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The exodus to which we aire^bbUt^to refer is not that of the ancient Hebrews, to the account bf whichjoiie, of the- Books r of. the Pentateuch is devoted, Wt' to that which v more nearly concerns ourselves in this year of Grace, and which has been going on for the past two years and isf still going on. Mr Taylor, the member for Sydenham. was the other day taken to task by the "Christehurch Press" for stating tli at New Zealand was losing population at the rate of 12,000, a year, but he' wasi, we are convinced, not very far out in that statement. In the year 1888-0 there was a loss .in round figures of 10,000, and though after that the tide turned somewhat, there has since been again an ebb setting in. Last month there was, an"" 1 excess of emigration over immigration of 882, of whom, as nearly as possible, one-half were adult males—that is to say the recorded excess—whereas if" the-'exact facts were known by taking into account those who pay their passages aboard, and whose names are thus not entered at ,the steamship offices,; we .believe that it would be found that the numbers were, at :least 50:per v cent, larger. Of course there is always going on^ the natural increase of population in the shape of births, but alloAving fpr. this, the Registrar-General estimates thenett addition to the number of souls in the colony for the quarter ended 31st March last at 2.607. We verily belieye^that this- even is a mistake, and ihat ihe truth is that there were fewer people in the colony at the date named than ,there were on the 31st December, JBB9. Anyhow it is pretty certain.that theVe was either no increase at ail,.or attest an infinitesimal one, land Mr Fergus thoroughly deserves'the rebuke?.''administered to-him by the^ "^Evening Post", .for- not only ignoriiSg7l|lis,Ubut {{haring the audacity to sp<fik about the ' rapidly increasing population * of the" cblonyi" . Why month (May) the Tekapo took over' io'!fy|tney more than 300 passengers on one^ trip. There is then an exodus, ajid a serious one, going on-^-to use the.words of Mr E. Richardson, at Kaiapbi, a day or two ago, there is," a continuous stream of the best of our people leaving the colony.'.' iAnd/wHy?: 'EeVihe same gentleman answer. ,He says ," Marions causes had been given for the exodus, more particularly that of the stoppage of public works here; and J the' large expenditure going on in the Australian Polonies, where most of ,our p^pi^iaa is going. No doubt these "reasons did account for many having left -usj-but there was another reason, which ;>lie, with many others, thoughViftCcounjEed for a great deal more 7of it^ and that was the difficulties standingrjji the way of those who wished to settle on the lands. He had during th<|i past two years gone amongst tHe/: passengers leaving by; the steamers\^yery week for Australia, and, wienpiwsible, had endeavoured to ascertain why they were going;; and jt was aetonuihing to find how ma'riy • had saW &ey ''would like to stay.could^they r ,get such-Jand as theywisHed jfori Numbers^rom different parts of - Canterbury.: had asked his advice as to-how to go.about getting land. Many had succeeded under one of the various ways oif takii^j up land provided by the Act of 1887, but more had failed' in getting wh^t they required. With the largaquantity of suitable land the Colony hMdVt was almost criminally giving those whp wished, 'fcr ifci Tthkt they require and aresready to pay for/ This last remark every intelligent Teader will heartily-endorse, and it is certainly of i our members in the.forthcoming session of Parliament, ,jiljat they, shall^ one, and all^deyote^th^ir'. earnest attention to staunching the wound from which»the colony is fast: bleeding itself into a state of atrophy,;

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THE EXODUS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2438, 31 May 1890

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THE EXODUS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2438, 31 May 1890