The Ashburton Guardian. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1880. The Water Supply.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 5 p. m. ]
We observed with great pleasure in the Engineers’ report to the Borough Council the inception of a scheme to supply a flow of water to the part of the town on the north-western side of the railway. As is known, the only approach to a supply that the town on the other side of the railway possesses is what flows along the channel in West street, the district above that line having no benefit whatever from the excellent supply that the lower portion of the town enjoys. The Engineer, Mr. Books, proposes to take the water from the course in Winter’s road, along one of the cross streets to Alford Forest road, striking the lattter at a point that would enable him to command sufficient fall for distribution over nearly every part of the district he desires to water. The details of the scheme have not yet been worked out, but from an examination of the ground we think the idea is perfectly feasible, and will be successful. It seems to us, if it should turn out what we think it will, and what all will no doubt hope it will, to be a far better scheme than lapping the stretch of water above the cricketground. which would only partially water the upper portion of the town, and has some difficulties in gradients connected with it that would require to be overcome. The new scheme, it is thought, will be able to supply the North-west Town belt, and all the other streets on what has hitherto been called the “ neglected side,” and it is to be hoped that the matter will be taken up energetically. It was we believe, from the eminently practical Mr. Williamson that the suggestion first came, and at once made itself apparent to our equally practical engineer. We do not anticipate that Mr. Books will encounter much difficulty in preparing details of a stoce.e?§ful scheme of the kind he hinted at in hfa peport, and the only possible difficulty ,ip tjhe way is one of
finance. BpLthis .latter difficulty die people of Ashburton ■ have begun to look upon as slight indeed, seeing how admirably the Mayor has financed the Borough into funds an occasions when the prospect seemed dreary enough. It only remains for him to devise some means of readily reducing the obstacles that stand in the way of raising the loan he proposes to obt in, and the history of his term is ample proof that if the money can be procured at all, our local Gladstone is the man to do it.
New Telegraph Station. —A telegraph station has to-day been opened at Sydenham, County Selwyn. Total Abstinence. —Rev. A. J. Smith preaches a temperance sermon on Sunday morning, in the Primitive Methodist Church. Funeral Tenders. —Mr. T. A. Gates is the successful tenderer for the funerals conducted in Ashburton under the Charitable Aid Board. 1.0. —The Unity Degree Temple holds a meeting on Tuesday evening next, in the Templar Hall, when the Third Degree (Charity) will be conferred. A Strike. — A telegram from Christchurch this morning states that all the compositors on the Lyttelton Times, Canterbury Times, and Star have struck, in consequence of a disagreement with the proprietors respecting the payment of certain work—technically termed “fat.” The Old Men’s Home Treat. —Contributions will be thankfully received by the master of the Old Men’s Home towards the usual Christmas treat for the inm. Acs, and wo hope the inhabitants of Ashburton will not be backward in contributing, if only a trifle, towards making a cheerful, if not a merry day for the aged ,md crippled. 1.0. —The Will and the Way Lodge held their usual weekly meeting on Wednesday evening last. There was a good attendance of members, and two candidates were proposed for membership. 'The reports of the officers were very satisfactory. It ivas decided to hold the •• oxt meeting in the new Temperance Hall, Tinwald, and make final arrangements with that company after their next meeting. Tinwald Temperance Hall. The directors of the Tinwald Temperance Hall Company held an adjourned meeting last evening, at which the new building was formally handed over to the company. The matter of rents for occupation of the hall was then gone into, which occupied a great part of the evening. Mr. Smith was instructed to get seats and tables made suitable for the building. Two gentlemen were rained as auditors, and it was decided to call a general meeting of the shareholders about the middle of next month. They Were Had.— lt is customary with a certain portion of the public to try and dodge the gatekeeper at the racecourse when races are held, by hitching horses on the gravel reserve opposite Thompson’s corner. This game did not, however, succeed yesterday, as the Secretary to the Race Club had, since last meeting, obtained a lease of the reserve from the Upper Ashburton Road Board. During yesterday afternoon, the said Secretary, with an assistant, walked off six horses, and took them through the gates, fastened them in the saddling paddock, and there and then handed them over to the tender mercies of the poundkeeper. It is needless to observe that it would have been far cheaper for the owners of these animals to have paid their legitimate fee at the gates, as their entry cost Gs. per head instead of 2s. Consecration of a Royal Arch Chapter. —The Ashburton Kilwinning Royal Arch Chapter, S.C., No.— was duly consecrated and office-bearers installed yesterday, at noon in the Masonic Hall, by M.E.Z. Comp. T. Stapleton and Juhal Fleming, P.Z., assisted by M. E. Comp. J. Smith, Z., andL. E. Elerig, H., and the officers and members of the Canterbury Kilwinning, R. A. C., 13G, S. 0. , who assembled in large numbers to do their companions at Ashburton honor on this occasion. The following office-hearers were installed :—R. W. Shearman, Z.; W. H. Gundry, H.; G. -St. Hill, J.; C. Braddell, S.E. ; W. Power, S.N.; J. Smith, treasurer ; H. Zander, Ist soj.; T. Bullock, 2nd soj.; A. Thiele, 3rd soj. The Chapter was consecrated under warrant fromM.E. Comp. P. Patterson, 33. - ., P.G. S. for New Zealand, Dunedin. After the consecration, the Comps, sat down to a splendid luncheon, catered for by Comp. A. Thiele, after which the usual loyal toasts were duly honored. The Christchurch visitors returned by the express to town, after having spent a very enjoyable day. Cole’s Circus. —To-day the town has presented the appearance of a fair, owing to the arrival of Cole’s immense circus, and the influx of visitors which it attracted. The circus arrived by special train of fifty carriages and trucks early in the morning, and during the forenoon innumerable workmen were busy erecting the large marquees on the Baring square reserve. For a time the place at a distance looked more like a good-sized harbor than a corner section in an inland town, so many tall masts were standing up. These, however, were dressed in canvas in an amazingly short time, and soon everything was shipshape. The large troop of excellent horses, the drove of camels, and the herd of elephants were the subjects of close scrutiny and great admiration during the day. The large Mai’queca are three in number; the first contains the menagerie, Ac., the second is devoted to exhibitions proper to a circus, while the third is the “ sideshow.” In addition to these are a large dressing tent for the performers, a canvas stable for the horses, and other smaller erections, while just outside stands the electric light apparatus, which we understand Avill be at work in the evening. The first performance began to-day at one o’clock, and was fairly patronised, hut of course the great attraction will be in the evening. The entrance to the show faces Mr. Tucker’s yard, and admits the visitor to the menagerie, and after time has been allowed for an inspection of the wild beasts, the circus performance takes place in the adjoining marque.
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