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A meeting of the Executive of the League was held in the Chamber of Commerce this afternoon for the purpose of conferring with the City and other members on matters affecting the interests of the League. There were present Messrs Bathgate (chairman), J. Carroll, W. T. Talboys, P. Sargood, A. Sligo, T. Brown, T. K. Harty, and W. Barron (members of the League), Messrs Scobie Mackenzie and J. A. Millar, M.H.R.s. Apologies for non-attendance were toceived from Messrs James Allen and E. G. Allen, M.HPv.s, and Mr G. L. Dennibton. The Chairman said it had been thought desirable to ask the members of the Legislature to confer with the Executive of the League before Parliameut met. The point that the League wished to press upon members most forcibly was this: that in their opinion it was not by any means desirable that the railway should be allowed to stop at Eweburn. Io was believed that it was the intention of t'ie Government to allow the lino to rest therefor i bit—why, he did not know, because thesucceedingsections were for themost part much more easy of construction than those which had been made, wherefore he would have thought that the Govern- . ment would have been anxious to push the line on and get kudos for rapid construction; and in any case it was undesirable for the railway to halt at Eweburn, because there it barely tapped the interior and would be of little value to aettler3 and others in the Molyneux Valley, which was really the garden of Central Otago that MrPyke used to talk about. He was pleased to see that the people in the interior had taken up the matter of the petition with enthusiasm. From his conversation with people here he was sure that they were realising that the objects of the League were for the advancement of the country and the city, and were beginning to see of what importance the pushing on ot the railway really was. Mr W. Barron thought that if members would follow the course adopted in former sessions of interviewing the Government after the petitions have been sent to the Petitions Committee, they might by that means get an expression of opinion from the Government as to their intentions regarding the line during the present session that wor.ll be of considerable value to the friends of the railway. Mr Scobie Mackenzie said he had always been in favor of the railway. He did not think there was any necessity for naming any particular place in the interior to which the work should be pushed on until they reached the point originally named as the terminus —namely, Albertown, on Lake Wanaka. Mr J. A. Mn.LAn said he had recently made inquiries from the Minister of Public Works with reference to the railway, and he had obtained an assurance that there was no intention of stopping the work when .Eweburn was reached.

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OTAGO CENTRAL RAILWAY LEAGUE., Evening Star, Issue 10422, 17 September 1897

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OTAGO CENTRAL RAILWAY LEAGUE. Evening Star, Issue 10422, 17 September 1897