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Sir, —Tt is only those who have but a Blight acquaintance with Mr Fmzelle that will take him seriously, and Ashburton residents of a few years' stacding are not scared by his frowus,' or flattered with his smiles. H<s merry Bohemian style has its attractive side, but that same characteristic induces people who know it to exercise caution whenever Mr Ftizzelle initiates a movement, though the motive be ever so good. Reading his letter in your issue of the 6th inst., along with the report of Monday night's Council meeting, I fail to see the necessity of introducing the question of License or No-License into the discussion in any way. Allowing for exoeptional cases to which I will presently refer, i 8 there need for a Charity concert or similar efforts to be organised in any of the country towns of New Zealand? I contend that the machinery in operation here is quite capable of dealing with all genuine cases of indigence. Eaoh of the denominations of religion have their respective funds for dealing with its own poor, and needy cases are more likely to be reported to the various clergymen than to the chief officer of the Borough. The complaint, so far as I know, has never been advanced that the charches and the Salvation Army have in a single case neglected their duty in this direction. Then regarding the exceptional oases noted above, which may occwr outside what sometimes is termed the " pale " of the churches, there is an excellent organisation known as the " Dorcas" Society, which energetically and capably deals with the rare instances of poverty of which the churches may not be cognisant. The Society is undenominational, and collects funds from all and sundry. I respectfully contend that the above agencies are quite equal to whatever few cases of distress there may be in thfis prosperous district. That a certain amount of Government Charitable Aid is distributed need only be stated.

There is just one more objeotion to this so-called "Charity concert" project. A number of people satisfy thair consciences with buying a shilling ticket for an entertainment {which is a quid pro quo for the outlay), and imagine their responsibilities to their poorer brethren then cease. A more excellent method is to systematically contribute so as to augment the funds of societies and churches that are doing helpful and commendable work the year through. If opprobrious epithets, such as " pettifoggers," can appropriately be used in discussing the subject which upon which Mr Frizelle so good humoredly writes, it deeß not apply to those who have the courage of their convictions to question his good sense though they may appreciate the tenderness of his heart. —I am, etc., Pacific.

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WHO ARE THE PETTIFOGGERS?, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6615, 7 July 1905

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WHO ARE THE PETTIFOGGERS? Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6615, 7 July 1905

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