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NOTES AND COMMENTS.

The Railway Department are advertising exrcnrsion rates to To Aroba, flrst-olaaa (return), 30a ; second, 20s; available for one monthfrom date of issue. This will prove a boon to sufferers from rheumatic affections, for which the hot baths have obtained a great reputation. Other invalids in search of rest and change will avail themselves of this pleasant resort. It would be well if the Lands Department wero to act with equal liberality in assisting to beautify and popularise the valuable Domain which has been conveyed to the I üblic in connection with the springs. It appears, however, from telegraphic correspondence read at the last meeting of the Board that the Minister intendß to withold the grant of £500 which was distinctly promised towards beautifying the Domain, and improving the baths. It is evident from thia correspondence that the Minister disapproves of the action of the Board in appointing Professor Cadman electropathist and hydropathist, and in letting the right, to advertise in the baths at a paltry consideration ; but these are minor blunders, and easily repaired, and are no excuse for the deliberate falsification of the promise which was contained in the following letter from the General Crown Lands Office, Wellington, dated July 6 :— To G. Wilson, Esq , Chairman Domain Board, Te Aroha,

Sir, —I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of June 22nd, reporting upon the To Aroha Hot Springs for the year ending 31st May, 1886, and recommending that expenditure of £2,500 be incurred in improving and extending the Domain. In reply, I am directed by the Minister of Lanrte to state that as the Government cannot promise more than £500 in aid of Domain during the year, you should specify the works which are more immediately required -within that limit.—l have, &c, H. J. H. Eliott, Sec."

Upon the faith of this letter, the Board have incurred very heavy expenses, and the Government have no justification whatever in receding trom it. We hope that further correspondence will correct the impression which has been created by a recent telegram from the Department, that this £500 is not forthcoming.

The Government have a great interest in building up a prosperous town at Te Aroha. The railway, for a very long time, will depend for its revenue upon visitors to the baths, and increased traffic will OBnduce to settlement and to the opening up of the extensive mining areas which belong to the Crown in this locality. There ia, however, an extraordinary contrast between the profuse expenditure by the Government upon Rotorua, where not a single acre is owned by the Grown, and the miserable parsimony exercised towards Te Aroha The testimonials to the efficacy of the Te Aroha baths are equal to anything that has come from Rotorua. The district is much mere accessible and less expensive. Now that there is through railway communication, the stream of invalids from all parts of Australasia to avail themselves of these healing water* ought to b& large and continuous. Even for persons who do not wish to uee the hot baths-the attractions of mountain river, and ferny gully are not excelled in any part of New Zealaud. These, combined with a bracing climate.away from the eea, renderthisresortoneof the bestendowed for recuperating the exhausted physica energies of persons who have been residing near the coast. A liberal expenditure on the Domain in developing the springs, laying off tennis grounds, etc., is all that is wanted to complete the attrac tions of the district, and if the money were judiciously laid out it would produce sufficient revenue to make the place selfsupporting and independent of Governentaid.

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NOTES AND COMMENTS., Auckland Star, Volume XVII, Issue 236, 7 October 1886

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NOTES AND COMMENTS. Auckland Star, Volume XVII, Issue 236, 7 October 1886

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