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TO THE EDITOR. Sib,—ln your issue of Saturday " Fairplay " asks the question: "What neoeesity is there for a Sunday train to Port at all V It appears to me, as a resident of many years' standing, that " Fairplay " is a new chum in the West Harbor district, otherwise he would not have asked such a question ; or perhaps he 1b not in the habit of going to any churcb. It is true, as he says, that there are three places of worship between St. Leonards and Burkes—Presbyterian, Evangelical, and Roman Catholic ; but as I do not belong to either of those, denominations, is it not natural I should wish to go to the churoh to which I belong in Dunedin ? It is true I would travel on my eeason ticket; but my wife and family, who have no season tickets, would pay their fare were the trains run on Sundays to suit I am only one of many families in the township—aye, not only in Burkes, but in St. Leonards and Ravensbourne as well - who would go regularly on Sundays, but oannot, without very great discomfort and owing to the hours the trains are run. I would ask "Pairplay " the question Why the f uoday trains do not pay ? Is it not because they run at hours that suit no one ? It is nonsense for " Fairplay to talk about sending a petition to get the trains discontinued. He is evidently not aware of the terms of the agreement entered into by the Government when taking over the line. What I maintain is this: that as the six traits have to run on Sundays, the railway company should study the convenience of the churcb-going public, and possibly they would find the Sunday trains pay better than the week-day trains ; and when the petition referred to by " Fairplay " in the firt-t paragraph of his letter reaches me I shall gladly sign it, and do what I cau to get others to do likswis6t Does "Fairplay" know the meaning of "sweating"? Surely not, or he would not apply it to Government servants. He endeavors to lead your readers to believe that the men on the Port line are on duty from daylight on Saturday morning till la.m. on Sunday. Now, the fact is that Government hands just work as many hours per day as other men do, and no more. If they are on duty till 1 a.m. they do not start till four or five in the afternoon, w hat about telegraphists, or the employes of your morning contemporary 1 They are on duty all night, but they don't work all day as well. No more do the railway officials. " Fairplay " had better try some other argument of more value. Meantime, I wish those who have the petition in hand every success.—l am, etc., Bobkes. Dunedin, July 20.

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THAT PORT CHALMERS LINE., Evening Star, Issue 7965, 22 July 1889

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THAT PORT CHALMERS LINE. Evening Star, Issue 7965, 22 July 1889