesdale classes at the Royal Show being situated here. At this stage of the journey we encountered swarms of grasshoppers and although there was not much green feed we thought it fortunate as these pests were plentiful enough to do a considerable amount of damage. ,The road from Maitland to Minlaton ( a distance of 28 miles) passed through a small township, Urania, and in parts is in very bad condition, considering it was the main arterial road and in parts there is no metal, although we saw an abundance of limestone in some of the -paddocks. We were later informed that the Government intends shortly to carry out repair work thereon. Continuing on through Mt. Rat district we were able to obtain our first glimpse of Spencer's Gulf and in the distance could see Pt. Victoria, where recently there has been an invasion of sailing vessels to carry wheat to the Continent and were able to see with the aid of glasses the last of these ships to visit this port for this year. We also saw from this point Wardang Island which stands out from Pt. Vic^ toria and discern quite clearly a wreck on the south end of the Island. From here we went on to Minlaton and coming towards this town noticed a vast difference in the country, the land being mucn more rougn, natural limestone being very much in evidence, although we were informed that it grows quite good crops but entails much stone-picking. The township of Minlaton is a nicely planned town on level ground with a belt of park lands around it, the main street being very wide. We noticed quite a number of recently built shops denoting progress in spite of depression, it also has one of the largest Institute lulls on the Peninsula. Also a wonderful showground of a naturally saucer shaped property and informed that one is able to stand by the outer walls and see the events in the ring over the car tops. The residents of this town also consider their show one of the best in the State, especially the Clydesdale horse classes. From here we travelled to Yorketown, 18 miles. After leaving Minla- j ton for the first eight or nine miles some plendid grain growing lands were seen and we were shown several private water schemes as artesian water supplies were not nearly so plentiful as in Burra district, in one case the water being taken by pjpe line for seven miles, and thus supplied five different farms with stock water. These pipes were put down at great expense. We were also impressed by the large cylinder shaped concrete tanks for conserving both rain and stock water, some of them holding up to twenty, thousand gallons, nearly every farm bad either one of these or a stone tank. Many variations in the country were noticed, after this the mallee giving place to ti tree and sheoak and much stony ground was evident and just before reaching Yorketown we were able to see some of the salt lakes for which this district is noted. These are scraped late in the summer but like every other industry are suffering the effects of depression and low prices. We were pleased to arrive in Yorketown as this was the end of our travels for that day. Yorketown. The next morning we had a look around Yorketown which impressed us as being an old fashioned place, most of the houses also the shops had the appearance of being very old although we were told it was a splendid business town. The writer could not help thinking that pur own town Burra was still hard to beat. On this particular morning we were pleased to meet an old friend in the form of Mr. Jas. A. Bishop, of Oaklands, who invited us to stay with him for a few days, so we then left for Mr. Bishop's farm which is situated about five miles east of Yorketown and spent several very enjoyable days with him. Here we were informed that Burra is not the only place where good sheep are bred. Mr. Bishop posseses a flock of fine stud sheep, but his best ram was bred in Burra district. He has also a nice herd of Jersey cattle which are the admiration of the district. The country around this part is mostly ti tree and peppermint gum and is rather pleasant from a scenic point of view and it was here that we saw tons of wood being burnt in bonfires on a piece of ground being cleared, the trees being uprooted by bullocks and the wood just put in heaps and burnt. One could not help thinking that we would like very much to have some of it in our district. On Saturday, 14th April, we were taken by Mr. Bishop to Edithburgh which is situated on St. Vincent's Gulf side of the Peninsula and here we saw the coastal steamer, 'Warrawee' arrive from Port Adelaide. In the past Edithburgh was a thriving town but owing to the languishing of the salt industry it has been very hard hit and much unemployment prevails at present, the main source of income being from the shipping as a large amount of grain is shipped from here as well as general cargo. Continuing our travels we went along the coast through a small township, Coobowie, and then on to Wool Bay, both of these places have jetties and the farmers cart their grain from surrounding districts and from there it is taken by ketches to Port Adelaide. Wool Bay is noted for its lime kilns and from this place is drawn a good amount of Adelaide's lime supplies. We then drove on to Stansbury and on the way stopped and inspected the Adelaide Cement Company's works at Klein Point, about four miles from Staflsbury, Here the rock is quarried and crushed and loaded on to boats by way of a conveyor belt along a jetty straight to the holds. Our impression of Stansbury was that it was a quiet little town, it has a nice beach where one could bathe safely, although the. weather was a little too cold for us while there. It has two jetties, the water having become too shallow &t one, another has been built to sil'.