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THE PREMIER IN THE SUSSEX

ELECTORATE.

A BRIEF VISIT TO THE TIMBER

COUNTRY.

RAILWAY FROM JARRAHWOOD

TO NANNUP ADVOCATED.

MINISTERS IMPRESSED WITH THE

DISTRICT'S RICHNESS.

Tlie Premier (Mr. Daglish) and the Minister for Agriculture (Mr. Drew)»

accompanied by the member fer- tile district (Mr. Frank Wilson), returned to Perth on Monday after a visit to the Sussex electorate. The members of til« par ty left the city on Friday of last week, and were enter- tained at Busselton in thc evening.

At Jarrahwood.

On Saturday morning they went by special train over the timber Combine a line, which runs from Wonnerup to Jarrahwood, and about which there is a I considerable amount of controversy go-

ing on in the district. This" matter is dealt with in an article elsewhere in this issue. Upon their arriving at Jarrahwood they were met by a num- ber of settlers living in and around Nairnup, who had driven a distance of 15 miles or moro for the purpose, and who placed their vehicles at the dis- posal of tho visitors for the purpose of driving to. thc settlement. The mem- bers ol tile party were accompanied by, amongst others, thc Mayor of Bussel- ton (Mr. Cammilleri) and Mr. G. Bar- nard, sen. . Before leaving Jarrah- wood, which has been reduced from a once flourishing settlement, to a place of desolation where there is no longer I any signs of human life or endeavour,

where the houses are roofless, un kept, and uninviting, the Ministers were shown the spot where it is thought a discovery of valuable coal has been made. The locality is within a yard or two of the Combine's mill, and is, in fact, down a shaft which was sunk for the purpose of obtaining water. The shaft is sunk to a considerable depth, and a small company has been formed to try and find out if the coal I is there in anything like payable quan

¡ titres, and further steps are to be taken

to ascertain whether the first estimate of its quality is correct. J

Drive to Nannup.

Tlie drive to Nannup was for the most done in the rain, as was also a necessarily hurried inspection of some of the country near the settlement. As will appear elsewhere this morning, the desire oi the settlers is for the Govern- ment to take over that part oí the Wonnerup ling leased to the Combine and buy the part owned by it, and then extend it as far, for the present at any rate, as the Lower Blackwood, or. in other words, to Nannup. This, it is argued, would not only open up immense «reas of valuable timber coun- try, but greatly assist in tho agricul- tural development of a district, which, it is claimed, would be as prolific in the production of all kinds of stock and farm produce as any in tho State.

The distance from the termination of tho present line to Nannup is roughly 15 miles, mid as it presente no serious engineering difficulties the cost would, it is urged, not be great. Besides the advantages to the immediate dis- trict, others are mentioned ascertain to follow in the course of a policy of rail- way communication, especially if the taking over of the combine's line meant the getting of timber from the Crown lands which lie between Wonnerup and Maryvale^ ' Capital would be put into this part of the , State, hundreds of men v.*ould be employed, the settlers woulid be released from their present irritating isolated condition, produce could be got to market with reasonable facility, and the necessaries of life and tile requirements for successfully carry- ing on faun and settlement lire gene- rally brought into the .district without the present, delay and irksome mode of transit; Large quantities of tim

ber would, rt is added, be wested from the forests, tile harbour ; at Busselton

would be seen with big ships at her j jetty, and the town itself ,wear an j additionally prosperous appearance, j i trite people are enthusiastic in favour !

of the .line, and are working hard to j put forward a case winch they hope, will claim Unfavourable consitíécation \ of tho Government and of ïïarliamçut. j

"? The Settlers.'?; r j

A visitor to thc district cannot help ! being impressed, as Mr.; .Daglish and i Mr. Drew expressed theipsèlves to be.

