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'THE MOST DELIGHTFUL HOME IN THE WORLD."

The following are the concluding paragr»ph» of & series of pipe letters whioh ha\[e appeared 1p tfii^' Sydney Daily Telegraph from a New Zealander In Australia: "It Is pott time for me to bring tneee letters to a cl ee, and I do bo with a feeling of regret that I was aot able to pat more eolld information into them. But In a holiday sojaurn of five weeks one has not either the time or the disposition for serious work. The trip was to me in the highest degree benefiolal, if only because it taught me to be contented with my own oonntry. After an impartial, if a hasty, survey of the two great ooloniea of which I have been writing, I retnrn to depressed New Zeahnd with, the deliberate aoovlotion that it is the finest of them all. The magnlfioenoe of oar ollmate every Australian admits. Oar capacity for carrying on agricultural pursuits is equally unquestioned. The goldmioing industry is only in its Infanoy with as, aud as It Is we are the second great producers of Australasia, We are destined to be the great rivals of New South Wales in the production of coal. In pastoral pursuits we stand second on the Us • eeoond to New South Wales, wlthgreatadvantagesof ollmate over that oolony within the scope of* oar operations. New Zealand appears to be the favored spot ' \u some of the Industrial developments of reoent years— as in fro*an meat and dairying, for Instance. Yijxy, then, should New Zealand be so "'depressed while othqr oolonjes with fewer advantages flourish like a green bay tree] The answer is sufficiently simple and easy. New Zealand is 4 e P teß sed not because the country Is naturally poor, bat beoause the people have made it so. Daring the last decade we were ever stimulated ; and of late years we have been patytog th& penalty of reaction. We deliberately discounted the future, and now we have quietly to wait until time overtakes as. Extravagance, public and private, did the mischief, and the oonverse of ib,ese mast work the oare. They, with, steady produotfon, wU} do It unassieted, but Improvement (n markets is of course a wonderful help. Anything like sudden and dazzling prosperity — booms and the like — are nelfber tot be expected nor desired. Bat it Is at the dawn of a fairly prosperous period that oare haa to be taken, lest by immediate plunging a stuck of fresh trouble may be storing up for the oolony. Some of oar leading politicians think that wh,en taxation can j be more easily bqrne. then it is the time to inoreasa It ) that when the Interest on loans pan be jast barely provided for, that Is the time to re-tap the London Ihoney market. The people of New Z inland would do well to stop all that and nslst upon the lightening of their, burdens the moment It Is praotloAble.. * Let those who are dissatisfied with New Zealand go and visit the other colonies. They may be dazzled fa* the moment with the wealth of Sydney of Melbourne, but an exploration of the interior of Australia will teach them, as it taught me, that their lines have not bean oast in unpleasant plaoes. Snre am I that by avoiding ignorant nostrums and practising tho homely virtuea of oare and eoonomy, Now Zaaland will, at no very distant time, be the moat solidly prosperous of the Australasian oolQnlos, rnd, for the moderate minted, the eonteated, and the reasonably unambitious, the most delightful home in the world."

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'THE MOST DELIGHTFUL HOME IN THE WORLD.", Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2055, 5 February 1889

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'THE MOST DELIGHTFUL HOME IN THE WORLD." Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2055, 5 February 1889

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