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PROVINCIAL COUNCIL.

WEDNESDAY, May 22nd. The Speaker took the chair at seven o'clock. -~'.':. ~ . . PKXfTIOy. I MrHAUGHTON presented a petition from John Nugent Wood, Warden and Resident -Magistrate. The petition, which was received, prayed for the repayment by the Government of a certain sum of money with which ho had been sur~ cliarged, and represented that a stun which' had, at: the; same time, been surcharged to another omcer on the Goldfields had Been paid. ■■-.- -r. ■ ; ■.*■,.->-:; ; . , SlrHAYfcßkedtheGovernment, "if they aro iii possession of a petition, from eer- ( tain, residents of" -Roxburgh-; if so, are ! they willing to Jay such petition on the table?" ■ - ; ■'■: ■■ .•■■■•■.;■.■ , v . = - ! The SECRETARY (Mr Duncan) vfiw tindex'stood io l*y the i>etition raianiid to on the table. : I)UNEBIN DISTftlCt SCHOOLS. Mr M'l2a>oE asked the ■Provincial i Solicitor, "Is it in accordance with the Education Ordinance that the throe, District Schools in Dunedin be under, the management ...of one Committee, and the fees "amalgamated for distribution T f The SOLICITOR, <Mr Haggltt), in answer to the first part of the question, said tliatit was in accordance with the Education Ordinance that the schools should be under one CJommitteo. Underthe Ordinance Dunedin could be declared one educational district, and there might be any number of schools in one disfciict Formeriy there wore two educational districts in Dunedini} but he found that or the 17th of October, 1862j the Education Board, re^ommencbiion of the School j Committees, formed Dunedin into one i I district imdeir oae Committee, and thai : I Committee, idth very slight changes, had held office ever since. If it were desired to alter thmarrangement, it was always in the power of the Education Board 'co. dp 80, Xuidor the 9th section of the Ordinance. "With regard to the last part of the <£ues- ■ tion, ho (the Solicitor) had given an.

