THE 'FRISCO SERVICE.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PROTESTS. In the course of his address at the meeting of the Chamber of Commerce ; yesterday afternoon. Mr. M. M. McCal- < him i vice-president oi the Chamber) i said that, sinre the present" service was started, it frequently -happened that New York mails which were sent via the west coast —San Francisco and Van- j couver —did not reach here as quickly j as New Y"rk mails sent via London.; A c;(«e in point had occurred this week j ""hen the cargo steamer Whakarua ar-1 rived from New York direct, and a number of the merchants had not yet received their invoices, and had to pass site entries for their goods. The drafts for these shipments, which were sent via j London, arrived here last Monday—before the goods. $ seemed a ridiculous thing that, New \ork niaiis should take longer to come direct than through London. The ntain point was that we were losing a lot of valuable trad*. There wa3 a lot of trade between Auckland and Kan Francisco which had been practically lo»t to the Dominion, as there were no vessels leaving Auckland for .San Francisco at all now. Mr. McCallum seconded the motion of the president, which road: ''That the Government should be requested to take, immediate steps to arrange for the reinstatement of the San Francisco Mail service to Now Zealand, with Auckland as first port j of call.' , j Mr. J. AL Mennie regretted the state of affairs, and held that on patriotic grounds alone a direct and an adequate service should be in existence between : New Zealand and Australia "with the : English-speaking people of the great United States. He. was sure that if the j Government offered a subsidy euch -as ; that suggested by the Chamber, -the • ■ service would be reinstated. " j Mr. A. B. Roberton suggested that j I the motion should be amended so as to i delude the words "Auckland as the first I port of call,"' and insert "'the nearest j port of call." ! Mr. Epo "Myers —disagreed wit'E Mr. ■ Roberton, and said that no doubt Welj Hngton would take umbrage, but Auckt land must not be fearsome. i Mr. G. Aickin said that the matter j should be made a subject for discussion at the annual, -dinner, which j was to be just before the members of ■ Parliament left for the session. i Mr. M. If. McCallum drew attention ■to the tourist traffic aspect of the case, : and said that as the Government was_en- ' deavouring to assist the traffic they should improve on the present service by ' reinstating the old. Mr. W. Gunson suggested that a dei putation should wait on the Hon. Geo. Fowlds who was the only Auckland ' Minister. The President iMr. B. Kent) said that the reinstatement of the old service with ; tbe Sierra, the' Sonoma, and the YenIt lira flying across the Southern Pacific i would mean a financial gain of from £30.000 to £40.000 a year to Auckland. Hp had heard that those responsible for the government of the ooun- | try wptp abnut to make an endeavour ito have the fast and efficient 'Frisco i service to New Zealand reinstated, but ■ with Wellington a« the first port of call. Thai, he added, must te stopped at all I oo.n-. i The motion n-as carried unanimously. Thp following, resolution was p"a.s.=pd i by thp Waireinati* branch of the Liberal ' ajid Labour Federation last night:— i "That t'::is Federation regrets the disI continuance of the San Francisco mail servir-p ,iT>d th? consequpat Ins? of valuable trade to the port of Auckland, and i urges the Government to immediately j oon>idpr the matter of adequately subI sidising a new service between Pan ! Francisco and Auckland. That the eonj tinuanee of the present service from Wellington via Taihiti is useless to the I Dominion and the subsidy paid ought to be expended on back block roads. ! -■-
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