EDMONDS - Samuel Jan 13th 1887
Hello . He was a man of very strong will
-> A LIVELY CHURCH DISPUTE. ANOTHER TOBACOO COMPANY. HARBOUR PILOTAGE.an HARBOUR ENGINEER IN "HOT WATER."
) Auckland, January 13. The dispute between the authorities of Epiphany Ohureu and Edmonds.contractor, ios'.ill exciting interest. On Thursday night* meeting of the committee of the church was held, the Rev. W. B. O'Calhghan presiding. The chairman said that edmonds had sent a letter demanding immediate payment, and threatening, iv default thereof, that the building would be do cancelled. This conduct was, to say the least of it, very unreuomhK mora especially is he wi3 not &« ye t.i .t Edmonds had ever teen refused or kepi waiting for nny money to which he was entitle!. The chairman explained that as ho could not mika nyment uutil the oommittea had met to vote the money, and as ho could not call them together till Monday, Edmonds had carried out his threat of locking up the church, nnd he then mentioned how it had been forcibly opened on Sunday, Since then, he he received two communications from Edmonds' solicitors, the first addressed to himself ironille as follows ;— Janmry 11th, ISS7. Sir,— We are instructed to apply to you for the sum of £3 dima^es dono to t'n new Epiphany Church now in course of erection by contractor Edmonds, occasioned by your breaking open the doors with crowbars in pursuance of your previous threat, and filling the locks with dynamite otherwise damaging the work. As you are aware, the contractor will be put to considerable expense thereby; and take notice that unless the sum of £5, with £1 Is oat of this application, bs paid to us at or before half-past ten o'clock a m to-morrow, our instructions are to institute proceeding?. Without prejudice, we are, yours truly, Burton and Keesing. Great indigination was expressed by fie meeting at Edmonds* action, and it was freely denounced. Bo was also censured for rnia; representing the fact, and it was believed he fully intended to keep church closed on Sunday. One committee man in confirmation of this belief stated that a resident of Newton assured him th»t Edmonds had told him he was determined to keep the vipsr3 out. It was resolved to pay on Saturday next .£SO for which the arohi. tecta certitieito had been given. The meeting, which had lasted several hours, then dissolved, Burton and Kcesjng have been instructed by Edmonds to proceed against Tuck.ir (churchwarden) in the Police Court for abusive language on Saturday night Tucker having on that occasion interviewed him with a view of getting the keys of the church. The latest information indicates that the storm cloud is fast blowing over. 'I ho architect, Mr Holdeo, received a note from Mr Tibbs this morning requesting him to inform Mr Edmonds that £100 had been voted, and would be paid at the end of the week. This he did and contrived au interview between Mr O'Oalaghau and EMmonds, which re suited in tho parson and contractor shaking hands and freeing to bury the hatchet. The action against Tucker, however, for ab'isive language will go on. Tho New Zealand Tobacoo Company (Limited) was registered on Friday last. The Company has sort out seed to over 200 farmers and growers to the extent of about 800 aurea, and reports to date promise heavy crops this season, The Company will open tneir factory very soon, and have a good stock of colonial leaf to keep them going for tho noxt 12 months, The Company will turn out ping tobacco as their stiplo, but they will also product) other toljjcso and cigars. They have sooured the firm of Kdj;nr A. Groaqh and Co. to bs their goacul agents for Europe and Australia, the firm being at the name time large iharehpjderg. The system of free and aotive oompotitioa in pilotage appears to be breaking down in this port. At a meeting of
the Harbour Board on Wednesday pilots Sainty and Cooper, who have been making things exceedingly lively for the tug pleaded to be released from that contract re pilot schooner aa thoy had been working ftt a loss through tho rivalry of thp Awhena, but stating'also
they were makeing other arrangements to carry on the service* It appears that in a week or so up to the end of the year they
had earned £7, and since then £14, both of which amount 3 the Board bad impounded pending tha payment of hire. Messrs Mays and Nichol pleaded hard for general treatment of the pilot), who were being starved ont, while the chairman and Messrs Goldie and Lamb were opposed to any concessions, holding that Boards) should not interfere with the operations of the Darwinian law of "the survival of the fittist." Eventually the whole matter was relegated to the Finance and Lsg»l committee for consideration and report. The Harbor Board Engineer (Mr Mc- Gregor) despite the sultry weather is not likely to complain of ennni for some time to came. He has just bronght himielf into hot water with the Board, and at the same time Mr John Darling who represents the Board at Glasgow, who haa affirmed hia oahnlations re the capacity of a new dredee, to be misleading and not- • true. At Wednesday's meeting, the Finance Committes drew attention to an
" unauthorised expenditure by the engineer in repairing silt punts and a Priestmin dredger," and in view of the fact that in consequence of previous unauthorised expenditure not long since, MrMcQregor had been explicitly requested not to take npon himself such responsibility until he bad received instructions to do so, the Board was inclined to regard his conduct as contumacious. Mr (ijlbio considered that as the work will probably cost £100, it should have been contracted for. He had been in» formed that in order to carry it out, the engineer had engaged men at 7s a day, while at the same time he had taken the high handed course of reducing to 9j a d»y wages of (killed mechanics who had been for years in their service. The secretary was despatched to summon the engineer before the Board, bnt be waa not to be found, and it was therefore believed that he should bo expected to explain why he had disobeyed the Board'a resolution in regard to unauthorised expenditure.
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Till we meet again - Regards - edmondsallan