On Street Planting.
His Honour Sir G. A. Arney, President, in the chair.
The secretary read the list of donations to the library and museum since the last meeting.
A letter was read from Mr. Martin, suggesting that training schools for instruction in practical science might be advantageously established in connection with the Institute, and that accommodation for such schools should be reserved in the new building proposed to be erected by the Institute.
Mr. Heale considered the proposition an excellent one, and stated it was necessary that immediate action should be taken in the erection of buildings.
The Hon. Mr. Chamberlin thought that a large proportion of the funds required for building could be obtained by establishing life memberships of £100 each. He had little doubt that thirty gentlemen could be induced to become life members, and advance a sum of £100 each, on condition that the privileges of membership were extended to their families as well as to themselves. He himself was willing to become a life member on these terms.
A long discussion ensued, in which the Rev. Dr. Purchas, the Hon. Colonel Haultain, Mr. Martin, and the chairman took part.
“On the Discovery of a cut Stump of a Tree, giving Evidence of the Existence of Man in New Zealand at or before the Volcanic Era,” by J. Goodall, C.E. (Transactions, p. 144.)
The Hon. Col. Haultain did not think that the markings on the stump exhibited by Mr. Goodall could be referred to human agency, but was inclined to suppose that they were produced by the action of running water. He had recently observed at Awhitu some waterworn stumps, the remains of old pas, which presented almost exactly similar appearances.
The Rev. Dr. Purchas expressed a similar opinion.
Mr. Heale thought there could be no doubt the cut was made by some instrument wielded by the hand of man.
“Description of a new species of Senecio,” by T. F. Cheeseman, F.L.S. (Transactions, p. 348.)
“What is Science?” by the Rev. R. Kidd, LL.D. (Appendix.)