«w the boats to come into deeper water. From Stansbury we returned to Oaklands for the night. Much of this country is well timbered and. is very stoney and noticed quit*- a number of stone walls in place of fences. The next few days were spent in looking around some of the faijns in various districts. Here we found conditions entirely different from our own district in many ways an«l instead of practically all wheat being grown we found thi-t in most cases more barley is produced than wheat. Jn these' parts the Peninsula is not very v.-ice from shore to shore and from Minlacowie beach to Stansbury the distance is only about 20 miles -across, . which make? the climate suitable for bailey growing, i^ the nights .are neariy - aiways cool and damp and^in many places a northerly breeze -comes -»ff the sea. Another fact whi«?h struck us was rotation of crops^njr^t wheat is grown and on the stubble Tfonderful bailey crops t.re grown many cf them averaging up to 40 bushels to the acre and very often on, 'he barley stubble oat crops are g}'-ov;a. On Wednesday, 18ih April we te'it Yorketown for Warooka, 14 nittes west. On this particular day we were s_ble to attend the big fixture of the year for this town which is only a small place but seems very progressive. L our new shops liave been recently built and on the edge of the
town stands one or uie most oeauinui homes I have seen outside of Adelaide, which we were told has evei'y possible modern convenience and is the residence of Mr. Lindsay Croser. The day mentioned is fcn annual affair which takes the fprm of Sheep Dog Trials and Horses Jn ~- Action^ events, and in the -Institute e Flowe^ Show was held, in the. di»g trials events several of the State's best dogs were rcompeting. and we had the pleasure %f meeting 'Mr. O. C. Will and Mr. W. Croser who won the State Championship this year and both -*f whom are known as competitors at the Burra Trials. At the .ilower, show we were amazed to see such wonderful blooms as were shown, quite a number of them especially in the dahlia section were equtl to any we had ever seen. In ,the eyoning a. dance' was held in the Institute which is a memorial to the soldier,* - f the district and again were surprised to see such a nice hall in so small a town. It has one of the best dancing floors, the writer has had the pleasure of dancing on, the music being supplied by a local band. We spent a very enjoyable evening. After this we were the guests for a few days of Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Hurrell, who live on the Corny Point road, and 13 miles from Warooka. Her* we found' ourselves really 'going bush' as much of this country is mallee tnd ti tree scrub, although the better parts of it are cleared and some of the State's best barley is grown, barley being practically the only grain grown as most of ^he land is too close to the coast of Spencer^s Gulf. The soil in this district is of
sandy nature ana not mucn yofruymti is done, the ground being usually ploughed and then seeded. During our stay Mr. Hurrell kindly showed us the beaches and coast in the .vicinity of his home, much of which is of a rugged nature and we spent several pleasant hours at a beach named Levens. Here we found a beautiful beach of sloping white sand on which there are many shells of wonderful colors and varieties, and is one of the bathing beaches of local residents during the summer and we could not help thinking it would be a good spot after a hot day on the harvester. We continued on to Corny Point which is 23 miles from Warooka, the nearest township. The roads were now becoming fa'rly rough and one thought how isolated were these people living here but who seemed more hapoy Uian those in more prosperous districts, from the road s track abo'it 2J miles led us to the Corny Point Lighthouse which at one time was attended to by keepers but is now automatically lit,. th» remains of the houses and gardens st;ll remain. We secured several good snaps of the lighthouse and from thence walked down to the beach which at this part is intensely rugged with (Treat boulders in evidence everywhere, the sea breaking: over them, throwing up snray many feet into the air, presenting to us a gorgeous sight which will not soon be forgotten. We also obtained several food pictures of this«- The next part of our travels took us south from Corny Point, six miles to the home of^Mr. and Mrs. Athol Hill and } after leaving the road one has travel- ' led through over a mile of thick scrub on a rough track before coming to the homestead and here we met a happyfamily of healthy Australians, there being nine children all of whom seemed quite contented considering that they have to make their own pleasure.Here we spent a pleasant time and to the tune of a pianola danced for several hours. With the Hill family -we visited the coast nearest their home and found many variations, some parts being rough and rocky and a little farther away was a beautiful sandy beach known as West Beach. From the rocks we caught enough fish for oar next meal. Looking out to sea from this point Wedge Island can be clearly seen which as its name denotes is the shape of a wedge and . standing out at sea were several fishing cutters, the bulk of South Australia's fish supplies coming from this Gulf. The scenery along this coast . is wonderful and worth going a long way to see and is at holiday times visited by many motoring and camping parties and good fishing and shooting can be obtained in most of these spots. (To be continued.)
