[per press association.
(Received April 10, 1 p.m.) Melbourne, April 10. Mr John Higginson, owner of the Balode,mines in New Caledonia, who is on a visit to Melbourne, has been interviewed. He says Australia has played her cards badly regarding New Caledonia and the recidiviste question, but at the same time admits that the presence of so many of the worst of French criminals close to the shores of Australia is a serious menace to the well-being of the colonies. The development oi: New Caledonia itself, he states, demands that the existing system of deportation of criminals must not be continued much longer. He is of opinion that France is friendly inclined towards Australia, and does not wish to annoy her, and believes the matter could have been settled long ago had the colonies been milder in their terms. He considers the New Hebrides a natural dependency of New Caledonia, and surely Australia does not want France to give up a natural dependency—something she wants, and Australia does not require, Let the Colonies make reasonable proposals for the settlement of the difficulty, and Mr Higginson says he will use all his' influence to induce France to accept Ithem. For the moment, France refuses to look at things in a reasonable light. The New Hebrides Company would'bring its influence to bear. He, ridicules the idea of buying Fraiwe out, &g he is positive she
would never consent to sell, and Aus tralia must not talk of kicking her out. , °
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NEW CALEDONIA., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2397, 10 April 1890
NEW CALEDONIA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2397, 10 April 1890
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