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vVeare at all times ready to give expreesio, to every shade of opinion, but in no w». do we hold ourselves responsible for th views advocated by our oorrespon dents.l • COUNCILLOR HENNING IN REPLY. [to the editob] Sir,—Councillor Munro's letter re mysei is about as far from tbe truth as is nossibk He writes :—"'Cr.Henning forgot to tell tb electors that when he retired from tb Council seven years ago he was defeated v the poll and compulsorily retired by tb electors ! That is the reason he retired.' Before rushing into print Cr Munro shorn have spent a few minutes in looking up fact ia the "Akaroa Mail." He would hay (ound that at the general election in Apri 1907, twelve candidates went to the pol including ourselves, I oame fourth wit 105 votes (the top polled but 108), whilst M Munro was last-but one, with 06, and wa not placed. 1 then served the full term o two years, and did not stand for rn-electio owing to being away at the time in Auck land for nearly three months. Thoug throughout my career of close on forty yeai (I joined first in 1878), I have, when deeme necessary in the public interest, trodde freely on the toes of mayors, councillors an others, I have never failed to be well-place whenever I have stood. Cr Munro's furthe statement that ''Cr Henning appears to b only able to secure a seat when there is side issue—the same as occurred when h was returned this time without any opposi tion," is also quite untrue. It is seven yeai since last I served, and I intended never l ooine forward again, thinking I had done m. , fair whaok, and that younger mea shou. come into training, However Jhe poun mismanagement and the wrecking of oui electric lighting installaiion by taking on th factory, brought me out of my shell agan and I stood in Cr Vaugioni's vacancy. 1 i was no fault of mine that there was n j opposition; and if there was a fault, wh did not Cr Munro hunt up some "pal " ' With regard to challenge to resign an oonteat re-election with him, whilst enter taining no misgiving as to results, I canno teo the force of throwing away some £10 o the ratepayers' money just to sea whio would come, out on top. At the same tim. if a third would ootne forward, the history o • 1907 might repeat itself, by relegatine O Munro oneo again to private life. L as weak, at a meeting of the Baths Committee of <vhieh he is chairman, he told me in tb presence of tho Mayor and the Town Clerk that only my age protected me—and thi • simply because I gavo the names, i n letter ii I your columns, of the sis ((which include, himself), who voted against Cr Cantrell an. myself on motion for advertising for a looa poundkeeper and ranger in one, with a viev to putting the pound on a good workin, footing. He has also told me at a Oounoi I ; meeting aud on other occasions that fie

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CORRESPONDENCE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3527, 14 March 1916

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CORRESPONDENCE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3527, 14 March 1916