THE VICTORIAN FOREST EXPERT
. Mr George S.. Perrin;,'KL.S>, P.R.Gi, conservator of Stsite forests in the ic'bloby of yictbriaj arrived in D'unsdih. oh Wednesday nighk . His original mission in coming to this .'colony wail to attend the Timber Conference as delegate from Victotia ; and as-he wa^ on his way he Was paid the compliment by Sir E. N. C. Braddoh, the Premier of Tasmania, of being asked to represent that colony also, but he did. not arrive in Wellington until the last- diiy of the conference; ftnd he w»» then asked by Mr Seddon to report to the New Zealand Government upon the snbjecfi of "Forest conservation. The Government of Victoria having cooßented to his doing to, Mr Perrin hxs remained in tbe colony since.. Of his qualifications no doubt can be entertained. Mr Fertih, who had previously had experience *in pastoral pursuits and in journalistic- life, served for six years under Mr J. E. Brown, the first Conservator of Forests in South Australia, which has the most thoroughly organised State Forest department in the colonies; and subsequently he held the position for two years' and 4-half of conservator of forests iii Tssmsnw. -For seven yefcro now Mr Perrin h»« filled hi* present office in Victoria, bringing to bear in the perfornrance of his dutii« an amount of energy that hn» cabled him not unreasonably to be regarded us a thorongh enthusiast. On the methodsl employed by him high commendation was passed liiik : year by iMr B;', Ribbantrop, inspectorgeneral of Indian Forest*, who had bid the advantage of: being trained in the German 'ey&tem. : •■• ■ ..:•■ /•• ''. .■■■-.
Mr. Perriiu when seen yesterday by a representative of this paper,'was naturally reluctant to anticipate in any way the report which he is to furnish to the Government, but he expressed himself as highly delighted With bis trip in this colony £o far as it had gone, and he admitted that he had picked up some wrinkles which will be of benefit to him in conducting his own department in Victoria. .He has not yet seen anything of the Worth Island to speak of, but he hbpes to vieit it before his return to the other side; From Wellington tm proceeded to Picton> whence he w6nt ovctrland through the Pelorus and Rai. Valleys to Nelson: frqm the Utter place on to Lyell; through the Biiller Gorge to Westport, and thence to Reefbon, to Grey mouth, and to Jsckson's, all the tawmills being viaitsd on the way; from Jackson's he went to Kumara nnd en to Hokitika »nd Ross ; and from the West Coast he CAme.through the Otira Gorge to Ohrirtchiirch. He inspected the bush »t the different sawmilling pl»cM, saw the character of the timber and its capabilities, and obtained at far as poniible estimates of the supplies. It is Mr Parrin's intention to leave on Saturday, for Queenstown, and thence to go to InTercargill. After spending' a few days in Southland he will return to Dunedin, and thereafter proceed to the Nortb Island, going home via Auckland and Sydoey. ; . • . The plantations which be observed in Canterbury on his journey to. Dunedin were a revelation to Mr Perrin^ who regards them us being everything that conld be denired in Ihe wiay of experimental plantations. In hio own colony he has experimental plantations for the purpose of testing whether particular trees will succeed, and the importance of the Canterbury plantation* is that they indicate what trees are suitable here. There are, however, some trees
hot seen by him in .these plantations which'he rect'mmen'da for planting in this colony. One oE these is Eucalyptus sieberianaj which, grows in Victoria up td in *ltitu3e of from 3000 ft to' ♦OOOft, itid is a timber.treb. He taints this tree would probably succeed iii ihe higher altitudes, of Ot»gp.. . Another. treeU-a T»smanian tre«—that he suggests is Eucalyptus umigera, which grows to «n altitude of perhaps 2006 ft,; and;is also a timber tree. Then there" is Gedcus deodiira, the^ sscred tree of India, wKich grpws in the HiinaUyid it an altitua'e of 7Wofti or 8000 ft, and is vised in India for railway sleepers.. These, are three only of a number which Mr Perrin will suggest, for when he returns, to Melbourne he purposes making a. ebllectipn of seeds for the GbverhSbent, witi the view, of pliriting, and he wilirec%rnend, such.as.are likely to tftkerpbtip various.parts, of theipp]bny. r ~.-.:, ■ Mr Perrin thinks, that a very wise iielection has. been made in the appointment of Mr, H. J. Matthews; as cbnservittlr of fbres'ti iii this colony, for be looks on the latter as beingj by reespu of His botanical .knowledge aiid hiji kidowledgbof .tiinbe^, ferjr well qualified—the right'mani in fact, in the right place. , a • -■■-■■•-'■■'- -■ • ■' ■ . _•»
A stifceii in iime saves nine ; ." Indian Chief" Cigarettes are of the purest quality, and iave you frbin the unpleisariinesi of inferior brands.l The activity of the local sharemarkets is abnormal; and - yet ifc cahrib| fcfe considered unwarranted when we look at the Tblume of business transacted, in London in some of the least known of New Zeiiarid (J.M. Stocks. Many of the names■ qaoted below (frdni the report of a reliable TOreesjiijndeht) are, we veri-. tiire to »»y,ibtali£iinitnbwn. fiere at our.dopts, ev<sn by the,, men whose business it is.to know (or pretend they Know) all the lkteSt good thihgs on the in»rkefc. Of /cbtirsri all tha wprld (or, at least all New Zealand; whicH is more imp"<>rtß,nt) har hieard of. the phenbnienal advances* realised, on ,. t Wmhi.xaA.. Baiiraki' stock, biufc.there, are.,, many btherg Ib'ss knb.wii, io f^nte that, at least deserve the attention of investors. Of cbarie all ire not ediiallf suecessfdl). wd the folly Uf the promoters is seen ijl tlif^pifciful •ttein'pts.to keen above^ p*aT' in' sprip'. inch ai ttifc "Gpldtri Till EospiMed.'" Ho.*f could a mine prosper with such a V name ?. ~ Take,. abptherj, that gre»t gieat gold - producer " The Defeat." The only gold it; produced was from the pockets of the unlvicky. shareholders. Another eetifr of mihes • ihyite" confideripe frbiu the public by virtue of beibi; iii the, »«toie, provincial disiricii as .their >n<jre established brethren. Names are chosen .suggestive of coining greatness, such as the M Waihi-North-by-East-Ex-terided No. 18;" There is * good deal in a name, and some names find favour with the public. Vanity Fair eaiigtifc. on'it-'once,' as being the. best cigarette in Vtift. Zealand. '
