TO THB EDITOR. Sir, whenever any proposal is brought before the authorities with a view to benefit the City or country there are a number of people who, from a base, selfish motive, are ever ready to impute " evil motives" to the promoters of every scheme or venture submitted to the City Council or House of Representatives, I take it, sir, that this proposal made by Messrs Stanford and Milne should have been heartily taken up by tho Council, and I trust that the citizens will give their unanimous support to the proposal, I have always held that any work beyond the monetary power of the Corporation, if undertaken by _ a company or a citizen, and so long as it Is of benefit to the town, should in every way be encouraged. When this project was mooted to me I could not help being impressed with its suitability in every way, as a public boon to the City. Knowing something of tho bona fides of tho proposal and of the trustworthiness of the promoters, I am confident that if the ir application be acceded to the City will before long boast of a suitablo central market—a building and guild which the Council have, by their own proving, shown to be beyond their capacity of managing successfully. A public free library (managed by a joint committee of the Coun oil and the promoters) and a, market, public baths, theatre, and gardens, controlled by tho company, and unfettered by harassing conditions, will no I doubt be an immense boon to the citizens as well as to our country cousins. It may be that a few of our councillors may scent
"treason" in the air, and, taking the cue from their worthy town clerk, look upon the affair as an unholy "ring," to be immediately nipped in the bud, and, instead of granting the prayer of the memorial, undertake to erect a cheap and nasty cattle shed in the Triangle—yclept a market—to be a nuisance and eyesore to passers by. What with " manugraphed " burgess rolls, mud-bottomed baths (full of dead dogs and stinking fish) at Pelichet Bay, unkept and bogtjy roads at the wharf, waterworks with scanty supply of water, no wonder the City of Dunedin—the boasted commercial metropolis of New Zealand—has to take a back seat. But with a free library and a central public baths we will soon be free from the fell incubus of larrikins and lapsed Presbyterians,—l am, etc., The Noblest Motive is the Pcblio Good. Dunedin, May 18.
TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—l hope the citizens will oppose any attempt which may be made by speculators to obtain possession of the Triangle. If the Triangle is to be built on at all let the building be a handsome one to be used as Courts of Justice, etc., and a public library. It has long been admitted that our Supreme Court is a standing disgrace to the City, and it is strange that after so many complaints have been made nothing has been done by the powers that be to alter the present Btate of things. Anyone going to our Supreme Court when the criminal sittings are being held will find the passages leading to the library blocked up with crowds of witnesses and others, waiting to go before the grand jury. The building altogether is quite unsuited for a court-house.
In my opinion the following offices should be all in one building : 1. Supreme Court. 2. Ptesident Magistrate's Court and Police Court. 3. Deeds Registry. 4. Births, Deaths, and Marriages Registry.
5, Stamp Office and Patents Office. If a building for the above was put up in the centre of the Triangle, and the ground around it tastefully laid out in gardens, etc., it would be an ornament to the City. This is a matter which might be taken up by the Conservation Society or the Chamber of Commerce.
I see it stated in the papers that the office now used by the Registrar of the Supreme Court is to be turned into a Police Court. I hardly think the Bond street merchants will stand this. If this change is effected, all the "drunks," loafers, and criminal classes will frequent that part of the City, and will become an abominable nuisance.—l am, etc, Citizen. Dunedin, May 18.
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THE TRIANGLE., Evening Star, Issue 7911, 20 May 1889
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