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Not Half a Bad Story.

The Dunedin correspondent of the " Tuapeka Times " is responsible for the

following very good story : —•

The' dwellers iri the cities and townbred men generally are very often credited with a sharpness and plausibility that do not always belong to them. For down-

right plausibility and the happy knack of

favourably impressing an audience corn-

mend me to your artless, guileless, in-

nocent-looking bucolic—the man with the

placid, ribicund face, whose soul you sometimes think you can see through his

eyos. That wai always my opinion, at least for very many years back now, and fche conviction r was crystallised .by an incident that came under my observation a day or two ago" in the city." "It Was. at j the Land Board office, and the comi missioners were solemnly holding a court for the purpose of hearing applications for land revaluations. In 1 comes a certain bluff-looking agriculturist, very well known as the current phraze goes, in North Otago. He wanted his land revalued at his own figure, and was anything but complimentary to .. the official valuator on whose recommendation the Commissioners usually depend. He affirmed that the land was unfit for cultivation—that, in fact, it was a verit able shingle bed, with large bouldew

plentifully distributed all over it. A reduction arid a liberal one, too, was accordingly made. Who could do otherwise under the circumstances? This much .accomplished our bucolic friend smilingly retired, but returned in an hour or so to give evidence on behalf of a neighbour of his who appeared to be the occupier of another shingle-bed. The witness was emphatic in corroborating his neighbours, evidence .as to^the "quality of his land,; "in fact,' said he I want gravel or stone I get it on my neighbour's land anywhere and in any quantity.' But why, said the sharpest of the commissioners, do you not get it on your own laud? ;You: remember you swore only very recently that your own land was entirely composed of gravel and stone ? 'Well, you see," said our friend; and then, as if remembering that his case had been dealt with and his reductions secured he lapsed into a comical silence that fairly brought down the house.

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Not Half a Bad Story., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2433, 5 June 1890

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Not Half a Bad Story. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2433, 5 June 1890

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