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WESTPORT AND CHARLESTON RAILWAY.

[Laid before tho Council by his Honour the Superintendent in Message No. 3.]

T. A. S. Kynnebsley, Esq., to the Pbovinciaii Secbetaey, Nelson. Sib — I have the honour to forward inclosed herewith for the consideration of his Honour the Superintendent, an application lodged by Mr. Charles Nees for protection for a Railway from Westport to Charleston, and to recommend that it be granted with certain modifications. I would suggest that Mr. Nees should enter into a bond of £1,000 for the due performance of the work ; this he is willing to do. He should be bound to commence operations forthwith, to lay down half tho line within eight months, and the whole within one year, of wood or iron, but to have the iron rails laid and locomotive engines running within two years. With regard to Mr. Nees' expectation of assistance from the Government, I am of opinion that clauses numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 9, in Mr. Nees' letter setting forth his requirements, are only fair and reasonable and should decidedly be granted. The line, if constructed with branches to new rushes as required will, besides developing the resources of tho country and increasing the trade of Westport, be the means of saving to the Government some thousands of pounds which it will be otherwise necessary to expend in constructing and constantly repairing the roads which the rapidly extending gold-fields of that district will render necessary. Tho Customs revenue of Westport will be increased by the duty on goods sent by rail to the Southern portion of the Pakihis, which is now supplied from Charleston harbour with goods duty paid at Hokitika and Greymouth. Clauses 7 and 8, relating to the public-house licenses and the guaranteed per centageshould,lthink,not be granted ; and Mr. Nees has consented to withdraw them, as well as number 6, if they are considered objectionable. Another application for protection for a tramway over the same route has been lodged by a company, but I do not consider that they are in a position to carry out the works ; and if they were their tramway would not be so desirable as Mr. Nees' inasmuch as they propose to lay down only wooden rails and to use horse-power. It should be stated in the grant that this protection should not affect the right of the Government to grant protection to any railway or tramway to be constructed on the South bank of the Buller, going up the river; and that the monopoly should only extend to carrying goods or passengers, aud should not prevent any person or persons laying tramways about the Pakihi for minining purposes, and carrying only their own minerals or auriferous earth. As Mr. Nees is anxious to commence operations at once, I beg to request that his application may be laid before his Honour the Superintendent as Boon as possible. Commissioner's Office, Westport, May 25, 1867. C. Nees, Esq., to his Honour the Supebintendeht of the Province of Nelson, Sib — I have the honour, by direction of Mr. Kynnersley, to lay before you a full expression of my wishes in relation to the railway between the Buller and this town, lately applied for by Mr. Klene and myself. I should first desire to stato that I have heard nothing lately from Mr. Klene in this matter, but the terms aud conditions here offered and desired, aro terms and conditions which I am prepared to personally act upon. With your Honour's kind permission, I will proceed to state first what I propose to do; and, secondly, what I ask the Government to do, or to allow in connection with the proposed undertaking. And first as to what I desire to do herein : — 1. To lay a line of iron rails from a convenient spot upon the Buller to Charleston. 2. To run two locomotives of from six to ten -horse power, according to requirements, upon the said line. 3. To build proper and commodious stations at the two termini, aud wherever required on the road or line. 4. To lay branch lines to those places that will justly warrant the expenditure of the necessary funds. 5. To keep the line and stations in good working order for ten years from the date of opening, and to hand over to the Government in such order the said railway and stations free of expense and charge, except as hereafter provided. 6. The line to be finished by me and opened for general traffic before the end of one year from the commencement ; and if lam not able to procure iron rails by that time, the line to be finished with wooden rails, and iron rails to be placed in their stead as soon as possible. I will now lay before your Honour what I desire the Government to do or permit in this matter. 1. To survey main and branch lines as required for laying down. 2. To give me a free passage over all rivers and creeks for the said line. 3. To grant to me and my heirs a thousand acres of freehold land as a price for the railway, the said land to be chosen by me in not more than two blocks on any land near the said line not known to be payably auriferous, nor the site of any planned tewnship. 4. To grant a sole privilege to me, my executors and assigns, of tolls over the said line, and bridges at the following rates : — £ *. d. 1. Passengers, per mile, first class .016 „ „ second class 0 10 2. Goods, heavy, by weight per ton .050 „ light, by measurement per ton 0 5 0 3. Cattle, pigs, &c, by agreement. 4. Government officers, and goods, all free, except escorts and mails ; these tolls to continue in force for ten years from the opening of the line. 5. To grant five acres of land for every station erected by me, the said grant to run for the aforesaid ten years. 6. All stations and station property to be taken at the end of the said ten years by the Government at a valuation. 7. To grant a public-house license at every station erected on the line. 8. To grant eight per centum per annum on the capital expended during the said ten years. 9. To grant the privilege of running branch-lines to any new digging or other locality within tea miles of the proposed line. Charleston, May 24, 1867.

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WESTPORT AND CHARLESTON RAILWAY., Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XXVI, Issue XXVI, 4 July 1867

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WESTPORT AND CHARLESTON RAILWAY. Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XXVI, Issue XXVI, 4 July 1867

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