Otago is at present enjoying a full tide of prosperity, as is evident from the following statements of his honour the superintendent, at the opening of the Provincial Council, in which he says: " I am happy to say generally that at no period since the commencement of the settlement has the Province been more prosperous than now. There is a life and a buoyancy throughout every department of industry which has never been exceeded, and at no time have commercial obligations been more regularly met. The declared value of the imports during the past financial year has been 1,884,90S, while the import duty has amounted to 262,000, or equal to about one-third of the customs revenue of the colony. The gold exported during the year has been 169,212, as against 166,372 ounces during the previous year. The total value of provincial produce exported inclusive of gold amounts to 2,279,663, as against 1,190,000 for the year before. This is equal to 70 per head for each statute adult in the province, an amount which, I venture to say, is unequalled in any other part of the world." These statements of his honour are borne out by those of others from the various districts of the province.

A correspondent in Riverton, says, "A general activity prevails in all building and mechanical departments." Another says, "Some of the Taieri farmers have raised their men's wages 10 per annum, such is the scarcity of suitable agricultural labourers." The Lawrence paper says that "Labour has never been so scarce in the country as at present. All districts unite to swell the great cry now heard in the land for more labour. Every workman skilled or unskilled is fully employed, and an idle man, if to be seen, would be looked upon as a phenomenon. Men for new works cannot be obtained for love, money, or any other consideration." The North Otago Times says that in the Oamaru district double-furrow ploughs are not uncommon. But it seems that we are not to stop here, for on Tuesday last we saw a six-furrow plough at work on the farm of Messrs GifFord & Clowes, Columella. It was drawn by twelve bullocks, attended only by one man, keeping itself straight by its great grip of the ground and the guide wheels.

It was working in very hard ground, compacted almost to the solidity of a road, having been heavily trampled by cattle for years, and was notwithstanding making excellent work, quite as good as could be done with a double-furrow. It breaks up four acres a-day for the cost of one man's wages - the bullocks being content with the natural pasture and a little oaten hay, while horses for like work require to be kept in condition by a liberal supply of oats. Then, again, there is a large saving in tear and wear of harness and cost of shoeing; indeed, it would seem that the plan adopted by Messrs Gifford & Clowes is about the cheapest that could be devised for preparing the land for sowing.