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A DEFINITIVE DEFINITION.

TO THIt EDITOR. Sir, The amusing discussion that is going on between “Civis,” Sir Robert Stout, and Dr Belcher, touching the exact meaning of “economy ” and “parsimony,” reminds me of an apt definition once given by my valued friend, the late Mr Charles Broad, warden of the goldfields. When I was Commissioner of Customs and he was Immigration Officer at Melbourne, in the fifties, the passengers in a vessel bailing from Bombay lodged a complaint against, the owners to the effect that they were insufficiently provided with food during the voyage. Mr Broad, in the performance of his duty, opened the case thuswise:— “ Your Worship will understand that the vessel is owned by Parsee merchants, and what the passengers complain of is their Parseemonious conduct.” What was “economy ” to the owners was “ parsimony ” to the passengers, John Milton winds up one of his most famous sonnets Now presbyter is but old priest u'rit large. And parsimony is just economy writ small.— I am etc., Vincent Pyke. Dunedin, June 7.

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A DEFINITIVE DEFINITION., Issue 7928, 8 June 1889

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A DEFINITIVE DEFINITION. Issue 7928, 8 June 1889

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