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. Masteuton, May 29.

Mr Beetham addressed the electors in the Theatre Royal last evening. He gave a lengthy explanation of the causes of his eighteen month*' absents from New Zealand, and in the course of his • address | referred to the inadequate representation of £he colony at the Paris Exhibition. He was gLjd to see that the Crown Lands Trust Bfll had baea passed, but thought the Charitable Aid Bill was an iniquitous one. He was also pleased to nofco the substantial progress made by the colony generally dating hjs absence, and thought this was due to the thrifty habits of colonists. He did not think that' shareholders in the Bank of New Zealand had any ctiwse for fear. He advocated the immediate and ptofitabj-e expenditure of the loan fund. It was' gratifying' to find the increase of exports over imports. The flas. market he had no do.ubt would again harden ; the cause of the fall was principally the introduction of an inferior arbicits /«£;•} the London market. The people of New taettj^n/} }yas insured twice as much as any other county hi the wofJiL The debt of the colony heccoi r tended wrs p/ujsed. to a large extent by Native wars .'Pil A--t.-\;£---\•■-r'k-. TTo-cori-si/^ered the H-pi; ■■ »i-..i:--i« 11:■- !,.■:'■ one, as there ji?;,K too much talk and very Uttle Avork done in tli£ House. The Rabbijt Act made Tull provision iov the destruction of the? pest 7 ' but he expressed the hope that that portion of the Scab Act referring to lice should be am.enc!ed ; kg that no more prosecutions would be made, as the country was comparatively free iroftii'^K Ho the colony upon =!v ■no <.■•i" :• , j.iii'. of the railways, hut would not llUe so. gea -them .sold. He was opposed to the speciaf forju of borrowing suggested by; Mr Fergus, and did noslmvg fpv opening up Crown lands by means of deb^ntui-es; H« would like to see' more money" spent on'"education buildings, and favored the placing of a sum of money on the Estimates for immigration. He was accorded a unanimous vote of thanks.

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MR BEETHAM AT MASTERTON., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2437, 29 May 1890

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MR BEETHAM AT MASTERTON. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2437, 29 May 1890

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