answer to it, when put by MrTumbulL to the effect that the fees wore to be paid into tho School Committee, and wore to be paiaJjy. them as they might think proper. EDUCATION RESERVES. The SOLICITOR moved, '< That an Address be presented to His Honor tho superintendent recommending tliat the lands mentioned in the list showing the j lands temporarily sefc apart m Educational Kcsorve*, but not yet incrruled in the Schedule to any Ordinance (laid upon the table on tlie 15th May iustanfj) b»; reserved from sale, and set aside for. and Appropriated to, the establishment' and maintenance o£ a University in tno City of Duiiedin, and of Public Schoofo in different parts of this Province, and for the general advancement of education m the said Province." He htuX on the table, some days since, a return ot the lumls reserved since the last session. It was Urnnovly tho practice- to introduce an Ordinance each session, setting apart lands for education purposes ; but that course was found exceedingly inconvenient, and of course tended to encumber the statute book with unnecessary Ordinances. Therefore, it was provided by tho Wjiste hmtU Act, 1806, that such reserves should bo made by the .Superintendent upon the recommendation of the Council; and this was the first resort to the power ho given. Mr BURNS aecomictl the motion. Mr M'INDOE thought tho motion ; opened up important now ground. It roI ferret! to tho establishment of a University I in Dunedin j The SOLICITOR.: Which is an old af- | fair. The same terms, in making- the i reserves, have been used since IBG'J. The motion was agreed to. ; MBCH KStCH' INSTITUTE *OR PJWLUEItSTOK Mr THOMSON (for Mr Mitchell) moved, "That an Address be presented to His Honor the Superintendent, recom> mending him to rcsorvo Section 10, Block XXI, Palmcrston, for the purpose of a Mechanics' Institute, or Public Library " . Mr HUTCHESON seconded the mo. tion; and it was agreed to. COMPENSATION TO Mlt'wiLKlX Mr SHEPHERD moved, "That a Select CommHteo bo appointed to inquire into the proposed compensation t>> Mr ! Wijkiu, contingent on «nle of Wakatipu ; rrns, with power to call for persons, ! papers and reports, and to report <ut Monday next. Committee to consist of Messrs ' Main, Rvitt, Cap*. Mackenzie, M'lmW, | Bunw, Muir, and tho Mover." [t appeared that Mi- Wilkiu claimed L2OOD; | but hi.n right to compensation had not I been affirmed by arbitrators, nor in any other way. Therefore, only, ho (Mr : Shepherd) thought there should l>o an'in- | quiry by a Committee. | Mr MAIN seconded tho motion. ! The TREASURER (Mr J. V,.««,!) j moved that the dobate be adjourned until i the next sitting. He hupod that tho i-mover of the motion would be content with this; for he (tho Treasurer) believed i that appointing a Committee now would burke the mutter for tho session, Huoluy \ that there was not fair time for inquiry) and that Mr Wilkiu was'out o f the Province. Ho (the Treasurer) meant to have made a statement as to tho particulars of. the caso, but ho had been unable to prepare himself. He would make a statement at the next sitting ; and it would then be for honorable members to say whether they were satisfied with the explanation or not. Mr BURN'S seconded the amendment. Mr SHEPHERD hoped that tho Government would not press the amendment ; for he \nw sure they ought not to throw any obstacle in the way of inquiry into such a claim. The Treasurer might form a very fail* opinion on the case ; but he could not have the opportunity of taking evidynce, us a Committee wmild have. He (Mr Shepherd) doubted whether an inquiry by a Committee would bo enough j to-warrant such a payment ; but he wa3 sure that inquiry by a Committee ought to be-the first step. j MrHAUGHTON thought Hi© Council ! could not refuse to comply with the rci quest of tho Government. Mr Wilkiu j was, he understood, in Canterbury ; and ho (Mr Haughton) hoped that the session j was not tx> last long enough for the examiI nation of witnesses from other Proviuws, as well as from all parU of Otago. Mr SHEPHERD understood that it would only be proposed to examine the I Chief Surveyor and tho Waste Lands 'Commissioner. The amendment was adopted. MECHANICS' IVSr»TUTB FOR ifAWKSU'/BY. Mr THOMSON (for Mr Mitchell) moved, " That an Address be presented to His Honor the Superintendent, recommending Irim to reserve section (>, block XIV, Hawksbury, for the purpose of a Mechanics' Institute, or Public Library." : MrHytCHESONßecondcdUiembtionj ; and. ijb was agreed"to. , ; . PETITION, Mr JULIUS moved, "That the Petition of Henry Charles Hertslefc bo,referred, to the Select Committee on the Gold-* fields." He considered that the petition was one which more properly came withm tho province of the- Goldfields Committee than of the Private Petitions Committee. Mr MOUAT objected to the petition beii?g sent to either Committee, coasidering that it had "already been full'/ investigated. The SOLICITOR considered that -tho circumstance of the petitioner's compl* n^ having been fully and carefully mv es tj. gated by those appointed to adjw' ticate on such matters, and of the d- scision being against the petitioner, vrt some reason for the petition not being jT en j. a Comniittee. The question was r v arely one of-law—whether tho 'Circuxnstf- <ttcea juatificd the dismissal. The TREASURER woulr | uot g 0 the length of saying tliat no cr w j,j c h had boon decided by a Court. V. .Justice should come before the Coiuy^j because it might be that such aCo lir t faA not sufficient juxis^mKinoor , lity . but Jw wmM iwt advwe the petxfcic v being sent to the Goldfielda Commits 0 . The only in-ouud tho petitioner &m\d hxivo was tint hi j had suffered a hardship through a leal tflchnicality ; awl the consideration of Itu petition prope^jr.^me within tho ditties of the Committee f n private Petitions. Mr HUGFjIES approved of the pettticn being refexred .to the Committee on ' Private .Fetitiona.

