The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas, et Praevalebit. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 1881.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 4 p.m. J
Lady Gordon. —lt is stated that Lady Gordon is now en route from London to Sydney, and may be expected to arrive at Wellington about the Bth proximo. A Runaway. —Last night, a horse attached to Messrs Orr and Co.’s cart, bolted, and ran into one of the canvas tentslately erected near the Town Hall. A slight damage to the canvas was the result. The Wellington Asylum Inquiry. The inquiry into the charges preferred against the management of this institution still drags its slow length along, and is not likely to conclude for another week. The PkopertyTax. —The amount of the tax received by the Deputy Commissioner, Christchurch, up to Tuesday evening was L 28,055. This does not include amounts paid at post-offices. The Wellington correspondent of the Press states that the following are the amounts of the tax collected up to yesterday : —Canterbury, L2 < 5,G18 ; Wellington, L 19,351 ; Auckland, L 17,004 ; Otago, LIG,9IG ; Hawke’s Bay, L 6,468; Nelson, L 3,898; Southland ; L 3,430 ; Waitaki, L 3,050 ; .total, L9G,735. The Prospect of another Loan. — The Wellington Post throws out the following apparently authorised feeler in regard to a new loan : —“ That we shall have to raise at least one more colonial loan, or at any rate to make the attempt, appeal’s certain. The public mind in England is therefore being carefully educated in advance, with a view to the application which is expected, and, probabty, with accuracy, to bo made towards the end of 1882. ” It is further rumored, says the Wellington correspondent of a contemporary, that the contemplated new loan will be three millions, and that in his next Financial Statement Major Atkinson will indicate the necessity for again going upon the London market to this extent, with a view to making it a test question at the ensuing general election. The Hon. Mb Dick on Colonial Reciprocity. —A writer in the Sydney Mail, dealing with the action of the late Intercolonial Conference in reference to reciprocity, says : —“ The New Zealand delegate, Mr Dick, laid his finger upon the plain matter-of-fact defect that the people of Australia want to have remedied before they indulge in visions of federation, when he said that the Customs’ duties were one point on which there was a necessity for union to some extent; but he did not think wo must be absolutely united on everything in the tariff before we could bo united at all ; and that he should like to see us united in reference to the three four different articles of intercolonial consumption, and exchange those productions with one another. By-and-by we chpujd find out what other productions there we»e upon which we could unite for the purpose 'of introducing them into tiie different colonies fre.e of pharge, ”