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BENEVOLENT TRUSTEES., Issue 8027, 2 October 1889
The weekly meeting of the Benevolent Trustees, held this afternoon, was attended by Messrs A. Solomon (chairman), C. Haynes, M. Pagan, W. Isaac, R. Chisholm, J. Green, and J. Carroll. It was reported that Jemima Falconer, aged sixty-seven, had died in the institution from pneumonia. Mr Hardy, architect, reported that he had given his certificate for the payment of LI 00 to the contractor for additions to the Institution. That closed the transaction with the exception of Ll7 Us, which he proposed keeping in hand till heavy rain fell and he saw if the workmanship was affected.
Mr Carroll expressed the opinion that the work had been very roughly finished.
The Chairman said he too had looked at this place, and at first sight it did look rough. The work done in the art gallery at the Exhibition was finished in the same objectionable manner. So far as he was able to judge there was no fault to be found with the workmanship. Seemingly, it was one of the evils of thin walls that only one side could be got level.—The Chairman, Mr Chisholm, and Mr Haynes were instructed to visit the Institution to determine whether the work should be plastered.
THE MILTON CASES. The following letter was read : Milton, September 80.
GenUomen, —At a meeting of the Milton Borough Council, hold on tho 25th inst., 1 was instructed to write protesting against the insinuations against the Mayor and Council of Milton made at your meeting on the 18th inst., as reported in the Evening Star, and request you to appoint a respectable man to investigate the whole affair; and that this Council hereby expresses its full satisfaction in the action taken by the Mayor, and its firm conviction that he did what was perfectly right, and that the case relieved was a very deserving one.—l have, etc,, R. M. Beookks, Town Clerk.
The Chairman : I may say that I do not remember any insinuations having been made against the Council.
Mr Carroll : There was some reference to the mayor being a storekeeper and supplying provisions to a person at Milton getting relief. Mr Green should like to know, if possible, what the insinuations complained of were.
Mr Chisholm thought it a pity that these unseemly squabbles should occur with local bodies. Oil required to be thrown on the troubled waters, and to that end he suggested that tho chairman should go to Milton to inquire into the case, with a view to fixing up the matter amicably. Mr Haynes : I scarcely agree with you, Mr Chisholm. I take it from that letter that reflections are made on our inspector. We should not allow reflection of that sort to come from a local body. They ask us to send up “ a respectable man,” insinuating that our inspector is not a respectable man. While we have confidence in him we should support him and his reports. That is not a respectful letter, and we ought not to take notice of it till the Borough Council communicate with us in a respectful manner, Mr Fagan thought it was the duty of tho Trustees to invite the Borough Council to state what the insinuations were, Tho letter was not in sufficiently courteous language to warrant them dealing with it in a fair and impartial spirit. It was not, in fact, couched in such language as this Committee were entitled to expect. Mr Green was inclined to agree with Mr Chisholm’s proposition that the whole matter should be referred to the chairman to report to this Committee. If correspondence with the Borough Council were initiated by the Trustees demanding to know the insinuations objected to, a correspondence might be opened up extending over some time. He had every confidence in the reports which had been received from their inspector, and by leaving the matter in the chairman’s hands did not see that any reflection was cast on that officer. Mr Chisholm, in order to put the matter in form, would move “ That the whole correspondence be referred to the chairman to investigate personally and report. ” There was a letter in the ‘ Bruce Herald ’ from the Rev, Mr Clinton dealing with the case. Mr Green : So far as I am concerned I would prefer taking the statements of our own inspector to those of any local clergyman, whoever he may be. Mr Carroll thought that with a view to preventing friction the principle should be affirmed that in future the recommendation of public bodies would be given effect to. The Chairman : I may say, with reference to the recommendation of public bodies, that when this aystsm was initiated it was never intended for a moment to adopt recommendations on their part as a matter of course. We simply consulted them at the suggestion of Mr Bell, chairman of the Waihemo County Council, in order that we might get such information from them as they were able to furnish, and we would then decide after getting that information. If we did agree to all their recommendations our demands on the Charitable Aid Board for money would necessarily bo very much larger than they are at present. So far as tho present case is concerned, I agree with those gentlemen who have stated that uncalled-for reflections are cast on our inspector, and in answering the Borough Council’s complaint we might state that. However, in order that there may be no misunderstanding, perhaps it would be as well for some member of this Committee to go to Milton and personally investigate the case. The motion of Mr Chisholm was then pub and carried. Several relief cases were dealt with in the usual manner.
BENEVOLENT TRUSTEES., Issue 8027, 2 October 1889
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