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ABSURDLY UNFAIR. ?? -.
Speaking to Mr. A: £? Riley, of the firm of A. J. Rlley and Co., Pitt-straejt, that gentleman observed that the arrangement was an absurdly unfair one. ? 'The effect,'- said hei 'would be all In faY,or~'?of Vic toria. Even supposing it only lasted five
years, Melbourne' would . gain, .auch* a'n ad' /varitage''ct»mmercially' thSt ip woutl(F*bie al ni63timposslbletoovercome.it..:. 'The trade interests of Sydney would be very detrimentally effected bythe fact of the Governor-General residing in Mel bourne, thus, drawing ail the expenditure ?following from the presence of the ..Vice regal court, an^. the accompanying enter tainments and society gatherings. Ift' fact, Sydney would be simply 'cut of it,' as ex perience has 3hown that
WHERE THE GOVERNOR GOES THE MONEY-SPENDING CLASSES FOLLOW. It was the biggest mistake which could have been made, and he was of opinion that Sydney would suffer more than could be at present estimated. If there had been any reason for it it would not have been so bad, b'ut-the reasons were all the other way.
One of the proprietors of another of the ?leading' drapery firms in Pitt-street ex pressed the opinion that the arrangement would ICNOCK THE BOTTOM OUT OF SYDNEY TRADE. ? ? It would tend to make Melbourne the metropolis of Australia, for if it was. the. capital, say, foy eight or ten years, vested interests would be created which it would be a-lmo.Ht' impossible to fight against, and the; Capital would prabably remain at Mel bourne for at least twenty years; The manager of a noted drapery estab lishment in George-street, though not quite 5P pronounced, said a iiian would be A COMMERCIAL- FOOL w.ho could not sea that if the Premiers' agreement .were- carried pu.t it would act to t^.e serious detriment of Sydney trade in terests. Th6 weak point pf the arrange ment was that no tern*' was fixed for the transference of the Capital to New South W^les. If that had li.een done we migut have been prepared tp b,earthe conse quences with fortitude, t-ut, .as 'it is, .Mel bourne would become
THE CENTRE OF FASHIONABLE, SOCIAL, AND COMMEjkCIAL IN ' .' ' ' FLUENCE ? ' ?- for an indefinite period, aa.d as most of the piBcials would, probably be Victorla-ns, all the weight of their influence wQUld certain ly trend in the direction 'of Melbourne aE against Sydney.