with the energy and determination ol., the settlers. They;bayé fan unfailing

? belief in the resourcefulness of the dis-

trict. Members of the Ministerial ¡ party Miere not only informed of the i possibility of this part of the country j ?to successfully produce cattle, horses. , fruit, and. vegetables, but that it was | believed to bo capable of growing the j most ¿useful English grasses. In thc j latter-respect a-piece of land-bas al-j refifly been doared ; by ; them and sot j ; apart for the purpose' #f snaking o^- \

perinients, ¿tad generally {speaking thc j

members pf. the party; ifreely acknow- ledged that-tlie people Jvere: undoubted- ly! doing air ia their, pavfér to deserve tho attention of the Gbrernment and

of Parliament;: -A..writer once said i that those w ho built their lives into the.

walls of the State deserved the highest j recognition and admiration. It it : coniiug to be seen that no wan -buildf j his Iii o into the walls of the Stttbp with j liarder labour and very often with lesr- j íiiécógmtibñ'than be who; toils from sun- j rise to sunset on the land. At any j

nate, Mr. Drew promised to obtain the

opinion of the Director of Agr iculture as to which English grasses should he tried in the district, and to forward parcels to be sown. The Minister also requested that «peciniens of the fruit and vegetables grown thor« should be sent to the Department, in order that the productiveness of the land could be amply demonstrated. As fal- as railway construction in the district

is concerned, two proposals have bee» j

made. One is-for a railway from Nannup : to Balingup, and the one under con- j adoration. The first is said to be op- ] posed chiefly on the ground of tho : engineering difficulties it presents, and j the heavy grades, and the other sup- j ported because it only requires 15 miles I to be added on to a line which is al-j ready constructed, and which is in di- ; rec-t communication with the deep . water seaport of Busselton. The difB- j cutty, of course, in respect to the Won- 1 nerup-Nannup line, is whether the Go- ; vernment can take over the P^rt it | already owns, or whether the Combine

will bave to be bought out in respect , of the part of thc railway it leases \ as well as in regard to the portion , it owns. Those who have some ac- quaintance with the matter think that

it will yet lead to either litigation or , to parliamentary interference, if Jiot to

both.

Deputations.

Late on Saturday night at Nannup

Ministers received several deputations ! in reference to several local require- ' meuts. The particulars of the first are ' given in a report which appears else- j where dealing with the question of : timber. The second asked that -\ bridge j should be constructed over Sheepyard j Gully, on the Balingup-road, and nlso one over the Blackwood Bi vcr in the

neighbourhood of" Dudinallup. The | bridge on the Blackwood would hare

the effect of bringing the settlers with- i in touch of the Balingup River in thc ; winter. If the Jarrahwood railway were extended in a south-easterly di

rection for about six miles and thence south-west to Nannup the bridge at Du- dinallup would be the means of secur- ing all the traffic on the south side of

the Blackwood for thc Jarrahwood rail- ; way, and also open up a large quantity of land suitable for agriculture at the

head of St. John's Brook and in and ! around Condermip. Mr. Daglish pro- ! mised to look at the sites of the pro- j posed bridge.«. !

The Premier also promised to see if

£100 could be placod on the next Esti- ! mates for a Ronds Board office, and

said he would try and find £50 towards ¡ assisting to clear the show ground. In 1 reference to the burial ground site Mr. ' Daglish consented to ask the Minister ' for Lands to arrange to have the ground ; surveyed, and he said would give a

grant of money towards clearing. "With ; regard to a request for assistance for

the purpose of the reading-room and li- j brary, the Premier said the Government I was taking steps to put grants under ¡ this head on a better basis. Ile belier- ! ed that in these matters the Govern-

ment should only assist those who help- 1 od themselves. If the people of Nannup

subscribed towards this institution they '[ would receive the usual grant, which, i ho believed, was either 15s. or 10s. for ! every fl subscribed. A request war, j also made for assistance in the matter ; of repairs to the Agricultural Hall. Mr. ! Daglish said the usual vote of 10s. for every £1 subscribed would be granted.

