Miss Mina desires us to state that she will be settled at Ashburton and not at Timaru after her marriage. The Premier told a deputation from the Cre/ and Wettlani County Councils, re completing the Midland Railway from Jackson's to Springfield, that it was not in the power of the Ministry to do anvthing in the direction desired unless the Midland Railway Company made fresh proposals to tho Government. So far the company had failed to make these fresh proposals, and the Government could consc-quentlyonlycontinue their prosent. policy of spending money on: the line and calling on the company to repay ouch expenditure. He doubted whether tha company would remain satisfied with this J state of things, and would prefer to make default. As soon as default was made the Government could cancel the contract and unlock for settlement the lands at present ! under the company's lien. If the company made default the Government would follow the course he had indicated.
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BRIEF MENTION., Evening Star, Issue 10462, 4 November 1897