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BOROUGH ELECTRIC LIGHT SCHEME.

TO THE EDITOR,

Sib,—That tbere waa a Judas out of an Assembly of Twelve we all know; but if there are any (few or many) councillors of thi» town interested direotly orinrlireotly in some looal private noisy business f d mostly at the expense and damage of the pub ie they represent, is a tbingl know no*. Can these any (few or many) toki any part in their meeting', vote, or even only be present when tbe discussion in Counoil. should it concern their sole and only inter st ? Should it bo so, then Cicero pro domo _a,? I wou'd hnve nothing to say A few ypars ago n, loan was raised by the town of Akao.i for pntti'ic on the eleotrio light (candle power not horse power). Practically everyone in t c Borough has done away with the old lamps, End installed the eleotrio light instead, and pny as muoh as they tre charged for Ye* _ after started the truly private or buzzy business, and to fatten those interested in it our representatives aot in suoh a way as to make them who have to suffer through them (representatives) to think what we would not say. Do not the people of Akaroa pay several time") more for tbe candle power than tbe owners of the buzzy business pay for tbe horse power? Should the reservoir, maohinery, etc , want in time to be repaired or improved, has not the township to pay hundreds of tme? more ! than the owners of the eaid bosineßs? Not long ago a notice in the local paper said tbat the eleotrio light would be cut off when ■ ■ecessary from 2 a.m to 8 am,, that is to say, off in the night time and on iv the day time Lately, the current is regularly cut off from 11p.m. to 8 am. and on from 8 and even 7 a.m. sharp to 5 p m or later, with the exaep ion of less than an hour at dinner time When necessary, tha* is to say, rather than let a private buzzy _sineßS run short of horse power ad lons revenue, they will deprive all the rodents of the "use of the candle power, no matter if they pay by far the most. Praouaafly from 11 p.m. to 5 pm, that is to say, fully 16 hours a day t c electric power, ■ whioh is to bo used for candle power at night time, in nt the disposal of a private noisy and buzzv oompany at the expense of the publio. Paying nearly £7 yearly for the eleetrio light. I hope I will be pardoned for my few remark*, an'l when I say we do not get the light we pay for, it is bad enough to deprive tbe poor even of the light, but to grow fat at thr*ir expanse is heinous. Omos to the unusually dry weather, Mr Arrastions;, tho Miyor, requests the residents to he m ideate io the use of eleotrio light Why not rather use his full power and stop tha nuis vnce at once, and see that the reservoir gets filled a*? far as possible in da; time so that tho residents he represents may have the light for whioh they pay? Does not Mr Armstrong know " that the dog which ba*; 10-st it's tail ia not ashamed to show his back?" Why sacrifice the residents of Akaroa o other's greed? Before the existence oE the butter factory, the plant for the electric light was more than satisfactory; but as soon as the butter factory started tha weather hag grown drier and drier. Mark this! Should the Borough spend again, say £1000 for an additional 50 horsa power engine, and the b lid factory go b*ng or refuse to rent the power, then there will be fiIOOO more wi'h tha relative interest that tbo resident-? have to pay. Should this engine be prooured. it would cost to run it, aooordinu tc Mes=rs Anderson's Ltd , not less than 3s 9d per hour, which would be for an eight hours' run £L 10-s. for one month-, run £45, and for eevau months' run £315 for petrol only. Hore lies the cunning seoret. _ace the shareholders only get tho benefit from the faotory, wby shonld they not provide, at their own expanca, what brin_.a them the profit? Why should the Borough neglect and sacrifice ihe interests of the people? Surely Dr Cantrell deserves or heart.felt thanks when he said at the the last meeting of the Council that all power should be cut off, light conserved in the streets, andno other engine be procured. The daily increase of the output o£ butter is the only cause of little or no light, Lake Coleridge Boheme, 50 h.p ongine and dry weather are baits for the blind. What is the truth and honesty of the Britisher?—l am, etc,

FATHER STEPHEN BONF/ITO,

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BOROUGH ELECTRIC LIGHT SCHEME., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3507, 23 November 1915

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BOROUGH ELECTRIC LIGHT SCHEME. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3507, 23 November 1915

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