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The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 1889.

The chief feature of this year's Esti mates is the general adjust

T | lo merit of salaries by additions KKtimiitfs. 0 f £5, £lO, and £ls to the cadets and junior otlicers, with here and there a reduction of from £25 to £SO from those higher up the ollicial ladder. Tho total of the departmental appropriations has fallen from £1,99:5,50S last year (of which only £1,585,422 was expended) to £1,95.1,865. Coming to details, we lind that the Governor's salary is set down at £5,000 only, the vote of former years for "establishment and allowances" having disappeared. No particulars are given of the proposed expenditure under the head of Legislative Council, the vo'e for which lias been increased by £l2O. Hitherto all details have been set out in full; but it is probable, after the decision of the House last year—when, it will be recollected, the Government were defeated in their attempt to control the legislative vote—that the Speakers have framed their own Estimates, and will take charge of their passage through Committee in future. Tho annual contribution of £2,000, which has been pajd for some years towards the expenses of the protectorate of New Guinea, disappears by effluxion of time. The following newvotes are set down:—Dunedin Exhibition, £10,000; Paris Exhibition, £3,000 ; introduction of the chamois, £150; grant-in-aid of fire brigades' annual demonstration, £250; Mr A. Reischek, compensation for the loss of his collection of stuffed birds which were destroyed on board of the Stella, £l6O. The Resident Magistrates at Onehunga, Mongonui, Thames, and Tauranga get increases of £SO each, while the Masterton Magistrate receives £SO less than his predecessor. In tho Property Tax Department there is a reduction of £3,400 on last year's expenditure. The salary of the Auckland Chief Postmaster is increased by £SO. The Wellington Chief Postmaster's salary of £450 disappears from the list, since the post has been practically merged in that of the Secretary to the Department; but the chief clerk's salary lias been increased by £SO. The salary of the Chief Postmaster at Dunedin has been reduced by £75. The vote for the San Francisco mail service is reduced from £24,400 to £19,600, and the bonus to the same service from £1,340 to £BOO. For the Suez service only £OOO is asked instead of £I,OOO, and for the direct service £12,200 in place of £13,500, while tho bonus thereto falls from £B,OOO to £7,500. The grants to the Education Boards have been increased from £302,500 to £318,090, and an additional £250 is set apart for scholarships, which now stand at £6,250. The vote for restoring schools that have been destroyed by fire is increased from £2,900 to £O,OOO, and tho grant for ordinary school building purposes reduped from £30,000 to £25,020. The total expenditure on tho Stock Department is reduced by £5,000. The Defence Department sets down £I,OOO for volunteer encampments, as against £SOO last year; while the capitation alliances to volunteers has been iacreasdl from 30s to £2 this year. For practice ammunition £I,OOO is allowed. Wo vote is asked for the Exhibition ri#o meeting at Dunedin in January; hut this, we have good reason for saying, will appear on the Supplementary Estimates. No provision is made for the salary of the Assistant SurveyorGeneral, which formerly stood at £650, while the fees and travelling expenses of members of Land Boards are reduced from £I,OOO to £SOO. A new ofliee—that of Becretary to the Railway Commissioner—has been necessi-

iritfd liy (he transfer of the railway j management to a non-pnlit'eal Hoard, and the incumbent . (Mr Pm.chkk) starts with a salary of J'lOO si year. Turning to .strictly local vot..\'i, we notice thiil, I lie salaries of the attendants and servants at the .Seaclill' Asylum have been increased from £3,423 to £3,548; the clerk and storekeeper from £l3O to £155; and the matron from £IOO to £lO5. The second clerk at the Supreme Court at I )unedin gets a rise from £l. r >o to £l7O, while the cadet attlie Magistrate's Court at J)unedin is reduced by £3O. (Jaoler Phillips's salary is increased by £lO, but the salary (£200) for the chief warder disappears altogether ; while the salary of the Chief Postmaster at Dunedin is reduced from £550 (the amount paid to Mr Bauu) to £175, and that of the chief clerk is increased from £3lO to £323. The letter carriers are increased from £1,433 to £1,520; but the assistant messenger is reduced from £BO to £OS. The telegraphists at Dunedin are reduced from £3,215 to £3,015, the counter clerks from £155 to £330 (the number being reduced we presume) ; while the exchange clerks are increased from £OOS to £G7S, the despatch clerk from £225 to £290, and the distributors from £250 to £2GS. The messengers are, however, reduced from £SG Ito £l3B. The postmaster at Albany street gets an increase from £l5O to £2OO, the present incumbent being an old and very efficient officer, and the cadet obtains a rise of £lO. The postmaster at Balclutha is reduced from £225 to £IGO. Tn the Customs Department the landin" waiters are increased from £1,030 t0°£1,355, and the lockers reduced from £l,2,'M to £I,OBB. The engine driver (£141) and boatman (.£l2*) at Port Chalmers are dispensed with. The salary of the Collector at Oamaru is increased from £325 to £365. Three drill-instructors are allotted to Dunedin, and their allowance is raised from £257 to £384. The item of £ll9 for the assistant-storekeeper lapses. The salary of the new district agent of the Government Insurance Department at Dunedin is £350, or £IOO less than his predecessor.

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The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 1889., Issue 7943, 26 June 1889

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The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 1889. Issue 7943, 26 June 1889

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