Public Libraries Acts Amendment Bill, 1889

1889 Library  
The opponents of the scheme contended that this poll was illegal, alleging that the voting papers had been delivered to persons who had no right to vote, viz., occupiers who pay no rates, or whose rates were included in the rent, the landlords paying the rates, and of coarse, charging higher rent in consequence. On the 8th of April the case was heard in the Lord Chancellor's Court, Chancery Division, before Mr. Justice Stirling. On the 16th April, Mr. Justice Stirling gave his decision. The
more » ... s decision. The action, in the name of the Attorney-General, was to restrain the Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses from acting upon the poll, and Mr. Justice Stirling, very properly, refused the application. He held that the Legislature intended that the occupiers should have the right of voting upon the question of adopting the Actthat these occupiers were inhabitants of the borough, and really paid their rates with their rent-and that the Mayor acted rightly in issuing voting papers to them. In feet, the opinion of the rate-payers was properly expressed, and the poll was quite legal and valid. We understand that steps will be immediately taken for the procuring of a site, and all other necessary arrangements will be made for the establishment of the Public Library. We very heartily wish it every success.
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