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Th meeting of the School Commissioners of Otago, held yesterday, was attended by Messrs J. l\ Maitland (chairman), J. Green, T. Denniston, J. W. Bain, and the Hon. W. H. Reynolds. Mr T. 0. Ellis, as attorney for Mr J. C. Ellis, wrote agreeing to let the mutter of taking a block of 2,000 acres out of Run 301 is, Te Anau, remain in abeyance for six months.—Mr Bain reported that Mr Ellis would submit a proposal at next meeting. Tho secretary reported that the National Mortgage aud Agency Company had tendered the sum of LI 57 2s 3d, being rent of sections 5, 6, 7, 10, and 21, block 7, Waikaia, for two years, ending 29th July, 30th September, 28th October, and 2nd December next, and according to the advice of Messrs Stout and Mondy these sections had been withdrawn, along with lots 2 and 3, with which were included sections 8, 9, 14, 11, 12, and 13, block 7.—lt was decided that the latter sections in block 7 be reoffered at such upsets a3 the chairman might fix, after consideration with the agent. It was further resolved that interest in arrears at the rate of 8 per cent, be demanded from the company, failing payment of this amount action to be taken to recover 15 per cent., the company to be called upon to execute a ' lease at once.

The following tenders for leases atWaikaia and Wendon were accepted :—Sections 31 and 32, block 8, Waikaia, C. and A, Robertson, (id per acre; sections 24, 25, and 31, block 9, Waikaia, C. and A. Robertson, la okl; section 5, block 9, Waikaia, John Macrae, Is 6d ; part of section 7, block 9, Waikaia, S. M'Donald, 3a 2d; part of section 10, block 3, Waikaia, John Daley, L 7 10a per annum ; resorve opposite section 10, block 10, Waikaia, J. M'Kinnell, j«n., B<s per acre for thirty-threo acres; section 77, block 1, Wendon, M. Earringdon, 2s Gd per acre; part of section 81, block 1, Wendon, T. Hickey, Is 6d per acre, In reply to a letter from tho Waikaia Progress Committee, it was decided to inform the Committee that the sections the Commissioners had now to dispose of were being revalued with a view to a fair upset being placed upon them. Mr W. L. Simpson applied, on behalf of Mr Ihbotson, lesseo of Run 193, for permission to cultivate 500 acres of the run for the purpose of growing winter feed for the sheep.—lt was agreed to inform the applicant that the Commissioners had no objection to his cultivating any suitable portion of his run by taking two crops of turnips off tho same, on condition that the area so cultivated be afterwards laid down in suitable grass. The Southland County Council thanked the Commissioners for granting half the cost of erecting groinß in the Waikaia River.

It was decided that twelve months' notice should be given to the lessee of Ruu 193 a, Wendon, that the whole of the run is required for settlement, the land to be surveyed into sections of from 400 to COO acres.

Several applications for reduction of rent were considered.

The Southland County Council forwarded a demand for rates amounting toLSO 7s.— The secretary was instructed to check the account, and take the necessary action to secure payment of outstanding rates. An objection was received relative to the clause in the Commissioners' leases respecting insurance. Alter discussion it was agreed that it was not expedient to alter the clause.

The agent WR3 instructed to sue certain parties in the Wendon and Wendonside districts for arrears of interest. It was resolved that the Govenior-in-Council be requested to declare by proclamation that six acres, being part of section 01, block 1, Waikaia, should be sold subject to tho provisions of tho Land Act of 1885.

Aop.-mnts amounting to L7O IDs 2d were passed for payment.

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SCHOOL COMMISSIONERS., Issue 7937, 19 June 1889

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SCHOOL COMMISSIONERS. Issue 7937, 19 June 1889

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