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INTERPROVINCIAL NEWS

(P3B PBESS ASSOCIATION.) Auckland, January 11. The Justices of the Peaoe of this district resolved to hold a meeting In ' about a month to consider tbe question of ' punishment for juvanlle criaie, with a < view to recommending Parliament to 1 amend tbe Act on the subject. 1 The creditors of J. B. Buchanan, 1 merchant, have decided to aooept 17a 63 j m the £ imm the debtor for the stock, •

ahoold he effir that Bum within a week Wanganci, January 10 The Rev Mr Chapman, the new curate, on the occasion of bin welcome here on Wednesday night made disparaging remarks against the Press. The " Ohronlo'e " In an article this morning referring to the same characterises tbe attack as allly ond uncalled fur, reminding tbe Rev gentleman that the Pres» 1b more lrflaentlal that the pnlplt. It calls the attaok Idle tatk for a oallow young divine of Mr Chapman's c»librq, and advisee him to cultivate the quality of modeaty. Ohristchuboh, January 10. Thomas Naughton wai committed for trial tti-dsy for stealing a gold chain and locket from the house of Mr Mo'shead, a farmer at Lincoln. The third series of wool salon opened to-day. Specially good fine crossbred was much siught for, one prime line realising lljd to Ib. Other wool sold up to former quotations. Merino, 7£4 to 9^d; crossbred, 7d to lOd ; half-bred, 6*d to lOJd. DtTNEPiN, January 11. In the Supreme Court to-day Samuel Shaw wai fonnd guilty of a false declaration before the Registrar and fined 40i The last oase on the Hat is now before tbe

Court. It is * charge against Albert Sinclair of obtaining money by false pretences on the high Beta. Mr Solomon defendi. Id the Chambers, probate was granted In the estate of Professor Mainwaring Brown. 1 Invkboabohl, January 11, J At a meeting of the Fire Brigade ] Demonstration Committee to-night it was resolved to adjourn till Taesday when the Committee will decide whether the Demonstration shall be carried oat or otherwise. The affair has been very coldly received here, probably owing to (he dalineu of business, bat there is hope that the roselntlon of the Committee wIH etir the people op. 1 The body of Robert Cook, one of five persons drowneJ while fording the Matsura m Ootober last, has been found In tho river near Fortross. There are still two bodies unaccounted for. The Chamber of Commerce to-day resolved to direot tha tttentlon of Government to the dlsomsion of the Congress cf Chambers held In Melbourne, on the sob j act of Intercolonial freetrade, trith a suggestion that Government should approach Aujtrallaa Ministers on the abject. NOTES. _ * It is satisfactory to learn, as we do from a Wellington paper— the " New Zealand Times " — that Ministers, who are now assembling m Wellington after their several tours throughout the colony, intend beginning at onoe the consideration and preparation of their business for next session, and that among the earliest subjects taken up will be that of a Bill amending the Hospitals and Charitable Institutions Act now m force. This is m accord with a pledge made last session, and it is well that the matter is to receive so timely attention, for we are not surprised to learn that " the amendments required are so numerous and debateable that dealing thoroughly with this question is expected to occupy several sittings of ; the Cabinet." The task of preparing ! a good and workable Bill will be no light one, but the whole colony is convinced of its necessity ; the present Aot having worked very unevenly and uni satisfactorily. We have already, on 1 previous occasions, pointed out various directions m which the existing state of

things needs amendment, and were it only on the ground that under it the burden of relieving the sick and maintaining the destitute is most unevenly distributed, taht amendment ought to be made at the earliest possible moment. How uneven is that distribution is clearly bronght out by a return to the Order of the House, upon motion of Mr Jones, member for Heathcote, which was laid upon the table last session, and just been printed $nd circulated. This document shows that the post ppr head of population varied m the year ended 31st March last from 10M m the North of Auckland district to 13s l£d m the Westland district, so that one part of the colony had to pay fifteen times as much as another part. Following are the figures for the thirty-five Hospital and Charitable Aid Districts arranged according to the cost per head, from the highest to the lowest : —

The total cost for the whole colony for the year was £160,036 10s 9d, being an average per head of 53 7d on the total population of the colony. Of this amount (we omit shillings and ponce) £70,180 was contributed by Government, £53,990 by contributory local authorities, £12,604 by voluntary contributions, £923 by bequests, £1900 from rents, £8,04.9 from payments by patients ,and the balance from other sources. I ______

Judging on the principle that straws serve to show the way the wind blows, we note that the Wellington Ministerial organ contains what looks uncommonly like an " inspired " paragraph with relation to the Bailway Commissionership, which runs us follows : — " If the latest accounts of the gentleman recommended by bir Francis Bell for the railway Chief Commissionership (reported elsewhere) be correct, as there seems good reason to believe, and if the recommendation of the Agent General and his colleagues be as distinctly favorable as it is said to be, we trust that the Government will make the appointment without delay. We should have liked to see all three Commissioners imported, and have more than once advocated that course, but seeing the difficulty experienced m finding any suitable man willing to come out even as Chief at £8000 a year, it is manifest that the difficulty would be much greater

m persuading eligible men to take the worse-paid and subordinate CommissioneTshipß. If this view be correct, the other two Commissioners will have to be chosen m the colony, and m that ca6e it would not be easy to get two better men than Messrs Maxwell and Hannay, the present General Manager and the second m command. In regard to each appointments no political and personal considerations ought to be allowed to enter. Capacity and suitableness ought to be the sole conditions of the choice." 60 far as regards so much of the foregoing as relates to the probability of the appointment of Mr Bees (the gentleman recommended by the Agent- General) to the Chief Commissionership, the public will be well content, but reading between the lines it is plainly to be seen that the Government would have been better pleased to confer that office upon Mr Maxwell, who is evidently to be made an Assistant Commissioner anyhow. Of Mr Hannay's appointment we entirely approve, but instead of Mr Maxwell the other Assistant Commissioner ought to have been some New Zealand business man of extensive commercial experience.

