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The Ashburton Guardian. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1880. The Petrified Kidneys.

TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 5 p.m.]

One begins to wonder what has happened to the eyes of the Borough Councillors. Each of them owns horse flesh, and each of them uses East street. Yet day after day the wind carries off the clay packing of the street, and leaves exposed boulders about the size, more or less, of a man’s head. These delicate little rocks the horses are required to pick their way through, and we are asked to look with pride upon our “ noble streets,” and admire our grand thoroughfares. We are not sure that a charge of cruelty to animals could not be made to lie against the people who drive their horses along the “ rocky road to Dublin ” which our principal street presents ; and certainly if any man is convicted of cruelty to animals on a charge of this kind, he ought to he able to recover damages from the Corporation, whose neglect of their work in regard to this particular street is worthy indeed of censure. The amount of profanity that has been indulged in during the week, over that terrible road, and its terrible boulders, has been enough to sink a ship, and country people especially loudly complain. We do hope the Engineer will lay some proposal before the Works Committee for reducing the size of those boulders, so that the curse may be removed from the street, and the cursing from the mouths of the drivers.. But bad as the middle of the street is for vehicle traffic, it is better walking for pedestrians than are the footpaths. Only recently the channelling contiact in East street was completed. The work was well enough done, but just behind the concrete kerbing was laid a deep ‘layer of from one to twoinch gravel stones. No one likes to walk over a river bed, and of course the kerb of the footpath is chosen as the walking ground. We would advise a few of the Borough Fathers to take a walk along the East street footpath, and watch the result of the Corporation’s essay in road making. Large bites have been taken out of the concrete, the channels are filled with gravel that has been kicked into them, and all along the line there is palpable evidence that something ought to be done to prevent the total destruction of the kerbing. Mr. Harrison has given notice to "move for an asphalt experment. If it can be afforded, let it be tried by all means, but if it cannot, then let us have at least a yard wide of clay next the kerb, and so save our poor feet from those terrible stones, which are just as ruinous to the channels as they are to the Ashburtonian boots. We remember the growls made against the Gas Company for leaving a long line of clay camel backs in the street where they had laid down their mains. But those camel backs were better walking than the footpath we now have, and many regretted their disappearance under a stratum of boulders. How pleasant it is to walk over the little patch of asphalt pavement in front of Orr’s drapery, and what a reaction one feels when he reaches the rocks at the other end. Do let us have a few inches of smooth, or at least soft ground to walk on in this hot weather, and do send one or two of the unemployed to “ nap” the stones on the roadway. Many strangers have come and gone this week, and their reminiscences of our paths are not either pleasant or peaceful, but many of the wanderers have fervently prayed that we would “ mend our ways.” _

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The Ashburton Guardian. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1880. The Petrified Kidneys., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 197, 20 November 1880

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The Ashburton Guardian. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1880. The Petrified Kidneys. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 197, 20 November 1880

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