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v VISIT TO PUKKTERAKL JDDKESS AT PALMERSTON, . - Br Out. Special Reporter.) PALMERSTON, June 5, . Thc'Vemiqr paid a 'visitjto'day to Pukotcrakyhqro he was m 4 by Mr T. Parata,, M.H.Rarid driven to .tho Native School. Sovcralnembers of the School Committee were al present. MartiiTaiairoa, one ofi the scholais, in a clear, voice, 'read the following address,:'

To t-hoi jght Hon, Riqhard John Seddon, KC.'y'rimo Minister -of Now Acaland. ■ Sir,—\V> the_ pupils of the School, Waikouaii desire to offer you 'our heartiest tiioikß 'crfiu honour you have conferred upon ui iu cam; to visit own school, 'On behalf of tile peojvleit this kairgn, ikio Opportunity is taken to cross to you, sir, the gratitude they feel for thi.arovisions made by ycur Government fortv education of tho tamariki o te Maori. Tk splendid progress that has been ittado by th Native schools or the colony ourim; the pesfew years is proof of the interest your (rot-current has takeai in this.import&nt matter. It;? considered fortunate that tho jN'ativc schoft arc directly under, the control bf the Hon. Minister of Education by being worked thrash tho central department of (duration. S doubt but this haa been a main, inctor iji fccrffiS tho schools well abreast of tho tinfes. Tbs gcenis a suitable occasion on which to reaktmontion of tho by our energfcic and worthy member for tho .South Island \:oris, Mr Tame Paiata, in the interests education ijir the Maori raco in general ami of thi3 kainga. in particular. It ia over 30 ycrs sucoeeded. in overcoming the pTejdioe3 of our forefathers against the opening of .His school. Wo earnestly trust that his latest-ro-ject for the establishment, of a High ,School*'u connection with .our schools in this island rill be favourably received by your Governmoil. Honoured sis. we sincerely trust that you'.rill be groated 'better health, and may loiir & spared to direct tha Clovemirent over whiclyoai preside, and which has been tho meatrs 'A making our young colony fo prosperous aiu a worthy unit of the British Empire. Kia-ora,lria-ora, Ida-era.

Mr Seddon caressed lis delight at receiving the .'iddhis. He was pleased to be able to say, in respect to Native schools, that tie number lad considerably increased in the last few pars. The Native schools had a great elaimon the eoiony, because in the days gone by, when lands were wanted for schools, the persons holding- lands were the Nativrs who generously gave large areas for shool purposes and for endowment, pui-fKHu, so as to promote education. They die! not make the endowments for their orn children solely, hut for the children of the Pacific Islands as well, an action tat denxonstraifced tlio hreadth of mind tht children's progenitors had at that time, aid their desire to promote the education dt the children of both races. He was glad ho learn that the services rendered by i Sir Pa rata had not been forgotten, not only ii fliis respect, but in many other ways as affecting tic Maori race, 'l'bo Natives hid had a very 'true friend in Ml- Parafe*-(applause),-and iu years to come, wlwm ho hoped to seo t'ho Native race increased in numbers and placed in a good position, lie felt sure the services Mr Parafei had rendered, mom especially in respect to ntaimng land for the landless Natives of tie South Island, would be appreciated. Ho.was sor.y there had been so muoh delay' attending this matter, but it was Jiis intention immcdi* &tely he went to Wellington to give instructions that thoso entrusted with the details must proceed with tho work at once. If they did not do so. and bring it to a speedy issue, h" would lnvo to adviso (hat someone else bo given tho work to do.—(Applause.) He was : pleased to hear that an attempt was to b<; made to establish a high school for Maqris, tiius placing secondary education within their reach. He looked on tho project with very great favour, and would ask the Native. Minister to also assist it as far aa he could.—(Applause.)

Mr Blathwayt (head teacher) mentioned, in regard to tcclmical education in tho echool, that a carpenter's ?liop had been made by tho boys, with tire assistance of Mr Drake, a local resident, and ft grant had lreen obtained for equipment.. Mr Parala,' in a brief sixkdi, said that, looking at tho matter from a broad point of view, he believed that Jfuketeraki waa one of the most suitable plifces that could be selected for tho site of the proposed high school for the Maoris. /

Little Lucia To AVahia. presented flomeis tfl'thc Premier and Mrs Dyer (Mr Seddoa's daughter). Seme capital singing by tho pupils .was fnuch enjoyed. ./

Mr .1. F. Andrews (tho Premier's rfivato recretary) amused the company with a comic song (by Thatcher) descriptive ..of an olcl-tiiuo incident in Dunedin's and the children sans "God save the- King" in Maori and in Eng&ii, bringing tlio proceedings to ft clofe. After hufch at Mr Parata's residence t.lio party weat north by i!)o second express. AT PALMERSTON. Palmcrsion was readied at 3.20 p.m., and here Mr Seddon was met aiid heartily welcomed by Mr .T. Ross (chairfnan of the Waihemo County Council), M" li. IL Clark (J[ayoi- of tJic borough), several, county and borough councillors, and others, DEPUTATIONS. A deputation Irom (ho Cotinty Council brought under Mr Seddon's notice- tlio necessity for a bridgo acras MutVdy Crock at Bushy. The cost would bo i£3oo or and tlio residents wsro prepared! to find half the amount.

