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THE COMMISSIONERS.

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THE COMMISSIONERS. The Commissioners at their last, meeting seemed quite unable to deal with the questions affectiu^ their uwn number, or the mode of con- ducting elections. Neither oL these matters require a Provisional Order. TLio AcLi under which the Commissioners exist Mid carry on their business, do not specify the number, except the maximum, which is fixed at thirty. It would be quite legal for them to adopt either fifteen or twenty-one as their number, without applying to the Local Government Board. All that they have to do is to call a Special Meeting for the purpose, and if the resolution is passed at that Special Meeting, to call another meeting to confirm it. As at present constituted the Board seems quite incapable of dealing with any ra- tional question. the way in which the auditors' report was received shews the business capacity of some of its members. Dr. LLOYD and Mr REYNOLDS, the alumni of the Board, dwelt upon incidental and trifling mat- ters, jrather than the more weighty subjects introduced. Dr LLOYD'S dignity was touched because the report was addressed to the Chair. man of Commissioners and the Ratepayers for- Setting that the auditors were appointed by the Ratepayers, and not by the Commissioners. Mr REYNOLDS'conscience was concerned, because the auditors had the audacity to point out an irre- gularity, trifling in amount, but which notwith- standing was an offence against the Act. Not a word was said by these great commentators on the excessive expenditure, or the alarming prospect of increased taxation, which looms in the immediate future, as foreshadowed in the report. What benefit would accrue to the town after all if such men as these were left on the Board when the boiling down process takes place? We ought to bo very thankful to the few who bring to bear a little thought and intelligence on the town's affairs. Their influence prevents the ship from running against the rocks. But we are really afraid of the winnowing process, lest the more thoughtful should retire in disgust, leaving the ratepayers to the mercy of {babblers, who talk only when their corns are trodden upon, or when they have an opportunity of having their names blazoned in the newspapers.

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