THE TRIPP SETTLEMENT.
BALLOT AT TEM-KA.
On .Saturday thc closing scenes were witnc.sod at Temuka in connection with the Orari Gor-;c Estate, acquired under the Lands for Settlement Act on renewable lease. The examination of applicants was r. slow process, and it was well on to ir.iclnight on Friday before the Hoard finished its labours. The majority of those interested remained in town all and at 10 o'clock on Saturday morning the Drill Shed was comfortably filled with those interested in tho bailot to witness the passing of one of the oldest estates in the Canterbury province
The Orari Gorßo Estate comprises 20",557 acres 1 rood "33 perches, and extends in a north-westerly direction from the Orari river for a distance of about ten miles at a point about thirteen from the Orari railway station and eighteen miles from the Teimika station. The nearest town is Geraldino, nine miles distant, and access is bygood metalled roads. It is divided into nineteen agricultural and five pastoral aiioitinents, the former ranging in altitude from 7..0 feet to 1000 feet above sen-level, and the hitter from 940 feet to i feet above sea-level. The agricultural lot-! comprise level land and undulating downc ; much of the flat land is rich and other portions stony; the downs are free from stones, with a heavy .oil on a clay subsoil. Most of th'?in arc ring fenced and are carrying at present old and new grass, stubble and grass, ratio and grass, with a small ]x)rfiou of unbroken stony land. The pastoral lots occupy most of the Four Peaks Range, some of which is steep and stony and snow-clad during winter months.* it carries snow-grass and tussock generally. Good homestead sites aco provided for all the runs, and the lower spurs in most cases are undulating end carry good tussock and English grasses, with patches of native bush and scrub. The whole of thc runs are excellently watered. The improvements consist of fencing and buildings -. the former are included in the prices of the allotments, and the latter are to bo paid for separately by instalments foread over 21 years. Possession of tho first-class land is to bo given on March i'lst, and of tho third-class land on .March 31st.
Before proceeding with the ballot the Commissioner of Crown Lands, Mr F. W. Flanagan, said he wished to moke a few remarks touching upon the Tripp Settlement. There had been 354 applications received, and of these 54 were 1 ejected and six withdrawn. With regard to tho applications tendered at Timaru he would point out that these had not been refused, though a telegram had been published to that effect before the Hoard had met. Three applications from Waimate had not been entertained as they were not in time, and this tho * applicants themselves ddmittcd. In dealing with thofco rejected he would say the Board had vetoed them because the applicants were not landless, and the Board's duty was to giv c preference to men without land. In some cases persons applying had only just disposed of their lands, and the main consideration for the Board was to administer the Act in its true spirit. Others had been rejected as they could not make the required declaration, and some because they had already held small holdings under the Land for Settlement Act, that was perpetual lease 6, and as a person could not reside in two places, which was a compulsory clause, it was obvious they must go out. If their holdings had been under the Crown Lands Act, they would have been eligible, and could tako up a renewable leasa section.
