TO THE EDITOR.
Sir,— ln a recent issue you had a paragraph referring to a petition presented by Sir George Grey on my behalf in connection with the leasehold property I hold. Now, sir, the simple facts of the case are that I reclaimed the whole of the section from the ocean at my own cost, and the Harbor Board put up the total valuation to the incoming lessee. That is practically selling the land, and then charging him rent upon his own property. That is what might be termed fraud of the first water, The Harbor Board’s secretary has always stated to me that they had no power to deal with the matter ; but, like Shylock in the ‘ Merchant of Venice,’ they now say : “All we want is our pound of flesh ; you can starve —we care not.”
I have paid to date more than L3OO for reclamation and use of this section. I look upon leasehold as one of the greatest frauds in existence. If the authorities drive the bees away, where are you going to gather the honey ? The Board’s secretary has stated that he got judgment against me. Now, I placed the case unreservedly in a lawyer’s hands, and lie advised me to interview the members of the Board, and state the case to them, and he would get it put back in Court. But that was not done, and the case went by default, a fact of which X was not aware until the Court bailiff made his appearance, Another legal gentleman told me that I had no right to pay rent on my own improvements, and I accordingly acquainted the secretary with that fact, and told him that I was always prepared to pay rent less my own improvements. Herein lies ray grievance. The Board let the next section at the saipe price as mine ; but the tenant thereof hat} not to reclaim it as I had.—l am, etc., Wm. Jenkins, Dunedin, October 10. [We understand, on inquiry, that Mr Jenkins has been liberally treated by the Harbor Board. — Ed, E.S ]
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AN EXPLANATION., Evening Star, Issue 8034, 10 October 1889
AN EXPLANATION. Evening Star, Issue 8034, 10 October 1889
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