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Ocean Poatag*?. Wellington, April 25. The Government have received a telegram from the Agent-General asking if they are prepared to make any recoil mendation to Parliament in connection with the proposed reduction of : postal rates. A .reply has been sent that the Government Are quite prepared to consider the proposals, but that the matter will not be discussed until the full Cabinet meets. The Postmaster-General considers there: no difficulty in the way of accepting the reduction if the revenue of the colony were sufficiently elastic to stand the loss, but he has grave doubts whether the colony would consent to increased taxation to make up the deficiency.

The Jew Cable. The Eastern Extension Cable Company in view of the early laying of a duplicate cable to New Zealand have applied for and have been granted increased accommodation at Wakapuaka, where it is intended to increase their staff. When the cable is in working order the company expect to effect a saving of time of 60 per cent In the despatch and receipt of cable messages. One of the New Zealand government cables across Cook Strait is giving a good deal of trouble and on the arrival of Cable Company's steamer in New Zealand the cable will be under-run for the purpose of examination. Ea«* Coast Xaud Company, The Government have had several valuations made of the East Coast Company's land at Gisborne and will shortly be prepared to make the owners an offer for the lot. A W«w Torpedo. MrNorgrove a local resident had an interview with the Premier this morning bringing under the notice of the Government a torpedo which he has invented and which he claims is equal, if not superior to the Brennan torpedo. flax lamli. A return prepared by the Lands Department shows the area of land in the colony carrying flax to be :—Crown lands 119,690 acres, private lands 179,450, Native lands 147,262, total 446,402 acres. With the exception of a few areas in South Wellington, the only flax remaining in the colony is grown on the banks of lagoons, rivers or creeks, and in isolated positions. It has, until recently, been regarded as a weed and has been burnt off. Political. Sir F. Whitaker and the Hon. E. C. J. Stevens will arrive about Ist May, when a full meeting of Cabinet will decide the date of calling Parliament together. The Premier considers the date will be either June 12 or 19. Government Inanrancc, It is understood that the vacancy in the Government Insurance Department will be conferred on Mr Richardson, Secretary j and Accountant of the Department. \ The Representation Commlimlon The Representation Commissioners will complete their labors to-morrow. As yet only trifling alterations have been made, but the Commissioners have endeavored to fall in with the views of objectors where possible. In Cfrippe: Greymotjth, April 25. La Grippe has been very busy here for the past week. Cases are very numerous and serious; all parts of the town are affected.

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TO-DAY'S TELEGRAMS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2410, 25 April 1890

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TO-DAY'S TELEGRAMS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2410, 25 April 1890

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