Tho following is the result of thp ballot and particulars of sections drawn: — First-class Land. 1. ID3 acres 2 roods 15 perches, Block V., capital value £1760. Haii-yearly rental £39 12s. (13 applicants)—Mr Michael Lyons. Christchurch. 2. 140 acres 2" roods 23 perches, Block V., capital value £1970. Half-yearly rental £44 63 6d. (10 applicants)— Helen Yates, Levels, Timaru. 3 66 acres 2 roods 22 perches, Block V., capital value £1140. Half-yearly rental -225 13s, plus £3 2s 5d interest and sinking fund on buildings valued at £80. (Ie applicants)— Henry S. Smith, Bel- . field. 4. 253 acres, Block V., capital value £2090. Half-y<*arly rental £47 0s 6d. plus £3 2s Sd interest and sinking fund on buildings valued at £80. (33 applicants) — James Burt. Cust. 5. 140 acres 1 rood 27 perches, Block VII., capital value £1550.' Half-yearly rental £31 17s Rd. (14 applicants)— Clara A. Thomas. Shirley. 6. 127 acres 2 roods 2 perches, Bldck VII., cauita! value £1660. Half-yearly rental £37 7s (15 applicants)— Michael Martin Leonard, Waimate. 7. 133 sere's 2 roods 13 perches, Block VII., capital value £1270. Hr.l "-yearly rental £28 lis 6d. (8 applicants'—Miss Jessie A. Smith. Temuka. 8. 133 acres 2 roods 7 perches. Block XVI., capital value £1010. Half-yearly rental £23 6s. (6 applicants)— Sydney H. Lapthorne, Cave. 0, 201 acres. Block XVI., capital valuo £1710. Half-yearly rental £30 3s (8 applicants)— James. Dunlop, Blenheim. 11. 217 acres 1 rocd 35 perches. Block VII., cnpiial value £2.10. Half-yearly rental £58 lis Gd. plus £1. 19s interest and sinking fund on buildings valued r' £50. (58 anplicantiO—J. M. Lyon, Akaroa. 12. 113 ficrca 3 roods, lilock VII., capita! value £1860. Half-yearly rental £41 17s. plus £2 6s lOd interest and sinking fund on buildings valued at £GO. (86 applicants'—John J. Stack, St. Andrews. 13 1?5 acres 2 roods 33 perches, Block VII , canital value £1&W. Half-yearly rent-.! £36 13s Rd. (25 applicants)—lsabell M. Gray, Washdyke. 14. 33 acres 1 rood 28 perches, Block VII., capital value £540. Half-yearly rental £12 "?. pins £2 6s lod interest and sinking fund on buildings valued at *.-0. (19 applicants)— Albert Sydney Crow, Oxford. 15. 42 acres 3 roods 21 perches, Block VII.. capita! value £630. Half-yearly rental £15 103 Ed. (6 applicants)— James Walsh, Glemti. 16. 6:> acres 2 roods 15 perches, Block VII., capital value £1120. Half-yearly rental £25 is. (7 applicants)— Maurice Leonard, Waimate. 17 169 acres 1 rond. Block VII., caoi.al valuo £1870. Half-yearly rental £42 Is 6d. (7 applicants)— Hugh McDonnl'l, R-akaia. 18. 157 aores 1 rood 20 perrhes. Block V.. capital va'ue £1890. Half-yearly rental £42 lOs Cd. (17 applicants)-—F. G. T. Richards, Geraldine. 19. 150 acres 3 rootle. Block VII.. capital value £1810. Half-yearly Tental £40 14s r-1. .12 applicants)— George G. Webb.. Haniuer. 20. C-27 acres .1 rnorls. Block VII., capital value £2400. Half-yearly rental £54. (3 RopHcnnt.o— Janet R. Tossack, Medbury, Christchurch.
Third-class Land. 33 1780 acre*. Block XII., canital valni. £4230. Half-year!? rental £36 I<> 6d (91 applicants;—W. A. Hewson, Geraldine. 21. 4221 acre?, Block.. XI.. XII. and X**"T. ripi'id vahie £8160. Half-yearly recta.l £lSn 10s. rfm TI TH 4d interest and sinking fund on build-Tiers valued at iSSO. .C-. applicants}— Miss Margaret E. Priest, Tim-m. 10. -i. 321 r acres 2 roods. Block. X., XI and XV.. canital value £rnco. Hnlf-vear-ly rental £1-20 12=, nhis £. 0s Sd interest jind sinking birirl on bir!JiT-p" va'inyj at £60. (21 applicants)—lsabella Titherid<r<\ Orari Bridfre. 2fi acre« Blocks V., VI.. IX.. X. XIIT . XIV.. XV.. capital v P lae _f<llo. Halfyearly rental _Cs 6d. plus £6 If 4d and Rinkinp fnrd on buildings valued at £IV\. li applicants)— Paul S. Woodbury. 27. 3019 acrr«. Blocks V.. IX.. canital valne £1250. Half-vesrly rental £28 *2a 6d. 00 applicant!.'—Albert George Capill, Pleasant Point.