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(Per Press Association.)

CHRISTCHURCH February 6. The Hon. F. M. B. iishcr, Minister of Marine and Customs, arrived in Christchurch this morning.. The Minister will be in town until Monday, leaving that morning; for Dunedin. ' Interviewed, Mr Fislier said \.~<' The political outlook everywhere is < tiptop.' I (think the success of the last loan is almost unexampled" in the his-* tory of the Dominion s finance. The exports of the country have been maintained to a remarkable degree. For 1913 the increases,, over and above the previous year, in respect of the articles mentioned, are as follow: —Wool, £1,987,902;. meat, £532,638; dairy produce, £44,946; ilax, £38,401; hides and skins, £60,732; rabbits and hares, £20,485; hops, £1835. "There has been a decline in grain of £621,000, and in. potatoes of £143,000. Grain, of course, is a very fluctuating item, but in -the main the exports show splendid increases. " Land.settlenient has gone on apace, and the Government has not neglected this all-important feature of its policy. During .the year ended December 31, 2143 selectors have been settled upon 677,910. acres of land' The Land- for Settlement Department has been very busy during the year, arid for the nine months ended in- December last the following areas have been purchased:-— 6276 acres, in Auckland, 747 in Taranaki, 6232 in Hawke's Bay, 9844 in Wellington, 84,764 in , Marlborough (of which r a large portiou is leasehold), 2946 m Nelson, 5698 in Canterbury, 1421 in Otago, and 22,764 iri Southland. A totsJ of 22 estates, with an area of 140,692 acres, have been acquired at a cost of £559,660. Under the Land Settlement Finance scheme there have been 4182 acres acquired for £58,729.

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BRIGHT OUTLOOK., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8788, 7 February 1914

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BRIGHT OUTLOOK. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8788, 7 February 1914

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