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THE WELLINGTON CARS v. DUNEDIN TRAMS., Issue 7993, 23 August 1889
THE WELLINGTON CARS v. DUNEDIN TRAMS.
TO THK EDITOK. Sir,—l was rather amused at reading the remarks of " L-Jcal Industry," who is doubtless a shareholder in the Dunedin Tramway Company. He hopes the doctors will fight the opposition line on their own grounds, and "In is sure they will have the support of every Dunedinite." Well, lam not so suro of it, for every Dunedinite is not a shareholder, and consequently not interested in keeping up a monopoly when a lively competition is more to his advantage. Had the local company been less grasping and more keen sighted, there would have been no opening for successful competition ; but anyone of a discerning and speculative mind walking down Cargill road between the hours of 7 and 7.30 cm., also between the hours of 5.30 and 6 p.m., would have seen at a glanco, by the number of pedestrians of the so-salled working class, that a judicious reduction in the fares would be the means of filling the half empty carp, and thereby benefiting the shareholders and the public at the same time. Take, for instance, the London Tra.nway Company, who run special cars morning and evening to suit the working man, charging one penny for a distance of about three miles, and the consequence is that these cars are always crowded, but before they introduced this plan thf»re were very few travellers at that hour, the working men leaving home an hour earlier and walking instead of riding as they do now ; and this step was not taken out of charity, but as a clever stroke of business. Whatever may be tho motives of Mr Andrew Young, the introduction of his coaches has been the means of filling a longfelt want. Therefore, I for one will do my best to encourage the opposition, and I hope there arc plenty who in their own interest will do the same.—l am, etc., Cosmopolite. Danedin, August 20. TO TUB EDITOR. •f Sir,—ln reference to " Local Industry's" iettcr under the above heading in this evening's Stab, I should think it would be the height of folly for the Dunedin Tram Company to buy anyone off the roads. If they once get the name of buying off conveyances which are far inferior to their own they will have plenty of customers in future. Reduce their Bervice to Id sections, and keep to it. Then the Danedinites will support the company, and tho palace cars will have to go back to Wellington, or some where else. There is certainly not enough traffic for two services, and everyone must admit that the tram is far superior to the palace car for travelling in.—l am, etc., Dcnedin.
Dunedin, August 20. TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—ln answer to your correspondent "Local Industry" in last night's issue: The report that he has heard I know nothing of. That is a matter for Mr Young and the Tram Company to fight out. But for the Tram Company to have the support of every Dunedinite is simply absurd. They will just have as much support and sympathy as the cabbies received from the company when they started. In being taxed enough I quite agree with him ; but I fail to see how the runniog of the busses are going to increase them. It certainly may take a little more to keep our roads in repair, but against that wo shall recei/e the license fees. As regards contributing to the Empire City, that need not cause alarm. If the writer had signed himself " AntiLocal Industry," I could have agreed with his signature. Why, sir, the very fact of having a hundred horses to feed means something for our local producers. Again, these horses have to be shod and kept in harness; all the repairs to busses will be done locally, employing far more men than the Tram Company ever did or ever will. We may aUo suppose that any new busses required will be made in Dunedin as against now trams made in America, draining the City of what little gold there is in it. In conclusion, I look upon any man as a benefactor to this City who comes here and finds employment for a number of hands that would otherwise be idle.—l am, etc., Leith Ward, Dunedin, August 21.
TO THE EDITOR. Sin,—l agree with your correspondent " Local Industry," who urges our Dunedin Tram Company to start penny sections. Human nature is the same all the world over, and when you can ride for a penny no one will pay threepence. No ; let the Dunedin trams run at the same prices everywhere as the Wellington cars, and I'll wager Dunedin people will see the trams are not great losers." Of course everyone knows it means running at a loss to the trams; but if they are to lose money, let it go into the pockets of the people of Dunedin, and not be sent out of the town in buying off the Wellington cars.—l am, etc., Tram. Dunedin, August 23.
Manchester, was taken ill, and I invited him to stay a few days with me at my house. During his vißib he had a severe attack of hysterical catalepsy, which completely prostrated him. We were greatly alarmed at the symptoms exhibited, and feared a fatal result; but after the application of hot cloths and constant rubbing he gradually recovered from his comatose state and appeared little the worse for the attack. Mr Bishop more than once expressed his dread of being buried alive under the supposition that he was really dead."
THE WELLINGTON CARS v. DUNEDIN TRAMS., Issue 7993, 23 August 1889
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