We do not hold ourselves responsible for the opinions expressed by our correspondents. To the Editor. Sir, —Seeing in the “ Ashburton Mail ” of Tuesday last remarks reflecting on the management of the Ashburton Racing Club Committee, and having been a member of that Committee for the past three years, I should like to answer a few of the points raised in the letter signed “ A subscriber to the Racing Club.” Ist.—So far as regards the young men of the Racing Club requiring any training, they are probably as well up in sporting matters as any contributor to the “Mail,” is. 2nd.—Regarding the Scientific Cadger mentioned in the leading article in the “ Mail” of the Istinst., if the writer means the Secretary to the Club (Mr Wilkie), I am quite certain that our forthcoming Ashburton meeting will turn out quite as successfully as did last year’s. 3rd.—As far as cadging for subscriptions, there has not been a penny subscribed by, nor asked for from non-members, as there are are 86 members in the Club who are fully able to manage their own affairs without the advice of critics in Burnettstreet.
Sir, had the proprietor of the “ Mail,” acted fairly in the past by the Club, in his charges for printing and advertising, he would still have had his share of the Club’s money, but the Club could not afford to pay the exorbitant piices charged by the “ Mail,”. If “Subscriber ”is so hard up that he cannot afford to purchase a copy of the “Guardian” for the purpose of seeing the race programme, he will, by calling at our store, or on any member of the Committee, obtain a programme gratis, and any other information he may be in search of. When the present Committee took the Club matters in hand two years ago, there were debts owing to the amount of over £SO, and as the following figures will show, there has been a wonderful difference in the financial state of affairs in the Club since Mr Wilkie has held the Secretaryship. 1877 1878
Cost of Improvement effected to course ... ... 15 IO o HO 11 I Paid in Stakes ... 242 Io o 352 o o Received for nominations acceptances &c. ... in 12 o 195 o o Subscriytions collected 93 1 3 212 17 o Sale of privileges 44 12 o 207 10 o Outstanding liabilities of proceedingmeetingspaid 25 O O 72 O O Grant made to Steeplech a s e Committee ... 25 o o Grant received from Steeplechace Committee 24 10 II The proceeds of the sale of privileges on Thursday realised £lßl, and two of the items were still left to dispose of. This is another proof that the management is not what the “Mail” would like its readers to believe. I am, Sir, Yours, &c., Max Fiuedlandee. Member of the Ashburton Race Club Committee.
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