A Trip to Southern Yorke's Ppmn^ula.
(By Sid. Pearce Jun. of Leightoii.)
On resuming our trip we found oui1Kulves in need of a guide as we were taking a bush track along the coast and -t times through very dense
scrub and were loriunate enough to find a friend willing to show us the way. Passing through the Carribee district we noted Daly Head which stand-: out into the sea and passed over several pipe clay deposits which were damp and too ,-lippery for speeding, but were told make a perfect road when dry. We noticed where the clay was excavated and from there it is taken to the coast and shipped away for the manufacture of various articles. Leaving what is known as the Cape Spencer road, although it could tscaiwly be described as a road, being mostly limestone boulders, but was not so bid when driving carefully and steadily. From thi-i we went on to a track that led us to Brown Beach. A short walk from the track over a small sand hill brought into view a beautiful stretch of coastline tlong which one was able to see for a number of miles on both sides. We were also able to do exploring and climbing over the rocks. We came on a cave and although not very large there were a number of stalactites hanging from the roof and standing in the cave obtained a novel snap by facing the camera out to see with the boulders and sea showing in the opening of the cave. A little farther along we came to a pretty little bay with a beautiful m; ndy beach and from thence on every few hundreds yards of the coast was different, I have never seen anything to equal it. Our time was limited or we could have stayed for a long time and were indeed sorry to leave this wonderful scenery. Continuing onward we passed over some of the roughest °f ^'e track, the mallee brushing the civ on both sides, with the road mostlv limestone boulders but by proceeding slowly v.e did not suffer any discomfort. The next step was made at Pondalowie Bay and on stopping on a small flat we noticed many signs of camping parties having been there. At holiday times we believe quite a number of people from Adelaide make this their holiday ground as it is a wonderful place for the person who likes shooting and fishing. The scrub in the vicinity abounds with kangaroos and during our travels we saw a large number of these animals and were told that as many as twenty were secured in one day's spoil. On walking over a sandhill we came on one of the most wonderful sights of the trip, Pondalowie Bay. as the name denotes is a beautiful bay with a strip of white sandv beach about two miles round and situated in the mouth are three Islands, the two outer ones being small and the centre one larger with narrow channels between. Just outside of these where I was told the sea is very tret.cherous and the swirl caused by currents was the cause of a recent drowning accident, when three Adelaide business men lost their lives. Inside the islands in the bay the sea is always calm and %vith the aid of a bo^t good fishing may be had almost at any time. Our guide told us that he had seen hundreds of dozen of fish caught here^. We were also shown the method of keeping them by smoking and drying, when good hauls were made and much of the equipment for doing this was still there, and although our stay was short we are looking forward to again seeing Poondalowie in the near future. We next left for West Cape and were once again in the thick oi the inallee, and passing around the edge of a swamp we were now about 40 miles from the nearest town which is Warooka, but were passing through different properties most of which are sheep runs and never at any time very far from the telephone line and thought what a boon it must be lo the settlers in these parts who were so few and far between. Turning up the. sandhill and after a stiff pull for several hundred yards we stopped on the edge of the ciifl's which arc- well over a hundred f^t in height. Led to the edge and then down a steep path we founu ourselves in a small bay with a sandy floor with the cliffs towering on three sides and the sea booming before us, the echoes reverberating like thunder. In this small bay are the wrecks of two ships, one being high and dry, right up by the cliffs, with the hull still remaining intact. This is what remains of a boat known as the ''Ethel' and w could imagine what a terrific sea it must have been to have brought the vessel in there. Just on the edge of the water are two boilers, all that remains of the 'Ferrett.' This boat having broken up and only the boilers ?iow remain. The coast is very treacherous along there and there are also many small rocky islands. In the distance we were able to see the famous Althorpe Islands, the mi-in island with the lighthouse being visible from this part of the coast which is known to sailors as 'The Graveyard of Ships.' All along the various parts of these shores we saw much wreckage tnd timber that had been washed ashore from different ships,
