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I Spanking on the oeoond reading of th« Bill providing meaiues (or. tho. extirpation ojf tfce\Oallfornian thistle, Mt ßoxion said that he intended to* oppose the »eopnd reading of this Bill/ He oonildered It, altogether uaeleaa Mod nnoalled-for. He oame from a farming district, and had b?en acquainted, with, farming nearly all,hf»Hf9. He knew something of this ad-oallod Callfornfan thistle, and had beoomo more aopualnted with (t during the last year. Sinoe he spoke on this aubjeot In the ,-Huase < > last aqislon he bad found on hit hew • farm two patohes 4il thja notorious thistle. ,He r had watohed it aa It grew, and waa faiMy efttUfied that It waa the aame thistle that he had, beoD., acquainted with from tho daya of his youth ; and he was rot at all afraid of it. The ooarae he took with it was; to illdw It to grow unHl It was In fall bloom, so that be oouldaeeit In Various atagea,. odd -then he pat the aoythe through It, veti the aheap ate and apparontly «•:,. joyed the thistle very, muoh/ Xt cattle and horses ha.d been thars, there would not have b.aen, % stem of it left. The stalki were aweat and whon they were withered In tho sun cattle would eit them. There wete many weeds far more noxious to farmera than this !socalled Oallfovnlan thistle; He had 4aqnlred from a «reat many of hla farming friends as to what they thought about it, »nd whether they thought it would be profitable to have laspeotors gclnj; through toe oafa n try am 3 trying t6 prevent U.«prnad. His friends, to a m%n, had told him that 't would be uaelc33 expehdltn c, and was not at all desired. Ho Wai. aatlafied the thistle was not nearly bo bad as a groat many other woedß-Buoh ob Of)uob-graßs. sorrel, nettles, dooke, nto Therefore he thought It would bo a waste of money to> app lat lnsp otars to try tr 1 prevent this so-oalled OiHfornlau thistle from «p?aadlng. He called lha woed "the old jffin?lshman." He was .»f opinion that there wai not the alfghtes' neoeaslty for tbis BUI. . He hid heard tb' honorable membr (qb r'ne, Olu u» ep^ker Q! ttß M the honorable merab r trying to flwallq^ the Oallfovnlan thdle," and he *libsd the honorable member had done |Qt l oi tbu« WQqld. bQ «o w\ of him.

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EXTRACTS FROM HANSARD Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2184, 27 July 1889

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