LENGTHENING OUR JETTY.
THE EDITOR. Sir,—"Residents" letter in your la3t issue was full of unworthy suggestions. It begins, "The suggestion tbat a loan should be rained by the Borough," but tbe Borough ha. nothing to do with any responsibility for tbe loan, whioh, like previous loans, would be raised on the seourity of tbe wharf revenue ; the town's only connection with the matter being that its Counoil managers the wharves as lessees under the Marine Department The writer goes on to say tbat lengthening is advocated solely for the benefit of the Union Company in running excursions, whereas when all tbe expenses attending these, and the falline- through of two or three of la's years, owing to bad weather, are considered, there is but little profit when a sequence is taken. Tbe Company, moreover, is the largest and most successful in the Southern Hemisphere, and is certainly in no way indebted for it to Akaroa. After continuing to run here at a loss for some year., it finally withdrew seven years ago, save as to occasional f xeursions Next, your correspondent suggests misappropriation of the wharf revenue towards bringing the railway to Akaroa, by promoting pii enabling bill through Parliament for the purpose Not content with this, •'Resident" is prepared to throw in "the surplus returns from sales of electric power'" Anonymous writers can afford to urge wild and reckless tchemes ; so tbat wben "Resident" rushes into print, I hope be or she will try to be fair, and also will sign his or her name.
Having just rejoined the Borough Cou"oil, let me add that I purpose, at an eatly date, bringing up the queatioß of jetty improve • ment as a paying proposition. Work'd to best advantage, I am persuaded that in the jetty the town holds a valuable asset,—l am, eto,
W. H. HENNING.
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LENGTHENING OUR JETTY., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3508, 29 December 1915