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The weekly meeting of the above, held yesterday, was attended by the Chief Commissioner (Sir J. P. Maitland), J. Duncan, W. Dallas, J. W. Thomson, and J. Clark. Mr P. W. Mouat, on behalf of Mrs Mouat, applied for permission to purchase a Btnall piece of land numbered 74, block 5, North Harbor and Blueskin District. An application was also made by John Driver to lease the same section,-—lt was decided to allow the section to be purchased.

Consideration was resumed of the statement of amounts due by Thomas Pngh, perpetual lessee of High School Board endowment lands, namely on sections 17, 20, 23, 24, block 5, Strath Taieri, amounting to L 77 9s 6d,—The licenses were cancelled for -non-payment of rents; Ranger to make valuations. [Subsequently the decision of the Board re forfeiture of licenses was cancelled, it being discovered that Mr Pugb had previously paid up all arrears.] Mr John Thompson, on behalf of Martin Franklin, applied for a lease of portion of the railway reserve in block 6, Tuapeka West, for grazing purposes. —Declined; application for occupation license to be made to the Warden. , :»•*

The salesman submitted for decision appli. cations from the following-to complete purchases of lands in Roxburgh township:— Jabez BnrtOH," section 22 (2r7p); Michael M'Mullen, section 21 (2r 35p); James Miller, section 24 (lr lOp); J. H. Waugh, section 20 (2r lip); and Thomas.Andrew, section 23 (2r 15p)—all situate in block 7. Consideration deterred.

Mr J. B. Hickson, on behalf of A. S. Lorris, asked that section 77, block 1, Blackstone, be reduced from 20s to 15s per acre.—Declined, A letter was received from W. N. Cairns, in reply to a communication from the Board to pay the rent due on coel areas, in which he stated that he had to take advantage of the clemency of the Bankruptcy Act some time ago, and hoped the Board would grant him a new lease for the Wharekuri coal mine. Mr W. Smith appeared on behalf of the applicant.—The Board decided to cancel previous lease of same mine issued to Adam Geddes for non-payment of, rent; Ranger to take possession, and report upon mine, with a view to it being offered by auction. District Surveyor Barron, in reporting upon an application by W. M'Arthur for a coal lease on runs 226 a and 226b, recommended a grant of a lease of forty or fifty acres of the land applied for, provided they be limited to thirty chains along the line of coal. Messrs Ross and Glendining wrote objecting to the same being granted.—The application for coal lease was declined. The Warden, Lawrence, forwarded a petition received from miners and others which stated that the lands recently applied for by R. Cotton—viz., sections 1 3, r 18,' and 23, block 4, Waipori districtiagKre more or less auriferous, and requested that the lands be not dealt with so as to hamper the mining industry. The Waipori Miners' Association also wrote objecting to the application being

? ranted.—Tho Board consented to allow Mr !otton to occupy tho land during its pleasure ; no claim to be made for improvements. The High School Board wrote stating that they had agreed to a reduction of rentß of land at Strath Taieri occupied by Andrew Harvie and J. Harrison. J?e the case of J. Nolan, they wished the matter held over for some time, when the land may be offered at present price, or that tho section be offered for sale,—Tho recommendation of the High School Board was held in abeyance pending further developments. Robert Richardson applied to purchase section 1, block 12, Benger, under agricultural lease; to be recommended for Governor's approval.—Accordingly. David and John Haugh wrote applying for t'.e forftiture of deferred-payment license over section 1, block 17, Crookston, to be rescinded, and application to purchase confirmed. Mr R. B. Martin appeared on behalf of the applicants.—Application to complete purchase approved. Joseph Heaps, jun., made application foi obtaining rural land on a perpetual lease over section 33, block D, Warepa.—Approved. Philip A. Connolly fmade application to surrender perpetual lease over section 4, block 11, Rock and Pillar, for consideration. —Surrender accepted. Thomas Spane applied for rural land or perpetual lease over section 11, block 16, Blackstone.—Declined, on account of applicant being at present in arrears on perpetual leases held by him. The following applications to complete purchase on deferred-payment lands were reoeived and approved:—Jane Irvine, section 1, block 11, Waipahi; G. G. Sim, section 17, block 11, Crookston; William M'Kibbin, section 4, block 7, Kawarau; Henry M'Kitbin, section 2, block 7, Kawarau ; Jane Winslade, section 24, block 11, Kelso. ~ , , W. J. and A. C. Mitchell applied for a'teration of deferred-payment license over S3Ction 29," block 4, Mount Hyde, for land tiken for roads.—Referred to Chief Commissioner to arrange, if incidental arrangements are carried out satisfactorily. The Waikaia County Council stated that they had no objection to E. Jones obtaining a lease of section 40, block I, Catlin district. —Lease granted accordingly for pastoral purposes, at 2s per acre for twenty-one years, with LI license fee. Mr R. Cotton, on behalf of the Waipori Miners' Association, asked that section 6, block 7, sections 1 and 3, block 8, and section 20, block 5, Waipori, be withdrawn from Bale, aa the same is auriferous.—The Board decided not to accept any applications for purchase until a report was received from the Warden. Mr John Thompson, on behalf of the following deferred-payment licensees, asked the Board to grant them a reduction of capitalised value placed on their holdings in the Waitahuna district-.-David Keenan, section 11, block 11, L 577 2s 2d; Harry Keenan, section 12, block 11, L 604 15s 4d ; Peter Keenan, section 9, block 11, L 239 3s 6d; Patrick Downey, section 10, block 11, L 224 9s sd; Bridget Walsh, section 13, block 11, L 253 lis 4(l.—Reduotions having

been recommended in the case of the first two applicants, it was decided not to make a further reduction ; payment of arrears, however, to be accepted at tho reduced rates. The other three applications for reduction were declined. J. J. Ramsay, on behalf of himself and others, made a proposal to pay off a certain amount of arrears due, and the balance early in January next. Consideration deferred for a fortnight, the applicant to be informed that the Board required at least six months' rent on lands to be paid at once, when further time would be allowed to pay off the balance. A letter was received from J. Abernethy with reference to his arrears on section 2, block 5, Lower Wanaka, in which he stated that after six years' working on the land he had failed to make it pay, and would now abandon the land. He also asked the Board to do as they thought proper with the section.—License forfeited; application for lease of section 3, block 9, Hawea, declined.

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LAND BOARD., Issue 7950, 4 July 1889

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LAND BOARD. Issue 7950, 4 July 1889

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