Sir Joseph. Ward, in the course of his - speech at Lyttelton, referred to the reoent, controversy regarding the price charged ■ tor telephones. It -was, ha said, yrith. some pride that he told them that a com- ( parison. between New Zealand and the | Australian States for the year 1006 ia regard to telegraph" and telephone business was entirely in favour of New Zealand. In New South. Wales there : Wef» 1122 offices open as compared with 1007 in New Zealand; in Victoria 565, Queensland 538, South "Australia 304, West Australia 200 and Tasmania 193. The number of exchanges were: New Zealand 112, New South Wales 76, Victoria 31, Queensland 24, Bouth Australia 11, Western Australia 20, and Taf)ma«U 16. Sα f Joseph added that he would not trespaei \ on the subject of cost. The man itt Nβ* ■ Zealand who objected to pay £5 for a domestic telephone or £6 for a business on* Could not be hard up, but must tie very anxious to save money at the expense of the public generally. Bmith &Ctmsioy, Ltd,,, announce that Miss Carter, dressmaker, has returned from her holiday and Is now'booking;, ordert for the comiDg seaaon.^-(Ad.).
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