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[From the ‘ Evening Star,’ November 30,

The long-vexed dispute about the Manawatu purchase may now bo considered finally settled. Mr Donald M‘Lean, after a fortnight’s hard work, finished this week a series of meetings with. the natives, at which he succeeded in satisfying them (as well as their agent) with a very small sacrifice of reserves, and they pledged themselves in writing to give no further trouble and to assist in the colonisation of the country. Wellington Province gets 10-llths of the district. This event is not only of vital consequence to Wellington, but to tho whole Colony, as it obviates all risk of future disturbances, and will eventually detach the Cook Strait natives from the Ring party. Mr M’Leau (the Native Minister) is entitled to the greatest credit for the tact, judgment, and firmness exercised by him during these negotiations. ******* Mr R. J. Creighton has accepted office in the Auckland Provincial Executive as Provincial Treasurer and Secretary for the Thames. ******* An offer on behalf of a Victorian firm for the construction of tho Clutha Railway has been lodged with His Honor the Superintendent. It was substantially _to construct the line for a sum not exceeding £400,000, bearing interest at 8 per cent.; principal not to bo guaranteed, but interest to be made payable in Dunedin, Melbourne, and London. The whole of the principal sum is to bo deposited with the Provincial Government.

* * * * * * * Up to date £1,712 has been collected for the sufferers by tho Lyttelton fire.

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FORTY-FOUR YEARS AGO TO-DAY, Issue 15663, 30 November 1914

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FORTY-FOUR YEARS AGO TO-DAY Issue 15663, 30 November 1914

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