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yet known to the public, for it is only within the last month or two that I have suffered, and I judge others must have suffered from the same cause, and it will be some time before mob losses are known to the owners themselves;  and many young settlers who have purchased upon credit will naturally hide their losses as well as they can.  I had a letter from a friend in Adelaide saying that they were sending up salt beef from Adelaide to the stations, as there were no stock upon their stations in certain localities fit to slaughter.  From the wet last winter & the winter before last, many flocks in Victoria suffered from the rot which is a more formidable evil, even than drought, as it is a fixed thing in the soil in moist

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