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From a chatty letter by an old D«Redinite, at present in Tasmania, we have been permitted to make the following extracts; —

I have just returned from a visit to the mines at Beaconsfield, but as the weather was bad I was not able to go down the shafts to see the workings. The Tasmania, which is the one from which so much gold has been taken already, is still showing up Al, and it is thought that the returns from it, when the new shaft is down, will be even greater than before. Most of all the other gold claims are working out well, and there would be a large field for labor if the first-named company did not manage to monopolise the ground, by forcing out the small shareholders out of the adjoining claims, and then closing the mine. Howeyo; 1 , some of the claims are holding their own, and if the water does not prove too heavy for their machinery (pumping), there will be good reports from Beaconsfield this year. The tin mines are flourishing also, and there has been an assay of silyer ore from near Mount Zehan, which has turned out exceedingly rich. One of the copper mines is also at work, and the ore from it looks very good. They are not doing so much with the coal measures as they should. It is impossible to get a ton of coal in town without waiting some time for it. There is, however, plenty of good coal, but there is no energy among the people who hold the mines —truly they creep along they don't push the thing »s they should, especially as they know that there are lots of people who would consume the local article if they could get it when wanted, Th® fact is that the Tasmanians are not a pushing people by any means. Strangers h,ere think tjiat there is no business being done in this city ((Launceston), for there is no rush on. The folk go shout their business as if they were taking a quiet stroll. But for all that the money changes hands pretty heavily, I hear. Now in Hobart, on the ,pth,er hapd, it is all rush, something after the Melbourne style. Yet they say that there is really less business done in Hobart than in Launceston. The last-named city has improved very much since I was last here over three years past, and the buildings are a credit to the p’n,c e - But the “ old identities ” say tha,t the buildings are on much too big a scale, (ipd they wonder what people have built so extcnsiyely for. You can guess from that fact what kind of people we are, and what the new )?lood have to contend against. The suburbs are extending in all directions and more architectural taste is displayed, but it will take a half a century to clear out the old cribs, some of which were old when I was a youngster. If they are on the street line and are very shaky, the City Council may order them to be pulled down. An earthquake would do a world of good in demolishing some of these aneieal; dwellings, and not much harm would be -iop? if the owners were served likewise. That ia »o,t very charitable, yon will doubtless say, but if you saw the houses (save the mark), and then the owners, you would wonder when the former were built and t.he latter born. Rents for decent houses are very high, much more so than in Dunedin, I think, unless you get far out of the city. Living £s reasonable, and in many things cheaper than with you. The meat is very bad stuff; it is hard as nails—nothing like the meat we got in Dunedin, Why it should be so puzzles me, because there is plenty of grazing country. My idea is that the “cl 4 identities,” who are all wealthy, occupy too rfiiph of the land, and refuse to make the best use of p. The same parties of the fossilised order havp too much influence in Parliament. Wnen, ip the natural course of things, they give place to a younger, more (enterprising, and set of men, Taspianja will forge_ ahead rapidly and take her proper pfapp itt the Australasian group.

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TASMANIAN NOTES., Issue 7906, 14 May 1889

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TASMANIAN NOTES. Issue 7906, 14 May 1889

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