(From our Correspondent.)
Wagin's experience of working in with
other centres to celebrate the taking over of the Great Southern Railway and lands has not been a pleasant one. After holding five committee meetings the position is the same as at the start, and is summed up in two words. Nothing definite. This is re- gretted, for with the really good working committee formed everything could have
been arranged with a free hand. At the last meeting it was decided to await arrangements elsewhere, so far as date is concerned, but to keep to the original
guest list, which includes all other leading men of the colony, as well as the members of Parliament. The opportunity of making our advantages known generally is felt to be too good to be lost, and if there is any |
truth in the report that Albany recognises the event as one of local importance only, this view is not held by the country dis- tricts. Any way it is recognised here that the celebrations will now begin at Albany,
lasting the whole day ; the following day at midday at Katanning and in the evening
at Wagin. Deputations will wait on the
Premier at perhaps both Wagin and Katanning, representing the tenants of the West Australian Land Company, their principal object being to place before the Government the special claims of the tenants:-(1.) To be placed upon the same terms as the Government tenants. (2.) The arrangement of arrears (which it is
felt can only be satisfactorily accomplished
by adding the years so owing for to the
lease) (3.) The giving of full credit for I all payments made over 6d. per acre per annum. The granting of these conces- sions will for ever do away with the in- justice these tenants have had to submit to in the past, so far as the Government is able to do away with it. ,
Harvest operations are in full swing, but considerable difficulty is experienced in getting men accustomed to farm work, par- ticularly the working of reapers and
The Wagin Agricultural Hall will be opened on the 1st of December. A public ball will be held in the evening.
Smart showers of rain fell here yester- day.
Wagin, November 25.