The scene at the unveiling of the Captain Cook Memorial,
Queen Charlotte Sound, visited by Cook for the first time
on January 30, 1770. - Otago Witness, 26.2.1913.
Cr Kirkpatrick made strong reference at yesterday's
meeting of the Waikouaiti County Council to the desirableness
of imposing a small tax on motor cars, and devoting the funds
thus obtained to the upkeep of the main roads. The matter was
becoming acute, he said, the increasingly large amount of motor
traffic inflicting severe damage on the roads.
A conference had recently been held in Rangitikei between
representatives of local bodies in the district and of the
Automobile Association to consider this matter, and he
suggested that the clerk write to the Rangitikei County
Council for a copy of the report of the proceedings. A motion
to this effect was carried, Cr Kirkpatrick remarking that
from inquiries he had made he did not think the motorists
would object to the imposition of a small tax.
• The statutory meeting of the Stewart Island Tin and Wolfram
Lodes was held at the registered office, 26 Dowling Street,
on Friday evening. There was a good attendance of
shareholders. The provisional chairman of directors, Mr W. I.
Bolam, presided, and explained to those present the progress
of the company. Work had been commenced at Pegasus, and was
progressing satisfactorily under the supervision of the
company's consulting engineer, Professor Waters. Mr J. P.
Smith, M. I. M. E, had been appointed manager, and had taken
up his quarters at Pegasus. The Government has sent the
Inspector of Mines down to make a report on the properties
... 550 to assist in the construction of the tramway has been
authorised by the Government as a result. The directors'
report was read and adopted.
• The Telegraph Department has nearly completed arrangements
for the inauguration of the new telephone service between
Wellington and Auckland. Some construction work remains to be
done before the service can be established on a permanent
footing, but, by means of temporary arrangements (a Press
Association message states), it is hoped to give a partial
service within a month. The new double line for the service
is 410 miles in length, and 150 tons of copper wire, valued
at 15,000, are being used in the construction.
The lines will be used for telegraph as well as telephone
work, and the necessities of the telegraph will curtail the
use of the wires for conversational purposes. It is hoped,
however, to assign two hours during the day and the greater
part of the night to the telephone service. The charges for
this long-distance talking are not yet fixed. - ODT,
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