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LOXTON RAILWAY.

DEPUTATION TO THE GOVERN-

MENT.

A deputation, representing settlers at Tailem Bend and Loxton, waited on the Commissioner of Public Works (Hon. L. O'loughlin) on Tuesday morning in reference to the .proposed railway between Tailem Bend and Loxton. Mr. W. Senior, MP., introduced the de- putation. Mr. R. Upton said they had come to support the proposal, as it would do a good deal in opening up that part of the country. Two years ago a deputa- tion waited upon the Treasurer, and offi- cers of the department were instructed to report upon the country surrounding Lox- ton and Tailem Bend. The eountry «as carefully examined and the officers re- commended that a railway line between Tailem Bend and Loxton be con-

structed. The country was. good for agri- cultural purposes. The residents of Mur- ray Bridge had found out that Tailem Bend people would be benefited by the junction, and they '"wanted some of the pie." The settlers at Monteith- would be satisfied Tvith a railway siding. At Tailem Bend the. people had everything necessary for the onenmg up of the propobed new railway. Mr. R/ Wacaton endorsed Mr. Upton's remarles. There was sufficient land at- Loxton for a large number of farmers. The land was worth £2 10/ per acre. Messrs. W. E. Cross and A. McDonald also spoke.

Tlie Minister replied that he had not expected a deputation on this question, and did not think one was neces^ry. He thought there were not two opinions on the matter. The position of the junction had been fixed, but the trouble was that they had not decided how far the railway was to be continued._

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