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TO THE EDITOR. Sik,—Bravo! old "Stink'em Awful.' More power to your elbow, as they say in Samoa. You are on the high road to success ; keep it up. May the shadows of your valiant sons never grow less. Your light, which has long shone in the shadow of obscurity, bids fair to illumine the small world beyond. Six of your devoted sons, with a modesty characteristic of greatness, have met in solemn conclave to decide the fate of the nation, and right loyally have they performed their work. In the ultimatum issued there is no trace of that eloquence of which it doubtless was the child. _ Dideach waK warm in defence of his individual privilege as a member of the commonwealth, and swell beyond his usual bulk with the glorious patriotism that burned beneath his immaculate waistcoat ? Or did they with gentle hands lay the holiday of the child in decent garb for sepulture, and drop a tear of pity for the teacher ? A truce to hyperbola. As a resident of the Flat, my indignation can be better imagined than described when I read the recommendation of the Conference to recognise also, as casual holidays, those proclaimed by the Mayor of Dunedin. In the name of all that's holy, what have we to do with Dunedin and its mayor ? Have we not a conference of our own, schools of our own, and mayors of our own ? There is the Mayor of Caversham, for example, a gentleman of culture, one who has always taken a lively interest in school matters in his own district, who for years has been at the top of the poll in the school elections of his district, I understand. I mean no offence to the other mayors on the E lat when recommending this gentleman. This can be readily understood when I say Caversham is the oldest and largest of our suburban municipalities. It is to be hoped this matter may be set right at once. The proposals of the Conference are to be sent to the various school committees. _ It iB to be hoped they will receive the consideration justly due "to them. Seeing that the Gordian knot has been so easily and successfully manipulated, I really think it will be presumption on the part of the City Conference to further discuss the question of holidays. There is another remark I should like to make before closing: I am sorry school prizes were not swept away. I shall quietly lie low till the meeting of tho City and Suburban School's Conference; and should the members thereof have the temerity to cast reflections upon the doings of ours, let them look to their armor.—l am, etc.,


Dunedin, May 15,

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THE FLAT HAS SPOKEN., Issue 7908, 16 May 1889

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THE FLAT HAS SPOKEN. Issue 7908, 16 May 1889

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