HrVm. J-McCleHan .writes: ''As a resident ratepayer of. the .Alt. Albert district for many yeara, I must 'honestly say -\vc never., Ivad a bebter- cliairm-on than the presdnt one, Mi - . B. Coyles. The roads and. footpaths are in. splendid order, and ■everything up to date, without extra expenses on the rates." A member of the Painters'- Union, writing with reference to the resolution passed at the Jast meeting of the Union condemning Sir Joseph Ward for liis offer, on behalf of the people «f the Dominion, of a Dreadnought, says: "The meeting was drawing to a close,, and the .president asked if there wae any iLore .business, when' up rises « former president of the Socialists, and moves the resolution ac published. It was seconded by another Socialist, supported. by the sons of the mover and. other Socialists which I regret to say! the Painters' Union have A good many). Several more level-headed members opposed , it, tout it woe eventually; carried' by t\Vcnty to Sixteen. The total m'emJherchip of the Union is 350. After reading the true facts .of the affair, I think it can be safely left; to the public to take, it for what" it ; ie worth." " ' ■ - . I , . "Carpenter" •writes expressmg liis dis-, approval of. the.text of the resolutibii tliat ■was passed at ihe meeting of carpenters and joiners. He says: "I \\ae at the meeting:; but, unfortunately, arrived after the .business was finished, aad at i that time there were'not move 'fclian 40"m. the room, and I'wai informed £y brother, members that nat more thnii" were present when 'the resolution was tarried;', and as we usually number over .100, you •will see this was 'by no means, a- frepre-l sentative meeting, and I belieye I ami safe in saying ;<thaV if it liftd'bee'n this] resolution .would not'have -befell carried.-'-. He thinks that unionists should stand to-! gether. ... : . , '.•.;,,.'.'., ...-■, I ■' "A Touriet" writes:r^-^'OnrEas , ter i Mon- ; i day 1 left Marton for Taumarunui in 'fhp: 9.40 a.m. '.mixed train,' which.consisted' of some lialf-dozen- loaded trucks, .three carriages, and guard's' van. We roanaged to reach,Mangaweka. (32 miles)i without actually stopping ; betwcen sta-. tions, though at times out 'pace was a ■mere crawl; 'bu-frin the eight milee'thence; to Utiku our engine jibbed'no less -tKajr four times, and three times-more proved, unable to drag the. load next five, miles, withf the result-that Taihape was reached nearly, two hours behind time. In othei' words" it took , the train some five -hours to negotiate 45 mile s, 'a record that- , I have never seen 'beaten under I similar circuiiiatances.' . Our correspondent thinks that liiore powei'fuliengine? are required, on, "the Main Trunk ,line j and in the case under noti6e *the trucks should either have -been dropped or a relief engine should have 'ijee'jv: from Teihape, where,,one ,wae ;waiting' : the arrival of the' train.' ~- • .*-: ' -'~;-;- - '"■'■. 't'
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