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Yesterday’s meeting of the above was attended by the Chief Commissioner (Mr J. P. Maitland), Messrs J. W. Thomson, J. Duncan, W. Dallas, and H. Clark. The Clerk of the Tuapeka County Council intimated that the Council were willing to take over the Waipori Commonage, and to undertake the destruction of all rabbits on the area.—Arrangement agreed to; sheep inspector to be informed accordingly. It was intimated that section 3, block 7, Lower flawea (320 acres), and section 14, block 16, Blackstone (142 acres), had not been sold after being repeatedly offered at auction, and for that reason the Board was asked to consider the advisability of reducing the upset prices, or to have the sections notified under the Amendment Act, —To be forwarded for notification.

The Crown Lands Ranger, Clyde, wrote stating that after inspecting sections 4, 5, 9, 10, and 15, block 5, Tiger Hill, he considered that they were not worth more than 10s per [acre.—To stand over in the meantime.

The Waitaki, Waihemo, and Bruce County Councils forwarded lists showing on what roads moneys accruing from deferred payment, perpetual lease, and other lands were to be expended*—Road-lines approved. W. D. Smith, on behalf of a client, applied for 2,000 acres on the Cheddaw River, West Coast.—Governor-in-Council recommended to offer same for pastoral license.

The following runs, having been unsuccessfully offered for sale on the 29th ult.. the Board reduced the upsets as underßun 36, Lake County, upset L 7 10s, reduced to L 5 ; Run 335 a, Vincent County, upset L 75, reduced to L 2 5; Run 433, Vincent County, upset Lls, reduced to L 5. The manager of the Christchurch branch of the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company, Limited, on behalf of Levi Gale, applied for a grant of section 62, block 8, Otepopo, or that the Government would purchase the land. Government recommended that Crown grant be issued to Levi Gale, he having complied sufficiently with conditions of occupation, taking into account the description of land, R. B. Martin, on behalf of Anna L, Chapman, forwarded a plan of 150 acres, which she proposed to select on her run 5 of 23, Kurow, under section 203, subsection E of the Act.—Referred to Ranger Hughan for report, R, B, Martin, on behalf of Thomas M. Dorward, requested right to graze stock over portion of the mining reserve situate between sections 9 and 16, block 10, Kurow, instead of the portion previously applied for by him.—Referred to Chief Commissioner to arrange accordingly. Messrs Haggitt Bros, and Brent, on behalf of Celia J. Russell and Elijah C. Hedditch, applied for a renewal of license No. 283. License renewed for five years at L 5 per annum.

Alexander Clark offered- to keep quarry reserve, section 5, block 15, Waipahi, clear of rabbits if the Board would allow him to graze his cattle thereon.—Referred to Chief Commissioner to arrange accordingly.

The following applications were approved :—F. G. Dalgety, sections 58 to 62, block 1, Blackstone, for rural land for cash. Thomas M'Kenzie, sections 1 and 2, block 14, Rimu ; section 1, block 13, do; section 1, block 2, Tautaku; and sections Ito 5, block 3, do, for unsurveyed land for cash. Christopher Huddleston, section 20, block 3, Lauder, to complete purchase. L. A. Norman, section 5, block 6, Gitnmerburn, to transfer perpetual lease to William Johnston. William Williams, sections 27 and 77, block 1, Leaning Rock, to exchange deferred-pay-ment license for forfeiture.

The application of William Williams to surrender agricultural leases of sections 12, 68, and 86, block 1, Leaning Rock, was accepted ; Ranger Corbett to value improvements, if any. An application by John Butler to alter a water race three quarters of a mile in length and situate in the Cairn Hill district, was recommended to be dealt with by the Warden under section 10 of the Mining Act, 1886.

The following applications for licenses to prospect outside of mining districts were, after discussion, approved : Alexander Bathgate, at the mouth of the lower portion of the Tokomairiro River : John Cunningham, over two acres of the foreshore of the Dunedin, East Taieri, and Otnkia survey districts; C. T. Paterson, over two miles of the foreshore atOtakia ; H. D. Reynolds, over one mile and a-half of the foreshore between Lawyer Head and section 20, block 1, Otago Peninsula; Daniel Stewart, over forty acres at Molyneux Mouth. W. D. Smith, on behalf of the lessees of Runs 3 and 4, of 23, Kurow, wrote stating that nothing would be done with the land until proper access was made to it. On behalf of Run 3 of 23, Mr Smith also wrote that the run would never pay, there being so much high country, and asked that the run bo grouped with 4 of 23.—Consideration was deferred for a week.

The following persons, for whom Mr Vincent Pyke was to appear, applied to purchase the under-mentioned areas in block 17, Roxburgh J. W. Waighth, section 20; M. M'Mullin, section 21; Jabet Burton, section 22 ; Thomas Andrew, section ‘i3; and James Millar, Section —Consideration was deferred in the absence of Mr Pyke,

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LAND BOARD., Issue 8022, 26 September 1889

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LAND BOARD. Issue 8022, 26 September 1889

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