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THE ALBANY STREET SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING.

TO THE EDITOR.

Sir, —Mv attention has been drawn to a letter with the above heading over the signature of Mr Daniel Smith in your Friday’s issue, and I desire to reply to it. It seems calculated to raise a false impression, and fix an undeserved stigma upon me.

I would point out that no objection was mudo against mo at the declaration of the poll, nor was any objection made before proceeding with the business of the Committee. It was not till after ray election as chairman that Mr Smith objected, and since then he has pursued me with all tho vindictiveness and implacability of party hatred. I make bold to affirm that you, sir, would never have heard a word of the matter had Mr Sinclair been elected chairman. I would also point out that previous to the first meeting I was approached with a view to my accepting a subordinate office, and subsequent to the protest being made both Messrs Smith and Sinclair nominated me for subordinate offices, showing plainly their want of faith in their own protest, and the entire Inconsistency of their actions. The paltriness of tho protest of the malcontents is apparent to all but themselves. They were elected and suffered no injustice, though they ingeniously tried and foolishly hoped to make you believe it. Tho Education Board considered their objections and unanimously dismissed them. Mr Daniel Smith’s effusion will not bo without its advantages, though its effects must naturally recoil upon himself. I know it is idle to attempt argument with one who vainly thinks Id’s argument unanswerable. Still, in fairness to myself, I will endeavor to point out the inaccuraccis into which he has fallen.

Mr Morgan told mo that he had three children attending the school, and therefore I believed him entitled to I beg to refer your readers to tho definition of householder as interpreted by tho Education Act. Mr Morgan told mo since the election that he never believed in cumulative voting, but he voted for Messrs Smith, Sinclair, Richmond, Fredric, Barnett, Tvcsedcr, and Sneddon. How, sir, I ask, could the informality complained of alter the result of the election ? If I erred, I did so in ignorance, and told Mr Smith so. I am, therefore, astonished at his boast of motives. It is vain and idle to put forth such a claim, as his motives become apparent by his actions. “By their fruits ye shall know them.”

Will you believe it, sir, Mr Smith attended the meeting referred to, engaged in the proceedings, previously invited the Dress to be present in order to spring a mine upon me to create a disturbance, and subsequently tender the resignations already prepared and in his pocket. Is he tho honest man who would educate the public morals —an object not likely to be appreciated beyond his own immediate following? Ho informed mo that this waa not the only occasion on which he olaims to have been unjustly treated by the Education Board. He is hogging a procession of grievances simply because he cannot have his own way, I leave it with tho public, who, I trust, like a just judge, will examine his case, note its flaws, and treat him as he deserves, as expressed in the concluding paragraph of his letter. —I am, etc., Paul Fredriu. Dunedin, June 7.

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THE ALBANY STREET SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING., Evening Star, Issue 7929, 10 June 1889

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THE ALBANY STREET SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING. Evening Star, Issue 7929, 10 June 1889

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