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A meeting of tbe subscribers to the Pigeon Bay Telephone Club was held at Mr Goodwin's house on Saturday evening last to receive report and bal-ance-sheet and to transact general business.

Mr Pettigrew was in the chair, and there were eight subscribers present.

Prior minutes were read and con firmed.

The executive committee—Messrs A McKay, A. Goodwin, and J. Pettigrew, read a report of business done since last meeting, which showed that five connections were completed on 6ch December. A delay then occurred due to the strike delaying tbe arrival of material, and tbe final linking up to the post office and store did not take place till 22nd December. Extra expense was incurred through having to cart tbe poles overland from Little River. All tbe connections were now completed, including Mr Holmes's line There are 16 subscribers to the wharf phone, including the steamship company, and the advantages of being able to communicate wifh tbe captain and make enquiries about goods arriving, or in giving instructions about outward cargo, are very great, The report was adopted.

A draft balance sheet was read showing that tbe material used had cost £218 8s sd, and the amount paid by, or due subscribers £226 2s Bd. This only left the small balance of £7

14s 3d with which to meet the labour of erecting account. Mr Goodwin declined to give parti culars of this account, and the chair-

man read a letter from Mr Goodwin on the sulj ct, who said he felt he had not taken his due share of work on local bodies, and had long felt that he must do something to assist in tbe progress of tbe district, and he took this opportunity of doing so, asking all subscribers to the party wire to accept all his labour and the" labour of

all the men and teams that he had ar

ranged for, as a gift from him. He hoped th 9 residents would have as much pleasure in using the line as he had in erecting it, and he looked forward to many pleasant talks over the 'phone.

Mr Goodwin retired to allow the

meeting to consider tbe proposal, and after discussion, it was resolved to acctpfc tbe generous offer with thanks, On Mr Goodwin resuming his seat, he said he was pleaded that tbe meet*. iDg had accepted bis offer, as it made him feel that he had done something towards the progress of the district, and that be was not altogether a drone in the community. Some other of the subscribers had also given assistance in the work, for which they were not charging, and these gentlemen were also thanked for their liberality. A letter was read by the chairman from a gentleman high up in the telegjaph department, who had inspected the line. He complimented the club on having a thoroughly up-to-date system, Particularly was he impressed with the amount of forethought and ingenuity that had been disslayed in arranging switch board in central office. The chairman explained the terms charged to Mr Duxbury for his con nection, and pointed out that the aim of the club will be to make tbe terms for all entrants as low as possible to encourage ail to link up, Messrs R S. Hay, 0. Hay and J. Pettigrew wore instructed to procure a suitably inscribed memento for presentation to Mr Goodwin, The action of the executive in paying all accounts for material was approved, and a sum of £3 3s was voted as a gift to Mr A. Goodwin, junr., for assistance given. Messrs A. McKay, A. Goodwin, and J. Pettigrew were re appointed an executive to deal with alfmatters pertaining to the Telephone Association, and to call meetings when necessity arisee.

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PIGEON BAY TELEPHONE SERVICE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4371, 13 February 1914

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PIGEON BAY TELEPHONE SERVICE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4371, 13 February 1914

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