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THE Otago Daily Times. DUNEDIN, FRIDAY, APRIL 23.

The couleur de rose which usually marks the public addresses of His Honour the Superintendent has faded away for the present, and hues o( dull and sombre tone begin to take its .-place. His Honour confesses that he is disappointed. The * reasonable expectations' indulged in a twelvemonth ago have not been fulfilled. Not a sod of the Southern Trunk Railway lias yet been turned; nor have intercolonial tinders begun to load and discharge at Dunedin wharf. These and other projects of a similar kind still remain to be accomplished. To one who fondly calculated on their immediate realisation, the disappointment of the present hour must be hard to bearj but His Honour is probably too much accustomed to these disappointments to lose all hope of the future. * Man never is, but always to bo, blest.' His Honour appears to think that

the progress of Otago depend*? entirely on the number of public works-"which, am be conistrueted ; and delay ia their construction in apparently looked upon a.H ruiu. It is to these points that lm disappointment relates. Jlh> imagmatmn is so inifireseed with the 'reproductive character* of public works, that he freta with impatience at oar snail-like progress. * There are many public works required in this province erninenltly reproductive in their character, which can only be accomplished bj' drawing on the future.' If li'w Honour could have had hin own way in the matter, he would long ago have covered the surface of the country with a network of railways—-spanned every river in tho province with suspension bridges — made roada wherever roads could go—and constructed docks and breakwaters all along the coast. Public works are required in all young countries ; and many colonial statesmen j are apt to'think that public works should be undertaken at all hazards, whatever the state of the revenue may be. These colonies have already loaded theimelvcH with debt under the guidance of such statesman. They are always in the market eh a fresh loan for reproductive works. The ' drawing on the future' htm been carried to such an extent that' English capitalists have begun to ask whether there is anything left to draw upon. No one can question the neceaaity for public works in the colonies; but it may very well be asked whether much judgment haa been displayed in their construction, much regard to economy in the exjujnditure they entailed, or much consideration for the revenue pledged on their account. We are inclined to think that a great deal of public money has been expended in Otago on public works which have not proved ho reproductive as they promised to be ; and that it the account* of this expenditure were strictly investigated, the result would not be flattering to the Wisdom of our rulers.

The prosperity of these colonies does not depend on railway lines and bridges, so much as on population. If all the public works required in Otago for the next century could be constructed at once, it would not follow that the population necessary to make them reproductive would also flow in at once. The mere fact that many public works have not been constructed during the past year, affordH in itself little ground for complaint in a review of our progress. If our population has steadily increased, and if our imports and exports show no marked decline, we have every reason to congratulate ourselves. These are the true tests of our prosperity. His Honour's disappointment Is not based on any calculations of this nature. His lamentations on our lack of progress bear no reference to stagnant trade or decreasing population. He admits, indeed, that 'we have not been standing still—that the progress made in the actual work of settling the country during the past year will compare favourably with that of any previous period—that more has been effected in the construction of roads and bridges than has been accomplished for many years piu-st— that the number of holdings occupied and brought under cultivation during the year amounts to one-third of the whole agricultural tenures of the province— that various important undertakings have been completed or initiated'— and that many other signs of prosperity may be noted. So far then as the accual state of affairs is concerned, there seems no reason to bewail the position of Otago, and as for projects, there are si ill enough and to spare. If Mr Young's mission to England has proved a failure, the Provincial Treasurer's mission to Auckland promises to be a success. His Honour informs us that matters have been placed on such a footing by that functionary as cannot fail, in His Honour's opinion, ' to secure the object aimed at.' As some curiosity prevails with regard to the precise character of 'the object aimed at,' the public will watch the progress of this negotiation with no little interest. A railway to Port Chalmers is also among the promises of the present year—a railway, moreover, which will not * materially burden the ordinary revenue of the Province.' From His Honour's allusion to this subject, it might be inferred that he does not attach much importance to it, or else that he does not place much confidence in the proposal concerning it. Probably there is no work which better deserves consideration than such a line of rail. Fortnightly steam communication between Dunedin and Hokitika speaks well for the commercial enterprise of our port, and will no doubt develope some amount of agricultural settlement on the western seaboard.

His Honour discreetly refrained from dwelling", in Dr Featuekstox's style, on the politics of the colony, as opposed to the politics of the province. With the former, the Provincial Council lias nothing to do ; and any dissertation on the subject on such an occasion as the opening of the session, would naturally attract criticism. The temptation to indulge in such a dissertation must be strong, especially when the prospects of the province are passing under review. That our public burdens are increased, and that capital is deterred from our shores, may bo ranked among1 the inevitable eousequences of war; but ifc is highly satisfactory to observe that, notwithstanding such drawbacks, the prosperity of .Otago rests on a foundation too solid to be easily shaken or underrained.

A meeting of the Directors of the Caledonian Society will ho held this evening, at 8 o'clock.

