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y THE UNSEASONABLE WEATHER. ¡ DESTRUCTION OF I. J The ruin that has fallen u;>on the fruit crops of the country threatens to he almost as <-cm)pl<<> in the case of core:;ls and tubers. From all over TIH; country reports are received of the damage doi'.e bv the heavy rains. The have been ccveroly laid that the osr, of harvesting will in j jnany cases be doubled, and t,!»e co:it:n'.rmce of rain j trill have the efi' vt of de <>vi orating the value of i)o;h grain and straw. Thi-re is, unfort'.mate!y, no prospect of an early inipro.-em -n! in t lie weather, nd the outlook for f is i i more serious day by day. Great destruction of <T >ps ha~ r«ite;l in Wales from the sti.ady th;v.*n;T).ir of rain (sarins tiie }> >ht few days, accompanied it ii^s l>een by heavy gales of wind, linn iivcis of acres of corn er.iji- in the Corwer:, LlnnjjoJli-ii, and JUiab-n dis:rirt-- liave been levelled wit h the ground, and the portion <>f the ha}' harvest still unfathered is prae; i -ai iv j ruined. The water* oi' tin* !)••(• iiave over-owed the 1 tanks, many acres being submerged by the Hoods. In Scotland, too. the iss to fanners caused by the inclement weather will be heavy. In Dumfries- oat rop, and in sor.i > in.v.anee? lieids have i.ven ievelled as completely as if a road roller had passed over tiiem. The straw is twisted in all directions, and it will be impossible to cut it. The condition of affairs in E^sex has becoms •Serious in the extreme. or the land forbids work" of any kind exeepi- the collect- ing of cabbages and beans. The earnings of held hands have dropped so low that they aye wand-ring from district to district, in droves searching for work. The farmers have pi ntof work to lie done, but they cannot wild the men on the land, it is tll(, -,Vol'St ii tlje dis'rict since 1379. Owing to a. great deal cf the crops being- already laid in West Norfolk and South Lincolnshire, harvesting has become very cost]v. It has been found necessary to displace the modern machine- cutters by lianli labour. The following brief reports f districts indicate t«u* adverse condition of the crops: Aberdeen.—Crops late and beaten by rain. Derbyshire.—Wheat has come on a little. Hampshire.—Wheat 20 per cent, under average. Kent.—Corn short, and thin; very unsatisfactory. Sussex.—-Corn battered by wind and Westmorland.—Late harvest; no increase of yield. Lister.—Outlook very cheerless. Dorset.—Protracted and expensive harvest. Wiltshire.— ie;i per cent, under tile average cror). Cambridgeshire.—A battered ere;}. Devonshire. heat u,:n and umii r average. Essex.—Wheat badly laid. Her«,or«ish;re. 0;;e-;hird croij down and overrun V ith grass. Leicestershire.—Much (:111 -ge. .Aor111amptonshire.— heat sr orm-broken. ■Northumberland.—Wheat indifferent. Shropshire.—Wheat bin. Shropshire.—Wheat bin. Somerset.—Wheat. Airy thin and bad colour. 25 cent. under .N (,ra ur^shire.—Fair ;L\{'r:1; cr; p-\

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