HON. W. FRASER
IN DUNEDIN THIS AIORNING. PUBLIC WORKS PROGRESSING. A ‘ Star ’ reporter called at tho Grand Hotel this morning and found tho Hon. W. Fraser fit and well after his visit to Central Otago, also willing to say anything he could for the information of the public, but there was not much that ho could “ give out.” As to the elections, for instance, ho could add nothing to the stock of common knowledge. “You have all the facts before you in the returns, and in the meantime nothing that anybody can say can be of any service.” Asked as to his own department, Public Works, Air Fraser said that all over the Dominion those were, going ahead steadily and with as much expedition as possible. In reply to a specific, question about the Clyao-Cromwcll section of tho Otago Central Railway, the Minister said; “ 1 have not been over that road for tho last three weeks, and have not yet seen tho engineer, so I cannot give- yon precise particulars; but when I was at tho Halfway House three weeks ago you could see men working between there and Leaning"’Rock Creek. The intention is to spend tho full amount that is on the Estimates for this lino. The settlers are surprised at the progress that is being made. They did not believe it possible to push the work on so fast.” “As to the Catliiiß-Tahakopa Railway, tho end section is still in the hands of rny department, and so it fell to me to consider the representations made by the settlers with regard to running a special train from Tahakopa to Owaka for tho Owaka show, and you may announce that I have arranged for this to bo done. I suppose it will be the first train at the service of the public from the terminus.” The Alinistor added that he was much pleased with tho look of Central Otago this season. Round Tanas way, where dry weather is usually feared, the land is doing well, and, speaking of the Central generally, ho has every reason to behove that the crops will he abundant and of good quality, though somewhat late. Mr Fraser left Dunedin by the 11.15 express for the North, and will reach Wellington to-morrow morning. He expects to bo fully occupied there with departmental business, and has no special engagements immediately ahead.
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HON. W. FRASER, Evening Star, Issue 15674, 12 December 1914