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TO THE EDITOR Sib,—Most men of intelligence will agree with Sir Robert Stout that parsimony 19 never true economy, but no doubt the definition of the terms what is parsimony ? what is economy ? would elipit wide differences of opinion from the same individuals. My object is not, however, tp discuss these questions in the abstract, but to point out a case to our Civic Fathers in which their parsimony is not true economy. One needs only to read your weekly report of the tonnage of arrivals and departures of vessels from the wharves at Dunedin, or, if sceptical of newspaper reports, to take an occasional walk along those wharves, to be able to form some idea of the immense benefit to the City trade the bringing of the shipping up to Dnnedin has been. The state of the street approaches to these wharves are a positive disgrace to the Corporation. It is very easy for them to say the Harbor Board should do this and the railway should do that, but that is mere beggiDg the question. The three bodies—Government, Corporation, and Harbor Board—are simply representative institutions to do certain works assigned to them by the people,' and to the care of the Corporation ha 3 been handed over the streets, Who are the ■ i a 1

sufferers by the bad state of the approaches to the wharves ? Is it not the ratepayers, the merchants of the City, and the consumers, who will all be put to extra expense for cartage? and if these approaches are allowed to get into a much worse state the result will be probably to drive a lot of trade past our doors. Parsimony in this matter is not true economy.—l am, etc., Citizen. Dunedin, May 20.

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APPROACHES TO THE WHARVES., Issue 7911, 20 May 1889

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APPROACHES TO THE WHARVES. Issue 7911, 20 May 1889

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