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Wednesday, 31 July 1912

Senator HENDERSON - I wonder!

Senator McGregor - Is Mr. Pitt a Labour man?

Senator Blakey - No; he was a member of the Legislative Council of Victoria, and was beaten by a Labour man two or three years ago.

Senator HENDERSON - It appears from this letter that Mr. Chinn has a private character as well as a public reputation. He is known amongst those who have been associated with him to be a gentleman as well as a skilled engineer. Another document which I wish to quote is addressed from the State which Senator St. Ledger represents -

Central Buildings, Edward-street,

Brisbane, 22nd November, 1902.

To the Chairman, Auckland Harbor Board,

Dear Sir, - I have known Mr. H. Chinn, C.E.-

Once more he is styled a "C.E." - for a considerable number of years, and am acquainted with his relatives and friends, and it is within my knowledge that Mr. Chinn has a high reputation in his profession, and has had large experience in many important public and private engineering works in the different States. Understanding that he is an applicant for the position of engineer to your Board, I beg to state it gives me much pleasure to recommend his candidature, and I am confident, should he be successful, no more competent gentleman could be found to fill the position.

Faithfully yours,

T.   McDonald Patterson.

Does Senator St. Ledger know anything about him ?

Senator St Ledger - The trouble is that Mr. Chinn has too many testimonials.

Senator de Largie - Too many for the Opposition.

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