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Sir,— Your correspondents take a very unwise view of .the present state of affairs as regards what is commonly called the County Scheme, and is thought of as a county scheme and nothing else. Now- my opinion is. with I Dr Primrose, "that spectacles m shagreen 1 cases and copper rims are better than nothing ;" and though you cannot get what you wish, there is still something to be gained, and what we are m honor bound to assist m doing. It m it><dt no use grumbling at your representatives, though you may imagine you have done all that you could do, and everything was favourable; Rememl>er the old fable of the waggoner. It ia no use calling for help : try again, -put your shoulder to the wheel once more. The object to which I allude ib the Waitaki bridge. Is it not possible to obtain assistance, and an additional grant for £10,(500 for tho purpose •of at once bridging this river! It was denied last year, though the League here endeavoured to get it granted. Could our members try to obtain it this session? Mr Cox is a member of the Local Board, and he mentioned m "his speech the communication they received from the Superintendent of Otago m reference to it Everything would seeia favourable, because we way feel sine, beside theirasual support, they would <>M;iiu the anppert of Messrs Macandrev--, Yogel, Ac,, and would carry it easily. If this is not done, I -conclude we shall have &>::•:. cause for complaint Where are tli*> ".Y.vsnate members of the Local Board, and -•;:;.- they not a petition to present on ti;i= subject 1 I think, therejire none m Timaru but would ! wjllingly sigtranch a petition. 'The objection some time since was, that it was folly to bridge the extreme end of the province, when there were no facilities to -bring traffic to the bridge m consequence of the other bridges uot being provided for. Temuka has now the grant for her bridge, and provision ia also made for the Rangitata. Every argument is m favour of the measure. It would be sup[>orted by three-fourths m the House, and if it .is not obtained it will be through the want of energy on the part of our members, and of apathy dn the part of the Waimate people. I am, &c, Sanguink.

Pkovincial Bombast ani> Mmrulk. — The I Dunslan Time* says :— " Within the last few j days, many industrious and well intentioned ! colonists have left us, taking with them their wives and families to settle m Auckland or elsewhere, who, could they bave but made themselves homes hero would never ban; gone away. Some short time since we> fouud grandiloquently announced m the Provincial Government Gazette that 15,500 acres of laud were onen for selection at Clyde Mid Alexandra, ana . 500 at Cromwell, bat upon looking closely mt the matter, we find that, with a trifling exception, there is actually no more land now for occupation at either of these places than there was two years.ago. The announcement which looks so grand on paper, amounts simply to this, that the commonages are open for occupation and cultivation, should any one be silly enough to desire to do so. The land commonage at Cromwell is totally unfit for cultivation, it being little better than sand, and the inhabitants of that district are disgusted at this seemingly wanlon trifling with their best interests. The commonage at Clyde contains but very little land fit for agriculture except that part which has already been taken up, and its area has not been extended as the Provincial Government would desire us to believe. As to the land open for occupation at Alexandra it is a mere delusion, it comprises nothing more than the small commonage reserve on the west bank of the Manuherikia River, from which no f rea could possibly be picked out bigger than would make a tolerably sized garden. The announcement therefore, that such large blocks of land are available for cultivation, has no shadow of truth on its side, and must have been purposely intended to mislead. The act ia well worthy of those composing the Provincial Government of Otago, and adds another to the many reasons for the abolition of thU detestable form of government."

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WAITAKI BRIDGE., Timaru Herald, Volume IX, Issue 343, 9 September 1868

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WAITAKI BRIDGE. Timaru Herald, Volume IX, Issue 343, 9 September 1868

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