Mr Seddon said it would bo' his pleasure to bring tlio matter before tins Minister of Public Works. As tlie peoplfe were ready to help it was a caso worthy of consideration. Mr Phillip mentioned tho" condition of tlio. Macrae* road, which was always in a vary bad staio in the winter time. It was 14- miles in length, mostly unmetslied, and tho engineer had suggested! that tho Government should bo applied to for £500 for it.

In answer to tho Premior, Mr J. J.oss Enid tho county was small and poor. The rato was 3d in tho pound. Mr Seddon promised to bring the matter under the liotioo of the Minister of I'ublio Works. It was said by some .-people that the granting of money for roads arid bridges was corruption. , Mr J. Boss; Oh, we won't say anything about it.—(Laughter.) Messrs G. Crass and W. R. Loudon urged the re-csiablishmcnt of a school at Inch Valley. There were 20 children of school age and 14 or 15 under school age. • A cottage school had been erected, but only met the requirements of a few settlers. There was a site for a school.

Mr Seddon said he would have inquiry made into the matter onthis return to Wellington. j Messrs M. \Joyce and A. Hall, representing the fishing industry at Moeraki, asked' that a dip 1» orectcd {or tlio convenience of the fishermen. The probable cost was a few hundred pounds. A capital of £7000 or £8000 was invested in the fishing industry at the nlaee.

In answer to the Premier it was -stated that the Waituki County Council, which was the local body concerned, had not dealt with the question, li was brought under the notice of Mr T. Mackenzie, M.H.R., three years ago. Mr Seddon said lie would draw the ettention of tho Minister of Marino to the mailer, and ask him to set a report on it. PALMKRSTON.

, Mr I?.' H. Clark (Mayor), Crs Lcfevre, ! Young, Sloan, and Allen, representing the Pa'niersioii Borough Council, asked for a grant for a road to tho mouth of the Shag River. A roadlino was already surveyed through the Bushv Park Estate, and they would like a small (o enablo' them to make tho road. It was stated by one of the deputation that there were: two and a-half miles to make over almost level country. Mr Clark also stated that, at tho mouth of tho river there was a, coal reserve which was not likely to be of any value, and tho council would like to have that reserve vested in it as a recreation ground. i Mr Seddon said he could not give a definite promise on tho matter, but lie would ask tlio Minister of Public Works, who also had char?© of toads, to get report upon it. He did not.think the borough could spend money on roads outsido their borough without special Icgisla--lion. As for tho reserve, he thought the

only way to vested in tho borough would be by moans of. a local bill. At 6 o'clock the Premier was entertained at dinner by the Borough Council at Mr ■W. Robertson's residence, where, according to arrangement rnado by the council, tho hon gentleman is staying ''wring' his brief ptay in Palmerston. PUBLIC ADDRESS.

