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BOWENTOWN, KATIKATI , PROGRESS OF THE TELEGRAPH.
The Thames Guardian's correspondent wHles- —" Amidst native difficulties which &t times t*ve threatened to interrupt, and, for anything I can see to the contrary, -will continue to be the cmb, the progress o f the telegraph line w rapidly advanciu*, an d will, without doubt, xinleaa some Unforeseen circumstance takes pace, b e completed within the prescribed time allowed by Government to the contractors. With Mr. Floyd's staff, and the men employed by the enterprising contractors., there are upwards of 100 men diligently uml successfully prosecuting this m eat undertaking which shortly will unite this province with all the other provinces of the colony. That portion of the line which crosses the peninsula from Hikutaia through a dense forest of about nine miles, has been laid ont by Mr. C. Moling, EnKino-r to the lelegraph Staff, and a line of two chains wide is being cut, and will be completed iv about a fortnight ; and, when finished and beared, will become the most accessible route across the dividing range from la-uranga to the Thames, with the one exception of the pass through Ohinemuri. «y tjose well acquainted with this new line, I am assured that a bridle track can easily »'j made, by which a good sfceedsraan may •reach the Thames from Katikati in seven to eight hours. Tho country through which this lme will pass is undoubtedly beyond the average quality of lands, and well adapted for special selections for self-supporting immigrants, and ought, without delay, to be token up by Government for that purpose. The natives are becoming quite wide-awake to their own interests, aud I have heard those who are employed on the line observe that when the timber which is now being cut through the bush becomes dry, the natives will burn and clear away the atubbs, and plant potatoes on each side of the telegraph line : thereby a value will be put on these lands which hitherto did not exist, all through the influences of uiviliaation. lam not a digger, and know nothing farther than a genuine sovereign when I see it ; still I have confidence m the. statements of those whose profession is *Ci search and find the precious minerals, ar,d I am assured by them that the whole 'district from Hikutaia, across the range, following the backbone of it into Tauranea, crossing over to Te Aroha, is all auriferous, reefs on the surface l>eing known to exist, specimons of which I have seen, and which three years ago were lodged with the Government."
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