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South African Notes

An ex-Invercargillite, who went to South Africa twice with New Zealand contingents, and who is now engaged in the public service there, writing to Mr George Purdue, on 28th November, remarks : “I am staying at Florida, one o ,; the popular residential suburbs of J ohannesburg - . It is very popular as a picnic resort, and on Sundays and holidays large numbers come down to spend the day. There is a small dam here. They call it a lake, but after the lakes of New Zealand it could only be called a good-sized pond. ‘‘Things are in a very bad state at present, and it is to be hoped that ere long when w© have responsible government. The railway department has been retrenching all round, and there are still more to go. “The coming elections are all the go, and some lively meetings are sure to be held, especially if one recently held in Johannesburg is any criterion- It ended in a free fight on the platform, and the hall had to be cleared by the police. “The Chinese vice is exciting a lot of interest, but what one reads in the papers must be taken with a grain of salt. There is no doubt the vice is rampant amongst the Chinese, but ife-dias always existed amongst the Kaffirs on the mines, and in fact'

one has not to go very far fiom the House of Commons in London to find the vice in question ; but of course the Labour Party in this country are making much Capital out of it, and using it as a means' of getting rid of the objectionable ‘Chow.’ From the general point of view there does not seem much doubt that a Dutch majority will be in power, but that of course remains to be seen. “What price ‘Springboks? - ' They are not doing too bad, are they ? But of course they can’t come up to the famous All Black record.’’

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South African Notes, Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 46, 12 January 1907

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South African Notes Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 46, 12 January 1907

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