PUBLIC MEETING AT WAKANUI.
A public meeting was held in the Wakanui schoolroom on Tuesday evening, the 27th inst, to determine what means should be adopted to relieve the School; Committee from their present financial erabarrasment. There were about twentyfour householders present. Mr. A. G. Earle, Chairman of the School Committee, was voted to the chair. The Chairman made a statement showing the indebtedness of the Committee, and how the- liabilities had been incurred. The liabilities were about Ll 5, and the cash in hand 12s. A/great ; many things required (to be done about the school which would cost,another L 5. The chief cause of their present straitened circumstances was that the Committee had some very necessary and urgent repairs done to the school property, expecting that the Board of Education would have given them a grant in aid. This.the jßoard refused to.do, as they had not ' been ' consulted 'beforehand. The exigencies of the case prevented this being done, and in this way the Committee had been drawn into the muddle. After a long discussion of a conversational character, Mr. James Brown moved a resolution to the following effect: —‘ 1 That this meeting is of opinion that the Board of Education should be applied to once more for a sum of money to relieve the Com. mittee from its present indebtedness, and furthermore that we believe the money granted to the Committee in time past by the Board has been judiciously and carefully expended on works of absolute necessity ;. that the Committee inherited much of its indebtedness from former Committees ; and that the sums granted by the Board as incidental allowances are altogether inadequate to the requirements of the school. ” This resolution was seconded by Mr. Kilgour, and carried unanimously. : ' Mf. BrowA'then moved that the foregoing resolution be forwarded to the
Board forthwith, together with a statement showing the financial condition of the school. -Carried. Mr. David Wilson, on behalf of the Presbyterian Church, and Mr. G. W. Leadley, on. behalf of the Wesleyan Church Stated that they had.-interviewed their respective ministers (Revs. Beattie and Keall), and those gentlemen had signified their perfect readiness to assist the Committee in any way which lay in their power. If the Committee would accept of their services, they were prepared to get up entertainments, and devote the whole of the proceeds to the Committee. Proposed, seconded, and carried unanimously, “ That Revs. Keall and Beattie be requested to each give a lecture in the Wakanui School, in aid of the school funds.
:■ \yi)sopproposed,,and Mr. Paynter seconded, “ That a Committee consisting of Messrs. J. W. Wilson, Johnston, Leadley, and the Chairman (Mr. Earle) be appointed to confer with Revs. Beattie and Keall, and make all necessary arrangements for the lectures.” Carried unanimously. Mr. Ldadley ' asked that Mr. Paynter’s name be added to the Committee. Granted.
Mr. James Brown proposed—-“ That for the future no person or body, religious or otherwise, shall be allowed the use of the school excepting for the purpose of . a Sunday school, unless they first contribute to the school funds. ” -
A murmur of disapproval arose from the meeting on the reading of the above resolution.
Mr D. Wilson rose, jand said—i Now that the recent trouble has subsided, and the parties most concerned, vie., the religious bodies, had expressed- their willingness to co-operate with the Com-
mittee in helping forward the cause of education at Wakanui, he thought it was in bad taste for Mr. Brown to bring forward a resolution of this kind. Mr. Leadley said that Mr. Brown s present resolution was the same in spirit and effect as the original resolution which had caused all the trouble. He would move as an amendment — That this meeting is of opinion that whenever this school °is used for any purpose whatever, on any day or night other than a Sabbath day or night, the Committee should impose a charge for the use of the same. ” Mr. Brown said ho would gladly withdraw his resolution and vote for Mr. Leadley’s amendment. The resolution :as amended was put to the meeting and carried unanimously. After a vote of thanks had been accorded to the Chairman the meeting concluded.
A meeting of the Lecture Committee was held immediately after the conclusion of the above meeting, at which all the members were prefent. It was decided to ask Mr. Beattie to deliver a lecture in the school-room at his earliest convenience, if possible within the course of a fortnight. That tickets for the same be printed and divided amongst the members.of the Committee for sale ; that'the price of the tickets be one shilling each. , That the date and subject of the lecture be announced in the Presbyterian and Wesleyan churches at Ashburton and at Wakanui on the. Sunday preceding the lecture. That Mr. Keall be asked to deliver _ a lecture about a month after'Mr. Beattie’s. The meeting then dissolved.
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