I quite a number of which have met their doom in these parts. It was a ' perfectly calm day when we were in | the Bay of the Wrecks near West Cape and the sea made a glorious sight as it rolled in seven or eight feet high and then broke into a foam and washed up on to the beach much after the way of surf. The undertow was terrific and one could watch this grand sight for many hours. We decided to push on after taking some good snaps of the wrecks and breakers and also a souvenir of the 'Ethel.' We next made for a settlement named Inneston, where a large area of the country for miles around is controlled by a Company known as Peimieites Ltd. The settlement is named after Mr. S. Innes who is the founder of the Company and established the settlement which was originally started by the finding of high quality gypsum deposits. A large factory was established for the manufacture of various products such as plaster of Paris and whiting and at one time there were about 25 or 30 families here supported by the industry or until about four years ago the amalgamation with another Company after which the works were closed and dismantled. We were informed that the gypsum is now shipped to the Eastern Stales for manufacture. After leaving Inneston we passed through several miles of cleared land some of which was being worked up ready for seeding and here some fine samples of barley are grown. In another large paddock we saw about a hundred head of pure bred Shorthorn cattle, these looked to be in excellent condition although during our travels we were shown quite a number of sheep and cattle suffering from a disease known as Co:ist and which is at present baffling, scientific research. The settlers here consider it due to mineral deficiency in the soil. We climbed a steep hiil and found ourselves on a track right at the edge of the cliffs which are not very high at this part. A littie farther along v/e were able to see standing out among s. group of islands the main island of the Althorpes group on which several lighthouse keepers and their i'.-inii!ies lead a lonely existence and without means of communication with the outside world except when the supply boat which calls at certain periods and by wireless over which the writer has often heard messages for these people. Here the sea is always rough and although we were there on a perfectly calm day we could see the
breakers smashing over these rocky islands. We could from here see plainly standing out in the distance the outline of Kangaroo Island and stayed for some time looking at this glorious view, which it is not possible to express in words. One must really see this scenery to appreciate its beauty. We met people who had been to different parts of the world and who declared that they had never seen more wonderful coastal scenery. Proceeding from here we now came to Cape Spencer on the extreme South-western point of Yorke Peninsula. We had now travelled 32 miles from Corny Point and about 50 from the nearest township. Although it does not sound far in these days of fast modern motor cars it is much more or seems so when on the roads which we travelled over. A mail service calls there twice a week with mails and other necessities. The next stop was Stenhouse Bay which is a pretty place, close to Cape Spencer, in fact, is known as Cape Spencer to many people. Here is quite a busy settlement as from Innestbn to this place the gypsum is hauled over a small private railway for shipment, the trucks being drawn by huge tractors and from the trucks the gypsum is tipped into large bins and from the bins a conveyor belt takes the material out aiong the jeity and direct to the hold of the boat in a very modern and up-to-date labor stving way. Quite a number of men are employed at these works and the place which had quite a busy appearance, is well equipped and has quite a large repair workshop which is necessary because of the isolated position. It is here the windjammer 'Hugomont,' which was severely damaged out in the Gulf has been taken and sunk for a breakwater and although no part of her is visible we were shown where she lies. (To be continued.)
A Trip to Southern Yorke's Peninsula.
(By Sid. Pearce Jun., of Leighton.) (Concluded.)
After leaving Stenhouse Bay we continued along the coast and passed a point known as Rhino Heati because of its peculiar shape, close to this spot
we could see the wreck of the collier 'Willyania.' A local resident told us that he had been getting his coal supplies for some years from this boat as after a spell of rough weather a goodly amount of coal is washed ashore, and in a good state of preservation after its long immersion in the water, considering the wreck has been lying there for nearly 30 years. Next we went on to Marion Bay and here we saw the remains of a settlement now deserted as a result of amalgamation of the Gypsum Companies. As a result a splendid jetty over half a mile long is now not used and the houses which were there have been transferred to Stenhouse Bay, whilst quite 2. lot of machinery and several miles of railway line are decaying because of idleness. This we thought an ideal spot for a family to camp, with its nice sandy beach for bathing and the good fishing to be had from the jetty with good shooting i shore as kangaroos are numerous there. From Marion Bay we went inland for about a mile, the road leaving the coast, and passed through a number of sheep runs, the best part of which were the excellent ramps which saved much gate opening. In parts there was splendid feed as this portion of the country having recorded quite a lot of rain, looked green where cleared. Another feature being the excellent water that is available almost everywhere in shallow wells, quite a number of these being only two or three feet deep and the water almost as good as rainwater as one. could scarcely tell the difference when drinking it.' The homes in this part were mostly of the bush type of either galvanised iron or stone, and very small, some of them being no more than huts, the residents suffering many inconveniences. We found them wonderfully hospitable and one is made very welcome and feels that he is in no way an intruder and always finds the dinkum Australian cup of tea quickly made ready for him. From here en we continued toward Cape Yorke and again came , into rough, scrubby country with the trees in many places brushing the sides of the car, the track also being very stony. After several miles of this