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TO THE EDITOR Sir, —I have always understood that when anyone offers himself to be a councillor and is accepted by tbe people he wishes to represent, he has to take an oath that he will be faithful to his duties. I wonder if there is any exception to this general rule, for some councillors, representing the residents of Akaroa, by the way that the electric energy energy is disposed of, I feel to say, or to think, that there are at least four that are either directly or indirectly interested in the Butter Factory, and that < explains why every effort is made to supply tbe Akaroa electric energy, which bas been put on solely for candle power and not horse power, to the Butter Factory that use it as horse power. Certainly our councillors, with few exceptions, ought to be canvassed for their cxi travaganoies. For instance, if any local resident applies for light or heaters, oui councillors grant everything at onoe and charge for it, a'so. they do not let ns have what they granted to us, though they make us pay just the same, and only this, because they want to patronise, at other's expense, the Butter Factory which brings ihem profit. Our local electric energy is daily coaxed to go on either by water or fire from morning to night just when the Butter Factory want tbe power, to the benefit of some of our councillors, for some of them are shareholders, others get the butter-milk, and somebody might even be auditor—we do not know. Tbe only thing we know is that if the water of the reservoir were used only for lighting as it should be oven during this exceptionally dry season we would have never run short of water yet, and if ever the reservoir Bbould run dry then everybody would be ready to use candles etc., without complaining. Those who do not give what they have sold, have they any right to oolleot the money ? Granting to the consumers of the candle power only four hours of light,' our councillors make us pay at the rate of three shillings per candle power without dis* pensiog us from paying in due time a capital debt of nearly £7000 with its relative inter' est. The users of the electrio light pay not less than £600, and these are sacrificed for those who nay only about £70, without hay. ing to meet any oapital debt with its relative interest. And why this? Because some of our councillors are interested in the Butter Factory. We see new lamps in the streets. What beoame of the old ones ? In war time it is very bad polioy to waste money m luxury. Did tbe old lamps burst all at onoe? From a report read in the Borough Cham, bers, if I remember well, our representatives fixed the number of lamps in the streets the number of candle power per lamp, and the price for them, totalling £120, and the same representatives gave orders to practioaiiy never to light them, while, at the same time balance the money for the lamps, and pay with our money, for the light they < 3c.not give. Who is going to pay for the mcUon engine which is at the power house 7 ■ For what, it concerns me. I get, as Mr Armstrong, our Mayor can tell, all this muck for nothing On Wednesday, 26th January, His Worship tho Mayor moved at the Owno'l nweting, seconded by Cr Henning and carrled that the electric energy for ironsi be on.from a to 4 p.m on Mondays and Wednesdays. What is the reason that last Monday .ilal January, the electric energy, coaxed by fire, was on before 9 a,m till 5 pm, and during The said time something went wrong in the power house that the engine had to stop for a few minutes. The one who came to see what was the matter was not a tailor but the manager of the Butter Factory. From this, we see toodainly that tbe scapegoats are the rons and kettles, and the Butter Factory, which brings profit to some «««« «How the true cause of the only trouble. How long is such a state of affairs going to last ? Months ago, at o meeting for the benefit of the Hoepitai Ship, Mr Hall said he wished to see the Germans over our ranges to make us realise our dsnger. Well, may if the German officers are treating their -s^b-, jects more unjustly than some of our councillors are treating the consumers of the electric light? As long as our councillors are treating those they represent with- justice. sooner or later, their bamboozling will tangle them more than they are already, without a "Tangye.-I am, etc, FATHER STEPHEN BONKTTO.

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BOROUGH ELECTRIC LIGHT SCHEME., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3519, 4 February 1916

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BOROUGH ELECTRIC LIGHT SCHEME. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3519, 4 February 1916