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TO THS EDITOK. Sik,— Surely the people of Port Chalmers have turned exceedingly liberal when they can uphold Buch a useless affair as tb.3 above. From all I can aee and hear I was under the impression that everything generally was dull, and money very scarce. Still, plenty of funds are forthcoming to spend on articles of finery, etc., in the ico carnival. Generally people can do what they ohooae with their own, but, at the same time, it is rather galling to see money spent so lavishly and so readily in the above while at the same time the poor butcher, baker, grocer, and others must allow their accounts to stand for months and say nothing—in fact, must not even ask for their own. Very hard, indeed ; but although they must provide the food and clothing, and wait until the buyer chooses to pay, yet the football club must have a pavilion built, and the rowing club must have their debts paid. Sir, it is a crying shame and disgrace that such a state of things should be allowed. Apart from the spending point of view, what right have the f jotball clnb to erect a pavilion on the reclaimed land ? It is not theirs ; they may at any moment be turned adrift off it. What about tho expense of erecting a pavilion then ; and when erected, who will protect it on a public and open p ece of ground ? Again, vt hat claim has the rowing club, with its thirty or forty members at a guinea each, upon the public, that they should be asked to pay their debts. If they choose to build a now shed and buy new boatß, let them pay for it, as other clubs do. Further, there is another rowing clnb in Port Chalmers which affords as much amusement to the publio as the one in question. Why not erect a new shed for them also ? I don't suppose they share in J the profits of the Ice Carnival; if not, why not? Sir, there are many more de- J serving objects than either of the above in | need of assistance in Port; and _if the citizens have funds to spare, it is a pity that such a paltry affair as the Ice Carnival should be the means of obtaining such funds.—lam, etc., Charity Begins at Hojie. Port Chalmers, August 20.

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THE ICE CARNIVAL., Evening Star, Issue 7993, 23 August 1889

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THE ICE CARNIVAL. Evening Star, Issue 7993, 23 August 1889