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An important Conference under the Government! Valuation of land Act, passed during last Parliament, has been Bitting here for the past few days. It consist* of tike supervisors under that Act, and they bttve cows from Auckland, Hawke'e Bay, Wellington, Christchurch, InvercargUl, l>unedte, &c They are here to arrange oetailit for a general standard roll of valuation ftor real estate throughout the colony. Undfcr the Act of 1896 this roll, when made up, will be the etandard roll for local bodies and the Trust Office, the Post Office, the Advances to Settlers' Department and such lending departments. The Conference, over which Mr McGowan, the Valuer-General, presides, will probably finish to-night. The present labours of the Conference are regarded as preliminary, and it will take some month ■ to complete the roll. It ie hoped, however, to have it ready for the different local bodies and departments interested before toe ok»e of toe financial year in March next* *

Tito Wellington Chamber of Commerce will hold a meeting to protest against the increase in the telephone charges. It is alleged that instead of the rates being increased they should be considerably reduced.

The full reports of the first meeting of the Benefit Societies' Commission, received here to-day, have caused no small amount of amusement. The appointment of the Comnnssaon has been adversely criticised by friends and foes of the Government alike, and even the New Zealtmd Tiwm, which reprints the report from the Otago Daily Ttom, cefera to the strange conduct of the Comnnswoners,

The Wellington Amatear Dramatic Society will give performances of different piaye every evening daring the record reign week, the proceeds to be in aid of the operating theatre fund.

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WELLINGTON NOTES., Press, Volume LIV, Issue 9733, 22 May 1897

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WELLINGTON NOTES. Press, Volume LIV, Issue 9733, 22 May 1897

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