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South Africa.

The Kew Constitution,

United Press Association—Hy Electric Telegraph—Copyright London, April 26 Letters Patent providing for the Transvaal constitution were issued yesterday. The Legislative Assembly will be reelected every four years, and is to consist of the Lieutenant-Governor, between six and nine officials, and between thirty and thirty-five elected members. The voters are to consist of every burgher in the late Eepublic who was entitled to vote for the first Volksraad, and Britishers with six months' occupation, a house rent of £10, or who are earning .£IOO per annum. The country ib subdivided into thirty to thirty-five electoral districts, and will be re-divided after the second biennial and at each alternate biennial registration. The debates will be conducted in the English language, but with the Presidont's consent the Dutch language may be used. In dividing the districts the Commissioners gave due consideration to the existing country's administrative divisions. They were empowered, but did not depart from the standard number of votes within 10 per cent. As regards the war contribution the Government leaves it to the Assembly, being assured that it will dp what is right. The Liberal newspapers predict disappointment, but the " Daily Chronicle " admits that a real, honest, deliberative Assembly will be created. The '• Daily News " says that the voter ap Johannesburg will represent himself as a rural voter, and that; the whole of the household constituencies ought to be based upon population, not on the number of electors. The constitution hands over the Assembly to the mining population. Received April 27, 7.33 a.m. London, April 26 The Hon. A. Lytfcelton, in covering a letter to Sir Arthur Lawley in reference to the proposed scheme of Government tor tha Transvaal, declares that. Lord Milner concurs generally in the Government's line of autiou. The Government believes it will command the adhesion of sensible and prudent men in South Africa and other parts of the Empire, as a full Government, implying party Government, would present conditions which would mean Government by one race or the other. It would become more practicable when tho two races had, with equal rights of citizenBhip, lived and acted somewhat longer together. Bitter memories should be softened by the healing effect of time. The Government expected the co-operation of the Dutch in making the race stand no longer in isolated independence, but a* a strongpillar of the fabric o? the world-wide Empire. King Edward's Government had a most ardent desire for the complete reconciliation of two great kindred races. The Legislative Assembly will not initiate taxation, and members will be paid 40s per day while in sessioD, the salary not exceeding ,£2OO per annum. The Orange Colony is not included at present, and waits for a scheme. Received April 27, 7.45 a.m. The "Times," while warmly approving the Transvaal Constitution, says that the voting power of electors no longer depends on the relative fecundity cf districts wherein they dwell.

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South Africa., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6555, 27 April 1905

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South Africa. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6555, 27 April 1905

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