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As incident in connection with the sale of

the South Canterbury rnus last Iterenge week is worthy of passing notice. Is Sweet. i n every sense but one the public have reason to be satisfied with the results. An all-round advance of something like 25 per cent, was obtained, and in the majority of cases the runs fell back into the possession of the previous holders who were content to pay enhanced prices for them. But Run No. 47 passed ont of the hands of the old lessee under circumstances that are unexampled in the history of the pastoral occupation of this country. It will be remembered that a few years ago there occurred in South Canterbury one of those scandals which tend to degrade the turf, and that Mr George Rutherford, who is a pastoralist and owner of racehorses, was principally implicated. Mr Teschemaker, lessee of Run No. 47, was at the time president of the South Canterbury Jockey Club, and in that capacity he fearlessly exposed the scandal, and was mainly the cause of condign phnisfamept being meted ont to those who were concerned in what was known as the “ Princess Royal affair.” Now,

In days of old, When knights were bold.

the affront put on the house of Rutherford would have led to the {gathering of that clan to wage mortal combat against the Teschemakers. But the nineteenth century civilisation has provided a refined and less risky kind of revenge. The opportunity came when the South Canterbury runs were to be relet. Mr Teschemaker was there, anxious to retain his holding, but he had to reckon with a man with a long purse and a deep-set grudge. The biddings were excitedly made, and eventually the holding went to the bid of Mr Rutherford, whose oynical observation, that he “ wanted it for a burial ground for Princess Royal,” drew forth (the report says) a storm of hisses from those who crowded the saleroom. These sibilations are said to express the feeling of a very large district. The Canterbury Jockey Club have since passed a resolution expressive of their appreciation of the service donp to racing by Mr Tesohemaker’a firmness in dealing with the Princess Royal affair, ancj every right-thinking man will regret to find that a determination to do one’s duty “without fear, favor, or affection” renders the doer liable to the treatment to which Mr Teschemaker was subjected at Timaru last week.

The Minister for Justice has “ backed down ” very considerably. When he was here at the end of last year his proposals had in view the location of police quarters and barracks, the Supreme, Magistrate’s, and Police Courts on one block ; and it was an open secretariat he projected the erection of all those buildings on the site known as the gaol reserve. The objections advanced by the Law Society to the transference of the Courts from their present site to one where the existing inconveniences would only be intensified, and the claim put forward by the City Council to a. part of the

The Law Courts.

gaol reserve for market purposes, appear to have had some weight with the M mister, who is nowprepared to hold the question of new Law Courts over indefinitely, and will give hia attention togrouping the three Courts underone roof and improving the accommodation and acoustic properties of all. As there cannot be two opinions about the desirability of removing the police from their uncomfortable and unsuitable quarters in Maclaggan street, and as there is no apparent likelihood of the Justice Department and the Education Board coming to an agreement about the transfer of properties that was at one time suggested, the proposal to put the police barracks at the angle of the gaol reserve facing the new railway station will he generally acceptable, as utilising the best site the Government have at their disposal for the vjorpiHrt, Bi.l'in si.go»-|, but 1 !,<• City C,.uuod should give the Minister to understand very plainly that an attempt to keep the gaol where it is will be determinedly resisted by the citizens. The time lias come when the gaol must be taken elsewhere, and the officers of the Prisons Department will be well employed if they endeavor to find a suitable locality for it during the recess, so that the Minister may next year be in a position to ask Parliament for the requisite vote.

At the annual meeting of the South Dunedin Licensing Committee on ThnrsA day the proceedings were'dc cic f edly more lively than decorous. This state of matters was brought about by the erratic behaviour of a member of the Committee named Fiddes, who made a very unjustifiable attack upon Sergeant Wacdonnell. Mr Fiddes’s insinuations as to the worthy sergeant’s supposed Irish predispositions eventuated in the insiuuator being made to look rather foolish ; but it is really disgraceful that a responsible meeting of this kind should be allowed to degenerate into a personal wrangle between the Bench and the police. The coarse familiarity of Mr Fiddes’s references to particular hotels was exceedingly unbecoming, considering the position he was filling. Altogether, it would appear that at least one member of the South Dunedin Licensing Committee holds personal views which do not particularly fit him for his judicial post.

Actinci under the resolution of the City Council ou the 29th ult., the Begging tlis Mayor has caused to be foi - Question, warded to the burgesses of the City a postal card directing them to vote “ay” or “no” on the bald proposal “To utilise the Triangle for a market and other public purposes, and with such a view to promote a local Bill in Parliament.” U'e urge, as vre did last week, that that was not the issue which the majority of the Council wished to be put before the ratepayers. They desire to know the feeling of the latter in to applying to Parliament for power to utilise the Triangle tor a market, which shall be managed and controlled by the Council. The amendment of Cr Solomon, which the Council carried by a substantial majority, was expressly framed to give the quietus to the syndicate project; but the form in which the plebiscite is proposed to be taken makes it possible to revive it. As the vote has to be taken by the 11th Inst., those interested in preserving the reserve as a “lung,” or are opposed to its falling into the hands of cute speculators, should bestir themselves without delay.

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NOTES., Issue 7928, 8 June 1889

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NOTES. Issue 7928, 8 June 1889

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