The Borough Council, to use the trite phrase of one of their number, have made a “ ripping good spec ” in the iron pipes they recently imported. They bought about £4OOO of iron pipes for their intended water scheme, at a time w r hen the value of iron had reached in the Old Country its very lowest ebb. Since that time iron has risen in value about 50 per cent, and some of the ’cutest and keenest calculators in the Council Chamber reckon that a clear profit of £ISOO would be made were the pipes to be shipped off to and sold in England now. The purchase of the pipes at the time it was made was a grand stroke of luck, and the councillars seem anxious to profit by the transaction. Even if they were to sell the pipes and return to the County Council the £SOOO they received for the construction of waterworks, or such portion of the money as had not been expended on waterworks, and the drainage consequent on the introduction of a scheme, they would still be a thousand or two in pocket. The Council last night sat in committee of the whole to consider the question, but deferred action, with their usual caution, until after next meeting. Just at this moment pipes are wantedin Lyttelton, and the Oaraavu Waterworks Loan having been floated, there might be a possible market in both these places. But, at any rate, as there is no immediate likelihood of the elaborate scheme of water supply that was so long under our Borough Council’s discussion being carried out, it is a pity that, as the Yankees would say, a “heap o’ dollars” should lie idle and unproductive by the railway line, when they could very easily be put to a good use in some locality wanting them, and prepared to pay current prices for them. The money they would bring in over their original cost could very well be devoted to the repair of East street and West Tancred street, which have their upper coats just now very threadbare. In fact, a week’s wet would render both impassable, as the wheeled traffic has already reached the mud under the shingle surface. Last winter the Council did a world of good by finding work for many unemployed, and they will have to do the same this winter, for harder times than ever seem to us to be looming up this winter, and it would be well to have money in the purse to meet the call. Besides, the Borough bankers have asked the Council to interview them, and a request of that kind is always ominous, and comes upon a hard-up man like the visit of a stormy petrel to the seaman.
Drunks. —Two drunks were disposed of by the R M. on Saturday morning—one was fined 55., and the other 405., with an alternative of 48 hours in gaol. Meeting or Parliament. —A proclamation appears in the “ Gazette ” calling Parliament together for the despatch of business on May 28th.
The Masonic Ball. —The members of the ball committee of the Somerset Lodge are requested to meet at Shearman’s Hotel to-night.
Retrenchment. —The Public Works Committee ef the Wellington City Council recommend that when the present supply of cartridges is exhausted the firing of the time gun be discontinued. ,
“The Victorian Review.”—We have to acknowledge.the receipt of this month’s number of the above valuable periodical, which contains several papers of general interest.
Rakaia. —The Oarandinis appeared last night at the Town Hall, Rakaia, before a large and appreciative audience, and wore ably assisted by several local and talented amateurs.
Entertainment at Cambridge. —Our plains friends are to be regaled with what promises to he a very delightful evening’s entertainment to-morrow night. A party of ladies and gentlemen intend to visit the Cambridge School, and amuse their patrons with music and dissolving views. Civil Service Commission.— Yesterday the Civil Service Commission examined Mr. Reston, gaoler at Addington ; Mr. Marshman, Commissioner of Waste Lands; and Mr. A. Smith, locomotive engineer. On Saturday the Commission visited Farnley brickworks, and to-day Addington workshops. The Express Train.—As a sample of nuisances the so-called express train might fairly be quoted as one of the most noteworthy. The said “ express ” now steps at places hitherto passed by ordinary trains in the old days. Dromore, Ohortsey, Tinwald, and e\ en the private siding at Windermere have now become “ express ” stopping places.
Presbyterian Tea Meeting. The annual tea. meeting of the Presbyterian Church in the Ashburton District is to be held this evening, in the Town Hall. Extensive preparations have been made by the ladies for the entertainment of guests, and several ministers of repute from a distance will be present, while the choir is expected to form no unimportant attraction.
A Man-Eater.—The driver of one of Mr. M. Wilson’s threshing machines working at Mr. Field’s farm, Seafield, was severely bitten by a horse on Saturday last. The man being unacquainted with the vicious propensities of the animal, walked within it reach, and was immediately gripped by the shoulder and held for some time, receiving very painful injuries which will disable him for a considerable period.