we took a turn towards the coast and found ourselves again overlooking the sea at Cape York and after walking over a sandy ridge came on to a small strip of sandy beach, on both sides were many boulders. We climbed along these to obtain a better viewpoint and in many places saw the sea eddying and swirling around and booming up into crevices which made a wonderful sight. From here we saw a ship in full sail which with the sun shining through a break in the clouds made a pretty sight and of which we obtained several good snaps. On these shores we could see much wreckage &nd timber washed up which we presumed was from various boats that had been wrecked or were cargo washed overboard. In one particular spot we could have obtained several dray loacs of good timber, in f;.et, all through the trip we had never had any difficulty in obtaining a plentiful supply of firewood as there was plenty of it wherever we went along the coast. We h^d now come lo our last call on this ciuisl and with many rojrrcts decided to move alon^. One could easily spent a week at each of these places and th-* writer recommends any of them to th--- sportsman who likes fishing and shooting or a gowd camp holiday. It is quite the ideal place for the caravan, many of which we heard are there during holiday periods and quite a number of residents from other parts of the Peninsula mako it i:n annual holiday trip. The c!'mal« is ideal and oven in tl:e hot weather the nights are wonderfully cool and blankets aro always necessary, in fact, several mornings during our trip we found a oifiiculty in starting the car owing to the dampness. After leaving Cape York we went on for several miles inland to mor*» sheep country and in coming to a homestead decided to stop. Callhig in for hot water we were surprised to find there Mr. Haigh, of Clare, who had just arrived the previous day to tak-.' up land
there and had travelled quite a number of stock 'down by road, taking ten days to do the Journey. We were, how 25 miles from 'Yorketown so decided to return there. After passing through about ten miles of scrub we again came to the main Yorketown — Warooka road and were pleased to be once again on a good track. On our return journey we deviated from the main road and went through Brentwood and to Hardwic-ke Bay. This part of the coastline being entirely different from the lower part of the Spencer Gulf, there the coast is rough and rugged, but here is a long strir «»f beautiful white sandy beach which extends for a number of miles and on which are held motor cycle races «' the public holiday in January eveiy year. The beach is hard and so smooth is the sand that it is idea! for this purpose. The water there is very shallow for a long way out, consequently it is a splendid beach for children and during the summer months is a great picnic resort for the people of the district. We also called at Port Minlaeowie which is typical of most of the Peninsula poits where owing to there being no railways the grain is taken to these minor ports and from there is taken by ketches to the larger outports for shipment overseas. At Pt. Minlaovrie we saw several large stacks of grain and a jetty leading out from a low rocky shore to deep water, the bags being trucked from the stack to the boat along the jetty. At this stage we met with misfortune in the way of a broken ::xle which delayed us for two days while the replacement was sent from Adelaide. During this time some friends organised for our benefit a kangaroo hunt in the Stansberry scrub and we have to thank Messrs J. A. Bishop, E. J. Anderson and W. Long for a splendid d£.y's sport. Starting off first thing after rising and provided with good mounts we proceeded to the Stansbury scrub which is a large tract of mallee some parts of which have in recent years been cleared and worked, although these farmers are looked upon as pioneers in the district. On reaching the edge of the scrub we found a party waiting for us and numbering ten in all we made our way into the thick of it and soon found that one also took the risk of many scratches in tearing your way through thick scrub, these were included in the day's fun. At times we found ourselves in scrub so dense that it had to be pushed aside with our arms to prevent it scratching our faces and were amazed at the way our hosts were prepared to take risks by galloping at breakneck speed through the thick scrub, but after sighting several 'roos we found ourselves forgetting all risk and letting our horses have their heads joined in and quite enjoyed the fun. especially as we were present at several kills. One could quite understand what it would feel like to be lost in the scrub as we were often out of sight of the other members of the party, but usually found our way back to them. After a long day in the saddles we returned to our host's home feeling stiff and sore and were very pleased to retire to bed that night. Before leaving the Peninsula we spent a pleasant evening at the annual ball of the Y.P. Motor Cycle Club in the Minlaton Institute, which is a fine large hall with a splendid floor and is a credit to the district. There was a large crowd present and one could find no sign of depression there. During our visit we were wonderfullv impressed by the hospitality and kindness shown us by the people of Yorkc'' Peninsula and would recommend to those wbo follow the slogan 'Se«? your own State first' to include Yorko's Peninsula in a lour of S.A. We t-elurne-l to Adelaide on May Slh and home to Burra on the Oth. after covering ovor 2.500 niP.es. duvinjr the four weeks of tr; vel and feel ouile convinced after seeing a large strin of country that as a wheatgrowing district our own is hard to beat.