Mr JULIUS wsaa agreeable to either course. No amendment was proposed; and on a division, there voted :—- ---_ Ayes, 18: Messrs Barr, Brown, Clark, Driver, Fnwer, Green, E[ay, Hughes. Julius, Mackenzie, Main, M'lndoo. Millar, Munur, R<jbert3on, Shand, Sibbald, Thomson. Noes, 5 s Messrs Haggitt, Haughton, M|Deiinid t Monat, Vogel. The motion was, therefore, agreed to, * TstE mail scitool. Mr M(»SLEY moved, "That in order to make the Hi-h School a more useful institution to this Province, it h desiraWo thru facilities* shmiM b e provided for the Lonrd and llcsiflenco of Pupils at a cost sufliaontto meet the expenses tFicroof • that a Select Committee be appointed to Mr S.P«ikur (with his consent), Mr IfelMr Clark, Mr Green, Mr Duno«i, MrJlemleraon, and the Mover, to report tficreon." He behevetl that, m the HjghSthuoi t .at present, there were 1 29 scholars. Tktt was a very small proportion out of thtr number of boyn who were fit U) «ham tho benefits of the institution. There wore seventy District Schools dixtributcd over the Province, and on an average, two or three boys might ho sent from each school to the Hi-^h School, v some nuttns worn placed at "their disjMml, by which they might bo enabled to attend the School. At "present, thu cost l of a boy living in tho city would anwmt to from LBO to LIOO a year, and it was ' beyond the power of many to receive : tlMjse benefits: which they would oilier- ' wbe enjoy. If thb were permitted to c<«rtinue, \xm who were now growing- up would lose their opportunities for life ; J ami ho thought every facility should be < given, and given at once, to encourage the development of our native talent, i The excellet.t school itystcm of the I*rovfnee was now bringing forth itn fruits; 1 there was a number of boys fully qualified" to be transferml to tho High School ; 1 and he'believed that a plan might be devised by which the cost of board and t lodging for scholars might be reduced to i from L 25 to L3O per onnunL Uo thought 1 such a plan might be even organised this ' session. r Tluj TREASUIIER said the Govern- 1 inent would pnt no obstacles in the way J of the motion, but he doubted if there a was time, thin session, to givo it full eon- 1 Hidoration. it might also \m well to ex- * I ammo more f-illy into the subject, with a h I viow to incofponitin<j the High School, a and placing it uwdcr uon-poiitical t lUHUHgeincnt.- The Otivununent hatl dv- v tenninud to take the subject into lull « con«ider.ition during the ryw;«, but they 1 would, at the sjuuc time, Iks wry happy 1 10 get any li^ht on the subject which 1 might uriao from the investigations of a ] Committee. \\h fear w;w that thero ! would not bo time for those investigations <• thin .session. i Tlie motion v/u!> agreed to. \ I'KSISHVI.A tIEHKRVRii. Uv SKATON moved, "That there be * laid on the thbb a rutui-n of all llyscrves upon the Peninsula, showing tho purptwes * for which they were rcaerved, and their v position on the map." He moved for * this return with a vi-»w to obtaining soiuo fi rfservc-s in the Petnusulv for the pm-poat'S of a cemetery. Tho only nsserve at . prcHuntwas at Amleraon!s IJay, and thero J wure frecjuent cisea of the greiUeat incon- I \ vcn«ence in the burial of the dead. » !Mr BURNS seconded the motion, and <: promised that the return should be laid on tho table at tho next sitting, ;i JOHN NUGENT WOOJ>'s I'ETJTIQ.V. * The TKEASURER .