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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 8, Issue 3 (July 1, 1933)

A Modern Miracle

A Modern Miracle.

Before the cure for “bush-sickness” was evolved, the holders of affected land were in despair. They saw their animals wasting away, and ruin seemed to be staring at them. Of course, nobody would lend money on that kind of property which was rather an alarming sort of security. The farmers had many worries, but happily these did not include mortgages, which were not obtainable. Then came that magic touch of iron in the lick which brought health to the stock and happiness to the farmers. Some of the men on that pumice belt are comparatively care-free to-day, because they are not burdened with debt. In a way they were saved by their old misfortune (which frightened money-lenders, and was itself banished by iron).