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THE ALBANY STREET SCHOOL COMMITTEE.

TO THE EDITOK.

Sik, —In your Monday evening's issue I observe a letter written by " Mr Fredrlc," in which he comments on the action I took at the last meeting of committee. In his letter all through he is like a drowning man grasping at every little straw he can get hold of. He begins his letter with a bold assertion, or in other words a puff of vanity, in reference to Mr Sinclair. For the public information I may state that I proposed Mr Sinclair for election as chairman in opposition to MrFredric for the following reasons : —That he had been a member of this School i Committee ever since committees were ap-! pointed for the different schools of the City some five years ago ; and that he had acted during that long time both on the Works and the Visiting Committee* of the school up to the present time. I think, if there is any honor attached to the chair, it ought to have been conferred on Mr Sinclair for the present year in return for his long and faithful services. Mr Frodrio, on the other hand, was only on the Committee last year, and during that time only attended some eleven meetings out of fourteen. I cannot tee where he has the slightest claim to the chair for any service he has rendered to the school or for work done by him. His vanity and ambition for office far exceeded any little discretion he may have possessed. He has been supported by parties who owe their return to the cumulative vote, who do not represent the householders of this district, and who have been the means of ousting such men as Messrs Treseder, I Sneddon, and Williams, who would be an! honor to any school committee. I take no exception to Mr Barnett, who proved himself to be a gentleman in every respect on that occasion. As to Mr Fredric's statements in reference to the votes given by Mr Morgan, they only strengthen the statements I made that the whole election ought to have been upset had that matter been fairly and fully dealt with by the Board. Mr Fredrio asserts that he was approached with a view to his nomination to a subordinate office ; I presume he means that of secretary. May I ask by whom ? For myself I distinctly assert that from the night of the election until the evening on which the first meeting was held I never set eyes on Mr Fredrio, nor had ever transacted any business with him. He tells your readers that if he has erred it was through ignorance. If that be the case, sir, I hold that he is not capable of holding so important an office as that of chairman. Surely it was his duty before consenting to stand for election to make himfelf acquainted with the boundaries of the school district. It is true that as a member of the Committee I was anxious to have the presence of a teporter in order that the proceedings might be published for the information of the householders, who have a right to know what is being done by their representatives. As to the fact of my having my resignation in my pocket, knowing the men I had to deal with I thought it necessary to be prepared for them, well knowing that if they refused to listen to what was just and reasonable I could not in justice to myself j or those who voted for me act with them. I I had but one alternative—namely, to resign which I was prepared to do, and did. I And if Mr Fredrie and his party had auyI thing like decency of feeling, they also would resign, and teat the feelings of the I householders in this matter. Finally, let me tell Mr Fredrio that I

and have always acted for the best interests of the school. Let ua hope Mr Fredric and his friends will have the good sense to do the same, and profit by the lessons of this election.—l am, etc., Bakiel Smith. Dunedin, June 13.

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THE ALBANY STREET SCHOOL COMMITTEE., Evening Star, Issue 7932, 13 June 1889

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THE ALBANY STREET SCHOOL COMMITTEE. Evening Star, Issue 7932, 13 June 1889

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