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PRESESSIONAL.

(pie press association.) t>UN*Diir, June 17. Mr So ible McKanz a AA.EI.Bi., address bli oona Itaents at Nabeby, said that if tbe Reduction of Members Act came into force he could hardly hope to oonteat Mt Ida again, as the district would be teo large. He bad opposed the Bill when It was unpopular to do so, but if anyone wanted to upset It m an underhand way he should have no assistance from him. He gave Government oredlt for tbe aavlrjg effected of £207,000. Protective duties were so much added to the permanent obargea of the colony, as no earplaa of the future could evor be applied to 4he reduction of them. Probably Protectionists would never allow the primage duty to be remitted. Honest surplusts could not bs got for years. Mr Fergus* vagueness would bo oorreoted la Wellington. Sir H. Atkinson was a Vogellte with his propensities repressed by the exigencies of the colony and the pressure of tbe better olaas of his followers. The patent oauae of the so called disorganisation of the Hoove, w*a tbe foot that accident had years ago placed Atkinson »t tbe head of the wrong party. His adherents were attracted by the sterling qualities of the man, though repelled by his polltios. A veto of confidence was oarled with enthusiasm, WboDVisLB, June 15. Several deputations waited on the Minister of Lands last night. One from village settlers asked tbat they might be allotted to acquire the freehold of their seotlons. Mr Richardson replied that Mr Bailanoe, Who Inaugurated the system, was aDXlous that It should had a fair trial, and he (fldr Richardson) have given a pledge In the House not to interfere with It. The depntatlcn oomplalned of village settlers not being allowed to acquire the freehold, as tenants could under the'; perpetual lease system. Me Richardson replied "You are living examples of land nationalisation ;" a' the same time pointing out that i» no other way could they have obtained such favoiftble terms. Other deputations urged the opening of a j.oitlon of the foieat reserves for settlement, and the abolition of tolls In Manawatu gorge*

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PRESESSIONAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2150, 17 June 1889

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