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WAIRARAPA.

♦ (FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.) { I noticed in my last the fair proepects of winter feed for stock in Wairarapa. The weather could not have been more favorable for the growth of gross than it has been all the past week. The rain has been general over the district for more than two days, and the warm, calm, and cloudy atmosphere which followed has. caused the lately dried up pas« turage to put or a dark green color in a wonderfully short space of time. POLICE PBOTECTION. The public of Greytown and the surrounding district have discovered that thoir Arguseyed Provincial Government have not given that attention to provide them with the police protection that they have a right to expect. The first requisite in the organisation of polioe is that, if anyone wanted the constable there should be police quarters where all enquiries for him might be mads, and application for his assistance left; but it appears that in Greytown, and probably in other parts of Wairarapa, the constable has not been provided with quartors j and although he has had to pay £22 rent for a cottage out of his salary of £108 a year, he hns been turned out of his bouse and home. This may be a srnull matter to the public, who care little for a constable whose services are paid for afc a lower figure than a common laborer working on the roads ; tut it is something to the public that, if the constable is wanted no ono knows where to find him. Some charituble peroon that had some where or cottage in the bush, taking pity on the miserable condition in which the constable with a wife and young family were placed, has given them the Bhelter of a roof, bo that they are provided for. But what becomes of the public when the police is wanted f Who can tell where this whnre in the bush — the Greytown police quarters — is situated ? It should also be remembered that the apology for a lock-up in the place is of such a description that the constable has sometimes considered it necessary to keep prisoners at his own house. He has, therefore, been paying rent for a lock-up, as well as for police quarters. I wonder a Provincial

Council, that has been so liberal in tho expenditure of money in making presents to well-paid officials, did not think that the treatment tho cor stables have to endure in Wairarapa is not likely to secure tho permanent services of efficient men. A QUESTION FOB SHBEP-FABMERS. I notice in Friday's "Independent" that a deputation from the Victorian Agricultural Society waited on the Chief Secretary of that Colony, asking the Gf-ovornment to prohibit the importation of cattle from New Zealand. The danger to the Victorian herds from importation of cattle from New Zealand seoms to me to be small compared with the risk that this Colony is subject to in importing sheep from Victoria, on account of the great spread of fluke amongst the flocks of that Colony. It is more than probable that fluke will make its appearance hero sooner or later, and I think it -would be wise on tho part of the flockmasters to take time by the forelock in preparing means to check its progress when it does appear. There seems also to be great danger to human beings in eating the mutton of fluky sheep/ unless every part of it be thoroughly cooked. THE MANAWATTT GORGE. I think that an advertisement I notice in your columns calling for tenders for a mail service by a coach and four between Waipukurau and Palmerston North ig a matter of some importance to this Province generally, and to the Wairarapa in particular. It will not be very long before the Manawatu Gorge line of coaches may be connected with the Masterton and Wellington line by tho now road through the Forty-Mile Bush. It is to be hoped that whatever disputes may arise between our double Government in Wellington, both Governments may continue the work of opening up and settling the new country above Masterton.

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WAIRARAPA., Wellington Independent, Volume XXIX, Issue 4058, 20 March 1874

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WAIRARAPA. Wellington Independent, Volume XXIX, Issue 4058, 20 March 1874

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