PROPOSED ALUMNY CREEK TELEPHONE.
Mr Editor.—I read with no little amount of amusement in your issue, of 11th inst., a protest, signed by L. H. Baldwin, pro- testing against proposed telephonic com- munication between Alumny Creek and Grafton being established at Alumny Creek Public School. Firstly, I have been in a state of intense interest to find out who this Mr. Baldwin is who is protesting as a resident. I am informed he is a resid- ent of one week's standing, and will prob- ably be here to-day, away to-morrow ; more a sort of a guest, or probably not properly settled in abode. However, for the enlightenment of your numerous read- ers, I will briefly inform them that some while back the local Progress Association communicated with the postal authorities re telephonic communication, and later that body was asked to name site desired. Two were offered, one at the cross road (Gear's Lane), the other opposite the school. A public meeting of residents was called through the "Examiner" on 7th to decide on same. A motion was to the effect that connection be at cross road. The amendment, that same be as near as possible to four mile peg as being cen- trally situated midway between Grafton and Southgate. Only two voted for the motion and thirteen for the amendment. The next motion was that the location be at the school, provided the Instruction De- partment favour same. This was unani- mously carried. So much for L. H. Bald- win, but I wonder why he was not at the meeting, seeing he is now so deeply con- cerned in the question. Perhaps it was because the cross road was looked upon as a foregone conclusion. I offered one site, but I am not going to be childish be- cause same was not accepted. I believe in the interests of the district that, as a ma- jority decided, it behoves each and all to pull together. These little quibblings be- cause it is not at my door only tend to weaken the chances of obtaining what ap- pears to be a certainty. L. H. Baldwin says people would sooner go to Grafton than to the proposed site. Perhaps some of them would, but I have yet to learn, that the good residents of Alumny Creek are so mentally disorganised as to travel miles when business can be done at their doors. However, this is a sufficiency of the logic contained in his feeble protest.
He is not an advocate of the school site, as he states it will serve only a few. He consequently must favour cross road. This will serve fewer conveniently. From town boundary to cross road is one and a half miles, and has three residents, viz. . Messrs. Smith, Gray, Barnier. From the cross road to Southgate is six and a half
miles, all tenanted. Such is conclusive proof that the site decided on at four miles will best suit the majority of the people, especially so when we take into
consideration that the river bank residents voted in favour of that site at the meet- ing, and further so when we know that it will be in the charge of a teacher who- ever he may be, as you will agree a cer- tain amount of intelligence is required, even in the working of 'phones. As to the protest to be handed to the postal author- ities in a few days. I sincerely trust that we will not find connected with it any who so unanimously voted in favour of the site agreed upon.
H. G. JOHNSON. Alumny Crrek, 11/12/09.