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Grbymouth, August 12, At a representative meeting of the leading citizens and business men, hold this afternoon, it was unanimously resolved that a Committee, consisting of his Worship the Mayor, Messrs Taylor, Petrie, and Nancarrow, wait upon the Executive of the Grey Valley Coal Miners' Association to-morrow with the view of ascertaining the basis upon which a compromise of the present difficulty can be Wellington, August 13. Mr Guinness, M,H.R., and Messrs Loinas and Newton, mining delegates, waited on the Minister of Public Works this morning, urging that Government I /suspend the royalty on coal produced from the West Coast mines, or reduce the railway rates by sixpence per ton. MiFergus promised to lay the matter before the Cabinet, but held out little hope of the request being granted, He explained that the r/ij^vays were in the hands of the " Commissioners, and to reduce the charges on any one sept ion would call forth similar applications from nil purls of the colony, As to suspending the royalty he doubted M'hetjjcr the Government had the power to do s.o, as it would be a breach of faith with the debenture-holders, to whom ifc was secured for payment of the money advanced on harbors. It was .suggested that the Government should legislate specially in l.he matter, but the Minister doubted Parliament | would sanction it.

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THE BRUNNER DIFFICULTY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2490, 13 August 1890

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THE BRUNNER DIFFICULTY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2490, 13 August 1890

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