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At the fortnightly meeting of the above, held this afternoon, there were present— Messrs] J. B. Thomson (chairman), J. Carroll, J. T. Mackerras, W. W«drop, General Fulton, and Captain Sinclair. BANK BOOK. The bank book laid upon the table showed a debit balance of L 3.951. " c CORRESPONDENCE. Messrs Cuff and 1 Graham and Keith Ramsay and Co. wrote asking for a refund of moneys paid aB dueß on a' cargo of tarnbea which they stated belonged to the Government.—lt was decided to inform the correspondents that as, after investigation", the Board had convinced themselves that suoh timber did not belong to the Government, but was the property of the fcontrae* tors, they had decided not to refund the money paid as dues upon the timber. The demand, it Was further stated, was a decidedly unjußt one. "" A letter was received from Neill and Co. regarding the charge of a second tug used in towing a vessel to the Beads, and to which charge they objected.—General Fulton did not think the charge for a second'tug was a fair one, as the Board charged according to tonnage.—lt was explained that the second tug was used in consequence of express orders being received regarding the towing of the vessel to the Heads. The usual charge had not been exceeded under the circumstances.

HAY AND STRAW DUTIES. A complaint having been made to the effect that hay and straw, by being freighted and charged by measurement on boats, was prided outrageously high, it was decided to levy duty according' to the weight of the cargo.' THE DREDGE. The Melbourne Harbor Trust wrote stating their willingness to charter the hopper dredge for a year for L 6.000. The Secretart Btated that he bad requested Mr Ross, M.H.R., to interview the Premier regarding the matter, as it was a pity to send such a dredge out of the colony while it was required in connection with the deepening of the harbors of the colony. The dredge could be purchased by the Govern, ment if mitable arrangements could be

made.—lt was decided to offer the dredge to the Melbourne Trust at the Bum named, provided that they paid half the entire cost incurred in sending it across ; the estimated cost to be mentioned in a cable message, which would be forwarded at once. It was decided to add Mr Cargill'a name t-i tno Fiuuuue Committee. RKPORT'). Tlife Harbormaster reported that he had t.tkin soundings at the entrance of the harbor on the 21st inst,, and found the least depth at low water in tbe line of the leading beacons to have been 23ft, the beacons opening to the east and west some 23ft, Tlie shipping returns for May were : Arrivals: Eight intercolonial vessels, 5 foreign, and 45 coastal—total, f>B vessels; total tonnage, 10,412 tone. The departures were : Nine intercolonial vessels, 2 foreign, and 43 coastal—total, 5 4vesßelß; total tonnage, 28,313 tonß,—Adopted. Tho Inspector reported that the channel beat: >n at Ravensbourne, the maintenance of wharves, sheds, plant, etc., had been attended to; and the loose chain braceß at North Head had been removed. At the entrance of the harbor soundings were taken from line 35 to 46 inclusive, *nd plotted for for comparison with those taken last month, but in the vicinity of the sandspit there were no channels sufficiently welldefined to require a new map. A Bhallow spot had been encountered which gave 17ft (iin at low water, and the Inspector suggested that it be removed at once.—Received.

The Special Committee reported having Ind an interview with Mr Barr regarding tho question of delivering up departmental letter books, and recommended that the terms of a letter forwarded to Mr J. L. Gillies by Mr Barr be agreed to. The letter referred to stated that it was difficult to name an exact sum which would compensate Mr Barr for making such extracts as he might desire from his letter books, aa he would have to examine every part and report upaft individual letters. He was, however, prepared to undertake the same at a cost of L2O, with a reduction should the time occupied be shorter than was anticipated. He would, of course, expect to have free access to the books even after making extracts, as the portions copied would be a small proportion of the whole contents. — Adopted. The Finance Committee reported having, with Mr Wales, examined tenders for surveys in accordance with powers previously given, and having accepted the tender of Mr M. Begg. They recommended that the chairman of the Board and the chairman of the Finance Committee be empowered to act in connection with any communication that may be received from Dr Fitchctt inre the Board's petition now before Parliament. —Adopted.

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HARBOR BOARD., Issue 7944, 27 June 1889

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HARBOR BOARD. Issue 7944, 27 June 1889

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