—An experiment fras I4kly tried at St. Hele~n>i .Lancashire, of niftfeing water pipes of felass with asphalt covering to prfeyent fracture. It is claimed that they gjve thoroagh protection against iribiiiture in . the ground, i against the action of ioids aiifl' alkalies, *nd that they cannbt be .penetrated Ky gases. ; ;': :'■ ., •' /.'.■•.•-.; '■ ;Ai)viCETO Mothers!— Are you broken in your re3t by a sick child, suffering with, the ..pain, of cutting teeth ? G,o at once to a chemist, arid f get a bottle of. Mi-g WiKSLow's'; SboTtnNP.Srii&r. . it Will relieve the poor, sufferer immediately. ilt.is perfectly harmless, and, .pleasant to .the taste ;jt produces natural quiet sleep by relieving the child frbin pain,: andthe little cherub »wake.s. . as bright as a :j buttons' .It ; soothes, the. child,, it softens the gums, allays all pain,/elieves ; wina, regulates^ the bowels; and is the best known remedy .for dy*entery- and diarrhosa.j.whether arisinß from teething or other causes. low's Soothing Syrup is sold by Medicine Dealers everywhere at Is ljd per bottle.—[Advt . . .-■• ;TRTCANAbIAN : .CEIJB.WHISKir._,;-- ;i
I John Lloyd, manager of the : Nightcaps Coaldeposed aa to Aschby saying "This is a very bad case" when he saw the deceased, and i also that the deceased's condition.was caused by drink and exposure. Thai doctor told "everyone about the house that he thought the,deceased would get better. Witness did not send a message Ito Aschby on Wednesday that the' deceased was1 getting better. If Aschby had sworn to the contrary he had told an untruth. - [ Mary Griffin, licensee of the Railway Hotel at. Nightcaps, also gave evidence. ' Detective Herbert deposed as to receiving two prescriptions, dated respectively the 10th and 12th last., from Mr Pyfe,. chemist.. He showed the prescriptions to a number of medical men in Invercargil), and they were unanimous in the opinion that although the prescription dated the 10th inst. was a peculiar combination.there were some things in it that would ba of a little use ia cases of pneumonia, and that the prescription dated the 12th would have practically no more effect than cold water upon. a person, suffering from any complaint. On the 16th inst. witness saw Aschby at Nightcap 3 and asked him for the particulars of the illness and death of the deceased, and he refused to t=U anything about it. To Mr Hall: Aschby said witness would find all particulars in the death certificate; Witness pointed out that the particulars he wanted were not mentioned in that certificate; Le«lie Aschby, recalled, said!he still-persisted in saying that he obtained the diplomas he mentioned on the previous day. ..-.,-• Sergeant Macdonell fsaid he would warn the witness that the police were in a position to prove that he was never oa the register of the Aberdeen University, and asked him if he still persisted in saying he was an M.A.. of. the University of Aberdeen. ■ ■ «•»'"* it i Witness replied that he was an M.A. of that university. . Sergeant Macdonell: I hope you will, realise what you are doing. Now I will read you a telegram I got to-day.- ■ ; ■ ' ' • Mr flail asked the coroner to note that he objected to the telegram being used as evidence. Sergeant Macdonell then read the following telegram from Inspector Pardy :—' I have seen record of Aberdeen University. Aschby has never taken a degree there." ■ ■" . , -, Having read the. telegram, the sergeant asked witness if he still persisted in saying that he took a degree at Aberdeen? ! Witness replied: Yes. , • Sergeant ilacdonell: Did you ever take the letter " C " for your Christian name ?— No. Are you acquainted with any one of that name ? ——Y"fi3 * I aTO ■ I Will you be good- enough to tell us who that j was ?—I decline to reveal anything about I family relations. .' . ' • Have you got in your possession at (Jtautau stationery with " C. Aahby" on it?— Yes. Do you kuow a place called Penge ?—Yes. Where is it situated-?—ln England. What part of England?—l have not been there myself. I could not tell you what part of Do you know if it is a suburb of London ?—I know it is not. . .■ How do you know that ?—Well, I am acquainted with some suburbs of London, and I know it is not a suburb of London. ~ Did you know anyone residingtheM I—l d«Hine to cay. Did anyone of the name of Ashby reside there ? Yea. Do you say that you are not the man who was living there ?—I am not the maa who was living there.
But you decliue to say who it was ?—Yes. Did you at any time keep a drugrist's or chemist's shop at Penzance, in Cornwall?—No; I never did.
Do yod know the shop?—l know the premises. Who kept that shop?—l decline to answer. Did your brother keep that shop ?.—I decline to answer.
If you said at the other inquest that this chemist was your brother, would it be correct?—l decline to answer.
In reply to Mr Hall, witness said he was in such a Harassed state on the previous night that he did not know what questions were put to him, or how he answered them, so he should not be held responsible for what he said. ;
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