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Thk value to this .Colony of the San Francisco service may be estimated from a return lately laid before the House in response to a motion by Mr Ross. During the year ending 31st December, 1888, the New Zealand Shipping Company carried 23,614 tons of cargo inwards, 11,942 tons outwards cargo; and the Shaw, Savill Company carried 25,400 tons of cargo inward and 23,G64 outward cargo. In all, then, the direct service boats carried in round numbers 49,000 tons inwards and 44,000 outwards. "We can afford to omit the fractions of thousands in this case. Now, as against this, what did the San Francisco steamers do 1 For the whole year they carried exactly 1,892 tons of cargo inwards and 864 tons outwards. Amongst the items of cargo carried by the direct service we find 58,591 bales of wool; 625,552 carcasses of sheep (besides 18,892 legs of mutton and 30,000 pieces of beef, frozen); 4,393 bales of flax, antimony ore, butter, cheese, hemp, leather; 1,965 sacks of potatoes; 17,414 cases of meats; and 1,189 bales of rabbitskins, besides other matters, the product of the Colony, classified as sundries. As against this record what has the San Francisco sendee to show 1 Inward cargo, 1,892 tons ("no details given"); outward cargo, 834 tons, in which are comprised 8 bales of wool, 109 bales of sausage-skins, 603 casks of pelts, 91 tons of kauri gum, £196,000 in specie and bullion, and the remainder in general produce— Auckland oysters presumably. Then as to passengers. By the direct services there were during the year 3,658 arrivals and 1,919 departures, as against 197 arrivals and 507 departures by the San Francisco service. Still, we are told, for want of a better argument, that we ought to keep the San Francisco service because of its beneficial effect on "globe trotters." Why it brings nothing and almost nobody here, and it takes nothing of importance and very few away. The fact is that the true policy of the Colony is to stop all subsidies, and simply pay for mail matter at per pound. This is an economy that can be practised without parsimony, and tor this end our legislators should shape their policy. The luxury of all these services can and should be dispensed with.

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OUR MAIL SERVICES., Evening Star, Issue 7992, 22 August 1889

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OUR MAIL SERVICES. Evening Star, Issue 7992, 22 August 1889