prospecting on barewood run. At yesterday afternoon's meeting of the Council, on the question of prospecting on Barewood Kan and the Museum Reserve, Mr Hosking said that the runholder, Mr Pogson, did not consider ho should give any rights to "jumpers" who asserted their titles against entitled persons. Apart from that, Mr Pogson was ready to meet the Council in any way that was just and reasonable. The line of the reef would cut about 2,000 acres off the run, and what Mr Pogson was prepared to do, if the University Council thought the run should be opened for prospecting, was to surrender this part of it. They could easily come to terms, but there would be some details to be discussed as to what was to be done afterwards. For instance, Mr Pogson would like to have reserved at his own risk the right of grazing over the part surrendered, and it would probably come to be a question whether that part should not be fenced off from the rest of the run. Another point was that the Flat stream ran through the property, and the disposal of it should be subject to Mr Pogson's right to water during two mouths of the year for scouring purposes. It was pointed out that the first seven licenses that were issued granted leave to prospect over areas not exceeding sixty acres ; that the holders of the subsequent licenses were confined to thirty acres ; and that in the event of Mr Pogson's suggested surrender being accepted, the rent of the run would have to be reduced by Ll2O. The Chancellor : Well, Mr Chapman, a question crops up that vitally affects the University. How are we to recoup ourselves for the Ll2O ?
Mr Chapman replied that if the Council adopted the rent of 10s per acre per annum charged by the Government for mines they would have L9O nt once from three of the 60-acre claims. If all the claims—twentythree in number—that were applied for were taken up, the Council would make a good thing out of it. It was ultimately resolved to accept Mr Pogson's offer and to refer the allotment of claims to Mr W. L. Simpson, who thoroughly understood mining law, All future applications are to be referred to that gentleman, and a committee—consisting of Drs Burns and Hocken, with Mr Cargill—was appointed to obtain any information required. The Chancellor expressed on behalf of the members of the Council their hearty thanks to Mr Pogson for the way in which he had met them.
Mr Pogson, in acknowledging the compliment, said that he was pleased to meet the Council in any way that he possibly could, inasmuch as they had always treated him very well. professor black's grievance.
A long letter was received from Professor Black asking the Council to reconsider their resolution of August 15,1SSS, which declared him guilty of a grave error and of an act of discourtesy in his acceptance of the office of president at Sydney of the chemistry and mineralogy department of the Australian Society for the Advancement of Science without having previously obtained the permission of the Council. The Chancellor said it would be remembered that when Professor Black first mentioned the matter of going to Sydney he (the speaker) told him he could see no objection to his accepting the office, but impressed on him the absolute necessity of first consulting the Council and getting their consent. However, the professor seemed to have got half cranky over the resolution of censure; he said it took his heart from his work, and also interfered with his influence in his classes. He (the speaker) thought the discipline had been good, and that such behaviour on the part of the Professor would not occur again. It must not be forgotten that it was an honor to the University that one of their professors should have been selected to preside at the Sydney Association. Dr Burns pointed out that Professor Black did not go away at an "off" time, but in the middle of a session.
Mr Roberts thought it a pity that Professor Black had written the letter to the papers last week that he did write. The Chancellor said he was very sorry for that too, especially as the Council had nothiog to do with the "capping" ceremony, but were present as guests. Mr Stanford thought that in the letter referred to Professor Black made great fun of his being censured. The Chancellor said that the only question was whether, the thing being past, they ought not to expunge that sentence from their resolution. He felt that he got Professor Black into the difficulty—he sort of encouraged him to accept the invitation, Dr Burns : You spoke as an individual. The Chancellor : Yes; but doubtless he was encouraged by what I said to accept the invitation. Certainly I assured him that I was only speaking as an individual.
The VioeChancellor (Mr Justice Williams) remarked that the censure was subsequently modified. Dr Hockbn said that after Black's jeturn from Sydney the Cotmoll passed a
resolution acquitting him of intentional dis courtesy.
Mr Stanford did not think that the Chancellor had in any way got Dr Black into the difficulty. Supposing Dr Black had come to the University Council at the time he accepted the invitation there would have been no trouble, Mr Roberts moved and Mr Stanford seconded that the Council should hold a special meeting to consider the matter, but the motion was not put. Mr M'Lean thought that Dr Black should have been satisfied with the resolution exonerating him from intentional discourtesy.
Mr Cargill said he had expressed a strong feeling at the time that it was a pity they did not drop the matter after Professor Black had made his explanation, because it was injurious to the University that there should be anything like a stigma attaching to one of the professors. Mr Stanford said the original resolution was a good one, and he was willing to stand by it. Was it not also a fact that Professor Black was absent from the University for three or four days after the opening of the session ?
The Chancellor explained that Professor Black could not get up from Stewart Island. Mr Stanford : But he should have been here a week before. Dr Burns said that in that case the Minister of Mines was making what was practically an official inspection, and Dr Black's presence at Stewart Island at the time was an act of courtesy. The Chancellor remarked thathe thought the time had come when they should have a visitation of the University by independent outsiders to see whether they were going on on the right lines. Some of the students, for instance, were of the opinion that the long term was a failure and an injustice. He would like, in the interests of the professors and students, in the interests of the Council —for he did not know of any body of men that had rendered such gratuitous service to education as that Council had done in the last two years—and in the interests of the community, to apply for a visitation of the University, and in that case the Governor would appoint suitable persons to take evidence and to see whether the plans might in some respects be improved. The new college in Edinburgh was visited every five years by an independent outside body. The Vice-Chancellor said it was the Council's business to find out the proper way of governing the institution and not to ask other people.—(Laughter.) Members had been leaving the room one by one during the discussion, and a quorum not being left the meeting came to an abrupt conclusion.
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