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West Coast Times.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1881.

Below is a return of colonial revenue dented from the leading districts of the Colony. It will be of interest as showing the remarkable superiority of Otago over the other districts. It is also significant, bearing in mind the fact that Otago, far and away the wealthiest province, has pronounced so decidedly against the Hall Gorernment. In Otago, the squatting element is no doubt powerful, but it is swamped by the votes of the tradesmen and laborers, whose interests are not in consonance with the material adrancement; of squatters. Squatters are, by the mere fact of being; squatters, Conservatives. They are riot in accord with the times. Liberalism Btinke in the nostrils of men who are fighting; to create a landed monopoly. The return we have referred to is as followß :—: — " Otago lead* in 'Customs,' £4s2,s46; Auckland comes next with £259,192 ; Canterbury, £233,730 j Wellington, £167,684; and the other provincial districts, as they Bay on the turf, ' nowhere.' In 'stamps,' Canterbury 5h0w5 £43,703; Otago, £39,385; Weilington, £25,472 ; Auckland, £20,876 j 1 Land and property tax ' ; Otago, £83,577 ; Canterbury, £78,693 ; Wellington, £42,194 ; Auckland, £36,139. 'Beer tax': Otago, £12,365 ; Canter, bury, £12,265; Auckland, £9,353 j Wellington, £6,059. * Territorial revenue \: Otago, £157,567 ; Canterbury, £82,246; Taranaki, £99,699; Hawke's Bay,, £21,460 * Auckland, £20,365 ; Wellington, £17,939; Ne150n, £13,352; Maryborough, £6,567 ; Westland, £2,925. The amount of territorial

revenue collected in Otago is made up of £87,382 13s 6d derived from land sales, £12,844 15s 2d from deferred payment instalments, £55,321 12s lOd frdtri depasturing licenses, rents, &c, and £2,111 Us 2d miscellaneous."

The love of change in the direction of our County affairs is marked by the desire, on the part of the councillors themselves, as well as by the expressions of the ratepayers, to have a new County Chairman at each annual meeting. This feeling is to be accounted for frem the fact that no man, however competent he may be for the position, can satisfy, with the limited means at his command, all parts of the district, for any great length of time. So numerous are the requirements of a large county, like Westland, which has not been favored with railways and public works, at the expense of the General Government, but which has to re&t principally upon its own resources for its development, that each Couuty Chairman fails to give full satisfaction during his term of office. Too much is expected of him. His revenues are too limitod for the many demands upon his exchequer. No sooner does he find his election over, than he is rushed by applications from hospitals, and other charitable institutions. Prospecting Associations, Literary and Benevolent Societies each follow in similar fashion. He soon discovers, as the present Chairman has already done, that there are about 150 miles of main roads to maintain, besides many bye-roads, tracks, and bridges, to keep in order, and fourteen ferries to subsidize. It is not to be wondered that he cannot held out any great hopes of extensive new works being undertaken. Yet Mr Dungan, in his opening statement, has pointed to one or two works, which, he thinkß, should have the early and best consideration of the Council. The Kelly's Terrace drainage tunnel ami other works and tracks, in the Arahura district, are specially referred to. Neither has he been unmindful of the other districts, and he expresses a desire to deal fairly and impartially with all the ridings. He urges the completion of the Kanieri Lake road, and also rocognises the necessity of pushing fonward some works in the Okarito and Jackson's Bay ridings, which have long been postponed for want of funds. It would be well if the Chairman could visit the southern parts of the county, and ascertain by personal interview with the people, what their immediate requirements are.- The Okarito district particularly gives great promise of supporting a large population, if its chief industry is fostered to some extent. On ths question of administrative cost of the Council, the Chairman finds that the staff expenses amount to £1385, and we cannot see in what way there can be any great reduction made in the items making this amount. There are some who hold the opinion that £660 per annum for road overseers is an excessive expenditure, as compared with the total outlay upon roads. And the Chairman, we observe, hints that possibly some saving in this direction may be made. At all events he frankly admits that three times the revenue of the Council could be expended, without increasing the cost a single shilling. No doubt, as Mr Dungan has shown, the Westland County Council is in a better position than most of its neighbors. Yet there are a few practical steps which might be taken to reduce expenditure, without impairing the efficiency of the staff, or injuring the general usefulness of the body. The majority of the councillors were loud in their economical views on the hustings, but we have not heard anything on the subject from them since the election. Under the head of members' exponses, for instance, we cannot see why councillors who live in town, or a mile or two out of town, should be paid anything for attending a meeting once a month. ' Members of the Borough Council, Harbor Board, Education Board and other public bodies are allowed nothing in this way. It must be understood that in making these remarks we do not desire to reflect upon the present or any past members who have been paid for their attendances. We simply mention this as one of the promises of economy so freely made on the hustings which have not since been referred to. Looking at the Chairman's statement as a whole, it is highly creditable, and bespeaks well for his future action and management. Successive councils have had many difficulties to contend with, and his financial position has frequently been worse than it is at present. The county revenue should be largely augmented by the gold duty of the current month, and we hope the most sanguine expectations expressed by the Chair, man, may be realised, and that the council will have a prosperous twelve months in 1882.

