TO THB EDITOB OF XHB PBKSS. Sm,—ln your issue of to-day I notice a telegram from Oamaru referring to a young snake found among the sand ballast discharged from a vessel from Queensland; and a few days ago I noticed a telegram from Timaru re a snake being found in some ballast discharged from a ship from South America. Now as our lovely New Zealand is, I think I may yet venture to say, free from venomous reptiles, I think it is the duty of everyone to do their level best to keen it so. If snakes once get a hold in the thick undergrowth and shrubs which cover a great part of this country, they would soon be a worse pest than the rabbits,, which are at any rate harmless to human life. Now that the season for large numbers of ships ooming to the colony with sand ballast from other countries is drawing near, I think it is the duty of the various Harbour Boards to strictly enforce a by-law regarding the sifting, examining, and depositing of sand and suiugie ballast, and thereby destroy all noxious weeds or reptiles. Hoping that some abler pen than mine will take the subject up at once, and oblige—Yours, &c, Non-Sxakk.
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