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TO THE EDITOQ. Sib, — In your issue of the 20th Ootober la your report of a meeting of the rate? payers In the Wakanul River Dlstriot you have made an iaoorreot report of what I said. You make me say : — " When they had to put their hands m their pockets aDd poll the money out at once it awakened the vlgllanca of the ratepayers and made thorn keen critics of all that went on abunc the river ; bat if they got the money easily as a loan they would quietly go to sleep and awaken op and have % good growl after it would, be too late to remedy their own Improvidence," Now thia la lncorreot. I said nothing of the sort. What I did Bay was that I was opposed to borrowing money to construct groins with, bb from the greet rise m the riverbed groins would have little or no effect m sending the river off the banks, even if they were not carried away altogether with the first flood," whloh was moat likely, and tho money thrown away m ereoting them. The river would only ran round them and come against the bank again ; and that only one-half of loans are ever expended In works. I hope yoa will Insert this In contradiction to the report. % am, etc,, Thomas Olbphans. Wakannl, October 26th.

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WAKANUI RIVER DISTRICT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1981, 27 October 1888

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WAKANUI RIVER DISTRICT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1981, 27 October 1888

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