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West Coast Times. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 1883

Now that the Hokitika High School Bill has passed both Houses of the Legislaturs and become law, it will shortly be necessary for the various public bodies, who have the appointment of members, to consider who are the most eligible persons to constitute the Board of Governors for the first year. The

Board is to consist of six persons, of whom one shall be nominated and appointed by each of the Borough Councils of Hokitika, Boss, and Kumara ; one by the Wetland Board of Education; one by the Westland County Council; and one by the Governor. No member shall hold office more than one year but any retiring member shall be eligible for re-election. The first nominations and appointments are to take place in January next, and elections thereafter in the same month iv each following year. In the event of any vacancy occurring during the year, such vacancy will be filled by appointment by the Governor. The first meeting of the Boord mil be proclaimed in the Neio Zealand Gazette^ and at the first meeting a Chairman will be elected who shall have a deliberative and casting vote on all questions coming before the Board, and shall also have the custody of the common seal. It is important (hat the first Board should be men capable of understanding and undertaking the varied duties assigned to them, as they will have the framing of the first regulations which may be deemed requisite for the proper conduct of the business of the Board. The reserves to be vested in the Board, are to be held and dealt with, subject to the provisions of "The High School Reserves Act, 1880." The proceeds of rents and other income are to be under the sole control of the Board and are to be invested or dealt with in such manner as it may direct. Power is given to expend any sum not exceeding £3000 on the whole, in erecting suitable buildings in Rokitika, but it is questionable whether it is advisable at present to erect any new building for the purpose. Many maintain that the State School is large enough, or with a little addition that it might be made to, ah^would answer all the purposes

for some time to come. The income of the Board will be small at first, as it will include only half the rates from the reserves hitherto Set apart for secondary education in the Provincial District of Westland, under the Education Reserves Act of 1877, together with the cash proceeds ot so much thereof as may have been sold under the Kumara Education Reserve Act of 1879. So soon as the High School Board are appointed Ml e body known as the School Commissioners will cease to exist, and all tbe powers and privileges vested in the one will go to the other. There is, we understand, a credit balance in the bank of nearly £1000, which would become available for the Board to commence operations upon, but the annual income from reserves will not amount to more than £400 to £500, the one half of which goes to the Greymouth High School Board. There are therefore sufficient funds in hand to make a commencement, and probably next session, Parliament may be induced to subsidise the annual income. Meantime we wish more particularly to point out the necessity for a judicious selection on the port of the public bodies in the appointment of the first Board of Governors. It must he remembered that the Board will have full power to appoint and dismiss all professors, masters, lecturers, examiners, and other officers, and will also have the entire management and superintendence over all the affairs and properties of the High School. The first Board will ; be required to make by-laws and regulations for defining the course of study and education on secular subjects, aud for the discipline and examination of tbe same. It will also be called upon to frame the conditions upon which scholars shall be admitted, and to fix the fees to be paid in respect to such admission. The High School is to be subject to inspection by an Inspector appointed by the Minister of Education. From what we can learn, there are attending tlie State School of Hokitika about eighteen pupils who are now receiving private tuition in some of the higher branches. These and a few others would most likely avail themselves of the better opportunities which would be afforded them in the High School. Again, there are others from Ross, Kanieri, Waimea, Kumara, and elsewbere, besides a few who are attending piivate tcbools, who would most probably add to the list of attendance. It is supposed that an average daily attendance of about forty would be likely to assemble soon after the school is opened. Umil that time, we would impress upon those best acquainted with educational matters, to give the subject their careful consideration, with the view of making this new and important institution useful and successful in every Avay.

The County Council meet to-day at 2 p.m. The Finance Committee meet at 11 a.m. to revise the accounts for August.

We have to acknowledge the receipt of Hansard No. 22, and a bundle of Parliamentary papers from the Goverument Printer.

