"The forfeitures (says the "Wanganui Herald") even in the least pros* perous settlements have been exceedingly small, though through a trick they have in some cases been made to look large. Tt has been represented that in the Hevekino settlement there are .106 forfeitures and 4'l settler*. This return is got up by representing every applicant made, when the settlement was first thrown open in 1886, whore theapplication did not proceed any further, as a forfeiture. In the iir.st rush crowds applied, and many of those who were unfit dropped
out before they ever went on the land at all. These are carefully scheduled by the i Land Department, called village settlers, J and made to swell the ranks of the[ ' forfeited. 1 The dishonesty of the trick I is apparent the moment it is explained. I But the official declaration ia sent forth f to afford pabulum for the unscrupulous." I
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Village Settlements., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2401, 15 April 1890
Village Settlements. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2401, 15 April 1890
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