Extract from a damaged copy of the Western Star and Roma Advertiser, 11 November 1922
The soldier settlers (at) Mount Hutton have had a very (difficult) time … 10 months’ drought … Very little dairying … done for some time, and some … settlers never knew where they (were) going to get the next crust … a lot of settlers ran them(selves) short to feed their horses … Cows … died everywhere.
I forgot to mention that … few of the settlers have been in (a) position to pay rates, let alone the (interest) on the loan of £625.
Everyone is suffer(ing) … alike. When cream was a good (price) everyone was just starting, and (then) cream was plentiful and the price (came) down to 6d. per lb., – on top of (that) came the drought.