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TO IHK KI:I10!'.. Sir,—l desire to dtaw attention to th» (n/J- that th<: pro.-.ei.t, Government have, d'irinL' tho pant senior., voted th<» sum of £50.000 f.>r the importation ot i(j ii.r the railway sem<'c. Now, cjijrineslocally built ate equally as sjood ; in f.o:'., better than tho imported an i <".]■■ ■, for thr-y ;itc not built, from lii<* manufu.<ttn'.-)'., point of vis-w, hut to the sjy.-..ial i<(luiremcuis of tho Dominion, ahvjiys keeping in sight the fiituie repaired. '111?. Workshops are fully equipped with our own -standard and I ustud'-t tint with very *] : .%), - cxi-msion of floor spate and tho addi'.icri cl" tvov.v mote h-ind.-i, with tho employrront- of a, ?-*-oo:.d shift, and the nwhiuery that is at present. in wiie., Ui-3 10 engines :eu,uiie-i c-ould bt maniifaftuixd at Hillside within the n*r>:l li! m.ontl'u;. During the year 10 Dew engines will be completed—the itU-a at present be-in™ one every 17 days—so that with the slight alterations ;ub stated, instead of 1C engines, 20 could be vurned out during the year 1915. On the low estimate of £1,5C0 for t-£,gc'; per engine, £16,000 would be paid in wages alone into the pockets of the workers of Ducedin for this "order that is placed abroad. This is a matter that ehould ho seriously considered at such a time as the- present, when unemployment is th<?. cause of so much anxiety " It further means that tha turnover by the business people of Dun-e-din will, for certain, he £15,000 less for tho coming roar. Wake up, Ota go.—l am, etc., I M. M'Aixet. November 17. J

•THE MESSIAH-' TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —In the last year of their existence the committee of the late Choral Society considered the advisability of putting ' Tho Messiah' in rehearsal, and one of the chief reasons for abandoning the idea was the fact that the Choirs' Union wished to perform the work, and were holding back pending a. decision by the society. Does it not seem a very poor return for "the coneideration then ehown the union that the latter body have now arranged to give the oratorio on a date prior to that fried foi the new Choral Society's performance oi the work? It is difficult to see what mo- "" tive has induced the -union to take this step, as their committee must have been well aware that the Choral Society were alreadv in the field, and, further, that there is no room at this time for two rival performance within a few davs of each ether. Would it not have been much more in tho interests of music had the union given ail the assistance poFsible to the new society in their first venture.—l am, etc., Wm. Tdomsos. November 16.

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RAILWAY ENGINES., Issue 15652, 17 November 1914

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RAILWAY ENGINES. Issue 15652, 17 November 1914

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