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The committee of the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce met yesterday, Mr E. F. /Drthie presiding. A l?tter was received from Sir A. a. Malcolm, M.P., conveying an intimation from, the Minister of/Railways that as th» -juainess at G»tlins River bad fallen off «*onsiderablv hj« was unable to comply •with the request of the chamber that a caretaker be appointed at the siding.— Received. The Secretary of the Postal Department wrote, under direction from the Post-master-General, regretting that the work of installing telephone communication between Dunedin and Christchurch —which would prove a costly concern—could not be undertaken at present, but it would receive consideration during the preparation of the Estimates next year.—Received. A number of letters wero received with respect to tho cost of transhipping cargoes from foreign vessels interned in Australia *nl other matters arising out of the%'ar. The Secretary of the Department of Industries and Commerce wrote intimating that the New Zealand Trade Commisbioner at San Francisco had reported in connection with the importation of New Zealand goods into Canada that consignees complained that somo New Zealand shipper* failed to complete the invoice forms accompanying such goods, thus causing difficulties with the Canadian Customs authorities. It was explained that by failing to make the necessary declaration on the back of the invoice forms, the benefit of the Empire preferential tariff was being ]oet.—The committee decided to have this made as widely known as possible.^ The British Imperial Council of Commerce (London) wrote asking the chamber to assist in indicating iu their opinion the best methods to be adopted in supplanting German and Austrian trade by_ an Imperial interchange of commodities. The council also quoted figures showing the trade done by Germanv with the Dominions of tho 'Crown.—This correspondence was referred to the Manufacturing Committee to bring up a report for next meeting. The committee resolved that representations be made to tho Government with a view to having tho embargo placed on the use of code cablegrams aud telegrams to Australia and New Zealand removed. Ifc was also decided to make representations to the Postmaster-General on the subject of telephone communication, and especially to urge upon him the necessity for the establishment of telephone bureaus in Central Otago. It was decided to draw the attention of the City Council to the increasing importance of providing for the disposal of refuse and offal in the City in the future.

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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, Evening Star, Issue 15677, 16 December 1914

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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Evening Star, Issue 15677, 16 December 1914