A number of the fiiends and acquaintances of Mr Thoma9 Smith, a miner, who has been an inmate of the Hokitika Hospital for nearly two years, metia town last Saturday evening, and formed themselves into a committee for the purpose of raismg funds by public subscription in order to establish Mr Smith in some light and suitable business. Mr Smith has been well and favorably known to many miners and business people on this coast for the last fourteen or fifteen ycar^. having taken an active interest in the rifle volunteers both in Katiieri and Kumara. Unfoitunately for nearly two years he tas suffered from a mild form of paralysis of the legs, which unfits liiui for any laborer's employment, but is not severe enough to stop him from attending lo some light business. The committee of which Mr H. Smith of the Telegrph Department, was chosen chairman, and Mr R. Stewart, of Stafford, Secretary and Treasurer, iutend to canvas this and other districts for subscriptions for the above purpose and we heartily recommend the matter to the generosity of the public.

A meeting of the Benevolent Society Committee was held at the County Chambers yesterday. Present— Messrs Duncan (President), Fowler, Reid, Konig, Michel, Rae, and the Rev. Mr Douglas. There were no new applications for relief since last meeting. The Treasurer reported that the gross proceeds from the late concert held ac the Theatre amounted to £47 17s, and at the Kanieri concert over £30 was taken. A special vote of thanks was passed to Mr Dixon and to the ladies and gentlemen who took part in the concerts. These amounts have materially augmented the society's funds, and the Treasurer was enabled to present a balance sheet showing a considerable credit. To the Treasurer is due much thanks for the trouble taken by him to keep the society out of debt, and several members made remarks at the meeting to this effect.

Mr John Maher, contractor for the harbor works here, who has recently returned from Nelson, has completed arrangements in that town, with Messrs Moultrie and Crosbir, for the supply of £700 worth of machinery for the purposes of his contract. He has the greatest confidence that the firm named will supply his requirements in a most effectual manner.

At a meeting of the Totara Jockey Club, held at Ross on Monday evening, it was resolved to hold two days' racing at Christmas. The amount to be run for is £235, five events each day. The biggest prizes are £75 on the first day and £60 on the second.

The demand for the great .American remedy, Hop Bitters, in this part of the world haa become so great that the Hop Bitters Co., whose headquarters are at Rochester, New York, U. S. A., have been compelled to open a laboratory in Melbourne It will be in charge of Mr M. 11. Van Berg, a gentleman of several years experience with this company and the trade may be assured of receiving goods equal to the parent house, and the most courteous treatment, The H. B, Co., have establishments at London, Paris. Antwerp, Belgium. Breda, H Hand, and Toronto, and their bitters are probably the best known medicine in the world. — Advt.

The Chairman of the Christchurch Chamber of Commerce mentioned over-speculation as one of the causes of the present depression in New Zealand. And it is true that the people of the colony are fond of investing in shareß and gambling in sweeps. They are in too great a hurry to get rich, and despise the slow method of progression to competency, which was once believed to be the only way to make money. Here on tho West Coast there are innumerable companies to work quartz reefs at Beefton, or alluvial mines in the Totara district, any one of which offers a small fortune to the small capitalist, or a big " rise " to the big investor, at least so their promoters say. As for " sweeps " or con • sultations on the Melbourne Cup, their name is legion. Io the West Coast Times and L fader will be found advertisements calling upon the public to invest in various" sweeps" on the Melbourne Cup, to an aggregate amount Jo f £ 136,700. Every pocket is suited, the sums necessary to purchase tickets varying from Is to £2. It is quite clear that the promoters of these aweeps must find a profit in their ventures, otherwise they would scarcely advertise them so fully year after year.

At the Hokitika Harbor Board meeting last evening an application by Mr John Maher for a water-race through their Arauura Eeserve, was adjourned, principally, it appeared, because the Humphrey's Gully Company had a first right to a race lhrou-?u the reserve. The position was reserved on the Crown Lands, because there, Mr Maher has the first right from the Arahura river, and Humphrey's Company the second. The Warden granted to the company the second right on Crown Lands, but the Board acting as a Warden, eeems to hesitate to da that for Mr Maher, what the Warden has already done for the company.

