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1 • fBV‘’TfeLEGB.AtfH.]'" • : ■ . Nelson, To-day. ‘ .’.The Hon. J. C. Richmond, addressed a 'large meeting of electors last night. ' Allqcliog.tO'-hi? CWCCr prior to his late ab- ' sence from the colony/lie ; Said/those who kncw/hjin formerly, would not find him substantially changed. Although he had been ranked#s/ aq .he'* did 'without TegfetV as the vividihterefit thkeii 'in local'affairs no longer existed. ’ Provincial Cquncils hddi exercised a sdrt of official-audit on fhe colonial (finances. ' Referring to their ! original > cob'slAbutioH/ he blamed ! Sir G. Grey for endowing the provinces with the Land Fund, which-was thA patrimony of' the colony, au'diSh George Grey Should have given at-thfe opportunity to construct raiH’ayiiwifflioiitincurring the btaWthfeft'cff foreign rdebt.: Ho considered the Land Tax, and abolitioh of primogeniture a safe-guard-'against the monopoly of large'-es-' ; ;tales.- 'He favored a’capitation allowance ff J volunteers, but ■ insisted on efficiency. 1 As far as was possible] consistent with the treaty ■ the ■ immigration of Chinese should be‘restricted; He blamed the Grey Government 'for continuing, expenditure When the credit of -the], colony !Was at stake, and a. financial. Catastrophe; was, avoided hy this free use of the cable. Mr Richmprjd referred to jtlib acl--1 mirable service tlie'ri rendered' by Sir J. r , ’(Vogel. He appeared favorable to the - Tax, and said he was a Socialist, -and was glad to see that all the essential . points of the Chartist programme had ". been carried out here, where all classes L must work together for common good. Iz ffhought if J the ' railways Were r ‘properly Sfarmed, they would pay interest on cost, 7 ,and /m money squandered on other works. 'He advocated a scheme of general ass-* lauranee to provide against poverty, so that L Ithe aged and infirm should not be obliged to “seek relief pf beggars.. He m» in, %\ or , ! of tivo* Nelsofr Compromise 1 ‘system' of t .education, and would support a reduction b ?of Customs duties. A vote of thanks and tx was passed.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 356, 28 May 1881

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MR RICHMOND AT NELSON. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 356, 28 May 1881