Mataura Ensign, Volume 17, 8 June 1894, Page 5
The Tapanui burglar is still at loige. It certainly seems a btranije affair this burglary all through. No one can talk seri"U»ly on the tn tier ; in fact, outs'de Mr Burrell and Constable Parker, th* incident is treated rather as a good joke than anything eke.
A petition is being presented by Messrs . Simmonds (Tapauui) and Dunnett (Kelso), signed by a very largo number of residents, to have grunted to them wholesale wine and spirit licenses. This idea seems to catch on pretty well, and as the least quantity of spirits permitted to be sold is two pillions, that most objectionable f . ature in hotels— tippling — is at once done away with. Both applicants are tantieme" °f l ' u ' most sterling integrity of character, and perhaps the authorities may favorably consider the application.
The first meeting of the lately-elected Kelso School Committee was held on Monday last. A' leport by Mr Falconer on the necessity of generally repairing the outside buildings was favprably coo,
sidered. The tender of Mrs Richards (1.13) for cleaning the school for the ensuing twelve months was accepted A request by the teacher to give the children a half holiday on Tuesday last' his (the teacher's) wife arriving in Kelsdon that date, was refused. During the meeting an entre nous sort of conversant" took place, tho topic boing the lab .ird.iy of paying teachers the high sailings they now receive. It does Sir seem tib,tird that in a place like Kelso a sum bordering altogether close on L 250 per annum should be paid to the teacher. Iho lady teacher is in no way too highly paid, aud surely it must appear a mon". strous injustice that the master, wl.o ST« v hteSt end of the stick . should receive a salary three timrs r.s ereat as the lady teacher does. T-hese nigh, salaries are gnawing at tho root r,f our country's greatness. Contrast the lite or a farmer, who from sunrise to sunset has to toil, toil, toil, to help to pay such outrageous extravagance ! I tell you, Sir, farmers cannot, will not stand this iniquity much longer. What with oats Is per bushel and their sheep a drug m tho market, can they be expected to look complacently on and see their very life's blood slowly but surely ebbing away ?