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PRESENTATION TO MR J. A. MILLAR, M.H.R.

A speoial meeting of the West Harbor Borough Council was held last night for the purpose of presenting Mr Millar with an illuminated minute of the Council. The Mayor, (Mr T. Ross) presided, there being present Crs Maurais, O'Donnel, Bolton, Barker, Mdllef, Binnie, and Sankey. Apologies for non-attendance were received from Crs Cray and Greenslade, B nd Mr William Barclay, ex-mayor. The Mayor, in making the presentation, said it was with feelings of extreme pleasure and gratification that he presided at the meeting—gratification at seeing their Main road in a fair way to completion, with easy grades and a good surface, and pleasure in that the Council had thought fit to take the opportunity of recognising the very large part that Mr Millar had played in getting the ■ Government to do so much towards settling the long-standing claim. Into the justice of that claim ho (the speaker) did not wish to enter. Successive Governments had admitted its validity and justice. It had, however, been left to the present Government and Mr Millar to bring the claim to a successful issue. How much of that success was due to Mr Millar's pertinacious and vigilant watchfulness for their interests was known to all present, and that his efforts had been appreciated by the Council was amply borne out by the minute, which he had very much pleasure in presenting to Mr Millar. It read as follows : To Mr J. 4. Millar. M.H.8.-Dear sir.-We, the undersigned members of the West Harbor Borough Council, desire to place on record our gratitude to you for the trouble you have undertaken on behalf of the borough by getting the Government to place on the Estimates, time after time, sums of money for re-formation and metalling of the main road. It is largely owing to your exertions that we have been at last enabled to get our long-standing claim recognised, thus helping the Council to put the road into something like order—a work which we have in past years unsuccessfully attempted ; but your indefatigable and unremitting watchfulness in the borough's interests, while representing us as our member in Parliament, has been the means by which the Council have overcome the 'many difficulties that stood in their way with regard to the said road. We trust that you may long continue to be a member of Parliament—a position which you are in every sense capable ot fillingthat health, strength, and prosperity be granted" you; that your labors may, as a representative of the people of this colony, be attended with that measure of success which true legislation in the interests of all classes deserves; and that vou mayeventuallyrisetoa higher and more responsible position in the Parliament of this your adopted are, dear sir, yours respectfUiVy' «. We ?* F ar bor, July 6, 1897. [Here follow the signatures of the mayor, eleven councillors, and the town clerk] {(Each of the councillors spoke in the highest terms of the services Mr Millar had rendered to the borough, and of the interest he had shown in Parliament on questions of ■municipal legislation which might affect West Harbor, and ; ;Mr Millar, in reply, said it was the first presentation of the kind he had ever received. He did not consider that the credit for. what had been done was due altogether to himself. The Council had a just claim, and the'justice of the claim helped him. Although there had been a great outcry against what was termed "spoils to the victors," if there was any money to be spent on district necessities he would see that his district gob a fair share of it. '

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PRESENTATION TO MR J. A. MILLAR, M.H.R., Issue 10426, 22 September 1897

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PRESENTATION TO MR J. A. MILLAR, M.H.R. Issue 10426, 22 September 1897

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