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WINTER HOLIDAYS.

TO THE EDITOR. Sir,— Mr Fisher’s precious long epistle in your issue of this evening is full of misrepresentations, misstatements, and untruths. I will prove no fewer than six of them. I. The Conference at; whicli the midwinter holidays were agreed to be granted was not organised by myself, but was convened at the request of a deputation from the Educational Institute of Otago, who had interviewed the chairmen of tho Kensington, Forbury, and Macandrew road Committees ; and these gentlemen authorised such Conference to be held. 2. The Caversham Committee were not invited to that Conference. 3. I did not, after the Conference granting the holidays was held, call a special meeting of the Macandrew road School Committee. 4. The Conference never gave instructions (as it had no power as such) that the minutes disallowing the holidays should be rescinded, 5. The first meeting from which Mr Fisher | was absent was ihe statutory one,'held a few days after the committees were elected, 1 notice of which has to be given by the chairi man of the public meeting of householders i at the close of such meeting. I had no power j to convene that meeting, as I was then only a simple member of committee, and had not been elected secretary, so I could not neglect to send him notice. C. The other meeting from which he was absent was the usual monthly one, held on Tuesday, the 2nd of July last, and on tho last Friday in June (the 28th) I received a letter from Mr Fisher from Balclutha, stating that he would be unable to attend it, owing to absence from homo. That letter appears recorded in the minutes of the Committee,

So far as I am concerned, this correspondence is closed, as I must decline to reply any further to one who has shown so thorough a disregard for the ninth commandment. One word more—Mr Fisher’s record is improving.—l am, etc., Thomas R. Dodds, Secretary Macandrew road School Committee, South Dunedin, August 12,

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WINTER HOLIDAYS., Issue 7986, 15 August 1889

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WINTER HOLIDAYS. Issue 7986, 15 August 1889

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