The Ashburton Guardian. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1880. The Borough Water Pipes.
It must be allowed that the County Council have certainly been liberal in their dealings with the borough of Ashburton, and the burgesses have no reason to complain of what has been done for them. Perhaps there is no other County in the colony that has behaved so kindly to a young borough at its parting from the County jurisdiction. More than two years ago, when the township was still a part of the county, and had not yet thought of was kind enough to offer a premium of £ 100 for the best scheme for supplying the town with water. The winning becoming a municipality, the County of that premium by an Akaroa gentleman is matter of history, and if the plan he won his premium with was practically useless, that did not in the least detract from the credit due to the County Council for their willingness to serve .the township, and act towards it in a kindly spirit. There are many other little instances of friendly vqtes by the County to the town, and one great instance which the Borough has not forgot. We refer to the grant of to aid in giving the Ashburton residents a water supply. was a large sum to vote, and it was possibly the magnitude of the sum that kept the County Councillors from handing it over a free and untrammelled gift. It may have been, too, that they feared, were they to give absolute control of this money to the Borough Council, the gift might be frittered away without an efficient scheme being introduced to the township. Looking back to the time when the grant was made, and remembering the perscntcl of 'the Borough Council, and their inexperience in Municipal business, the County did not act unwisely in retaining a certain amount of control of the grant they had made for water supply. Now, however, we believe the Borough Council has given sufficient proof that they are perfectly trustworthy, and the existence of a water supply sufficient formany years’ wants of the township, constructed at wonderfully small cost, is no small evidence of their ability. The admirable financing of the body, too, 'guided by the Mayor, ought to count in their favor with the County, and we hope when the meeting on Wednesday next is approached by his Worship he will be-successful in obtaining what the Borough desires —that is, full control of the water pipes recently purchased as a part of an expensive scheme of water supply. , The County so far relaxed their hold on those pipes, which represent four-fifths of the total grant of as to permit their sale, provided they fetched cost price ; but while the pipes are not the absolute property of the borough, and cannot be sold immediately, they are useless for the Borough’s purposes. The County Council would be doing a graceful thing were they to consent to the Borough becoming absolute owners of those pipes, so that means could be found to supply funds for carrying out what is of itself a part of the town’s water system —namely, the drainage system. There are many streets yet to channel, the outfall drain remains uncovered and dangerous both to health and public safety from accident, while the upper portion of the town has yet to be supplied with water. Those works ones from the water supply fund, and we feel that the Borough Council deserves the County’s confidence that they will be completed as cheaply and efficiently as possible. We feel certain this confidence will not be abused, and did the County release the pipes from their control, the Borough would be in a position to execute all these works at once. We hope the meeting on Wednesday will see its way to accede to the Borough’s wishes, and show that they have sufficient confidence in the local public men to trust them with full control of the vote that was so handsomely made two years a g°-
The Banks.— Monday next will be a special bank holiday throughout the colony. Gold Discovery. —A fresh discovery of gold has been made at Welshman’s Flat, on the Duller road, near Westport. Mail for Australia. —Mails for the Australian colonies, per s-s. Ringarooma, close at the Bluff to-morrow evening, at eight o’clock. The San Francisco Mail. —The mail via San Francisco closes to-morrow at the Ashburton Post Office, at five o’clock evening. Racing Accidents.— At Westport on Tuesday, in the first heat of the Coalfields Handicap, the mare Princess ran amongst the crowd, kicking a boy and inflicting a gash in his forehead. The lad is in a precarious condition. In the second heat Mosquito fell and roiled over his jockey, but without injuring him. Timaru Caledonian Society. For several of the events at the Tiniaru Caledonian Society’s sports on New Year’s Day, entries from Ashburton have been made, and we notice that Groves and Lechner, who won the grand handicap flat races here at the local sports, are amongst the number. The Ashburton pipers and dancers have also entered. The Weather. —Last night the heaviest downpour of rain fell that we have experienced for some time. During the sitting of the Borough Council the noise of the deluge on the roof of the chamber was so great that the oratory of some of the members was rendered considerably less effective than it might have been, and at times it was simply impossible to intelligently follow the speeches. As yet we have heard of no damage that has been done; but we could take more gentle,rain than last night’s shower. Tuhi, the Murderer. —Before Tnhi’s execution, he addressed a letter to the Governor in which he said: —“I have heard that I am to be put to death on Wednesday, and I am willing te die on that day, but I have a word to say to you. As lam to die, let spirits die also. Do not leave any of its kind in the world. Let it be destroyed from the face of this earth, lest it should remain to cause trouble to man. Man would then be answerable for his own trouble. If it was destroyed it would be well; man would then seek his own troubles ; then it would be well; there would be no cause for trouble. That is all from Tuhiata. ”
I.O.G.T.—The Degree Temple meets on Tuesday evening next as usu«l. Weekly Sales. —Messrs Quill and Co. and Bullock and Co. advertise their us ;al weekly sales to come off to-morrow, instead of Saturday, The Flower Snow. — A meeting of the Horticultural 'Society’s Committee is convened for Tuesday evening next, to make arrangements for the flower show. The Winslow Sports. —A special train will leave Ashburton for Winslow at 11.15 a m., on Saturday, returning at 6 o’clock. Return tickets will.be given for single fares. The Washdtkb Affair. —A fresh information- was laid by Mr. Back, the railway superintendent, against Mr. Galbraith, the Washdyke statiomnastor, which resulted in the latter being bound over in two securities of LIOO each to keep the peace for six months.
The Governor’s Message to Te White —Captain Knollys, the Govern r’s Aide-de-camp, who was sent to Te Wl-iti at Parihaka, has returned. He carried to the prophet a letter from the Governor, containing an invitation to come to Wellington. The old chief, in reply to the letter, quietly remarked, “ The potato is cooked. ”
The Footpaths. — A tender by Mr. Bradley was accepted by the Borough Council last night for asphalting the Last street footpaths, and such part of die work as the Council may select wil.be proceeded with. We believe that most of the owners of property along the. street have consented to bear their portion of the expense, so that • Mr. Harrison's asphalting project has every chance of being soon carried out.
The Orangemen. —At theannualsession of the Grand lodge of Orangemen for the Middle Island, yesterday, in the Orange Hall, Christchurch, there were about thirty delegates present. The Chairman stated that several new lodges had been opened during the year, and three new applications had been made for that session to consider. All the lodges were working satisfactorily, and lie spoke hopefully of the order’s future influence. The following officers were elected and installed for the ensuing year:—R.W.G.M., Pro. D. H. Christie, Christchurch; R. W.1)..V1., Bro. J. W. M ! Neale, Dunedin ; G. Secretary, Bro. T. J. Beresford, Christchurch (re-elected); G. Treasurer, Bro. W. Prudhoe, (re-elect;d); G. Chaplains, Bros, the Revs. Cree an cl Dumheil ; Deputy G. Chaplains, Bros. Cooper, Ballantyne, Beck, and Gab hie ; .Committee, Bros. Stapleton, Shepherd, Webster, Palmer, Fleming; Auditors, Bros. Tribe and Charters; Grand Lecturer, Bro. Mills, of Tiniaru. It was resolved to hold next ■ Grand Lodge session in Timaru in the 24th May next year.
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