The Ashburton Guardian. MONDAY, JANUARY 24, 1881. A Money Order System with America.
TOWN EDITION. ‘ [lssued at 5 p.m.]
• The dose of the year brings with it the dose "of many New Zealand subscriptions to American papers, magazines, and other periodicals, and the necessity for renewing the orders brings up a question -well worthy the consideration of politicians. If a man wants the Graphic, or any other English l paper, sent to him, all he has to do is-to l forward a money order for the amount of the subscription to the London office of the paper he wants, and he is supplied forthwith. Should he wish, however, to enjoy one of the many excellent papers published in America, he must give his order through some New Zealand agent, because the absence of a money order system between this colony and America leaves no other course opeh : to him. Besides books and other publications, there are many of the/little products of Yankee ingenuity that; colonists here would like to possess, and would possess them were a simple and safe means of money transmission, like the money order office, at work between the colony and America. To the merchant with an extensive business connection in America the absence of money order facilities is not so much felt, as he can always find his correspondents obliging enough to execute little commissions for him, while he himself has only to make his banker’s draft that he transmits in course of ordinary business large enough to cover the cost his correspondent has been put to. But the working man who only desires say two or three dollars’ worth of books, or magazines, or newspapers, or a small tool or other article that may be sent by post in perhaps the bulk of a match box—lid is tied down to dealing with a New Zealand agent, whose time lie has to wait, and whose commission hehas to pay, and the result is, that what could. be got . for about ios. with a money order system, costs about 20s. without it/ The question is one, we think, of sufficient importance to be worthy of the attention of the .Post-master-General, as private individuals areoften.-. put to great i.nconvenienpe’ through the absence - of this , .financial connection with our American cousins. Especially would an American money - order system be ! useful to this cohnty; ‘as it would raake- easily. and cheaply available to our farmers a large .field of agricultural literature published in America, that tbey.bave now no chance whatever of seeing" because of the trouble and expense attending: the ordering of it. The, postal system is as perfect as that between New Zealand and England, and no fault can be found with it; but still there is difficulty in the transmission of money, and we know that every intelligent man who desires to see good progress imade, in the right direction would wish to be in a position to procure, at a reasonable cost, many of the little rirclc-nacks for which America is so famous,, and to have on his library shelves, and on his parlor table, copies of the American books and papers, whose acquaintance he can only make by waiting in the case of the books for Enplish reprints, and in the case of papers for extracts in New Zealand journals. / .