. . -< » m. ; v(FIR FBIBS ABSOOIAnoKi) " „ V.Vi Dunedin, Jane 19, Mr Jastioe Williams gave judgment m the case Auditor-General v Maniototo County Gounoil. He sees no reason why County Oounoila shoald not vote a reasonable mm for travailing expenses and are empowered to pay them. If the Counoil consider a fixed earn per mile Baffioient he sees nothing m the Aot to prevent it. He thinks the Aot of 1875 was intentionally framed to enable County*; Oonnoils to do what Maniototo had dona atug? bo avoid unseemly disoussions whioh fat & *" tably take place it the reasonableness of every item of individual members 1 expense* had to be discussed, la, the Weitpori Coal 00. v the Queen the Judge held that the steel ooal tubs on wtyoh duty had bean olaimed are as muoh a part of the mechanism for drawing solid matter from tbe mints as ' the piston and valves of the mining pump art '•' for lifting water and therefore should -be admitted free. In the Gallic will oase K a«r application is being made to tender frtib evidenoe, . Wbllucotohn Jane 13 •- Aa important action was began intbti Supreme Court this morning, Manawattl,, Railway Company v Queen. The Company , olaim that part of their eontraot with tha i; Government was that any block or portion of .' a blookof land m the vioinity of the Una /*' acquired by the Grown within a period of flv^^ years from Maroh 1382 should be Bet aside' ■ as an endowment of the ooTnfriny, providtdthe ' : value did not exaeed £29,805, but Govern-' mentsoldby aaotlon a portion of thcHoro* wUebua blook oomprißing 80,088 aores. Tim oompany seek to bo put m a position to ' proseoute, its complaint m the court and take) * suoh proceedings an are necessary. J The'" contention of Government is that the Horo* wenua blook was not aoquired till June 19th, 1887, and consequently not within the five year limit,
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