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“ Old Identity ” says that Mr J. E. White, by his speech last week, has insulted the intelligence of the men who have served the people of North-east Valley in the past, either as mayors or councillors, and that so injudicious a speech carries its own condemnation. William Swan writesln your issue of Saturday “Albany” asks Or Swan whether, if he be elected as mayor, he will 83e that the decayed kerbstones are replaced. I answer : Yes; the city surveyor has instructions to do so, and is now replacing some in the City. ° _ “Railway Passenger” suggests that as the weekly half-holiday will bo observed on Thursday this week instead of Wednesday, it would be advisable to run a train at 1,35 p.m. to Port Chalmers instead of Wednesday.. “Observer” warns Mr David Scott that the.mayor-of a borough is not elected to run” any particular company or clique, , but to hold the . balance fairly between all interests. The mayor, being.eleeted by the whole body of the ratepayers, should have , character and ability, to'uphold the position W. ft . dignified manner. The:, ratepayers

should ask themselves i Has Mr Scott these qualities ? “ Squth Dunedin ” says that a councillor who cannot express some original views on civic matters is not fit to be chosen mayor at such an important juncture of the City’s history. Cr Swan’s views on the gas department are admittedly those of the gas engineer, and that councillor has not in the past shown the slightest disposition to give effect to them; on the contrary, he opposed Mr Courtis’s proposals re day labor for the City lighting. -■ ■

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LETTERS CONDENSED., Issue 10477, 22 November 1897

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LETTERS CONDENSED. Issue 10477, 22 November 1897

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