-wked leave of the X House to refer to a petition which had * bi,*en received during- itn present sitting. ? Without entering into t)i« quantum ro- i 1 lativo to the maiui'jernont of tlto (Jold- t Held;*, he must say it seemed to him that :l tlie gentleman who presented that petition, ° in describing himself as Warden and ;l Resident Magistrate on the Otiigo Gold- ll fiuldn, had done somufching very little }' short of an act of disrespect to tho Council, f It was, in ftvcfc, asking the Council m- a directly to admit that he was a Warden.of v the Otago GohUields. v Tho SPEAKER said that, hiwl he M noticed the circumstance at the time the petition was presented, he should have t 1 refiiHed to receive it; ho would nu«- have acknowledged the petitioner as a V/arden on the Goidn'elds. To Ms mind,, it was a question whether it;-t reception might S h».V(J some ulterior result; but, having been received, the step which it would bo competent to take would be for fclie House I to give permission for some mumlxir to a movu that it Imj not received, Mr HAUGIITON'was aurpriacd at tlut v head of the Government condescending U> treat tho prciswuation of. auch a pcitition *' in the way in which lie seemed disposed R to treat.it. • .' The TREASURER said tlwt the gentleman. pre?.cntnjg tho petition had )}aen ap- - by the Superintendent, luul <son- ' -tiniiud to di%w im salary, owed liis position to tlie votes of the Provincial •' Oonne-M, had. eaten the- Wild ot the -Province,. and, at the very .-first opportunity;, i he d .eserted the Province; and now ti) i stylo hhnsolf a Warden of the Otago 1 CJa'.dfields in the petition presented, was i aw.. iu3U It to the House. . Mr HAUGHTON said he \raa .not re- ■ 'sponsible for,the wording of the petition, which had. been handed to him for preBentation. How the' Treasurer could take such a view of tlie "matter, he was at a loss to understand. The SPEAKER', repsated that he : would not have received tha petition, had he observed the style ,of-"its'- address^ ; without Citlling the attention of the Council to it. Ifc was very evident that ' tlie x>etitioner did not recognise himself as ; a servant of the Government, and he had ' therefore no ri^lit to petition tho House. If ho wa'i not a Warden in connection " with the Province, he should htvo pc- < titioned the General Assembly. The pc- 1 tition, ho observed, v?«vj d.tied loth- of < M'-ircli. JMr MOUAT said that ita date entirely ' removed the objections wiucli had beyn taken, i«id which ho considered to bo most injudicious. It wja miib uijudicious for the* Government lo ti*eat the appoint- < nient of Magistrates a3 political on»3, and he considered that the course t.iken in ] that respect was highly inconsiderate. Mr MAIN explained that tho petition ' had been forwarded-to him I>y the petitioner,*with a reqiiest that it might be handed to My Haughton, as the member for his district, and )w kid fulfilled the request of his correspondent. He was

