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Wellington, Yesterday.

A deputation headed by Mr Levestara, consisting of Messrs Shepherd, Seaton, White, Sutton, Cadraan, Bracken, Hutchison, Foldwick, J. Buchanan, and others, waited on the Colonial Treasurer this morning, at the request of the Friendly Societies, asking that the payment of the quinquennial investigation charge be made on the public revenue and not on the Societies. Mr Shepherd explained matters, contending that the cost of the investigation was a proper public charge. Mr Levestam consideied that if not done sev ral lodges and societies would be likely to carry- on without registration, and that valuation was no benefit to them, but was only of public interest. Mr Feldwick said Government supervision and check might reasonably be paid for by Government, especially as the coat of one or two prosecutions of defaulting secretaries might cost the State still more. Another member suggested that Government might do the worl' free of charge, it being a mere matter of working up returns. Major Atkinson, who appeared averse to the proposition at first, said he would give the matter his most favorable consideration.

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THE COLONIAL TREASURER INTERVIEWED., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 673, 28 June 1882

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THE COLONIAL TREASURER INTERVIEWED. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 673, 28 June 1882

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