WAITIKI VILLAGE SETTLEMENT.
A. cornspondent of the " Waimate Timee " vritea ; — The late Government's Village Settlement Scheme has been Btrongly condemned m come quarters, while m others it is looki d on as the pamtcta, for many of the evils existing among us, but looking at It impartially, and fom a non«pnrty point o? view, it undoultedly has a great deal to recommend i. Many predicted that the Village 1 b'eltlenent m this district, on the Waitaki, would be a failure, but so fir from this being 10, It has every appearance of boing most uccessful On riding through it the -oher day, I waa struck wiih tbe appeirance of comfort nni contentment prova<ing among the people. I observed that rtoat of the two roomed cottages, erected by tbe Govern tent, have been added to, and most of the sections fenced m, whib each family have a fow head of cattle. Another proof of the succohb of the ISetlement seemed to me to be that the Be tiers are proud of tbeir holdings, and an not slow to sound the praises of the promoter — Mr Ballance. The Jand h undoubtedly light, yet payable crops of wheat have ueen roaprni off autne a it this year, and it is a pity that the Government haa not more land there to exond the settlement. The question la, wlere would these dizjn families be had (hey not betn located on the piece of lead} In all probublliiy they would ba lvlug In towuer, and their children canting idly about, instead of whioh they are isaistlog tbeir pirentß to raise crops, ivnoi the land, attend cattle, &0. , thus acqilring useful knowledge, whioh will eoaole them to make their living m the futtre. One would therefore think that he mast indeed be h»rd to convince who wil not admit that the Village Settlement Soleme claims the best endeavors and forteelng care of the L.'gtslatore to make it the ouooeuß It deserves, beoaaie by giving homes on the laud to working uun, and so giving their families a bstter chance of becoming good settlers, it wtuld be a practical solation of the "aaemplbyed" question. I had yet anq(aeY proof of the suooess of our Village Sjttlement, m the namber of healthy koklng oblldren running about, I wai .^old that m and olose to the village there we're nearly 30 ohildrea of school age, and to this must be added the families of Mr Pi Hanley, and Mrs M'Donough, who are within /two miles ot the Battlement. It is therefore clear that a school house flho aid be ballt -without delay somewhere between the JVlllsger ftnd Pike's Point, as the children at these places aro four and five niles.ftom any. other school.
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