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THE PREMATURE BONFIRE.

ANOTHER TO BE B-TXT. ' PEACE COMMITTEE RESOLUTION. The bonnfe on Mount Eden is to he rebuilt. immediately the matter was, mentioned at the meeting of the Peace Celebrations Committee yesterday alter- t noon. Mr. J. P. MePhail (.Mayor of * Birkenhead) proposed thai the bonfire te re-erected out of the committee's general funds. TliLs motion was seconded by the chairman (the Mayor ot Auckland.) . Mr C. Hudson (Mayor of Mount Eden) h remarked that,the borough engineer (Mrjj J. Rogers) was anxious to see the -bo!i-j v fire reinstated, and considered that it| Q would be possible to do the work in a; s , ■week or ten days. The premature firing L of the pile. Mr. Hudson added, seemed „ to have been the work of some person p or persons with pro-German sympathies, j. because the night of the exploit was soj ;1 wot that mere larrikins would scarcely 8 have wanted to attempt it. c Mr. H. Bobbie (One Tree Hill) que--it tioned whether a Government subsidy.c ■would be paid, on any further expense|" the oommitte might incur in rebuildingjt the pile. S Mr. C F. Bickford favoured dropp-ngi the proposal, as the bonfire might interfere with the illuminations. ) iT Mr. Hudson said that personally lie;" ■was not in favour of the proposal, but! he was prepared to carry out the eoin-lj, inittee's instructions. i 0 Mr. Dobbie: It's going to cost us —OOi.j more. v Mr. H. D. Heather: The question is, U are we going to let this pro-German | t . beat us? (Laughter.) L Mr. Gunson remarked that the reasons! n for having a bonfire were the same now c as before- The only thing to be con- c sidered was the cost. I], Mr. Hudson: The cost will not be so'„ heavy: probably it will "be a more modest la affair. , j - Mr. Rogers arrived at this stage, and. - ] in answer to questions said that given,i good weather he could erect a new pile, r ■within about ten days of the date fixed r for lighting. There was no difficulty p about material. a The resolution was carried, with some a dissentients. .- . ]

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THE PREMATURE BONFIRE. Auckland Star, Volume L, Issue 151, 26 June 1919

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