MEETING OF THE EXECUTIVE. A meeting of the Auckland provincial executive of the New Zealand Farmers' TJuion took place this morning at the offlce of Mr. G. J. Garland, secretary to the uulon. Colonel A. Bell (president) was In the chair, and there were also present Messrs. F. Dye, F. Colebeck. J. C. Boddie, J. Flanagan, A. Boler. <k 3. Rutherford, ASchmltt. Apologies for non-attendance were received from Major Lusk and Messrs S. Scruby, J. 9. AVilsou, and M. Barriball. Lectures.—A letter was read from Mr. E. C. Jack, Dominion Secretary, stating that the Advisory Committee of the union had recently neen considering the desirableness of sending prominent men to deliver a series of addresses in various parts of tho Dominion, and inquiring whether the proposal met with the approval of the executive. The president said he had taken upon himself to reply to the letter iv the affirmative. In reply to questions, he stated that due and sufficient notice would be given to branches; there was no question of expense. An itinerary would have to be drawn up. The president's nctlon was ap-' proved, and a committee, consisting of Messrs. Flanagan, Rutherford, and the secretary, was set up to arrange the Itinerary. Provincial Conference.—lt was resolved that the Provincial Conference be held on May 27th and 28th. Imperial Defence Tax.—The Ngaruawahia branch sent a remit for discussion at the annual conference, to the effect that the conference should express approval of an Imperial defence tax imposed upon the unimproved value of land. It was resolved that the branch be informed that it was too late to include the remit on the order paper, but the matter might. be brought forward and discussed by permission of the conference. Immigration.—The president said inquiries had heen made by iadvertiseiheut' to ascertain what demand existed for farm labourers and domestic servants iv this province, iv order that the Central Unemployed Society lv London might be communicated with by the Dominion secretary. So far, very few replies have been received. He understood the central body in London was sending farm labourers to Canada,and elsewhere, with the most gratifying results, the men Bent out being of a very good stamp. Only 3 or 4 per cent of the men failed to, repay the money advanced to them. Accounts.—Accounts amounting to £7 6/5 were' passed for payment.
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