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PEuNXOED WATER SUPPLY.

"TRUE ECONOMY.''

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"TRUE ECONOMY. To the Editor. Dear Sir,—With your permission, I am prepared to answer each and every indi- vidual who chooses to enter the lists against me, with this condition only: that apart from this epistle, I absolutely refuse to an- swer any person who adopts a double- barrelled title as an appendage to his contri- bution, and has not the manliness to append his name. The high-falutin, stab-in-the- dark policy may well suit a sneaking, foreign mind, but has no countenance with the spirit of justice and fair-play which are considered the attributes of a Britisher. I am prepared, by my every action, fore- shadowed by my election address, to light, the opponents of economy at every turn. The cry, however, of your correspondent, and of certain members of the Council, that they aTe "true economists," while at the same time they are wilfully and'recklessly squan- dering the ratepayers' money, is too childish for articulation, and even too funny for wordig.. but the seriousness of such a policy is landing them and us into a quagmire which at no distant date even Mr. Trade Unionist, Ratepayer and Co. will be bound to see. At present your correspondent seems to be in doubt whether he shall whine or glory in the fact that he is paying an additional 2&. per annum for increased rent. To this fact, sir, I would draw his attention to two ex- cerpts from my election address. (1) That I will in no way sanction the appointment of two officials to carry out the work of one. (2) That rents have advanced and are ad- vancing solely by this short-sighted policy. Having advanced these points some nine months ago, I would like to know if I have seceded therefrom, or abated one jot from strenuously fighting, by speech and vote, from that position.. Let me here reiterate my oft-repeated statement, that I stand second to none in my desire for healthy and sanitary surround- ings, but I will be no party to paying, and causing others to pay, at both ends for it, by an increased rate, caused by increased offi- cials, these extra officials causing advanced rents, which my friend is winning about, while opposing those who seek to abolish such inconsistencies. Perhaps, sir, a little more of true economy" will some day cause the scales to drop from your correspondent's eyes, but in order that I may set him rubbing them, I would for his information even attempt a little prophesying, which he will find will not be long ere it becomee an accomplished fact. To revert for a moment. I with others suc- eeeueu in reducing the previous rate of 2s. 8d. to 2s. 6d., and not without a struggle, but the near future will, if I am not mis- taken, see a reversion to the former, and in the not distant future even a 2s. lCd., or more, rate. One would have thought, if but for a moment, that the question of elec- I oc- tric light and other projected items of no small moment, such as these, would have weighed with your "true economists" before launching upon expenditure which was totally unprovided for, and certainly un- called for at this time. If a little more of this "true economy" and economists are wanted on the Council, by all means let us have it and them. ano. let this double- barrelled, titular, whole-hogger come out. Just one more item in his grandiloquent, but cymbal-like, utterance. Just fancy an Abbott the friend and backer of Landlord- ism. I would have thought, and have given credit to my fellow-townsmen for knowing, that such an amalgamation is not only a libel upon me and my opinions, which are well known, but is an impossibility which is as likely to become a reality as I am to become a Lord Chancellor.—I am. sir. yours, etc.. HENRY ABBOTT.

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