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The Duke of Argyle's Crofter Tenants.

The Duke of Argyle is one ioi tho stauncheet champions of Hie commercial principle m contracts for the lease of land, aiwi he is opposed not only to Stats interference with rents, but aW> to Jaws profceet&ro^ the improvements of tenants from confiscation. The members of tho Land j Court appointed under the Crofters' Act liave just shown their appreciation of the I)uke's doctrines by reducing the rents of his crofter tenants' m the island of Mull I>y 29 per cent., ate© wtywg ««t twothirds of the arrears of rent, *|Ffo& Puke's tenants on the island of lona have had their rents reduced by 27 per cent. This is not confiscation ; it is restoration, or rather partial restoration. The chiefs of the clans m the Highlands many years ago induced corrupt Crown authorities to grant, them a right of property m lands which had been the common property of their clans, and then they imposed rents <on the clansmen* and as the latter increased, and the demand for ?and became m excess of the supply, lujittf were put up, often on the buildings and vi\tfti' improvements of the pool' tenants. The Dufcfi is a man of plausible words, and those who do not know him well might suppose that he , wasoneof tliemostbenevoleitfc of landlords. In reality, however, he is a dosts /me, and I have no doubt that the mombevs o( the Land Court are justified m reducing the rents he has exacted.—AiiGkiajsd Herald's Home correspondent.

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The Duke of Argyle's Crofter Tenants., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2495, 19 August 1890

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The Duke of Argyle's Crofter Tenants. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2495, 19 August 1890

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