In spite of unremittent search by the police and others, no trace of. Mr Bain has been discovered.

The annual installation of the Mayor will take place at noon to-morrow. An ordinary meeting of the Council, and also of the Local Board of Health will follow.

Attention is directed to the closing of the share list in the Humphrey's Gully Water-* race and Goldmining Company tc-day. We understand the Directors of the Compauy will, after this day, proceed with the allotment of the shares, and at once commence operations.

Tenders are inyited by Mr Eissenhardt, architect, Greymouta, for the erection of a Convent at that place. Flans, specU fictitious and particulars can be seen at Sf Mary's Presbytery, Hokifcika, or al the architect's office, Greymouth.

On Monday, the 26th instant, and ou Monday the 2nd proximo the Telegraph Office, Hokitika, will only be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 10 a-m, and from 7.30 p.m to 8 p.m instead of the usual Sunday hour?.

A ball will be held this evening at Hansen's Post Office Hotel. No expense has been spared by the proprietor to make it successful, and we anticipate for those attending a very pleasant evening.

The rights to erect a refreshment booth and to sell Cards at the forthcoming regatta wiH be sold by auction at the Cafe de Paris hotel, by Messrs Mark Sprot & Co., at two p.m. this day.

Tenders are invited by the Anchor Line, Nelson, for supplies of meat and bread as required for six months, commencing the Ist January, 1882, for the company's steamers at Hokitika. Particulars can be obtained from the agent, Mr Churches.

The Arahura State School will close for the Christmas holidays on Friday foreaoon next, when a distribution of prizes will take place. Parents and friends of the children am invited to be present at 11.30 a,m.

The Bent and Bacheldet's Christy Minstrels gave their farewell performance at the Theatre last evening. This evening they will appear at the Oddfellows Hall, Stafford. It is not too much to say that they are the best company tbat has ever visited the coast:

The New Zealand Shipping Company are about building new offices at Port Lyttelton at a cost of £2759. A tender for amount mentioned having been aocepted.

The usual fortnightly meeting of the Hokitika Harbor Board was held last evening. Present the Chairman, the Collector of Customs, Messrs Kenny, Cooke, and his Worship the Mayor. The minutes were read and confirmed' A letter was received from the Government, advising the dispatch of £3600, grant in aid to the Board by the Legislature. Mr Menzies of Napier, financial agent, wrote proferring his services. His letter was received. A letter was received from the Public Works Office, to the effect that a dredge would be placed at the disposal of the Board, on application to Mr Martin, engineer. Resolved to apply for the dredge. A letter from Howe and party, applying for compensation for delay in a contract for supplying piles, was read, and after some discussion the Board declined to grant compensation. It was resolved to call for tenders for towing a dredge from Greymouth to Hokitika. A report of the Public Works Committee was read and a-iopied, afrer amendment. A report of the Finauce Committee, recommend ing the payment of accouat3 to the value of £293 10s 9a, was adopted. Applications and objections to the same, for mining and water rights, were read, and referred to ths Reserves Committee. Mr Cooke moved, and the Collector of Customs seconded, that a Reserves Committee consisting of Messrß Kenuy, Hudson and the mover, be appointed The motion was carried without dissent. The Boxrd then adjourned.