Mr. Wilson, who introduced the de- putations, in thanking the Minister,

said he trusted the Wonnerup-Jarrah- j wood line would he taken over, because that would give a great impetus to the

district. (Hear, hear.) He hoped some- i thing would be done in this direction I even if an arrangement had to be made with the Combine.

The Premier said he was much impressed with the resources and energy of the people and district, and as far as he was abie he would do all he could for them-(applause)-in

tlie way of providing them with bettor facilities for getting their produce to market. (Hear, hear.)

Entertained hy the Farmers

Association.

In tho evening tho Ministers and the visitors were entertained by the Farm el's and Graziers' Association in the Ag; ricultural Hall. All the work in coñ ; noction with this was most tastefully ' and successfully carried out by the la : dies of the settlement and district. : Mr. J. Carney, jun., occupied the chair. : The toasts were of the usual descrip I tiou on occasions of this kind, and i speeches non-political.

I Several members v«f the party m;i'!<j¿ ! mi early start on Sunday to view a ¡"flesh portion of the country, and by

an almost circular route reached Jarrah,

j woori, whore the train was to, be pick \ ed un. The party, besides seeing somo ; excellent land, passed the flourishing ; homesteads cf many old settlers, whoso : lot, everyone was in agreement in sny

ing, uiould be happier and much im- proved if they enjoyed the advantages of railway communication. Jarrahwood was reached after a cold drive, and tho party arrived in Busselton late in tho evening by train.

Two Mishaps.

This part of the trip, which through ! out was enjoyable and should pTovc eer , viceable to the Premier and the Min-

ister for Lands when they come- to tako , tlie requirements of the district into ; consideration, passed off without acci

! dont, although the Premier was tho. . 1 subject of a couple of mishaps. On ! Saturday tho sulky in which ho was : seated ¿tuck in a bit of a creek. He ; and his companion sot out, and the

, horse immediately plunged ' and over I turned the vehicle. And on Sunday , morning, as he tva s being driven down : a steep decline, the axle of the trap . he was in broke, but no serious conse-

quences ensued.

During the drive on Sunday the Pre- ^ mier promised deputations to give £100 fl for a bridge at Dundinallup over tho

river at Sheepyard Gully, and said ho ^

would have au inspection made of tho : site where it was suggested that a

liridge should be'built over the Black : wood River.

j Round Busselton.

! Monday morning was employed in í looking round the town of Busselton

and viewing the public institutions. A! \ visit was paid to "Fairlawn," the charm-

ing residence of Mr. R. Gale, The vrsi ! tors were shown over the grounds hy 1 Mr. and Mrs. Gale, and subsequently ; entertained by them. They viewed tho ' commanding willow-treo which has

sprung into a magnificent life from a sprig that came through other sources ; from the weeping-willow tree over Na ; poleoii'» grave nt St. Helena,

j The Premier afterwards visited tho [ Municipal Council Chamber, where tho j Mayor made several requests on behalf ' of the Municipal Council. The Pre . mier promised to pay for the purchase

«nd fencing of a now cemetery ground, ; but declined to do anything particular

in regard to the recreation ground. Ile' j said Tie considered that if the Govern I ment gave thc land, the sports of vari I ous kinds for which it was used should

i make it self-supporting. He promised)

to consider the request of assisting iii the extension of thc show ground, and

to see what could be done m (he mat- ter of a grant for improving the re- serves. With regard to putting down j an artesian bore, the Premier promised

to consult with thc Minister for Works,

and he said he would seo the sanie ( ¡ Minister on the question of a vote fotf ! reclaiming part of the beach near th©

church. The Premier informed the do» putation that Mr. Johnson (Minister for Works) had informed him that ten- ders would be called next week for tho Yallingup Cave-road.

The party left Busselton at 1.45 p.m.» and arrived in Perth late on Monday.

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