r astonished at the exception taken to ih«* petition by the Treasurer and by th» i Speaker. He (Sir Main) had drawn th& peUtion,. and ho took credit to him- » J. 0"*. 08 a Parliamentary conveyancer, thafe ' ml c *" t*irce *nies wero properly drawn. , The words " Warden and Resident M&iri»* - tmte on the Otaga Gohifields" were merely the stylo or title of the petitioner; and ~ mdependont of the difficulties of administration of the Goldfiold*. ho (Mr Main> inamtamed that tho petitioner -was i Warden and Resident Magistrate. But , the claim inndo was totally nidopeudanfc" of Jus capacity of Resident Magistrate and Warden; ho simply claimed to bo te-couped a sum of money which, h© alleged, lie had expended for tho benefit of tho Provincial Government,, Mr BORNS, judging by tho remarfoof Mr Main, considered there was anotherobjection to the petition—lt asked directlyfor public money. Mr MAIN said that there was no reference imdo to money in the text o£ the petit urn. COIUiTORr-UIJTE tJUAIUtY KKSKItVU. The SECRETARY laid on the table a report by the Government, and the cor^ respondents with Mr Sidey, as to ih& terms on which the Corstorphino Quarry Reserve had been handed over to that gentleman. MrM'INDOE B aid that he wan satisfied with the production of tho report, and would take an opportunity of reading the lengthy correspondence. " Tho House went into Committee off Supply ; Mr C. E. Haughton in the. cluiir. Provincial Treasurer's Department: Salaries, L 108 0; contingencies, L 250. Collection of Jetty Dues: Salaries^ L7O0; contingencies, LI 20. Sheep Inspector's Department: Salaries^ L 294 0; contingencies, Li>oo. Mr MAIN described clianges proposed to bo made by the Amended Sheep BUI as brought? up by a Select Committee He proposed'to odd L 350, to tho item. "Seven sub-inspectors, L 2100," so as to add LSO to each salary. " Horso allowMice, L4so,"'was insufficient; for about LBOayear to each Fub-iiißpector represented hardy enough for the keep of one; horse, and to do the duties efficiently, it was absolutely necessary that each olKcec should keep at l«;ist two horses. The* squatters, out of tho assessment, paid for thuso salaries, &c. ; and the wjuattom were dusirom that the payment made should be a proper im->, on "the scoro of liberality. There was now a sum of UiOOO in hand in connection with the department ; which might l>o taken as a, proof that tho assessment on the squatter* was too high, or the payment to the ollieers was too low. Ho proposed to movu in increase tho forage allowance, as well us the salaries. Captain MACKENZIE thought tho iturns should lw post{>om;<l until the now 15111 had been brought before the House-. He believed that the salaries now paid were sufficient, and that six sub-inspec-tors and an inspector were us many oHicetH an were necessary. Uo moved the adjournment of the items. Mr DRIVER supported the amendment. When the liiil was before tho House, the members of the Select Committee would be ready to explain and. defend its provisions. • The TREASURE It said that tho honorable member for the ClujJia (Captain Mackenzie) hud rightly stated that the Kjilaries had been iMised on the under.Htanding Uiat fe«;s were- not U> be charged; audit was only by mistake thut fees had. been allowed to be recently charged. He took caro to stop the charge, as soon im he received a complaint ou the subject. No duubt there was now a balance in band from the Scab Aasesswont, out of which iho department was paid for; but ho presumed that that assessment would not be long continued aft«r thin year; and the Government; would like to have tho opinion of, those who p.-iid tho assessment, »n the question whether the salaries should be increased.. Mr M'iNDOE thought that the. man.-' ageiiicnt of tho whole matter might bet left to the ranltoldcrs, as a body. The- items were postponed, Immigration: Salaries, L 05 0; contin.— gejicies, L 360. Immigration Agent, L3DO, Mr TAYLKR moved that this item W po3t|Mjned, with a view to increasing the. amount to 1400, The TREASURER .said that tho Goveromont. contemplated removing thot Clerk (L2OO a year) from the department; and when that was done, they would desire to increase the salary of the Agent by Loft Mr MUIR thought tho Agent could ittojslfittingly be sent Home to select immigrants. The postponement of the item, waa affirmed. The TREASURER said that he would at once propose the sum as 1400. Ha might add tli&t the Government would bring down tlio Immigration Agent Bill of laafc session, with the exception, that ifc would be provided that the appointment should bo. made by the Government, and. not by the House.—(Hear, hear,). Mr 'REYNOLDS thought that the Government shoiildiiisert the name in. tha Bill before 'bringing it down. IJe hopexl that no member would object to the gent!em:ut who might be named, unless ha had a very strong and valid ground o£ objection-; but, at theiiaiujetiiiie, while he (Mr Reynolds) h;id every confidence in. the Government, the Government might; make a great mistake in tiie selection, i£ it Wits wholly left in their hands. The TItBASURBR «ai.d Uiat the G<yvernment would bring i\wn the Bill without the name ; whether it should be introduced in the Home might then be diarcii3sed. The increase from L 3"50 to L4OO waa agreed to ; as wcro tho other items. Quarantine, L 590. Education, L 59---0 Schoolij; Salaries, L 6910 %. contingencies; L 2372 9s. '" The TREASURER aaid that he ahohU propose tliafe the sum opposite " Public Libraries" ahould stand at lil2oD,:instead 0fL425, . . - Mr REYi^OLDS caUed- .attention to the resolution of the Hodsd on ihte.^aNoveuiber, X 864, and ifce^auT^Hentgraerodings of the QviiN^\ibMfnupNmi i 1§95, fts to the edttcatioK of giik

