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TO THE BDITOB. Sip.,—l wish to protest against the way. the Donmiu is being hflndlfld—it's growing to be quite too expensive. dSIOO a year don't clear it now. If you please a second expert gardener is engaged at^OL a year to assist the Caretaker at £150 a year. Thtm labourers after that, a hot-house going night and day, and other expenses t<,o numerous to mention. Here aio we, a community working under a large over- ! draft, and "ara expected quietly to submit. The Caretiker of the Domain, to my mind, needs only to be a competent landscape gardener. Tbero are in the Domain a hundrad andouo landscape pictures, and a man with a truly artietio eye and keen conception dm make and keep each beautiful. The whole, when thus kept, make the I Domain tho " b-jrmty spot " we all wuh it to be. Our old W.W. gave his chief attention to those pictures (wheie is hi 3 islaud picturo now ? where aro the lordly pines that Smith left ?)—his eyo was of Nature's own—and he left us the beauty spot so much admired by our muoh-travfelled Premier. , We don't want this fancy flower business so much, or a hot-house where the Caretaker will spend a deal oE time that would be better spent on the landscape pictures. Coaxing a few delicate flowers or bulbs in a hot-house may be more to hi? taste, but it's great unnecessary expense—more than the ratepayers are able to bear. The sooner the Caretaker rises to a more exalted view of his duties—that of a landscape gardener—the better. When he does .£2OO will keep up our Domain.—l am, etc., Ratepayers Bt The Dozen. P.S.—The question asked by " Destructor of Reeds, Young Pipers and a'" has not yet been answered. If a satisfactory answer is not forthcoming, what are we to think ?

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THE RATEPAYERS AND THE DOMAIN., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6622, 15 July 1905

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THE RATEPAYERS AND THE DOMAIN. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6622, 15 July 1905

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