The fortnightly meeting of the Drain- ] age Board was held last evening, and at-1 tended by Messrs J. S. Douglas (chair-1 man), J. Arklc, W. T. M'Fariane, W. Belcher, J. J Marlon*, W. Burnett, and j W. Farquharson. Tho board's solicitors advised that the ] board's amending Bill had passed Iwth Houses without amendment. —Tho letter was received, and jt was decided to thank tho Hon. J. MacGregor and Mr C. E. | Stathara, M.P.. for their services in connection with the pacing of the Bill. —Wotl;6 Committee — Mr M'Fariane, in moving the adoption of the Works Committee's report, eaid that Mr Slinger and himself went round the works that aitemoon. In the' KaJkorai Valley everything seemed to be swing on very well, Tho iriin wore working steadily, "and tho engineer was pleased with tho grornd the men had struck. It was not cuufiinjj any unnecessary work. Mr Burnett seconded tho motion. Mr Belcher had a-sked several' questions as to tho price of pig iron on certain dates, and they w*t© answered by tne eecretarv. Mr Belcher stated that ho was going by the prices as stated in the cables and published xn the newspapers. In July the price of pig iron was £2 lis 4£d peaton. According to the leply he had received from the Eecretarv, the price was £4 12«. On October 10 the price- was £2 10s according to the papers, and tho.answer he had received from the secretary was that the price was SA 18s 4d. On October 29 ho had on record from the newspapers that the price of pig iron was quoted at £2 -1:-. Now Jt was stated that the piice on that date was £4 0a Bd. He wanted to know the exact quotation. Ho had gone further, and had consulted some of the insurance people ns to what extra impost had been put upon the landing of that material through war risks, and Ik was given to understand that only an extra 3 per cent, had been put on the commodity. Now they bad people cominj: along and asking for an increase of 10 per cent on ihe manufacture of thes*' i;oods. Ho said that they were not justified in afking for a 10 per cent, increase. The Chairman eaid he thought they <ouid exonerate Messrs M'Gregor and Co. from asking for anything unreasonable. They had bawd theiT price on the high figures ruling at the time. Mr Belcher was probably quoting f.0.b., Glargow. At the time Messrs M'Grcgor and Co. made tiieir application pig iron was up in price. lie thought it would be wise to refer the clause back to the committeo, and lei them consider whether it was adyisabl • to brinrr forward pome recommendation oi to call for other tendere for these cover?. Mx Marlow moved as an amendment—"That clause 5, Tecommendnig thnt Messi* M'Gregor and Co. be paid an increased price for can-iron work, in view of extra co6t imposed on them in connection with tho war. be struck cut. and that a elaiwe be substituted 'That M'Gregor and Co. b? informed that the board eee no occasion to increase the price.'" Mr Farquharson seconded the amendment. Mr M'Fariane said he wa6 quite agroonblo to accept the amendment, and the report, as amended, was adopted. —Tenders.— Tenders were, received for the reticulation sewers in area No. 1. Kaikorai Valley, and were referred to tho Works Committee to accept the lowest tender.
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DRAINAGE BOARD, Evening Star, Issue 15641, 4 November 1914