The Town Hall was crowded -at 8 o'clock, when Mr Seddon gavo ,an address oil political matters. The local baud turned out and played the Premier to tho hall. The chair was taken-by Mr E. H. Clark (Mayor), and seats on the platform wore occupied by tho Revs. J. Clarke, J. R. Clark, Father Lynch, members of tho Palmerston Borough Council, Messrs T. A. Bailey, .T. MaeDonald, Joyce (Hampden), A. Hull (Moeraki),' and others. Mr Seddon on; rising was given a hearty reception. _ Ho said he was there that night at tho invitation of the borough to deliver an address. Before doing eo lie-wished to say that, passing through his breast were many contending emotions, some, pleasant and enjoyable, and others sad and almost trenching on the sacred, to connected with Palmerston there were associations which life itself could qnly saver. Sir John MTScnzie's iiame would long 1» remembered on account of his work, and many thousands of- porsous settled on the lands of the colony to-day were tho living testimony of work faithfully performed and of lifo sacrificed to 'duty.—(Applause.) Was the Government of the day, he asked, still the Government of the people? Was the policy existing the policy to be .continued? Ho might be unconsciously biassed, but lie did not hesitate to ray the Government had nothing to fear froin the appeal to the people in Noveml«r next. He ever believed in trusting the poople, and with an educated democracy and an intelligent people, those who did their duty faithfully, and who were t-ruo fo the poople, need never fear when they went again to the people. (Applause.) Had the' colony prospered under the Liberal Administration? Air Massey in Dunedin said the colony was prospering, and had been prosperous, and he it would continue to.prosper, while Mr Dutliio had elated at a public meeting that the character of-Parliament was clean. No further testimony was wanted. Mr Seddon defondpd tho method of keeping tho accounts of tho-colony, and contended that tlio Seddon Government had been the best Government and the most sincere friend the farmers iiad ever had. What about the value of farming land and farming stock to-day and the little accounts the farmers had in the bank? In tho day of Conservative ruio the farms were mortgaged up to the hilt, but to-day the mortgages were paid off and tho farmers Iwd somo good nest eggs in the bank.—(Applause.) After making reductions, principally to farmers, v of over two million sterling on goods imported and ill railway freights;' there was •still a surplus last year of £761,000. Tlicra wa3 also an incroased population of 171,000. Tho financial position of the-colony to-ifay was sounder than it over was before, and if tho Government had dono nothing else it had restored tho credit of tho colony and given the people a chance.—(Applause.) In 1891 the capital value of tho lands of tho colony was £122,!£;5,029, and in 130} it was £182,795,24-1. If there was a fair division of tho value of the colony every man, woman, and child would rcceivo £300. In other words, the people were tho richest in tho world.—(Applause.) In touching on the land question, Mr Seddon pointed out that the revenuo dorived from education, harbour board, municipal, and other endowments amounted to over half a million per annum, and if the freehold tenure wore given to tho Crown tenants, why should it not be given io tho tenants' of public bodies; and, if so, this amount of money must como out' of tho pockets of the genoral taxpayers. Another point he would mention was tin's: The Government had felt that it would like to give to pcoplo iu business the' opportunity to secure a farm for themse'ves in their old age. Whilst they carried on their business, the sons, though Tinder age, could look after the farm, and tho savings from the business would go towards improving tho farm by stocking it, and the old folks would then liavo a farm of their own in their old age. in this respect they had in the 'past insisted on residence conditions, wl./ch had blocked many people in tho towns' from talcing up land, and lio was inclined to think that the Government ought- to place within tho rcaeli of all tho 'opportunity of securing a house for themselves in their old age. In this respect ho believed the conditions should be relaxed to give the opportunity lie had mentioned. Speaking of Cheviot, lie said there were at ona time 73 people on it. The Government paid £270,000 for it, and to-day there were upon it from 2000 to 3000 souls,; and its value was one million sterling.—(Applauee.) Of the Crown lands of the colony there were less than eight million acres left for settlement. And what was to bo done for future generations if people wore allowed to acquire largo estates? Unless tho Government went on buying large estates for close settlement there would bo a most unfortunate condition of things in tho colony before many years had passed—(Applause.) The Opposition, it seemed to him, had an idea of redueifig tho exemptions under the land tax, and by doing so and bringing in the whole of the Crown tenants to pay land tax, the large landholders, who ought to pay more in the way of land tax and income tax. would have to pay less, It was a scheme' well thought out, but very well kept back from the people. Tho Government wished the Crown tenants to have every opportunity. It had done everything that was feasible for them, and no other oountry had done as much. As time went on and the tenants went further back on

the bush lands, or tlio poor lands, still more would have to be done for them. 110 would in some cases jive t.hcni the absolute ■freehold of the land under tho homestead system, The land was so poor in tho North of Auckland that the Crown bad 'little interest in it; it was the tenant who made the interest. In theso eases if a man got the land for nettling ho became n saviour to the country.—(Applause.) Tinder the Advances to Settlers Acts tho Government had advanced five millions of money, and out of that amount tho opponents 'pf tho Government.-had taken four millions, and the colouy had not lost 50 pence. Up to date there has been paid to tho credit of the sinking fund account tho sum of £125,000. After traversing education and labour questions, old-age pensions, and other matters at length, Mr Seddon closed his address at 10 minutes to 11 amid hearty applause. Tho Misses Atkinson, two little girla

dressed in white, handed Mr Seddon two beautiful bouquets of flowers. In answer to Mr Gilmour, Mr Seddon said the reason why freights were higher from Dunedin to PalnTerston than from Duncdin to Oaniaru lyas that Oamaru was a port, and unless tho rates were reduced •to such an extent that tho railways could compete with the sea they would be useless/ Whoever was in offico must fix the* freights according to local conditions. Mr D. E. Lcfcvro moved a vote of thanks' to Mr Seddon for his address and of confidence in tlic Seddon Government. Mr H. O'Neill seconded the motion, which was carried without dissent.

A vole of thanks to tho Mayor for . presiding closcd the meeting. ' ; '

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THE PREMIER'S TOUR., Otago Daily Times, Issue 13302, 6 June 1905

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