Steeplechase Meeting.—ln another column a notification will be seen of a meeting to be held at Quill’s Hotel on Thursday evening to elaborate the proposed steeplechase meeting. We understand that support has been promised from all quarters, and there is every prospect of a repetition of last year’s success, but on a larger scale, as it is intended to have at least two open races, with a view of inducing the owners of cracks to show our local sportsmen the way round. A. & P. Association. —On Saturday a special meeting of the committee of the Agricultural and Pastoral Association was held, at which Mr. C. P. Cox presided. Mr Jameson, the Secretary, said the president had written to say that on consulting the Act he found last election was illegal, and that a fresh election of officers and committee would require to be held. Mi*. Joseph Hunt moved—“ That a special general meeting of the Association be held on the 4th May for the purpose of electing officers and committee for the ensuing year. A vote of thanks was also recorded to Dr. Irving for his lecture on bees delivered in Ashburton last week. After a vote of thanks to the Chairman the meeting separated. Rouse-up.—One of the guardians of the peace will appe.ir this morning in a rather unusual position for a policeman. Instead of being placed in the wilnessbox as a witness to the misdeeds of some other offender, he will have the unpleasant duty of defending himself against a charge of a breach of the Railway By-laws. Constable Rouse, whilst endeavoring to follow up the duties of his office, was so anxious to make a case at Dunsandel the other day, that ha jumped off the train whilst in motion, and .Guard Murphy's eagle eye caught sight of Rouse in “ flagrante delicto,” and reported him. Mr. Rouse’s smiling visage will be seen to-day at the wrong end of the table in the R.M. Court. The “ Hawera and Normanby Star. ” —We are in receipt of the first number of this journal, issued by Messrs. Galvin and limes, two practical men hailing from Wellington. The business public of Hawera are evidently in earnest in their support to the pioneer journal if we are to judge from the satisfactory appearance of the advertising columns. The “Star” intends to adopt a perfectly independentcourse as regards politics, but will support the present Ministry so long as they continue the same line of conduct as the have hitherto done. The success or failure of a newspaper in Hawera, as in every other place, will depend on the support accorded by the public, and from what we know of the proprietors, we are confident that no effort will be spared on their part to win this support. The Winchmorb-Methven Drainage. —On Saturday evening a special meeting of the Drainage Committee of the Ashburton County Council was held, when a large number of tenders were opened for the drainage works between Winchmore and Methven. The successful tenderers were :—For No. 1 section—Cooper Bros., L 204 Bs. 9d.; for No. 2 section—Arthur Devery, L 254 Os. 5d.; No. 3 section— John Boyle, L 221 2s. Id.; No. 4 section— Devery and Prunty, L2lO 17s. Gd.; No. 5 section—C. Shepherd, L 217 4s. 4d.; No. 6 section —J. Boyle, L 217 10s. The work will comprise some fifteen miles of floodwater drains, with embankments where necessary, and the construction of fords at the various road crossings ; and as the above figures show the whole will be completed at a cost of L 1,325 13s. Id. The low figures at which the various sections have been contracted for are indicative of the absence at the present time of work for horse flesh, and the readiness with which “ good marks” ’can obtain labor at a cheap rate. .Presentation to Mrs. Paige. —On Sunday afternoon the Sunday scholars of St. Stephens gave very gratifying expression to their affection for Mrs. Paige, and the value they set,upon the many kind services she had performed for the Sunday school, in which she has been an assiduous and enthusiastic worker ever since its commencement. The young people thought they could not allow her to go away without some recognition of her labors in their interest, and accordingly they presented her with a magnificent epergne, as also a short address expressive of the loss they felt they were suffering in her removal, and their keen appreciation of what she had done for them. The presentation was made in the parsonage by the members of Mrs. Paige’s own class, and the address bore the signatures of them all. Mrs. Paige thanked the children in a few words, as many as her feelings would permit her to use. It is always a difficult thing to break time-cemented affectionate associations, and just at this time, when Mr. and Mrs. Paige are saying farewell to the scene of their past labors, this spontaneous offering of , the children’s love was pecularly affecting.
Pdpil Teachers’ Examinations.— The returns are published of the examinations of pupil teachers held at the Normal School, Christchurch, on the IGth, 17tli, and 18th March. From these returns wo find that the two teachers from Ashburton made a very creditable appearance, and that both passed. ’ The following arc the returns of marks gained : —First year’s student —Eva Henderson, 308 marks out of a possible 600 ; second year’s student— Kate McDonnell, 402 marks out of a maximum of 600.
A Dead Horse. —At a recent meeting of the Clutha Borough Council, an account for 10s. for the burial of a dead horse was submitted. A Councillor asked to whom the animal belonged, when the Mayor replied that it was his property, but as it died whilst grazing on the reserve, he considered that the Corporation should pay fur its burial. This liberal new of a Corporation’s duties was, however, not shared in by his Worship’s brother councillors, and the account was not passed for payment.
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