The Oamaru Mail states that the directors of the Oamaru Woollen Company have decided that Mr Ballantyne, manager of the Company, shall proceed Home for the purpose of purchasing the necessary machinery &c. The directors have received good encouragement as to placing a number of shares in the Melbourne market.

A correspondent writes to the Field on October Ist as follows: — " It may interest some of your readers to know that the steamer Orient will take for New Zealand a box containing 59,000 eggs of the true sea trout. All the preliminaries have been settled, and it now only remains to impreg« nate and pack the eggs."

Pome wag tells what he knows concerning newspaper reporters in the columns of the Chicago Tribune, and here is a specimen— " Reporters have an easy life. They aeldonx go to work before ten o'clock in the morning and are often through with their labors by twelve o'clock at night. A man need not have a classical education in order to be a good reporter, but he must be able to bustle aroundsome, and hump himself to where there is a big fire or a murder. Reporters can get nearer to a fire than anybody, except the firemen, and the new ones do it, but the old heads at the business know better. They stand on the corner until the fire is out, and then they get a hack and go to the house of the man who owns the building, and ask him how much the old shell was worth, and he thinks the insurance companies will have him arrested for setting it on fire. This is when the man acts mean and does not open the door for him because he has just got out of bed, and declines to answer questions. Reporters seldom die early. They are too tough. Perhaps some other time I may tell you more about the reporters. Many of them are married and live happily with their wives, because they never see them except when they come home to go to bed. A drowsy man cannot quarrel much."

It is not a little remarkable that all the prominent Good Templars who held seats in the last Parliament have been defeated at the general election— notably Sir William Eox, the political Field Marshal of the Order; Mr Speight, of Auckland; Mr Andrews, of Chnatchurch; and Mr Saunderß of Cheviot.

Florilinb !— Fob the Teeth and Breath — A few drops of the liquid "Floriline" sprinkled on a wet tooth-brush produces a pleasant lather, which thoroughly cleanses the teetli (from all parasites or impurities, hardens the gums, prevents tartar, stops decay, gives to the teeth a peculiar pearly whiteness, and a delightful fragrance to the breath. It removes all unpleasant odour arising from decayed teeth or tobacco smoker " The Fragrant Floriline," being composed in part of Honey and sweet herbs, is delicious to the taste, and the greatest toileb discovery of the age. Price 2s 6d., of all Chemists and Perfumers. Wholesale depot removed to 33, Farringdon Road, London,

Advice to Mothers ! — Are you broken in your rest by a sick child suffering with the pain of cutting teeth? Go at once to a chemist and get a bottle of Mus Winsloav s Soothing Syrup. It will relieve the poor sufferer immediately. It is perfectly harmless aud pleasant to taste, it produces natural, quiet sleep, by x'elieving the child from pain, and .the little cherub awakes " as bright as a button." It soothes the child, it softens the gums, allays all pain, relieves wind, regulates the bowels, and is the best known remedy for dysentry and cliarrhcea, whether arising from teething or other causes. Mrs Winslow's Soothing Syrup is sold by Medicine dealers everywhere at Is l.Jd. per bottle.

Valuable Discovery for the Hair. — If your hair is turning grey or white, or falling off, use ' ' The Mexican Hair Renewer," for it will positively restore in every case Grey or White hair to its original color, without leaving the disagreeable smell of most " Restorers." It makes the hair charmingly beautiful, as well as promoting the grown of the hair on bald spots, where the glands are not decayed. Ask your Chemist for "The. Mexican Hair Renewer," sold by Chemists and Perfumers everywhere at 3s 6d. per Bottle. Wholesale depot removed to 33, Farringdon Road, London,

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West Coast Times., West Coast Times, Issue 3969, 21 December 1881

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West Coast Times. West Coast Times, Issue 3969, 21 December 1881

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