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Sir, —As several letters have appeared in the papers lately anent the above, I would like to make a few remarks. There is not the slightest doubt that the native bush is fast disappearing. Surely it is our duty to preserve this in every possible way. There will be none too much left in a few yearo hence; certainly will not if every now and again a fresh gang of prisoners are allowed to hack at it.

I noticed a letter the other day excusing the destruction, on the ground that more accommodation was necessary. I may say that I am constantly about the gardens myself, and consider that there is ample accommodation for three times the number of people that frequent the gardens at present. Why, the seats have even been removed from the Maori house, probably for increased accommodation Some time ago the old rustic bridge was removed for "repairs." I have waited in vain to see it put in its appearance in its amended condition. I think also that if a few of our constables could spend a little more time about these paths, especially on Saturday afternoons and Sundays, the fires which have proved so destructive to the native bush and firs would be of less frequent occurrence. At any rate such disgraceful scenes as one of which I was an eye witness last Sunday might be put an end to and the offenders taught a lesson. I refer to the fact of a crowd of hoodlums who were attacking two young men on one of the public paths.—l am, etc., Conservator. Dunedin, October 31.

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THE GARDENS., Issue 8055, 4 November 1889

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THE GARDENS. Issue 8055, 4 November 1889

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