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Enquiries to be Made From Victoria.

In the L-gii,lim\'e C'ouucil oil Thursday ? the Hon. R. T. MelroBC moved— 'That, with the view to encouraging scientific method* of farming, steps be taken to ascertain on what terms the Victorian

Oovemincnt will loan to thin Slate their Betttr Farming Train,' after the com pletion of its tour through the agricultural centres of that State.'1 He said the train was equipped with products and exhibits mterestiiiR to tin- man on the land, and lecture* and 'donumstralionR were giveu at the differcut agricultural centres. One carriage denlt chiefly with manures. He was an advocate of aiifieial manures being applied to pasture landR. There was alao a dairy train that carrid the ideal row. Lectures were given by veterinary expert*, and the cow was contrasted with the mongrel cows. The Government would lie justified in leasing the train if it could be obtained on reasonable tcrm«. Much good hud re Eultcd an .1 result of running- the train. ' and the whole of tlie accommodation pro vided on il uaa hooked ahead of the trip. There was also 11 domestic economy com partment nn 1 lip train. The fittlug-up nf he train h:id co-t iibout £5,000. but he would not recommend that a similar train be established in tlii-; State. New South Wales had decided to send to the country centres a tiaiu fitted with the cinema, with films for the education of farmers. The Hon. A. P. Blering regretted that it would be impossible to send such n train over the r.airow-gaugc lines. It would be a gleat boon in the newly settled districts. The cost of the tralni wnuld be repaid to the States that po» scsRcd them by the increased production, and he Supported the motion. The Hon. W. G. J. Mills supported tin motion, if only for the purpose of ascer taining from the Victorian Government he cost of leasing it. ? The Hon. T. Pacroc supported the motion, and said a great amount of good could be done by sending the train to the broad gauge. It' it was found suc cessful a train might be fitted up fur the narrow-gaug' lines. In Vittoria the train paid its own r-xponses. Mr. Mel rose was to l-e rongratiilatcd in bringing the matter forward, and he hoped the Government would ivgvep to the proposal. The Chief Secieary said he would ask the department concerned to make en quiries, and ascertain whether it would be better tn hire the train, or to build one for the broad gauije and another for the narrow gauge iu this State. He hop«d a ? favourable report would be obtained, and he would submit it to the House next «?*? Eton. The motion was carried.