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The Minister for Justice returned to Dunedin last evening, and to-day received a large number of visitors at the Ministerial office, Bond street. Most of the interviews were of a private nature. At an early hour this morning Mr Roberts (president) and Mr Twopeny (Executive Commissioner) had an interview with Mr Fergus re the fine arts gallery in connection with the Exhibition, tho outcome of which was that Mr A. D. Bell (Government engineer) was instructed to arrange with Mr Hislop (architect for the Exhibition) all matters in connection with the gallery, with a view to making it a thoroughly suitable fire-proof building which will satisfy the requirements of Government. A deputation of Hindoo settlers asked that a train might be run over the ■Otago Central railway line as far as Hindoo on Saturdays and Mondays, in connection with the development of the goldmining industry in that district. The Minister promised to bring the matter under the notice of the department, at the same time promising the deputation favorable consideration of their request. The Council of the Law Society will tomorrow morning discuss with the Minister for Justice the proposed rearrangements and alterations of the Law Courts. The matterhaa been under consideration of the Government for some time, and plans have been prepared, which we understand make provision for a substantial building to be used as a lock-up and officers’ quarters on the Triangle, at the intersection of High and Cumberland streets, abutting ou Castle street. Six cells will be provided in the yard, and there will also be accommodation for stables, etc. The gaol will be continued on its present site. The Courthouse in Maclaggan street having been found to be utterly unsuitable, it is proposed to transform the deputy-registrar’s office in Bond street into a Police Court, which building will then he alongside the Resident Magistrate’s Court. Tho Supreme Court is to be improved by having its acoustic properties altered, and some feet will be taken off it in order to provide an office for the deputy registrar. Proper healing apparatus will also be furnished. It Is said that the present Court-house (the old Provincial Council Chamber) is the largest in the colony, and it is urged that when the alterations proposed are made the comfort of counsel and the public alike will be better served. However, tho w hole subject will be threshed out at to-morrow’s interview. , The Hon. Mr Fergus leaves for Wellington by the Tarawera on Thursday, and meetings of the Cabinet will then be held daily, in view of the meeting of Parliament, which takes place on the 20th inst.

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THE HON. MR FERGUS'S VISIT., Evening Star, Issue 7924, 4 June 1889

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THE HON. MR FERGUS'S VISIT. Evening Star, Issue 7924, 4 June 1889