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THE LATE MEMORIAL.

We have been requested to publish the following correspondence in reference to the memorial lately forwarded by the miners of the Kanieri, embodying the resolutions passed at the public meeting held at the Corinthian Hall, on the 26th ultimo : — Provincial Secretary's Office, Christchurch, Canterbury, 11th September, 1865. Sir, — I am directed by his Honor tho Superintendent to acknowledge tho receipt of the memorial from certain miners and others on the Wost Canterbury Goldfield, and to inform you that His Honor has forwarded tho memorial to Mr Salo for his report, on tho receipt of which an onquiry will bo mado into tho subject of it. In tho meantime His Honor will bo glad to be informed what is meant by tho statement that the Wardens on tho West •Canterbury Goldfield have been appointed on other grounds than that of competency, „ an assertion which appears to His Honor to bo unfounded on fact. I have the honor to bo, Sir, Your obedient'sorvant, Edwabd Jollie, Provincial Secretary. Mr James Edwin Gillespio, and other memorialists.

Youh Honob, — I have tho honor to acknowledge tlio receipt of a letter in answer to the memorial of a number of miners and others on tho Kanieri goldfield, in relation to tho improper selection of Wardens on tho West Canterbury Goldfield, and your Honor desires to bo informed of what is meant by tho statement that those officers aro appointed on other grounds than that of competency — an assortion which your Honor regards as being unfounded on fact. Your Honor must concede tho fact that in all the various positions occupied by man, thoso of trust, responsibility and importance should be filled by thoso who, by their past life and experience could bo rocognised as custodians of tho public welfare, and as a guarantee that maladministration would not mark their acts. When any deviation from this occurs, and appointments are made irrespective of that rule, of men who aro not endowed with tho smallest particlo of administrative ability, then tho inference is that to other reasons than that of competency they aro indebted for their position. When wo review the antecedents of some of those who are now carryingon tho machinory of government on tho vVost Coast, wo fail to discover any of that oxporienco so essentially requisite in tho administration of justice on the goldfields. In citing examples I will confine myself to tho two senior officers appointed on tho goldfield — Messrs Rovell and Sale. This lattor gentleman mado his first appearance in public life as a member of tho police force, afterwards as a keeper of a provision depot in the Groy, whero supplies were kept by tho Government for tho use of minors who wore then prospocting tho West Coast. Now ho fills tho office of Warden and It.M. Wo would liko to know what reason tho Canterbury

Government had to believe in the competency of such a man, that ho should have received the appointment P The discontent of tho miners on tho Waimea and Grey is tho best answer to that quostion. Mr Salo, our Chief Commissioner, stands at the head of tho staff, and although it is acknowledged that ho is painstaking and attentive, what was there in his antecedents that should warrant tho Government in appointing him as an adjudicator of mining disputes. That ho is well educated is admitted on all sides, but that ho possesses mining experience wo all utterly deny. Moreover, in tho discharge of his duties ho discovors sucli an amount of arrogance, selfesteem, and want of that courtesy so essentially necessary to ono who fills tho important position no does, as to render himself extremely unpopular among all classes of the community. It may bo said that in a now country it is difllcult to procuro good tools, or to sot an edgo on thoso wo have ; but surely men of integrity and practical ' oxporionco are abundant on tho various fields who would creditably perform the onerous dutios in connection with the decision of mining disputes— tho unsatisfactory settlement of winch has led to tho feeling of dissatisfaction which resulted in tho memorial which I had lately the honor to transmit for your consideration. I havo, &c, J. E. Giliespie. (On behalf of the memorialists.) To His Honor the Superintendent of Canterbury.

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THE LATE MEMORIAL., West Coast Times, Issue 48, 23 September 1865

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THE LATE MEMORIAL. West Coast Times, Issue 48, 23 September 1865

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