ii'&afejver had Been done on the subject; mid the opporfwnity of geitißg »; school c^tablMied near Waikouaiti {by a lady ; vrlio had now Mb the Province), liad been 2o*fcu> What li#, at th» time^ propoaed privately *Itouid be given in the way of eucaujragemini waa, tlmt the Governinenfc should pay JjlQ■'■■tot every firift-ckes certificate, iS for every aceond-elass, atid IA for ev^ry thjrd-cla«», awarded after examination hy competerii examiners appoink'd by the Ooverrmieiit. He understood that there was aa intention,-'on. the part of fclje Oovenunerrt Io brmg down an ; amehded 'Education Ordinance, next se»----8ion; and he iriwted that ihjii amended Bill "would for the education of girla as v/elfas of l3oy».—<Hear, hear.) m The TEBASURKR mtid tlmt the sul>jectshould have the attention of the Go--yermnciit during the rtteas. Ilia own impression was, tliat the snbjevt required larger tfeatrnuni than that Htjjjguatud by the honoiable member'for X>uncdin (Mr Reynolds), Ho thought that the kind of public .examination aa U> proficiency, which ww good for boys, would not be suitable for girla ; and the plan of giving ■bo much it-huad, in "-proportion to certifiwtte.H would, he thought,'.be inau/iicient, pr*.ibably,-- and would certainly 'be-open to tho objection, that it-would lead to »ay slum of «pt'clal attention to certain children, no as to force them forward, which niusfc bo an injury to the general efficiency of a whooj, He thought it would probably be found" necessary to establbh aßuitabio ehxjs of education for girls, vm had been done for l>oyfl, hy bringing Huitableteacher« from Britain; Mr HE VWOLDS was glad to have the protniHc of the Government, and ho would prornfee that the matter should not. bo lost sight of, if h« was |n the Homo next gsssion. He quiia boliuved that a better gchenio tlwn that he proposed last seagion could be found ; and he only x^roposed it because the then Government w(« diaineb'nad to do or to conwider anything on the subject, , Tlia TREASURER explained that the item, " Schoolmftsters* Library, L 30," was meant to enable the Government to give pound for pound for tho sum :roi«ed by th.c Schoolmnstera' Association for the purpoKes of a Kbraiy; and it was believed that tho L3O would be found quite enough for the year. Tho sum opposite "Contingencies" was increased to L 3197 % and was to passed. High School: Salaries, L 203 9; contingencies, L2OO. Tho TRKAJSU.UER proposed the fourth item, " One Muster, L 200," as L 250. It was .lor the salary of a M^wter than whom there was none more efficient or useful in connection with iho School. . Mr 51'INOO'S Hukl he heard rumo.rs of .great eoiujiluinw . m (o the guitenil management of the Mk;h School. lie Ikul hoped to ha^e l.*een able to bring Ijeforo the Hotino a report or uUtteinont on the subject; and although unable at present to do bo, ho would endeavor to prepare himself during tho recess. He cordially approved of the proposed increase of L6O. Mr REYNOLDS hoped that the Government, if they proposed next scsßion to endow, or tv incorporaio, the High School, would place ill's District Schools on a iilmilar footing. Mr BURNS : So they will. Tiie TREASUHKR «iid thut, deducting fees from expenditure, the cost of the High .School for the last year had been LUGS, which w,-uj certainly not to be considered a ht^'h coat for a hi^h-cia3» scltoul. He waa not prepared at present to deal with the gesieral subject of, this Bchool and lin ni:i,ij;i^ement; but lie must say that lie thought there could bo no doubt the High School gave general satisfaction to the parents of tbe children attending it—that tho children were well advanced there—that the school wax, in fact, an excellent one. Mr REID complained of statements that might U-mgmade as to the High School, simply because somebody had heard it said soinuivhere that there v,-as ground for dissatisfaction. He agreed with what the honorable member forpunedin(Mrß«ynolcU) hud said as io the District .Schools and tho High School. In the matter of protection of the teachers or managers, the District Schools would seem to he more in* need thatv the High School : at all events, that might bo iiiferrud from tlio extraordinary proeecdhi'-'s token by % the Education Board in connection with certain election proceedings. ~ (Hear, hear.) The item -" Salaries'^ was increased to L2OSO, and so was passed. Hospital : Salaries, L 2510 ; continiraucies,L4oGD. Lunatic Asylum: Salaries, L 1345 ; contingencies, L2S7O. Miscellaneous, salaries,'&«,, including three Messengors, L7(>o. ~ ° Iloads ami Works ; Salaries, L 2950 ; contingencies; HO3O. ■-.».; Mr TURN BULL asked if any one was filling the office' of. Chief Engineer. ~,-..■ The SECRETARY said -the Chief. -Engineer had not resigned his duties.. He was simply cjmying on Ins duties until another appointment should be made, and it was the intention of the Govewiinent to Appoint a successor sis soon as it qualified person could be .selected. Telegraphs : Salaries, L 775. Contingencies, L2lB. The TREASURER intimated that additions would be made to these items in the Supplementary Estimates. General Road Board; Salaries, L 880; contingencies, L 520. Provincial Treasurer, General Steam Service—Steam Tug, Port Otago, LIOOO j Dunedin to Clutha Ferry, LI2OO. The TREASURER explained that tliis item for the Chitlm Service %vas only for six months, but, if it was the desire of tho Committee, the Government would continue it for twelve months. Mr MOSLBY moved that the item he postponed. While ho acknowledged the benefiU of tJie steam service Vb the Clutha, and that tlio settlers could not well do withoat it, ho thought the inhabitants had reason to demand that the freight should be lowered. An application with that object had been made to the Company, but no answer had yet been received. Mr DRIVER said the belief that exorbitant charges were n'lade was entirely ■unfounded. By their contract with the Government, the Company was bound to charge certain rates of freight, and they were now charging 75 per cent, less than

