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OHINEMURI.

(By Tetegrapb.-s-Own Correspondent)

PAEBOA, Thursday. OHINEMURI COUNTS' COUNCIL.

The ordinary monthly meeting of the Ohinemuri County Council was held to-day. Present: Messrs-Grace (chairman). Strange, Nathan, Lloyd, Hantaan, Laughlln, Corbett, and Franklin. Contracts.as under were let for the erection of a bridge and approaches at Komata Creek-road:—W. C. Kennedy, i 319; forming and gravelling a portion of Maratoto-road P. McConnel, £00 16/; supply of metal and Improving Rotoku-road F. Butler, £247; forming ttM eulverting a portion of Waltawheta.to Walhl road, Strange, £76; clearing and Improving track, Maratoio to Golden Cross, B Hagne, f54; for clearing and Improving main outfall drain Waltoa Estate. T. Lupes, £99 15/ ft The following work's, as recommended by the. engineer In his monthly report, were ordered to be carried out:—The redecklng of the main bridge on the Waltekaurl-road; the clearing out of the Puriri outfall drain, settlers paying half the-cost; the painting of the Tearoa Bridge; the repairing of the steps leading to Kantngahake Hall; the erection of a shed at Paeroa abattoirs; the payment of half the cost, £7 10/, of a road to Mr McCormlck's residence at Komata. A donation of £10 was granted to the public-library. The Paeroa Club billiard tournament of 150 up resulted:—Sllcock (15 behind scratch) defeated Trematn (36); Washington (IS behind scratch) defeated Sadler (15 behind scratch); T. Shaw (scratch) defeated Carder (15 behind scratch): Matthews (scratch) defeated Nichols* (85); Raebnrn (40) defeated Waters (70); Bush (75) defeated Martin (45); Vuglar (25) defeated Quick (scratch); McArthur, a bye. The second round Is continuing. The flazmllt and extensive flax rights originally owned by the- Paeroa Flaxmlll Company, embracing a most complete and very large area of growing flax, which was afterwards told to. Messrs. Coley, King, and Davies, of Foxton, has been resold to Mr. O. W. Nichols, of Paeroa. . Mr. Nichols has other flax rights over large areas of native land. His purchase of the property has saved the district from losing a valuable industry. The late owners complained of the tyranny to which they were subjected by reason of the union rates, which, under present conditions, were absolutely prohibitive. The conditions pertaining to royalty on growing flax as handled by 'the new owners leave n fair margin of profit. Between 30 and 40 hands will thug be kept In employment. It Iβ reported that a lode of payable silver sulphide ore has been unearthed near Maratoto. The Paeroa-Waihi' Gold Extracting Company are completing the purchase of a large.area of land at Paeroa, in which they propose to conduct operations. The pros- j pacts of the company are very hopeful, and the conduct of the work is in most expert hands.

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OHINEMURI. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 79, 2 April 1909

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