After the foregoing note was penned, a telegram reached us intimating that the appointments have at last been made. It would appear that Mr Bees

(the gentleman recommended by Sir F. D. Bell) has telegraphed asking that his name might be withdrawn and there* foro, it would seem, the Government obtained the opportunity, which we verily believe they all along desired, of appointing all the Commissioners within the colony. This they have done, Mr M'Kerrow, Surveyor-General, having been appointed to the Obiof Commissionershi, and Messrs Maxwell and Hannay as Assistant Commissioners. We do not think that this is at all likely to give satisfaction, and it will not be surprising if Ministers get into pretty hot water over the matter. Mr M'Kerrow has certainly been an admirable Surveyor-General-r-indeed a more efficient officer for the Lands Department could not be found — but what his capabilities for railway management may prove to ba nobody can possibly form any idea, as he has had no experi ence whatever m such matters. The experiment may succeed, but if professional training and practical railway experience are as is generally supposed, advantages, then Mr M'Kerrow possesses none of these and must be heavily handicapped at the very outset. Indeed, while nominally the Chief Commissioner, it looks very much as if a tyro m railway matters had been appointed with the very object of placing Mr Maxwell m the position of the virtual chief, for the odds are that Mr M'Kerrow will be completely led by that gentleman, to whom with Mr Hannay he must necessarily look for information on matters of which himself he can know nothing. Against Mr Hannay's appointment we hare not a word to say — on the contrary we have frequently indicated him as a desirable man, but not only ourselves, but the pnblio generally, will, wo think, see through and totally disapprove of making Mr Maxwell the permanent master of the situation through the dodgy expedient of appointing a dummy ' Chief Commissioner— «for such a novice must neoesßarily be— alongside of a nominally "assistant" expert with an old subordinate as his colleague. Altogether the constitution of the Board is entirely different Kfrom what people were led to expect when the change m the management of the railways was decided upon, and we venture to think that Parliament will not regard the manner m which Ministers ha,vo d.iscfoarged the duty entrusted to them as at all m keeping with its own intentions. Whether or not M. de Lesseps be successful m reorganising the Panama Canal Company and m raising the required funds, we have not the smallest doubt that the great enterprise with which his name is associated will be carried to completion. Indeed, it is already apparent that American onterprisb \$ only a'waHing'fye phanpa of taking up the. work, for a paragraph m the Nfw York letter of an exchange states that m view of a failure of the last Panama Canal loan, a syndicate of New York, capitalists offered to put qp dollar^ to complete the Canal m two years. The head of the affair is Mr JBf. B. Slaven, of the American Dredging Company. Whethpr or not the Panama Canal fall in{o American it aUp, seems certain that tb,e rival project for a, Canal at Nicaragua will bo carried, out, for from the Bamo source we learn thai " The Nicaragua Canal Company hao. been incorporated, $11 necessary concisions having been granted by the Oosta Itica and Nicaraguan Governments. The cost of construction is estimated at 65,000,000 dollars by the United Statee Government surveys. The distance from ocean to ocean is 170 miles, of which forty miles will be tbivjougji the Cana), the renia.radej' 'through La.ko Nicaragua, the Ban Juqn and. San Francisco rivers. The oapital stock of the Company is 1,000,000 shares, of 100 dollars eaoV'

Cost per head of population— s. d. r *> Weßtfcnd. „: ' „ 13 H Oorbroajidel ,-; 1 1 010 Joangahna ;; ;. 0 2; »• v n.j „ ft lA; Grey .. .. .. 87$ Central Otogo .. „ 7 10 Bailer .. t t 7 I opok.. '.I .! ( 0 Booth Oanterbdry .. i! 3 Wairsu .. .. 6 1§ Wellington ... .. 5 7 Auokland .. •. 4 9 Southland .. .. 4 8J Nelson .. «. 4 3 Thames :: .. 4 lj Wellington United .i 8 11| Waipawa .. .» 3 11' North Canterbury •• £ 5\ Waitaki .. .. 3 6 Waitaki ;; J; M ? Otago United ,; „ 3 0 Thameß United „ 2 11* Hawkea Bay .. .. am Hawkea Bay United .. 2 9 Patea 2 8J Tuapeka . M ... 2 6§ Aahburton .. .. 2 2 Bay of Plenty UU . Otago.. ... a 1 ll| IJorth <3anteirbi|i^ :i X\y Wanganpi , f vt 15 Wairarapa .. .. I, 21 Wanganui United .. Oil Horth o* AaokiQ D 4 m 0 lO|

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INTERPROVINCIAL NEWS, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2035, 12 January 1889

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INTERPROVINCIAL NEWS Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2035, 12 January 1889

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