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r r . r „ Wellington, May 28 •> ' The acceptance by; the Postal -Conference "at Adelaide of the scheme for guaranteeing a reduction of cable'rai^ will involve the serious consideration by the Goyenurient of- 4 New Zealand's \ position. privftte: telegrams it appears that a .very bitter feeling was manifested against this colony,? by" some members of the Conference, yon account of her refusal hitherto to join in the paymenVof subsidies to the Australian^cabtes^A resolution was^pa^eM that non-contributing i pay higher rates than •ptherdpaiid ojcj. its being suggested! that tfi.ey might appoint an agent to receive messages and fortirard them on,' -some pf the| representatives said thejr^Goyern;mente would rpass; Acts" nuking such a thing:,punishable' as treason!. A rough calculation shows that JSew Zealand would.^have to guarantee about £6000, provided, we are not asked ; toj;Pay.any portion of ;the,subsidy.7 for f the "'duplicate cable to Western Australia. It does not > follojr that the whole of this amount or "any of it would -certainly have to be ;handed^, over.- Exact 'estimates will be drawn^ up for .the., information; of the Government, and when full information arrives from the. Conference they will go into the matter and decide whether Parliament shall be asked to take advantage of,the cheapened, rates and give the necessary guarantee. It will probably bejnade a condition that the rates on the jcable. between here and - Australia shall,. be lowered/ ' -*-■ :

The cost of repairing the Cook Strait cable was £3000.,, This sum, though 1 larger than was expected, on account of the long detention of the steamer, 1 arid the unforseen difficulties met with, is, only half what it would have cost to bring a steamer here specially. Eight miles of the cable were taken up.. -

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THE CABLE RATES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2437, 29 May 1890

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THE CABLE RATES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2437, 29 May 1890

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