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The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 1889.

The meeting in the Choral Hall last night was not so well attended as The M<»«o might have been expected. It ttutrol, was, perhaps, the scanty audieuce that moved Mr Coix'LOUOJt to say that the paoiile of Dunedin eared more for any trumpery local work than for the Otago Central Railway. This ia very far from being the case. Dunedin has all along gone hand-in-hand with the interior in support of the line, though it has never lost its headlike Christchurch some three years ago—or pone into hysterics over the matter. As Central Otago blames us for our indifference, and other districts for our inordinate zeal, the truth will probably be found to lie between, and a steady continuous support is after all more effectual than spasmodic efforts. It la, all the same, to be wished that the meeting in the Choral Hall had been better attended. The Government require all the assistance ve can give them in their endeavors to carry out the_ new proposals with regard to the railway, for it is only too evident that provincial jealousies, the curse of New Zealand politics, are again at work against the Otai;o Central Bill. The Government proposals are so moderate, especially considering the treatment which the line has received from one Ministry after another, that any attempt on the part of other districts to defeat them would be petty in the extreme. Such an attempt, however, is almost sure to be made. The spirit of jealousy is already roused ; and if the hands of the Government are not strengthened and their hearts encouraged by the citizens of Dunedin, and the people of Otai,o generally, it is not at all unlikely that the Bill may be lost. Mr John Roberts moved the first resolution—" That this meeting cordially approve " of the proposals made by the Government "for continuing tho construction of the " Otago Central Railway "—in a temperate speech, and Mr Davie followed with a capital address, in which he reviewed the varying fortunes of the line, and referred to the Jukowarmness of the people of Dunedin, contrasting them with the compact Canterbury phalanx, led by Mr Matso.v, ready to "busfc : ' unless they got theif railway. But it was eu.rply better to have ocr railway delayed a little than to make fools of ourselves in that fashion. Now, however, that a distinct proposal of an undeniably moderate nature has been brought forward by the .Gorarnment, it is our duty to give it n.ot only our cordial but our determined support. If the Uce were carried to Bweburo it would pla,pe fyie Maniototo plain, so to apeak, in close cojlneotion with the City, relieve a large aumof struggling farmers, and stimulate Bettie««ut and the industries appropriate to the district to an incalculable extent. _ The railway, in a w*/d, would then begin to fulfil the purpose for whiqh it was projected. The second resolution was—'* "iii&t, iu view " of tho rapid development of the Nenthorn ." gpldfieldjß, this meeting views with satis-

"faction the fact that the construction of "the railway to Middlemarch is now under " contract, aud that the lino will be opened " for traffic about the end of June next." The first resolution virtually urges the Government to stick to their proposals without flinching, and tho Becond virtually thanks them tor what they are actually doing in the way of extending the line. Mr Dawson, who moved this resolution, was also inclined to admire the Canterbury style uf notation. ITe ?.iid that we should have r.) vnt »,!r foot ■'■' ".'.'i! :».nd -' i.V : "We warn; the railway, .wl v. o w :, l hav d it." U.'fi>rt.i!ns!.i'iy, it is tuM-.u- v.i ■■ iy uu>; «"' will Irivc oiiv railway tiu-n it is t-> ;.■;> t it. A Stout-Voukl Government, hacked up by ;•, uompact and unscrupulous Canterbury philaux, could do thiugs that would be impossible for the prcaunt Ministry, however much they vvi.-lud to do them. It knot desirable, however, that large undertakings of colonial importance should either bo initiated or curried out in such a manner ; but seeing that such a large expenditure on the Otago Central Railway remains unproductive, and that the yemle in the interior have been so long buoyed up witn hopes that are still unrealised, it is only right that the Government should be supported and encouraged in their presont efforts, as one of the speak ors expressed it, to redeem the promises made in past years.

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The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 1889., Issue 7973, 31 July 1889

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The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 1889. Issue 7973, 31 July 1889

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