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THE WAKANUI TROUBLE.

To the Editor. Sir, — I was much surprised to see an account given in your issue of the 14th inst. of what was called an “ anti-Christ-ian” scene. I cannot see why a man should be called an “anti-Christian” simply because he upholds his rights and privileges : hut my object in writing to you is not to show that I consider myself as good a Christian as your correspondent, who, I suppose, feels aggrieved at being locked out last Sunday. Now, I intend to give an account of the key of the schoolroom, as the- statement made on this point is, either through gross ignorance or wilful falsehood, most incorrect. The truth is this : Whan I locked up the schoolroom after our last entertainment, which was on the 30th of July, Mr. Guiney not being at home, I took the key away with me, and kept it till the following Monday morning, when Miss Leach took it down with her to the sehool. On arriving there she found the door open, and forgot to leave the key. Since then Mr. Guiney has unlocked the door every day with another key, and, apparently, found no difficulty in doing so. I went down to lock the school door on Thursday, the 9th inst., because the use of the room had not been asked for, and, as usual, found that the master was away from home. The door of the school was wide open. I shut it, and went home. After tea I walked back to the school, taking the key with me for the purpose of

opening the door, as soon as the use of the rooip should be asked for. To my astonishment, when I got there the room was already occupied. As I was going away, after the meeting was over, I had both keys in my hand, and offered them to Mr. Guiney, who said he did not want them both, and that I could keep one'.if I liked. I replied that if he really did hot want them both I would take back the one I had brought down with me, which I did. I then gave Mr. Guiney instructiohs to keep the school door locked on Sunday, and not to give the key to anyone. Now, Sir, the key he had opened the door all right the next morning, and locked it at night. On Sunday! had some business at the school—(it was to look up some old papers relative to the original constitution of the Committee) — and I asked Mr. Brown if he would kindly come up and help me, as he was Chairman of the Committee at its first constitution'- This circumstance accounts for our being in the school on the Sunday. When we had finished our business we went away. I shut the door and took the key home with me, as Mr. Guiney had told me on the Thursday night that he did not want it. Imagine my surprise'when about half-past eleven on Monday morning, Mr. John Wright came riding down to where ! was working, and told me that the children had assembled at the school, and the master had sent them all home again because I had taken the key on Sunday afternoon. lat ohce saddled a horse and rode down to the school as fast as I could. ( When I got there Miss Guiney told* me that Mr. Guiney had gone off to Ashburton. I asked her if she knew how it was there was no school that day, and she said I had taken away the key and they could not get in. Now, Mr. Editor, this is the true story of the key, and do you not think that the Wakanui people have a nice man for a schoolmaster. Do you not think that even if I had had both the keys (which I positively deny), and as the Committee have always allowed him to keep a horse in the school ground, that if he had wanted to open the school, he could have ridden up to my house for the key and back in ten minutes, or could have sent one of the scholars for it. However that may he, it so happened that one of the boys did get in through the window, and undid the catch of the door, and nearly all the children entered the room. But Mr. Guiney was determined not to he done like that. He ordered them all out, and then said that he was afraid to hold school in case he might bo had up with tho rest of the culprits, as he calls them. Hoping you will kindly insert of these lines in your columns.—l am, &c., A. G. Earle, Chairman of Wakanui School Committee. Wakanui, Sept. 18, 1880.

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THE WAKANUI TROUBLE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 155, 21 September 1880

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