they were entitled to do. It wm no tomon that, becsmw the price of prpdejce was so low thai its transmission to n^ket ;was not remunerative, that a. steamer company should charge rate» of freight which would ruin it> Xt didj ridi bvcb: pay working expemeß at the present ratca. j Tiie cotmnunieation afforded was not only to Inch Clutha, but to interior districts to which there were no roads orother ! means of approach, and to Catlin's River I and Waifcava, which would, without*.such' i subsidy, be altogether cfeprived of j means of communication. Tlio item was opposed by Mr Muir and Mr Shepherd, and supported by Capi Mackenzie and .Mr Reid; The motion by Mr Mtmley was negatived, and the ikm was agreed-to. RoAM.~~Bfain Ixorth liond:'- Dunedin to Waikouaiii, L2SOQ ; Waikouaiti to P{ilnnf;iiik>n, L'iODO ; Palmoraton to Oiwnant, LBOO ; Oamaru to' "Waiiaki, L 155. Main. South Road : Dunedm to East Taiori Bridge, L-1000; ISriafc Taieri Bridge to -Tokomairtro; -£21.00 ; Tokomairiro to Clutlm, L4Oof/; "Clulha fo Mataura, LIOOO. Central Interior: Saddle; ! Hill to West Taieri Bridge, Llooo;'West I Tjiiwi Bridge to Rock and Pillar, LSGO; Tokoniairiro to 'fuapeka, IMM H& ; :T«uipeka to Tovict/ I^Boo j Rock and Pillar to Dtinstati, L2OD; Tuvio* to Dunafcaa, L 10 0; Dtiiuifcan to Cmmwwll, L 10 0; Cromwell to Queenstown, H7OO ; Teyiofc to Alexandra, along bank* of Clutha, L3GOQ. Capfc. M'KBNZIB asked.for information relative to the last item. The SECRETARY said the road proposed was an important link m the road from Dunedm to Manulibrikia junction. i A number of lion, members .spoke in support of the rond proposed, and of its advantages to contiguous districts ; and I the item, aa were all the others, was agreed to. •Northern Interior : Oamara to Lindia, LOB9IU ; Lindis Road, L 450; Palmerston to Eweburn, L 3432 10s; Lindi» to Wanaka* L7OO j Eweburn to Manuherikia, L2OO. Main Branch Roads: Northern Trunk to Port Chalmers, LlB9 4s; do, do to I IVloeraki, 1X524 Cs; do, do to Oamaru Port, L 100; do to Portobello, L 1541 14a 6d| ! Southern Trunk to Molynonx, LB4B 17s; Duncdin to North Taieri, L 620 4a ; Pine Hill Boad, LI 344 8a ; Lawrence to "Wotherstonea, LSO ; do to' Gabriels, Loo; Cromwell to Wanaka, Ll3O. Miscellaneous Roads : Main Road through Dunedm, L 950. Mr MlLLAß'contended that, compared with the average of previous years, the item wtis quite inuderjuate for its purpose. Mr TURNBULL and Mr REYNOLDS considered that the Government were bound to keep the road in aufUeient repair, and, in proposing the item, they, no doubt, did bo on reliable information that the amount was adequate for the, purpose. The SECRETARY said nearly all these items were us recommended by the Engineer. Main road through Oamaru, L7OO ; Leo fit ream to V/aipori, LOGO 12s ; Northern Trunk to Waikouaiti, LUf lf>»; Albertown" to Cardrona, L2O; Roads on Goldfields, L 300 0; Hill's Creek to Dtmstau Creek, LICK); Gentle Annie to Arrow, LIOO ; Arrow to Frankton, LSO; Queenstown to Maori Point and Skippers, L 50 0; Arrow io Twelve-Mile, LSO ; Nokonmi to Mataura, LSO ; Dunatm) io Nevis, L3OO ; Cromwell to Nevis, LIOOO ; Clutha Mouth by Main Trunk to Waropa, L 500; Main Road, Port Molyneux, L 10 0; Inch Clutha, L2OO ; Mam Brunch Ulenoamaru to Catlin'a Iliver, L 20 0; West Count Stock IWix'f via H;iast River, viz—from foot to head of Lake Wanaka, Lsoo— from head of Lake Wanaka to West Coast. L 2500. The SECRETARY, in reply to Mr Main, said it was proposed only to make a bridle or cattle track to the West Coast ; wot a dray road. Mr JULIUS thought it would bo advisable to reconsider the propriety of forming such a track. The rush to the Hanst river seamed to have ended unfortunately, and it was questioiutble if any but a very few miners remained.

