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TO THE EDITOB. Sir, —I wish my fellow electors to he warned of the insidious attempts that are being made to upset the resolutious of the House in 1887 re the reduction of members. The enunciation of Sir Robert Stout in Saturday night's meeting on this point, and his hope to see so desirable a reform " repealed " —together with the subtle feeler of his late colleage, Mr Ballance, in the secret vote episode—sufficiently indicate how the wind would blow if a certain party could accomplish their ends. There is much manceuvring going on under this representation quota storm to stultify the House's previous action in this matter, and I ask the various constituencies and electors to keep their eyes on members' actions in this respect. If I do not greatly mistake the temper of tbe public, I believe that this reduction of members question has been looked upon as a vital one, which was settled by the laßt elections. But it is not all that retrenchment clamored for. There is grave dissatisfaction that reorganisation of the Civil Service has not been carried on pari passu with retrenchment. We 1111 see many highly-paid Civil servants in office who do a minimum of work for a maximum of pay—men who are always to be found in official hours at the clubs, lawn tennis parties, or shooting excursions. It is the plodding clerks who have chiefly suffered. How many of our incompetent public works officials have been kept on ? Some are even reported to be about to be again entrusted with the functions and pay of high office. I warn the Government and members that there will bo distinct war cries at the next elections on several of these points. Concerning the demands of the country members, I would counsel them to exercise more moderation.—lam, etc., Taxpayer, Dunedin, July 29.

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CITIZENS, BEWARE!, Evening Star, Issue 7972, 30 July 1889

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CITIZENS, BEWARE! Evening Star, Issue 7972, 30 July 1889