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THE HOROWHENUA BLOCK.

WELLINGTON, October 16. In Chambers this morning, before the Chief Justice, Mr J. C. Martin (Publio Trustee) was examined in connection with the reoent litigation between the Public Trustee' and Sir W. Buller and Mr Kemp on matters affeoting the Horowheim Block. He Baid that costs amounting to £635 odd were awarded against him in this *case, which he had not paid, for reason was advised by his lawyers that he had no property which he could legally use for their pay. ment. The auditor, also, would not allow hiin to make any payments without the approval of the Minister. The witness made repeated application to the Government for authority to pay the costs, but so far without success. He then approached the Audit Office, and was informed that the payment could not be passed except as unauthorised expenditure, and then only on the approval of the Minister. . The next step taken by witness was to write to the Premier forwarding a copy of all the correspondence, and, iu reply, he received a memorandum Btating that as soon as the costs of the witness's solicitors were "rendered and taxed the whole matter would be taken into consideration. He obtained taxed costs and forwarded them to the Government. He did not know that ho could do anything more than he had clone. If he had power to pay he would have paid immediately. Examined as to the funds at his disposal, Mr Martin said that the only fund the Publio Trust Office possessed was the Public Trust Office Fund, which yesterday amounted to f 17,595 in cash. ~

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THE HOROWHENUA BLOCK., Issue 10446, 16 October 1897

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THE HOROWHENUA BLOCK. Issue 10446, 16 October 1897

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