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Several deputations waited on the Minister of Lands laßt night. One was from village settlers, who asked that they might be allowed to acquire the freehold of their sections. Mr Richardson replied that Mr Ballance, who had inaugurated the system, was anxious to see it have a fair trial, and he (Mr Richardson) had given a pledge in the House not to interfere with it. The deputation complained of village settlers not being allowed to acquire the freehold the same as tenants under tho lease system could. Mr Richardson replied : " You are living examples of land nationalisation," at the same time pointing out that in no other way could they nave obtained such favorable terms. The other deputations urged the opening of a portion of the forest reserve for settlement and the abolition of tolls in the Manawatu Gorge,

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VILLAGE SETTLERS' COMPLAINTS., Issue 7934, 15 June 1889

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VILLAGE SETTLERS' COMPLAINTS. Issue 7934, 15 June 1889

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