NORTH CENTRAL PROVINCE,
At noon to day the returning oflicer de- clared Mr. W. A. Zeal elected unopposed to represent the North Central Province in the
Mr. Zeal returned thanks for the honour conferred upon him by his being returned un- opposed. Regarding the new division of the province, he pointed out the important posi- tion Castlemaine held as the centre of the pro- vince, and said that with the £10 franchise the electors could make their wants known to the Council as they had done to the Assembly. With reference to the Coliban water supply, he was in favour of the Upper Coliban reser- voir, which would have four times the capacity of tho Malmsbury reservoir, and would cost £30,000. A quarter of a million would be well expended on the work, con- sidering the advantage that would be gained by tho facilities which would be afforded for irrigation, With reference to the Government railway scheme now before the Legislative Council, he had been accused in the columns of 'J lie A/gus of being paid for what ho bad done in connexion with it, But he could deny it He had not been paid and if engaged by the Government it was as an independent individual Ho had been charged with having retired from the Ford Board, when in fact be had not boen ap- pointed to it, ft was unfair of J he Argm to 1,0 out of its vay to indulge personal feeling It should not insert statements that could not be proved 'J he Argun had attacked him that morning, otherwise ho would not have Ha d what he had He had done his best for the public interest. The Government pro poeed to construct railwajs for less than £3,000 per mile, while the old linea coBt £10,C00 In conclusion ho promised that ho would do hiB best in the interests of his con- stituents.
A vote of thanltB to tho returning officer concluded the proceedings
Afterwards about ¿0 of the leading towns- people met at the Cumberland Hotel and had lunch, when various toasts were proposed and responded to Mr. Zeal lias left £.">"> Iii in the hands of Mr. W. It Macgregor for dis- tribution to charities aa follows -Sand- hurst £12 12s , Castlemaine, £12 12s , Kyne- ton, £7 7s , Daylesford, £7 7s , Heathcote, Í.0 0s , Maldon, £G Oa , Malmsbury, ¿3 3s.