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THE OTAGO DOCK TRUST.

At yesterday’s meeting the following letter was read from the Reserves Leasing Company “In reply to your letter of the Bth July, in which yon intimate that the Trust lias received an application to rent part of the reserve near Boiler Point, and that until they know the Reserves Leasing Company’s intentions in the matter the Trust cannot deal with it, I have to stale on behalf of the company that as theie seems to be no present i:.d•cation of the Trust bring in a position to p'.i' Lie ejnmm.y in possession uf the land proposed to no !• ■ claimed, and as it appears from your letter that the Trust can other* He obtain some revenue from the resm w n ferred to, the company will no stand in the way, and is therefore willing to resign part of i.s lease ” iho matter was referred to the chairman, Mr A. Thomson, and Dr Drysdale, with power to lav off the portion abandoned by the company into sections, the upset rental to be fixed next meeting.

FINANCE COMMITTEE’S REI’ORT. The Finance Committee recommended that accounts amounting to Ll3fi 13s 7d be pissed for payment. Mr J. B. Thomson asked what members of the committee were present when it was recommended that the accounts be passed for payment. The Chairman replied that the secretary and himself were at the meeting. Mr J. B. Thomson : Just before this meeting began ? The Chairman : Yes. Mr J. B. Thomson : And do you constitute the Committee ? Mr A. Thomson would have been at the committee meeting, and things would then have been quite regular, but he was unavoidably detained. . Mr J. B. Thomson : Well, I do not think that is a correct report. There is a written report in which it is stated that the Finance Committee recommend that certain accounts be passed, and the chairman only ticked off the accounts since he came into the room. The Chairman : We do not want to foist incorrect reports on you. There is the book; you may look for yourself. Mr Gourley : It is easy to find fault. I know that it is tho invariable practice of many public bodies to adopt the same course as was adopted here to-day, and nothing is said about it. (To Mr Thomson:) You know it yourself. Mr A. Thomson thought it was a very Small matter to speak about. Mr J. B. Thomson : What I object to is that it should be stated in the report that the Finance Committee have recommended payment of these accounts, when, as a matter of fact, there was no meeting. Mr Gourley (to Mr Thomson): I don’t see that you should object to a practice which you know is right enough. Mr J. B. Thomson: I have never seen a thing like that done in my life. Mr Gourley : Well, I have. The accounts were then gone over seriatim, and it was unanimously agreed that they be passed. The Chairman : There are no accounts to be passed at this meeting but the ordinary accounts for work and for some small supElies of timber. These accounts have all een initialed by myself as being correct. There are vouchers for them, and it is nt an unusual thing for the secretary to classify them and enter them in proper order, and then for the Finance Committee to pass them. In this case, Mr A. Thomson, rny colleague in this matter, did not happen to be here, and I initialled them myself. _ I don’t see that there is anything very improper in it, and the objection you Thomson, is made in a fault-finding spirit, and I am sorry to see it. Mr J. B, Thomson : I really must rise to a point of order. You have no right to say that, Mr Chairman, The Chairman ; But I do say it. Mr J. B. Thomson : I asked you a civil question, and you gave me an uncivil answer by throwing the book at me. Mr A. Thomson : Be thankful it didn’t hit you.—(Laughter.) The Chairman : I did not throw it at you ; I simply put it on the table. Mr Gourley : If you two were Irishmen, I could understand this; but as you are both Scotchmen, I don’t understand it at all.—(Laughter.) The Chairman : We often hold our meetings in this way when there is nothing intricate, but if there was any difficult matter we would hold our meetings before the Trust met.

Mr J. B. Thomson: : It would have been ea?y enough for you to say that before. Mr Goukley (to Mr Thomson) : You’re a paragon of excellence. —(Laughter.) The meeting broke up.

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THE OTAGO DOCK TRUST., Issue 7975, 2 August 1889

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THE OTAGO DOCK TRUST. Issue 7975, 2 August 1889

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