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The Melbourne Harbour Trust by their firmness m refusing to entertain ridionloas demands, have saved the publio £18,000. The trußt required three hopper barges at cnoe ; and the South Australian Government offered the very things needed for £11,500. This became known to the Sooiety of Boilermakers and Iron Ship Builders, who at onoe rose m arms, and protested against the money being spent out of the colony. They alleged that the barges could be built m Melbourne, be ready as soon as needed, and, it was Msumed, at a reasonable figure. They also named Messrs Johnson and Son, of Tyne Foundry, Yarra Bank, as the firm who could do the work. Messrs Johnson and Son were written to, and they offered to oonstroot three barge?, m twelve weeks for eaoh barge, for £9,894 a piece, or £29,684 for the three. The difference between the figures demanded by Messrs Johnson and Son and the piice paid to the South Australian Government is £18,182. In other words, m order to keep £11,500 " m the oolony " the taxpayers were fttked to pay an extra sum of £18,182 to be divided between Messrs Johnson and Son, their work-people, and two or three importers

The following letter has been addressed to the members of the Legislative Houses, Wellington, by Mr Peter Dalrymple, c f Appleby, Inveroargill : — •• Gentlemen— , I beg most respectfully to remind yon of the importance of passing a liberal land law this session of Parliament to induce good farmers from the Home country to come and se.^.e m this OolODy. We have here now railways, roads, tramways, bridge. , docks, and 20 other things that many oldc ankles would be proud of, and we have th grandest colony under the British Grown, arly as large as England, Scotland, and I md, wi'h apopu'ation of only a little ovt lalf a million, and for the last two years t> y have been rather on the decrease ; and \:u find that our rates, taxes, and interest is r dly too muoh for such a

mall population. Unless good farmers are induced to come and Bettle m our colony depend upon it that our high taxation on inoh a small population will bring the colony into poverty and disgrace. As an old colonist and an old man, I beg to remind our members of Parliament that 'population is the first element of wealth.' "

A dreadful tale reaches me from Auckland It appears that there are " fashions" m what is euphemistically known as " plain sewing " aa muoh as m anything else. The latest fad m Auckland m tip-top-sawyer circles is what ie called Thier linen — cr — garments. Every swell dame bas been going m for this Thier clothing. A bazaar m aid of a ohsritable object was held, and great quantities of this new craze m clothes were Bold; The next morning the husbands of half the highborn dames of Auckland were horrified at their spouses going into strong hysterics directly they picked np the paper containing the report of the bazaar. It appears that the intelligent compositor thought he could improve on the reporter's oopy, and improved the word Thier into something else altogether, and when the agonised husbands insisted on knowing the cause of their wives' agitation, this is what they were shown : — " At the next stall the members of the Sooiety (men. tioning a very swell affair) amongst whom we may mention (here followed a list of the highborn dames' names) exhibited a quantity of their nnderolothing 1 This made a most fetching show, and attracted considerable attention ! " I should think it did 1 The editor of the paper also had "considerable attention " paid him during the day. " And all," he wailed as the fifteenth furious husband departed with his last look of hair — " all beoause that fool of a compositor thought the reporter had written ' Thier ' m mistake for « their.' " — " Butterfly." •« Danef n Herald."

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2187, 31 July 1889

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2187, 31 July 1889