United Press Association —By Rleotrio Telegraph —Copyright Keoeived May 1, 10.9 a.m. The Commonwealth Population, SSydney, May 1 Statistics show that the population of the Commonwealth exclusive of aborigines is 3,984,376. Mr;j&eid's Anti-Socialist Programme. Mr Reid has issued a manifesto with referenco to his Anti-Socialism policy. He suggests meetings in all States on Empire Day for the purpose of forming organisations to be united under the came of the Australian Liberal League to withstand revolutionary socialism and support tho~e principles which make for liberty, loyalty, enterprise, and prop,re3f>. The platform he suggests is that adopted by the National Political League inaugurated at Ballarab some months ago, whose principal planks are opposition to caucus Government, nationalisation of industries, promotion of economic reforms and fiscal peace, encouragement of immigration, maintenance of the eight hours' day and industrial development. New Cable to the Carolines. News has been received of the opening of cable communication with the Carolines. The cable was laid by a Netherlands German syndicate, which contemplates extension to New Britain and ultimately to Queensland, if the Commonwealth grant landing rights. Up to the present the Federal Government has declined the proposal. Sir G-30. Turner Retires from Federal Politics. Melbourne, May 1 Sir G. Turner, Federal Treasurer, will not seek re-election at the next Federal Parliament. Postal Poundages. In reference to the complaint of Sir J. Ward, that Now Zealand has been paying 16s per pound for transmission of mail matter to London, the Secretary of the Postal Department states he is not aware what thb charge was under the old contract with the P. and 0. Coy. and the Orient Coy., but during the brief psriod when no contract existed, New Zealand was only charged 2s. Under the new contract the rate of poundage will probably be 3s 7d. A Notable Sailing Feat. The German ship Nordsee accomplished an excellent sailing feat, arriving in 78 days from Bremen. The distance from the Lizard to the equator was covered in 14 days, but she lost time between the equator and the meridian of the Cape, proceeding thence across the Southern Ocean to Port Phillip in 19 days. Fires at Thursday Island. Thursday Island, May 1 A large fire is raging, and several premises have been destroyed. The damage already amount to £6000. Twenty other business places are threatened, and a strong wind is blowing.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6558, 1 May 1905
AUSTRALIAN. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6558, 1 May 1905
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