Introduction of Japanese into
the Northern Territory,
We understand that the Rev.
Wilton Hack, formerly of this colony, but who is now engaged in mission and literary work in Japan, and-who has recently been paying a visit to Adelaide, has entered into an arrange-
ment with the Government with (he view of introducing Japanese into the Northern Territory, The arrange- ment, which was concluded with the Minister of Agriculture and Educa- tion on Wednesday morning, is simply that the Government wiu pay a small specified amount for Mr. Hack's expenses in travelling, from his residence at Nagasaki to Tokie or Yeddo, the seat of the Government,
where he will make known to the Government and the people the ad- vantages which the Normern Ter- ritory offers, the nature of the climate and resources of the country, the laws by which it is governed, and the regulations under which land can be obtained. If he finds a disposition upon the part of the people to emi- grate, and that no obstacle is thrown in their way by the authorities, he will proceed to the Northern Ter- ritory, a moderate sum being fixed for the payment of his expenses, and any further action will depend upon his report. The arrangement! originated, we hear, from a proposal submitted by Mr. Hack, who is confi- dent from the. similarity of the cli- mate of Japan with that of North Australia that the Japanese would do
well in the latter settlement. His idea is that mechanics and men with
capital might be induced upon his representation to emigrate to the Northern Territory, the Government here, we suppose, bearing some pro portion if not all of the cost of passage. It is distinctly ' understood that no Japanese coolies will come under the operation of the scheme. Mr. Hack's idea is that the intending emigrants should take with them a year's provisions, tools and every- thing necessary to guard against privation. Mr. Hack is not sure whether there would be any official obstruction in Japan to the carrying out of his scheme. Emigration, he admits, is a new thing with the Japanese, so that he may encounter
more difficulties than he with his
sanguine temperament contemplates just now.'-Adelaide Observer.