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The following extracts from a letter received by last mail are not without interest in connection with the mail service agitation. The writer is a business man in one of the chief towns in the States :

I have read the report of the Creighton interview with interest. I know that he had gone on a commission, the expense of which is borne by Carl Sprecklcs and the Central Pacific Railway Company. The Canadian Pacific Railway baa become a thorn in the flesh of tho American transcontinental lines, by its tapping the chief American trade centres—Buffalo, Chicago, St. Louis, and St. Paul—and will, in a short time, be in a position to compete for the trade with Japan, China, India, and Australasia. |tf the Caialian Pacific receives the patronage which it deserves to enable it to keep its tracks and equipment in first-class order, and to put the improved coaches on in the winter, there is no good mason why it should not control the bulk of through traffic from sea to sea at any season of the year. Mr Creighton is smart, and speaks his piece well. Americans would call him a “ boss liar.” I fancy seeing Californians grinning at the idea of paying a shilling apiece for New Zealand apples at any season of the year. The facta are that Great Britain is your natural market—it will buy everything that you can produce and spare ; while America cares for nothing that you have but wool, and Americans prefer to purchase that in London, where they have the opportunity of selecting what they want. If I wore a New Zealander instead of an American I would not hesitate long in recommending that the privilege of carrying the Australian and New Zealand mails be given to the lowest possible bidder, with a bias in favor of the Canadian-Pacific Railway and Steam Ship Company. Ido not expect to ever see Canada annexed to the American Union. I do not believe that my great-grandchildren will ever see it. I do not think that it would be wise at any time. America is big enough in territory now. When I suggested some time ago a union of the Englishspeaking peoples defying their enemies and leading tho world, I did not mean organic union. There is danger to liberty in centralisation.

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