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Sib, — After reading a report m your issue of 22nd instant of a meeting of sheep farmers at Blenheim, I have come to the conclusion that the hasty remark made by the Psalmist David that " All men are liars," is not far from the mark. Mr Millward's remarks call for little comment, but there are a few points I must touch on, and leave my Marlborough friends to form a judgment /or themselves, which I am quite clear they are capable of doing.

I don't think Mr Millward should have accused the Marlborough farmers of " running open-armed " to my company, for as a matter of fact, as soon as I discoveied that they had such serviceable arms, I deposited myself m those arms with all speed, and propose to stay there as long as they will have me, and I prefer to think it will take a good man to part us.

I cannot ascertain that the Gear Company had any other " consolidated rate " m print on the 11th April except the one I quoted from ; this being so, if I erred, it should be pardonable. I asserted that " up to the past few weeks the Gear Company had only frozen 500 sheep a day. Mr Millward says this is inaccurate, but not till he is asked does he say " that they have been killing a greater number since February." Now, from the middle of February to April 11th would be eight weeks— Query I Where is my inaccuracy ? . (By the way, it might be interesting to ascertain if the Gear Company have frozen 1600 every day since the middle of February.)

" Enormous reduction m dock charges." Mr Millward shows that the original rate was Jd per lb., is is now reduced to l-9d per lb. It may be remembered that on the 11th instant Mr Carter told me, m answer to my question that the reduction was $d per lb., I replied, " if that were so it meant that the Dock Companies were proposing to do the whole thing for nothing— where was the inaccuracy this time ?

" Mr Millward quoted from his Company's circular of 15th inst re reduction m charges," when on the strength of a red notion m London charges of Id per sheep, they reduce their charges by 4d per sheep. This is bo doubt as it should be, but I admit at once that I cannot and shall mot offer at any time "4d for one penny." Please note that this reduction was made -four days after my meeting on the list inst.

With regard to damage to sheep carried by sea and rail, I frequently find a considerable difference of opinion between the " owner of the sheep " and the Freezing Company."

Mr Millward asserts that "Mr Nelson made mention of the Gear Company's Chairman having received £1000 last yer>r." Mr Millward has made this assertion before, and was told it was not true. Now he prefers to reiterate it, km— ; -t~ it to be untrue — even Mr Carter u.i-*uts this. Where does the inaccuracy lie ?

I am afraid, Sir, I am trespassing rather much on your Valuable apace, but I must ask room for one word with my friend Mr Carter, I use the term " friend " advisedly, as at the meeting on the 11th inst. he saidhe had never opposed me m any way (only he thought we were all wrpng ! ! !) and a few minutes before my leaving Blenheim we had a most cordial conversation and Jeavetaking. But, m answer to Mr Carter's re« mavks, I must say I did not mislead " the people m your province." How could I know what reductions the Gear Company had made if they were not published until " four days " after my meeting. I deny that I made very little reference to the Meat Export Company's charges. Mr Milhvard complains that I made too muoh.

Mr Carter's reference to Boga Factory killing requires more than a passing remark. I must tell you that both Mr Carter and Mr Hanna paid me a visit at Tomoana, and as it is difficult to remember exactly which part of the long conversation we had, attached to which individual, I must treat all the sayings of this Siaraese-twin combination as the utterances of one man. The combination told me that they controlled almost all the sheep m the district. I replied, " as that was so, they could kill all the sheep they controlled at the Boga Factory.' I was then told " that the Boga Factory was absolutely the only place m the Blenheim district where sheep for freezing could be killed." I replied " that if this is so it will leave us no option, and I will endeavor to make arrangements to have all the killing done there." Shortly after I discovered a far better place existed within a quarter of a mile of the Boga Factory. I may add that m the presence of one of your most respected settlers, I had the question of "Boga Factory killing" out with Mr Hanna, and on my asking why he tod me that the Boga was the only place I could kill at, he said he " forgot the existence of the Marlborough Factory. " Thanking all the residents m your district for their loyalty to me, and believing they will never regret it, I am, &c. W. Nelson. Tomoana, H. 8., April 28th.

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TRUTH OR UNTRUTH, OR HAWKES BAY V. WELLINGTON., Marlborough Express, Volume XXVII, Issue 102, 2 May 1891

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TRUTH OR UNTRUTH, OR HAWKES BAY V. WELLINGTON. Marlborough Express, Volume XXVII, Issue 102, 2 May 1891

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