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Colonies And India (Newspaper) - November 30, 1883, London, Middlesex 14 THE COLONIES AND INDIA Nov-30, 1883 Annexation and Federation.-It would appear that the two ] ��'"great Australasian questions of the day-federation and annexation-have not produced anything like the excitement in New-Zealand that they ; have done in Australia, and especially, . in  � Victoria. The general feeliog among New Zealand politicians is � that the Australians are pressing the annexation question, if not colony be slower than it was a few years ago, it will also be surer, -ifand less liable to severe and long-continued depressions. ;h . .soon be in the same position. Indeed, there seems to be a fair - prospect of the port of Otago being made one of the safest, as it is already one of the most commodious, in the colony. It may be mentioned in connection with this matter that a proposal has been ' inade to cut a canal across the Plat from Lawyer's Head to the ! "Upper Harbour, and that it is to be discussed by the Chamber of Commerce. A Hovel Invitation.-According to the Wellington correspondent of the Tuajjelta Times, the Liberal members of the Assembly are sending an invitation to Mr. Gladstone (Premier of Great Britain) and Mr. Bright to visit New Zealand. The names of the (.Speakers of both Houses, and of Sir G. Grey, head the list of signatures. Pottery in New Zealand.-Mr. T. M'Donald, member of the House of Representatives, has been interesting himself on ""behalf of the Milton potters, by exhibiting; a number of the samples of the ware turned out by them in the lobby of the House. The Wellington importers who inspected these samples were much pleased with them, both in respect of workmanship and design. It is expected ' that this pottery will command a ready sale in the colony, as also '' in the adjacent markets. i: An Old Colonist Lost in tne Bush.-We learn from Kopuru that a very painful impression has been created there by the news that' Mr. Gregor McGregor has been lost in the bush. A number of experienced bushmen searched for him continuously, but without : result. Mr. McGregor, who was over 80 years of age, had been in the habit of going searching after cattle by himself. He was a wonderfully nardy old man, and usually went without food or the  materials for making a fire. He had on previous occasions been lost, but never for any length of time to cause anxiety. It is almost certain that he overrated his strength, and that he has died in the bush from exhaustion. Mr. McGregor had been a resident near the river for between 40 and 50 years. TASMANIA. Political Kiots. -Much dissatisfaction has been expressed at the action of the Legislative Council in rejecting the whole of the railway proposals of the Government, and this feeling was heightened in Launceston by the rejection in the Assembly of the motion for a repeal of the meat tax, and of the resolution [ for a grant in aid of the proposed industrial exhibition at Launceston. The result was that the people of Launceston determined to give the Northern members, who were to come from Hobart by-train, a "cordial" reception. It appears that the Hon. F. W. Grubb, the member for Meander, who moved the rejection of the railway proposal, was regarded as the chief offender. J1 The demonstration numbered over 1,000 persons, with several ^cars bearing placards calling on the people to assemble and greet the obnoxious members with yells and conduct them to their ^."appropriate abode, the Invalid Depot, on the arrival of the train. j* Mi-. H. E. Lette, the member for North Launceston, and Mr. Jas. "Scott, the member for South Launceston, in the Assembly, were cheered. The Hon. John Scott, one of the members for Tamar, slipped through the crowd amidst jeers, public attention being more particularly directed to Mr. Grubb. After endeavouring to explain the reasons for his vote, the crowd yelled and hooted at him for nearly a quarter of an hour, and then a flight of rotten eggs compelled him to beat a retreat. He attempted to leave the station yard and push through the dense mass of people that thronged the street to his carriage, but here he was hooted, peltep with eggs, and jostled to such air extent that he had to beat a retreat to the railway carriage he had left, pursued by the mob. The engine was*hooked on and the carriage run a short distance up the line, when he attempted to escape, but a mob of roughs who had pursued the train pelted him with mud and stones, and compelled him to again seek, refuse in the carriage. After a disgraceful scene of noise and confusion^ the police guarding Mr. Grubb in the carriage, the train ran out to St. Leonards with him, and he rode into town in the evening. Crowds bearing placards perambulated the streets at night, hooting opposite tbe houses of unpopular members. At Hobart similar expressions of indignation Were exhibited, and an endeavour will probably be made to induce; the Government to prorogue Parliament, and convene a fresh sessidn, so as to bring on their proposals again as new measures. Ministerial Statement.