THE PARU PARU ROAD
Doubtless the greater number of the Wanganui citizens have never heard of Kakatihi before, although they should know a good deal about it. Well, for their information, I will tell tnem. It is a very small city planted in the'back blocks, half-way between Wanganui and the Wa/imarino country, situated on the Paru Para road^ shut in from communication from either end by mud! mud! mud! the irdiadto Wanganui being blocked for traffic' owing to- the large number of slips, which will take months to remove, there being only two men at work on them. To show you the state of the roads, one of, our 'settlers has got his wife lying seriously ill, and is unable to get medical assistance to her from either end, owing to the* roMs; so she is just lying there, taking her chance, with one of her good neighbour's wife doing the best she can for her. Although repeated requests have been made to the Education Board for a school here, our requests have not borne fruit, and there are about 36 children, white'and black, who have not yet been to school, there being no school within thirty miles of here. There is one white family of ten children who have not receiv-ed <a day's schooling, and there is not one of them who can road or write!
I would like tho chairman of tho Chamber of Commerce, and Mr Veitch, your local member, to pay us a visit staight away, so that they can judge for themselves the state of things. 1 have no doubt the Latter would return to Wellington fully determined to vote in favour of giving the back block settlers a.ll tho returned increment they can get bold of.
Kindly try to get th,e above-named gentlemen to take a trip this week. The mail coach leaves Wanganui every Tuesday, and Friday morning from the Opera House stables, and comes as far as the roads permit. If they send a wire to the "Mud Tavern," Kakatihi, I will meet them with horses amd be only too pleased to givo the»m a comfortable shake down in my "mud tavern." If you told the coach proprietor for what purpose they were travelling, I should say he would give you a free pass.
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