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New Zealand's Impression Upon an Outsider

An Englsh commercial gentleman who lately visited this colony, writes as follows to a friend in Auckland :— Liverpoool, Bth May, 1890. You are a community who have had the pluck and unselfishness to spend money freely for those coming after you, bearing the burden of heavy interest on your own shoulders. Creditors are well secured by the honor and ability of your people, by vast tracts of lands still undisposed of, to say nothing of a very large proportion of your debt being represented by bonafide public works, harbors, railways, telegraphs, roads, bridges, light houses, etc., etc., most of which will be abundantly productive as population increases. You havemade thecountry a most eligible one for respectable settlers, and one of these early days the class you want will find out the country, and then the debt per head will appear trifling, and your revenue will enable you to wipe out all the debt you wished cancelled. But when it comes to borrowing money at 3J to 4 per cent in England you had better remain in debt and use your own capital in still further developing the resources of your rich and beautiful country. £11,900 due daily as interest to foreign bondholders looks a large sum, but look at the transformation of a couple of islands as large as Great ,Britain from a virgin of wildness, destitute of most of the fruits and animals of the earth, with impassable rivers, a fierce and cannibal population, in a space of time between your youth and maturity, transferred into a veritable garadise, with well-lighted coasts and arbors, railways, trams, roads, telegraph wires, bridges, handsome well-watered towns, churches, schools, colleges, and libraries, established on the most satisfactory basis. Yourwars terminated, tastes cultivated, and even sport supplied with salmon and trout, deer, and pheasants, to say nothing of rabbits ! Look at the quality and quantity of your sheep, your cattle and horses, at your wheat and oats, potatoes, dairy produce, and fruits ! your coal, gold and buildingstone, timber, gum and flax ! In such a climate surrounded by such glorious scenery, a free people, ruled with justice, and safe from foreign enemies, will become the most happy and prosperous nation on earth. The next generation will feel amused, though I hope grateful at the quiet grumbling of their fathers, and the tone of daspondency which prevailed during my visit. Influenced by Australian gossip, I anticipated looking upon a half-bankrupt people, but when I had passed through fche districts between Lakes Wakatipu and Wanaka to Dunedin, and afterwards through Canterbury, I made up my mind that if what I saw was depression I should have liked to have "half the complaint." I hope you will live to see the full tide of prosperity setting in upon your adopted country.—'"'Nelson Evening Mail."

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New Zealand's Impression Upon an Outsider, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2469, 19 July 1890

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New Zealand's Impression Upon an Outsider Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2469, 19 July 1890