-The Premier stated in the Assembly on October 16 that, in consequence of the rejection of the Railway Bills by the Council and the refusal to rescind ,the vote, the sessipn would be brought to a close as soon as possible, Parliament would be prorogued, and a new session opened for the purpose of reintroducing the Bills in the Council. A similar statement was made in the Council. Mr. Watchorn, one of those who voted in the majority, acknowledges that he misunderstood the wishes of his constituents. The expressed feeling throughout the country is so strong and so universal that the Council are almost certain to yield, Newcastle and Fin gal Coal.-A comparative trial of the Fingal and Newcastle coals for steaming purposes has taken place on one of the Tasmanian lines, the trial trip being to Deloraine and back with a train weighing about 150 tons. The train fired with Fingal coal came to a standstill on the steepest, gradient and lost 30 lbs. of steam, but the train burning Newcastle coal pulled through without difficulty and without any appreciable loss of pressure. The Agricultural Show.-The annual show of the Southern Tasmanian Agricultural and Pastoral Society was held on October 17, and was a great success. The exhibits of sheep and cattle were not so numerous as in previous years, but were of splendid character. There was a large show of agricultural implements and machinery. Among the exhibitors were several Melbourne firms, including Buncle, Nicholson & Co., and McLean Bros. & Bigg. Buncle & Co. were awarded the first prizes for a horse or steam power chaff-cutting machine, and for a tobacco-cutting machine suitable for retail tobacconists. It is to be regretted that the names of the manufacturers of the machines are not given, the firms referred to above being merely importing firms. The East Coast Line.-It is said that the Engineer-in-Chief has discovered that a good route for the East Coast railway can be obtained by traversing portions of the fine agricultural districts of Clarence and Cambridge, touching at the main road about seven miles from Bellerive, and thence running in an almost level route on the existing road to Sorell Causeway, without engineering difficulties. The Bevenue Beturns for the first nine months of the current year show a satisfactory increase as compared with the corresponding period of last year. The receipts for the nine months ending September 30 last were 399,934Z. 6*. 2d., as against 374,9.25*. 18s. for the same period of 1882, showing a net increase of 25,009?. 3s. 6d. Customs show an increase of 14,593Z., the land tax of 8,295?. (though this is more apparent than real, being due to a change in date of collection), inland revenue of 7,151Z., railway receipts of l,869Z.,and beer duty and other heads of revenue show a slight advance, the gross increase being 33.002Z. From this, however, have to be deducted the decreases, amounting to 7,993Z., arising from a falling off in three heads of revenue; the territorial revenue accounting for 6,581Z., owing to a decrease in the quantity of land sold under the Quiet Enjoyment provisions, and the depression of the mining industries, and the dividend tax and miscellaneous receipts accounting for the balance. The Press on the Action of the Council.-Kef erring to the action of the Council in throwing out the Kail way Bills en masse, the Launceston Examiner says :-" The more we review the subject the more we are convinced that the only solution of the difficulty is to complete the business now before Parliament as quickly as may be, then to prorogue and convene another session a few days afterwards. It is competent for Ministers to do this, and if they are sincere in the sentiments to which they have given expression, namely, that the proposed railways are essential to the welfare of the colony, this is the course they are bound to' adopt. And when again brought forward no ground should be again given for the suspicion of log-rolling by tacking the Bill that is regarded with least favour to others that commend themselves to general acceptance. Let each be dealt with on its merits without reference to its locality and what particular district it is likely to benefit. These works are not for north or south, but for the colony." BBITISH NOBTH AMEBICA. Experimental Farms.-The Canada Pacific Railway experimental farms have all been located and placed under cultivation. They are situated as follows :- Seoretan, Rush Lake, Swift Current, Maple Creek, Sidewo .Dunmore Stair, Tilley, and Gleichen, along the line of the Canad Pacific Railway.. Two acres of grain have been sown on'each place, wi h a view to test the results of fall ;