Mr SHEPHERD considered the truck would bo of tJio greatest advantage to the Province, in making tho West Coast accessible, in opening auriferous country, and in inducing the influx of miners. \Yest Taieri Church. to Bush, -L2OO ; Waihola to Taieri Beach,* L 500; Port Chalmers to Blueakin, LIOOO ; Waitahuna to Main Line, L 40 0; Tuapcka to Switzera, L 2000.,,

Capt. MACKENZIE asked for information relative to the last'item.

The SECRETAKY believed that the road would be useful in facilitating the conveyance' of goocb from Dunedin to Switzers, winch was at present supplied from InvereargilL It had the recommendation of the Commissioner of Police.

Approaches to Nevis and Arrow Ferries, L'3so; Waipori to Main ■■Trunk Boad, L 500; West Taieri Bush to Waipori, LSOO ; Ofcakia to Kuri Bush, L 30 0; Tapanui to Waipahi, L3OO ; Waikouaiti to Beach, L6OO ; Peninsula Beach Boad. LTOO.

Mr BEIB suggested tliai larger items for the West"Taieri and Waipori roads were both necessary and deserved by the districts.

Mr BURNS promised to bring the items before the Executive, with a view to them, being supplemented; Works and JBuildinos :—Lunatfo Asyhun, L 50 0; Hospital, L 500; Central Police Station, LIOO ; Dist.rict Police Stations, LCOO | Immigration Barracks, L 250; Dunedin Gaol, LSO; repairs to buildings, LSO ; Provincial Buildings, L2OOO.

Mr TURNBULL found that £16,000 was to be the outside co3t of,,these buildings. It was now approaching to something like L2G,000, and it was time such expenditure was being stopped.

The SECRETARY was sorry that even theLSOOO would not finish the buildings. There was a great deal to do. Several of the rooms were unfinished—not even plsistcred. There was also work to be dono to the exterior, and tho fittings would cost LIOOO or LI2OO.

Mr .HUGHES asked if it was the case, as reported, that the contractor was re~ coiving L 9 to superintend the ..completion of luVcontract ?

---' The SECRETARY said such, vas not now the case. He believed the late con-

tractor had hpen paid L 9 per week at one time j but there %"?as now none but Govertiraent officers seeing the work carriedout, ■.':--■■■ ' ■:v':-

..;'; Mx DRtVEIt explained that the contractor liadfailed lo'fulfil'''his' contract, and, having finished his connection with the work, he had been employed, as he (Mr Driver) tinderstood, as an independentp&r»on, -

Mr MOTJAT said the contract had been taken out of Mr Corriwell's hands, and he was afterwards .employed simply as a'Government oJHcer,'-to inspect the work, as it was considered that; from his more perfect knowledge of the work •vhieh lhad been done and was required, a considerable saving to the Governiiienfc would .beefTected,

Harbor Reclamation, L3SOO *, Quarantine Buildings, LIOOO ; District Court Houses, L 1404 ; District Gaols, LIOOO.

Tiie BSCPvETARY amended the last item to Ll(*f>o, and stated that it was contemplated to erect a gaol at Oamara.

Goldiields Bnildiiigs, L 250; Survey Office, Queenstown aiid Clyde, L2SO ; Court Htittge, Dunediu, Ll5O ; Dredging Harbor and fitting np Dredge, LSOOO ; School Buildings, L 0220 ; Works not provided for, L 750 r 'Unforseen- Contingencies, L3OOO ; Powder Magazine, L<M>o j BepairH to Balclutha Perry, L 20 0; Telegraph Officer : Queenatown, Alexandra, and Cromwell, L3OO ; Moorings : Moer.iki, LSO; Clutha, LSO; Uamaru, L3OO. MrDIU'VEH moved that £>rogresß be reported. A division was called for, and the motion was adopted,- by 10 to 15. The House resumed ; and progrtssswas reported, leave being obtained'to sit again at the next sitting, NEW BILLS. The SOLICITOR-laid on the table— The Neglected and Criminal Children Ordinance, 1807 ', and the Otago Loan Ordinance, 1867. Each Bill was read a first time, and ordered to be printed; jwid the second reading of each was made an Order of tho Day for Monday. HAUBOIIDEPAIiTMKNT. Mr THOMSON brought up the Report of the Committee on tho Harbor Department, which he'read, and which was ordered t<> l>o printed* At a quarter before twelve, the House was adjourned until seven o'clock this (Thursday) evening.

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PROVINCIAL COUNCIL., Otago Daily Times, Issue 1683, 23 May 1867

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