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Ocean Mail Services.

The Postnjftstei'rGenerjil having as yet received ho reply to the telegram he sent some days ago ,to the Imperial Government x'elative to the ocean mail seirvices, cabled again on Aug. 27. This telegram is, in fact, an ultimatum, and if no reply or an unfavorable reply be received in reference to Imperial assistance, the New Zealand Government will not move further in that matter, but will proceed to deal with the whole question as best they can in the circumstances. Failing any help from the Home Government (of which no expectation is now entertained), the San Francisco service must of course be abandoned. The latest estimate shows a minimum loss of £17,000 yearly on that service at the 2M rate. It is made up thus :--. Probable subsidy required by contractors between JNew Zealand and San Francisco, about £40,000 ; add cost of conveyance between San Francisco and London (hitherto paid by the Imperial Government), £6000;— total, £46,000. From this roust be deducted (1) proposed American subsidy, £12,000; (2) Australian postages, ' £7000 ; (3) New Zealand postages, £10,000 j-r-total, £29,000 ; leaving the net cost to the colony as £17,000. At present the only course open seems to be that which I originally mentioned —namely for New Zealand to undertake the homeward despatch by the direct line, leaving the Imperial Government to send the outward mails by whatever route they please, which wmjd almost certainly be that via Suez and Brlndtsi, Two difficulties have, however, turned up. In the first place it is feared that the direct lines will not consent to a fixed time table and penalties if they have only the homeward mail contract on the terms proposed. This would ?j;.ea.n irregularity. Secondly, if the outward i.imU,; are sent by the Orient and P. and O. (i.e., tive federal); lines, their transmission from Melbourne to New Zealand would be merely by the next boat leaving after arrival of the federal .steamer, thus involving a detention of possibly a week in Melbourne, unless New Zealand (jittered into a special contract for prompt despatch directly after arrival at Melbourne. This would mean heayy extra expense, so the position is in every -wftj/ rather embarrassing.—Wellington 'correspondent "Ofcago Daily Times."

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Ocean Mail Services., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2503, 28 August 1890

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Ocean Mail Services. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2503, 28 August 1890