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OUR LONDON LETTER., Issue 7939, 21 June 1889
OUR LONDON LETTER.
London, May 2.
The fears which Sir P, D. Bell expressed! when he opened the first lot of cases from Melbourne for the Paris Exhibition have been more than fulfilled by the arrival of the final contingent, Most of the finest and most interesting of the New Zealand exhibits at Melbourne have been secured by Mr Twopeuy for the Dunedin show, and Paris has had to put up with such fragmentary odds and ends as the New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition Commissioner scarcely considered worth the carriage. Not that it really matters much. The New Zealand court at Parisissuchatiny, out-of-the-way corner of the vast exposition that under no circumstances could much have been done with it. I think' myself it would have paid the colony well to have spent a little money in showing; up the resources of New Zealand at Paris,, and I know Sir F. D, Bell, Sir W, Buller r and other leading Anglo-New Zealandere are of the same opinion. It will be the biggest affair of tbe sort the world has ever known, and the nnmber of visitors threaten to far outvie even oar grand total (which excelled Colindiea, Healtheries, and Inventories all added together) in 18G2, Several persona have called at the AgentGeneral’s offices to know if be can explain, the rise in New Zealand flax. Manufacturers have been questioned on the subject, but (naturally) decline to explain. It is conjectured, however, that they have discovered it mixes well with something else. At the sale of Messrs Grahams, Bate’s herd of shorthorns at Birmingham on Saturday, Biby FitzDavid (51,976), by Kins David (43,417), dam Biby Marchioness, by Knight of tbe Shire (26,552)—0ne of the sires of the herd—was sold to Mr T. Williams for 200 guineas, for export to New Zealand.
The Imperial and Colonial Trading Company still hangs fire, Mr Henry Hassell tells me. Their offer to the Arktos Company of L 25.000 is contingent on the latter proving by actual demonstration at sea that the motion of tbe ship will not interfere with the proper working of the ammoniaprocess. They have swung a small arktoa about in every conceivable manner at the works, aud it seems, if anything, to intensify the cold produce. Nevertheless, Mr Russell requires (veiy properly) a trial at sea.
The Blue Spur directors arc anxiously awaiting the reply to their cablegram, sent three weeks ago, accepting the Colonial Bank of Mew Zealand's terms for taking over the mortgages on the mine, providing also the bank would find LSOO to meet current expenses. I assumed in my last that the bank would certainly grant this much, but the inexcusably long delay in answering looks odd. The shareholders were getting so fractious that Sir W, Buller cabled again three days ago “Telegraph what arrangements made." To this likewise no reply has yet been received. A number of the shareholders of the Blue Spur Company disagree so entirely with Sir Robert Stout in considering “little Brown ” as “straight as a die" that they have resolved to investigate some of that enterprising promoter’s antecedents. A meeting called by Mr Cameron, M.P., was in point of fact held at Cannon street Hotel yesterday afternoon for the purpose of discussing the advisability of sending out a trustworthy expert to investigate Mr Bro'wn’s original statement witii regard to the mine. None of the directors were present or invited to be present, and the discussion was conducted with locked doors. I gather, however, that Mr Cameron has received information from New Zealand, which he considers justifies him in calling Mr Brown some very ugly names. What he and his followers indeed now broadly allege is that the mines were practically worked out when the company bought them, and that the property could not by any stretch of imagination be called a “ going concern." Mr Cameron and those working with him mean to sift the matter to the bottom. Messrs Wainwright and Co. are the solicitors to this section of the Blue Spur shareholders, which is acting quite apart from the Board. Sir Francis Bell came over from Paris on Thursday, but returns on Sunday for tho opening of the Exhibition. Sir Walter Buller goes over on Saturday for the same purpose, taking bis daughter with him. fie will be away for a week. Dr Edward Husband, wbo was for some years medico on board the Tainui and other of Shaw, Savill’s boats, and is well known to many in New Zealand, died on the 25th inst. at Greenwich, where he had recently started practice. He was just fifty years of age. R.I.P. The ‘‘Great" MacDermott is underlined for a tour through America and Australia. He will take his own concert party with him.
OUR LONDON LETTER., Issue 7939, 21 June 1889
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