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TO THE EDITOR. Sir,— For years past I have held the opinion that it was nothing less than positive cruelty to expose to all weathers the men engaged in the discharge of coal into the drays, etc., at the coal depot on the railway, near the wharf. Wet or dry, hot or cold, the work goes on day by day, and its regularity, its usefulness to the public, its revenue-producing power to the railway authorities ought to have created a change of affairs before now. lam aware that the site has been definitely fixed for some years, and would have written before this time had the authorities not been able to shield themselves behind the retrenchment cry. The improved condition of traffic and the change of management lead me now to hope that the health and comfort of the men and the care for property .nay lead to this depot being covered over. I understand that if the coal companies had each a space sufficient to hold bulk that the trucks could be emptied and discharged quickly. All requiring coal have to wade through a sea of mud, and wait for their load under wretched circumstances, which should not exist; because an article of constant requirement like coal, involving a regular routine of woik, ought to be placed into consumption without endangering health or wasting property. Now, I fancy a good opportunity presents itself to get the truck depot covered cheaply, and I hope that steps will he taken to purchase sufficient of the Exhibition Buildings (after use) to cover the depot, and thus produce comfort and economy. 1 may mention that I am not in the coal trade.—l am, etc., Reform. Dunedin, July 5.

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RE COVER FOR COAL DEPOT., Evening Star, Issue 7955, 10 July 1889

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RE COVER FOR COAL DEPOT. Evening Star, Issue 7955, 10 July 1889