The fortnightly meeting of the Westland Hospital Committee tool* place last evening Present— Messrs Peake (President), HeinZj Chesney, O'Connor, Benjamin, Hilldrup, Levy, M'Keever, Breeze, Burke, and Spence. The minutes of last meeting were read and confirmed, also outward correspondence. The following letters were read and received: From Kumara Hospital Committee asking for copy of rules, for purpose of revising their own. From J. E, Cuddeford sending in his resignation as acting secretary. The President said that on receipt of Mr Cuddeford's letter he saw some of the members of the Finance Committee relative to the best means to adopt under the circumstances, after which he telegraphed to Government as follows oq September 5 :— " To Colonial SecretarySecretary Westland Hospital ill and unable to discharge duties, shalll employ one during his il'nesp," to which he received the following reply, "Is temporary secretary absolutely necessary — for how long likely to be required." From President to Colonial Secretary September 7: — "Westlaod Hospital Com j mittee gave Secretary one month's leave of absence and extended it another month. Want temporary Secretary till time expires > say one month." No reply was received for several days in answer to this when the followingwas wired onlOth inst. :— "Meeting of Hospital Committee to morrow; will Governmentpay acting-secretary," which was ip. plied to to- day as follows: ••Colonial Secreinry remarks that salary of Secretary to Westland Hospital is far above that paid els n whe; c, and suggests that the duty should be done by the bouse steward, as is usiually the case." Mr Levy read a document he received from the Secretary, stating that he did not want any ealary till Ist November, when be expectoiJ to resume duty, and that any salary due to him he was willing it should go to the actingsecretary. The President said Mr Somerville told him to the same effect; also that Mr Cuddeford had informed him (president) that he handed over the keys and resigned, because he did not get paid last month's salary or any portion of it. Mr Benjamin said the duty of the committee was to see Mr Cuddeford remunerated in some shape or form. Mr Chesney said he did not feel pleased with the way matters were at present, aud especially the position that Government had taken up. The conduct of the Government was contemptible; and they treated the committee as if they were a lot of children; he for one would not sit there to be dictated to in such a manner as the telegram implied. He would suggest that a secretary be appointed pro tern. The President said the matter required serious consideration, and how far Government were justified in sending such suggestions he would leave to the committee to determine. Mr Speuce said he deprecated the remarks made by Mr Chesney, attacking Gorernrnenr, as they were not to blame in the matter. The Secretary was ill and could not perform his duties; ho applied for leave of absence and got it, on the proviso that he would find a substitute, and he was still responsible to the committee. Goven - ment simply suggested that the Houto Steward be appointed. Not another secretary in the colony, he thought, was receiving the same pay, and in most instances the dispenser had to do the work, which he considered could be done here also. The fault lay with the committee in granting M r Somerville permission to make private arrangements with the acting-secretary. Be would agree to leave the matter in the hands of the Finance Committee, Mr Chesney would ask Mr tapence would Government pay a secretary ? Ho would not agree to their doing without a secretary; he quite coincided with the former speaker's remarks relative to private arrangements. The committee should ignore Mr Somerville at the present juncture, and appoint a secretary insisting on his salary being paid by Goreramens. The President said the Dispenser could not do the duties of secretary in the present mode of working the hospital, and whether it would be advisable to alter the present Bystem, was a matter for con sideration. After further discussion, it was moved by Mr Chesney, and seconded by Mr M'Keever, and carried, that the matter be left in the hands of the Finance Committee and Mr Spence to deal with, on Thursday afternoon next, at 3 o'clock, and report at next meeting. The list of admissions, discharges, &c, was rend and received. Mr Btnjamin laid the following motion on tho table for next meeting: — 'That the Secretary notify to the committee monthly, all moneys paid to him by paying patients, with amounts due by other patients then in the institution." The meeting then adjourned.

The Ross Mercury states that a one« twentieth Bhare in the Welcome quarts reef> Donnelly's Creek, was sold by Mr Grofts on Monday, for £50.

There was a narrow escape frfljii fjW at Rugg's hotel, Kutuara, on Saturday evening last. One of the bed rooms Was found to be on fire, but gome lodgers in the hotel succeeded, with some difficulty, in extinguishing it. Mr J. T. Petrie, one of the candidates for the vacancies in the Ross Borough Council, has retired from the contest.

Flies and Bugs, beetles, insects, roaches, ants, bed-bugs, rats, mice, gophers, jackrabbits, cleared oat by "Rough on Rut*." 7£d. Moses, Mobs & Co., Sydney, General Agents — Advt.

How to Get Well, — \VTiich is answered in three words — Take Hop Bitters !- Read Advt.

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West Coast Times. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12,1883, West Coast Times, Issue 4411, 12 September 1883

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