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TO THE KDITOK. Sib,- I am informed that a petition is going round for signatures, and is to be sent in to the railway manager, asking to have our Sunday evening train delayed until church services are over, in order that some may be conveyed to their respective homes in ease and comfort. Could you tell me what necessity there is for a Sunday train to Port Chalmers at all, since it has always been run at a public loss ? Strict economy in every department is what we have been studying for some time past. It cannot be wanted for the steamers, as they nearly all run up to Dunedin now. The ohurch-goera do not need it in that distriot. Tak« the Port. It has five places of worship. Between St. Leonards and Burkes there are three. If Eavensbourne has not enough, the residents there can easily walk to town. I suppose if the whole of the population from Port to Dunedin travelled, and each one paid his ordinary fare instead of travelling on the season ticket as most do, the Sunday train would not pay the department. On no other part of this section of railway is there a Sunday train, and the people seem quite satisfied without one. Permit me to call attention to tho fact that the men on tho Port Chalmers line do not reach their respective homes much before one o'clock on Sabbath morning, and to ask these men to turn out again on Sabbath morning at nine and remain on duty until half-past nine in the evening is simply a disgrace to a Christian community. Where are the Sweating System Committee? Here is work for them. As the train runs at present on Sunday, men have eight hours-from 9 a.m. until 5.45 p.m —but there is a demand for four additional hours. Remember itis forthe religious part of the oommunity that this concession is wanted. Where are all out Gospel ministers, elders, and deacons? Oan they uot sneak a word on behalf of the railway hands? If a petition were sent in to the Commissioners asking them to do away with Sunday trains altogether as not being needed, it would not only be a great boon to the railway servant, but a'so a saving of money to the public—l am, etc., Fairplay. Sawyers Bay, July 18.

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THAT PORT OF ALMERS LINE., Evening Star, Issue 7964, 20 July 1889, Supplement

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THAT PORT OF ALMERS LINE. Evening Star, Issue 7964, 20 July 1889, Supplement