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THE PORT CHALMERS LINE.

TO THE EDITOR, Sir, —In your issue of Monday, your correspondent "Burkes" thinks that I cannot be aware of the fact that the Government agreed to run six trainß on each Sunday for the people's convenience in this district, I reply that they were run for the accommodation of the steamers. Supposing the Government did agree to do so, is that agreement to stand for all time, like the law of the Mcdes and Persians, unalterable ? He thinks I am a new chum in the district not to know this. He is newer still, or he would know that at present the railways are not in tho hands of the Government, but have been handed over within the last few months to three railway Commissioners, who have absolute power to manage them as they think best during the next five years. The railway men are now the servants of the Commissioners.

If I do not go to church myself I place no hindrance in the way of others. Ho wants the meaning of sweating. He surely must have a light job himself. I take it to mean additional labor without additional pay. If the man who is working eight hours cannot get a sv/eat in that time, four hours added will go a long way towards reducing his system. I did not say that the men on the Port line were working extra hours at present, but I do say that your correspondent wants them to do so on Sunday for his convenience. It matters not what time a man Btarts to work, providing that his employer is satisfied, and he makes up the number of hours required to complete the day's work. The man that starts work at four o'clock p.m. does not finish until four o'clock next morning. Observe the piety of the man who signs himself " Burkes." He says if Sunday trains were run to suit the public they would pay better than the week day trains. He wants to make it a sourse of revenue to the country. Has he dug up a new Bible, or lost a piece of the old one. The Sabbath was not intended for money-making ; it waß set apart for holy resting.—l am, etc., FAIErLAY. Sawyers Bay, July 23.

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THE PORT CHALMERS LINE., Issue 7972, 30 July 1889

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THE PORT CHALMERS LINE. Issue 7972, 30 July 1889

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