LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

 

THE "STAR COMPETITION."

 

SIR: - I wish to ask you for an explanation respecting the "Star" competition.  Prizes are offered for the best list of surnames of Members of the Workington Local Board and School Board made out of the words "Workington Star, published every Friday afternoon."

 

Amongst the names on both Boards are a few with duplicate letters, and as these letters are not in the sentence from which the names are to be taken, the question I wish to ask is "Will the competitors be allowed to use duplicate letters to make up the names, or will they be debarred from the competition by using such duplicate letters."

 

The question, I think, is important and your answer will settle the matter of doubt. ---Yours truly

 

'AN INTENDING COMPETITOR.'

 

[No duplicate letters can be allowed, only the forty-three that are given in the six words.  Thus, if the surname of any member contains two "l's" and there is only one "l" in those six words, such surname cannot be made. ... ED].

 

THE PROPOSED BOUNDARY WALL AT ST. MICHAEL'S SCHOOLS.

 

SIR:

 

I noticed in your issue of Friday last, that the School Board authorities had decided to erect a boundary wall at St. Michael's Schools.  Now, Sir, these schools have done without the boundary wall since they were erected, and I think it is very hard for the ratepayers to be saddled with the expense of a new wall, especially at this time when trade is not so good as shopkeepers and others would wish.

 

What with Local Board and School Board rates, it takes tradesmen to struggle very hard to make ends meet.  No doubt the wall may be of use to the schools and be the means of keeping the scholars from the public, but it is a matter which is not of such urgent importance as some members of the Board think it is.

 

At the last election, the candidates promised to introduce all the economy they could, but many of them must have forgotten their promises of retrenchment.

 

Hoping that it is not too late to say a word against the erection of the proposed boundary wall, I am, yours truly,

 

A SHOPKEEPER ON STATION ROAD.

July 3rd, 1888.