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MOUNTAIN ASH EDUCATION COMMITTEE.

Architect's Stinging Retort.

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Architect's Stinging Retort. At a meeting of the Education Finance Sub-committee on June 12th the following was passed:—That a letter be sent to -NU-. C. H. Elford, pointing out to him that Mr. W'. G. Thomas is the head of the depart- ment in which he is placed, and that he is to work under Mr. Thomas' supervision) and to submit to Mr. Thomas all his reports on repairs, etc., to school buildings, and further that Mr. Elford notifies Mr. Thomas of any private work he may be doing during office hours." The following letter from Air. Elford was now read :— I beg to acknowledge receipt of yours on behalf of the Education Committee, the contents thereof ne- cessitating a reply. I as a very subordinate officer in the Surveyor's department, respectfully raise the question of your right to address me diiectly on behalf of your Committee upon a matter not connected with the Department in which I serve. One would naturally say that the proper course, in the circumstances, and having regard to the fact that I have 110 official connection with your Department, would have been to request the Council Clerk to con- vey your reprimand to me through the head of my department. I in- fer from the tone of your communi- cation that some ex-parte state- ments have been made reflecting on the manner in which I perform my duties, and that I have in some par- ticular refused to obey Mr. Thomas' instructions. This is really not so, for, as he knows, I have (and intend to) carried them out implicitly. With reference to reports on repairs. etc., to school buildings, I admit having made two such reports with- out having first submitted them to Mr. Thomas, but as you know, the method was not initiated by me. W itII further reference to the sug- gestion that I should inform Mr. Thomas of any private work I may he doing in office hours, your committee must surely be aware of the fact that my duties are so considerably increased since my appointment that I have not the time to do any private work during office, hours, had there been any. I assure the committee that I shall not further trespass on their kindness, and shall in future discon- tinue any private work in the office, in or out of office hours. May ) therefore, in view of these state- ments, respectully request your com- mittee to recommend to the Council that my salary be reviewed with a view to making a substantial in- crease thereto." Mr. Lamburn remarked that evi- dently the architect was becoming a dictator instead of a servant of the Council. He was taking up a very high-handed position. Mr. Lam- burn thought they had heard quite sufficient of that matter, and he hoped Mr. Elford would get wiser. If the committee were to be treat- ed by Mr. Elford in that spirit, it would not mend matters for him. Now that the committee had put things right Mr. Elford should be wise enough to let the matter drop. With regard to the salary, he (Mr. Lamburn) would like more inform- ation as to what extra work Mr. Elford was performing. Rev. E. T. Williams moved that the first portion of the letter stand over, and that the application re salary be referred to the Council. Mr. T. W. Jones seconded. Mr. G. H. Hall The whole thing should be considered in committee. I move that the committee who have charge of the teachers' application consider it. Mr. W. Milliar said he did not know much about the subject, nut he should like to have all the facts, tie agreed with Conn. Hall that the whole matter should be thoroughly thrashed out in committee. He wanted to give Mr. Elford oveiy fn, play. Mr. Eiiord was a qualified ar- chitect, and it was a very avvsward position for Mr. Elford to be in to be dominated over by a person not so qualified as himself. "Ave al have our feelings," added Mr. pillar, and when we have all the fa-ts we may find there has been fault )11 the other side." Mr. Lamburn: The whole .f the matter was considered in comnittee. I am in total disagreement to Mr. Millar. Whatever the quantitations of any person he must obey thl head of the department. Mr. Jas. Evans suggested flat Mr Elford should attend the comnittee. Mr. Millar: I agree. Mr. Lamburn: I have not bein lln- fair to Mr. Elford at all. Mr. Millar: I don't say you have been unfair. Air. Lamburn But I do i-estit the terms and tone of that letter It is not a proper thing to writ like that to this committee. Mr. Hall's proposal, and Mi Jas. Evans' suggestion were earrie.

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