Members of-the Shamrock Lodge, No. 448, 1.C., Hiram Lortgo, No. 1127, E.G., and the Port Chimera Marine Lodge, 942, aio requeatcd to meet at 6 ; and of the Lodge of Danedto, No. 931, E.G., and Lodge of Otago, No. 844, E.C., at 5.30 thiseveaing, at the New Masonio Hall, to attend the ceremony of the consecration and dedication o! that building.

Tho flower show to bo held under the aas«

pices of the HorticmitarM Society daring the Duke'a riat, will beheld mMmra Driver, Maclean, and Qo.'» Wool Stores," HigU fetrdet. Sundry changes in tho price* of admission, &c, Itive been made, which may jbeaecertaiadl on rcforeacc to our advertising columns.

The copyright of the Evening Star newspaper was Bold yesterday..at the auction, rooms of Mr W. Oarr Yoang, to Mr Henry Driver, for L 4 10s. Henry 0. Gary was yesterday again brought l>eforo the Police Coart on charge* of uttering valueless cheques, and was committed for tr al. j We nrfc infermed that a rehearsal of tho j school children, who are to take part ia the reception of tho Dako of Edinburgh, will take place on the Grand Stand in the Caledonian Ground this afternoon. At a meeting of tho Fort Chalmers Town Council, held last evening, to discuss tho i arrangements to bo nude for the reception of H.R.H. the Dnke of Edinburgh, tho sum of LIO was voted for the erection of a triumphal area at tho end of tho jetty. It waa also r< solved to ask the Government to supplement the amount voted t<y the Council.

A meeting of tho Acclimatisation Society waa called for yesterday at tho Atuen&'um, but in consequence of bo many of tho members being engaged at the Provincial Council there was no quorum, and the meeting lapsed.

Tho acceptance of .Nelly Grey for tho Galatea Rtakes iv tbc forthcoming Duke of Edinburgh races, has keen received by letter bearing the post mark of the 19th inst., from .Southland. Thia will probably make somo difference ia the betting -market, as Nelly Grey is an established favourite.

The return match between tbo Bruce Rifles and tho West Taieri Volunteers, catne off on Saturday la*t. An our readers are awaro, each company haa Veen successful on its own ground, bo that the fiu»l competition was looked forward to with no little interest. As will bo seen from the scores, the West Taieri Volunteers were the victors by 63

points:— WEST TAIKRI VOLUSTEBIIB. 200 400 500 TL Ensign Richardson. ~•• 20 22 20-02 Vol. Peter Grant ... 19 20 22-61 „ Jm Jtcwley 2i 21 18-o<> „ Walter Richardson ... 18 19 21—158 Corpl. Joß*.ph Robertson... 17 24 17—58 Vol. D. Buchanan 10 24 17-57 „ John Buchanan 19 24 -14-67 „ Win. Nichol 16 19 18-53 „ Jan Buchanan 20 20 B—4B Sergt. A. Cbwhohn 17 1G 12-45 559 IJItUCB RIFMM. Corpl. Adam 22 24 21-67 VoL Gillies 19 21 18-58 Lieutenant Pettit 21 17 16-54 Swe&nt Diekfton 10 20 14-50 Volunteer M'lntyro 20 18 12—fiO Sergeant Scott 11 18 20-49 Volunteer Hibbard 19 18 11—48 Hardy 12 23 12-47 Marryatt 17 17 9-43 Wilson 14 10 6-30 49t>

The Volunteers paraded last night in front of the Custom Houbo, Lieut.-CoL Cargill commanding. Tho men were put through a number of evolution*, and then inarched up Princes street and back, preceded by tho Band. The following was the strength of the parade:—Artillery—l officer, 4 sergoanta, .'{s men ; No. 1 Rifles—3 officers, 4 aorgcants, ,38 men ; No. 2—3 ofTxo r3, 4 sergeants, 30 men ; North Dunedin—l officer, 2 sergeants, 20 men; Waikari Rangors—l officer, 2 sergeants, 17 mon ; South District 2officers, 1 Hergeant, 13 men; Naval Brigade—l officer, 6 sergeinta, 50 men; Band — 1 sergeant, 18 men; Staff—3 officers, 3 sergeants : Total, 209. According to an approximate cstimalo of tho receipts and expenditure of the municipality of Oamaru f<r the current year, published in the Provincial Government Gazette, the receipts are estimated at L 2775, aud the expenditure at L32G5, showing an expected excess of expenditure over receipts of L 490. The race horsra Cossack and Native were raflled for at Hokitika a few days ago. The former was won by a Mr Aiming, and tho Utter by Messrs Sp.ller and Grant. In compliance with the term* of a numerously Bigried requisition from the electors of tho district of Waikcmaiti, Mr F. D, Rich has consented to offer himielf as a c&ndidate for tho representation of that district in the House of Representatives. Tho total quantity of colonial ale con. tributod by the ChriHtcharch brewers to tho Public Festival Committee of that city, is Blated by the Lyttclton Times to amount to 270 gallons.

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